Kumoricon - 9th Annual Anime Convention - Labor Day Weekend - Sept. 3-5, 2011 - Hilton Vancouver Washington & the Red Lion Vancouver at the Quay
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Registration: $45 full weekend at the door
Welcome to Kumoricon 2011
Latest Happenings

The Kumoricon 2011 schedule has been released! Check out all convention events, the schedule chart (in web and printable [PDF] formats), viewing room charts [PDF], newly-announced industry guests, our Saturday and Sunday night DJs, the exhibitors and artist lists, hotel and food/area maps, registration hours, and download the program book and pocket guide!

Use the free Guidebook app for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android to view the Kumoricon schedule, maps, Twitter, alerts, and more. Mark events to create a personalized schedule! After you install the app, search the guides for "Kumoricon". Update: The post-con survey is now available in the app.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble logoCheck-in for Kumoricon on Day Zero and you can join us as FUNimation presents the West Coast Anime Convention premiere of the English version of Trigun: Badlands Rumble! Vash the Stampede is back and on the big screen! See it at the Hilton Vancouver Washington at or shortly after 8:00pm (room will be determined and posted on day zero).

But only if you have your badge and holder! You must be pre-registered for the convention to attend!

About Kumoricon

What you need to know before the con…

1. Check-in...

All attendees—whether pre-registered or at-the-door, whether the badge was mailed or is being picked up—must bring:

  • Photo ID
  • If under age 18, parental permission form (if you have not mailed it already)
  • Your badge, if it was mailed

Have questions or issues? Check the registration page or forum Registration FAQ.

2. Rapid registration...

If you are registering at the door, speed things up and arrive with your registration form pre-filled out.

Fillable At-Con Registration Form [fillable PDF] – To type and print your info. (Faster!)

Blank At-Con Registration Form [PDF] – To handwrite your info.

3. Registration hours...

Friday: 3:00pm-10:00pm (pre-registration check-in and pick-up only)
Saturday: 7:00am-7:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am-7:00pm
Monday: 7:00am-12:00noon

At-the-door registration begins on Saturday.

Registration is located in the garage of the Hilton. If crowds are heavy, there may be times when you are waiting outdoors. Please come prepared for weather (including sunscreen) and possible high heat.

4. Policies...

Do you know when the minor curfew is? Whether you need to peace-bond your prop? Whether photography is allowed? What you can't put on a sign?

Find out.

5. Hand stamp for 18+ events...

Want to get into an 18+ panel? Plan ahead. Your ID and badge isn't enough. You need to bring these two things to the Info Booth to get a hand stamp to enter these events. (After Info Booth hours, head to the Operations Office instead. But plan ahead, because this takes longer!)

6. The schedule (the good stuff!)...

Did you know that the schedule exists in six formats, including a smartphone app, a live schedule on the website, and books included in your swag bag?

Start here to plan your con. Use the free Guidebook app for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android to view the Kumoricon schedule, maps, Twitter, alerts, and more. Mark events to create a personalized schedule! After you install the app, search the guides for "Kumoricon".

Letter from the Con Chair

Hello, everyone! This is Beau Gentry, Kumoricon's Convention Chair for 2011.

This is my third time being the Chair of this organization, and I'm excited to see you all back again, and to meet all the new people who are first-timers to our con!

For the first time in Kumoricon's history, our programming will fill two hotels! These are the Hilton Vancouver Washington, a fan favorite since KC '07, with an awesome park across the street (Esther Short Park); and just a super-short walk away, the Red Lion on the Quay.

Another first for us is the first-ever male mascot for Kumoricon! Check him out, as well as the other entries, in the gallery.

I've attended a lot of conventions, but Kumoricon is my favorite. We have a laid-back, family reunion feel that you don't see in cons with over 4000 people very often. Having been around since the first Kumoricon in Eugene in 2003, (and even before then, when some people went up to Sakura-Con and decided we needed an anime convention in Oregon), I have to say that our fans are the best! You bring so much energy and enthusiasm every year.

Our fans are known for creating their own fun, like random cosplay meet-ups, to keep Kumoricon going all year long!

The staff for this year have been meeting and getting ready for Kumoricon 2011. We have some great ideas and are really excited to bring them to the attendees. If you're interested in being staff and seeing how the inside of a convention runs, we invite you to come talk to our staff at any of our General Meetings, which are always open to the public and listed on our website.

Kumoricon has some fun mini-events planned. Coming up in February in Eugene is Oregon Asian Celebration. We're also planning some with our friends at OryCon and GameStorm.

As always, our forums are busy with chatter, people planning meetups, helpful advice, and silly posting games. (Yeah, I'm looking at you, "Off-Topic" forum.)

Now that the website has a new look for 2011, and pre-registration is open, things are really getting started! Keep checking back for updates on events, guests, and all the other stuff we have planned.

Hope to see all of you at Kumoricon 2011!

