Kumoricon Announces Transition To Digital Convention for 2020

Oregon’s largest anime and Japanese culture convention, Kumoricon, announces a completely online event called DigiKumo to be held on November 6-8, 2020 in response to the postponement of Kumoricon to 2021.

Last week, the board of directors gathered to reach a final decision on the postponement of the convention. “It was an extremely painful call for us to make,” said Brian Mathews, Kumoricon’s Board Chair. “But ultimately the people in our community are our first priority. For everyone’s health and safety, we believe this is the right thing to do.”

Kumoricon staff will now be focusing on creating a whole new experience that fans can enjoy from the safety of their own homes. “We will miss putting on a convention this year, but we’re optimistic about the future and excited to try something different,” said Samantha Rushford, Director of Publicity. By making the decision to focus on a digital convention several months in advance, staff will have much more time to plan and are confident that DigiKumo will reflect the same passion that goes into the Kumoricon event. Attendees can look forward to panels, contests, cosplays, watchalongs, and interacting with guests and each other all through video and chat rooms. Expect more panel and guest announcements as DigiKumo gets closer.

For updates on Kumoricon’s future plans, visit https://www.kumoricon.org/ or follow @kumoricon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Kumoricon Postponed to November 2021

Kumoricon’s official Twitter account has announced that Kumoricon 2020 is being postponed to November 5-7, 2021. All Kumoricon 2020 memberships will automatically roll over to the 2021 event. Kumoricon 2020 was scheduled to take place on November 6-8, 2020.

Members who cannot attend the 2021 convention can transfer their membership to another person, donate their membership, or request a refund by filling out an Action Request Form before August 16, 2020. Kumoricon will give a Ghost Neko sticker to attendees who allow their memberships to roll over to the next year. Kumoricon will give a “Heart of Gold” Ghost Neko pin to members who donate their membership.

Kumoricon made the decision to postpone the event after Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s statement that large events will “likely still not be safe” by the end of 2020.

Source: ANN