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 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center between July 9th and 12th, 2015 on the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, PA, 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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Anthrocon 2015 Charity Event Summary

Hi, and welcome to the 2015 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon raised a new record total of $35,910 for The Western PA Humane Society, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Sarah Shively and all their volunteers who came out to participate!

We also set new records for money raised in the Raffle and the Bucket Brigade!

More special thanks are in order to the following groups and individuals:

* To all the donors who contributed artwork, merchandise, and memorabilia to the auction and raffle, and to all those who both bid at the auction and bought raffle tickets.

* To the Dorsai Irregulars, Anthrocon's security contingent, who contributed the Elevator Golden Ticket for 2016 and raised additional funds at the elevators.

* To Dr. Samuel Conway and 2, the Ranting Gryphon, for their charity performance for which all ticket sales were donated to charity. Also, again to Dr. Conway for his annual auctioneering skills.

* To all the fursuiters who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties, with special thanks to Winter Skywere who shouted himself hoarse around the Dealers Room for hours and hours raising bucket money - an above and beyond effort!

* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and the Courtyard, who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2016.

* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to the Western PA Humane Society's donations box at their table, which is always a large percentage of the total funds raised.

* To the generosity of attendees at our Closing Ceremonies, who donated more than $1000 on their way out the door.

I would like to give thanks to my staff who helped conduct both the charity auction and raffle. None of this could've occurred without the assistance of Mike "Mrianti" Pierce, Trevor "Mr. Mutt" Boyd, Tracey "Stormy" Bealer, and Tamarie "CelticKitty" Simmons.

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Official Fursuit Photos from Dragonscales!

Our official photographs, as taken by Dragonscales (Warphammer and Kreggan) are now up, at http://www.dragonscales.com//gallery/thumbnails.php?album=67 !

Another fursuiter pic!

You are welcome to use photographs of yourself for non-commercial use; if you'd like to do more with any of them, please contact us at and we'll relay the request. Dragonscales maintains copyright on all photographs.

 

Fursuiter picture!

 

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Anthrocon 2015 Fursuit Parade Group Photo

It's here, the Anthrocon 2015 Fursuit Parade Group Photo:

The full photo is 1,460 fursuiters.

The full-size version is available over here! Just click on the thumbnail there to get a 26,000 pixel wide version of the photo. But be warned, it may break some browsers.

We also have a 10,000 pixel wide version.

Tis photo is courtesy of Kreggan/Kyreeth and Warphammer, who have also been nice enough to make the photo available for non-commercial use if you are in them.

Enjoy!

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Anthrocon 2015 Wrapup!

Another year of Anthrocon has some and gone! And it was our biggest year yet!

  • Total number of attendees: 6,348
  • Total number of fursuits in the Fursuit Parade: 1,460
  • Estimated number of spectators of the Fursuit Parade: 5,000
  • Tentative amount raised for The Western PA Humane Society: $35,684

The final numbers for the Charity will be posted soon as soon as a final count of donations is performed. The number of attendees is slightly off from what we announced at Closing Ceremonies—we forgot to exclude a few badges that weren’t picked up. (Sorry, our bad!)

Taking the Fursuit Parade Outside

That seems to have went over well. Smiling We received many positive comments from both attendees and the people of Pittsburgh alike! [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

It should go without saying that we are going to attempt this again next year.

Press Coverage

Share your photos!

Do you have photos? Please, share them in the forums,
post them on our Facebook group, or post them in Flickr, or tweet them at us. Please use the tag #AC2015 if you can.

Share your stories!

Do you have any stories about your experience at Anthrocon, or since Anthrocon? Feel free to share them on Facebook or Twitter, with the hashtags #LifeAfterAC2015 or #AC2015Memories.

Lost and Found

Did you lose it? We may have found it! More info can be found in this post.

Give us feedback!

