The Convention: Kumoricon 2014
The Place : Vancouver Washington Hilton and Red Lion
The Dates: 4 to 7 September 2015.
Kumoricon is a Anime Convention in Portland and Vancouver WA area. This was my six year attending. Because it was a for day con, again it was all plushies on deck; all my big plushies had a day as my companions.
Thursday and Friday: I picked up my badge on Thursday. There was not much of a line . The next day I overheard somebody say it only took them an hour to register. It looks like the new system is working. If there was a theme this year it is was there was not much to do. I attend the AMV contest, it came across as a little space. I was hoping for more discussion than people blabbing about their favorite anime at the Salute and nod to military anime. At least, the often rename panel redeemed itself from last year 18+ vulgar fest.
Saturday head back to the convention space after my traditional breakfast at Hometown buffet. There was not much in the way of panels I wanted to attend except, Cultural Symbolism in Anime. I spent my time looking around and in the video room
Sunday and Monday: I took in the Cosplay contest this year. Notable cosplay skit was No Face Sound Bites; it was that good and deserved best in show. Monday I hosted Otaku 25+ panel and bought a few things form the artist ally and dealers den.
The good : Cultural Symbolism in Anime, No Face Sound bites skit and watching My Bride is a Mermaid anime in the video room.
The bad: I felt Kumoricon need more anime cultural and industry painless. In addition we only had one video room.
The Ugly: we are leaving Vancouver.
Ok, not ugly but a sad and necessary fact , Kumoricon is moving to the Oregon Convention center. With growth and the closing of the Red Lion, there is no one hotel than can house the convention. Even in 2008, my first Kumoricon at Lloyd’s Center Double-Tree inn, I was 40 persons ahead of the cut off. I want to thank Vancouver Hilton for treating us so well especially coming off the culture clash of the down town Portland hotel whose name that shall not be spoken. I want to give a thanks to the City of Vancouver for putting up with us taking over Ester Shore park; Ester Shores park will never be the same.
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