MechaCon

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MechaCon
Jett and Zee.jpg
MechaCon mascots: Jett and Zee
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Transformers, and Japanese culture.[1][2]
Venue Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Location(s) New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
Inaugurated 2005
Organized by Sennin Productions, LLC[3]
Website
http://www.mechacon.com/

MechaCon is an annual three-day anime convention held during the summer at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's the oldest active anime convention in Louisiana.[2]

Programming[edit]

The convention typically offers a artist’s alley, cosplay competition, dealer's room, gaming, and maid/host show.[2][4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Event history[edit]

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 26–28, 2005 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
750 paid Tiffany Grant, Limit Break Cosplay, Joshua Seth, Doug Smith, and Alec Willows.[7]
August 11–13, 2006 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,100 paid 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.[8]
August 3–5, 2007 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,480 paid 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.[9]
August 1–3, 2008 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,065 paid Greg Ayres, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, John Chambers, Francesco Forni, Lisa Furukawa, Ilaria Graziano, Carl Macek, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Tommy Yune.[10]
July 24–26, 2009 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,590 paid Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Garry Chalk, Samantha Inoue-Harte, David Kaye, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, and Wendy Powell.[11]
July 16–18, 2010 New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana
3,480 paid Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, Mari Iijima,[12] Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Tony Oliver, Wendy Powell, Ellyn Stern, J. Michael Tatum, Dan Woren, Tommy Yune,[13] and Robotech Convention Tour.[3]
August 26–28, 2011 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
4,240 paid 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.[14]
September 7–9, 2012 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
4,780 paid 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.[15]
August 23–25, 2013 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
11,300[16][non-primary source needed] 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.[17]
August 1–3, 2014 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
13,953[16][non-primary source needed] 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.[18]
July 17–19, 2015 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
15,180[16][non-primary source needed] Steven Blum, Steve Kenson, Jonathan Klein, Kyle "Ex-Shadow" Mathis, Malinda "Malindachan" Mathis, Mike McFarland, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Courtney "Courtoon" Morelock, Nylon Pink, Brina Palencia, Austin Tindle, Greg Weisman, and Tommy Yun.[19]
July 29-31, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
16,567[16][non-primary source needed] Amelie Belcher, Garry Chalk, Caleb Hyles, Kazha, Courtney "Courtoon" Morelock, Jason Narvy, Khary Payton, Wendy Powell, Paul Schrier, and Steve Yun.[20]
July 28-30, 2017[21] Hyatt Regency New Orleans
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 c Stromquist, Kat (July 31, 2016). "Androids and anime: a day at MechaCon (slideshow)". Gambit. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "MechaCon Celebrates a Quarter Century of Robotech!" (Press release). Robotech. 2010-07-07. Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  4. ^ Cannon, Adam (September 12, 2013). "An Inside Look at the World of Mechacon". The Paper Wolf. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  5. ^ Katrina's effects on the anime community, Animecons.com, 2005-09-05, retrieved 2008-08-19 
  6. ^ Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Charity Screening at MechaCon!!!, Harmony Gold USA, 2006-06-02, archived from the original on April 1, 2015, retrieved 2008-08-19 
  7. ^ "MechaCon 2005 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  8. ^ "MechaCon 2006 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  9. ^ "MechaCon 2007 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  10. ^ "MechaCon 2008 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  11. ^ "MechaCon 2009 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  12. ^ "Louisiana's MechaCon Hosts Singer/Actress Mari Iijima". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
  13. ^ "MechaCon 2010 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  14. ^ "MechaCon 2011 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ "MechaCon 2012 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  16. ^ a b c d "MechaCon About Us". MechaCon.com. Retrieved 2014-12-23. 
  17. ^ "MechaCon 2013 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  18. ^ "MechaCon 2014 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  19. ^ "MechaCon 2015 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2015-07-28. 
  20. ^ "MechaCon 2016 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21. 
  21. ^ "MechaCon 2017 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2016-09-05. 

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Coordinates: 29°56′59″N 90°4′38″W / 29.94972°N 90.07722°W / 29.94972; -90.07722