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MechaCon
Jett and Zee.jpg
MechaCon mascots: Jett and Zee
Status Active
Genre Anime, Manga, Transformers, and Japanese culture.
Venue Hyatt Regency New Orleans
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
First held 2005
Organizer Sennin Productions, LLC
Attendance 14,808 turnstile in 2017
Official website http://www.mechacon.com/

MechaCon is an annual three-day anime convention held during the summer at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. It's the oldest active anime convention in Louisiana.

Programming

The convention typically offers an artist's alley, cosplay competition, dealer's room, gaming, and maid/host show.

History

MechaCon's inaugural weekend in 2005 is unique because Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of Louisiana hours after MechaCon closed its doors. The dealers room closed early and all but one guest made their flight.

In 2006, as a special part of MechaCon's 2006 programming, Harmony Gold USA provided fans of the Robotech franchise with the first-ever public screening of the film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. 100% of the funds raised from the screening was donated to The Salvation Army’s ongoing Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery efforts.

A 2019 press release announced that the final Mechacon, dubbed "Mechacon Omega," will be held in July 2020. MechaCon 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 26–28, 2005 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
900 warm Tiffany Grant, Limit Break Cosplay, Joshua Seth, Doug Smith, and Alec Willows.
August 11–13, 2006 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,275 warm Garry Chalk, Lisa Furukawa, Brittney Karbowski, Limit Break Cosplay, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Richard Newman, Doug Smith, Kira Vincent-Davis, Brett Weaver, and Alec Willows.
August 3–5, 2007 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
1,700 warm Michael Dobson, Richard Epcar, Lisa Furukawa, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Limit Break Cosplay, Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Ellyn Stern, and Jonathan M. Thompson.
August 1–3, 2008 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,200 warm Greg Ayres, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, John Chambers, Francesco Forni, Lisa Furukawa, Ilaria Graziano, Carl Macek, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Tommy Yune.
July 24–26, 2009 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
2,850 warm Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Garry Chalk, Samantha Inoue-Harte, David Kaye, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, and Wendy Powell.
July 16–18, 2010 New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana
3,700 warm Chris Cason, Richard Epcar, Todd Haberkorn, Mari Iijima, Mike McFarland, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Tony Oliver, Wendy Powell, Ellyn Stern, J. Michael Tatum, Dan Woren, Tommy Yune, and Robotech Convention Tour.
August 26–28, 2011 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
4,500 warm Amelie Belcher, Steve Blum, Johnny Yong Bosch, Clover, Eyeshine, Lisa Furukawa, Kyle Hebert, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, and J. Michael Tatum.
September 7–9, 2012 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
5,000 warm Eien Strife, Richard Epcar, Jason David Frank, Todd Haberkorn, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jonathan Klein, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Vic Mignogna, Daran Norris, Wendy Powell, Ellyn Stern, Jonathan M. Thompson, and Steve Yun.
August 23–25, 2013 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
11,300 turnstile Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Daniel Coglan, Jillian Coglan, Eyeshine, Walter E. Jones, Jonathan Klein, Cyril Lumboy, Jason Narvy, Paul Schrier, Hynden Walch, Greg Weisman, David Yost, and Tommy Yune.
August 1–3, 2014 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
13,953 turnstile Amelie Belcher, Greg Cipes, Eien Strife, Tiffany Grant, Jonathan Klein, Kuragiman, Scott Menville, Brian "Kuragiman" Navy, Jessica Nova, Khary Payton, Jessie Pridemore, Andrea Romano, Kelli Sarré, Spike Spencer, Tara Strong, Twinfools, Hynden Walch, and Greg Weisman.
July 17–19, 2015 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
15,180 turnstile Steven Blum, Steve Kenson, Jonathan Klein, Kyle "Ex-Shadow" Mathis, Malinda "Malindachan" Mathis, Mike McFarland, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Courtney "Courtoon" Morelock, Nylon Pink, Brina Palencia, Austin Tindle, Greg Weisman, and Tommy Yun.
July 29–31, 2016 Hilton New Orleans Riverside
New Orleans, Louisiana
16,567 turnstile Amelie Belcher, Caleb Hyles, Kazha, Courtney "Courtoon" Morelock, Jason Narvy, Khary Payton, Wendy Powell, Paul Schrier, and Steve Yun.
July 28–30, 2017 Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
14,808 turnstile Aaron Dismuke, Richard Epcar, Caitlin Glass, Kyle Hebert, Caleb Hyles, Jonathan Klein, MeltingMirror, The Slants, Ellyn Stern, J. Michael Tatum, and Kimura U.
July 27–29, 2018 Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
16,495 turnstile
Anjali Bhimani, Beau Billingslea, Fighting Dreamers Productions, Erika Harlacher, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Brina Palencia, Bill Rogers, and Marc Swint.
July 26–28, 2019 Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
15,897 turnstile
Leah Clark, Kara Eberle, Kohei Hattori, Lindsay Jones, Jonathan Klein, Mela Lee, Keith Silverstein, TiA, Twinzik, and Hynden Walch.
July 23-25, 2021 Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

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