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The LAST CON of the year is on the horizon – Kumoricon, November 17-19, Portland, Oregon

My last convention of the year is quickly approaching at a breakneck speed and I am scrambling to be ready in time! It really has been a whirlwind of a year for me in general, as well as in conventions (my first SDCC, and my first Dragon Con), still amazed by all of it. So it is bittersweet with my last convention of the year coming up so soon, I’m excited to go but already don’t want it to be over.

Kumoricon is a convention I fell in love with last year, which was the first time I ever attended it. One of my closest friends and I went on a trip down to Portland, Oregon together for this (first of many) adventures, and just had an unforgettable experience. As my friend likes to refer to it, the convention I almost died at. It was just a bad cold (which turned into the flu by the time I was home) I had forgotten my jacket (on night zero we went out in the freezing cold for food, and it went downhill from there for my health). I myself, refer to it as the place where I fell back in love with conventions. I was awed by the fun activities held, the out of this world paneling, the cosplays, and the cosplayers themselves. I think that was the first time I had met so many kind cosplayers who wanted to talk about their passions for crafting, the anime (or fandom) they were cosplaying from and the all over energy. 

I still remember two cosplayers acting out some of the most well known and devastating scenes that their cosplays were from (*cough* One Piece *cough*). Even running around and finding other cosplayers from their fandom and pulling them into interacting in their acting (all consensual). There were also two cosplayers performing cheer routines in their cheer themed cosplay for My Hero Academia, still blown away by the lifts of each other they were able to do.

It was also a blast going to the late night lounge and getting anime themed mocktails and cocktails, and listening to one of the guests of the convention perform. It was also where my friend Gabi had me crying my eyes out from laughing. Not at the performance, but as we were waiting in line to get in, we started playing “kiss, marry, kill” anime edition. My friend Gabi did not understand the true concept of this game (and still doesn’t), it being you give the other person the worst choices to pick between (at least how I play it). Anyway, I plan to bring this game back into play again in just a short while once we are back at Kumoricon.

The clocking is ticking just a little louder now that we are officially in November, and the convention starting on November 17th (tickets still available!!!). I am excitedly panicking while eyeing that ticking clock, and triple checking my plans for that weekend. I promise that at the top of my list is a very warm jacket this time and anything else I might need if a cold tries to delay my health again. 

Find out everything there is to know about this year’s Kumoricon, and obviously grab a ticket while you’re looking on their website! https://www.kumoricon.org

Are you going to go to Kumoricon?

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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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