Detroit, MI October 31 - November 3
Cobo Hall & The Renaissance Center




Youmacon Guidelines & FAQ

We at Youmacon are dedicated to bringing our attendees a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy our convention. To accomplish this, we have set forth a few guidelines and rules that we ask be adhered to.

  • Horseplay is dangerous. Just don't do it. Posing is fine; however, dangerous or risky behavior is not permitted.
  • If it is illegal outside the convention, it is illegal inside the convention as well. Follow all local, state and national laws.
  • If you wish to hold a sign for attendees to respond to, it must be in a location that does not interfere with convention traffic or activities, and passers-by must not be disturbed if they choose not to respond to the sign. Signs must not request or promise money or lewd or disruptive conduct.
  • Neither attendees nor staff may post signs on the walls.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in convention space. Keep it in your rooms. Public drunkenness will not be tolerated.
  • Keep high traffic areas clear and do not sleep in any public space of the hotel or convention.
  • A government issued photo ID (state, province, other...) is required for entry into age-restricted events.
  • Only authorized vendors may sell commercial items in the convention hotel.
  • Do everyone a favor and shower every day. Nobody likes stinky otaku. Getting enough food and sleep is also encouraged for a good con experience.
  • Staff is generally busy running events and making sure the convention goes smoothly. If you are asked to do something within reason by a staff member, comply without argument.


We are working with the hotel to address everyone's feedback.  You can expect more information on this issue when the hotel block opens up in a few months.

Cosplay Rules

No metal weapons, real firearms, or props loaded with high-velocity projectiles. Realistic weapon props may be peace-bonded at the discretion of security or masquerade staff. Props should be carried and posed with in a way that does not inconvenience or injure other attendees. Costumes must be tasteful and cover appropriate areas of the body. If you wish to participate in any of our costuming events, costumes must be of Japanese game, anime, manga or media (Sentai, music, J-rock, etc.) origin. No original characters are permitted. Korean media may be accepted.

FAQ Sections:

General FAQ

When/Where is Youmacon?

Youmacon 2013 will be held at both The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, and at Cobo Center.

How big is Youmacon?

In the past seven years, we've grown from about 1,000 attendees at the Detroit / Troy Hiltion in 2005, to becoming the first event to ever fill the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center to capacity in 2011 ? marking Youmacon as one of the fastest growing fan events in North America. Although Youmacon is larger than most Anime Conventions, we're not as big as San Diego Comic Con, Otakon, or Anime Expo. TL;DR: Just the right size.

When does the convention open and close?

The convention runs non-stop 24-hours a day from 8pm Thursday evening through 6pm Sunday afternoon. Majority of our panels are scheduled from 9am through 3am, and we are once again featuring our 24-hour video gaming room, tabletop gaming room, video/audio track (anime music videos) room, and our video screening rooms.

When will the schedule / guests / vendors / panels etc... be posted on the Web site?

We will post most of the information to the website as soon as we have the information finalized, so you may want to check back often. Major website updates are often announced on our Twitter feed @Youmacon and on Facebook.

How do I become Youmacon staff?

For the first time, Youmacon will be featuring an open application process for those who wish to be on staff, although previous volunteering experience at Youmacon, or similar conventions is preferred. Being a staff member is a little different than being a general volunteer, as you will report directly to a Department Head and work a fixed schedule. We will also have Volunteer sign-ups in advance for the first time this year as well.

More details on Volunteering and Staff Requirements will be available on the website as the convention draws near.

What if I have a question that's not listed here?

Before asking a question, please search the appropriate section(s) on our forums first. If your question is still unanswered, please feel free to post your question on the forums, or if it's more of a private nature you may e-mail the appropriate department on the contact page.

Registration FAQ

How has Registration changed for 2013?

When you purchase an attendee badge from the Youmacon website, you no longer need to be registered on our forums, nor do you need to enter the personal information for each badge purchased. This year we will be mailing out redemption codes which will replace the 'confirmation number' we've issued in previous years ? think of these like registration codes you may get when you purchase a new video game, or computer software. This allows Youmacon Admission to be purchased as a gift, since the redemption codes are transferable until redeemed. These codes may be redeemed on the website , or physically at the convention. Either way, you will still need to bring your redemption code (preferably the printed confirmation e-mail) to receive your badge at the Convention.

Please note that if you choose to Redeem your code at the convention instead of online, your name will not be printed on the badge, and there may be some special opportunities you might not be eligible for. Platinum Attendees must fill out the redemption forum online to guarantee the proper sized t-shirt.

We reserve the right to change this later. (if we do we will notify you via Twitter, Facebook, and Email).

For more details, please visit the Registration page

How much does Youmacon cost?

At the door prices for Youmacon 2013 are as follows:

  • 3-Day (Weekend) Pass: $60
  • Friday Only Pass: $30
  • Saturday Only Pass: $40
  • Sunday Only Pass: $20

Platinum Badges and 3-Day (Weekend) Passes are able to be purchased in advance through our pre-registration and online payment system. More details can be found on our Registration Page. Platinum badges are only available for purchase in advance.

