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 Notable guests
February 29 - March 2, 2008 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Darrel Guilbeau, and Sonny Strait[16]
February 27 - March 1, 2009 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Todd Haberkorn, Wendy Powell[17]
March 12–14, 2010 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell, Chris Sabat[18]
February 18–20, 2011 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center[4]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Chris Cason, Mike McFarland, Monica Rial, Spike Spencer, and Doug Walker[19]
February 17–19, 2012 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3,492[20] Robert Axelrod, Chris Cason, and Doug Walker[20]
February 15–17, 2013 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Delta Center
(formerly Frontier Airlines Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4,816[21] Chris Cason, Todd Haberkorn, Alexis Tipton, Nobuo Uematsu,[21][22] Ian Sinclair[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, Jamie Marchi, Bryce Papenbrook, Patrick Seitz, Ian Sinclair, Christopher Smith, and David Vincent[24]
February 13–15, 2015 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7,745[25] Steven Blum, Jason Bulmahn, Leah Clark, Terri Doty, Caitlin Glass, Erica Mendez, Eric Stuart, Ayumi Tanaka, J. Michael Tatum, David Vincent, Tom Wayland[25]
March 11–13, 2016 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,313[26] Todd Haberkorn, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, Brina Palencia, Chris Sabat[26]
February 17–19, 2017 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,520[27] Lucien Dodge, Erica Lindbeck, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Laura Post, Ian Sinclair, Austin Tindle[27]
February 16–18, 2018 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Johnny Yong Bosch, Adam Croasdell, Crispin Freeman, Chris Parson, Jon St. John, Cristina Vee, and Kari Wahlgren.[28]


  1. ^ ""It's been a really busy con:" Cosplay fans flock to Wisconsin's largest anime event". Fox 6. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 
  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. 
  28. ^ "Anime Milwaukee 2018 Information". Retrieved 2018-01-16. 

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