Kumoricon http://www.kumoricon.org Oregon's Largest Anime Convention Wed, 23 Sep 2009 04:31:55 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 en hourly 1 Thank you for attending Kumoricon 2009! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=482 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=482#comments Wed, 23 Sep 2009 04:31:55 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=482 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!

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Online Live Schedule Posted, Check-In Reminders, and Newsletter http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=466 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=466#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2009 07:25:55 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=466 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]

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Schedule and Registration News http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=437 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=437#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:50:14 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=437 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.

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Galleries Updated http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=404 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=404#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2009 10:09:27 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=404 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!

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Second August General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=373 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=373#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:05:15 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=373 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.

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Kumoricon’s latest guests: Carl Horn, Toshifumi Yoshida, and The Anime Hunters http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=356 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=356#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 04:47:04 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=356 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.

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Central Library Block Party http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=345 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=345#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 01:53:57 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=345 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)

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Ponyo advance screening and pass giveaway http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=341 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=341#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:32:53 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=341 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

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August General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=338 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=338#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:35:19 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=338 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.

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Announcing More Guests: Cynthia Martinez, Jason Thompson http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=336 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=336#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:25:01 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=336 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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Welcoming our Guests of Honor: Kirk Thornton, Kaja and Phil Foglio http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=319 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=319#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2009 07:09:03 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=319 Kumoricon is pleased to announce the return of two guests of honor for Kumoricon 2009: Kirk Thornton, and Kaja and Phil Foglio.

Kirk Thornton has voice acted in nearly 200 anime roles, video games, and other projects, and voice-directed several series. Kirk returns to Kumoricon for his fourth year as a guest.

Kaja and Phil Foglio are writers and artists currently most known for the comic Girl Genius, returning to Kumoricon for a second year.

For full information, please visit our guests page.

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July General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=296 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=296#comments Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:49:43 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=296 The July General Meeting will be held on Saturday, July 11, from 1pm-5pm, at the Salem Public Library, Central location:

Salem Public Library – Central
Anderson A room
585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301

Google Maps

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.

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Dance Dance Kumoricon http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=256 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=256#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2009 01:01:03 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=256 Kumoricon is excited to announce its next mini-event, Dance Dance Kumoricon!

Dance Dance Kumoricon is a celebration of gaming culture. Join us for an evening of video game and video game-inspired music spun by a live DJ from CMD Productions.

Cosplay as one of your favorite game characters to compete in our costume contest. Social gaming in the lounge is encouraged—bring a Magic deck, Pokémon deck, or a DS. There will be snacks provided, and also concessions.

The dance will feature new tracks from The Slants’s upcoming album Slants! Slants! Revolution.

The dance event will be held the evening of Saturday, July 18 at Norse Hall. For information on pre-registration, age policies, and dress code, visit our Dance Dance Kumoricon invitation page.

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Looking for cosplay groups and artists for weekends in June and August [updated] http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=219 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=219#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2009 02:21:03 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=219 Post update: Updated dates to reflect cancellation of July 4-5 weekend.

Kumoricon will be running stage activities and an exhibitor table at the Dragon Moon Festival the weekends of June 6-7 and August 1-2.

We have a half-hour cosplay skit planned Sunday afternoon but are looking for more skits. If you are a cosplay skit group please contact us as we’d love to have you.

Kumoricon also has the opportunity to bring artist tables to the festival. If you would like to host a table during the weekend and sell your work, please contact us. Another possibility, if you are unable to staff a table for the weekend, is for Kumoricon to sell prints of your work and pass on the proceeds. Talk to us for arrangements.

The Dragon Moon Festival is a three-weekend Asian cultural festival this summer in Portland’s Old Town Chinatown. Check out our forum thread for complete event details, and our meet-up thread if you’d like to come in cosplay and meet with other attendees.

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May General Meeting [note date change] http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=204 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=204#comments Sun, 03 May 2009 06:47:40 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=204 The May General Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 17, from 1pm-5pm, at the Eugene Water & Electric Board:

Eugene Water & Electric Board
Training Room
500 E 4th Ave
Eugene, OR 97401

Google Maps
Driving directions (EWEB web site)

Please note that the date has changed. The meeting has been moved to Sunday, May 17, from its original date of Saturday, May 16.

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.

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April General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=203 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=203#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2009 05:53:44 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=203 The April General Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 26, from 1pm-5pm, at Clark College:

Clark Community College
Gaiser Hall
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98663

Campus Map
Parking Map
Google Maps

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.

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Death Note: L, change the WorLd screening and ticket giveaway http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=202 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=202#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2009 23:01:24 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=202 Death Note: L, change the WorLd will be screening at select theaters nationwide for two days: Wednesday and Thursday, April 29-30. It will be shown subtitled on Wednesday, April 29 and dubbed on Thursday, April 30.

As a special Kumoricon offer, we’ll be giving away four tickets in a drawing this week. Email publicity@kumoricon.org and include “Change the world” in the subject line by Friday, April 24, 11:59pm, to be entered in a drawing for a free ticket to the subtitled showing on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30pm, at the Lloyd Center 10 theater. Please include your name, phone number, and mailing address in your email so we can mail your ticket immediately once we select a winner. We will notify winners and all entrants as soon as possible after midnight on Friday so you can decide to buy a ticket online if you are not a winner.

For a list of theaters, to buy tickets online, or for more information about the screening, visit our information page on the Kumoricon calendar.

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March General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=201 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=201#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2009 17:57:06 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=201 The March General Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 22, from 1pm-5pm, at our hotel:

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

Google Maps

The meeting will be on the 23rd floor.

At this meeting there will be special elections to fill vacancies in the positions of chair, and director of operations. Discussion about these elections is continuing in the forums.

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.

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February General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=196 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=196#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2009 07:19:38 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=196 The February General Meeting will be held on Saturday, February 21, from 1pm-5pm, at:

Gresham Library
385 NW Miller Ave
Gresham, OR 97030

Google Maps

The meeting will be in the main meeting room.

At this meeting we will open nominations for candidates to the Director of Operations position. After the meeting, nominations will continue online in the forum. There will be a special election at the March 22 general meeting to fill the vacancy in the position.

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.

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Oregon Asian Celebration http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=195 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=195#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2009 09:49:33 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=195 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

Asian Celebration 2009 poster

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Updated General Meeting Schedule http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=194 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=194#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2009 05:39:35 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=194 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

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First Guests of Honor Announced for Kumoricon 2009 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=193 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=193#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2009 02:42:57 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=193 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.

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January General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=192 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=192#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2009 03:23:35 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=192 A location has been set for the Sunday, January 18 general meeting:

Borderlands Games
546 High Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301

Google Maps

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.

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(Please Don’t Let It) Snow Ball http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=191 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=191#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 10:43:58 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=191 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!

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The Slants TV Opportunity http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=190 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=190#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2009 07:45:28 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=190 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 theslants@theslants.com ASAP!!!”

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Last Chance to Pre-Register at Lowest Rate http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=185 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=185#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2008 08:53:35 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=185 The first tier of Kumoricon 2009 pre-registration ends at midnight the evening of December 31. You have four days left to register at the lowest rate of $30 for the entire weekend.

