For Morgan Colin, this weekend’s Youmacon anime convention is a labor of love. When he founded it six years ago, Colin focused on building a great experience for each guest, free of gimmicks.
Long an anime enthusiast, Colin had been travelling to other conventions in Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus; all the while seeing that a well executed convention could contribute well to Detroit’s economy. His initial effort in 2004 netted 1,078 attendees and this year he is looking to host over 8,000 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
What is anime, you may ask? It’s Japanese, or Japanese-style, animation. But this isn’t always your Nickelodeon channel; the topics range from the childish to the mature, including full length movies with very developed plots.
How does Colin pull off the largest anime convention in the Midwest?
“I wanted to build an event with no gimmicks, just good programming, solid staffing and treating attendees right,” he said.
Colin is a stickler for detail, taking four years to plan his first convention to make sure each detail was handled correctly. After each event, he and his team analyze each event detail to see what they did well, what they could improve and what they need to cut.
This year features voice actors from several popular anime shows like Fullmetal Alchemist as well as a Masquerade Ball on Halloween with proceeds benefiting Cornerstone Schools. There will be sights, sounds and guests attending from around the world.
As the Convention Chairman, Colin devotes a significant amount of time throughout the year planning and promoting the event. He personally travels across the United States to invite people to check out the convention in his hometown of Detroit. The result is an event that has grown popular by word of mouth. Colin wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’ve lived here most of my life, except when I was in the Navy. I’m local and I want to support local,” declared Colin.
The Youmacon ‘10 is happening at the Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center from October 28 through 31. For details and a full conference schedule, click here.