MomoCon 2014 Review

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MomoCon 2014 (Memorial Day weekend. May 23rd – May 25th)
This year Momo Con celebrated their 10th anniversary of Entertainment, Fandom, Panels, Gaming, Cosplaying and all around Good fun!

The con was located at the Hilton Atlanta & the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta GA. Organized by the amazing, hardworking staff and volunteers of Momo Con. The convention is one of the fastest growing Conventions in the area (If not the fastest, from what I have seen.) In 2012 they had 8600 Anime, game and sci-fi loving fans. The event was one to be remembered I hear, and the numbers prove it when their attendants jumped in 2013 with a whopping 12,200+ fans. This year they grew by at least 3000 more fans bringing in over 14,600 attendees in their 10th year.

Guests for MomoCon 2014 included American voice actors Rory Alderton (senior animator at Riot Games, the developer and publisher of League of Legends), Troy Baker (Greed in Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, ), Dante Basco (Rufio in Hook and Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender), Courtnee Draper (perhaps best known for her role as Elizabeth in Bioshock Infinite), Ashley Johnson (has had a lot of starring roles, but is most recently known as Ellie from Naughty Dog, Inc.’s The Last of Us), Bryce Papenbrook  (Eren Jaeger, Attack on Titan), and that is just a handful of the guest that attended MomoCon 2014.

Before we get to the guests and panels I would like to share 3 interviews;

I had the pleasure of interviewing 3 great Con Goer’s/fans and the below is what they had to say in their very own word;
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(First interview: Sarah)

Me: How many con’s have you been to before MomoCon this year?
Sarah: This was my first for the year, I usually only attend AWA con due to money and resources.
Me: Was this your first time attending MomoCon 2014?
Sarah: Yes, this was my first MomoCon c:

Me: Compared to other cons, how would you rate MomoCon 2014? 0 being bleh and 10 being flawless.
Sarah: I’d give it a solid seven and a half.
Me: What made you choose to attend MoMoCon 2014?
Sarah: It was cheap enough for me to afford, and i had friends going. I also wanted to cosplay!
Me: What was your 3 favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
Sarah: The amazing cosplays
Me: The panels appealed to many different interests and fandoms
Sarah: It was a very fun, sociable, and friendly con. Everyone got along!

Me: What was your 3 least favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
Sarah:
1: The elevators were so crowded!
2: The panels were a bit hard to find…
3: Some things weren’t planned very well (photoshoots, etc)

Me: Did you cosplay? And if so has who?
Sarah: Yes! Meiko Sakine from Vocaloid, and I debuted terezi pyrope from Homestuck.

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about your character?
Sarah: Terezi is very fun to cosplay, she’s blind in the webcomic, so that was fun to play around with.

Me: Did you buy or make your costume?: If bough, where? If made, would you care to tell us about it?
Sarah: I painted my shirt for Terezi, and i ordered the glasses and cane. The glasses were from Etsy, they were amazing quality. You can find so much great stuff on there that you can’t get anywhere else.

Me: Please, in your own words tell us about your MomoCon 2014 experience?
Sarah: Overall, it was great! I didn’t attend many panels, but I met a lot of cool people, and had a lot of fun cosplaying for the first time in a while.

Me: If you could say 1 thing to the team of MoMoCon, What would it be?
Sarah: Everything was great, but the panels were a bit difficult to find, and the maps were confusing as well


(Second interview: Adam)

Me: How many con’s have you been to before MomoCon this year?
Adam: i have been to 7 cons, so I’m still relatively green.

Me: Was this your first time attending MomoCon 2014?
Adam: this was my first time going to momo but hopefully it won’t be my last.

Me: Compared to other cons, how would you rate MomoCon 2014? 0 being bleh and 10 being
Adam:8

Me: What was your 3 favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
1- i made a lot of connections while there.
2- most of the people i know from other cons were present as well.
3- the con staff were all really friendly.

Me: What was your 3 least favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
I, unfortunately, have vertigo in large rooms… so the Marriot lobby freaked me out. not the con’s fault though. Lol
2- didn’t seem very advertised, since none of the people around the city anonymously knew it was momocon weekend, i got stared at, kuz people thought i was part of the KKK.
3- i didn’t really like how expensive the rooms were but i guess that’s expected for a con.