Mail-in pre-registrations must be postmarked (not necessarily received) by December 31. Online registrations have until midnight. (We recommend not waiting until the very last minute, though!)

To pre-register, please visit our registration page to find everything you need.

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Mochitsuki 2009 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=184 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=184#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2008 23:27:41 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=184 Kumoricon will be hosting a table at Mochitsuki, a Japanese American New Years celebration and cultural fair on Saturday, January 17, 11:00am to 3:00pm, at the PCC Sylvania Campus.

This festival features taiko drumming, mochi (Japanese sticky rice cake) creating, folk dance, storytelling, Japanese food specialties, calligraphy demonstrations, and a cultural fair featuring organizations like Kumoricon with hands-on crafts and activities.

Stop by our table to pre-register for the con or participate in cosplay crafts including cat-ear making.

In addition to the cultural fair, Mochitsuki features stage performance shows at 1:00pm and 3:15pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors (age 62 and up), and $5 for children age 3 to 11. Children age 2 and under are free. The deadline to purchase tickets directly from Kumoricon has passed. However, you can purchase tickets online from Mochitsuki directly for a small service charge. Also, most likely tickets will be available on the day of the cultural fair, or if not, Kumoricon has a few extra tickets which may be available at its table.

We’re looking for volunteers to help setup the table, handle registrations, and create crafts and activities for the booth. If you are interested, please post in this forum thread or contact publicity@kumoricon.org.

Mochitsuki has had an attendance of over 2500 and this year will be its 13th year. Kumoricon returns to the festival after a very successful event last year.

For full details, including activity descriptions, background, and a map and address to the location, please see the Mochitsuki 2009 calendar entry.

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Online Pre-Registration Open, Hotel Rates Posted http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=183 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=183#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2008 04:19:45 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=183 You can now pre-register online for Kumoricon 2009. Pre-register by December 31 for the lowest rate available, $30.

Mail-in pre-registration forms are also available, as is information about all types of registration for Kumoricon 2009: Registration Page

The attendee and staff hotel rates are available as is the attendee discount code: Hotel Page

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November General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=182 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=182#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2008 06:48:04 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=182 The first general meeting for the 2009 con year will be held on Sunday, November 9, at PSU (the same building and location as Kumoricon Lite the weekend prior).

General meetings are open to the public and intended for potential and current staff and volunteers.

Staff registration for 2009 opens at this meeting. Please see the Get Involved section of the forums for staff position openings, and talk to the director of the department for any positions you are interested in.

Maps and location details are on the calendar entry.

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Kumoricon Lite Fall 2008 [updated] http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=181 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=181#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2008 06:02:58 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=181 Kumoricon’s one-day mini-event returns on Saturday, November 1, at the PSU campus.

Presented by the Portland State Anime Club and Random Select, Kumoricon Lite features gaming, viewing rooms, a costume contest, manga library, and more.

Admission is free!

Bring a volume of manga to donate to our library, and receive a free raffle ticket.

Update: Unfortunately, due to changes in what the PSU campus will permit, we will no longer be able to host vendors or sell concessions at this event, nor will we be hosting karaoke due to reduced space available. We are very sorry for the change. However, attendees can bring food informally to share.

See the calendar entry for the Kumoricon Lite flyer, location, maps, check-in information, and contact info. Please visit the calendar details page again as the check-in room has changed. Discuss in the forums.

See you there!

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Election Results for 2009 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=180 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=180#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2008 06:03:16 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=180 Thank you to our candidates for running for the staff-elected positions for Kumoricon 2009 and to our staff for participating in the elections meeting.

Your elected directors/officers for the 2009 year are:

Convention Chair and President: Michael Andrews
Director of Operations: Kenton Cook
Director of Programming: Jaki Hunt
Director of Publicity: Jeff Tyrrill
Director of Relations: Dawn Hewitt

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Festival Japan 2008 at Uwajimaya http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=179 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=179#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:21:59 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=179 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.

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Thank You for Kumoricon 2008! Looking Ahead to 2009… http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=178 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=178#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2008 08:35:22 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=178 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.

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KumoriContent, the Kumoricon Newsletter http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=177 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=177#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2008 11:37:40 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=177 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.

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Schedule, Maps, and Check-In Updates http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=176 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=176#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:29:49 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=176 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!

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Limited Hotel Availability http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=173 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=173#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2008 09:09:46 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=173 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.

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Final pre-con general meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=169 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=169#comments Mon, 11 Aug 2008 09:26:44 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=169 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.

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August General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=166 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=166#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2008 12:30:04 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=166 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.

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July General Meeting and Staff Registration Announcement http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=163 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=163#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2008 07:39:40 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=163 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.

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Swing Dance Pre-Registration Extended http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=162 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=162#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2008 06:40:35 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=162 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!

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Reminder: Mascot and Cover Contests Ending July 6 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=161 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=161#comments Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:30:41 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=161 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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June General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=160 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=160#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2008 19:17:00 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=160 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.

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Win A Free Ticket to the Bleach: Memories of Nobody Screening http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=159 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=159#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2008 07:08:29 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=159 [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!

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Summer Swing Dance http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=158 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=158#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2008 06:55:48 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=158 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!

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Hotel Block Expanded http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=153 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=153#comments Sun, 18 May 2008 06:57:46 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=153 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.

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Badges from Second Registration Tier Mailed http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=152 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=152#comments Sun, 18 May 2008 06:47:56 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=152 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.

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May General Meeting Rescheduled for May 18 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=151 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=151#comments Thu, 01 May 2008 05:50:39 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=151 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.

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Badges from First Registration Tier Mailed http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=150 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=150#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2008 03:42:33 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=150 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!

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Kumoricon Lite! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=148 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=148#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2008 04:28:22 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=148 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.

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Information Page Contest http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=149 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=149#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2008 04:28:12 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=149 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!

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Masquerade Ball Photos http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=147 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=147#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:03:27 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=147 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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March General Meeting Date Change and Location http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=144 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=144#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2008 16:51:59 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=144 The March general meeting has been scheduled for March 16th at Borderlands Games in Salem from 1pm-5pm. This is a date change—it is now on Sunday, March 16th, the day after the Saturday on which it was previously scheduled. We greatly apologize for the sudden change in date on late notice. Unfortunately, space at several locations was not available on Saturday.

Borderlands Games is just a few blocks away from the library in Salem where we have frequently met in the past. Please see the calendar entry for the address and map, and visit the Borderlands Games web site for more information on the venue.

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Kumoricon Events at the Asian Celebration in Eugene http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=141 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=141#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2008 06:49:25 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=141 Kumoricon will be participating in several activities and events at the 2008 Oregon Asian Celebration in Eugene.

Come to our table to register for the con and pick up flyers. Visit our events in the Youth Room:

Saturday, Feb. 16
4:00pm-4:30pm Anime Cat Ear Workshop
5:00pm-8:00pm Hare Hare Yukai Dance – Learn to do this popular dance from the Anime Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu.
(depending on attendance)
Cosplay Fashion Show – Dress as your favorite Anime characters or in Goth Loli or current fashions from Japan. Fashion show also open to Lolitas, Gothic Lolitas Wa-Lolis and people in Harajuku fashion.
Sunday, Feb. 17
4:00pm-4:30pm Anime Cat Ear Workshop
5:00pm-6:00pm Anime Karaoke – Come sing along with your favorite anime theme songs.

