That's right, the mathematical Hynden Walch will be joining us at METROCON 2014! A newcomer to METROCON, Hynden is best known as the voice of Princess Bubblegum in Adventure Time, and Starfire in both Teen Titans and Teen Titans GO!. Notable for her surge to fame in American animation, Hynden comes with a strong anime voice acting background as well, including Yutaka Kobayakowa in Lucky Star, and Emiri in the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Hynden is excited for her first METROCON, and we are equally as thrilled to have her join us this summer.
We are also pleased to announce that Hynden has agreed to sign one autograph per person FREE OF CHARGE, as is the tradition among guests at METROCON. Other autographs will require a fee.
You guessed it - Dante Basco, made famous as Rufio in Hook and as the voice of Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, will be returning to METROCON for 2014.
Dante is excited to be back in Florida to see new faces and old - we are definitely happy to have him back as well! During his last visit, he challenged one of our staff members to a sword fight for the ACTUAL Pan sword, did interviews with local news, signed autographs, took pictures, and was gracious beyond belief for all of his fans... How could we not want this guy back!?
Be sure to get your tickets now, and save time and money!
We are happy to announce the official sign-on of additional guests!
For those who haven't heard, Parle Productions will be in attendance again at METROCON 2014! Back with their signature fan-favorite panels, we are happy as ever to have KellyJane and TealPirate on this side of the pond!
METROCON is also happy to announce that Brittney Karbowski, the voice of Black Star in Soul Eater, will be returning to METROCON 2014! After a great response to her attendance in 2013, Brittney is excited to attend once again. Be on the lookout for more exciting guest announcements - there are a few more that you are NOT going to want to miss!
METROCON Guest Liaison Positions - now accepting applications!
Do you love METROCON and want to be an integral part of it? Do you enjoy being busy and taking on responsibility? Are you reliable and like working as part of a close team? Then you should consider a Guest Liaison Position. We are now accepting applications and need you!
You can apply by going to the METROCON home page, on the left sidebar select INDUSTRY/PROFESSIONAL, then Guest Liaison Positions, or by clicking the link below. Please fill out the application completely with as much detail as possible including a phone number we can reach you at to conduct a phone interview. - Morgan and Mary, Guest Relations Team
01/31/14 - COMPLETE AUDITION INFORMATION & LAST DAY OF PRE-REG TIER 1
We are happy to announce that all of the audition pages for the events at METROCON are now live! That's right - Anime Human Chess Match, Fantasy Masquerade, METRO Star Party, METRO Fire Show, Gear Grappling Extreme, and Rhythm City Chronicles information is all now available! Check them out at the link below if you are interested in participating, or if you just want to see what characters are being featured in this years shows for Old School vs New School.
01/23/14 - MAIN HOTEL SOLD OUT OF DOUBLE BED ROOMS, OVERFLOWS OPENING ASAP
It has been brought to our attention that people were having reservation issues with the Embassy Suites - the main hotel for METROCON 2014. We looked into it, and it turns out that the Embassy Suites Downtown Tampa Convention Center is SOLD OUT of Double/Double hotel rooms for METROCON 2014. We hadn't fathomed that rooms would be sold out so quickly - this is a new record for METROCON. King Bed suites are still available, and remember - the Embassy Suites hotel rooms ALL feature a pullout sofa, which means even the King Bed suites can comfortably sleep 4 in beds!
Overflow hotels are being added to the reservation system today, and should be live for reservations soon. All information remains available at the same page below, and for a preview of the room rates as well as locations of the overflow hotels, feel free to check out the new information on the hotel page.
And as always, a quick reminder - WEEKEND PASSES are at their lowest price until January 31, 2014. After that, they increase in price gradually until the convention. VIP passes are 1/3 SOLD OUT ALREADY. If you're interested, get them fast and get in on a good room rate through our main or overflow hotels FAST.
01/18/14 - MARY ELIZABETH MCGLYNN RETURNS TO METROCON
We at METROCON are happy to announce that Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, voice of Major Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell and renowned voice director, actress, and singer, will be returning to METROCON in 2014. Mary Elizabeth had a great time with the fans when she attended previously, and we are very excited that schedules have aligned and we can welcome her back!
01/15/14 - VENDOR'S ROOM PERFORMANCE STAGE NOW OPEN
We have another new addition to the panel system this year!
We have added a performance stage in the Vendor's Room. The stage will be at 20'x32' and will have seating and standing space available. This is the perfect place for musicians, Dancers, Singers, Comedians...etc.
You can set your time slots for this just like a panel and will receive the same volunteer credit as a regular panel.
12/04/13 - PRE-REGISTRATION DATES AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS
ATTENTION METROCON FANS!
We've talked it over, and to try and give back to our fans through the holidays, we're going to open pre-registration early this year! Pre-registration for 2014 will open December 15, 2013 at 12:00:01 AM. We made this decision and have decided to leave this extra time as an ADDITION to our cheapest tier, meaning that our usual cheapest tier that normally lasts only through January will now be extended through the holiday season!
Weekend passes and VIP passes make great gifts for friends, and we want to give you the opportunity to get your badges at the cheapest price possible for even longer! For more information on pricing and tier change dates, see the link below, and have a great holiday season!
The link is available below to make your reservations. Follow the link to the GroupRes page and make your reservations there for the best rate! Currently reservations for the Embassy Suites are available, and additional overflow hotels will be added as necessary. Get your rooms quick!
11/14/13 - VENDOR AND ARTIST RESERVATIONS OPENING THIS WEEKEND!
Artists - Artist's Alley will be going LIVE for reservations on November 16 at 12:00:01 AM. This means midnight the night of November 15 (THIS FRIDAY) Please be advised that last year, we had some system issues with our server but we have been assured that it was upgraded to handle the stress. To minimize this, go ahead and make sure your account is in good standing and that you can log-in no problem ahead of time for reservations. Due to complaints about artists "hording" tables, we have also placed a limit of 2 tables per artist on the Artist Alley.
Artists' Alley Tables are still $100 for all regular tables, $125 for tables along the back wall.
Vendors - The Vendor's Room will go live on November 18 at 12:00:01 AM. That means this SUNDAY evening, the 17th at Midnight. The room has been increased in size and will be moving upstairs to the West Hall. Easy load-in with vehicle access from the loading dock, as well as a much nicer open space. Concessions will be open in the room, and the halls should be busy as ever. Visit the link below for information about multiple-booth purchase discounts.
Thank you all so much for an incredibly successful METROCON 2013! Our attendance was THROUGH THE ROOF THIS YEAR, at 9,915for 2013! In case you were wondering, we're holding true on our 10,000 fans promise. Looking at our attendance this year, for 2014 we will be expanding to occupy the ENTIRE CONVENTION CENTER, but remaining a three-day event in 2014! That's right - all the rooms, all the halls, and the kitchen sink! For 2015, we are happy to announce that METROCON will be a FOUR DAY EVENT!
Looking towards next year, we are pleased to announce information for METROCON 2014:
METROCON - YEAR 12
Florida's Largest Anime Convention! July 11-13, 2014 Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL
Theme: Old School vs New School
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, 2014 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 maintain METROCON 2013 as "Florida's Largest Anime Convention" once again, and we look forward to seeing you all again in July of 2014!