MomoCon 2005 press release

Dec 31st 2004
NEW FREE CROSS-GENRE CONVENTION IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Atlanta, GA. -December 31, 2004 - Anime O-Tekku of Georgia Tech presents MomoCon, an anime and gaming convention held in Atlanta, GA, March 26-27, 2005 at the Georgia Tech Student Center. MomoCon is a Free! admission convention, with local vendors and artists selling their wares in addition to numerous special events.

MomoCon's anime events include panels hosted by anime company representatives, voice actor panels, karaoke events, anime showings (including company screeners), and promotional goodies from many anime companies. While it will not feature an anime music video contest, MomoCon will host AMV Iron Chef and AMV creator showcases of local talent in the school theater (with a large movie screen and ample seating). Console gaming at MomoCon will include a console gaming Free!-play room with numerous rare systems available to play and a rhythm gaming room, customized to host rhythm games like DDR, Beatmania, Donkey Konga, and Amplitude. MomoCon boasts a growing collection of almost 200 console games available to play throughout the convention. Board and card gaming at MomoCon includes a Free!-play room, with games and card sets available for checkout, and a demo room, to host company demos. Tournaments will include 4 Steve Jackson Games tournaments, with prize support from the company, and an official Magic the Gathering Tournament with a prize pack from Wizards of the Coast.

When the initial planning began for this zero budget, first year convention, it was difficult for the organizers to entice famous guests. Since they have no working capital, they cannot afford to offer hotel or travel expenses to guests, so MomoCon began the workings of a webcomic-themed convention. Webcomic authors are often local, and looking for the exposure that being a con guest can give, so MomoCon welcomes 12 webcomic guests to the convention this year. MomoCon is not limited to anime and gaming, but prefers to welcome all related genres, including costuming. They welcome world-renowned prop-maker Robert Bean, famous for his full Darth Vader costume and pieces, as well as cosplayer and published manga artist Yaya Han. Panels include a workshop on wigs held by a local wig-maker, and a basic cosplay panel from an award-winning cosplay troupe. But all of these features are not all that this Free! con has to offer. Other events include Vampire the Masquerade LARP, a late night dance, a cosplay café (full with costumed waiters/waitresses), and a panel featuring local anime clubs.

MomoCon welcomes all who would grace its front steps and wishes all fans to have no reserves about attending the convention. “The con feels like The Little Engine That Could,” says Head Director Jessica Merriman. “At first we couldn't get people to even give us the time of day, now we get requests for guests all the time, and they are willing to make concessions just for us. We really couldn't ask for a better set of guests.” The dedicated staff and, especially, the eleven heads of staff put hundreds of hours of work into creating a wondrous fan experience, and don't want to charge you a penny to have fun!

For more information about MomoCon, please visit the website (http://www.momocon.com).

ABOUT ANIME O-TEKKU: Celebrating its 10th year of charter, the anime club of Georgia Tech, Anime O-Tekku (http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/anime) boasts almost 500 mailing list members as well as dozens of local supporters who help with events. They are responsible for providing Mid-Town Atlanta with previous events such as screenings of Spirited Away and up-to-date information on the newest and best anime out of Japan. You can read more about Anime O-Tekku and MomoCon in the February 2005 issue of Newtype USA.

MomoCon
Free! Admission
March 26-27, 2005
Georgia Tech Student Center
Atlanta, GA
www.momocon.com

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