An interesting email that we received several weeks ago then led to a turn of events which led to an interesting series of emails and thusly led to an interesting late addition to our guest line-up!
METROCON is pleased to announce that Dante Basco, voice of Zuko and the young Iro in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra respectively, will be joining us (and reuniting with Janet Varney, voice of Korra) at METROCON 2013 this summer! We hope you're as excited as we are at the guest surprises for this year's theme, East vs West!
We would also like to remind you that our overflow hotels do still have rooms available, and there are (very few) King Bed rooms still available at the Embassy Suites! With the pull out sofa, even the King bed rooms still comfortably sleep 2-4 people!
We are happy to announce that ALL of our contests, including the AMV Contest, Anime Idol, Cosplay Contest, Costume Contest, and Picture This! are now open for submissions! We received an incredible volume of outstanding work last year in all of these contests, so get your submissions in as soon as possible to make sure you have a spot!
For those of you attending, be sure to come say hi to us at MegaCon in Orlando this weekend, March 15-17. Several of our staff members and the newly-appointed METROCON Mascots 2013 will be on hand to answer any questions you may have, as well as be passing out fliers. So if you want to get to know your METROCON family a little better, watch around the convention for us and say hey whenever you get a chance!
02/06/13 - CONGRATULATIONS MASCOTS PLUS AUDITION REMINDER
METROCON would like to congratulate our METROCON Mascots for 2013!
Also - auditions for all of the shows for 2013 will take place this Sunday, February 10, at 10 AM and 2 PM! If you can't make this Sunday, next Saturday will be our second round of auditions, at the same time. Check out the link below for more information.
01/26/13 - FAQS AND POLICIES UPDATED PLUS METRO MASSIVE INFO
Hey there METROCON Fans -
We've been working hard to update and refresh all of our FAQs and Policies that are listed on the website to make sure that they are current, and we're done! Check out all of the updated FAQs, and e-mail us with any questions or concerns. Contact information can be found on the "Contact Us" page.
Vendor reservations are now being taken online at MyConsOnline.com - if you are a vendor, either click the banner above or the link just below to see instructions on how to register and reserve a booth. Thanks!
Not a vendor? Wondering why you're getting this silly message? Well now YOU can check out which of your favorite vendors will be attending METROCON in 2013, as soon as they've registered!
Have a favorite vendor and don't see them on the list yet? Contact them and let them know that you will be the saddest of pandas if they don't bring you all of your favorite merchandise this summer at METROCON!
And ARTISTS - don't forget - Artist Alley registration will go live on February 15, 2013 (which means the night of February 14 at midnight, literally, as soon as it is February 15 they will be open, and these things go FAST).
Due to an overwhelming interest we have decided to kick off the panel system a little early this year. Our panel staff has already started the approval process and the panel rooms are now open for scheduling.
Remember please limit you panels to one hour and one time slot unless you have spoken with a member of our panel staff.
11/30/12 - HOTEL RESERVATIONS NOW ONLINE!
Hotel information and reservations at the Embassy Suites - Downtown Tampa are now available. Remember, these rooms go fast, so get yours early! We launched hotel reservation early this year as a way for you to make sure you get your rooms at our special convention rate as soon as possible, and to let the fans rest assured that they'll have a hotel room before even Pre-Registration opens on January 1st, 2013!
Keep an eye on the website for Mascot Information which will be available soon!
11/02/12 - AUDITION INFORMATION - ALL SHOWS NOW AVAILABLE!
The audition information for our shows in 2013 is now available! Themes, audition information, available parts, etc. are now available for the Anime Human Chess Match, Fantasy Masquerade, METRO Star Party, METRO Fire Show, GGX: Gear Grappling eXtreme, and Rhythm City Chronicles! WOW that's a lot of shows! Try to catch them all throughout the weekend of METROCON, and remember if you want to be a part of team, auditions are February 10 and 16, 2013! All are welcome, no experience required.
Keep an eye on the website for Mascot Information which will be available soon! Also - we may or may not have just ONE more guest surprise in store for every body... ;)
10/26/12 - MORE GUEST ANNOUNCEMENTS - THE AVATAR!?
THAT'S RIGHT FOLKS!
METROCON is happy to announce the newest member of it's guest line-up, Janet Varney, the voice of Korra in The Legend of Korra!
We are very happy to have Janet in attendance with us at METROCON 2013 - she will be signing autographs and participating in panels for all of her dedicated fans, and boy are we excited to see what she has in store!
Information for GGX: Gear Grappling eXtreme and the METRO Fire Show will be available Friday, November 3rd!
For all the latest updates and to check out pictures from our events all the way back to 2003, like us on Facebook at the METROCON *Official* Fan Page
10/17/12 - LOOK OUT! BRAND NEW GUESTS AT METROCON 2013!
WHOA! METROCON is pleased to welcome two brand new guests to METROCON in 2013!
D.C. DOUGLAS, made famous for his multiple portrayals of Albert Wesker in the Resident Evil series...
...and Phil LaMarr, notable for voicing characters such as Samurai Jack, Vamp in Metal Gear Solid 4, and Hermes Conrad in Futurama...
will both be in attendance at METROCON 2013!
We are looking forward to having them both, and hope that you are too! This will be their first time attending Florida's Largest Anime Convention, and we hope that our fans will, as usual, give them a warm welcome in July of 2013!
Keep an eye out on the METROCON *Official* Fan Page on Facebook and here on the website for all the latest breaking METROCON news - the guest announcements aren't done yet, and more of the audition and show information will be available every Friday for the next few weeks!
Thank you all so much for an incredibly successful METROCON 2012! Our attendance has AGAIN broken our record, at 8,033for the year! We're that much closer to the 10,000 mark, and if you don't know what that means, visit our About Us page and find out!
Looking towards next year, we are pleased to announce information for METROCON 2013:
METROCON - YEAR 11 Florida's Largest Anime Convention! July 26-28, 2013 Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL Theme: East vs West
For those of you interested in purchasing your tickets in advance, Registration for VIP and regular Weekend Passes will once again open on New Years Day, January 1st, 2013 at 12:00 AM. Ring in the new year and then jump online to get your tickets at the lowest possible prices!
In the upcoming months, we'll be making some changes to the METROCON website, to make sure it is both easy to navigate, and easy on the eyes all at the same time.As you're checking back in throughout the Fall for more updates on Guests, Events, Auditions, and other news, be sure to keep an eye out to where your links may have moved to on the menu to the left.
Thanks again to all the fans that helped make METROCON 2012 "Florida's Largest Anime Convention" once again, and we look forward to seeing you all again in July of 2013!