Youmacon 2014 Marks 10th Anniversary of Japanese Pop Culture Celebration

Michigan’s Largest Anime/Gaming Convention Commemorates Decade Milestone with Largest Four-Day Festival Yet

DETROIT — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 3, 2014 — The production team behind Youmacon – a Detroit-based, four-day anime, gaming, art and comic convention celebrating Japanese popular culture – today announced details for Youmacon 2014, scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2014 at downtown’s Cobo Center and Renaissance Center. Festivities will take place 24-hours-a-day beginning at 8 p.m. on Thursday evening through 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Similar in theme to most major Comic Cons, Youmacon (named for the Japanese word youma, meaning demon or ghost) is an all-ages mix of interactive games and events, celebrity guest panels, live musical performances, exhibitors, artists and more. Highlights of the event, now in its 10th year, also include a Charity Masquerade Ball, video game and table top gaming rooms, a Live Action Mario and Donkey Kong Parties and a massive 100,000+ sq. foot dealer’s room for shopping anime and other collectibles. Last year’s Youmacon drew more than 14,000 attendees.

“It’s honestly a dream come true to be celebrating 10 years of Youmacon. After spending nearly four years getting the very first Youmacon up-and-running, to now be marking a decade of success with tens of thousands of attendees is truly more than I could have imagined,” said Morgan Kollin, chairman and founder of Youmacon Enterprises/Defying Conventions. “And I give my word, whether you’re attending your first Youmacon or your 10th, this one promises to be the biggest and best yet!”

As part of this year’s special 10th anniversary, larger-than-ever Youmacon, more than 30 anime industry celebrities and special guests are expected, including actors, producers, musicians, artists and more. For a complete list of special guests, please visit: www.youmacon.com/special-guests.

Registration will only be available at-the-door. Pricing options include a three-day pass ($60) or Friday only ($30), Saturday only ($40) or Sunday only ($20) passes. Thursday evening’s activities are free and open to the public. Attendees should note that tickets sales are cash only.

The Detroit Marriott at The Renaissance Center is serving as Youmacon 2014’s official event hotel, with overflow rooms available at the Westin Book Cadillac, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown Detroit and the Greektown Casino Hotel. Complete event, registration and lodging information is available at www.youmacon.com.

About Youmacon

Created by Youmacon Enterprises/Defying Conventions, Youmacon is popular culture event similar to most Comic Cons, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are anime (Japanese animation), video games, Japanese-style artwork and comics and the rising Internet culture influenced by all of the above. Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive games, celebrity guest panels and live musical performances to downtown Detroit. For more information, visit www.youmacon.com.



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