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Let’s Go To Kumoricon!

As the weekend grows closer to being here, I’m having a harder time containing my excitement for Kumoricon. I’ve never been before, and this will be my first time I attend an anime con in one of my favorite cities, Portland (and overall it will be my third anime con ever). Previously the only anime cons I’ve attended have been Sakura-Con in my home town of Seattle, and the now defunct Aki Con (I think that was it’s name). I’m hoping this will be a new addition to my yearly cons moving forward!

So far, I’ve heard very little about Kumoricon, and nothing I can really go off of to be ready for my first time going. But, with each new post, announcement and details given about this year-I just want to be there already! 

Just the other day the guidebook app was posted, with the full details on scheduling. I have so many bookmarks and I really wish there were about ten of me to go to every panel and event happening. Here are just a few I’ve added to my schedule for the weekend, 

How to create a cosplay contest skit, cosplay foundations: getting personal with Pantsu, Howl’s waltzing class, BURNOUT SYNDROMES concert (I could not hold my scream at seeing this), Japanese lanterns, Jujutsu sorcerers and the voices within, Cosplay contest, The umbrella: late night lounge, Screenwriting and adapting for anime, and From tiktok to real life. Believe me when I say these are just a small part of my schedule, with many many more on the list. I’m also trying hard not to forget checking out artist alley and the exhibitor hall. There is also going to be another maid cafe at the con running the whole weekend, which of course my friend and I will most definitely be going to!

I also wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t planning out cosplay to do every single day. My friend and I decided to do matching mini group cosplays for each day. We will be doing Jujutsu Kaisen Friday, My Hero Academia on Saturday, and wrapping up the con with One Piece on Sunday. I really can’t wait to share them all with you during and after the con with all my updates here on The Convention Collective and on my personal social media. I also have a lot of interviews lined up with some amazing people and I can’t wait to share them with you all!

Planning for this con is kicking my butt a bit more so than others I’ve attended in the past. I really wish I had more cosplay in my closet to try out for this con, instead of using ones I’ve worn already to all the other cons this season. But, this just means during my downtime before next season I will have to work on even more ideas, so I’m set for next year! Let me tell you, I have so many plans and have been working on the blue prints for these ideas. Though, like most things, time is my enemy (and so is work with the holidays coming up, ah the life of a retail employee…)

With the con just a few days away, I have kicked my convention prep to the next gear and already have a plan on what I’ll be looking for in the exhibitor hall and artist alley. Some will be holiday gifts for select friends, and of course merch I need in my life. I’m going to try and not go all out like I did at Emerald City Comic Con (spent way too much on stuff I didn’t really need in my life). But, I’m really hoping to add more to my One Piece collection as well as items from some other series I love! I am also on the hunt for more clothes I can wear at cons and outside for fun, kind of like street casual cosplay. 

If you think you might just have to stop in for this absolutely packed convention, here’s a link to grab your own ticket and come join in on the fun! https://www.kumoricon.org/ 

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Ali Raphael
Ali Raphael
Ali is a professional workaholic but likes to add more to her plate by reviewing comics/books/ tv shows/movies and anime. In every other waking moment, she breathes books, manga and anything Marvel. Every day she wishes she was a Part-Time Avenger, instead of a full-time Target employee.

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