Much thanks to COPIC Marker for helping to arrange this special opportunity with Kumoricon!

The Asian Celebration will be held at the Lane Events Center at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

796 W 13th Ave
Eugene, OR 97402

Maps and Directions

Google Maps

$4 for Adults and ages 13 and older
Free for Children ages 12 and under

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February General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=140 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=140#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2008 07:44:15 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=140 The February general meeting on Sunday, February 10 will be hosted at Clark Community College in Vancouver, WA. The time is the usual 1pm-5pm. The full details, address, and maps for the campus, parking, and driving are located on the calendar entry.

Update: The meeting will be in the Foster Auditorium.

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Mochitsuki http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=138 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=138#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2008 11:26:59 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=138 (Updated news: Online ticket sales extended (small processing fee applies) – Nitaboh anime film showing)

Kumoricon will be hosting a table at Mochitsuki, a Japanese American New Years celebration and cultural fair.

This festival features taiko drumming, mochi (Japanese sticky rice cake) creating, hula dance, a sushi bar, and a community stage featuring organizations like Kumoricon and hands-on crafts and activities. The event organizers will be showing the anime film Nitaboh.

Stop by our table to pre-register for the con or participate in crafts—we’re working on activities that will show what Kumoricon is all about.

As part of our involvement as a Community Partner, Kumoricon is selling tickets to two stage performances during the event. Shows are at 1:00pm and 3:15pm. Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $5 for children age 2 to 11. We have extended the original deadline to buy tickets online! Because the event is now very close, tickets can only be purchased online and there is a $1.25 fee. Please purchase tickets online here. We recommend choosing the will call option due to the short time until the event.

Our involvement in the Mochitsuki festival is made possible by selling tickets, so if you are planning to attend, please buy a ticket to the stage performance! If you would like, please stop by our booth and let us know if you bought a ticket, or tell us at publicity@kumoricon.org, so we can get an estimate of the number of ticket sales we have promoted.

Online ticket orders

We’re looking for volunteers to help setup the table, handle registrations, and create crafts and activities for the booth. If you are interested, please post in this forum thread.

Mochitsuki has had an attendance of over 2500 and this year will be its 12th year. Kumoricon joins it for the first time in what promises to be an exciting event!

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Winter Formal Masquerade Ball http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=137 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=137#comments Sat, 05 Jan 2008 07:29:04 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=137 You are cordially invited to Kumoricon’s Winter Masquerade Ball.

Saturday, February 2nd – 6:00 PM to Midnight – Milwaukie Community Club

Tickets are available for $15 ($10 if you attended Kumoricon 2007 or have pre-registered for 2008) here.

Come join us for a night of music and dancing. This is a formal, masked event—formal dress and a mask are required. Formal Western or Asian attire or formal cosplay are acceptable. For guidelines on acceptable attire, please read the Masquerade Ball Dress Code. Prizes will be awarded for Best Formal Attire and Best Formal Cosplay.

Please see the full invitation, schedule, and details.

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Last Chance to Pre-Register at $25 Price http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=132 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=132#comments Sun, 30 Dec 2007 09:48:56 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=132 The last day to pre-register at the price of $25 is Monday, December 31. To get this rate, pre-register by the end of Monday (midnight). Once Tuesday starts, the rate goes up to $30. To pre-register online, follow the instructions here. If you are pre-registering by mail, your registration must be postmarked (not necessarily received) by Monday, December 31.

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January General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=131 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=131#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2007 06:48:08 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=131 The general meeting on Saturday, January 12 will take place at our 2008 hotel, the Portland Doubletree–Lloyd Center, in the St. Helens room on the second floor. The time is 1pm-5pm. The full details, address, and map are located on the calendar entry.

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General Meetings Scheduled for 2008 Convention Year http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=130 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=130#comments Sat, 24 Nov 2007 01:34:02 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=130 The remaining general meetings until Kumoricon 2008 have been scheduled. They are as listed below:

  • Saturday, January 12
  • Sunday, February 10
  • Saturday, March 16 [Note: This is changed from the previous date of March 15]
  • Saturday, May 18 [Note: This is changed from the previous date of May 10]
  • Sunday, June 22
  • Saturday, July 19
  • Sunday, August 3
  • Saturday, August 16

All meetings are from 1pm to 5pm. The locations of the meetings have not been determined yet, but they will be announced once they are set. The calendar contains an entry for each meeting and will be kept up to date with details for each meeting.

There is no general meeting in December or April. In April, there is a weekend staff retreat, but the details and dates have not been determined yet.

All general meetings are open to the public. They are intended for potential and current staff and volunteers. The meetings provide an opportunity to give news updates on the progress of planning for the convention, and for staff to meet in small groups to plan work and projects.

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Kumoricon 2008 Pre-Registration Open http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=129 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=129#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2007 06:11:03 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=129 You can now pre-register online for Kumoricon 2008!

Pre-registration for the full weekend is only $25 until December 31. You can pre-register until August 15, 2008, or register at the door, but the earlier you register, the lower the cost.

In addition to online pre-registration by credit card, you can pre-register by mail and pay with a check or money order.

Please review the full registration and convention policies, and all registration options, on the registration page.

Those of you looking for the royal treatment can opt for our special VIP Registration. Only a limited number are available. For $200, you will receive no line at the door, priority seating to all events, a ticket to the limited admittance guest dinner, a free Kumoricon 2008 T-shirt, and a special VIP-only badge.

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November General Meeting Update http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=127 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=127#comments Sat, 03 Nov 2007 20:42:14 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=127 The location of the November General Meeting has now been set as the Salem Public Library. This meeting is on Sunday, November 11, from 1pm-5pm. See the calendar entry for full details.

Second update: The street address of the library on the calendar entry was incorrect and has been corrected. If you already viewed the page and wrote it down, please check it again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Welcome to Kumoricon 2008! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=126 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=126#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2007 18:32:25 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=126 Welcome to the new Kumoricon 2008 Board of Directors!

Facilities Liaison – Rian Mueller
Secretary – Ryan Stasel
Treasurer – Eric Teitzel
Vice Chair – Dawn Hewitt

Director of Relations – John Krall
Director of Publicity – Jeff Tyrrill
Director of Programming – Jaki Hunt
Director of Operations – Jess Shelton
Chair – Mike Andrews

We’ve already been working hard to make the next convention the best yet. We will also be hosting smaller events during the year so keep checking back to stay informed on current happenings!

The first general meeting will be in the Salem area on Sunday, the 11th of November. We will announce the exact location here shortly. General meetings are open to the public and intended for potential and current staff and volunteers. On this date, we will open online pre-registration for Kumoricon 2008, and open staff registration at the meeting.

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October General Meeting and Elections http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=123 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=123#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2007 21:04:49 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=123 The October general meeting and elections will be held at the Doubletree Portland-Lloyd Center, Multnomah Room, on Sunday, October 7.

