Welcome to Kumoricon! A convention founded in 2003. Kumoricon is a convention that celebrates both Anime and Japanese cultures. Kumoricon gets its name from “Kumori” which means “Cloudy”, which embodies the Northwest in every sense from living here to being part of its fandom.
Hosted during Labor Day weekend, the same as several other major conventions such as P.A.X. and even Bumbershoot, Kumoricon’s attendance is still quite strong at over 5,000 in attendance this year alone.
This year, Kumoricon has moved venues to the Red Lion and Hilton hotels in Vancouver, Washington and has taken full advantage of the holiday weekend to expand their con over four days, rather than the average, three.
One of the unique qualities of Kumoricon is their badge system. While attendees have to pick up their badges, each attendee is given a color coded badge to help identify the age-range of others.
Red is 12 and younger, Yellow is 13 – 17, while Blue is 18 and older, this helps immensely in identifying a minor from an adult for age specific panels and photoshoots/pose ideas for photographers.
Another strong quality of Kumoricon that is strongly appealing, especially for newcomers, is the strong tight-knit community that has grown together as the convention continues to grow. The Kumoricon community is very open and welcoming to all who attend each and every year and will offer tips and advice for those who need it, the community will even help with ideas for a cosplayer in need of finding the right supplies or costume details or props.
The special guests who attended Kumoricon this year also made for excellent opportunities for con-goers to meet their favorite voice actor/actress, and this year, the line-up was absolutely phenominal! The voice actor guests this year were: Stephanie Sheh, Karen Strassman, Bryce Papenbrook, Chuck Huber, Patrick Seitz, and Christopher Sabat; and special musical guest Raj Ramayya.
Optimus Reports and Ninja Photography have covered a fair amount of the convention and we have met many cosplayers for photoshoots and we have attended several panels throughout the convention.
Our previous article, Kumoricon 2014 The great Adventure con! Covers the convention much more thoroughly and in-depth; it was written by two of our writers; Joy D’Avanzo and Loz Link – This article was written by Aaron Matthew Holmes