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Anime Milwaukee
Amke-logo.svg
Anime Milwaukee logo.
Status Active
Genre Anime, Japanese culture
Venue Wisconsin Center
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Country United States
First held 2007
Organizer Entertainment & Culture Promotion Society
Attendance 11,011 in 2020
Official website http://animemilwaukee.org/

Anime Milwaukee (AMKE) is an annual three-day anime convention held during February at the Wisconsin Center & Hilton Milwaukee City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is Wisconsin's largest anime convention.

Programming

The convention typically offers anime music videos, an art contest, artist alley, charity ball, cosplay chess, a dealer's room, fashion show, maid cafe, manga library, masquerade, movies, rave, tabletop gaming, and video game tournaments. The convention runs for 24 hours a day.

The 2017 charity ball benefited the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

History

Anime Milwaukee began in 2007 and was founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2011, the convention moved to the Hyatt Regency & Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee, which allowed for 24-hour programming. Attendees who preregistered for Anime Milwaukee in 2013 could receive a discount for the Distant Worlds concert held the day before the convention on February 14, 2013. The convention shared space in 2014 at the Wisconsin Center with Pheasant Fest, a hunting convention. The combined conventions economic impact were expected to be $1.5 million.

In 2015, Anime Milwaukee's expected economic impact was over $1 million and it shared Wisconsin Center space with the Midwest Twisters Gymnastics Invitational. The convention brought $1.2 million to the local economy in 2016. Anime Milwaukee in 2017 occupied all the floors of the Wisconsin Center to expand panels and video gaming. The convention was estimated to bring $2.5-$3 million to the local economy. Anime Milwaukee was estimated to bring $4 million to the local economy in 2019. Anime Milwaukee 2021 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event history

Dates Location Attendance Guests
February 29 - March 2, 2008 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
400
(est)
Colleen Clinkenbeard, Darrel Guilbeau, Peter Paik, Mandy St. Jean, and Sonny Strait.
February 27 - March 1, 2009 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
800
(est)
Todd Haberkorn, Wendy Powell, and Yamila Abraham.
March 12–14, 2010 UWM Union
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2,100
(est)
Martin Billany, Todd Haberkorn, Vic Mignogna, Chris Niosi, Wendy Powell, Chris Sabat, The Spoony Bards, and Uncle Yo.
February 18–20, 2011 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2,400
(est)
Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Mike McFarland, Trevor A. Mueller, Monica Rial, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.
February 17–19, 2012 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Frontier Airlines Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
3,492 Robert Axelrod, Martin Billany, Chris Cason, Alan Evans, August Hahn, Trevor A. Mueller, Spike Spencer, Uncle Yo, and Doug Walker.
February 15–17, 2013 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Delta Center
(formerly Frontier Airlines Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
4,816 Arc Impulse, Chris Cason, Alan Evans, Todd Haberkorn, Midwest Karaoke Madness, Trevor A. Mueller, The Pillowcases, Ian Sinclair, Alexis Tipton, and Nobuo Uematsu.
February 14–16, 2014 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
(formerly Delta Center)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
6,231 Leah Clark, Tiffany Grant, Kyle Hebert, DJ Jeffito, Jamie Marchi, Meishi Smile, Bryce Papenbrook, DJ Phoole, The Pillowcases, Romance, Patrick Seitz, Ian Sinclair, Christopher Smith, theotoxin, and David Vincent.
February 13–15, 2015 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
7,745 Arc Impulse, Martin Billany, Steven Blum, Jason Bulmahn, Leah Clark, Terri Doty, Alan Evans, Caitlin Glass, Hibiki, Russell Lissau, Joel McDonald, Erica Mendez, Mandy "AmazonMandy" Moore, Trevor A. Mueller, Bryce Papenbrook, Samantha Sostarich, Eric Stuart, Symphonic Anime Orchestra, Ayumi Tanaka, J. Michael Tatum, David Vincent, Tom Wayland, Greg Wicker.
March 11–13, 2016 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,313 Elena Blueskies, Olivia Chiu, Stella Chuu, Daniel Coglan, Alan Evans, Todd Haberkorn, Kyle Hebert, Lauren Landa, Cherami Leigh, Russell Lissau, Kevin McKeever, Trevor A. Mueller, Brina Palencia, Chris Sabat, Sonny Strait, Kieran Strange, and Ayumi Tanaka.
February 17–19, 2017 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9,520 Zach Aguilar, Ray Chase, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Lucien Dodge, Alan Evans, Erica Lindbeck, Russell Lissau, Joel McDonald, Erica Mendez, Matthew Mercer, Vic Mignogna, Mint, Trevor A. Mueller, Laura Post, Marisha Ray, Ian Sinclair, Austin Tindle, and Greg Wicker.
February 16–18, 2018 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
10,593 Kay Bear, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Leon Chiro, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Adam Croasdell, Alan Evans, Crispin Freeman, DJ GreenFlow, DJ Kagamine, Kawaii Besu, Russell Lissau, Trevor A. Mueller, DJ OpM, Chris Parson, Scottaconda, Jon St. John, TeddyLoid, and Kari Wahlgren.
February 15–17, 2019 Hyatt Regency Milwaukee & Wisconsin Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
10,600 ACME, Jason "Liquid86" Bruner, Adam Croasdell, D.C. Douglas, Josh Grelle, DJ HeavyGrinder, Jerry Jewell, DJ Kagamine, Lauren Landa, Comfort Love, Joel McDonald, Moderately Okay Cosplay, DJ OpM, Reika, Scottaconda, Ian Sinclair, Micah Solusod, J. Michael Tatum, David Vincent, and Adam Withers.
February 14–16, 2020 Wisconsin Center
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11,011 Zach Aguilar, Aimi, Tia Ballard, Alexei Bochenek, Jen Brown, Ogawa Burukku, Ray Chase, Gabrielle Cooke, Robbie Daymond, Gideon Emery, Martha Harms, Dawn Humphrey, Samantha Ireland, Erica Lindbeck, Joel McDonald, Max Mittelman, Moderately Okay Cosplay, Trevor A. Mueller, The Pillowcases, and Ciarán Strange.

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