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 is a very special year for Anthrocon, as it marks our twentieth annual convention. To mark this momentous occasion, we have chosen to dub our event THE ROARING TWENTY! Bring along your spats, flapper dresses, and ostrich feathers, but keep a sharp eye out for the revenuers! This will also be the tenth anniversary of our arrival in Pittsburgh, and as always, we will be returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to turn the Golden Triangle in the Furry Triangle. The festivities will begin on Thursday, June 30, 2016, and will run through Sunday, July 3, 2016.

We are very pleased to announce three very special luminary guests who will be joining us for our celebration of the art of cartoon animals. Mr. Trevor Devall is a prolific voice actor who hails originally from Canada, where he spent fifteen years as a voice-over artist before relocating to Los Angeles, CA. His credits include My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Lego Star Wars, and a host of characters for the Marvel universe including, most recently, Rocket Raccoon on the animated Guardians of the Galaxy. Ms. Tracy Butler is an illustrator and graphic designer originally from Massachusetts whose impressive resume includes the amazing Lackadaisy Cats, a long-running graphic series depicting a world of cats in the age of Prohibition. Award-winning animation genius Joaquin Baldwin left his native Paraguay to study at the UCLA Animation Workshop, where he produced three animated shorts which won over 130 awards and honors at Cannes, The Student Academy Awards, The Student Emmys, Cinequest, USA Film Festival, Cinanima, Angelus, Sedona, Ashland, BendFilm, and many others. Please join us in welcoming these three talented artists who have contributed so much to the fine art of anthropomorphics!

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Artists' Alley Lottery Signup 1-Week Reminder



Howdy artists, art fans, members, and guests!

Just a friendly reminder that signups for the Anthrocon Artists' Alley Lottery close IN ONE WEEK.

The lottery will officially close at 12:00 AM Eastern on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 (for clarification, that's the time when it's dark outside, between the 31st and the 1st, the moment the date changes to  June 1) and the drawing will happen that day.

We anticipate having results posted no later than June 2, 2016, so keep your eyes on this website, and the email you used to register.

Please be sure to read the Artists' Alley Rules and Regulations, located here, before you sign up for the Lottery!

As always, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us via email.

So if you caribou-t getting a seat in Artists' Alley, make sure you sign up now!

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The Anthrocon 2016 Programming Schedule is Available For Review

Here it is! The first look at the Anthrocon 2016 schedule! We're using Sched again this year:

Q: Will there be a printed schedule this year?

Yes, absolutely. Our Publications Pony Xydexx is hard at work at on it.

Q: What if I see an error in the schedule?

Do you see any typos, events at the wrong time, events without descriptions, or things that just don't make sense? Let us know either by sending us an email or in the comments below. We are publishing the schedule extra early this year so as to get as many eyes on it as possible before the schedule is printed.

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Last-Minute First-Come-First-Serve Convention Guide Advertisement 50% Off Sale!

UPDATE 5/24/16: Convention Guide ads are currently SOLD OUT. If you are still interested, let us know and we will add you to a waiting list in case any space opens up before Friday.

Thanks for your interest! -Xydexx 



Attention Anthrocon 2016 Dealers!

Introducing our last-minute first-come-first-serve Convention Guide advertisement 50% off sale! We've found ourselves with some extra space in the Convention Guide and need to fill it! The Convention Guide is distributed to all attendees at the convention in the registration bags and is a great advertising opportunity if you are selling products in the Dealer's Room!

Sizes available:

  • Full Page (4.75" W x 8" H) = $55.00
  • Half Page (4.75" W x 3.875" H) = $37.50
  • Quarter Page (4.75" W x 1.875" H) = $25.00

Space is very limited and this offer is only valid until May 27. Reserve your ad space today.

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Video Game Tournaments (Info and Flyer)

Hi all, 

We have a ton of awesome tournaments lined up this year! A huge thank you to all of the staff and attendees who will be hosting this year. 

