Welcome to Youmacon 2013!
Are you ready for 2014? We're putting the finishing touches on our 2014 website, but in the meantime, we'd like to announce the online registration for Youmacon 2014 is now open. You can register online at http://bit.ly/1qW5KW9. More 2014 information, along with guest announcements are coming later this week.
Hello everyone, and thanks for your patience. As you may have noticed, we had an odd error on our web server for the last couple of months which prevented our website from displaying assets (images, style sheets, etc...) properly to many users. We have migrated our website to a new server to fix this issue. If you're reading this message, our server migration was successful.
We're getting everything prepared behind the scenes right now for Youmacon 2014. There will be more information for this year's Youmacon, our 10th year, coming in April. If you can't wait that long, we're also putting together a new spring event at the Renaissance Center called The Midwest Media Expo, which will focus on Fandoms, Film, Cosplay, Comics, Video Games, and Tabletop Gaming. The Expo will take place from April 25-27, and more information is available at http://www.midwestmediaexpo.com.
Thank you for making Youmacon 2013 an amazing year. We would like to continue to improve, and we need your feedback to make it happen. Please fill out the online feedback form here and let us know about your Youmacon experience!
There are a lot of kids who aren't able to play games with their friends because they are patients in hospitals. Youmacon proudly supports the efforts of Extra Life, a charity which is raising money for children's miracle network hospitals. Our current gloal is to raise $1,500 for Beaumont Children's Hospital. We believe video games can help bring a brighter future to Beaumont's patients, and you can help prove that by donating to our campaign.
While each of us can be heroes in the games we play, by contributing to extra life, we can be heroes in real life. Join the thousands of gamers who do. Please help Youmacon support the children of Beaumont! Thank you!
Our massive video game tournament, the Youmacon Championships is now live on stream. Click here to view all of the streams.
Can you believe it? Youmacon 2013 is less than a week away, and we’ve prepared this guide for you to get ready for the convention.
To begin planning your weekend, we’ve made available the Youmacon 2013 Schedule for download.
Prepare yourself for Youmacon with an advanced simulation of traveling to the convention. Using the very latest in electronic gaming technology, we are happy to bring you Youmacon Trail. Give it a try, and remember to submit you high score at the end for a chance to win a prize.
If you are under 18, please bring the completed 2013 Parental Consent Form with you.
Youmacon is pleased to bring to you these exciting new events.
Maru/Batz - The J-Game of True and False!
This convention version of the popular Japanese game show invites EVERY audience member to be a contestant! We will ask true and false questions, allow you each to be the game pieces, and have wacky games for the survivors! 50% correct, 100% fun!
Guests Against Humanity! (18+ Event)
What happens when you combine specialized Youmacon-version Cards Against Humanity with some of our guests? Over ten million views on Youtube! Come join the fun and be there for history! (There is a typo in the schedule. Please note that this IS in fact an 18+ event)
For a complete list of our exciting events for Youmacon 2013, please take a look at the official Youmacon schedule.
We have now finalized our special guest line-up for Youmacon 2013. Who are you exited to see?
Event Registration will be inside the Michigan Hall at the Cobo Center. Thursday's events are free and open to the public.
The at-the-door prices for Youmacon 2013 are listed below:
Thursday's events are free and open to the public and do not require a badge.
Badges are for sale during normal registration hours listed above.
Online Pre-Registration badge pickup will be available during normal registration hours, and also Thursday from 6pm - 10pm, and Friday starting at 11am. This is in addition to the normal registration schedule.
Last year attendees staying at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center were required to have wristbands to access the elevator. We are happy to confirm that there will be NO WRISTBANDS required for Youmacon 2013. This year the Marriott will be issuing special key cards for attendees staying at the hotel. To ensure you get into your room quickly, please have the names ready of those you are rooming with (4 max per room as per fire code).
Both the Vendors and Artist Alley areas will be located inside the Wayne Hall on level 2 of Cobo. The room will open one hour early for platinum attendees.
