Here we pay tribute to JoMoCons gone by. With any con, it's not a complete record, because you had to be there, but as much as possible, we'll try to fill in the details.
This was our first con, conducted digitally because plague beset the land. Thanks to our very first sponsor, Full Bore Studios, we were able to host a 10 hour livestream convention on Twitch from Pennington Station.
This virtua-con featured panelists who joined us via Zoom as well as live in our makeshift studio. We were joined by cosplay guru Caroline Barto, local anime entrepreneur Jeremiah Johnson, Japanese culture enthusiast Amanda Almich, Hawaii based artist Michael Cannon, and anime voice actor Spike Spencer!
Over 140 viewers tuned in during the livestream.
Unfortunately, we later found out that Twitch VODs get deleted after two weeks. Sadly, the footage is forever lost.
Despite the setbacks, we were able to raise a small donation for Hearts and Hammers, a local charity that does various construction tasks for local home owners of limited means. You can learn more about them in our interview that preceeded the '21 virtual con.
On July 30th, 2022, we held our first in-person JoMoCon. Nearly 500 attendees came to downtown Joplin to enjoy this convention and meet our special guest John Gremillion, whose voice talents can be heard in anime series like My Hero Academia and One Piece. JoMoCon 2022 raised enough money for us to make a donation of $2,671 to support the kids of Ozark Center’s Turn Around Ranch.
The con was held in five different buildings, allowing for a unique feel. Unfortunately, the rain showed up to complicate things, but the con pressed on! Matt Fussell and Jason Bright held an opening ceremony from the balcony of the Pennington Stations while con-go-ers checked in below and took advantage of the console lounge and VR stations. The Magic: The Gathering booster draft ended being cancelled because JoMoCon happened to be booked the same day as larger M:TG event nearby. The day was filled with board gaming, anime viewing, live panels, interviews, a cosplay pageant, and a farewell ceremony that we probably should have bumped up to happen after the pageant. We did, however, score a great picture.
We streamed the convention on Twitch, and this time, we downloaded the videos. Go hit our YouTube channel and give them a watch!
Our 2023 convention was held on August 5th at the Harry M. Cornell Complex in Downtown Joplin, MO. We had just under 1,000 people in attendance!
Attendees enjoyed a full day of vendors, manga reading and anime viewing, board game as well as vintage video game tournaments, and even some murder mystery sessions.
Our guest lineup included Three Trails Taiko Ltd. from Kansas City who performed some amazing traditional Japanese drumming, as well as voice actor Ryan Bartley who has played characters in hit anime such as Demon Slayer, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Hunter x Hunter.
Thanks to the huge community effort that it took to put on JoMoCon 2023, we raised enough funds to make a donation of $6,126 to this year’s featured charity: The Children’s Center of Southwest Missouri!