10:00am – 12:00noon
Social Hour and Poster Signing

12:00noon – 2:00pm
Informal Election Debates and Closing of Nominations

2:30pm – close
General Meeting

Attendance at the general meeting and elections is open to the public. Anybody may participate in discussion, but only staff for Kumoricon 2007 may vote.

Nominations are currently open. Nominations may be made, and discussion of the candidates may be held, in this forum area.

The hotel address and map are available on the calendar entry for this event.

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Thank You to Everyone for Kumoricon 2007 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=122 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=122#comments Fri, 14 Sep 2007 07:26:20 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=122 Thank you to our attendees, volunteers, and staff for making Kumoricon 2007 the most exciting year yet. From the new registration system, to the wonderful support we received from the Hilton, to our larger gaming room and new manga library, we’ve come a long way in five years.

A few facts demonstrating our growth:

Paid attendance: 3003 (up 33% from last year)
Charity auction money raised for p:ear: $2776 (up 13%)

In 2008, Kumoricon will be returning to our most popular past hotel: The Portland Doubletree at Lloyd Center, our home in 2005. You, the attendees and staff, asked for this, and we heard you. We were very happy with the Hilton in Vancouver this year but we’ve already outgrown it and the Doubletree will nicely accommodate our expected growth for 2008.

General elections for the 2008 officers will be scheduled and announced shortly on the front page right here, and the nominations will be posted in the forums.

Look forward to the Kumoricon 2008 website, opening in less than a month featuring a new design and our 2008 mascot as voted by the staff and announced at closing ceremonies.

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Uwajimaya Festival Japan 2007 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=121 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=121#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:18:30 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=121 Kumoricon will have a booth at the Uwajimaya Festival Japan this weekend, located at the Beaverton Uwajimaya store. This festival runs for two days: Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, from 11am to 5pm each day.

We’re selling registrations for 2008 at the lowest pre-reg rate of $25! If you register at this event, we’ll mail your badge no later than just after the end of the first tier of pre-registrations (roughly the end of 2007).

A-Key Kyo, a guest of honor at Kumoricon 2006 and 2007, will be performing here. Come see them again! Their two performances are scheduled for Saturday, Sep. 15 at 3:15pm, and Sunday, Sep. 16 at 1:45pm. Each is about one hour long.

The festival also features Japanese cultural activities including taiko drumming, koto, martial arts, and Japanese children’s games.

We need volunteers to help with this! If you are interested in volunteering, please post in this forum thread, and please specify which days and times you are available.

We’ll see you there!

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Lost and Found http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=120 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=120#comments Wed, 05 Sep 2007 08:05:24 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=120 If you lost (or found) any items at Kumoricon, please email lostandfound@kumoricon.org with a description of the item. We have several items, many with no personal identifying features, waiting to be claimed. If you found any items and didn’t turn them in to Lost and Found at the convention, please let us know with a description of the item as soon as possible so we are able to confirm to the owner that we can return it to them when they inquire. Thank you!

Update: An itemized list of the lost and found items will be available at the next three general meetings.

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August Newsletter http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=119 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=119#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2007 12:42:28 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=119 Just in time for the con, we have the second and final issue of KumoriContent—the Kumoricon newsletter—for con year 2007.

Download it here [PDF], and browse past newsletters here. This issue features tonight’s kickoff party at Backspace, a sampling of Kumoricon 2007 expectations, a look back at Mini-con (with photos!), and, of course, news on our favorite snack—and more! Enjoy it while you wait the remaining two days for Kumoricon to start!

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Registration Check-In Reminder http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=118 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=118#comments Wed, 29 Aug 2007 04:04:55 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=118 With Kumoricon check-in starting in just three days (four days for at-the-door registration), please be sure you have everything you need when you arrive at the con.

If you pre-registered, and opted to have your badge mailed to you, then you need to bring it! We will charge a fee for replacements.

Regardless of whether you already pre-registered, or are registering at the door, you need:

  • Government or school issued photo ID
  • Signed parent permission form [PDF], if you are under age 18. If you have already mailed this, then you don’t need to bring it. If you have not already mailed it, or if you aren’t sure, then please bring it with you!

If you are under age 13, then you must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is also a paid attendee of the convention.

We’ll see you in a few days!

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Backspace Nerdcore Con Kickoff Party http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=117 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=117#comments Sat, 25 Aug 2007 03:58:26 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=117 Kumoricon and Backspace have teamed up to put on a special party the Thursday night before the con!

Backspace, Portland’s entertainment hub, presents a night of nerdcore, with performances by three local artists featuring techno and hip hop set to otaku and Japanese themes. While there, check out previews of Kumoricon content playing on a large screen along with open Wii gaming—plus the usual LAN gaming and cafe at Backspace.

See performances by Ultraklystron featuring otaku ryhmes, Rai with nerdcore/electro in Japanese, and Gradual Meltdown featuring Wii-mote/Guitar Hero-controlled techno.

The party runs from 8:00pm to around midnight, and is open to the public with free admission. Kick off Kumoricon early at this special party. For con staff who will be showing up for prep on Friday, this party is the perfect gathering the night before. We’ll see you there!

As a special incentive, we’re offering one last opportunity to pre-register for Kumoricon. From 8:00pm to 10:00pm only at this party, you can pre-register for a weekend membership at Kumoricon for the $35 price.

Please refer to the entry on the Kumoricon calendar for full details, performer details, and maps.

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Information Update http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=116 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=116#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2007 00:25:20 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=116 With the con approaching, we’ve now posted the full schedule online, plus details on nearly all events, including registration, con, and room hours! Plan out the three days of your con in advance, and no longer lament “I would have attended that if only I had known…” With that said, schedule changes can and will occur, but they will be updated on the web, even during the con if possible, so keep checking back.

On the schedule page, you will find: A download of the pocket programming guide; con hours for each day; a list of always-open rooms (things to do between scheduled events); Exhibitors Hall and Artist Alley hours; a quick reference for times for major events and concerts; the entire event and video schedule; a hotel map; and descriptions of nearly all scheduled events. These pieces of information will be in the program book and pocket guide, but the latest, most up-to-date information will always be on the web site.

Important check-in information, including registration hours on Saturday-Monday, and pre-registration check-in hours on Friday, has been added to the registration page.

We’ve also posted a map of local restaurants including approximate open/close times for some of them. See the hotel page for this information. It will be included in the printed pocket guide for your convenience, so you don’t need to print it out.

We promised the galleries for the mascot and cover contests before the con, and here they are! Mascot, program cover, and pocket cover. Staff have voted on the entries in all three contests. The cover winners are revealed; the mascot is still shrouded in mystery until Closing Ceremonies. View the gallery, get your hopes up for your favorite, let the suspense build, and find out if your favorite won on the last day of Kumoricon 2007!

We’ll see you in 9 short days. And the clock is ticking down…

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Pre-registration Surpasses 1500 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=110 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=110#comments Sat, 11 Aug 2007 02:08:15 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=110 Kumoricon pre-registration is officially over 1500! We look forward to welcoming all of you, including the 34 members who’ve opted to attend as VIPs.

