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Kumoricon anyone?

Kaji Ryuuko

Member
Here's the real low down on what Kumoricon is. It's an Anime/Gaming convention that's held in the northwest. This year it is at the new Hilton Hotel in Vancouver. And man is that hotel nice. Chairs could use some padding though. *rubs neck* But anyway, this convention is in its fifth year and it's gotten pretty sizable.

Granted at the moment, pre-registration is done and over with and it'll be about 45$ at the door is you /do/ decide to travel up here and go to this convention. And...the convention is the first weekend in September. >.> So, that might be a little SUDDEN for some of you.

But, Kumoricon is set on the first weekend of September every year, and it's a lot of fun. The website is www.kumoricon.org but at the moment it's down and I don't know why. ._. Sooo, once it gets back up; I'll tell you all here or you'll find out for yourselves. :3

If you are still asking yourself What is Kumoricon? and are a bit too lazy to read the site. Here's the text in the information part of the site.

Samurai fighting to the modern beats of American hip hop music; a notebook that can kill anyone whose name is written within it; old jazz and martial arts in space, in a future not so far off from our own. What am I talking about? Japanese animation, of course, better known as anime. In the last several decades, more and more Americans have been falling in love with anime and the reasons why are clear—anime can make the ordinary extraordinary in a way that few other mediums ever have.

Ever since Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, we’ve been fascinated with Japanese culture; now in anime we can delve into that rich culture again through the eyes of some of the most creative minds in Japan. Anime is not just about cartoons. They can have plots as complex as Hamlet or as ridiculous as Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and they can be intended for everyone from children to exclusively adults. Anime is undoubtedly an incredibly diverse medium, with something different for everyone.

Kumoricon 2007 is your opportunity to come and explore the exciting world of Japanese animation, comics, and culture with the people who love it the most. Aptly named kumori, meaning “cloudy”, Kumoricon is the Portland metro area’s one and only anime convention. There you will find a constant stream of panels, workshops, competitions, and performances all while enjoying a friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere. You’ll also see a wide variety of costumes worn by dedicated fans known as cosplayers (short for costume players). There are always video rooms open where you can watch anime, and a gaming room where you can come and play video games, with everything from the classics to the newest releases. And, of course, there’s the dealers’ room where you can buy anything from comic books to kimono.

Some of the main events include the karaoke contest, the cosplay contest where fans who have made their own costumes perform skits on stage, the anime music video (AMV) contest where fans create short music videos using clips from anime, video game tournaments, and much more. The convention also invites guests of honor, usually well-known anime voice actors or producers, comic artists, or the like who hold panels in which they discuss their work and answer questions from fans. And there are a number of workshops for those interested in learning more about Japanese culture and anime, how to make costumes, create fan stories or art and much more.

One of the biggest attractions of conventions is the fans themselves. Kumoricon is our chance to get together in a fun, laid-back atmosphere and enjoy each other’s company. This is a great way to make new friends, meet people from all over the Northwest and even the world. Beyond just striking up conversation in the halls, there are a number of social events, such as the dance, where you can have fun with old friends or meet new people. This is a community that embraces creativity and innovation and everywhere you look you’ll find freedom of expression. By the convention’s third day, you’ll feel as though you’re part of one big, eccentric family.

Whether you’re new to anime or a diehard otaku (a word used to describe only the craziest and most obsessed of fans), you’re welcome here. Whether you come for one day or all three, remember: this is your convention. What you’ll take away from this experience are priceless memories, friendship, good times and, of course, at least a year’s savings worth of anime and comics. But some things are just worth it.
 

Kaji Ryuuko

Member
Shizuki said:
I'll be attending, I drew the mascot for this year so I'll have a table in artist's alley. :D

*gawks* Seriously? Wow! :D Nice mascot. I'm the staff member who's making the signs for the convention. *blinks* I am going to have to PM you with a question. XD And, I shall look for you! Muahaha...How will I know which artist in the ARtist alley you are? XD
 

Shizuki

New Member
Kaji_Ryuujin said:
Shizuki said:
I'll be attending, I drew the mascot for this year so I'll have a table in artist's alley. :D

*gawks* Seriously? Wow! :D Nice mascot. I'm the staff member who's making the signs for the convention. *blinks* I am going to have to PM you with a question. XD And, I shall look for you! Muahaha...How will I know which artist in the ARtist alley you are? XD

I should also be wearing my Shizuki badge, and I'll probably have some original mascot images for the convention as well. =)
 
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