MomoCon is Atlanta’s other huge convention. And it’s growing at a rapid rate. If I had to describe it in a few words I’d say it’s the Robin to Dragon Con’s Batman. It has a lot of the same traits, but it’s younger and more energetic and if I’m being honest probably a bit smarter (this is Tim Drake Robin).
I LOOOOOOOOVVVVVE Dragon Con. But MomoCon delivers something different enough to be worthy of being its own entity. Its focus on video gaming, cosplay, and anime make it an event worth attending. Especially – and you’ll be sick of me emphasizing this before it’s over – if you’re in the under-30 crowd. Possibly under-25.
My hope this week, though, is to express how awesome MomoCon can be even if you aren’t part of its target demographic. Which I am not and haven’t been for a long time. Last year I attended for the first time and fed off of those kids’ energy like a freaking vampire. After the weekend was over I felt energized and revitalized in a way that I had never quite experienced before.
Of course, that’s probably because I was in bed by 10 because I just cannot keep up with those crazy dancin’ kids.
Naturally MomoCon has the prerequisite convention dealer room. It’s huge and while it definitely centered around the focuses mentioned above, there’s still plenty of general interest nerd stuff to be interesting.
Beyond that the convention has a massive arcade and gaming room, 24/7 panels, raves, dances, karaoke, more cosplayers walking around than you can even believe, and of course guests.
Today I’m going to talk about the guests. Not the ones I don’t know because I don’t have it in me to muster disingenuous hype, but the ones that con goers around my age might find interesting. Because I seriously do believe that everyone should give MomoCon a chance and this year there are some cool folks that you likely won’t see other places.
Amy Chu – Chu has worked on tons of different stuff at this point, but what to me really defined her style and familiarized with her as a creator was her work on Red Sonja and KISS comic books. What introduced me to her work, however, was the excellent Poison Ivy: The Cycle of Life and Death miniseries that saw much acclaim and established a new and interesting version of Pamela Isley that DC, for some reason, promptly dropped.
Asheru – While I – and most people – probably know Asheru as the genius emcee behind the Boondocks theme song, he is also an educational activist deeply involved in combining music and education. I would love to talk to him on the Needless Things Podcast.
Bit Brigade – This band performs rock n’ roll covers of old school video game music. They’re amazing, but somehow I always have schedule conflicts at cons.
Brenden Fletcher – Fletcher has written a lot of cool comic books, but my favorite is his Batgirl of Burnside collaboration with Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr.
Charles Martinet – MARIO! HE IS MARIO!
And also Luigi, Wario, Waluigi, Toad, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, the boxers and the announcer in the Super NES title Super Punch-Out!!, Vigoro in SEGA’s Dreamcast and Nintendo GameCube role-playing video game, Skies of Arcadia, Homunculus in the Konami PlayStation 2, Xbox and Windows game Shadow of Destiny, and provided voices for Reader Rabbit and The ClueFinders games.
This man is a video game voice legend!
Donny Cates – Cates is one of the biggest names going at Marvel Comics right now, with Venom and Cosmic Ghost Rider grabbing readers’ attention big time. His creator-owned books Redneck and Babyteeth are also huge sellers on the indie racks.
Jim Mahfood – I first saw Mahfood’s work at Heroes Con years ago. He has an incredible, distinctive comic art style and a great Instagram account.
Kyle Starks – This man is an absolute treasure. While his bio will usually mention his work on Rick and Morty and Mars Attacks, you need to know him for the greatest graphic novel of our time, Sexcastle.
Mikal Mosley – Check out Mikal on Needless Things Podcast episode 153!
Patrick Warburton – Brock Samson in the flesh! Also David Puddy, the Tick, and more voices than you could believe.
Steve Blum – One of the best-known and most prolific voice actors of our time.
Suda 51 – This man has had a hand in some of the most unique videogames of all time, but my interest comes from his work on Super Fire Pro Wrestling and Killer 7. Fire Pro is the most legendary series of professional wrestling games of all time. Killer 7 was a landmark game for the Nintendo GameCube that redefined what video games could be. I’ll admit that its style far outweighed its substance, but in an era of same-y games it was a real eye-opener.
(it was on PS2 as well, but the GameCube version was better)
Tim Effler – To me toy designers are rock stars. Tim Effler has played with the supergroups – Mattel and Hasbro. He’s had a hand in Star Wars, Batman, and Jurassic Park toys so I am dying to talk to this man.
Tony Anselmo – Anselmo has voice Donald Duck since 1985 and was trained by the originator of Donald’s distinctive voice, Clarence Nash.
I can’t wait to get to the World Congress Center’s massive hall on Friday to start meeting and greeting!
You can find event information and the full schedule at the MomoCon website.