There’s still time to register! You can do so online until 11:55 PM tonight, or at the Kumoricon Minicon Event tomorrow. If you register now, you can receive your badge in the mail next week!

VIP slots are limited, so be sure to act now if you’d like to receive your invitation to the guest dinner, free tee shirt, priority seating, and NO LINES!

The official end count will be posted shortly after pre-registration closes to give us time to count the remaining mail-ins.

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Mini-con Start Time Changed http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=108 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=108#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2007 02:31:44 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=108 Mini-con, our one-day event on Saturday, August 11, is now starting at 10 AM. It was previously scheduled to start at 8 AM, but this was too early for most people and especially the staff who would be setting up. Full details are further down on the main page and in this forum thread.

Note: Staff or volunteers involved in Mini-con setup or the envelope stuffing may still need to arrive earlier.

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Registration tops 1200! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=107 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=107#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2007 01:37:27 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=107 Pre-registration is still open, and we are now just past the 1200 mark! If you haven’t pre-registered yet, you still have time! Pre-registration closes this Friday, August 10th, at 11:55 PM. Anyone who registers before this time can receive their badge via mail. The final tier mail out is scheduled for this Saturday, so if you purchased your badge at the $35 price, you should receive it the next week. Don’t delay! The con will be here in 24 days!

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Sean Schemmel http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=106 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=106#comments Wed, 08 Aug 2007 01:26:49 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=106 Kumoricon is pleased to announce Sean Schemmel, best known as the voice of Dragon Ball’s Goku! For more information, please head on over to the guests page.

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Pre-Registration Ends August 10 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=105 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=105#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2007 07:28:38 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=105 Just a friendly reminder that there are less than 2 weeks left to pre-register for Kumoricon 2007. This is your last chance to join at the $35 rate and to have your badge mailed out.

We have received over 900 pre-registrations so far, which is more than 50% higher than at the same time last year. This number includes the 28 who have chosen our special VIP membership.

Pre-registration closes on Friday, August 10, at 11:55 PM for online registrations. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by August 10. (Those received by August 10 will be mailed slightly sooner than those received afterward, but postmarked on time.)

After pre-registration closes, registration will be available at the door for $40.

Kumoricon is just a little over a month away. We look forward to seeing you!

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Kumoricon’s Mini-con! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=100 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=100#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2007 12:25:49 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=100 Saturday, August 11th, we are going to put on a little shindig to complement our next general meeting. We have three rooms of space, all day Saturday, and—besides using one of the rooms for stuffing the envelopes for the tier 3 prereg badge mailout (8AM-2PM) and for the general meeting (same time as usual, 2PM-5PM)—we will fill the space with video games, karaoke, AMVs, anime viewing, and whatever you guys feel like trying to cram in! Everything starts at 10 AM [note: updated start time] and continues through 10 PM at least, although we will stop things for general meeting formalities.

For us this is a chance to to work the kinks out of our untested systems before the con, so please be patient if anything goes wrong. For you, we hope this will be a chance to relax and have fun and enjoy what we can offer.

Anyone who already has a badge or is registered as staff can attend this little event for $5. Anyone who doesn’t have a badge or isn’t signed up as staff as of before the meeting can get in for $10. We are accepting manga for a generous discount of $5 off your entrance—that means if you have your badge and you have a manga you get in at no additional cost, or if you don’t have a badge but you brought two books, you get in free!

(We are only accepting manga to supplement our library for Kumoricon so please bring some cash just in case we already have too many of whatever manga you bring and cannot accept yours. Please no NewType or Monthly Shonen Jump.)

We will be deploying our new registration system at the door, but we will only be able to accept cash or checks (or manga).

You can attend the general meeting and the envelope-stuffing at no charge, but we will be asking to see your admission at the doors of any other room.

Please see this forum thread for news, updates, and questions.

We hope to see you there! Bring your DS.

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Attention Local Anime Clubs! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=96 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=96#comments Fri, 20 Jul 2007 07:04:23 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=96 If you are an anime club in the Oregon or Portland area, we’d like to hear from you!

We’re featuring local clubs in the Kumoricon program book and on the web site. If you are nonprofit, meet regularly, and your membership or at least some of your events are open to the public, then you’re eligible to have your name and blurb printed in the program book, and we will feature your meetings in the Kumoricon web site calendar.

Please contact us soon, as the book must be printed shortly. Email us at publicity@kumoricon.org.

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Past Kumoricon Program Books Online http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=91 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=91#comments Fri, 06 Jul 2007 11:58:22 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=91 As a special gift to all the dedicated Kumoricon fans, we have made available in complete form every single Kumoricon program guide since the beginning in 2003! We also have pocket guides from 2005 and 2006 online. We will continue to post additional publications from previous years as we locate and/or scan them.

We’re still working on our schedule for 2007, but until then, if you haven’t attended Kumoricon before and want to get an idea of what it’s like, this is a great way to explore what we’re all about.

Enter this page in the Kumoricon gallery to begin browsing. Enjoy!

Separate reminder: The mascot and cover contests have only a little bit over a week remaining until entries are due, which is at July 15, 11:59:59 PM. Please see this forum thread for complete rules and instructions for entry.

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June General Meeting Location Change http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=85 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=85#comments Mon, 21 May 2007 21:02:19 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=85 The location of the Saturday, June 16 general meeting has been changed to our hotel, the Hilton Vancouver and Convention Center. All four of the remaining general meetings until the con will now be held at the hotel. The calendar and other areas of the web site (including the newsletter PDF) have been updated to reflect this change.

The date and time of the meeting have not changed. The meeting remains on Saturday, June 16 from 2pm to 5pm.

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Mascot 2008 and Cover 2007 Contests Are Active! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=83 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=83#comments Fri, 18 May 2007 06:44:13 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=83 Announcing the launch of three contests: The mascot 2008 contest, the program book cover 2007 contest, and the pocket programming book cover 2007 contest!

Artists, here’s your chance to make your work a part of Kumoricon. The winner of the mascot contest will receive a free Artist Alley booth at Kumoricon 2008!

The mascot will be prominently used in Kumoricon art and publicity material for the 2008 convention year, including but not limited to the web site, promotional flyers and posters, advertisements, merchandise, and badges/membership cards. It should be an immediately attractive, original, anime-style character or characters reflecting the “cloudy” theme of Kumoricon, typically with an umbrella. We need two versions: one adult or teen, and one chibi.

The cover of the 2007 convention program book introduces attendees to the convention upon arrival; every attendee receives one. It is full color and letter size. Fully detailed, colorful backgrounds and foregrounds work best.

The cover of the 2007 pocket programming guide is a smaller, simpler design. It is grayscale, possibly with lower resolution than the main convention book. Lightly detailed and shaded or all-white backgrounds, with strong, contrasting shades, lines, and geometric patterns work best.

Entries must be received by Sunday, July 15, 2007, at 11:59:59 PM, Pacific Daylight Time. [Update: This has been extended by one day so that entries can be turned in at the July 15 general meeting.]

Please read the entire rules and instructions for entry in this forum thread.

