Initially, my plans for a review of the Midwest Media Expo (MMX) were set. I was going to compare this year’s event to last year’s event. However, those plans came crashing down when MMX was cancelled three days prior to the big day. I found out about the cancellation of MMX on Tuesday evening and the shock of the cancellation didn’t hit me until Wednesday morning. To say I was bummed out by the cancellation of Midwest Media Expo would be an understatement. Most people encounter post con depression. I had pre-con depression. I had done over 30 hours of research on the 6 guests I was hoping to interview. When I found out that the event was cancelled, I felt that all of my work, for what I hoped to be awesome interviews, was washed down the drain. While I resigned myself to joining fellow attendees in wallowing over the loss of MMX, an unexpected turn for the better occurred. On Wednesday, the staff of MMX announced that they were putting on a weekend event for the fans. Out of the ashes of Midwest Media Expo’s cancellation, a baby phoenix in the form of a free fan appreciation event called NotCon appeared.
Voice actor and actor Bryan Massey was an individual I was hoping to interview for quite some time. His role of the charismatically psychotic Ladd Russo stole the show in Baccano, which is known for its large cast of unique characters. While we delved into Baccano, we talked about his dream role, comedic background, a mutual respect for mixed martial arts and his live action roles. Check out my favorite interview from NotCon 2017.
Saturday and Sunday of NotCon were filled with many wonderful people and moments. Check out more from the convention that came out of nowhere. Enjoy.
Here are the Friday shots from the “convention” that wasn’t supposed to exist, NotCon. Enjoy these photos from the cool pop up con created in 36 hours.
The cancellation of this year’s M2X event by the venue was a hard blow for us. The community support has been amazing these past few days, and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding. We haven’t been idle, and we were able to make arrangements with fantastic folks at the Radisson in Farmington Hills so we can still bring something special to you.
Several guests will still be joining us, including Jon St. John and David Eddings, and more to be announced. There will be panels and autograph sessions, cosplay photographers (and all of the cosplay gatherings are, of course, invited), and more. LOTS of details to come.
Oh, one last thing. All of our daytime festivities are totally free. And if you’re looking for a hotel to crash at, the Radisson has offered us some rooms at a crazy low rate. So come on down, you know where the party is at.
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