Chibi Chibi Con (CCC) is the largest one-day anime convention in the pacific northwest, held annually at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. It’s produced and staffed by students from the GReener Anime Society (or GRAS, formerly the Giant Robot Appreciation Society), Evergreen’s anime club and one of the college’s longest-running student groups! Chibi Chibi Con is free to attend and family-friendly. We aim to create an low-barrier convention that allows Olympia locals and fans from across the PNW the chance to celebrate anime, games, comics, Japanese fashion, fan culture, and other geeky pursuits in a welcoming environment!
In 1992, Evergreen’s tabletop gaming club decided to host a 3-day gaming and science fiction convention on campus. They named it GeoCon, after Evergreen’s mascot, the geoduck. GRAS (then known as Evergreen Students for Anime–we’ve had a lot of names!) hosted a room at that convention devoted to anime. GeoCon continued annually until 2000, when the student-run event grew so big it became too difficult for student coordinators to manage and fell apart.
In 2001, GRAS decided to host the anime room again, Geocon or not, and made it the foundation of their own convention. This event took on a new name: Chibi Chibi Con, a play on the Japanese word チビ (chibi) meaning ‘short person’ or ‘small child’ and a reminder to always stay small…
Though it’s possible we’ve lost the lesson there (you just can’t control word of mouth advertising!), the name remains, and we like it that way. The convention is not-for-profit, and now sustains itself from event revenue, without funds from Evergreen. Run by a handful of students, staffed by dozens of volunteers, it is truly a labor of love.
Featured image by AerieDere.