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Youmacon 2012 Preview

Last year's Youmacon drew together over 10,000 otaku to celebrate one of the largest anime conventions in the country to meet guests like LittleKuriboh and Vic Mignogna.

On Thursday, Youmacon will try to top last year's event bringing together another all-star guest list, including guests like Steam Powered Giraffe, LittleKuriboh, Todd Haberkorn, Doug Walker, and Nabeshin.

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Shyguy from Youmacon 2009
This year's Youmacon is held again at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit Michigan, and the event list is as big as ever, including a Charity Cosplay Ball, numerous autograph sessions, and a rousing game of Anime Name That Tune.

Charity Ball
Held on Friday evening, the charity ball (a formal dance) is the highlight of many conventions for some fans. The dress code forces attending fans and cosplayers into formal attire, eschewing jeans and T-shirts for tuxedos, dark suits, and ball gowns.

Karaoke, always popular in Japan and among anime fans, will be limited to anime, video game, jpop, jrock, and other 'nerd'-themed songs. And for fans of MLP, there will be a My Little Pony: Karaoke is Magic hosted on Thursday.

Rave Dance
Every night features a rave dance held in the RenCen Marriott.

Maid Cafe
Youmacon's maid cafe is a treat for fans wanting to be served by maids, and they were gathering suggestions on what the maids should call you on the forums (yes, Goshujin-sama!) For fans who buy a special ticket or platinum badge, there is a chance to meet the convention's guests at the maid cafe as well.

Youmacon includes almost two dozen guests this year:
91.8 The Fan - Otaku internet radio station.
Tia Ballard - voice actor
Martin Billany - voice actor, YuGiOh Abridged
James Carter Cathcart - voice actor
Todd Haberkorn - voice actor, Hetalia, FMA
Josh Keaton - voice actor
Cherami Leigh - voice actor
Lemon Demon - Band
Lewis Lovhaug - Comic critic
Scott McNeil - voice actor
Potter Puppet Pals - Puppetmasters
Random Gibberish - Band
Paulie Schrier - Actor
Jon St. John - voice actor
Steam Powered Giraffe - Band
Sonny Strait - voice actor, Lupin III, DBZ, FMA
Brad Swaile - voice actor
Doug Walker - Internet Video Creator
Shinichi Watanabe - Japanese Anime Director

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