Thank you all for being patient with me, and waiting with baited breath to hear about day three and my wrap up of Kumoricon. I caught a cold at the end of day two (blame the no coat on day zero) and after the fun of day three, the food adventures and the three hour drive home… I ended up having the flu that put me out for a week, and now I’m just dealing with the cold. But, I have been thinking about this article for a week now and am chopping at the bit to share everything with you all.
Day three was filled with comfort! My friend and I went as Ace and Luffy, the amazing brothers from the series One Piece. When I say comfort, our cosplays were easy to wear and we had fun as soon as we stepped into the con. Deciding to do another round on the show floor, we picked up business cards for future purchases (I’m already planning on buying some clothes and art for the holidays and myself). We also grabbed some great merch, and got to say goodbye to friends we made and knew from before.
As soon as we were winding down and just checking out the cosplay before we left, we ended up meeting so many amazing One Piece cosplayers! For me, the One Piece cosplayers at Kumoricon have been some of the nicest people (other cosplayers from other fandoms were really nice too, but there was a very kind bond with those fans of One Piece) I have ever met. So many new friends made, and the photos! We got so many photos of others and it took us a very long time to make it to the exit due to many wanting our own photos (once again, so many kind people at this con), which was so flattering!
For my first time at Kumoricon I would have to say this was an amazing con to get the chance to experience. I am already looking forward to adding it to my con list for next year, along with planning out ideas for more cosplays to try out (ones that are easy to travel with while also being fun). There may have been some issues at the con (some hiccups, long lines, technical difficulties, and confusion among the volunteers) but the good things that happened at con including the amazing staff, hard working volunteers, the community, cosplayers, vendors, artists and so much more far outweighed the bad. And even though I did end up feeling down with the cold by the last day, I loved every minute of this con.
There were so many good events, panels, and late night activities. To me though, the other big half of this con that made it one of the best was the artists and vendors who were selling their wares. I bought so many clothes, and they weren’t fandom based just really cute nerdy things. One vendor I kept going back to was Ohmonah, who had a lot of jackets and fun t-shirts (their stuff is so cute!). Some of the other shops I really loved and think everyone should check out include Kimono Zen where I got some really pretty origami earrings from (I’m already getting more), Tuzi Neko, Bandage Brigade, Chirofish, and I am so in love with all the One Piece pieces from this shop – Smoorsch. These were just a few, but there are so many more and I love them all! I was also very good and only bought one bigger figure, and yes it was a One Piece one (Uta from the new One Piece Film: Red) and a few smaller ones from other animes. Other than that, all my money went to food!
I regret nothing, except for not eating even more! I hope you all enjoyed all my coverage of Kumoricon, and that you plan on attending next year! Stick around in the following weeks as I share all the great interviews I got from the con!
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