Officials with an anime/comics/gaming-focused convention have announced the return of JAMPcon to Chattanooga.
JAMPcon—which stands for "Japanese anime manga paradise"—will be held at The Chattanoogan Hotel April 21–23.
Smaller than many conventions by design, JAMPcon is expected to draw about 1,500 attendees.
Badges are available to purchase in advance for $30. That cost will increase to $40 at the event. A badge will allow entry into all three days of the festival.
Already, officials have announced two major voice artists who will appear during the event: Eric Stuart and Dan Green are prominent voice actors known for their work on "Yu-Gi-Oh!," a popular anime program.
"Our main draw right now is these two guests," said Cory Barnes, JAMPcon's social media director. "'Yu-Gi-Oh! is almost as popular as 'Pokémon.' Everybody wants to get involved. [Stuart and Green] represent the protagonist/antagonist element of the show."
The Eric Stuart Band will also perform during the weekend. In addition, JAMPcon will offer cosplay events, an artist alley, children's activities and an adults-only after-hours event.
"We feel we're offering a tremendous value for $30," Barnes said. "There is cosplay and plenty of opportunities if you like video games, tournaments and more. It'll be a really classy, organized event."
Other programming features Greg "Greggo" Wicker and his anime game shows. Nexus Gaming will also be providing tournaments and a variety of retro games. Local support will be provided from Chattooine, a Chattanooga-based cosplay group, and The Public Library will bring portions of their manga/anime collection for display.
As an incentive to reintroduce locals and convention enthusiasts to JAMPcon, organizers are offering a chance to win a vacation getaway. Guests can enter the contest here.
The package includes four three-day badges, a two-night stay at The Chattanoogan, four tickets to the formal dance and four tickets to the dinner buffet.
Watch JAMPcon President Devon Morgan talk about the convention below.