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RisuCon

The annual meeting of the MCCCC

Montgomery County's Comic Con

The Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club is a social club of people who are passionate about comics, anime, and cosplay - and everything related to it! Not only do members come together at social events and on social media, but they host their annual meeting - RisuCon - a convention with media screenings, seminars, contests, cosplay, vendors, and more!

In 2023, the MCCCC held MonkeyCon, but after the event we changed the name to RisuCon. Risu means squirrel in Japanese. Japan is the source of so much of our fandom and inspiration, and... there are a LOT of squirrels in Maryland.

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THE MCCCC

The Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club is a 501(c)7 non-profit membership association. That means we collect dues from our members but don't use those dues to make a profit. No one gets paid in the MCCCC. Not our leadership, our board of directors, or our volunteers. The only time a person would get paid is if we contracted them to do a service (like audio visual services at our annual meeting).  We use the dues to pay for event space and for things that make our club and annual meeting better and more fun for our members! We also use dues for our charitable work, such as scholarships and charitable giving.

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Membership vs
Ticket

We don't sell tickets to RisuCon

The Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club collects dues from our members so we can hold events like RisuCon. All our members attend our events for free. So when you click on a button to "attend" RisuCon, you're paying your dues to join the club - you're not buying a ticket.  This can be confusing, because the web programs we use are setup to sell tickets to events. So you may see language like "ticket" or "purchase admission" but that's out of our control.  Our annual meeting of the club - RisuCon, is a convention for our members. So, in an acorn shell, it's actually free to attend RisuCon if you're a member of the MCCCC. We have different membership levels for when you can attend (like Saturday or Sunday). We also hold occasional membership drives, so sometimes membership in the club is discounted, and we always sign people up at the door of RisuCon so anyone can become a member and attend.

FAQ

Still trying to get answers about RisuCon? Try to find them here

  • What is the MCCCC?
    The Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club is a 501(c)7 non-profit membership association. That means we collect dues from our members but don't use those dues to make a profit. No one gets paid in the MCCCC. Not our leadership, our board of directors, or our volunteers. The only time a person would get paid is if we contracted them to do a service (like audio visual services at our annual meeting). We use the dues to pay for event space and for things that make our club and annual meeting better and more fun for our members! We also use dues for our charitable work, such as scholarships and charitable giving.
  • What is RisuCon?
    RisuCon is Montgomery County's Comic Con. The Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club is a social club of people who are passionate about comics, anime, and cosplay - and everything related to it! Not only do members come together at social events and on social media, but they host their annual meeting - RisuCon - a convention with media screenings, seminars, contests, cosplay, vendors, and more! In 2023, the MCCCC held MonkeyCon, but after the event we changed the name to RisuCon. Risu means squirrel in Japanese. Japan is the source of so much of our fandom and inspiration, and... there are a LOT of squirrels in Maryland.
  • Why did MonkeyCon change its name to RisuCon?
    This is Montgomery County's Comic Con, and we thought "Monkey" was a good abbreviation of that. Montgomery County Comic Con = MonkeyCon. We also designed a loveable monkey mascot dressed as Tanjiro from Demon Slayer. But people didn't seem to get it. So we decided to pick a common animal from Maryland to represent the convention. Fox, deer, birds, even an otter was considered. But we decided on our mischievous, but adorable friend the squirrel as our new mascot. Then we selected the Japanese word for squirrel - risu - and christened next year's convention RisuCon.
  • What about AI generated art?
    Too many of the creators associated with RisuCon are hurt by the rise of AI generated art and images. Our policy is that vendors and exhibitors at RisuCon do not display or sell AI generated works. Personally, as the President of the Montgomery County Comic & Cosplay Club and the founder of MonkeyCon and RisuCon, I made the mistake of using some AI generated artwork for our website and advertising. For MonkeyCon, my daughter hand drew our Tanjiro monkey mascot using Adobe Photoshop. When we changed the name to RisuCon, she did the same thing for our Uraraka squirrel. A local comic book creator, Dale Rawlings drew our Satoru squirrel (thanks Dale!). But I wanted some more squirrels for the website, and not being an artist myself, didn't recognize the harm in using AI art. So I generated multiple images and used them in my initial marketing of RisuCon 2024 and on the website. When one of my comic book friends pointed out "the error of my ways" I immediately took down the artwork from the website. I did my best to scrub all our social media and internet images that used the AI art. However, it seems to persist, obviously thumbnailed by servers "out there" and I hope, over time, those thumbnails will get re-indexed using the non-AI art we now have on the website. Lastly, I had about 5,000 post cards made to leave at other conventions and these feature an AI generated squirrel on them. Once those are gone (I can't just throw them away, they cost way too much) any further cards will have a non-AI squirrel on them. If you have any questions about my use of AI, or if you find anything "out there" on the web that still has AI art representing RisuCon, please drop me a note so I can try and correct it at John@RisuCon.com
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