We have also just posted galleries of entries from the last two years’ mascot contests, and last year’s cover contest (as well as photo galleries from recent events at which Kumoricon has appeared).

Good luck!

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Announcing A-Key Kyo and Kirk Thornton as Guests of Honor http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=74 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=74#comments Sat, 12 May 2007 04:52:42 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=74 Kumoricon welcomes A-Key Kyo and Kirk Thornton as guests of honor for 2007, both returning for a second year.

A-Key Kyo is a J-pop and anime cover band formed in Portland, who plays at Japanese cultural festivals and events.

Kirk Thornton has voice acted in over one hundred roles for anime and video games and has voice directed many series.

Please visit our guests page for full bios and photos of all our guests!

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Anime and Japanese Movie Showings at the NW Film Center http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=68 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=68#comments Tue, 01 May 2007 04:11:29 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=68 The Northwest Film Center, a part of the Portland Art Museum, is showing several anime and Japanese live-action movies including Paprika and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence as part of their Japanese Currents film series. These showings run from May 3-6 in the Whitsell Auditorium. Kumoricon flyers and posters will be displayed at the venue!

Please visit our forum thread for detailed information and showtimes and to discuss meet-ups with other forum members.

You can also visit the NW Film Center’s website for information. Here is a Google Maps link to the Portland Art Museum.

Quick reminder: On a separate note, the current tier of registration ends tonight at midnight! Until then you can pre-register for $30. After that, the price goes up to $35.

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Forum Improvements http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=65 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=65#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2007 11:23:57 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=65 We’ve performed a software update and made a few improvements to the forum, as listed in this post. However, as a consequence of one of these changes, some users may experience trouble logging in the first time after these updates. If you are immediately logged out after trying to log in to the forums, please return to the www.kumoricon.org home page, click the “Forums” link in the left bar (this ensures you are using kumoricon.org rather than kumoricon.com to access the forums), and try logging in a second time. In our testing, logging in a second time always worked. If you experience problems after a third login attempt, please contact webmaster@kumoricon.org. Thanks for your patience.

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Tier 2 Registration ends on Monday http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=61 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=61#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2007 04:19:19 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=61 That’s right: you have 6 days to register before the price goes up to $35. If you pre-register after Monday, you will not receive your badge until August (or at the Convention if you opt for Will Call).

We’ve just passed 400 preregistrations. With so many registrations at Sakura-Con, Sakura Fest, and online in the past few weeks, we can see increased excitement this year over last.

So register today! Let’s shoot to get 600 registrations by Monday, 11:59 pm!

Update: The day of week was previously incorrectly stated as Sunday. The last day of the tier is actually Monday, April 30. We apologize for the error.

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KumoriContent Newsletter Launches for 2007 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=62 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=62#comments Sat, 21 Apr 2007 06:12:34 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=62 Announcing the first issue of the KumoriContent newsletter for 2007! Intended for current and future attendees and staff, the newsletter keeps up interest in the con throughout the year and highlights special aspects of Kumoricon. Our dedicated staff and volunteers have written several articles with a special emphasis on the fan-centered activities of the con.

As a special surprise, two new guests of honor are announced in the newsletter. We’ll post their info in the guests area of the web site shortly, but until then, the newsletter is the only place to find out the new guests we have planned for Kumoricon!

The newsletter is primarily distributed online. Here is the direct download/viewing link [PDF].

We’ll have sample printed copies on display at our booth at the Uwajimaya Sakura Festival on Saturday, April 21. Stop by to take a look! (Due to printing costs, we can’t hand out copies, but you can read it at our table.) Along with the articles, the newsletter features important details about Kumoricon including the dates, registration details, location, and a general meeting schedules, so those browsing at the festival can quickly learn the important info.

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Uwajimaya Festival on April 21 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=60 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=60#comments Tue, 17 Apr 2007 05:41:16 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=60 Kumoricon will have a booth at the Uwajimaya Sakura Festival at the Beaverton location on Saturday, April 21. We will be selling memberships at our table with your badge printed on the spot.

This is a great volunteer opportunity to help out Kumoricon. Earn volunteer hours by manning the table, helping with registrations, and answering questions. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact volunteers@kumoricon.org.

The festival runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 21. If you are volunteering, setup starts a bit earlier. For the address and directions, please see the event in the calendar.

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Sakura-Con April 6-8 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=58 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=58#comments Sun, 01 Apr 2007 08:01:15 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=58 That’s right folks! This weekend, our big sister up north is celebrating 10 fan-tastic years of anime conventions. This year promises to be the best, with exciting new guests, over 1000 hours of programming, and all the old standards we’ve come to love.

Kumoricon will be in attendance, with at-con registration. Those who register for Kumoricon at Sakura-Con will have their badges printed on the spot! Be sure to stop by, as the $30 tier will end April 30th.

We wish great attendance, round-the-clock fun, and all the best to Sakura-con. Special thanks as well for their cooperation in our April Fool’s fun. The color may be in jest, but the con is no joke! Follow the link in our sidebar for more information.

Update, April 2: If you missed it, see our gallery for screen shots.

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Announcing The Slants! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=56 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=56#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2007 17:57:42 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=56 Our first musical guests for 2007, Kumoricon welcomes The Slants to come and perform! Head on over to the Guests page for more information!

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Kumoricon Policies Available http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=55 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=55#comments Sat, 10 Mar 2007 11:46:52 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=55 The Kumoricon convention policies have been posted. These are subject to change until the con, but will likely remain much the same. You can read them and ask questions at the March general meeting on Sunday.

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Staff Area Launched http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=54 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=54#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2007 03:21:28 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=54 The staff area of the web site has now launched. Officially registered staff members have each received an email message containing a username and password to access the area. You can log in by clicking the “Staff” button on the left sidebar.

If you have not received this email, it might be because of one of the following reasons:

  • Your email address has changed since you submitted your registration form.
  • Your email address was written incorrectly, or we transcribed it incorrectly.
  • There is a problem with your mail system receiving the message. (The message will be sent from wordpress@kumoricon.org.)
  • You have not actually registered as staff. (You are not considered official staff until submitting the form signed by your director.)
  • Forms submitted after the February meeting might not have been entered yet. We will create accounts for these shortly after the March meeting.

If you have not received the message about your staff account but are registered staff, please email webmaster@kumoricon.org and include your name and the email address that you want to use with the staff account (if you don’t specify, we’ll assume it’s the email address from which you sent the message). If you know that your email address has changed, please include the old address also. Thank you!

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March General Meeting Date Changed http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=53 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=53#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2007 21:43:14 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=53 The date of the March general meeting has changed. It is now Sunday, March 11 instead of Saturday, March 10. The time of day (2pm to 5pm) and location (Salem Public Library) remain the same. Please view the calendar link for full details.

Update: The room is Anderson B.

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The Kumoricon Update http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=52 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=52#comments Wed, 21 Feb 2007 08:41:45 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=52 This post brings you three news updates:

Kumoricon had a successful booth presence over the last two weekends at two Asian-themed events: The Asian Celebration in Eugene and the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair in Portland. These were great opportunities where we reached out to new audiences and promoted Kumoricon to potential attendees and vendors. Thank you to all the staff and volunteers who manned the booths over these two events. Kumoricon extends a special thank you to Copic Marker for sharing their booth with us at the Asian Celebration.

