Panel Registration

So you want to host a panel at the Midwest Media Expo? You're in luck - the panel applications are LIVE!

Don't know what to host? It could be about anything! We are looking for a wide range of media subjects to feature for our fans! We would like to see panels for all ages, from family-friendly to adult-themed!

The link is Panel Submission! Please first log in or sign up to register to be a panelist!

Please send all inquiries to:


Some of you may already know this, but MIDWEST MEDIA EXPO PRE-REG for $45 is extended until March 10, 2015! We feel one month before the convention is the best time, so make sure to pre-register for under $50 to have 3 days of free autographs, concerts, gaming, and FUN! (The update will be posted online shortly.)

Giancarlo Volpe

With a heart-felt sigh, we regretfully announce the cancellation of Mr. Giancarlo Volpe's appearance from the Midwest Media Expo. The Avatar: The Last Airbender director and Riot Games Senior Animation Producer has a major change to his professional career upcoming, but unfortunately he is no longer available during the Expo's weekend because of it.

We certainly wish him the best, as he has been a major proponent of the Expo, and our success as an event. Thank you, Giancarlo, and good luck! We hope to see you next year!

World Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit is pleased to announce that the National Finals event will be held at the Midwest Media Expo at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center during the weekend of April 10th to 12th, 2015. Pairs of cosplay teams from across the United States will gather and compete, showcasing the best craftsmanship and performances with characters from anime, manga, and video games. Competing teams will have been chosen from regional events at conventions across the United States. The winning team at this event will represent the United States internationally at the 2015 World Cosplay Summit in Japan in a televised event.

World Cosplay Summit looks forward to sharing the excitement, competition and fabulous costumes with all our fans at the Midwest Media Expo!

About World Cosplay Summit

The World Cosplay Summit was launched in 2003 by Japanese television station TV Aichi to promote the international exchange of the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The championship debuted in 2005 and has been held annually since, with participants hailing from countries like Japan, the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, and more. 2015 will mark the event's 13th occurrence.

World Cosplay Summit

League of Legends Championship

The Midwest Media Expo team has worked hard to host a League of Legends tournaments. All Summoners who think they have what it takes to win must agree to the Tournament Rules and Sign up.

Tournament Rules Sign Up

Jon St. John Roast

Time to light the fires, cue the barbecue, and sing it like the Duke! Mr. Jon St. John has had this coming - and it's finally here! The famous voice actor (most well known for his roles as Big the Cat in Sonic the Hedgehog, and Professor Pac-Man) deserves to be knocked down a peg or two - and no one better to do it than some big guests who know him too well. It's Straight-Up Hot Dawg Time - and you wouldn't believe what lies in store for Jon - and the audience!


Konami Composer Akira Yamaoka and Voice Actor Mary Elizabeth McGlynn are joining the Expo! They will be hosting panels, providing autographs and photos, but they will especially be performing with:

The Silent Hill Band - LIVE at the Expo! -

Time is running out for the cheaper pre-registration rates! A pre-registration to the Midwest Media Expo includes events, concerts, autographs, etc. for the entire weekend. Also, reserve your hotel room while they last and never leave the building for all three days of our 24-hour programming! Just click above on "Location & Hotel" for more!

Where will the expo take place?

The Midwest Media Expo will be held at the 72 story Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, in the heart of Downtown Detroit. Beginning at 2:00pm on Friday and lasting until Sunday evening, the Expo will take over the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere.

The GM Renaissance Center is not only the world headquarters of General Motors, but is also a 'city within a city', featuring an assortment of shops, restaurants, a police station, and even a movie theatre. Once you arrive at the convention, you will find that you don't need to leave.

Visit our location page for more info

What special guests of honor can I expect to see at the Media Expo?
Will there be an extra charge to meet them?

Since our first event in 2005, we have taken pride in only bringing fun and engaging guests to our events, rather then big names from 30 years ago, and we fully intend to continue with this philosophy. You can expect some of your favorite actors, artists, internet personalities, authors, musicians, and much more at the Midwest Media Expo. A few fan favorites from our other events may also turn up.

With so much to do how will I navigate it all?

We've got you covered. For the Midwest Media Expo our schedule will be divided into categories, or 'tracks' to help you navigate what you're interested in. Our online schedule will be available by desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, smartphone, or tricorder.

Think of a 'Track' as a category for our events. Right now we have 6 Tracks: Film, Fandoms, Comics, Cosplay, Video Games, and Tabletop Games – each with their own guests and content. It is completely possible to have a wonderful weekend by simply building your schedule around one track or interest, a combination of 2 or 3, or the full schedule of all tracks. It's up to you.

Learn about Midwest Media Expo Tracks

What is the Midwest Media Expo?
Is this a Downtown Detroit Comic Con?

The Midwest Media Expo is a popular culture event similar to most Comic Conventions. Instead of focusing on only comics, the Midwest Media Expo is a celebration of all popular media, including: Animation, Television, Film, Literature, Video Games, Tabletop Gaming, Comics, and Internet Culture. The Midwest Media Expo will bring a unique all-ages blend of interactive events, celebrity guest panels, and live musical performances to Downtown Detroit.

In 2005 we created our first event, Youmacon, with the goal to produce a fan convention WE would want to attend. All of our events offer the very best in engaging special guests, interactive live events, free–to–play video game rooms, and high–quality fan created programming.

Ten years later, we expanded our vision to include the first Midwest Media Expo, which brought nearly 2,500 fans to the Renaissance Center to participate in our wide array of live events, special celebrity panels, tabletop and video gaming, and much more.

For the low admission price of either a one-day or a 3-day weekend pass, we offer our attendees admission to every one of our special events, the exhibitor hall, artist alley, special celebrity guest panels, musical events, and more!

Mark your calendar, because April 10 - 12 will be unlike any fan convention you've ever attended.

Click here to visit our registration page

Midwest Media Expo FAQ

Q: Where will the Midwest Media Expo take place?

A: We are proud to announce that the Midwest Media Expo will take place at The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the center of Downtown Detroit.

Q: Is this a one day "just a dealer's room" type of event, or should M2X be a weekend trip?

A: It's what you choose to make of it. All of our one-day attendees will have full access to our huge exhibitor room, interactive live events, celebrity and attendee panels, and gaming rooms for the day they purchased - but we feel the real magic comes from spending the weekend downtown and taking advantage of our 24-hour programming. We have contracted with several downtown hotels to ensure a comfortable weekend stay for our attendees.

Q: Is this replacing Youmacon?

A: Absolutely not. Youmacon and the Midwest Media Expo will exist side-by-side as sister events. Youmacon will be held annually during the first weekend of November, while the Midwest Media Expo will occur annually in the Spring.

Q: This sounds cool... When is it?

A: The Midwest Media Expo will take place starting on Friday, April 10 2015, and last until Sunday, April 12.

Q: Do I have to wear a costume (cosplay)?

A: Costumes are in no way required, but they can be a lot of fun. It's up to you!

Q: What is your refund policy for preregistration?

A: We offer a refund period of purchase up to 7 calendar days from purchase. To request a refund, please email our refunds team.

Q: What if I have a question that isn't answered?

A: Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have by emailing our attendee services team.