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MomoCon started 14 years ago as a tiny event at Georgia Tech. Now the convention draws more than 30,000 attendees and is aimed at a younger audience more focused on anime and video games than its mammoth sister convention, Dragon Con.
A spindly 13-year-old wearing a silver plastic crown and cargo shorts stands next to a middle-aged man in full military regalia as they await their royal photo. They’re surrounded by more than 70 delegates—dressed in pearls and kitten heels, electric blue sailor suits, glitter-coated boots, and capes. They represent 26 nations, from the Kingdom of Jupiter to the Republic of West Who. Welcome to MicroCon 2017.
Conventions aren’t only fun for conventioneers. When fanfests are in town, spotting costumed revelers is a spectator sport. This month, two legendary fictional universes collide as 221B Con (April 4–6) and TrekTrax Atlanta (April 25–27) bring Sherlock Holmes junior gumshoes and Star Trek Trekkers to our streets.