Visit our gallery for photos of the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair.

The information page has been updated with our new Kumoricon 2007 promotional article, written by Maura Lydon, the winner of the contest to re-write the info page.

An update on general meetings: All previously-announced general meetings that were to take place in the Salem, OR area have now had an exact location set: The Salem Public Library, which was the location of the January meeting. (The Salem general meeting are those in March, May, and June. All meetings after this until the con are at the hotel.) Please refer to the calendar for full details on meeting dates, times, locations, and maps.

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February General Meeting in Eugene http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=49 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=49#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2007 02:09:16 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=49 The exact location of the February general meeting has been set:

DIVA classroom (Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts)
110 W Broadway
Eugene, OR 97401

Google Maps

DIVA photo from street
(enlarge photo)

The meeting will be from 2pm to 5pm and is open to the public.

Thanks to Copic Marker for arranging for us to use this space! The meeting directly follows a manga character drawing class from 12noon to 2pm.

Update: Those interested can attend the Manga Character Drawing for Teens class from 12noon to 2pm before the meeting. The cost of the class is $25.

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Kumoricon at the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=48 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=48#comments Wed, 07 Feb 2007 19:22:48 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=48 Kumoricon will have a booth this Saturday at the Chinese New Year Cultural Fair—Year of the Pig, produced by the Portland Chinese Times.

We will be taking registrations at the booth. As a promotion, badges will be mailed out on Monday for registrations taken at the Chinese New Year Fair!

Any staff are welcome to help us behind the booth, and volunteers will earn hours by doing so.

The fair is located at the Oregon Convention Center, Exhibit Hall C (address and maps). Admission to the fair is $3. Last year, this fair had 10000 attendees, so this is sure to be a popular event. For more information, including a floor plan and event schedule, please visit the official web site by the Portland Chinese Times.

Please note that this is the same day as the general meeting. If you aren’t able to make it down to Eugene for the meeting, you can visit us at the fair in Portland…or vice versa. :)

Update: Kumoricon is booth 225 (floor plan [PDF]). There doesn’t seem to be a booth 225 on the floor plan, but it’s probably near booth 223 and 227. :)

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Kumoricon announces their first guests for 2007! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=47 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=47#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2007 20:06:47 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=47 The creators of Applegeeks will be attending Kumoricon 2007 as our Webcomic Guests of Honor, head on over to the Guests page to read more about them!

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Your Badge is on the Way! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=46 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=46#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2007 00:40:41 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=46 The first tier badges have been mailed! If you’ve already registered, you will soon have in your possession one beautiful letter containing information about check in, programming, convention features, and….your Altonimbus Membership Badge. This PVC card will be your entry pass to the Kumoricon Convention. (A picture of a sample card will be posted later this week.)

The registration list has also been updated. Just a note – only the first tier badges have been mailed. If you ordered after Dec. 31st, 2006, you will receive your badge with the next mailout, shortly after April 10th, 2007.

If you do NOT receive your badge by Saturday, February 3rd, please contact chair@kumoricon.org. Use the words “Badge not received” in the subject line for faster service.

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General Meeting Schedule for the Year http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=45 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=45#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2007 04:07:09 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=45 All of the general meetings until Kumoricon 2007 have now been tentatively scheduled, including the February general meeting.

The February general meeting will be in or near Eugene, OR on Saturday, February 10. The exact location will be determined shortly.

Here are the future meetings for 2007:

  • March 10 – Salem
  • April 13-15 – Staff retreat – Location TBD
  • May 20 – Salem
  • June 16 – Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center (post updated on May 21 to reflect location change (formerly in Salem))
  • July 15 – Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center
  • August 11 – Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center
  • August 25 (weekend before the con) – Vancouver Hilton and Convention Center

All general meetings are from 2pm to 5pm. The meetings have been entered into the calendar displayed on the right sidebar and on the calendar page.

All meetings, except for the staff retreat, are open to the public.

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To the Registrants Asked for More Info http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=43 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=43#comments Sun, 14 Jan 2007 20:41:22 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=43 Those of you who registered during the first tier were in fact asked to supply additional information. Our ISP does not allow bulk mailing from kumoricon.org addresses. (We tried, really. :( ) Rather than writing over 100 emails separately, I used my personal account to send out the requests. If you do not reply with the missing information, your badge will not be processed. I personally apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but the birthdate/ emergency contact information requested is vital to proper registration.

Those of you who are still leery of replying, please send the information to chair@kumoricon.org.

This is our first year mailing out badges, and our first year not requiring Convention Guardians. We really appreciate your patience as we smooth out the bumps in our registration process. In the end, you will be able to walk through the door with a simply flash of your badge and ID.
The registration form is now correct, so this only affects those who received an email. Again, I thank you for your assistance and patience.

Meg Uhde
Convention Chair
Kumoricon 2007

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5…4…3..2..100! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=42 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=42#comments Mon, 01 Jan 2007 08:00:08 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=42 Happy new year! Kumoricon would like to thank the 108 people who registered in the first tier price range! This tier garnered 55 registrants last year. Today begins a new tier, so member registrations now run $30 until April 30, 2007.

The first tier registrants can look forward to seeing their new badges in the next few weeks, as we complete the printing and mail them to their expectant owners. The list of registrants is now available in the Registration tab.

We hope for the best for you and yours in the year to come.

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January General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=41 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=41#comments Fri, 29 Dec 2006 04:16:59 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=41 The January general meeting will be held at the Salem Public Library on Sunday, January 21, from 2-5pm.

101 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301

Google Maps

Like all general meetings, it is open to the public.

Further details on agenda items will be posted as the meeting approaches.

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Kumoricon Holiday Staff Party Tomorrow http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=40 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=40#comments Sun, 17 Dec 2006 03:38:29 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=40 What: Kumoricon staff holiday party

When: Sunday, December 17, 2006, 15:00 to 20:00



115 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

Easily accessible from the MAX

Google Maps view
MapQuest view


Console gaming on our new Wii consoles, our PS3, and giant flat panel LCD TVs.

Tournaments and raffle, LAN gaming room, pool tables for non-gamers, and FREE FOOD!

This event is restricted to Kumoricon registered staff. If you have not signed up yet, please arrange in advance to meet with your director at the party. Staff membership fee is ten dollars. You must have your form filled out, and paid the staff membership fee, before the party, or have arranged with your director to do it at the party, to be considered staff!

Sunday, December 17th, 3pm – 8pm, food served at 5.

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The Kumoricon Update http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=39 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=39#comments Wed, 06 Dec 2006 16:20:28 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=39 Imagine stumbling into your local game store and spotting, glowing on the shelf, a beautiful, unclaimed PS3. This happened to one Kumori staffer, and we are proud to announce that we now have a Kumoricon PS3 available for the Staff Holiday Party!

Details on the Staff Holiday Party for Dec. 17 are now up on the calendar. Click on the calendar square for more details.

