Press Releases

January 29, 2009

News for Kumoricon 2009:

Kumoricon announces first guests of honor for 2009 convention

Portland, OR - January 25, 2009 - Kumoricon, Oregon's largest anime convention now entering its seventh year, is pleased to announce its first guests of honor for the 2009 convention held September 5-7, 2009.


Svetlana was born and raised Russian, and came to Canada at the tender age of 16. She finished high school here, then graduated Sheridan College with a three-year Classical Animation Diploma and is currently a freelance artist, as well as a fledgling North-American equivalent of a manga-ka. She has been in a love-hate relationship with comics and manga for several years now because she is too weak to break it off.

Svetlana has drawn for how-to-draw-manga books, RPG manuals, toy designs, animation, book covers and a bunch of online comics. She is an accomplished flake and has no attention span which makes writing coherent bios quite a challenge.

Hobbies include: sleeping and reading more comics than is healthy for her wallet. Also, sometimes, eating.

Popular titles include NIGHTSCHOOL and DRAMACON.


Last Stop Tokyo was founded by current members of The Slants, who also happened to be former members of San Diego pop punk heroes The Rockaway Teens: SIMON YOUNG and JOHNNY SARS. Joined by AC SLAYER (of The Gentry and also formerly of The Slants) and AARON SIXXX (of Stranger's Six fame), they are Last Stop Tokyo, a straight up punk rock & roll machine with catchy hooks, driving guitar riffs, and an in-your-face attitude.

Paying homage to The Ramones and all of their inspired offspring, Last Stop Tokyo captures the pure rock spirit, where music is still about having a good time and the live show a place where boundaries, nationality, race, and gender cease to exist.


Soul Candy is an "otaku rock" cover band consisting of talented musicians who are also otaku--big anime fans. As such, they specialize in playing songs and music from your favorite anime series. Hailing from the Seattle/King County area in Washington, Soul Candy is quickly being recognized as a formidable performer in various conventions, rock shows, and festivals. They look forward to get a chance to play for fans of similar interests at events such as Kumoricon.


Kumoricon, located in Portland, OR, is Oregon's largest anime convention, and is held annually over all three days of Labor Day Weekend. In 2008, Kumoricon had over 4400 paid attendees. For 2009, Kumoricon moves to the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, the convention's largest venue yet, featuring two towers in the heart of downtown Portland, three floors of event space, plus a 23rd floor karaoke lounge.

Online pre-registration is currently open:

$35 until Apr. 5
$40 until Aug. 16
$45 at the door

Visit for details on registration and the latest news on guests of honor, schedules, and year-round Kumoricon events.