Unfortunately we were only able to be at Kumoricon for one day because of PAX here in Seattle, but from what we saw, I would have to say that this is probably the better Anime/Manga show on the west coast right now that I have been to. Nothing against Sakuracon 2012, but there were issues that were obvious with Sakuracon this year (as I pointed out here). After Sakuracon, Kumoricon is the next largest show in the Seattle Portland area, and while Akicon is next over in Bellevue, Kumoricon has really started stepping into its own stride. It is now a ten year old show, but we have been going to it since 2007, and this show hands down was the best one they have done so far. They do need to find a larger hall next time that combines everything into one venue with more space for vendors, and not having to limit the number of people allowed in and out of the vendor hall.
In all this year was pretty exceptional though, the hotels were very nice, the people seemed to be in a good mood. The vendors we talked to were saying that even with the limits on the vendor hall, they were having a great day. This is the first time I have found the vendors there to be happy with how the show was going, and that bodes really well for Kumoricon. With both vendors and attendees happy, the show cannot go wrong.
If you have not checked out Kumoricon yet, it is well past time to check it out and have some fun with it. It is a rapidly growing and amazing show with tons of very cool things to do. From LARP Quiddich, to romping around the park with your cosplaying friends, to video games down in the parking garage, there is a ton of stuff to do, and see. Kumoricon this year seems to have really broken through though, and I am really glad to see that. The show is awesome, and you still have one day to go check it out. If you missed it though, here are the pictures on smugmug, or you can check out the Flickr pool.