Official Photo Booth at KNC 2014
Summer Newsletter 2014
KuroNekoCon is just one month away, and it feels like we were there just yesterday. Get ready once again for Spokane’s Premier Anime Convention. This year, we have so many great things happening that you’ll have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.
Of course, KNC isn’t our only event. Over the last couple of months, we’ve played host to some amazing get-togethers. In May, we put on our 3rd Annual Otaku Prom, and the response was outstanding. The Lincoln Center was a beautiful venue, and we can’t wait to go back in the future. With a packed house, we’re just glad they have a bigger room!
In June, we gathered at SFCC for our Fashion Show and Dance Party. The Fashion Show was so fun, and we had winners for each division of skill. Each of those winners gets to enjoy some lovely prizes, a small trophy, and free admission into KuroNekoCon 2014. With prizes like that, it’s no wonder the competition is getting so fierce. We can’t wait to see what next year brings. The Neon Nyan Dance Party was so much fun, and it was the perfect way to end the night. If you enjoyed our dance party, then you’ll be blown away by the Neon Nyan Dance Party at the Convention Center in August.
Also in June, we were given the opportunity to march to show our support for the equality of our LGBTQA staff members, family, friends, and community in the annual Spokane Pride Parade put on by OutSpokane. It was so fun, and we are thankful for the chance to show that Spokane is a friendly place for everyone. We look forward to marching again next year, and to learn how we can make our convention safer and more comfortable for all.
This month is the Obon Festival at the Spokane Buddhist Temple. We’ve been invited to host some events at the festival, and we’re inviting all of you to come down and check it out. Cosplay is encouraged, and we’ll have plenty to do that you can stay and participate in. We’ll be at the Temple on July 19th and 20th to celebrate, and it’s a great chance to see all of the Japanese Cultural groups come together. The event is free, so everyone is welcome!
On July 5th, we’ll be closing pre-registration for KuroNekoCon 2014. This is your last chance to get your full weekend registration for the amazing deal of $25. There’s so much to see and do at KNC that you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth. So register today, and don’t miss this chance. Of course, if you really want to save some money, why not apply to volunteer this year? Volunteers are what make our convention run smoothly, and we couldn’t do it without them. To show our appreciation for all of you, we will pay your registration price back in its full amount after you’ve completed your volunteer hours. Once you apply, you can apply to be a security member or a maid in our Maid Cafe if you’re looking for a more specific job. Head on over to here to sign up now!
If you want to get involved in KNC, but don’t want to commit that much time, you should consider signing up for one of our main events. By competing in our Cosplay Contest, Sword Fighting Tournament, or Skit Contest, you’ll have the chance to win some fantastic prizes that will be presented to you at our Closing Ceremonies as well as bragging rights until KNC 2015. You can also sign up to be a piece in Cosplay Chess, and fight to bring glory to the White or Black team. These events are so much fun, in order to join, all you have to do is sign up! You can find applications for each event under our Applications tab.
This year, we’re partnering with 2nd Harvest Food Bank to collect cans of food to donate to hungry families across the Inland Northwest. All you have to do is bring along a can of food to throw into our donation boxes. To show our appreciation, we’ll be hosting a raffle with some cool anime and KNC prizes. For every can of food you donate, you’ll get one ticket to throw into the raffle. On Sunday, we’ll draw the winning ticket, and the winner can claim their prize at our information booth. This is a great way to win cool stuff and to help support local families in need.
KuroNekoCon 2014 is shaping up to be our best year yet, and our guests this year sure help! In our last newsletter, we announced our guests Deadpool Spokane and Natalie Hoover, and we have even more greatness coming your way. We’re happy to welcome Zack Davisson, Josh Grelle, and David Vincent to our 2014 roster. Zack Davisson is a manga translator and an author of Japanese folklore and ghosts. He is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost and The Ghost of Oyuki from Chin Music Press, and a contributing writer to Weird Tales Magazine and Wayward from Image Comics. As a manga translator, he translates Shigeru Mizuki’s manga for Drawn and Quarterly and translates for Dark Horse Comics. Josh Grelle has been working in voice work for over 10 years, and has voiced roles such as Kenichi in Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, Armin in Attack on Titan, Kyohei in the Wallflower, Kouichi in Linebarrles of Iron, Yuki in Future Diary, Itsuki in Initial D, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish, and so many more. David Vincent is a professional Voice Actor / Television Producer. Some of his best known credits include: Senketsu in Kill la Kill, Grimmjow Jeagerjaques in the hit series Bleach, Li Xingke Archer in Code Geass, Gilgamesh in Fate, Zero Assassin in Fate, Stay Night Van in Gun X Sword, Seiji in Durarara!!, Arthur August Angel in Blue Exorcist, Jin Kisaragi & Hakumen in the hit series Blazblue, and much more. To learn more about our guests, head on over to our Guests tab. We hope you’re all as excited for our lineup as we are, and we can’t wait to meet them all next month!
