Kumoricon - Oregon's Largest Anime Convention - Labor Day Weekend - September 5-7, 2009 - Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
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Kumoricon continues its role as the center of anime in Portland and a favorite destination for lovers of Japanese animation throughout Oregon and beyond. Our seventh year brings us to the heart of downtown Portland, occupying the two towers of the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower hotel and featuring our largest main events room ever. Labor Day Weekend 2009, we'll be back with three days of cosplay, video rooms, exhibitors, panels, video games, fan creation, and much more. Fans, we welcome you to another year!


$45 for entire weekend at the door.
Single day registrations also available.

Full details

Guests of Honor

Carl Horn, Toshifumi Yoshida, The Anime Hunters, Cynthia Martinez, Jason Thompson, Kirk Thornton, Kaja and Phil Foglio, Svetlana Chmakova, Last Stop Tokyo, Soul Candy

Photos and bios

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Join our year-round community on the forums. Staff openings, room sharing, cosplay discussion, fan creations, and more.

Upcoming Events

Oct. 25 – Annual Membership Meeting and 2010 Elections

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Kumoricon News

Thank you for attending Kumoricon 2009!

Posted September 22, 2009

Kumoricon 2009 is over! ;_;

We know, most of you are at home right now, sad that another year of fun, games, events, and friends has passed.

We’d love to thank all of our attendees, who came once more (or for the first time) to join in our weekend festivities.

Some of the highlights of this year included our international AMV contest, the extremely popular sake tasting panel, live yaoi readings by Jason Thompson and Carl Horn, and of course the marriage proposal during closing ceremonies (she said yes!). Also, this was the first year that we went 24 hours, so we hope you stayed up late and checked out some of our new events!

As always, the staff were absolutely amazing. Many staff members worked sixteen hour shifts, slept for a few hours, and then got right back to work. Kumoricon would never survive without its dedicated staff.

Lots of charitable attendees showed up for this year’s charity auction and we have raised another $3787 for p:ear! We can’t wait to give them their check.

We are still tabulating our final attendance for this year, but we appear to show a small growth from last year. So don’t forget to pre-reg early, because we may need to cap again! We’re simply too popular for locations in Portland.

This year was a learning experience in our new location, challenging us with a new layout and capacity limits on certain floors, but we’re working very closely with our staff and with the hotel to take what we’ve learned this year and make big improvements for 2010.

And if you’re sad another year has come to a close, be sure to check out all our mini-events this year as well as come visit us at other events, like the Festival Japan at Uwajimaya on September 26-27!

We’ll be back next Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2010.

See you next year!

Online Live Schedule Posted, Check-In Reminders, and Newsletter

Posted September 4, 2009

We now have another online format of the schedule available, which can be directly viewed in your web browser without need for Adobe Reader:


If schedule changes occur during the con, they will be updated on the live schedule. Also follow our Twitter feed for live announcements of schedule changes: http://twitter.com/Kumoricon

With the con just a day away, remember, registration opens Friday at 4pm! This applies to both pre-registration and at-the-door registration. Show up before the crowds!

Remember to bring your photo ID (regardless of registration method or type), parent permission form if under age 18, and, of course, your badge, if you pre-registered and had it mailed.

Finally, we have another quick installment of our KumoriContent newsletter: Download [PDF]

Schedule and Registration News

Posted August 28, 2009

With the convention barely over a week away, we have some exciting news:

First, the entire schedule has been posted online. Download the pocket guide, and view online descriptions of every convention event. Check out the event map, hours, exhibitors, artists, a map and index of local food and stores, and everything else you want to know about the convention. The number of event rooms is huge this year, with more to do than ever before.

Schedule page (Download the pocket guide here!)
Hotel page (Find event and food/area maps here.)

Second, for the first time, Kumoricon is a 24-hour convention. The fun never stops with things to do every moment of the day. Panels and dances run late, viewing rooms are open 24 hours, and several gaming rooms are open 22 hours a day.

Third, our registration hours are longer than ever before. Arrive as early as 4pm on Friday, the day before the convention, to either check-in if you pre-registered, or to register at the door. That’s right—for the first time this year, even if you didn’t pre-register, you can arrive on Friday to register for the weekend. Show up early to reduce your wait! Be ready and checked in when the events start at 8am Saturday morning! To help move the line, registration opens at 6am on Saturday.