Beau Gentry
Kumoricon 2011 Chair

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Guidebook Smartphone App Survey – Posted Sep. 7, 2011

The post-con survey is now available in the Guidebook smartphone app. If you have the app, please re-enter the Kumoricon guide within the app, and you will be prompted to view an update which contains the survey. Tap “Feedback” after you update. The survey contains questions on many convention specifics and we’d like to know what you liked and didn’t like about the con!

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Closing Ceremonies Announcements – Posted Sep. 5, 2011

Thank you to all our attendees, staff, and volunteers who made Kumoricon 2011 such a great convention! We hosted about 4000 paid attendees this year.

Kumoricon proudly announces that for 2012, it will be returning to the same place, the Hilton Vancouver Washington and the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. Look forward to Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, 2012 for another great year!

Read on to see our 2012 mascot winner.

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Parking and ATM Information – Posted Sep. 1, 2011

Parking and ATM information has been added to the location page. Please review the entire page, as it has several maps (including hotel maps, a parking map, and a food/area map) and other useful information.

It is very likely that the parking information will be updated with additional detail in the next day or two, so please keep checking the page if you would like more parking information.

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Viewing Rooms Schedule Released – Posted Sep. 1, 2011

The viewing rooms schedule is now available! Viewing room programming has been added to all the online published schedule formats. If you are using the Guidebook smartphone app, you will be prompted to download the update containing viewing room information (as long as you have an Internet connection). You can also download a printable viewing room schedule [PDF] of just the viewing room information, which also contains the genre viewing blocks.

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Guidebook Smartphone App Available – Posted Aug. 30, 2011

You can now use the Guidebook app for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android to view the Kumoricon schedule, maps, Twitter, alerts, exhibitors hall, artists alley, and more. Mark events to create a personalized schedule, search event titles by keyword, browse events by date and time or by category, create a personal to-do list, and see all event titles, descriptions, times, and rooms. Contains maps of both hotels, the exhibitors hall, and local restaurants.

After you install the app, search the guides for “Kumoricon”.

If you have a phone or device other than iPhone, iPod touch, or Android, you can use the web version: http://m.guidebookapp.com/296/ (For computers or tablets, you can also try: http://www.kumoricon.org/schedule/)

At the end of the convention, the app will contain an optional survey. We would love if you could complete this to help tell us what we did well and what we can improve!

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Rejoicing in Reg: The Inside Scoop from the Assistant Registration Manager – Posted Aug. 29, 2011

An interview with Brian Mathews, Assistant Registration Manager. “I’d be happy to go over all of what it takes for attendees to get their badges. First, the attendee has to have ordered their badge through the website or the mail-in form available on our website. Once we get that information, either online or through the mail, we enter it all into a database, in which we run a program that pastes that information onto the badges attendees receive. We have ‘reg meetings’ every couple of weeks or so, where we print out anywhere from fifty to several hundred of these badges, as well as envelopes for them. We then package the badges onto the letter they come with ourselves, pack them into the envelopes, stamp them, and deliver them to the Post Office.”

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Cosplay Skits: Pros Judge! You Vote! and You Can Still Enter! – Posted Aug. 29, 2011

An interview with Andie Letourneau, Cosplay Coordinator. “This year, I’m really looking forward to having our Guests of Honor, Todd Haberkorn, Chris Cason, and David Vincent, judging the skits. Since all three of them are voice actors, they bring with them a tremendous amount of experience and acting knowledge, which they will use in assessing the skits entered this year. Another highlight is that this year is the first year that we will have an ‘Audience Choice’ winner for Cosplay.”

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Upcoming Geek Events – Posted Jul. 31, 2011

Kumoricon is just around the corner, but there are plenty of geek events happening in Portland to keep you busy in the meantime. Read on to see just a few highlights to add to your schedule over the next few weeks.

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Get to Know, And Join, Your Staff – Posted Jul. 31, 2011

An interview with Ash Butler, a new Yojimbo and Con Suite staff member. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in knowing you’re helping make the convention you enjoy so much better for everyone. So if you like helping people, it’s a great way to do it on a large scale. As staff, you can have a lot of input on the convention. It’s been proven to look good on most resumes. And it’s also cheaper to be staff for Kumoricon than it is to merely attend … If you’re not sure what you want to do for the con, there are a lot of jobs, so you should look them over and find one that suits your interests.”

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Volunteering: How and Why You’d Enjoy Getting Involved! – Posted May. 6, 2011

An interview with David Reynolds, our Volunteer Manager. “Kumoricon exists to bring people together to have a good time, to make great memories, and that goes for everyone. We don’t want people to help because they feel obligated; we want them to help because they enjoy the experience and find it rewarding. That can mean anything from working in their favorite department, to helping only before con; or from volunteering only a couple of hours, to putting in so many hours that we make them honorary staff.”

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Mascot art by Ha-Young Lee, Brenna Goche