These are some questions that we often get asked about MomoCon. Please read through and if you have any further questions, Contact Us!
General information and directions
1) What is MomoCon and when does it run?
MomoCon is a multi-genre fan convention encompassing Japanese animation, gaming (video gaming, board and card gaming, Live Action role play gaming), comics and costuming, held every year in Spring. Specific operating hours are 1pm to 2am Friday (main events begin at 5pm), 10am to 2am Saturday (the MomoCon Rave runs until 4am), 10am to 4pm Sunday.
2) Can I bring my kids?
Short answer: yes. Please see our separate Parents Guide.
3) What are the rules/what kind of props can I bring?
The Policies section of the website contains all convention policies; please take some time to read them over. If you have any further questions, feel free to ask them in our Forum.
4) Will there be a map of convention grounds and information about events available?
Yes, maps and schedules will be available on the website shortly before the convention and at the convention in our handy-dandy program booklets. Some detailed information about specific events will be available in your registration packet in the form of handouts. MomoCon also provides a smart phone app, details to be revealed closer to the event.
6) Will there be parking?
Yes, parking details will be added to the website as they are available. Call the Hilton Atlanta or Marriott Marquis for specific details or refer to the Downtown Atlanta Parking guide for other options in the area.
7) Are there places to eat around the convention?
There are numerous restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel (moreso than in previous MomoCon locations). There are several table service and fast food options inside the hotel and attached buildings. See the Area Guide for more information.
8) How can I get to the convention from the airport?
Grab yourself a seat on a MARTA Northbound line (either line), get off the train at the Peachtree Center station and head two blocks east to find the Hilton Atlanta or through the Peachtree Center Mall to the Marriott Marquis.
General convention aspects
1) Why is Guest A or Event B not at MomoCon?
While we wish to bring exactly the types of guests that our attendees want to see, sometimes guests are not available/don’t do conventions/cost far more than we could hope to afford to bring them. We evaluate each year to bring new and requested guests, so just because you don’t see your favorite celebrity this year, request them and we’ll see what we can do about the future! Guests are also subject to conflicting schedules, family events, and other conventions that have asked them to attend before MomoCon.
Events at MomoCon need one of three things to get off of the ground: 1) the ability to happen (we have to have the space/capability to put the event on), 2) an enthusiastic staff sponsor, or 3) a reliable outside group that we’ve worked with previously willing to run them. Many events that we receive requests for are outside of our control at our current venue, such as a larger Dealers’ room, and several others have no one willing to run them and no interest from the staff, such as a cosplay skit competition. That is not to say that events are not evaluated each year for feasibility, and they might prove to be an option in the future. We take all suggestions via email (email@example.com), through all social media, and anywhere you see MomoCon, so don’t be shy!
2) I am under 16 years old/do not have a form of ID, why do I need a guardian to sign in with me?
MomoCon is held in downtown Atlanta, the heart of a large metropolitan area, and we would not want anything to happen to any of our attendees. Minors are always welcome to attend the convention, but MomoCon is an entertainment event, not a babysitting service. We encourage parents to accompany their kids when at the convention, and suggest that families take some time while in Atlanta to see some of the attractions in the local area (Georgia Aquarium, CCN Center, Zoo Atlanta, etc.). We have no way to verify identity for registration if an attendee does not have a valid, identifiable form of ID, so we require that attendees without IDs have a friend (18 or older) or parent/guardian to sign in with them.
Dealers Room and Artists Alley
1) Why is the Dealers Room/Artists Alley so small?
We are currently utilizing the largest appropriate rooms for both dealers and artists. The vendor areas, however, are only one small part of the event, and we encourage all attendees to take a look at many facets of the convention.
2) Why can’t I find figure A, from series B?
We do not place restrictions on what our dealers bring, other than not allowing blades to be sold on premesis, projectile weapons, and adult material to be sold. We take steps to ensure that many different categories of dealers are represented in our Dealers Room (such as kimono dealers, comics vendors, game companies, several of our guests, etc.), but we do not control WHICH types of items that Dealers choose to bring. Dealers, also, bring things that they know will be sold, and subject themselves to the economics of the convention, not necessarily variety. Dealers are not part of the same organization as MomoCon. Each Dealer has his/her own separate company. If you have complaints about any Dealers, please let us know, but know that we are not responsible for their actions.
1) What kind of events are at MomoCon?
Please see Events for a list and detailed descriptions. Due to cancellations and changes, we can only post a schedule close to convention time (about one month from the convention), and not all events listed are guaranteed to be at the convention.
2) Where can I get forms for contests?
Please check Events page for information on all contests and forms, to be added as they become available. Some events require sign-up on-site, such as the two costume contests.
3) Do some events have an extra charge?
Yes, sometimes MomoCon hosts workshops that have a charge for materials, and most tournaments have a buy-in to enter, which fund the prize pool. The large majority of events, however, are free to attend with MomoCon badge, and all extra cost events will be noted.
4) Do events run overnight?
We have a few events that run into the late evening, such as the MomoCon Rave and some gaming and screening rooms. There are no adult (mature, 18+) panels or workshops at MomoCon at any time.
5) Why don’t you show [insert specific anime]?
We choose which anime to screen based on availability, popularity, and quality of the show as deemed by staff. We do not show any US licensed anime without permissions from the company, out of respect for the licensing companies who work to bring anime to the States. If you have a suggestion as to what you’d like to see, please let us know!
1) How do I avoid getting in trouble at MomoCon?
Take a look at our Policies, and you can see what NOT to do at the convention. We work closely with the local authorities, who are on-site in force for all of the convention hours, so repeat or serious offenders to local laws (defacement of property, brandishing approved prop weaponry, sparring in a crowded public setting, to mention a few) will face inquiry from the police. If any convention staff or police feel you are endangering person or property, you will be removed from the grounds, or face other escalating penalties.
2) How can I tell who is a staffer/in charge?
All staffers will have different badges from attendees, larger and laminated. Head staff will have specific MomoCon 2014 staff badges.
3) Who do I go to if I see someone doing something dangerous?
Find a staffer! Do not try to take matters into your own hands!