Anime Midwest is coming up July 5-7, 2019 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in the suburbs of Chicago, bringing a strong line-up of comic book artists and writers, anime voice actors, and musical artists from Japan.
Over 15,000 fans of anime, comics, and science-fiction are expected to attend the event, with many attending in cosplay.
Here’s what you can look forward to at Anime Midwest:
WAX the World Anisong Exhibition
With the largest lineup of musical artists for this type of convention in the Midwest, Anime Midwest features Aurelio Voltaire, Steam Powered Giraffe, V is for Villains, Lia, Zwei, Fuki, as well as FEMM, Ladybeard, and Reika Saiki. Tickets to all concert performances are included with weekend passes to the convention, and don’t cost anything extra.
Every single person attending Anime Midwest gets an all-access pass to a specially devoted floor of the Hyatt Regency O’hare dedicated to providing free snacks, ramen, and soda. To help you get through the convention filled with energy, Anime Midwest’s ConSweet provides congoers with unlimited rice, ramen, and soda throughout the entire weekend.
Autographs and Appearances
Guests making their first appearance at Anime Midwest include voice actors Steve Blum, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, and Crispin Freeman, in addition to appearances by returning guests such as Greg Ayres and Oscar Seung. Autographs at Anime Midwest are free but may be limited to the first 100 people in line, and to one per person.
Anime Midwest also features a strong line-up of Nerdy music concerts, including performances by YTCracker, the progenitor of nerdy rap and the first person to hack into NASA, and Mega Ran. Mega Ran personifies what Hip-Hop should be: Spontaneous, fun, and true. Every album, starting with “Mega Ran” in 2007, conveys a different theme, a different vibe, and a different emotion.
Dances Every Night
Each night of the convention features an amazing dance event with great lights and great music – the Anime Midwest Mud Puddle and Thunderstorm Dance are parties that last all night long. They are the perfect way to get your energy out after loading up on soda in the ConSweet following a long day of shopping in the exhibit hall.
A featured film concert of IA
Virtual artist IA, who has a voice with the VOCALOID 3 library and the CeVIO library, will appear at the convention in a scaled-down film version of her best concert.
VOCAMERICA is a certified Fan-Produced VOCALOID concert event featuring Western VOCALOIDS and Vocal Synths. The project is the creation of Virginia-based VOCALOID producer EmpathP. The goal of VOCAMERICA is to educate and entertain fans of this ever-growing musical phenomenon with emphasis on the more uncommon Western VOCALOIDs. This is achieved through providing live holographic concerts, lectures, and workshops to conventions and expos all over the world.
Hundreds of exhibitors and artists.
The Anime Midwest exhibit hall will feature wall-to-wall vendor booths of anime goods, DVDs, plushies, wall-scrolls, you-name-it, including booths from anime companies such as Funimation, as well as hundreds of your favorite anime artist studios.
The Cosplay Masquerade
Our masquerade hosts master cosplayers from around the world, and is one of the greatest opportunities to see some awesome, talented people. We have experienced costuming judges, and excellent competitors. For details see https://animemidwest.com/events
A Maid Cafe
The Fleur Royale Maid Cafe is a fun experience similar to maid cafes in Japan – but more suited to Anime Midwest. Come, and be the king of your own maid world (you’ll find out what this means!). Tickets to this special experience can be purchased on site at the convention.
Set to free play all weekend, Anime Midwest has dozens of arcade games straight out of Japan that you can play all weekend, including dance games like DDR, rhythm games, and more.
The Page Mage Manga Library
If you want to take a break from the busy convention show floor, and find a quiet place to read a nice manga, join the us at the Page Mage Library, a traveling collection of manga, comics, and graphic novels. Come in, grab a book, take a seat, and unwind. Whether you pick up an old favorite or discover something new, there is an adventure waiting for you at the Page Mage Library. Do you have books you just don’t read anymore? Bring them to us! We will take your books on tour across the country, where they can be shared with and enjoyed by many people just like you!
Gnome Games is a game store like no other, that brings the most incredible selection of tabletop games to Anime Midwest, including tabletop RPGs and classic favorites like Munchkin, Catan, and Are you a Werewolf. Learn more at https://gnomegames.com/
The next Anime Midwest will be July 7-9, 2019 in Chicago. Purchasing weekend passes costs $70 at the door, but Comics Beat readers can get a pass for $50 for a limited time here