Geeks In Masks: Kumoricon Announces Winter Formal Masquerade

PORTLAND, Ore. January 23, 2008  Kumoricon, Portland's premiere anime and J-pop culture event, officially invites the public to attend their formal Masquerade Ball on February 2nd, 2008!

Kumoricon takes place over Labor Day weekend and celebrates Japanese pop culture, particularly the increasingly popular anime, manga, and video games. A common feature of the event is "cosplay," short for costume play, when attendees dress as their favorite anime characters-- from schoolgirl uniforms to giant robots!

During Kumoricon 2007, the convention's first-ever Masquerade Ball was held. However, due to the overwhelming popularity of the ball, not everyone who wanted to attend was able. To remedy this, a second ball has been scheduled for February 2nd. Formal attire and a mask is required, and formal cosplay is encouraged!

Tickets are $15 (or $10 if you attended Kumoricon 2007). The price covers ballroom dance lessons immediately prior to the dance, as well as entry and refreshments. The dance itself begins at 7pm and will feature refreshments, prizes at 9pm, and an unmasking event when the dance ends at midnight.

Formal attire and a mask is required, and if you can tie it in to a favorite movie or video game character, so much the better! Tickets are available for $15, or $10 if you attended Kumoricon 2007. You can purchase your tickets in advance online at or at the door on the day of the event. Pre-purchasing your ticket is recommended.

Come spend a night with your favorite anime, manga, movie, and video game characters at Kumoricon's Winter Masquerade Ball this February!

About Kumoricon
Kumoricon is a 3-day event held every Labor Day weekend that is dedicated to anime, manga, and Japanese culture. The event features screenings, discussion panels, vendors, dances, cosplay contests, and a multitude of other activities for children and adults. In 2008 Kumoricon plans to host a number of "mini-events" prior to the actual convention. For more information, please visit

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