Mirufodocon: Anime convention to ‘take over town’

MILFORD — When Mike Perfetti of Delaware Branding Company decided to bring a new idea to the area, he said he knew just what he had to do.

“I knew I had to involve the whole town,” he said with a smirk.

Since there is no convention center in Milford, the weekend-long anime convention Mirufodocon will take place in several locations around town.

Mirufodocon co-organizer Mike Perfetti poses with cosplayer Katie Coe during Dover’s Comic Con last weekend. She is scheduled to attend Mirufodocon in October, too. Special to The Chronicle

Mirufodocon co-organizer Mike Perfetti poses with cosplayer Katie Coe during Dover’s Comic Con last weekend. She is scheduled to attend Mirufodocon in October, too. Special to The Chronicle

Mirufodocon, which Mr. Perfetti and his co-chair Mike Mead said might mean Milford convention in Japanese, is brand new to the area.

“Nothing has ever been done like this before. Even in Dover they have the comic con which is great, but that’s everything. This is just anime,” Mr. Perfetti said.

The convention to be held October 28-30 will include headliner Michele Knotz, voice actress for Jessie in Pokémon, as well as anime screenings and an anime-themed burlesque show.

“We’re trying to stick to our niche,” Mr. Mead said. “A lot of other cons start pulling in horror, comics, etc., but really that starts taking away from the quality because it’s too much. It’s better to stick to a niche so you don’t start excluding what you began with.”

Mr. Mead runs a similar convention in Pennsylvania called Saikoucon that has only seen growth in its four year history.

“When I went for the first time with him, I didn’t think they’d survive,” Mr. Perfetti admitted. “But the room was already packed.”

In Saikoucon’s first year, 950 attendees were counted not including vendors and their guests, according to Mr. Mead. Attendance jumped the following year to 1,150 people and just under 3,000 guests the third year.

“I’m hoping we can do the same here with Mirufodocon,” he added.

Involving the community for the event was the easy part, Mr. Perfetti said. He just had to do one thing:

“I just asked. I don’t know if everyone is just sitting around waiting for something to happen, but you have to make it happen,” he said. “I told them that I’m bringing foot traffic to your door. What could be better?”

The Milford Senior Center will act as a centralized point for the anime convention. “…from there, we’ll be spreading out and taking over the town…,” according to the website for Mirufodocon.

The anime-themed burlesque show will take place at Abbott’s Bar and Grill, according to Mr. Perfetti, while anime screenings can be seen at Arena’s, both within a short walk from the senior center in Milford.

“This is the way it should be I think. It really should involve the town and not segregate us nerds,” Mr. Mead said. “Cosplayers get bullied because of what they like and it shouldn’t be that way.”

The event will also include other voice actors, cosplay and cosplayers, panels, contests, raves, concerts and more.

Advanced tickets can now be purchased online at www.mirufodocon.com. An unlimited 3-day pass can be purchased for $30. An unlimited 1-day pass costs $15. Tickets will also be available at the door, however those details have not yet been released.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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