We have partnered with several of the hotels in the downtown area to bring you special rates for Youmacon 2013. These rates offer a discount of $50+ the normal per-night charge for most rooms. To help us maintain a great relationship with these hotels, and to help keep the rates low for future Youmacon events, we ask you to keep your hotel room clean. If you plan on using extensive make-up, please bring your own towels or wipes. Attendees may be charged for damages to the room or linens. All hotel rooms have a maximum capacity of 4 per room to comply with Michigan fire code.
The city of Detroit’s public transportation train, “The People Mover” is recommended for transport between the Renaissance Center, Cobo Hall, and the various area hotels in the downtown area. The Renaissance Center, Cobo, and Greektown each have their own people mover stations, where the Holiday Inn express is a block away from the Michigan Avenue people mover station. Discounted event people mover passes both in the Registration hall at Cobo, and at the Ren Cen. These passes allow for unlimited people mover trips per person throughout the entire event for $5.00 each. Without the card, one way fare is $0.75 per trip.
We have also worked with several parking garages to bring you special rates for Youmacon 2013!
The Atwater and Beaubien parking garages are located just east of the Renaissance Center, and are offering special rates of $12.00 per day for Thursday and Friday, and $6.00 per day for Saturday and Sunday. To take advantage of these special rates, please park in one of these lots and be sure to ask for a Beaubien / Atwater voucher at the front desk at the Ren Cen.
Guests of Greektown Casino Hotel may use their parking structures at no charge. The Greektown people mover is one block away from the hotel, and is even accessible from inside the casino.
Additional Parking is also available at Cobo Center and the Miller parking garage located immediately to the west of the Ren Cen.
Click Here for a map of the downtown area – including parking locations, hotel locations, the best walking path between the two locations, and much more.
You’ve asked for more great events like Youmacon, and we’ve been working hard to make this happen. Next year we are going to bring you not one, but two massive conventions in downtown Detroit:
Be sure to check out closing ceremonies for important information on these two events!
Be sure to share this page with your friends to pass along this information! See you in a few days!
We have a few last minute openings in our Artist Alley, and we are now opening these tables to the public. These tables will be available on a first-come first-serve basis.
Visit our Artist Alley page fore more info.
Youmacon is a popular culture event similar to most “Comic Cons”, however instead of focusing on comic books, Youmacon is a celebration of Japanese popular culture and its influence on our own culture over the past few decades. Common themes throughout the event are Anime (Japanese animation), Video Games, Japanese style artwork and comics, and the rising internet culture influenced by all of the above.
Youmacon brings a unique all-ages mix of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit. One of its most popular events, “Live Action Mario Party”, emulates the video game experience – often filling the room to fire code capacity. Players participate in gameshow-like mini-games to help their teams advance and win.
Wearing costumes, or “Cosplay” as it's known at conventions, is very popular with attendees of Youmacon. It is not uncommon to walk into a pair of Italian plumbers in overalls on the escalator, only to meet someone dressed as Edward Elric or Master Chief from Halo minutes later.
When is Youmacon 2013?
October 31 - November 3rd.
Where will it be?
Cobo Center & The Detroit Marriott at the Renascence Center in Downtown Detroit, Michigan.
Do I have to wear a costume (cosplay)?
Costumes are in no way required, but they can be a lot of fun. It's up to you!
When / how can I reserve my Hotel Room?
Hotel reservations are now available for The Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Greektown Casino Hotel, & the Holiday Inn Express. Click here for more information.
Event Registration will be inside the Michigan Hall at the Cobo Center
Online Pre-Registraion badge pickup is also available Thursday from 6pm - 10pm, and Friday starting at 11am.
At the door prices (Cash Only) are as follows:
Thursday's events are free and open to the public.
Sooo I know Youmacon just ended but I'm already not so patiently waiting to buy my ticket for next year :)Crystal J. via Facebook