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Ohayocon is a three-day anime convention typically held during January in Columbus, Ohio, at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Ohayocon's name is derived from the similarity between "Ohio", the convention's location, and Ohayou (おはよう), which means "good morning" in Japanese.[1][2][3]

Ohayocon
Ohayocon logo.png
StatusActive
GenreAnime, Manga, Video Gaming[1]
VenueHyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Location(s)Columbus, Ohio
CountryUnited States
Inaugurated2001
Attendance12,500 in 2012
Websitehttp://www.ohayocon.org/

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ProgrammingEdit

The convention typically offers an anime music contest, an artists' alley, concerts, costume contests, a dealers' room, a formal ball, a masquerade, musical events, panel discussions, a rave, table-top games, tournaments, video gaming, and workshops.[1][3][4][5][6][7][8]

HistoryEdit

In 2007, the Midwest premiere of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles occurred at the Arena Grand Theatre during Ohayocon.[9] In 2010, crowding was a problem during the rave due to space issues. The convention shared the Columbus Convention Center with other events and only used about one-fourth of the available space.[4] The convention's dance was moved to the convention center ballroom in 2012 to alleviate crowding issues.[6] Ohayocon began using wristbands instead of badges to control unpaid attendance in 2014.[10] During Ohayocon 2015, a transgender teen disappeared during the rave on Saturday night. The teen was attempting to run away and was later found safe in downtown Columbus on Tuesday.[11][12][13] The Columbus Convention Center was undergoing construction during Ohayocon 2017, and the convention continued to use wristbands instead of badges.[14]

