If you're a geek on a budget, you may have to decide which is the best 2017 Georgia convention so you can figure out where to invest your time and money. There are a few to choose from, each with its own focus, and each with its own benefits and drawbacks. Learn about each 2017 Georgia convention below so you can decide which is the best for you.
The first convention we'll take a look at is MomoCon. This convention is an anime, gaming, and comics event that started small and has grown to a huge convention that draws tens of thousands of attendees every year. MomoCon has sadly already passed for 2017, having taken place the first weekend in May, but it's definitely worth knowing about so you can plan ahead for next year. The convention has grown so large that it actually spreads across a convention center and hotel. This past year, it attracted big names like Matthew Mercer and Marisha Ray, and hosted a huge tabletop gaming room, console gaming arena, and computer gaming area. Whether you enjoy video games, tabletop games, or anime and fandoms, this convention has something for you.
Next, we'll check out Anime Weekend Atlanta. As its name suggests, this convention mostly focuses on anime, and the guests and panels reflect that focus. This convention is one of the largest anime-focused conventions in the Southeast, and is gaining recognition around the country. Some of the guests this year include Michael Sinterniklaas, Erica Lindbeck, and Moderately Okay Cosplay. This convention is a cosplay Mecca, with many attendees spending the entire year before the convention constructing their elaborate costumes. The costume contest is highly competitive with plenty of entries, and unlike an increasing number of anime conventions, their entries are not required to be from Japanese animation. Anime Weekend Atlanta takes place September 28th through October 1st.
Last but certainly not least, we have DragonCon. Often written as Dragon*Con, this is one of the oldest, largest, and most recognizable conventions in the country. The convention is known for it's "tracks", or areas within the convention that are focused on a certain subject. For example, the "Trek Track" is focused on the Star Trek universe. DragonCon tends to attract talent that cannot be seen at many other conventions, such as Nathan Fillion, Paul Blackthorn, and Karen Gillan. While a notoriously expensive convention, DragonCon offers opportunities to meet fan favorite celebrities for autographs and photo ops. This is another huge cosplay opportunity, with the convention getting large enough to sometimes get the best cosplayers national press. However, the downside of this is DragonCon is a very, very crowded convention. All of the hotels in the city tend to sell out for DragonCon months in advance, so this one requires a lot of planning ahead. DragonCon takes place September 1st through September 4th.
So, what is the best Georgia convention for you? It really depends on what you want. If you're wanting to meet the biggest stars, DragonCon is the best choice for you, but if you want game-centered panels and guests without the huge crowd, MomoCon might be a better choice. If your main focus is anime, Anime Weekend Atlanta will be your winner. Whichever convention you choose, plan ahead, go in with an open mind, and have fun!