We like to know what we did well, and what we could improve on. Please take the survey at http://www.anthrocon.org/survey so that we can collect all of this info and put it to good use. Thanks!

Many Thanks

There are way too many people to thank to list them all here—but a few people we’d like to thank are our volunteers and staff, and our panelists and performers, our hotels such as The Westin Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Omni, Visit Pittsburgh, and of course the City of Pittsburgh itself. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.

Anthrocon 2016

Our staff will be taking a bit of a rest before gearing up for the 2016 convention, but we will return to Pittsburgh from June 30th through July 3rd, 2016. Next year’s theme will be "Roaring Twenty"—in honor of it being our 20th Anthrocon.

We’ll see you then.

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Did you lose it? We may have found it!

As we do every year, we have several huge boxes of people's personal property that was inadvertantly misplaced at Anthrocon 2015 and turned in by helpful and caring attendees to our operations office.  If you are missing something, please send an email to CEO at ANTHROCON.ORG with the words LOST AND FOUND prominently displayed in the subject line.  PLEASE include a description of what you lost in as much detail as you can, along with your full, real name and current mailing address, and if we have it, we will ship it back to you at no charge (unless you're the person who lost the steamer trunk.  We'll talk).

In brief, we have the following types of items:

Fursuit accessories (tails, claws, teeth, ears, etc.)

Character badges (if you can provide a link to a picture of your character, that would help identify it!)

Articles of clothing (hats, shirts, belts, gloves, etc.)

Jewelry

Photographic equipment

Electronic accessories

A steamer trunk (we'll talk)

Artwork/posters

Sketchbooks (WHEN ARE PEOPLE GOING TO LEARN TO PUT THEIR NAMES IN THEM??  Sob / cry )

Stuffed critters/puppets

And some things that don't quite fit into any category, but we've got them anyway.

 

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Last Stop Before Pittsburgh!

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Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2015 and many of us (including the convention staff) are either on our way to Pittsburgh, or will be heading there soon.

If you need to speak with the convention staff, sending us emails may result in a delay before we reply, so stopping by the Convention Operations office in the Crawford Room of the Westin or Room 309 in the Convention Center is recommended.

Here are some useful links:

Much of this information can also be found on our mobile website (optimized for your phone and tablet):


We'll see you in Pittsburgh.

-- The Anthrocon Staff and Board of Directors







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The Anthrocon "City Shirt" Returns!

The familiar "Rocking Pittsburgh" T-shirt, with artwork by Tani Da Real, will once again be available locally. You can find it at the Westin's gift shop, or at the Hudson News stores at Pittsburgh Airport if you're flying in. It's available in the traditional black, but also in the spiffy tiger-striped pattern pictured at right!

Remember, this isn't for sale at Anthrocon at all. This is a city initiative, and we're proud to be supporting the local businesses. So get'em while supplies last!

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The Anthrocon Operations Hotline: Coming to an Anthrocon Near You!

Hi everyone,

Anthrocon 2015 is just over a week away!

As in previous years, we will have the Convention Operations Hotline up and running again. The hotline opens on the Wednesday afternoon of each convention, and shuts down the Monday morning following the convention. During that time period, the hotline is manned 24 hours a day by convention staff, who can answer any questions that you may have. (Calls made outside of those dates will go straight to voicemail, and we recommend that you send email instead)

If you need to speak to someone from Operations with a question or a concern, the phone number is:

832-FUR-OPS-1

What sorts of things would you call ConOps for? More info can be found on our Con Ops page.

See you soon!

-- Giza

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Come Visit Our Mobile Website!

Hey everyone,

We decided to try something new this year, and built a special mobile-friendly version of our website. This has a bunch of information useful to attendees all on one page, in a format that is easy to view on your mobile phone or tablet.

Here's the URL:


Take a look, and let me know what you think!

(For those of you who are into software engineering, we made use of the excellent Bootstrap and JQuery frameworks. I can't say enough good things about these for website development.)




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