Event historyEdit

Dates Location Atten. Guests
January 26–28, 2001 Sheraton Airport Hotel
Cleveland, Ohio
800Michael Brady, Izzy Burger, Jessica Calvello, Juliet Cesario, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Jei Fubler Harvey, Neil Nadelman, Jonathan C. Osborne, Jan Scott-Frazier, Scott Simpson, Kazuko Tadano, Brett Weaver, and Greg Wicker.[15]
January 11–13, 2002 Holiday Inn Cleveland-South
Independence, Ohio
1,200Rodney "Largo" Caston, Tiffany Grant, Jonathan C. Osborne, Debora Rabbai, Jan Scott-Frazier.[16]
January 10–12, 2003 Hilton Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
2,061Steve Bennett, Kei Blue, Keith Burgess, Robert DeJesus, Brad DeMoss, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Amy Howard-Wilson, Shimpei Itoh, Vic Mignogna, Yad-Ming Mui, Stephanie Nadolny, Dominic Nguyen, Mio Odagi, Jonathan C. Osborne, Chris Patton, Debora Rabbai, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Doug Smith, Jeff Thompson, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[17]
January 23–25, 2004 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
3,042Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Blood, Keith Burgess, Austell "DJ Asu" Callwood, Richard Ian Cox, Robert DeJesus, Brad DeMoss, Tiffany Grant, Jason Lee, Scott McNeil, Jillian Michaels, Yad-Ming Mui, Monica Rial, Jan Scott-Frazier, Jeff Thompson, David L. Williams, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[18]
January 14–16, 2005 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
4,051Greg Ayres, Steve Bennett, Keith Burgess, Steve Conte, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Tiffany Grant, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Vic Mignogna, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Mike Sinterniklaas, Doug Smith, Jeff Thompson, and David L. Williams.[19]
January 6–8, 2006 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
4,423Greg Ayres, Laura Bailey, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Michael Dobson, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mike McFarland, Scott McNeil, Dave Merrill, Shaindle Minuk, Peelander-Z, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, The Spoony Bards, Jeff Thompson, and Toshifumi Yoshida.[20]
January 5–7, 2007 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
6,240Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Caitlin Glass, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Brittney Karbowski, Jason Lee, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, The Spoony Bards, Amanda Winn-Lee, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[21]
January 4–6, 2008 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
7,000
(est)
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Johnny Yong Bosch, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Eyeshine, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Clarine Harp, Brittney Karbowski, Jonathan Klein, Bruce Lewis, Mike McFarland, r*k* Milholland, Monica Rial, Antimere Robinson, Chris Sabat, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Voices For, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[22]
January 30 – February 1, 2009 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
8,093Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Caitlin Glass, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Mohammad "Hawk" Haque, Jerry Jewell, Dave Lister, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Ananth Panagariya, Chris Patton, Antimere Robinson, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, J. Michael Tatum, Brett Weaver, David L. Williams, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[23]
January 29–31, 2010 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
10,120Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Jonathan Coulton, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Illich Guardiola, Carl Gustav Horn, Jerry Jewell, Bruce Lewis, Dave Lister, Jamie McGonnigal, Lisa Ortiz, Wendy Powell, Jan Scott-Frazier, Stephanie Sheh, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Doug Smith, J. Michael Tatum, Richard Townsend, Shannon Townsend, Voices For, Tom Wayland, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[24]
January 28–30, 2011 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
11,000Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Chris Bevins, Kevin Bolk, Robert DeJesus, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Bruce Lewis, Mundee Lewis, Mike McFarland, Jamie McGonnigal, Carli Mosier, Brina Palencia, Rawly Pickens, Monica Rial, Chris Sabat, Patrick Seitz, Rikki Simons, Doug Smith, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[25]
January 27–29, 2012 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
12,500Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Fred Gallagher, Ryan Gavigan, Todd Haberkorn, Mari Iijima, Trish Ledoux, The Pillowcases, Carrie Savage, Rikki Simons, Brad Swaile, SWEK, J. Michael Tatum, Amanda Winn-Lee, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, Toshifumi Yoshida, and Steve Yun.[26]
January 18–20, 2013 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Robert DeJesus, Brian Dobson, Junko Fujiyama, Fred Gallagher, Tiffany Grant, Matt Greenfield, Darrel Guilbeau, Kyle Hebert, Richard Horvitz, Kazha, Kevin Lillard, Dave Lister, Jamie McGonnigal, Jan Scott-Frazier, Rikki Simons, Spike Spencer, Amanda Winn-Lee, Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons, and YTCracker.[27]
January 24–26, 2014 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Tia Ballard, Jessica Calvello, Justin Cook, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Illich Guardiola, Richard Horvitz, Jerry Jewell, Brittney Karbowski, Michele Knotz, Mike McFarland, Vic Mignogna, Lisa Ortiz, Rikki Simons, Ian Sinclair, Brad Swaile, J. Michael Tatum, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[28][29]
January 30 – February 1, 2015 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Dino Andrade, Dr. Awkward, Christopher Ayres, Greg Ayres, Jessica Calvello, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Josh Grelle, Greg Houser, Jerry Jewell, Michele Knotz, Bettina M. Kurkoski, Shin Kurokawa, Cynthia Martinez, David Matranga, Helen McCarthy, Carli Mosier, Rob Mungle, Nylon Pink, Project BECK, Xero Reynolds, Bill Rogers, Brad Swaile, and Greg Wicker.[30]
January 15–17, 2016 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Dino Andrade, Greg Ayres, Jessica Calvello, Emily DeJesus, Joe Digiorgi, Charles Dunbar, Greg Houser, Chuck Huber, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Shin Kurokawa, David Matranga, Carli Mosier, Rob Mungle, Bill Rogers, John Swasey, Veronica Taylor, Jessica von Braun, Brett Weaver, and David L. Williams.[31]
January 13–15, 2017 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Yuu Asakawa, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Joe Digiorgi, Kyle Hebert, Shin Kurokawa, Kirby Morrow, Yad-Ming Mui, Rob Mungle, Michelle "Mogchelle" Mussoni, Lisa Ortiz, Chris Patton, Monica Rial, Shadow Clone, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, John Swasey, Shinichi Watanabe, E. K. Weaver, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[32]
January 26-28, 2018 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Automaton, Chris Bevins, Kevin Bolk, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Diana Garnet, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jerry Jewell, Shin Kurokawa, Jamie Marchi, Brandon McInnis, Carli Mosier, Chris Moujaes, Michelle "Mogchelle" Mussoni, Chris Patton, Professor Shyguy, Monica Rial, Rachel Robinson, Shadow Clone, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, Brad Swaile, J. Michael Tatum, Thousand Faces Cosplay, Vitamin H Productions, Shinichi Watanabe, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[33]
January 11-13, 2019 Hyatt Regency Columbus
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Columbus, Ohio
Beau Billingslea, Kevin Bolk, Emily DeJesus, Robert DeJesus, Aaron Dismuke, Bill Farmer, Diana Garnet, Caleb Hyles, Jeremy Inman, Samantha Inoue-Harte, Jerry Jewell, Mika Kobayashi, Shin Kurokawa, Jason Marsden, Mike McFarland, Brandon McInnis, Jake Paque, Rikki Simons, Mike Sinterniklaas, J. Michael Tatum, Vitamin H Productions, Shinichi Watanabe, Sarah Wiedenheft, and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons.[34]

ReferencesEdit

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