The Middle Tennessee Anime Convention (MTAC) is Tennessee’s largest anime convention. This is a fun gathering of geeks and anime fans that I have personally enjoyed every year since 2002. MTAC kicks off this spring with a weekend-long extravaganza that is an annual celebration of Japanese animation and culture. It includes spectacular costumes, fun Japananese and Korean music, tabletop and video gaming, and so much more that fascinates, captivates, and motivates attendees.
This year’s event is entitled “MTAC 18th Batallion” and it features a really awesome mix of celebrity guests, artists, industry professionals, feature events, professional speakers, fan discussion panels, workshops, Q&A sessions, vendors, contests and more for fans to enjoy. Notable guests I am looking forward to seeing for this year’s event include Yuri Lowenthal, Tara Platt, Vic Mignogna, Marianne Miller, David Vincent, SungWon Cho aka ProZD, among others.
MTAC 18th Batallion takes off Friday morning, March 30 and runs through Sunday afternoon, April 1. There are events and activities planned at both the Sheraton Music City and Embassy Suites Nashville Airport hotels in Nashville, which are both fully dedicated to MTAC. Pre-registration for the full weekend is highly recommended, and is also discounted online, up until a week before the convention. There have been several MTAC conventions that have sold out completely, so I do suggest that you go ahead, log on, and get your registration in advance. If you wait and do walk-in registration, if it is still available, it will be $60 for all three days. More information can be found at the MTAC website or Facebook page.
I am really looking forward to meeting actress, author, producer and entrepreneur Tara Platt. She has traveled the globe as a speaker and adventurer as well as performing internationally in film, TV, animation and theatre, with on-screen credits including television appearances on Scandal, Revenge, Parenthood, Castle, Gilmore Girls, Hawaii Five-0 and Geek&Sundry’s. A returning favorite, Yuri Lowenthal is a writer, actor and producer known primarily for his voice acting in games and animation. David Vincent is an award winning voice actor & director based in Los Angeles who has given voice to hundreds of animation and anime episodes, video games, as well as guest appearances on television shows such as The Mentalist and NCIS.
Fan favorite Vic Mignogna is a friend of MTAC who has been acting for stage and screen since he was 8 years old. Vic’s anime career started about twenty years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than three hundred animated series and video games. Even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. In addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series. He is executive producer of the award winning web series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic is a highly sought after guest at fan conventions, and i have attended and enjoyed his panels in Toronto and Baltimore in recent years.
The story goes that Marianne Miller very rarely stops talking, so when she realized that she could make money off of it, she immediately leapt at the chance to do so. Marianne is a professionally trained classical singer and voice actress, working in Los Angeles in a variety of productions, anime and otherwise.
MTAC 18th Batallion has crafted a unique brand of programming for the entire weekend, including the convention’s signature events such as the Cosplay Contest, the Lip Sync Contest, the Otaku Ball, Otaku Speed Dating, the Lolita Tea Party, the AMV (Anime Music Video) Contest, the adults-only Risque Cosplay, the Electronic Dance Party, along with 24-Hour round-the-clock Table-Top and Video Gaming, the Ramen Eating Contest, and dozens of hours of unique presentations throughout the weekend. MTAC also hosts several local and out-of-town vendors, artists, and crafters for a wide variety of shopping.
Be sure to check out Nashville’s phenomenal One Drop Ink Tattoo Parlour and Gallery, as they bring some of the best tattoo artists in the Nashville area to the Embassy Suites to provide anime- and geek-themed tattoos and piercings to you at a special convention rate. MTAC also lives up to being Music City’s Anime Con by hosting top-notch musical shows with talent both local and foreign. MTAC also gives back to the community which hosts it by assisting local charities in drives at the convention, as well as donation drives during the year. See you there!