Me: Did you cosplay? And if so has who?
Adam: I did cosplay. i cosplayed Ezio Auditore da Firenze

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about your character?
Adam: Ezio during his late Teenage years was part of the order of assassins in the game assassin’s creed. To set him apart from the other assassin’s i portrayed his more romantic attribute, being that in his teen years he was kind of a ladies man. i tried to illustrate that in my cosplay.


(Third interview: Deadpool)

Me: How many con’s have you been to before MomoCon this year?
Deadpool: 9 cons including momo.

Me: Was this your first time attending MomoCon 2014?
Deadpool Yes this was my first time attending.
Me: Compared to other cons, how would you rate MomoCon 2014? With 0 being bleh and 10 being flawless.

Deadpool: I’ll rate it a seven.

Me: What made you choose to attend MoMoCon 2014?
Deadpool: My friend suggested it so I attended it with my friends.

Me: What was your 3 favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
Deadpool:
1: I enjoyed the dealers room.
2: Interacting with the cosplayers.
3: the artist gallery

Me: What was your 3 least favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
1: I got run over by a cleaning lady
2: the slow moving elevators
3: it was very very hot in the higher levels where I was staying

Me: What was your 3 least favorite things about MomoCon 2014?
Deadpool: Yes I did Cosplay. And as the Marvel character DeadPool

Me: Did you cosplay? And if so has who?
Deadpool: Deadpool is a Ex X-Force member who became a Mercenary. He is a gun Toting sword wielding grenade flinging death machine hence the name “DeadPool” he wears a full body suit because he has bad Skin Cancer. He’s a master swordsman. Marksman and martial artist. He’s funny and likes to mess with people. So I got a laugh out of the character and decided. Hey why not.

Me: Can you tell me a little bit about your character?
Deadpool: I bought my body suit and made most of his items that go with it being sword sheathes gun belt. Etc.

Me: Did you buy or make your costume?: If bough, where? If made, would you care to tell us about it?
Deadpool: It was pretty fun I’ll admit. I would go again. Hopefully next year I won’t be run over hahaha.
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The above are true, unedited reviews from amazing fans.

Guests and video game creator
Ed Fries created his first video games for the Atari 800 in the early 1980s. He joined Microsoft in 1986, and spent the next ten years as one of the early developers on Excel and Word. He left the Office team to pursue his passion for interactive entertainment and created Microsoft Game Studios. Over the next eight years he grew the team from 50 people to over 1200, published more than 100 games including more than a dozen million+ sellers, co-founded the Xbox project, and made Microsoft one of the leaders in the interactive entertainment business.  He was a prime evangelist of the platform to game developers and had an important role in the acquisition of developers Bungie Studios, Ensemble Studios and Rare.In 2004, Ed retired from his Microsoft Vice President job to continue his work in the video game business as board member, advisor and consultant to a broad range of publishers, independent game developers, and media companies. In 2007 Ed launched his own startup, FigurePrints, an innovative company that uses 3D color printing technology to bring video game characters to life. In the summer of 2010 Ed released “Halo 2600”, a “demake” of the Halo video game series for the Atari 2600.

Rocker-turn-actor Troy Baker has become the go-to voice actor for the anime and gaming community. The Texas native first began working in video games by playing Sgt. Matt Baker in the Brothers in Arms franchise and in anime as Frank Archer and Greed in Full Metal Alchemist and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, respectively.Since then, Troy has been heard as Vincent Brooks in Catherine; Two-Face/Harvey Dent in Batman: Arkham City; and as Jetfire inTransformers: War for Cybertron. Anime fans will recognize him as Van Kleiss in Generator Rex; Yamato in Naruto Shippuden; Mitsunari Ishida in Sengoku Basara; Kouga Gennosuke in Basilisk; and Excalibur from Soul Eater. Most recently, fans soared through the skies of Columbia with him as Booker DeWitt in Bioshock Infinite and fought to survive the infected as Joel in The Last of Us.

