Welcome to Anthrocon!

ANTHROCON is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters such as have fascinated mankind since the dawn of human imagination. We are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do -- and no, you do not have to wear a costume to attend!

This year, we have received word that a large group of fans from Scandinavia will be joining us, and anticipating the arrival of longboats on the Allegheny River, we are preparing for THE VIKING INVASION! They should fit right in with us. Vikings have been known to ride dragons, to wear fur, and to really know how to enjoy a good time. We look forward to meeting our Verangian friends, although we hope that they keep the pillaging to a minimum and that they do not take up all the tables at Tonic. We hope, too, that they do not make so much noise that they wake our honored guests, both of whom we are looking forward to hosting at the largest Anthropomorphics convention in the world. We are excited to welcome voice artist Kimlinh Tran, who has loaned her considerable voice talents to such projects as Dust: An Elysian Tail, the My Little Portal web series, and dozens of others. We are equally excited to honor a man who is credited with creating (almost by accident) the art of the professional sports mascot, somthing we often point to as a primary example of Anthropomorphics in every day life: Mr. Ted Giannoulas, creator of the groundbreaking mascot persona The San Diego Chicken!



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Last call for panels for AC 2015

Hey all!

 

The deadline for submittinh panels and events for Anthrocon 2015 is fast approaching.  We need to have everyone who wants to host events and panels please submit their information by end of day this Thursday, April 30, 2015.  

You can use the Suggest A Panel link in the left menu on our website, or email the programming department at    programming (at) anthrocon (dot) org.

We are diligently working and sorting through panel requests now, so the earlier you get in your requsests, the sooner we can discuss any needed details.

Remember, please have any panel requests in by end of day, Thursday, April 30, 2015.

 

KP

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Our Economic Impact in Pittsburgh

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Welcome to Pittsburgh! We got fursuits.

Visit Pittsburgh sent us a year-by-year list of our economic impact:

  • 2006 - $1.9 million
  • 2007 - $2.5 million
  • 2008 - $4.4 million
  • 2009 - $3.6 million
  • 2010 - $5.7 million
  • 2011 - $5.7 million
  • 2012 - $4 million
  • 2013 - $6.3 million
  • 2014 - $5.5 million

The Grand Total from 2006 to 2014:

$39.6 million

Our 2015 estimated economic impact on Pittsburgh is:

$5.7 million

Why are some years higher than others? That is unclear to me--I was only given the numbers, not the methods they used to calculate said numbers.

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Major Renovation at The Westin

Our Flagship hotel, The Pittsburgh Westin, recently underwent a major renovation. Many upgrades were made, including the elevators.

Here's a video which shows off the new system in detail:

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Anthrocon 2015 Conbook Seeking Artwork and Stories

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Attention artists and writers! ANTHROCON 2015 is currently seeking submissions of artwork, stories, photography, poetry, and articles for its conbook!  

The conbook offers a great forum for artists and writers to showcase their talents to Anthrocon attendees. To make contributing to the conbook easier, a file-uploading site is available. 

Anthrocon asks for non-exclusive print rights for submitted works. The artist or author may publish the submitted work in any other fashion; previously, at the same time, and after. 

While we welcome any submissions of most any nature, please be aware that priority may be given to those works that complements the theme of the convention, "VIKING INVASION." All submissions should be in the 'G' to 'PG-13' rating.

Deadline for submissions is MAY 1, 2015.

For complete information and details, visit http://www.anthrocon.org/conbook

We look forward to hearing from you! 

 

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Anthrocon announces its 2015 guests of honor!

Each year, Anthrocon honors a small number of people who we feel have made significant contributions to the field of anthropomorphics. Our guests this year are two people who have the talent of bringing characters to life and making us believe that such Furry creatures exist.  Please welcome Ms. Kimlinh Tran, whose voice you have heard in Dust: An Elysian Tail and in many other places, and Mr. Ted Giannoulas, a man who has not only made a career out of fursuiting but who is credited with establishing the modern day sports mascot in the public eye with his incredible partner-in-comedy The San Diego Chicken.

