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Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Video Games, and popular culture.[1][2]
Venue Hyatt Regency Columbus
Location(s) Columbus, Ohio
Country United States
Inaugurated 2006
Attendance 4,500 in 2014

Matsuricon is a three-day anime convention held during August in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The convention is family friendly.[3]


The convention typically offers an artist alley, cosplay contest, dealers room, formal ball, gaming (arcade, board, video), karaoke, masquerade, and a video contest.[1][3][4] The Carolina Manga Library provided the conventions manga library in 2014.[4][5] Matsuricon's 2014 charity fundraisers raised $13,916 and benefited Pelotonia.[4]


In 2012 the convention hosted the Distant Worlds concert, led by Arnie Roth.[2][6] The concert was followed up with a meet and greet event with composer Nobuo Uematsu for VIP ticket holders.[2][6]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
April 20–23, 2006 Comfort Inn North
Columbus, Ohio
400 Johnny Yong Bosch, Joanna Estep, Eyeshine, Gakidomo, Michael Gould, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Christy Lijewski, Tristan MacAvery, William Sebree, Patrick Seitz, Mindy Timpone, Harlan Watkins, Mariah Watkins, and Where's the Buffet?.[7]
September 7–9, 2007 Columbus Marriott Northwest
Dublin, Ohio
Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Tristan MacAvery, So Be It, Harlan Watkins, Mariah Watkins, and Where's the Buffet?.[8]
August 22–24, 2008 Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington
Worthington, Ohio[9]
702 Robert Axelrod, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Tristan MacAvery, Jeremy Mauney, Mindy Timpone, Harlan Watkins, Mariah Watkins, and E. K. Weaver.[10]
August 28–30, 2009 Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington
Worthington, Ohio
Jamal Ard, Robert Axelrod, Juliet Cesario, Trevor Devall, Caitlin Glass, Kyle Hebert, Steve Horton, Chris Hoskins, Brandon Johnson, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Tristan MacAvery, Chris Martin, Kevin McKeever, Tyler Patrick, Mindy Timpone, Xenogenesis, and Stephanie Young.[11]
August 13–15, 2010 Doubletree Hotel Columbus/Worthington
Columbus, Ohio
1,550 Jamal Ard, David Brehm, Scott Freeman, Hilary Hatch, Kyle Hebert, Chris Hoskins, Brandon Johnson, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Kevin McKeever, Jacob Newell, Brina Palencia, Michael Poe, Micah Solusod, Sonny Strait, Mindy Timpone, Eric Vale, Doug Walker, Julie Wright, and Stephanie Young.[12]
August 17–19, 2011 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
2,700 Kevin Bolk, David Brehm, Scott Freeman, Josh Grelle, Jennifer Hale, Clarine Harp, James Hatton, Kyle Hebert, Taliesin Jaffe, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Cherami Leigh, Kevin McKeever, Steve "Warky" Nunez, Brina Palencia, Ian Sinclair, Micah Solusod, Sonny Strait, Eric Stuart, Veronica Taylor, Mindy Timpone, Alexis Tipton, Eric Vale, Doug Walker, and Stephanie Young.[13]
August 24–26, 2012 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
Madison Bartholemew, David Brehm, Chris Cason, Daniel Coglan, Scott Freeman, Todd Haberkorn, James Hatton, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Cherami Leigh, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Tony Oliver, Brina Palencia, Chris Sabat, Ayu Sakata, Ian Sinclair, Micah Solusod, Sonny Strait, Mindy Timpone, Nobuo Uematsu, Doug Walker, Cathy Weseluck, and Stephanie Young.[14]
August 23–25, 2013 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
4,400 Scott Freeman, James Hatton, Kyle Hebert, Chuck Huber, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovel, Lauren Landa, Scott McNeil, Ayu Sakata, Ian Sinclair, Micah Solusod, John Swasey, J. Michael Tatum, David Vincent, Lisle Wilkerson, Travis Willingham, and Stephanie Young.[15]
August 22–24, 2014 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
4,500[3] Kevin Bolk, Johnny Yong Bosch, David Brehm, Christine Marie Cabanos, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Eyeshine, Scott Freeman, Josh Grelle, Darrel Guilbeau, James Hatton, Chuck Huber, Erik Scott Kimerer, Lauren Landa, Scott McNeil, Danielle McRae, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Trina Nishimura, Professor Shyguy, Ayu Sakata, Ian Sinclair, Micah Solusod, Brad Swaile, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Sarah Williams, Stephanie Young.[16]
August 14–16, 2015 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center[3]
Crowne Plaza[3]
Columbus, Ohio
Kevin Bolk, David Brehm, Jessica Calvello, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Kyle Hebert, Bridget Hoffman, Alex Kolesar, Joe Kovell, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, Scott McNeil, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Tony Oliver, Jake Paque, Professor Shyguy, Patrick Seitz, Kieran Strange, Karen Strassman, John Swasey, Eric Vale, Cristina Vee, Lisle Wilkerson, and Stephanie Young.[17]
August 19–21, 2016 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
Kevin Bolk, Colleen Clinkenbeard, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Richard Epcar, Lydia Mackay, Mike McFarland, Lisa Ortiz, Brina Palencia, Professor Shyguy, Chris Sabat, Tara Sands, Patrick Seitz, Ian Sinclair, Mike Sinterniklaas, Paul St. Peter, Sonny Strait, Kieran Strange, John Swasey, and Eric Vale.[18]
August 25–27, 2017 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
Zach Aguilar, Christine Marie Cabanos, Jennifer Cihi, Robbie Daymond, Sandy Fox, Erika Harlacher, Kyle Hebert, Xanthe Huynh, Kazha, Lauren Landa, Lex Lang, Erica Lindbeck, Julie Maddalena, Kyle McCarley, Erica Mendez, Tony Oliver, and Spike Spencer.[19]


  1. ^ a b "Matsuricon 2012 Event to Draw Anime Fans". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "Matsuricon Announces Distant Worlds Concert with Nobou Uematsu in Attendance". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Ward, Allison (August 13, 2015). "Matsuricon lures talent from worlds of anime, games". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Ulm, J. J. (September 3, 2014). "Matsuricon 2014 Rocks Columbus". Columbus Free Press. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Dong, Bamboo (April 16, 2014). "South Carolina Non-Profit Provides Manga Library for Local Cons". Anime News Network. Retrieved 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Mayr, Bill (2012-08-23). "Singers to join Orchestra to play to fans of video games". Columbus Dispatch. Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Matsuricon 2006 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  8. ^ "Matsuricon 2007 Information". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  9. ^ Brenner, Robin (2007). Understanding Manga and Anime. Libraries Unlimited. p. 210. ISBN 1591583322. 
  10. ^ "Matsuricon 2008 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  11. ^ "Matsuricon 2009 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Matsuricon 2010 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  13. ^ "Matsuricon 2011 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  14. ^ "Matsuricon 2012 Information". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  15. ^ "Matsuricon 2013 Information". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Matsuricon 2014 Information". Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Matsuricon 2015 Information". Retrieved 2015-08-12. 
  18. ^ "Matsuricon 2016 Information". Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  19. ^ "Matsuricon 2017 Information". Retrieved 2017-09-21. 

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