Anime Milwaukee

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Anime Milwaukee
Anime Milwaukee logo.
Status Active
Genre Anime, Japanese culture[1]
Venue Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Location(s) Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Country United States
Inaugurated 2007
Attendance 9,520 in 2017
Organized by Entertainment & Culture Promotion Society[2]

Anime Milwaukee (AMKE) is an annual three-day anime convention held during March at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3] It is Wisconsin's largest anime convention.[4]


The convention typically offers anime music videos, an art contest, artist alley, charity ball, cosplay chess, a dealer’s room, fashion show, maid cafe, manga library, masquerade, movies, rave, tabletop gaming, and video game tournaments.[3][5][6][7][8] The convention runs for 24 hours a day.[9]

The 2017 charity ball benefited the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.[8]


Anime Milwaukee began in 2007 and was founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.[6] In 2011, the convention moved to the Hyatt Regency & Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, which allowed for 24-hour programming.[6] Attendees who preregistered for Anime Milwaukee in 2013 could receive a discount for the Distant Worlds concert held the day before the convention on February 14, 2013.[10] The convention shared space in 2014 at the Wisconsin Center with Pheasant Fest, a hunting convention.[11] The combined conventions economic impact were expected to be $1.5 million.

In 2015, Anime Milwaukee's expected economic impact was over $1 million and it shared Wisconsin Center space with the Midwest Twisters Gymnastics Invitational.[9][12] The convention brought $1.2 million to the local economy in 2016.[13][14] Anime Milwaukee in 2017 occupied all the floors of the Wisconsin Center to expand panels and video gaming.[13] The convention was estimated to bring $2.5-$3 million to the local economy.[8][15]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Attendance Guests
February 29 - March 2, 2008 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Darrel Guilbeau, Peter Paik, Mandy St. Jean, and Sonny Strait.[16]
February 27 - March 1, 2009 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Todd Haberkorn, Wendy Powell, and Yamila Abraham.[17]
March 12–14, 2010 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Martin Billany, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Chris Niosi, Wendy Powell, Chris Sabat, The Spoony Bards, and Uncle Yo.[18]
February 18–20, 2011 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center[4]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Mike McFarland, Trevor A. Mueller, Monica Rial, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.[19]
February 17–19, 2012 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3,492[20] Robert Axelrod, Martin Billany, Chris Cason, Alan Evans, August Hahn, Trevor A. Mueller, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.[20]
February 15–17, 2013 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Delta Center
(formerly Frontier Airlines Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4,816[21] Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Todd Haberkorn, Trevor A. Mueller, The Pillowcases, Alexis Tipton, Nobuo Uematsu,[21][22] Arc Impulse, Ian Sinclair, and Midwest Karaoke Madness.[23]
February 14–16, 2014 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center[11]
(formerly Delta Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6,231[24] Leah Clark, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, DJ Jeffito, Jamie Marchi, Meishi Smile, Bryce Papenbrook, DJ Phoole, The Pillowcases, Romance, Patrick Seitz, Ian Sinclair, Christopher Smith, theotoxin, and David Vincent.[24]
February 13–15, 2015 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7,745[25] Arc Impulse, Martin Billany, Steven Blum, Jason Bulmahn, Leah Clark, Terri Doty, Alan Evans, Caitlin Glass, Hibiki, Russell Lissau, Joel McDonald, Erica Mendez, Mandy "AmazonMandy" Moore, Trevor A. Mueller, Bryce Papenbrook, Samantha Sostarich, Eric Stuart, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Ayumi Tanaka, J. Michael Tatum, David Vincent, Tom Wayland, Greg Wicker.[25]
March 11–13, 2016 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,313[26] Elena Blueskies, Olivia Chiu, Stella Chuu, Daniel Coglan, Alan Evans, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, Russell Lissau, Kevin McKeever, Trevor A. Mueller, Brina Palencia, Chris Sabat, Sonny Strait, Kieran Strange, and Ayumi Tanaka.[26]
February 17–19, 2017 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,520[27] Zach Aguilar, Ray Chase, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Lucien Dodge, Alan Evans, Erica Lindbeck, Russell Lissau, Joel McDonald, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Vic Mignogna, Mint, Trevor A. Mueller, Laura Post, Marisha Ray, Ian Sinclair, Austin Tindle, and Greg Wicker.[27]
February 16–18, 2018 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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  2. ^ "Third Annual "Anime Milwaukee" convenes Feb 15-17". VISIT Milwaukee. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Between Chaos and Cosplay: An Inside Look at Anime Milwaukee". UWM Post. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee Convention returns, doubles attendance". OnMilwaukee. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  5. ^ "The Fashion of Anime". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  6. ^ a b c "Anime convention is moving downtown". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  7. ^ Cosplay and "maid cafés": A field guide to the 2012 Anime Milwaukee convention. A.V. Club. 
  8. ^ a b c Thompson-Gee, Justin (February 9, 2017). "Milwaukee Expecting $3 Million Boost from Anime Milwaukee Event". WDJT. Retrieved 16 March 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Anime fans, gymnasts to flood downtown Milwaukee this weekend". Milwaukee Business News. February 12, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  10. ^ "Anime Milwaukee Partners with Distant Worlds". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-02-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Two conventions with very different interests converge on Milwaukee this weekend". WISN 12. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  12. ^ "Anime convention means a million to Milwaukee economy". Milwaukee Business Journal. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  13. ^ a b Moody, Tarik (February 8, 2017). "Celebrating 10 years: Anime Milwaukee is more than just cosplay". Radio Milwaukee. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Molly Snyder, Molly (February 13, 2017). "10,000-plus geeks expected to attend Anime Milwaukee". On Milwaukee. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  15. ^ DeLong, Katie (February 19, 2017). "Anime Milwaukee: More than 10K pour into Wisconsin Center, many dressed as their favorite characters". Fox 6. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2008 Information". Retrieved 2008-09-25. 
  17. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2009 Information". Retrieved 2009-10-05. 
  18. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2010 Information". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 
  19. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2011 Information". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  20. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2012 Information". Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  21. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2013 Information". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  22. ^ "Nobuo Uematsu to attend Anime Milwaukee". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  23. ^ "Anime Milwaukee Takes Over". DHS Knightly News. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  24. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-02-03. 
  25. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2015 Information". Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  26. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2016 Information". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  27. ^ a b "Anime Milwaukee 2017 Information". Retrieved 2017-03-16. 

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