Are you from Alabama and wondering where you can geek out with other otaku like yourself? You might think that Alabama doesn’t have much of an anime scene, but the truth is, anime is popular all over the world, and Alabama is no exception!
Even though there may not be as many conventions as in some other states, Alabama still has plenty of opportunities for anime fans to come together and share their love for manga and anime. Whether you’re in Birmingham or somewhere else in the state, you’ll find anime meetups and conventions happening all year round.
So don’t worry, you won’t be alone in your anime passion! Check out the list below to find a convention near you and join the anime community in Alabama.
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2023 Anime Cons in Alabama
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|Kami-Con 2023||February 10-12, 2023||Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex|
|Imagi-Con 2023||February 25, 2023||Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library|
|Mobile Bay Anime Festival 2023||April 22, 2023||Daphne Civic Center|
|My Hero Convention: Alabama Smash 2023||June 3-4, 2023||Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex|
What to Expect at Kami-Con 2023
Kami-Con 2023 is happening on February 10-12 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, AL, and you won’t want to miss it!
One of the best parts of Kami-Con is getting to meet special guests from the anime industry. Voice actors, animators, and other industry professionals usually attend and they’re so much fun to talk to and get autographs from!
Overall, Kami-Con 2023 is going to be a weekend filled with fun, friends and anime. So mark your calendars and get ready for an awesome time! Don’t miss out on this chance to be a part of this amazing celebration of anime culture!
Cosplay Contests at Kami-Con
Are you ready for some fun and prizes? Kami-Con is hosting a cosplay contest with 3 categories: Novice, Journeyman, and Master. Each category will have a trophy and cash prize for the winner. Also, there’s a Best in Show category that comes with a trophy and a $250 prize. And don’t worry if you don’t win, there’s also 3 Judge’s awards that come with a trophy.
But before you sign up, make sure to read the rules. A minimum of 65% of the costume must be constructed by the contestant and costumes that have won an award in any other contest are not permitted. And there’s a pre-judging process on a first-come, first-serve basis, so make sure to come early.
Also, there’s an Exhibition Cosplay Contest for those who just want to have fun. The rules are simple, you must be wearing a costume and it cannot have won an award in another contest. Just have fun, be courteous, and be kind to your fellow cosplayers.
Other Things to Do in Birmingham, AL
Birmingham is a great city to explore, there are many cool places to check out before or after the convention.
While you are in town for a weekend filled with awesome anime and cosplay events, why not check out all the other fun activities Birmingham has to offer? Here are some fun activities you could try after you are done conning:
- Vulcan Park and Museum:
This is a must-see historic site, as it is home to a 56-foot-tall statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, and an industrial history museum. It is a place to reflect on the achievements of the past and admire the creativity of our ancestors.
- McWane Science Center:
This is an absolute must for any curious minds out there. It’s a place where the inquisitive may slake their thirst for knowledge with hands-on displays about fossils, space, and the human body, as well as an IMAX theater.
- Alabama Theatre:
This is where you should go if you want to experience local culture. This classic theater showcases film, live events, and concerts, making it an excellent venue for discovering the hidden gems of a city’s culture.
- Railroad Park:
If you’re looking to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors, Railroad Park has everything you could want. A terrific spot to get some fresh air and exercise, the park features walking trails, a lake, a playground, a model train exhibit, and a restored railroad depot.
- Five Points South:
This is where the action is at night. You’ll love this area if you’re a night owl because it’s packed with clubs, restaurants, and live music venues.
- Birmingham Zoo:
This is a great place to visit if you have a soft spot for animals. It’s a wild and exciting way to spend the day, with over 200 creatures from around the world, including lions, tigers, bears, and more.