Michiganâ€™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 â€“ a Detroit-based, four-day anime, gaming, art and comic convention celebrating Japanese popular culture â€“ today announced details for Youmacon 2014, scheduled for Oct. 30 to Nov. 2, 2014 at downtownâ€™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 dealerâ€™s room for shopping anime and other collectibles. Last yearâ€™s Youmacon drew more than 14,000 attendees.
â€śItâ€™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,â€ť said Morgan Kollin, chairman and founder of Youmacon Enterprises/Defying Conventions. â€śAnd I give my word, whether youâ€™re attending your first Youmacon or your 10th, this one promises to be the biggest and best yet!â€ť
As part of this yearâ€™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 eveningâ€™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 2014â€™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.
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.
Jason Brown, 248.252.1687