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MechaCon
Jett and Zee.jpg
MechaCon mascots: Jett and Zee
Status Active
Venue Hilton Lafayette
Marriott Canal Street New Orleans
Location Lafayette, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Country United States
First held 2005
Organizer Sennin Productions LLC
Official Website http://www.mechacon.com/

MechaCon is an annual three day anime convention in Lafayette, Louisiana and New Orleans, Louisiana and held on a weekend sometime during July or August. MechaCon mixes anime, Transformers, and Japanese culture.[1]

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History

Established under Sennin Productions, LLC on October 2, 2004, MechaCon held its first convention weekend on August 26-28, 2005 at the Hilton Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana. MechaCon’s inaugural weekend is especially unique in that the now-infamous Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the coast of Louisiana mere hours after MechaCon closed its doors.[2] With the arrival of Hurricane Rita on the Louisiana Gulf Coast less than a month later, the organizers of MechaCon (Jon Russo and Peter Bares) debated on the future of the convention.

Considering a sophomore convention to be a necessary part of the social recovery of the Louisiana Gulf Coast region, MechaCon’s Organizers decided to proceed in planning a second MechaCon. On August 11-13, 2006, MechaCon again opened its doors. 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.[3]

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Event history

Dates Location Atten. Guests
August 26–28, 2005 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
Limit Break Cosplay, Tiffany Grant, Joshua Seth, Doug Smith, and Alec Willows.[4]
August 11–13, 2006 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
Gary Chalk, Lisa Furukawa, Brittney Karbowski, Limit Break Cosplay, Kevin McKeever, Scott McNeil, Richard Newman, Doug Smith, Kira Vincent-Davis, Brett Weaver, Alec Willows and Jonathan M. Thompson.[5]
August 3–5, 2007 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
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.[6]
August 1–3, 2008 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
Greg Ayres, Beau Billingslea, Steve Blum, John Chambers, Francesco Forni, Lisa Furukawa, Ilaria Graziano, Carl Macek, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, and Tommy Yune.[7]
July 24–26, 2009 Hilton Lafayette
Lafayette, Louisiana
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Garry Chalk, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Adam Jury, David Kaye, Kevin McKeever, Vic Mignogna, Wendy Powell.[8]
July 16-18, 2010 Marriott Canal Street New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
TBA

Breaking with tradition, MechaCon 2010 will be at the Mariott hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana due to the con's growing popularity.[9]

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