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AC 2015 - Open Call for Tournaments and Equipment

Hi all.

Tournaments!

We're no longer accepting tournament requests. Keep your eyes peeled for the schedule release! What do we have lined up so far? Here's the list (in no particular order):

Smash Bros Melee, Kirby Superstar, Mario Kart 8, Steel Battalion, Tetris Attack, Amiibo+Trainer Smash, Retro Royale 2, Smash WiiU, DDR, Pokemon (3DS), Naruto Shippuden and a special Amiibo-only Smash!

Equipment!

We also need your gear! While AC owns some of it's own equipment, we always need our fellow furs to bring their consoles, games, controllers and sometimes even TVs to help us fill our space for the weekend. This year in particular, we'll be adding more retro console space, so dust off your old treasures, test them out and bring them along for the ride. We'll even take them off your hands permanently if you'd rather not take them home! We also really, really need a few more WiiU-GameCube controller converters. If you have one that we can use for even just the Saturday night Smash tournament, that would help immensely. The list of this year's helpful donations is:

GameCube Controllers and WiiU Adapters, XBOX and PS controllers of any generation, any party or fighting games, older consoles and their controllers and few smaller CRTs if you really want to help out.

 

Thanks!

'Kiric

 

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed!

As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The Western PA Humane Society, which provides comprehensive, compassionate and humane services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community; and educates to prevent cruelty to all animals in the region. While cash donations made at the convention are great, the plurality of funds are raised via donations of artwork and merchandise to our Charity Auction and Raffle. We're looking for popular items and unique craftwork that will make people say, "I want that!"

While we must distribute items between the Raffle and Auction based on available space, time, and perceived and past value, here are some examples of donations that went big in past years...

Great examples for the raffle: Crafts based on hot trends ("Toothless" Build-A-Bear plus - $381); Popular media (Sherlock Hound DVD set - $147); Art bought at prior convention art shows ("Wrath" art by Terrie Smith - $83); Giant, brand new plush of popular animals or characters (Border collie plush - $129); Merchandise based on popular fiction (Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver - $158)

Great examples for the auction: Fursuit costumes and commissions (Griffon fursuit head - $460); Rare convention memorabilia (Full set of all AC t-shirts since 1997 - $200); Professional sculpture (Softsculp poseable gryphon - $350); Unique opportunities (A speaking part in audio version of Diane Duane's "The Last Meow" - $500); Dorsai fursuit tags (Tag #1000 - $1600)

If you have an item you believe would be appropriate and would like to donate, please contact charity(at)anthrocon.org!

Helpful links:

Charity Auction/Raffle FAQ - http://www.anthrocon.org/charity

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Anthrocon 2015 Hotel Opening Wrapup

As expected, there was a big rush for the hotels at 11 AM, and the Courtyard sold out immediately with the Westin following just minutes later. As of this writing, all other hotels are open.

If you successfully reserved a hotel room, we'd appreciate it if you took 2 minutes to fill out our Anthrocon 2015 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey. I will read each survey that is submitted.

Some people reported spending a longer time in the "wait room" than in previous years, this is due to PassKey (correctly) expecting to have even more traffic this year, and making the settings for the waiting room be just a little more conservative than in previous years. We have will be having discussions with PassKey later in the week to see if there's anything we can do to address this in future years.

If you wanted to arrive on Wednesday the 8th but didn't have any luck getting a room on that date, please reach out to Visit Pittsburgh at . They are working with the hotels to try and free up more rooms on Wednedsay evening.

-- Giza

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PASSKEY reservation note: Autoresponder for confirmations is broken.

VisitPittsburgh reports that the autoresponder that is supposed to send out registration confirmations is on the fritz. Gail and her hardworking compatriots at the Housing Services offices will be sending out confirmations by hand over the next few days. Be patient!

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