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!

BATTER UP! Anthrocon's 21st annual convention will celebrate the great American pastime at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The festivities will begin on Thursday, June 29, 2017, and will run through Sunday, July 2, 2017. Registration is open and hotel reservations are available at our special discounted rates. We are also pleased to welcome as our honored guest the legendary voice actor Mr. Charlie Adler!


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The 2017 Schedule is Online!

So the moment that many have waited for is here. The schedule for Anthrocon 2017 is live. We thought we would give ourselves a bit of a soft launch by announcing it here. We are once again using Sched to help make things easier. 

https://anthrocon2017.sched.org

So just a few things!

If you see anything wrong let us know. BUT we need all these changes emailed to that way we can track them. If your profile is Sched is not linked to the event you're hosting let us know via email as well. We can merge the profiles and get it squared away.

Thank you for your patience and see you at the convention!

Ashe

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Hotel reservation cutoff dates are approaching!

The last day to make a resservation at the RENAISSANCE HOTEL is Saturday, May 27.

The last day to make a reservation at the WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL is Sunday, May 28.

The last day to make a reservation at the MARRIOTT CITY CENTER is Monday, June 5.

After those dates, the hotels will release the rooms that are blocked for Anthrocon's discounted rate for general purchase, and may no longer be available for Anthrocon attendees.  If you've been waiting for the last minute to reserve your hotel room -- well, the last minute is almost upon us!

 

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Still Needed For 2017 Fundraising!

Anthrocon's selected charity this year is Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to rescue neglected farm animals and provide them safe haven. 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

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary - hopehavenfarm.org

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Anthrocon 2017 Dance Competition & Floor Wars Sign-up!

Floor Wars 2017We know that many of you have been eagerly awaiting your chance to sign up for Anthrocon 2017's Floor Wars and Dance Competition. Without further ado, you may now sign up for both events through our forms online! Please note that we will NOT be taking at-the-door sign-ups for both events this year, to help with traffic and scheduling. You must sign up online to participate.

Dance Competition - Solo Category

Dance Competition - Group Category

Floor Wars - Sign Up Page

Please make sure you read through the Rules listed below for both events - they are EXTREMELY important for everyone to have a safe and fun time!  

DANCE COMPETITION Rules, FAQ, and Signups.

FLOOR WARS Rules and FAQ.

If you've got questions or concerns about the event, check the above documents to see if they can help. Otherwise, you can send all other questions regarding the Dance Competition and Floor Wars to dancecomp@anthrocon.org! 

We hope to see you all at Anthrocon 2017 and the fandom's biggest dance events! 

(Photo credit: Hokuloa)

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Anthrocon 2017 Fursuit Friendly Cruises

This year Anthrocon, in conjunction with the Gateway Clipper Fleet, is offering two Fursuit-Friendly Cruises.
 
  • Both cruises will be occurring on Thursday, June 29th. 
  • Boarding will take place at the Convention Center Riverfront Plaza.
  • Ticket prices will be $17 each and space will be limited. 
  • A complimentary bottle of water will be offered to all passengers and long straws will be supplied for use by fursuiters.
  • The boats have both open decks and closed air conditioned decks so the cruises will be sailing rain or shine.
  • You do not need a con badge to board the cruise. However, you will need your cruise tickets for boarding, whether it be in hard copy or electronic format.

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Anthrocon 2017 DJ Auditions

Hey, everyone! I could apologize a thousand times over for being so late and explain how nuts my life has been, but that's not terribly useful - let's just agree that this won't happen again, shall we?

Audition time is here, which means it's time to fill out a form and then get an email! Thrilling!

This isn't terribly different from previous years: I'm looking for some awesome, reliable folks and some new folks. I'm looking for a wide variety of sounds. Quality of overall live performance is important. Be sure you can match in your live show what you do in your recording, all that.

THAT SAID, THERE IS ONE BIG CHANGE: I am going to give acknowledged, open preference to demos that show off really skilled hip-hop/rap or pop DJs. That's not what the whole dance will be, but fursuit friendly music and an awesome rap DJ are things that have been asked for year over year and I want to make them happen this year. If you play these, and play them well, you've got a way better chance at booking than anyone else and I may find other ways to compensate you as well. If you think this is unfair, sorry. I get lots of house and EDM demos yearly, and while that's awesome music (you know I love my house music) I've had a hard time finding or incentivizing this really in demand stuff to show up. I'd like to change that and make the dances awesome for everyone attending.

I get that it's lame to say "keep it relatively clean" but don't go over the top. Occasional bad words are fine, but don't get me in trouble. C'mon. You can do this.

With no further ado, here's the link:

https://goo.gl/forms/8KtrR1905SQnThRu1

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Anthrocon 2017 Con Badge Changes

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There are several changes coming to registration this year so I am writing this post to let people know what to expect. In this post I will be focusing on the on-site registration and changes coming to the badges.

Last year, as several people are aware, we had issues at on-site registration on Thursday. The printers we use to print out badges had issues and caused several hours of downtime. The problems have made it clear to me that the way we are currently printing badges is not scaling well as we continue to grow. Having all of our on-site check-in stations printing to 2 or 3 printers is just not sufficient any more. And if one printer problem can bring down reg it becomes apparent that changes need to be made.

First off, the badge stock will not be changing. We will still be using the plastic badges like we have been. However, for on-site registrations we will no longer be printing directly on the badge. Instead of using the 2 to3 printers that every check-in station was printing to, each station will now have its own label printer. As a person is checked in, a label will print out right at the station and be affixed to the badge which then can be handed out immediately.

There are a few benefits to do things this way:

1. With the labels printing out right at the stations we will be able to process people through registration faster, which will mean shorter wait times in line.

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Panel Submission Deadline

Good Evening Everyone!

As we count down to Anthrocon 2017 the programming department has been working on getting all the panels sorted out. There is one date though that is very important to remind everyone of - and that is when we are closing submissions for panels.

In order to give us enough time to get everything ironed out we will not be taking submissions after 15-April-2017. The form will shut down at midnight Pacific Time (-7 UTC).

Just to remind you the form is located here:

https://www.anthrocon.org/suggest-a-panel

Looking forward to your submissons!

-- Ashe

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The Zoo at Anthrocon 2017

We've got some good news regarding The Zoo at Anthrocon 2017!

The Zoo has officially been moved from Hall D on the Ground Floor of the DLCC to DLCC Rooms 401 through 405 on the 4th floor:

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The airwalls between those rooms will be broken down, allowing for a giant continuous space. We will have the space outside of those rooms available for hanging out and socializing. And, as shown in the pictures above, there will be floor to ceiling windows allowing natural light.

We hope you are as excited about the new location as we are! Smiling

-- Giza

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