KuroNekoCon is an anime, gaming, and Japanese culture convention based in Spokane, WA. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation Kuroneko Cultural Association seeks to promote the understanding of Japanese and other Asian cultures through the use of traditional and contemporary media, with particular attention to popular entertainment media such as animation, comics, games and their related subcultures.
We are staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers who desire to see other people experience the same joy that we found in anime, manga, and video games. No one on our staff gets paid for their time, meaning all of our funds go directly into the budget for the next year's activities and events. As a convention, we strive to maintain a fun and family-friendly atmosphere that people of all ages can enjoy.
In 2016 we attracted over 2000 attendees and we expect to continue to grow. 2016 was our eighth year and our fourth year at the Spokane Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Spokane near Riverfront Park.
Our Annual Mascot
Yōkai, loosely translated as Spirits or Monsters, are mysterious creatures of Japanese lore. You may have seen or heard of yōkai in such anime as Inu Yasha, Noragami, or the popular Yo-Kai Watch. Yōkai have been a part of the Japanese culture since pre-Heian era (794 AD), but back then they were called Mono-no-Ke or Mono-no-Ki (ke meaning bad and ki meaning good). Some of the yōkai known today have been adapted from places like China and even India. There was a time in the Meiji era (1868-1912) where the government of Japan tried to wipe out all the stories about yōkai, but the storytelling of Kamishibai (shadow box stories) started to bring them back around the Showa era (1926-1989).
If you take a peek at this year's mascot you just might notice that she’s a yōkai too, a Nekomata (forked tailed cat) in fact! Nekomata are cats that have turned into a yōkai, and when they do their tails split in two. Nekomata have been seen walking around on their hind legs and they can speak the human language. Don't let the fact that they're cute cats get to you, they tend to hate, and sometimes even enslave, humans. They can also control corpses with necromantic powers (creepy!)
Our 2017 annual mascot was designed by Tsunya99. It was selected as first place out of two dozen entries by a vote of our staff.
Throughout the year we try our best to stay involved in our community. We host events such as our Otaku Prom, Whose Line is it Anime? Improv Shows, and our annual Fashion Show and Neon Nyan Dance Party during Japan Week Spokane. Each of these events helps us raise awareness for our convention so that we can continue to offer our attendees more and more each year. We also host free events throughout the year such as the Manga Social and Bi-Monthly Cosplay Contests in conjunction with the Spokane Comic Book Shop. These events are to help spread the word about our convention and to encourage our fans to meet up and share in the interests that bring us all together.
In recent years we have been marching in the annual Gay Pride Parade hosted by OutSpokane, participating in the Spokane Obon Festival and Perry Street Fair, and volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed families in need throughout the Northwest.
You can join us in making an impact on our community by becoming a member of our staff. For meeting locations and times check out our Monthly Meeting Schedule posted to our Home Page.
Here's what you need to join staff:
- Be at least 18 years of age or be accompanied by a family member or legal guardian
- Attend any three meetings
- Read and agree to our policies and codes of conduct
- Be voted in by a majority vote of the current members present at a meeting
If you have any questions feel free to send an email to info@KuroNekoCon.com. We hope to see you there!
If you have questions that have not been answered here please send them to info@KuroNekoCon.com
Q - What is an anime convention?
A - An anime convention is a gathering of people who are interested in Japanese animation and a broader understanding of Japanese media and culture. These gatherings usually take place at large venues such as a convention center, hotel, or a college. There are common events such as contests, dances, and concerts; panels which are excellent for learning about many aspects of anime and Japanese Culture; an exhibitor's hall where you can find anime-related merchandise from both the United States and Japan; RPG (Role Playing Games), Console and PC LAN gaming rooms; and anime theaters which show anime for the duration of the con. You can also see people dressed in costumes of their favorite anime characters. An anime convention is a memorable and sometimes life-changing experience.