Oregon Asian Celebration
Posted January 26, 2009
Kumoricon will be participating in the Oregon Asian Celebration in Eugene at the Lane Events Center on the weekend of February 14-15. On Saturday and Sunday, visit the Youth Room for cat-ear making activities, and on Saturday, visit Kumoricon’s dedicated room for video gaming and karaoke.
Kumoricon’s activities run from 11:00am to 5:00pm on each day.
Address, map, and details
Updated General Meeting Schedule
Posted January 21, 2009
Please note the following schedule changes for general meetings for the 2009 convention year:
The staff retreat has been moved to June 12-14, from its previous dates of April 24-26. Because of this, we have added a general meeting in April, and canceled the general meeting on June 7. The April general meeting will be on either Saturday April 25, or Sunday April 26, depending on location availability.
In addition, we have decided on the cities for each general meeting, though the exact locations have not yet been reserved.
Here is the current general meeting schedule. The schedule and details will always be kept up-to-date on the calendar.
Saturday, February 21 – general meeting – Portland, OR
Sunday, March 22 – general meeting – Vancouver, WA
Saturday, April 25 or Sunday, April 26 (TBD) – general meeting – location TBD
Saturday, May 16 – general meeting – Eugene, OR
Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14 – staff retreat – details TBA
Saturday, July 11 – general meeting – Salem, OR
Sunday, August 9 – general meeting – Portland, OR
Saturday, August 22 – general meeting – Portland, OR
First Guests of Honor Announced for Kumoricon 2009
Posted January 20, 2009
We are pleased to make our first announcements for guests of honor at Kumoricon 2009:
Soul Candy – an “otaku rock” cover band consisting of talented musicians who are also otaku—big anime fans. As such, they specialize in playing songs and music from your favorite anime series. Hailing from the Seattle/King County area in Washington, Soul Candy is quickly being recognized as a formidable performer in various conventions, rock shows, and festivals. They look forward to get a chance to play for fans of similar interests at events such as Kumoricon.
Last Stop Tokyo – founded by current members of The Slants, who also happened to be former members of San Diego pop punk heroes The Rockaway Teens: Simon Young and Johnny Sars. Joined by AC Slayer (of The Gentry and also formerly of The Slants) and Aaron Sixxx (of Stranger’s Six fame), they are Last Stop Tokyo, a straight up punk rock & roll machine with catchy hooks, driving guitar riffs, and an in-your-face attitude.
Svetlana Chmakova – born and raised Russian, and came to Canada at the tender age of 16. She finished high school here, then graduated Sheridan College with a three-year Classical Animation Diploma and is currently a freelance artist, as well as a fledgling North-American equivalent of a manga-ka. She has been in a love-hate relationship with comics and manga for several years now because she is too weak to break it off. Popular titles include Nightschool and Dramacon.
Watch our Guests of Honor page for more announcements as the con approaches, as well as more details and photos of our current guests.
January General Meeting
Posted January 13, 2009
A location has been set for the Sunday, January 18 general meeting:
546 High Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
The meeting runs from 1pm-5pm. General meetings are open to the public. Meet and plan with other staff, join staff or become a volunteer, and learn about open positions.
(Please Don’t Let It) Snow Ball
Posted January 13, 2009
Come join us for a night of music, dancing, and fun at Kumoricon’s (Please Don’t Let It) Snow Ball, featuring anime music, AMVs, and a live DJ!
Kumoricon’s next mini-event will be held on Saturday, February 7th, at the Milwaukie Community Club.
This dance is a casual event, with cosplay acceptable (no flip flops, T-shirts, or ripped jeans) and an optional black and white theme.
Take a break in the Monte Carle gaming room, with light concessions for sale.
Pre-register online or by mail for a discount.
Please visit the themed Winter Ball area of the web site for full details including how to register and policies.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Slants TV Opportunity
Posted January 12, 2009
Fans of Kumoricon and of Portland’s Asian dance rock band, The Slants, who have been a twice-previous musical guest of honor at Kumoricon, have a chance to join a studio audience for a TV appearance on January 31:
“We (The Slants) got the green light to invite a limited group of friends to the filming session on January 31st in Portland for “Oregon Music Live” (which will be broad casted across a few Comcast Access channels).
This will be a fun, intimate setting where you can watch the Chinatown face-melting action up close and personal. Crazy, excited behavior such as singing and dancing strongly encouraged. Cosplay, Lolita, or whatever you like—be yourselves and represent who The Slants rep!
If you want to attend, filming will take place on Jan. 31st at 4pm. Just let us know if you want to come and how many so we can reserve a spot for you! Email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP!!!”