HAMACON participants dressed up in various costumes from their favorite anime cartoons. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)
HAMACON participants dressed up in various costumes from their favorite anime cartoons. (RECORD PHOTO/ALDO AMATO)

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Anime invades Huntsville’s VBC

Published 5:33pm Friday, May 31, 2013

 

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE – Anime enthusiast gathered at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville for the 4th annual Huntsville/Madison County Anime Convection (HAMACON).

Video games, trading cards and various other out of the ordinary trinkets lined the walls of the VBC’s South Hall May 31. Thousands traveled to the downtown arena to celebrate everything anime.

Convention chair Michelle Timon said she is pleased each time she holds a convention in Huntsville.

“We are expecting about 2,500 total people over the entire weekend,” she said. “We have doubled our attendance every year so obviously we’re growing in popularity.”

The South Hall is a large enough venue to host the conference and is one of the things Timon said she appreciates the most.

“I absolutely love the VBC,” she said. “They take great care of us and we take care of them.”

A video game station is stationed in the hall along with special guests, interactive games, voice actors, costume contests, live music, informative panels, video game tournaments, a rave and various arts and crafts for sale.

“I think our most popular attraction is our battle arena” Timon said.

 It is estimated that HAMACON will bring in a direct spending economic impact of $24,000 to Huntsville/Madison County. That does not include expenditures attendees could spend on dining, gas, retail purchases, etc.

The convention is scheduled to run through June 2. For more information, contact Timon at conchair@hama-con.com.

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