Huntsville and Madison’s own anime convention, HAMACON will begin at 11 a.m. on May 31 in the South Hall of the Von Braun Civic Center and run through 5 p.m. on June 2. Guests can purchase badges at the door for the three day event that will feature a dealer’s room, artist’s alley, cosplay contests, and panels with anime voice-over actors. Guests are required to fill out a registration form; convention organizers recommend filling out the form ahead of time to speed up registration at the door. Registration forms can be downloaded here. Parking options include the covered South Hall Parking Garage and Huntsville City parking lots and garages; guests should note that street meters will be active on Friday, May 31.
Badges are required to attend all HAMACON events. The price breakdown for badges is listed below:
- 3-Day Badge — $40
- 2-Day Badge — $35
- Friday only Badge — $15
- Saturday only Badge – $20
- Sunday only Badge — $15
Guests should be sure to review the convention policies regarding dress and behavior. As cosplay (costume play) is part of this convention, special attention should be paid to the convention’s family-friendly atmosphere and its “zero-tolerance policy for stalking and sexual harassment” as stated in the Public Safety Policy. There’s also a no live steel and working weapons policy.
Guest will get a chance to see and speak with voice-over artists Micah Solusod, Patrick Seitz, and Caitlin Glass; manga editor Carl Gustav Horn; and featured panelists from the Anime World Order podcast, Daryl Surat, Gerald Rathkolb, and Clarissa Graffeo. Greg Wicker will be on hand to blend the worlds of anime and game shows for the amusement of guests. Cosplayer Envel will serve as a guest judge for Saturday’s cosplay contest, and Cosfluff101 will discuss the joys of cosplay for everyone. The improv comedy troupe, Laugh Out Loud, will also perform several shows throughout the weekend. Guests should also be sure to check out the Dealer’s Room and Artist’s Alley for fun anime swag.
This year’s HAMACON features an array of events including a Sake Tasting Panel at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 31. Guests must be 21 or older to attend this event and will need to purchase a separate ticket at registration. The Maid and Butler Café at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 also requires a separate ticket. Tickets for this limited seating event were made available for those who pre-registered; however, any unsold seats will be available for purchase at registration. Other events include contests for cosplay (June 1), anime music video (shown May 31, awards June 1) , and cosplay music video (shown May 31, awards June 1). A series of workshops will be hosted by Wonderland Creations. Workshops include mini-mascots, uchiwa fan painting, and plush fortune cookie making among others. Extra fees may apply to participate in these workshops. Saturday night will feature the Club HAMA Presents: The Hamacon Rave! with DJ Inubito, DJ Tony T, and DJ Wes. Guests can participate in HAMA BRAWL Z all weekend.