We will also be hosting the local chapter of Extra Life on Saturday this year, and they will be bringing with them a demo model of an Oculus Rift! Demos are first come, first served between noon and 6pm inside the Video Game Room. They'll also have flyers and folks available to talk about what their group does and how it impacts the local community. 

Open Play Times:

JS Joust will have Open Play times from Saturday noon-1am (excluding the tournament hours below) and Sunday noon-4pm

General Open Play hours are Friday noon-1am, Saturday 10am-1am and Sunday 10am-4pm

Tournament Times (flyer here):

Friday: Injustice 2pm, Mario Kart 8 4pm, Tetris Attack 6p, Rocket League 2v2 7pm, Super Smash Bros Melee 9pm

Saturday: Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire 12pm (Rm 413-415), Katamari 12pm, Mario Maker 2pm, Kirby Superstar 4pm, Js Joust 1v1 6pm, Tekken Ball 8pm, Super Smash Bros 4 9pm

Sunday: Amiibo Only Super Smash Bros 12pm, DDR 1pm, Pokken 2pm, NBA Baller Beats 2pm


As always, any donations can be dropped off Thursday afternoon from 4pm-7pm, Friday morning from 11am-noon or any time we're open. Donations can be picked up Sunday during open play hours and from 4pm-5pm.

We could still use some smaller CRTs to fill out our retro corner, wired GameCube controllers and any multiplayer/party-type games.


Update: Thursday dropoff times are now set for 4-7pm

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Introducing our Guest of Honor: Joaquin Baldwin!

Mr. Joaquin Baldwin’s animated shorts Sebastian's Voodoo (2008) and Papiroflexia (2007) have earned him over 120 international awards including honors at Cannes, The Student Academy Awards, The Student Emmys, among others. He is currently employed as a layout artist at Disney Animation. Please join us in welcoming such a talented artist who has contributed so much to the fine art of anthropomorphics!


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Artists: Art Show space is still available!

Art Show space is still available! Artists, please send in a reservation before May 31 if you'd like to participate. You can download the information packet with the display rules and a space reservation form from:

Art Show Information/Reservation Packet - AC2016ArtShow-ArtistReservationsInfo.zip (618 KB)

Currently there is panel space available in both the General and Mature Galleries, and some table space in the Mature Gallery. All the General Gallery table space is spoken for, but we may get cancellations so we'll accept some requests for that, and fill them if we can.

For a general overview of the Art Show, visit the Art Show page.

Anthrocon 2015 Art Show crew-- Your genial Art Show crew

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New and Improved Registration Layout

Changes are on the way.  We are expanding registration in order to handle the increasing number of people attending Anthrocon. We are striving to increase our throughput and decrease the wait times at registration for our attendees.

Not only is registration expanding but the layout is also changing.  For that reason I am posting a map of the new registration layout.  I want to get this out there so people will get an idea of where they will need to go when they pick up their badge.

A larger downloadable version of the map can be found here.

Of course with more stations it means we will be need a lot more volunteers, especially on Thursday and early Friday.  And don’t forget bag stuffing on Wednesday.  Come and help us out. Not only is it a great way to meet other people but it helps out the convention.  Put in enough hours as a volunteer and you can earn a free con shirt or even a free attending level membership for next year’s convention.


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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed!

As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, which strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people through exhibits, educational programs, and their many conservation projects. 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 from prior raffles: 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 from prior auctions: 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 - anthrocon.org/charity

Charity Auction/Raffle Rules - anthrocon.org/rules-charity

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Artists' Alley Lottery Signup Deadline

Greetings furry fans!

Just a friendly reminder that Artists' Alley Lottery Signups are OPEN NOW! Use this link to review the rules, and proceed to register for the lottery!

Lottery signups will remain open until June 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM/00:00 EST, at which time we will close signups for Alley 2016, and draw our winners. For more information on the process, see this link.

Results should be available by 8:00 AM that morning. At that time you will know what day(s) you received a seat in Artists' Alley.

If you have any questions, we ask that you review the Rules, Terms, and Conditions, and if you still have questions, contact us

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