Looking for something to celebrate this month in popular culture? These are among the comic and anime conventions scheduled for April 2015:
Anime Matsuri, Houston, TX, April 3-5, 2015. This is one of the largest anime conventions in the country, and it explores all things related to anime and Japanese culture. Expect plenty of cosplay, music, fashion, anime, art and look vendors selling related merchandise. At the Houston Convention Center; advance sale ticketing has ended, but admission is available onsite.
Midwest Media Expo, Detroit, MI, April 10-12, 2015. Guests for this con, held at the Marriott at the Renaissance Center, include Jewel Staite, Akira Yamaoka, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Ellen McLain, Jon St. John and Time Crash.
East Coast Comicon, Secaucus, NJ, April 11-12, 2015. This two day convention brings comic book artists and writers like Neal Adams and Jeff Shultz to the Meadowlands Exposition Center.
AMAZICON, Essington, PA, April 17-19, 2015. The Clarion Hotel and Conference Center is home to this con. Television and film guests scheduled to appear include Veronica Cartwright, William Sanderson, Marta Kristen, Parker Stevenson, Costas Mandylor, James Hampton, Mari Deese, Chris Harrelson, Lana Wood and Jeremy Ambler.
Big Wow! ComicFest, San Jose, CA, April 18-19, 2015. Media guests include actors Tom Felton and Jake Lloyd. Those looking to learn about manga should plan on attending as Sakura of America will be hosting two art tutorial classes. Billing itself as ‘the original artist friendly’ con, this one is at the San Jose Convention Center.
Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, Chicago, IL, April 24-26, 2015. C2E2 is shorthand for this con, which will be taking over the South Building at McCormick Place for the weekend. Celebrities scheduled to appear include Clare Kramer, David Ramsey, Hayley Atwell, Jewel Staite, Matt Dillon, M. Night Shyamalan, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Neve McIntosh, Sean Astin and Sylvester McCoy.
Bangor Comic & Toy Con!, Bangor, ME, April 24-26, 2015. Gamers get their own section at this con held in the Cross Insurance Center. Celebrity guests include some of the Power Rangers, Billy Dee Williams and Ernie Hudson.
Retro Mega Comic Con, Pooler, GA, April 24-26, 2015. This Savannah area con is held at the Ramada Conference Hotel. Power Rangers and Walking Dead fans will want to check out this one!
Wizard World Comic Con, Las Vegas, NV, April 24-26, 2015. This huge con takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center and packs a lot of fun into one weekend. Among the media guests scheduled are Tom Mison, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, B.J. Britt, Kevin Conroy, Emily Kinney, Arthur Darvill, David Morrissey, James Marsters and Kevin Sorbo.
Tanoshiicon, West Chester, PA, April 25, 2015. This one day con at the Sykes Student Union building on the campus of West Chester University encourages cosplay from all pop culture genres.
Marble City Comicon, Knoxville, TN, April 25-26, 2015. This con calls the Knoxville Expo Center home. Every aspect of pop culture can be celebrated here with comic book, toys, gaming, movies and television guests, anime, manga, cosplay and artwork.