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


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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

Festival Japan 2008 at Uwajimaya

Posted September 19, 2008

Kumoricon will have a booth at the Festival Japan 2008 at the Beaverton Uwajimaya—our first outreach event after Kumoricon 2008.

“The Japan-America Society of Oregon, Uwajimaya, and NW Natural will be presenting the eighth annual Festival Japan on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28, 2008 (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at Uwajimaya Plaza in Beaverton, Oregon. This exciting community event has been organized to bring about awareness and appreciation of the Japanese culture. It showcases a wide variety of performances, exhibitions, cultural demonstrations and Japanese children's games, everything from taiko drumming and ikebana to martial arts and cooking demonstrations. Festival Japan is focused and designed for family entertainment.”

We will be selling pre-registrations to Kumoricon 2009.

Any volunteers who would like to help staff the booth, answer questions, and take registrations, please email publicity@kumoricon.org.

Thank You for Kumoricon 2008! Looking Ahead to 2009…

Posted September 11, 2008

Thanks to our attendees for making this the largest Kumoricon yet!

A huge thanks to those people, staff, volunteers, and guests, who built an environment for fun that exceeded everyone’s expectations!

The biggest thank you goes to every person who was at Kumoricon this year for having a part in making this the most fantastically fun weekend in Kumoricon history!

Our paid attendance was 4470, nearly 50% larger than last year.

We also raised $4550 in the charity auction for p:EAR—double the amount we raised last year!

This year saw an amazing amount of entries into the mascot contest. The staff cast their votes to determine the winner and we are pleased to announce our new mascot for 2009:

Chevelle Abad – Be sure and thank her for an awesome job!

We are also excited to announce our new hotel for Kumoricon 2009 and 2010:

The Hilton Portland and Executive Tower

This venue, located in the heart of downtown, with plenty of food options and easy MAX access, will allow us to grow main events by roughly 50% and have a better stage arrangement using the Grand Ballroom. We will also have several more options that haven’t been possible in the past due to space constraints in previous hotels.

The dates of Kumoricon 2009 and 2010 are:

September 5-7, 2009 – Labor Day Weekend
September 4-6, 2010 – Labor Day Weekend

We are looking forward to continuing to provide opportunities for cosplay and anime fans to get together and have fun over the coming year. Keep an eye on the website for outreach events that will be happening during the year. We will be working with many college campus clubs to help sponsor events on campus.

Watch for announcements on 2009 guests and we look forward to seeing you at the next Kumoricon!


The Kumoricon 2009 elections and October general meeting will be held at our new hotel:

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
Pavilion Room

921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Nominations opened for Kumoricon 2009 officers at the Rant and Rave at the con, and remain open in the forums. As the date gets closer, more details will be posted including question and answer threads for the candidates and details on the agenda for the elections meeting.

KumoriContent, the Kumoricon Newsletter

Posted August 28, 2008

The August 2008 issue of the Kumoricon newsletter, KumoriContent, is now available. Not only is this a great introductory guide to Kumoricon, it features new announcements: a preview of Kumoricon merchandise available at the con, a map of the Exhibitors Hall and Artist Alley featuring vendors, artists, and booth arrangements! Also see thanks to our sponsors as well as information about an upcoming cosplay music concert, Starlight Symphony, in October.

Download it here [PDF, 2.2MB], or browse past newsletters.

Schedule, Maps, and Check-In Updates

Posted August 27, 2008

Are you ready for the most exciting Kumoricon yet?

Here’s what you need to know to make the most of your weekend.

When you show up for registration, you must have photo ID (whether registering at-the-door or checking having already pre-registered). If you pre-registered and your badge was mailed to you, you must bring the badge also.

If you are under age 18, you must either bring your signed parental permission form [PDF] or have already mailed it.

Registration hours:

Friday: 6:00pm-10:00pm (pre-registration check-in only; no at-the-door registrations)
Saturday: 8:00am-7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-7:00pm
Monday: 8:00am-3:00pm

Convention programming runs from 8am to 2am on Saturday and Sunday, and 8am to 5pm on Monday.

All attendees need to familiarize themselves with the convention policies. It’s mostly common sense, but it’s important information to know to be sure everyone is safe and in compliant with our rules.

There’s been one important policies change: The midnight curfew for minors has been extended to 1am for only the dances on Saturday and Sunday night. The curfew remains at midnight for all other events and convention space.

For the full schedule and pocket guide download, complete list of events, room hours, and a highlight of major attractions on all three days, check out our schedule page.

Want a map of the event space? Looking for nearby food? Check out our new maps page for all the info you need on the hotel and the nearby area.

The fun starts in just 3 days!

Limited Hotel Availability

Posted August 26, 2008

Although our hotel has been sold out of discounted rooms for some time now, we are maintaining a waiting list of people who would still like a room at the Kumoricon attendee rate. Please email your full name, phone number, and desired dates of stay to hotel@kumoricon.org to be placed on it.

We have had several last-minute hotel room cancellations. If you need to cancel a room that you have previously reserved at the attendee rate, please email hotel@kumoricon.org first to cancel, and please send from the email address you used to pre-register and provide a phone number for verification. We will transfer these rooms to those on the waiting list.

Final pre-con general meeting

Posted August 11, 2008

The final general meeting prior to the con is being held on Saturday, August 16 from 1-5pm at our hotel, the Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center:

Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center
Adams-Jefferson Room
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232

In addition to the usual department reports and opportunities for staff and volunteers to meet up, there are two other notable events:

Swag bag-stuffing. Fill 4500 bags with the program book, pocket guide, and goodies!

Changes to the bylaws have been proposed and the amendment details are being discussed in this forum thread. Changes to the bylaws require a 2/3 vote of the staff and a 2/3 vote of the board. We’ll be voting on one or more proposed bylaws amendments at this meeting if any staff member makes a motion to vote on it.

August General Meeting

Posted July 30, 2008

The first general meeting in August is being held on Sunday, August 3 from 1-5pm at our hotel, the Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center, in the same room as the July meeting:

Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center
Broadway Room
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232

There are two general meetings in August, and then the con is right around the corner! Both of the remaining meetings before the con will be held at the hotel.

July General Meeting and Staff Registration Announcement

Posted July 14, 2008

The July general meeting is being held on Saturday, July 19 from 1-5pm at our hotel, the Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center.

All general meetings until the convention will be held at the hotel.

Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center
Broadway Room
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232

Important announcement for potential staff: To be assured of having your name and staff position listed in the staff list in the con book, you must register as staff no later than at this meeting. Registrations within a few days after the meeting might make it in, but not if it would risk causing us to delay printing.

Swing Dance Pre-Registration Extended

Posted July 9, 2008

In case you missed out, we’ve extended the pre-registration deadline for the Summer Swing Dance until July 16. Save money by pre-registering online. Get all the details about the dance here.

We hope to see you on the evening of Saturday the 19th!

Reminder: Mascot and Cover Contests Ending July 6

Posted June 29, 2008

The contests to draw the mascot for Kumoricon 2009, and the covers of the program book and pocket programming book for 2008 only have one week left. You must submit your entries by Sunday, July 6, 11:59pm to qualify. Full details in this forum thread.

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Charity auction donors
for 2007:

Our charity recipient, p:ear:

Mascot art by Omi