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Wii Get! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=31 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=31#comments Sun, 19 Nov 2006 18:34:48 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=31 After staying up until the wii hours of the morning, your dedicated Kumorican staff has acquired four convention Wiis. Kumoricon was interviewed on Portland’s local Fox 12 station while waiting in line for the Wiis!

Seen here are four convention Wiis, in addition to five additional Wii-motes (for the one additional system we have pre-ordered and will pick up later today). We will be acquiring Nunchuks, Classic Controllers, and component cables shortly, but they were out of stock today. Staff get to play with our Wiis at special events such as the holiday party. The rest of you get to play them at the con. :)

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Wiiiiiiiiiii!!!!1111 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=30 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=30#comments Sun, 19 Nov 2006 13:48:00 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=30 Kumoricon is in line to buy convention Wiis. We arrived at Best Buy at 10:30pm, they are expecting around 100 units, and we are around 30 in line. We are staying here all night and we will be getting these systems! Those of you signed up as staff will be playing these at the Kumoricon holiday party.

Best Buy has been watching over us, providing us with free pizza, drinks, hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies. Thanks to general manager Sam and his awesome, courteous staff at the Beaverton, OR Best Buy for an awesome console launch experience!

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November General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=24 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=24#comments Tue, 31 Oct 2006 17:36:14 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=24 When: November 18th, 2006 1pm-5pm

Where: Vancouver Hilton & Convention Center

301 West 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Staff registration will be available starting at 12pm, please meet with the director of the department you are working with to get approval and have them sign off on the registration forms. Staff will be able to pay with credit or debit cards through Acteva, if they are interested in this avenue.

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November General Meeting http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=23 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=23#comments Tue, 31 Oct 2006 03:42:08 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=23 The November General Meeting will be on Saturday, November 18th, 2006. This meeting will be held in the Portland area, venue and time to be announced. (When I have have it, I’ll post it here!:))
On the agenda:

  • Tour of the new website features
  • Discussion of registration options
  • Hotel tour (depending on venue)
  • Continued discussion on ways to improve the convention
  • Discussion of Staff Perks for 2007
  • Holiday Party planning
  • Distributing posters and flyers to qualified Street Team and staff
  • Sign up of staff

If you are interested in becoming staff for 2007, please contact personnel@kumoricon.org to get in touch with the proper directors. Be sure to bring your $10 membership/registration fee if you are accepted. We will not be able to add you to the staff areas of the site or the staff email list until you speak with a director, fill out the proper form (available at the meeting), and pay your membership dues. As always, meetings are open to the public. More info will be posted as available. (Early this week.)

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Kumoricon 2007 Officially Begins! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=21 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=21#comments Sat, 28 Oct 2006 23:09:55 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=21 Welcome new execs for Kumoricon 2007!

For Convention Chair – Meg Uhde

For Programming – Brenda McFadden

For Operations – Brownie Williams

For Publicity  – Jeff Tyrrill

For Relations – Sean Larson

Please welcome your new execs!

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Anime article contest extended – *again* http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=6 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=6#comments Wed, 25 Oct 2006 11:55:58 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=6 The deadline for the anime article contest has been extended again until Saturday, November 11, 11:59pm.

This gives you a bit over two weeks more to write your article telling the world about Kumoricon! (We thought this was more reasonable than just a 3-day extension. :) ) See further down the page to review the official rules. Good luck!

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General Elections Cont’d and LANIME! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=7 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=7#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2006 22:41:44 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=7 What: General Elections/ LANime Party
Where: Chemeketa Community College, Building 9, Room 111
When: October 28, 2006 12 pm
Why: Make your voice heard and party till the wee hours!

General elections start at 12pm SHARP and will continue until all elected positions are filled. For more information on nominees, or to add a nominee, please click FORUM above and visit the thread under ‘Meetings’. This is the most important meeting of the year! The directors you elect will run Kumoricon 2007.

Starting at 2pm, Etherguild presents LANime! This being the weekend before Halloween, J Horror and Cosplay will abound! Enter the DDR tourney, view the Kumoricon 2006 and Gameshow footage, and dance at the ANIME RAVE!

We’ll see you there!

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Finally, YOU can tell the world about anime cons. http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=8 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=8#comments Tue, 03 Oct 2006 18:15:17 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=8 All you happy anime lovers! It’s time to tell the public just how cool we are.

This is your chance to write the article that everyone should read about anime conventions. If you’ve got the journalistic touch, and can inspire others to share in the love of anime and Japanese culture, then this is the contest for you! The article you write could be Kumoricon’s official info page and press release.

Requirements are as follows:
1. The submission should sell Kumoricon to the general public, focusing on those with little or no experience with anime/ Japanese culture.
2. The submission should be between 600 and 800 words long.
3. The submission should endeavor to use proper grammar and spelling.
4. The author may submit one photograph which enhances the value of the article. The author must have permission to use the photo with credit to the photographer, or be the photographer.
5. Submissions are due by no later than Saturday, November 11, 2006, 11:59p.m. (extended from October 21)
6. The contest is open to all, including current Kumoricon Staff.

The winner will be chosen by the board of Altonimbus Entertainment. All submissions and corresponding photos become the property of Kumoricon/ Altonimbus Entertainment. Articles may be edited for spelling, grammar, statistical corrections, and content.

Send your submission with your real name and forum name (if applicable) to

The winner will be announced on October 29th, 2006.
Good luck to all our entrants!

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Welcome to Kumoricon 2007! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=9 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=9#comments Thu, 07 Sep 2006 11:35:18 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=9 Welcome to the interim site for Kumoricon for the 2007 convention year. The mascot contest winner now graces our banner. Be sure to check back for updates to the site over the next couple of months.

In the meantime, here are some stats to chew on for the 2006 year:

Attendance: 2257, up from apx. 1700 in 2005

On line pre-registrations: 1035, up from 720 in 2005

Total pre-registrations: 1257 (Same as total attendance for 2004)

Charity Auction Sales: $2455, up from apx. $1600 in 2005

Your directors for 2006 were:

Relations Director: Brian Hammond – Got us all those great guests
Programming Director: Brenda McFadden – Brought you events and panels at con
Publicity Director: Kri Bartholomew – Made sure everyone knew about the con
Operations Director: Ryan Stasel – Maintained the back end of the con
Convention Chair: Meg Uhde – The face of the con, fearless leader and evil mantis
Vice Chair: David McCarley – The other half of Meg’s sanity

Be sure to watch the forums and main page for more information on the 2007 elections, including a listing of all the nominees.

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General Elections http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=10 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=10#comments Wed, 06 Sep 2006 13:35:13 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=10 General Elections will be held on October 28th, 2006, 12 pm.

We will be electing the officials who will steer the direction of Kumoricon for the 2007 convention year.

This meeting will take place at Chemeketa College, Salem OR, Building 9.

More information to follow.

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Thank you! http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=11 http://www.kumoricon.org/?p=11#comments Tue, 05 Sep 2006 18:06:33 +0000 admin http://www.kumoricon.com/newsite-wp/?p=11 Kumoricon 2006 has now come to a close.  Thank you to all the staff, guests and attendees for making this convention work.  We could not do this with out you and we look forward to seeing you all next year.

Kumoricon executive staff

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