Ohayocon

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Ohayocon
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Video Gaming[1]
Venue Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Location(s) Columbus, Ohio
Country United States
Inaugurated 2001
Attendance 12,500 in 2012
Website
http://www.ohayocon.org/

Ohayocon is a three day anime convention held during January in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and Columbus Convention Center. Ohayocon's name is from the similarity between "Ohio", the convention's location, and Ohayo (おはよう Ohayou?), which in the Japanese language means "Good morning".[1][2][3]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers an AMV contest, Artists Alley, costume contests, Dealer’s Room, formal ball, masquerade, musical events, panel discussions, rave, table-top games, and video gaming.[1][3][4][5][6][7]

History[edit]

In 2007 the Midwest premier of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles occurred at the Arena Grand Theatre during Ohayocon.[8] In 2010 crowding was a problem during the rave due to space issues. The convention shared the Columbus Convention Center with other events and only used about an fourth of the available space.[4] The conventions dance was moved to the convention center ballroom in 2012 to alleviate crowding issues.[6] Ohayocon began using wristbands instead of badges to control unpaid attendance in 2014.[9]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 26–28, 2001 Sheraton Airport Hotel
Cleveland, Ohio
800 Michael Brady, Izzy Burger, Jessica Calvello, Juliet Cesario, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Jei Fubler Harvey, Neil Nadelman, Jonathan C. Osborne, Jan Scott-Frazier, Scott Simpson, Kazuko Tadano, and Brett Weaver.[10]
January 11–13, 2002 Holiday Inn Cleveland-South
Independence, Ohio
1,200 Rodney "Largo" Caston, Tiffany Grant, Jonathan C. Osborne, Debora Rabbai, Jan Scott-Frazier.[11]
January 10–12, 2003 Hilton Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
2,061 Steve Bennett, Kei Blue, Keith Burgess, Robert DeJesus, Brad DeMoss, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, Shimpei Itoh, Vic Mignogna, Yad-Ming Mui, Stephanie Nadolny, Dominic Nguyen, Mio Odagi, Jonathan C. Osborne, Chris Patton, Debora Rabbai, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Jeff Thompson, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[12]
January 23–25, 2004 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
3,042 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Blood, Keith Burgess, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Richard Ian Cox, Robert DeJesus, Brad DeMoss, Tiffany Grant, Jason Lee, Scott McNeil, Jillian Michaels, Yad-Ming Mui, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Jeff Thompson, David Williams, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[13]
January 14–16, 2005 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
4,051 Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Keith Burgess, Steve Conte, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Mike Sinterniklaas, Doug Smith, Jeff Thompson, and David Williams.[14]
January 6–8, 2006 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
4,423 Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Michael Dobson, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Dave Merrill, Shaindle Minuk, Peelander-Z, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, The Spoony Bards, Jeff Thompson, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[15]
January 5–7, 2007 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
6,240 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Caitlin Glass, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Brittney Karbowski, Jason Lee, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, The Spoony Bards, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[16]
January 4–6, 2008 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
7,000
(est)
Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Eyeshine, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Brittney Karbowski, Jonathan Klein, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, r*k* Milholland, Monica Rial, Antimere Robinson, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Voices For, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[17]
January 30–February 1, 2009 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
8,093 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Jerry Jewell, Dave Lister, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, Antimere Robinson, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, J. Michael Tatum, Brett Weaver, David Williams, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[18]
January 29–31, 2010 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
10,120 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Jonathan Coulton, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Illich Guardiola, Carl Gustav Horn, Jerry Jewell, Bruce Lewis, Dave Lister, Jamie McGonnigal, Lisa Ortiz, Wendy Powell, Jan Scott-Frazier, Stephanie Sheh, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Doug Smith, J. Michael Tatum, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, Voices For, Tom Wayland, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[19]
January 28–30, 2011 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
11,000 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Kevin Bolk, Robert DeJesus, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Bruce Lewis, Mundee Lewis, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Carli Mosier, Brina Palencia, Rawly Pickens, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[20]
January 27–29, 2012 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
12,500 Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Fred Gallagher, Ryan Gavigan, Todd Haberkorn, Mari Iijima, Trish Ledoux, The Pillowcases, Carrie Savage, Rikki Simons, Brad Swaile, SWEK, J. Michael Tatum, Amanda Winn-Lee, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Toshifumi Yoshida, and Steve Yun.[21]
January 18–20, 2013 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Robert DeJesus, Brian Dobson, Junko Fujiyama, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Darrel Guilbeau, Kyle Hebert, Richard Horvitz, Kazha, Kevin Lillard, Dave Lister, Jamie McGonnigal, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn-Lee, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and YTCracker.[22]
January 24-26, 2014 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Chris Ayres, Greg Ayres, Tia Ballard, Jessica Calvello, Justin Cook, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Illich Guardiola, Richard Horvitz, Jerry Jewell, Brittney Karbowski, Michele Knotz, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Lisa Ortiz, Rikki Simons, Ian Sinclair, Brad Swaile, J. Michael Tatum, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gearino, Dan (2011-01-30). "Anime fans find fun in dressing up in character". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ Kreiner, Paul (2010-01-04). "Ohayocon brings cosplay to Ohio". The News Record. 
  3. ^ a b Siegel, Jim (2014-01-26). "Ohayocon fans come dressed in elaborate costumes for convention". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ a b Kopf, Ryan (2010-01-31). "Ohayocon Celebrates 10th Year in 2010". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 
  5. ^ Kopf, Ryan (2011-02-02). "Ohayocon 2011 Review: Some kind of difference". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b Kopf, Ryan (2012-02-10). "Ohayocon 2012 Review". UpcomingCons.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  7. ^ Stabile, Kaitlyn (2014-02-02). "Ohayocon a great way to meet people". The Eastern Echo. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  8. ^ Ball, Ryan (2007-01-04). "Robotech Movie Premieres in Midwest". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  9. ^ Reed, Stephan (2014-01-24). "Ohayocon Changes and Constants". CityScene. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  10. ^ "Ohayocon 2001 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Ohayocon 2002 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  12. ^ "Ohayocon 2003 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Ohayocon 2004 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Ohayocon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  15. ^ "Ohayocon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  16. ^ "Ohayocon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  17. ^ "Ohayocon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2009-01-29. 
  18. ^ "Ohayocon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  19. ^ "Ohayocon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  20. ^ "Ohayocon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  21. ^ "Ohayocon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  22. ^ "Ohayocon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-06-04. 
  23. ^ "Ohayocon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  24. ^ Reed, Stephan (2014-01). "Here Comes Ohayocon!". CityScene. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 

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Coordinates: 39°58′17.83″N 83°0′1.94″W / 39.9716194°N 83.0005389°W / 39.9716194; -83.0005389