Kumoricon - Oregon's Anime Convention - Labor Day Weekend, Saturday-Monday - August 30-September 1, 2008
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Kumoricon 2008

Welcome to Kumoricon, now entering our sixth year! Our annual convention dedicated to Japanese animation features three days of cosplay, video rooms, exhibitors, panels, video games, fan creation, and much more. Oregon's anime convention is a growing attraction in the Portland area and we welcome fans from all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond! In 2008, we finally return to our fan-favorite hotel, the Portland Doubletree at Lloyd Center. Enjoy stunning views of downtown Portland while surrounded by thousands of devoted fans just like you—on a three-day weekend you won't soon forget.


$40 for entire weekend at the door.
Single day registrations also available.

Full details

Death Note II

Death Note II

Screening on Oct. 15-16, two nights only. Offer for a free Death Note II ticket when you buy the Death Note DVD.

Guests of Honor

Tommy Yune, Scott Glasgow, Richard Epcar, Ellyn Stern, Kaja and Phil Foglio, Carl Horn, The Anime Hunters, Greg and Elizabeth Dean, Kirk Thornton, The Slants

Photos and bios

Upcoming Events

Oct. 11 – Kumoricon 2009 elections and general meeting
Oct. 15-16 – Death Note II and Kumoricon promotional table

Full calendar

Kumoricon News

June General Meeting

Posted June 14, 2008

The June General Meeting scheduled for June 22 at 1pm has found a location: Clark College in Vancouver, WA:

Clark Community College
Foster Auditorium
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Full details including maps and parking are located in the calendar entry.

Win A Free Ticket to the Bleach: Memories of Nobody Screening

Posted June 6, 2008

[Update: Giveaway entry deadline extended by 1 day!]

Kumoricon is giving away 4 tickets to the June 11, 7:30pm screening of Bleach: Memories of Nobody, courtesy of VIZ Media. The movie will be showing June 11 and June 12 at the Cascade 16 Cinemas in Vancouver, WA.

Hurry! This giveaway is running until Monday only! Tickets will be given in a random drawing. To be eligible for the drawing, you must enter the drawing by the end of Monday, June 9 (11:59pm), and you must be pre-registered for Kumoricon, or you must pre-register by June 9.

See our Bleach event page for full details on how to enter the drawing, and the Cascade 16 Cinemas location. The Bleach movie will also be playing at other theaters in Oregon and selected theaters nationwide. On the event page, there is a link where you can search for theaters near you.

Tickets will be sold to the public for both the June 11 and 12 showing at the Cascade 16 Cinemas. If you attend, be sure to stop by Kumoricon’s promotional table in the theater lobby and say hi!

Summer Swing Dance

Posted June 2, 2008

Come join us for a night of music, dancing, and fun at Kumoricon’s Summer Swing Dance!

Saturday, July 19th
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Norse Hall
111 NE 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232

Tickets are available for pre-order online here for $12, or you can buy them at the door for $15.

Cosplay, Western or Asian attire is acceptable. For guidelines on acceptable attire, please read the Summer Swing Dress Code. Prizes will be awarded for Best Attire and Best Cosplay, and there will be a dance contest as well, so brush up on your dancing skills.

For those looking to take a break from dancing, you can try your luck in the Monte Carlo gaming room. Light refreshments will be served, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Please see the Swing Dance page for full details on the night’s schedule, registration, and our wonderful new Swing Dance mascot!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hotel Block Expanded

Posted May 17, 2008

We have expanded the number of rooms in our attendee hotel block at the Doubletree. If you tried to reserve a room with our hotel code and found that there were no rooms available, please try again. We have increased the number of rooms for Friday-Monday nights.

If you are still having problems with the hotel code JPA, please contact the hotel directly to be sure they apply the code to your room or to place a room reservation by phone. Also if you let us know at hotel@kumoricon.org we can check in to any difficulties you might be having.

Badges from Second Registration Tier Mailed

Posted May 17, 2008

Following up on our first tier registration mailout, all second tier badges (those registered on or before March 22) were mailed out earlier this month.

If you registered on or before March 22 and have not received your badge, please email registration@kumoricon.org and we will make sure you get your badge.

Badges registered after March 22 will be mailed out in groups approximately once per month until the convention.

May General Meeting Rescheduled for May 18

Posted April 30, 2008

Due to Kumoricon Lite being held on May 10, the general meeting has been moved to the weekend after onto Sunday, May 18.

It is from 1pm to 5pm and held at PSU in the same building as Kumoricon Lite:

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Rooms 327 and 328
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Please see the calendar item for full details.

Badges from First Registration Tier Mailed

Posted April 29, 2008

The pre-registration badges for those registering up to December 31 are in the mail!

Tier Two (January 1 - March 22) should be in the mail by next week!

The early Tier Three badges will be following Tier Two soon.

If you registered in Tier One (anytime before or on December 31) and do not get your badge by the beginning of next week, let us know at registration@kumoricon.org and we can make sure your badge was mailed.

Thanks for your patience and we look forward to seeing you all Labor Day weekend!

Kumoricon Lite!

Posted April 17, 2008

Our next mini-event will be taking place on May 10:

Portland State Anime Club
Random Select

Kumoricon Lite

Activities Include:

  • Gaming
  • Anime Viewing Rooms
  • Karaoke
  • Manga Library
  • Potluck Style Snacks—Bring your favorite treats and drinks to share.
  • Raffle—Receive a raffle ticket for each volume of manga that you donate to the manga library. Prizes include a full weekend membership to the convention.
  • Concessions will be available.

Email questions to psuevent@kumoricon.org.

See you there!

Free admission. Runs from 12noon to 9pm.

Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Check-in: Room 296
1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

Calendar Link

May meeting notice: Our May meeting was previously scheduled on the same day, May 10. We will likely move this meeting to avoid the conflict, but have not settled on a definite date yet. When there is any change in the May meeting date, it will be announced in a separate news post and updated on the calendar.

Information Page Contest

Posted April 17, 2008

We’ve had a contest running in the forums but have received no entries yet—here’s your chance to write the Kumoricon 2008 information page!

Let the world know what you love about Kumoricon in an article between 400 and 800 words. The staff will vote on the winning entry at the staff retreat in late April. Hurry—you only have until midnight at the end of the day of Thursday, April 24.

Please see the full rules and details in the forums. Good luck!

Masquerade Ball Photos

Posted March 10, 2008

The official Masquerade Ball photos have been posted in a gallery. You can download full images, or order prints from our photographer. Enjoy!

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