With a career spanning over two and a half decades, Dante Basco is a Hollywood actor who has become a cult classic and pioneering figure in Asian American cinema. He was first introduced in Steven Spielberg’s fairytale movie Hook, as “Rufio”, the leader of the Lost Boys. He quickly jumped to leading roles like Newline’s Take the Lead, opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Debut, which became the voice of a Filipino American generation. 20th Century Fox executives were so mesmerized by the uniqueness of Dante’s look and ability that they gave him a development deal for his own series and he starred in a pilot for Touchstone/ABC, The Chang Family Saves the World, written and produced by John Ridley and directed by Paris Barclay. Ever versatile, he’s “Jake Long” in Disney’s animated seriesAmerican Dragon: Jake Long as well as “Prince Zuko” in Nickelodeon’s phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender and most recently as “General Iroh” in The Legend of Korra.

Voted “Most Likely To Be Someone Else” by his high school classmates, Maurice LaMarche has been doing character voices and impressions since his childhood. He started actually getting paid for it at the tender age of 19, when he began performing standup comedy at Toronto’s “Yuk Yuk’s” comedy club, launching his career at the same time as longtime friends Howie Mandel and Jim Carrey. After moving to Los Angeles in 1980, Maurice began a ten-year stint in standup touring as the opening act for such performers as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, Kool & The Gang, and The Temptations/The Four Tops Tour. In 1985, Maurice began a second career in the wonderful world of animation voiceovers, finding himself cast as “Chief Quimby” in Inspector Gadget, and “Egon Spengler” in The Real Ghostbusters in rapid succession. The work has kept coming ever since; he has performed on over one hundred animated series, and has been Emmy-nominated three times (once in Daytime, twice in Primetime) for his voice acting: First, in 1990, for the primetime politically satirical puppet show D.C. Follies, starring Fred Willard; then again in 1999 for playing “The Brain” in Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain (he won ASIFA-Hollywood’s Annie Award later that year for playing the megalomaniacal mouse), and this past year, he was again nominated, and this time, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in Matt Groening’s Futurama, where he plays more than seventy regular, frequently-recurring, and one-off characters, including “Morbo The Newscaster”, “Calculon”, “The Donbot”, “Clamps”, “Hedonismbot”, and, Zapp Brannigan’s long-suffering First Officer, “Kif Kroker”.Maurice is also often heard in the commercial world as the voice of Toucan Sam (spokesbird of Kellogg’s Froot Loops cereal, a part he’s played since 1987), and he is especially proud to have been chosen, beginning in the summer of 2009, to be the current signature Voice of Lexus.

Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor. Cherami began her work in the “Anime World” voicing Sae in Peach Girl, and has since played Aisa, Pepper, and Miss Golden Week in One Piece, Yaz in Shin Chan, Primula in Shuffle, Setsuna and Akira inNegima, Naomi in Witchblade, Himawari in xxxHolic, Makoto in Sasami: Magical Girls Club, Mai in Ghost Hunt, Ayano in Stigma, Road in D. Grayman, Shijima in Nabari, Shinooka in Big Windup, Honoka in Kenichi, Kirimi in Ouran Host Club, and recently released Bamboo Blade as Tamaki, Sergeant Frog as Natsumi, and Soul Eater as Patty. She has voiced many video games including Lux Pain as Nami.Cherami began acting at 6 and has worked with LeAnn Rimes, Bernadette Peters, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Ashley Johnson, Wilmer Valderamma, Marcia Gay Harden, Thomas Jane, Avril Lavigne and many others. She has worked on Fast Food Nation (directed by: Richard Linklater), The Hottest State(directed by: Ethan Hawke), and The Mist (directed by: Frank Darabont), she recently appeared as the overachieving Ginnie Warwick on NBC’s Friday Night Lights , you can also recognize Cherami working alongside Claire Danes in HBO’s film Temple Grandin. She has also appeared on NBC’s CHASE & ABC’s The Deep End.Cherami is currently working on several projects, on and off camera, which she is anxious to share with her fans.

Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rob Paulsen “loved cartoons like most kids” and aspired to be a professional hockey player. “Fortunately, I learned pretty quickly that I had neither the talent, temperament nor dental insurance to pursue a career as a pro hockey player”. Ironically, acting was something to “fall back on” and Rob has voiced beloved characters in several iconic animated series: Yakko Warner in Animaniacs and Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, but may be best known to animation fans the world over as the voice of the boisterous and energetic laboratory mouse Pinky in two hit series Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and The Brainand Pinky, Elmyra, and The Brain for Warner Brothers.With over 2,000 half-hours of animation to his credit, Rob’s versatility shines in his starring roles as the voices of Yakko, Dr. Scratch‘N’Sniff and Pinky in the Peabody and the two-time Emmy award-winning series, Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs also for Warner Brothers. Currently, he can be heard as Peck in Back at the Barnyard, Birdbrain in T.U.F.F.

