What began as a Georgia Tech anime club is now the tenth largest anime convention in North America, with more than 15,000 attendees expected this year. MomoCon 2014 will celebrate its tenth anniversary show this May 23–26 at the Hilton Atlanta and the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
MomoCon has experienced tremendous growth since the first convention, held in 2005, drawing 750 attendees. Eight years later, MomoCon welcomed more than 12,000 attendees to their 2013 show.
“MomoCon’s success can be attributed in part to Atlanta’s position as a film and television industry hub,” said Chris Stuckey, chairman, MomoCon. “More and more animation, gaming and television work is being done here, which raises Atlanta’s profile in pop culture which attracts more and more fans to Atlanta to engage in events like ours.”
In 2013, television networks and movie production studios generated $3.3 billion in economic impact for Georgia, according to the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Additionally, economic activity resulting from the gaming industry topped $1.9 billion in 2013, according to the Georgia Game Developers Association (GGDA).
“As one of the top five production destinations in the country, Atlanta attracts television and film professionals year-round,” said William Pate, president and CEO, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB). “The entertainment industry and events that celebrate it, like MomoCon, put Atlanta on the map for fans who want to engage with their favorite characters and stars.”
This year’s MomoCon star guests include the cast from 1993 animated television hit, Animanics, and writer and producer Mike Reiss of The Simpsons, among others.