What forms of Payment are accepted.

At the door, Cash (in USD) is the only accepted form of payment, however we are exploring the possibility of accepting credit cards.

For Online Registration, all major credit cards are accepted (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB, and Diners Club), however we no longer accept PayPal.

Why is it a "three-day" badge? Shouldn't it be "four-day"?

Thursday Night's programming is open to the public, and no badge is requried.

I'm under 18...

Parents or guardians of all youths attending the convention must complete the Youmacon parental consent form and the attendee must bring it to registration. The Parental Consent form will be available online in the near future.

How can I get a refund?

Refunds are permitted only within 15 days of pre-registration. Send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. within the 15 days and we'll issue a refund back to your card.

Cosplay FAQ

Is my prop weapon allowed?

If you're uncertain after reading the general cosplay rules, e-mail cosplay to get a solid answer. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I become a piece in Cosplay Shougi?

A signup form has been posted in the cosplay forums. If there are still pieces available when the con arrives, Shougi signup will also be available at the cosplay signup desk. Follow the procedure in this forum thread.

Do I have to compete if I cosplay?

Not at all. In fact, only a small portion of cosplayers do. Unless you're competing, the only rules you have to worry about regarding your cosplay are the general cosplay rules.

Maid Cafe FAQ

Is this Hooters for otaku? Are the maids/butlers going to act fanservicey for me?

If seeing people dressed nicely or in frilly dresses gets you hot and bothered, well, more power to you. There will be no flashing panties, kissing, or otherwise acting like a bizarre otaku strip joint.

Isn't this just a boy-friendly event?

Both girls and boys staff the cafe. The Youmacon maid cafe combines the elements of both maid cafes and host clubs to appeal to both genders.

Why such a high price? Why can't it be free?

The proceeds compensate the cost of the caterers and their food, and also go towards future con events.

Will there be beer?

No, alcohol is not served or permitted in the cafe.

May I get autographs?

Some guests may be nice and do this for you, but it's generally discouraged. Autograph sessions are the recommended time to request autographs. Pictures are permitted, but make sure you ask nicely first.

May I leave a tip?

If you'd like. It's not required, but the maids and butlers do appreciate any donations for their work.

How can I work in the maid cafe?

E-mail Artists' Alley expressing your interest and you'll receive a short application to complete.

Panels FAQ

How do I sign up to run a panel or event?

Sign-up for panels and events will be submitted through an online forum later this year. You must be Registered Online (Pre-Reg), and have an active forum account to sign-up for a panel.

Video/Audio Track FAQ

When will the AMV Contest Rules be posted?

Sometime in June.

What is the VAT?

The VAT is essentially Youmacon's dedicated AMV room, however, it doesn't contain only AMV programming. The VAT focuses on all fan-created videos, such as AMVs, Flash videos, parodies, and any other types of fan-created video work.

I have this cool video that should be in the contest; can I bring it with me to the con?

The contest showings are prepared weeks in advance, so we cannot accommodate at-con submissions. However, the VAT staff will gladly accept videos from individuals who bring them to the convention and we will try to show them during Free Play blocks.

Can I get a copy of this video I saw in the music video contest?

It is the responsibility of the creator of the video to release their video for distribution. A list of videos in the contest including winners will be posted to our forums to aid in your search for videos.

What about a video I saw at another time outside the contest?

Generally, any music video shown during the convention can be easily downloaded from the Internet; VAT Staff can't burn discs or copy videos for you. If you don't know the title, our staff can help you identify it so you can find it when you get home.

I want to see a certain music video.

Requests are gladly accepted any time during Free Play showing blocks. All other panels and events will not be request friendly unless stated otherwise.

I saw this cool video in the contest but it didn't win anything. Can I give it my own award?

Yes. On Sunday, the VAT holds its own closing ceremonies, where we will wrap up our business for the weekend and hand out awards that have not been claimed in past years. We will also announce Guest Awards, a special award that a video can receive from any attendee at the con. You are limited to one award to give out, so choose wisely. To give one of these awards simply fill out the form provided by VAT Staff anytime during the weekend. Keep in mind all Guest awards will need to be approved by VAT Staff to ensure they are not derogatory in any way.

What is Youmacon?

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.


Quick Answers

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 CenterGreektown Casino Hotel, & the Holiday Inn Express.  Click here for more information.

I still have more Questions!
Be sure to check out the FAQ Page. If your question is still unanswered, feel free to ask us on our Discussion Forums.

Registration Information

Event Registration will be inside the Michigan Hall at the Cobo Center

Registration Hours:

  • Friday Noon-9pm
  • Saturday 9am-7pm
  • Sunday 9am-2pm

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:

  • Three Day: $60
  • Friday $30
  • Saturday: $40
  • Sunday: $20

Thursday's events are free and open to the public.


For three days the city is invaded by the worlds of Comics, Anime, and Imagination. For those days,
Detroit is better then Disneyland. Youmacon!

Brook R. via Facebook