Youmacon 2017 underway in downtown Detroit this weekend

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A Detroit-based four-day Japanese Anime and pop culture convention celebrating animation, video games, comics and art is being held this weekend at downtown’s Cobo Center and Renaissance Center.  

Festivities are taking place 24-hours a day through 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Similar in theme to most major Comic Cons, Youmacon (named for the Japanese word youma, meaning demon or ghost) is an all-ages mix of interactive games and events, cosplay, celebrity guest panels, live musical performances, exhibitors, artists and more.

Now in its 13th year, highlights for Youmacon 2017 will include large video game and table-top gaming rooms, the popular live-action Mario Party game, a Charity Masquerade Ball with all proceeds going towards Children’s Hospital of Michigan, national bands and DJs and a massive 100,000+ sq. foot dealer's room for shopping Anime, art, figures and other collectibles. 

As part of this year’s larger-than-ever Youmacon, more than 50 Anime industry celebrities and special guests are participating, including actors, producers, musicians and artists. For a complete list of special guests, please visit:

Tickets will only be available at-the-door. Attendees should note that tickets sales are cash only.

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