Anime fans will dress in costume for Youmacon. Last year, Olivia Meloche, left, of Holland and Isa Dailey, of Grand Rapids dressed up as charactes from 'Black Butler.' (David Guralnick / The Detroit News)
Youmacon is back this weekend at the Renaissance Center and Cobo Center with a full slate programming for fans of Japanese anime and manga.
The convention, which drew more than 12,000 fans last year, will kick off Thursday evening with a variety of programming at the RenCen that’s free and open to the public, including panel discussions and a costume pajama party.
“We're trying to promote a new way for people to experience Halloween,” says con organizer Morgan Kollin.
After that, the show runs Friday-Sunday, with at-the-door prices ranging from $20 for Sunday only to $60 for a three-day pass.
Guests include bands such as Steam Powered Giraffe and several writers, artists and anime voice actors and directors, such as Michele Knotz (“Pokemon”), Chuck Huber (“Hetalia”), Sonny Strait (“Dragonball Z”) and Caitlin Glass (“Fullmetal Alchemist”). Events and programs include a formal charity costume ball, karaoke, a maid cafe, Anime Name That Tune and more.
Kollin says upwards of 15,000 people are expected this year, with large blocks sold out at several downtown hotels. Guests come from as far away as China, Japan, Brazil and Australia.
For information, visit youmacon.com.