Puppy, Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom and various characters, including Mark Chang in Fairly Odd Parents, all on Nickelodeon, as well as a number of Disney projects including The Little Mermaid III; Ariel’s Beginning, Jacques and the Grand Duke in Cinderellaand the role of Bobble in the Tinkerbell DVD series. For young fans of Play House Disney, Rob provides the voices of Al in Can you teach my Alligator Manners? and Ze Fronk in Tasty Time with Ze Fronk and Toodles in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

All those amazing guests, and they are just a handful of the guests that Momocon had to offer. The rest of the convention offered plenty of opportunities for fans to attend Q&As from the convention specialists, stars and the most skilled in their respective fields.

For everyone interested in production, MomoCon also offered Panel’s from “Funimation Network” and “ToonNomi”

Toonami is a late-night animated programming block on [adult swim] geared toward action-oriented programming, primarily consisting of American cartoons and Japanese anime. The name is a portmanteau of the words “cartoon” and “tsunami”, suggesting a “tidal wave” of animated shows. Toonami first aired on Cartoon Network from March 17, 1997, to September 20, 2008. On May 26, 2012, Adult Swim relaunced Toonami as an adult-oriented animated block, which continues as a Saturday night action block. During its original run, Toonami was famous for showcasing action anime that were popular with American audiences, such as Dragon Ball Z, Gundam Wing, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo!, One Piece, Outlaw Star, and Naruto.
The best part is the above is only a taste of what Momocon has to offer.

 I found one thing to be really cool, is that Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo provided 20 arcade cabinets on free play during Momo Con, it included;

Donkey Kong
Ms. Pac Man
Missile Command
Pac-Man Multicade
Wizard of Wor
Gyruss
Asteroids
Tempest
Punchout
Williams Multi-game
Gunsmoke
Shinobi
Street Fighter II
Neo-Geo
Area 51
NFL Blitz
Marvel Vs. Capcom 2
Pinball Machines
Taxi
AC/DC
Metallica

Momo Con 2014 offered over 700hours in panel’s, Demonstrations and workshops posted by genre and general interest.

I must say, Momocon had an amazing “Attack On Titan” gathering, I took many photos of the event, but here are a few.

I even found an amazing cosplayer of a Titan that was not all, well skinned lol.

Another exciting event for Saturday night was the “Craftsmanship Cosplay contest”. No doubt that it brought out some of the best cosplayers in Atlanta Ga that night. We had the pleasure of filming the full event so please check out our Youtube page, listed below if you are interested.

In conclusion, I would have given Momocon a 10 if not for 3 factors:

1: if you had to use an elevator in the hotel that the dealers room were in, be prepared to wait 20 to 40 minutes, for a round trip.

2: The staff of the Hotel, (Not momoCon but the hotel) was rude. One maid hit my reporter hard with a cart, bruising his arm and knocking him into my videographer, nearly knocking him down as well, and when we brought it to the manager’s attention they just didn’t seem to care all that much.

3: At the Rave, it was a little packed, that would not have been so bad but there were people in the back swinging glow sticks around on a string, and though it looked really cool, I nearly go t hit by one about a hand full of times then there was a lot of shirtless guys who, I didn’t want their sweaty bodies near me so I stayed 10minutes and then left.

Other than those three factors I would have said it was a nearly perfect con. The Momo Con staff were very polite, friendly, fun and helpful, It was well thought out and entertaining.

The www.upcomingcons.com reporting Crew would give Momo Con 2014 a solid 8.5 which is a great review for us, and in closing say, “Momo Con is a fun, exciting, entertaining con that is fun for the whole family with great people, amazing talent, panels and games which will keep you occupied for the whole weekend. Momo Con can be a lot of fun for someone going by themselves, but I highly recommend bringing as many friends as you can for the 2015 year because it is an experience worth sharing with all your friends and those you care about, both far and near."

~RSBear- writer, Photographers Logan, Darien & Chelea Bear

Sites: www.upcomingcons.com
Youtube channel’s MomoCon 2014 Costume contest.: http://youtu.be/RDXsIAzqxXs

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