Behold the Glory of MomoCon 2014

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MomoCon has become a huge convention in the last two years. Belying its humble beginnings as a free con stationed at Georgia Tech, MomoCon now spans two hotels in the heart of downtown Atlanta, and is still growing. This year’s con was such a treat. The schedule was well-planned and eventful; there was something there for everyone. Any southern-fried nerd should add MomoCon to his/her annual convention rotation.

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Momo outshines all of the other anime-related cons I have ever attended. The guest list was top notch for a con of that size. Voice actors from anime and American cartoons were in attendance, including Dante Basco, the voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender; Tress MacNelle, whose repertoire is so expansive that she has touched nearly everyone’s childhood in some way; Maurice Lamarshe, voice of the Brain in Pinky and the Brain and Animaniacs; and many more. There was quite a crowd through which to wade in order to meet the stars in person, but Momo staff handled the masses quite well, allowing the actors a good deal of time for their fans.

Also gracing Momo this year were some of the more notable anime production/distribution and video game companies, such as Crunchy Roll, Funimation, SEGA, Hi-Rez Studios and Viz Media. I was lucky enough to talk with a Funimation representative, who sang praises of MomoCon and their willingness to allot a sizable space for the company’s table. He suggested I swing by one of the many viewing rooms for previewing dubbed anime. (I watched the first episode of Funimation’s English dub of Devil is a Part Timer, which will be available by July 22. They did a good job with the dubs!)

The rep also talked about the Technology Alliance of Georgia/MomoCon job fair. Based on frequent questions at other panels regarding how to find employment in the animation or gaming industries, MomoCon teamed up with TAG to create a venue for networking and headhunting during the con. Considering how well it was received, the job fair will likely occur next year, as well.

MomoCon had a ton of panels, a free-play arcade in the gaming room, a substantial guest list, and some top-notch cosplayers, too. There was so much to do and see, that any naysayers must have kept their eyes closed for the whole weekend. I call this… Convention Success!

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This awesome cospay is from Borederlands 2 from Fullmetal Cosplayer.

I look forward to next years Momo con, in its larger venue  Georgia World Congress Center.

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