MechaCon

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MechaCon
Jett and Zee.jpg
MechaCon mascots: Jett and Zee
Status Active
Genre Anime, Transformers, and Japanese culture.[1]
Venue Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Location(s) New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
Inaugurated 2005
Organized by Sennin Productions, LLC[2]
Website
http://www.mechacon.com/

MechaCon is an annual three day anime convention held during the summer at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana.

History[edit]

MechaCon’s inaugural weekend in 2005 is unique because Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of Louisiana hours after MechaCon closed its doors.[3] The dealers room closed early and all but one guest made their flight.

In 2006, as a special part of MechaCon’s 2006 programming, Harmony Gold USA provided fans of the Robotech franchise with the first-ever public screening of the film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. 100% of the funds raised from the screening was donated to The Salvation Army’s ongoing Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery efforts.[4]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 26–28, 2005 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
750 paid attendees Tiffany Grant, Limit Break Cosplay, Joshua Seth, Doug Smith, and Alec Willows.[5]
August 11–13, 2006 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,100 paid attendees Garry Chalk, Lisa Furukawa, Brittney Karbowski, Limit Break Cosplay, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Richard Newman, Doug Smith, Kira Vincent-Davis, Brett Weaver, and Alec Willows.[6]
August 3–5, 2007 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,480 paid attendees Michael Dobson, Richard Epcar, Lisa Furukawa, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Limit Break Cosplay, Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Ellyn Stern, and Jonathan M. Thompson.[7]
August 1–3, 2008 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,065 paid attendees Greg Ayres, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, John Chambers, Francesco Forni, Lisa Furukawa, Ilaria Graziano, Carl Macek, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Tommy Yune.[8]
July 24–26, 2009 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,590 paid attendees Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Garry Chalk, Samantha Inoue-Harte, David Kaye, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, and Wendy Powell.[9]
July 16–18, 2010 New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana
3,480 paid attendees Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, Mari Iijima,[10] Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Tony Oliver, Wendy Powell, Ellyn Stern, J. Michael Tatum, Dan Woren, Tommy Yune,[11] and Robotech Convention Tour.[2]
August 26–28, 2011 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
4,240 paid attendees Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Clover, Eyeshine, Lisa Furukawa, Kyle Hebert, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, and J. Michael Tatum.[12]
September 7–9, 2012 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
4,780 paid attendees Eien Strife, Richard Epcar, Jason David Frank, Todd Haberkorn, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Daran Norris, Wendy Powell, Ellyn Stern, Jonathan M. Thompson, and Steve Yun.[13]
August 23–25, 2013 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Eyeshine, Walter E. Jones, Jonathan Klein, Cyril Lumboy, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Hynden Walch, Greg Weisman, David Yost, and Tommy Yune.[14]
August 1–3, 2014 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
Amelie Belcher, Greg Cipes, Eien Strife, Tiffany Grant, Jonathan Klein, Kuragiman, Scott Menville, Brian "Kuragiman" Navy, Jessica Nova, Khary Payton, Jessie Pridemore, Andrea Romano, Kelli Sarré, Spike Spencer, Tara Strong, Twinfools, Hynden Walch, and Greg Weisman.[15]
July 17–19, 2015[16] Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MechaCon returns to Lafayette, LA in August" (Press release). Animecons.com. 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  2. ^ a b "MechaCon Celebrates a Quarter Century of Robotech!" (Press release). Robotech. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  3. ^ Katrina's effects on the anime community, Animecons.com, 2005-09-05, retrieved 2008-08-19 
  4. ^ Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Charity Screening at MechaCon!!!, Harmony Gold USA, 2006-06-02, retrieved 2008-08-19 
  5. ^ "MechaCon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  6. ^ "MechaCon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  7. ^ "MechaCon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  8. ^ "MechaCon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  9. ^ "MechaCon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Louisiana's MechaCon Hosts Singer/Actress Mari Iijima". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  11. ^ "MechaCon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  12. ^ "MechaCon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  13. ^ "MechaCon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ "MechaCon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  15. ^ "MechaCon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  16. ^ "MechaCon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 

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Coordinates: 29°56′48″N 90°3′48″W / 29.94667°N 90.06333°W / 29.94667; -90.06333