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.