What would a con be without photoshoots? This year, we’re handing over the reins to all of you. On our forums, you can chat and organize with your fellow KNC attendees to put together the photoshoots that you want to see. We’re excited to let the fans take control so that everyone can take part in shaping our schedule. Who knows what you all want better than you? Be sure to visit our forums and start organizing right away!
To make registration run quickly this year, we’ll be opening up our doors on Friday, August 1st from Noon until 4pm for anyone coming to pick up their Pre-Registered badges and anyone who wants to register for the door price before the main event. Remember that all minors must have their guardian present at the time of registering or pre-registration badge pick up, and current government issued photo ID is required. Cosplay is encouraged, and Peace Bonding will be available.
Before the convention starts, we ask you all to take a moment and read over our rules and guidelines. Being familiar with our rules will help keep you and your friends out of trouble, and make our convention safe. Copies of our rules and guidelines can also be found in your bag that you’ll receive once you’ve completed your registration and picked up your badge. Thank you for being mindful, and helping us make KuroNekoCon a place where everyone can feel at peace.
We’d like to give a special thank you to all of our sponsors. With their help, we’ve been able to make huge improvements every step of the way, and we appreciate all that they do for us. To find out more about our sponsors, and see who is supporting our convention, go to our Sponsors tab and click on any banner. These are wonderful businesses that we couldn’t have made it this far without. Be sure to visit each of their website, and feel free to let them know that you appreciate their help in supporting your favorite anime convention!
Every year our con gets better and better, and, most of all, we’d like to thank all of you. Without you, none of this would even be possible. Thank you for continuing to attend yearly events, small get togethers, and just telling all of your friends about us. We’ve been growing every year into a convention that we all want to see. We cannot wait to see you August 2nd and 3rd for a spectacular anime-themed weekend at the Spokane Convention Center. From all of us at KuroNekoCon, thank you so much!
KNC's Children's Festival
KNC 2014's Special Guests
For complete guest bios, check out our guest page!
Josh Grelle voices Armin in Attack on Titan, Yuki in Future Diary, and Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish. He also voices Sima Shi in Dynasty Warriors 7.
David Vincent voices Senketsu in Kill la Kill, Grimmjow in Bleach, and Seiji in Durarara!! He also voices Jin and Hakumen in Blazblue and Shin Kamiya in Tekken: Blood Vengance.
Natalie Hoover is the voice of Sonia from DanganRonpa 2, Toya in Magi: Labyrinth of Magic, and Yolko in Sword Art Online.
Zack Davisson is the author of Yurei: The Japanese Ghost and The Ghost of Oyuki from Chin Music Press. He translates manga for Shigeru Mizuki and Dark Horse Comics. He also maintains the popular Japanese folklore website Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai.
As a returning guest, we have Deadpool Spokane!
Suzaku Taiko is a performing group dedicated to sharing both traditional and contemporary Japanese Taiko works. This dynamic group brings to the stage their respect, enthusiasm, and love of Taiko drumming and its culture through performances that include drumming, storytelling, and martial arts.
Spokane Obon Festival Dancers
Members of the Spokane Buddhist Temple, organizers of the Spokane Obon Festival, bring you Bon Odori, or Bon Dancing.
A Safety Message from our Staff
This year, KuroNekoCon has committed to improving our safety standards for not only our attendees, but those who we invite along as well. Our policies are ever-growing and changing, and we rely on your help to grow in the right direction. We are revamping our Attendee Code of Conduct as well as adding an option at our information table, at both our convention and our smaller events, to report any activity that may bring harm in any form to you or any of our attendees.
Of course, these are only a small portion of the measures we can all take to make sure our convention is safe. When you're out and about at a convention, staying in groups can help keep everyone out of harms way, and when you see someone acting suspiciously, you can come find any member of our staff, all marked by a 'Staff' badge, and we will take action immediately. When you see an attendee that looks like they're alone, invite them to come hang out with your friends until their friends show up, and be careful who you put yourself alone with. In a hotel room outside of the convention center, there isn't much we can do, so we rely on each of you to look out for each other.
Remember to stay safe out there, no matter the convention you're attending, and always remember to have fun.
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Days Until KuroNekoCon 2014
Hours of Operation
KNC 2014 Hours of Operation:
10:00 AM to 10:00 PM Saturday and Sunday
Registration and Pre Registration Hours:
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday
9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday