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.

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.

General FAQ

When/Where is Youmacon?

Youmacon 2015 will be held at both The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, and at Cobo Center.

How big is Youmacon?

In the past ten years, we've grown from about 1,000 attendees at the Detroit / Troy Hilton 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. In 2014, over 16,300 individuals came to Downtown Detroit for Youmacon! Although Youmacon is larger than most Anime Conventions, we're not as big as San Diego Comic Con, Otakon, or Anime Expo. TL;DR: Youmacon is 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.

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 much does Youmacon cost?

At the door prices for Youmacon 2015 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 via 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 required.

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 calendar 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.

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.

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.