Please see the registration page for very important information on what you need with you to check in, and details on our policies.

Galleries Updated

Posted August 20, 2009

For your browsing while you eagerly wait for the con, we’ve posted the galleries of the entries for the mascot and book cover contests:

Mascot 2010 entries
Program book cover 2009 entries
Pocket guide cover 2009 entries

The mascot contest winner will be announced at Closing Ceremonies. The book cover contest winners will be announced when those books are published (pocket guide online, and program book at con).

Also, our photos from Dance Dance Kumoricon in July have been posted. Enjoy!

Second August General Meeting

Posted August 19, 2009

The second August general meeting, which is the last general meeting before the convention, will be held on Saturday, August 22 from 1pm-5pm at our hotel, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

The exact room is still being determined. To check the room, please see the hotel event listing when you arrive which is posted on a wall near the lobby elevators.

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Google Maps with aerial view

General meetings are open to the public. Meet and plan with other staff, join staff or become a volunteer, and learn about open staff positions.

This meeting, we will put a revision of the Altonimbus Entertainment bylaws to a vote of the staff. Any bylaws amendment or revision requires both a two-thirds vote of the members (staff), and a two-thirds vote of the board, to pass. The bylaws committee has been working on this revision for months, and after incorporating some of the suggestions which were posted in the public comment thread on the forums, feels it is ready for a vote. To read the revision which will be up for vote, as well as comments, please see this forum thread.

Kumoricon’s latest guests: Carl Horn, Toshifumi Yoshida, and The Anime Hunters

Posted August 12, 2009

Kumoricon welcomes returning guests of honor Carl Horn, Toshifumi Yoshida and The Anime Hunters.

Carl Horn is a local manga editor at Portland’s Dark Horse Comics.

Toshi is a voice director, producer, and manga translator, and his voice directing work includes Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha.

The Anime Hunters are a cosplay skit and parody group who will be performing in our opening ceremonies.

Central Library Block Party

Posted August 6, 2009

On Saturday, August 8, from 12noon-4pm, Kumoricon will be participating in the Central Library’s Block Party event with cat ear-making and outreach. Join us!

It’s our neighborhood and it’s summer, so we’re having a block party! Come on down to Central Library for an afternoon of fun stuff outdoors:

  • The Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Kumoricon
  • All-ages PDXSwap clothing exchange
  • Learn circus skills from W.E. C.A.R.E.
  • Decorate cupcakes with Western Culinary Institute
  • Get your face painted
  • Make altered tees

Central Library Block Party (event page and location)

Ponyo advance screening and pass giveaway

Posted August 6, 2009

Kumoricon brings a special opportunity to Portland anime fans:

Walt Disney Pictures’ PONYO, the latest film from world-renowned Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki, will be released in theatres August 14, but you have a chance to see it sooner. Kumoricon is hosting a drawing to give away 10 admit two passes to a special advance screening on Monday, August 10 in Portland. This is your chance to bring a friend to see an early showing of PONYO.

Please note: All winners must pick up their passes at our general meeting on Sunday, August 9, between 1pm and 3pm at the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower (follow link for address, map, and information). We’re sorry, but winning passes cannot be mailed.

Entries must be received by Saturday, August 8, at 8:00pm.

To enter, please email publicity@kumoricon.org, include “Ponyo” in the subject line, and include your name, email address, and phone number in the body of the message.

We will hold the drawing as soon as the entry period ends on Saturday, August 8, 8:00pm, and email the winners as soon as possible.

Walt Disney Pictures’ PONYO
In Theatres August 14


Walt Disney Pictures' PONYO

August General Meeting

Posted August 4, 2009

The first General Meeting in August will be held on Sunday, August 9 from 1pm-5pm at our hotel, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

The exact room is still being determined.

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Google Maps with aerial view

General meetings are open to the public. Meet and plan with other staff, join staff or become a volunteer, and learn about open staff positions.

Announcing More Guests: Cynthia Martinez, Jason Thompson

Posted August 4, 2009

Kumoricon welcomes Cynthia Martinez and Jason Thompson to our 2009 guest lineup.

Cynthia Martinez has voice-acted in numerous anime series. Jason Thompson is a comic writer, artist, and editor.

For full information, please visit our guests page.

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Our charity recipient, p:ear:

Mascot art by Chevi