Welcome to Anthrocon!

ANTHROCON is the world's largest convention dedicated exclusively to cartoon animal fandom. Now that our 2014 convention has come and gone, we can take a moment to reflect on what was a truly memorable and amazing event. We broke all previous records with 5,861 attendees from 26 nations. We watched a colossal parade of 1326 costumers march by. We successfully debunked all of the silly rumors of secret societies and clandestine cabals of Furries lurking in the shadows. And we were thrilled beyond compare to have been joined by our luminary guests, Mr. Lee Tockar and Mr. Jim Cummings, who were kind enough to share their weekend and their experiences with all of us. We are hopeful that they'll join us again sometime.

Now it is time for the staff and directors to take a well-earned break. After all of the energy that it takes to operate the world's largest anthropomorphics convention, most of us sleep for about three months straight when it finishes. We expect to be back up and running once Autumn comes around, with a target date of mid-October to begin taking registrations for Anthrocon 2015, and an opening date for hotel reservations of February 2, 2015. We'll be right back in Pittsburgh at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on the weekend of July 9-12, 2015, and keep your eyes on the water and the misty horizon, because 2015 will usher in the Viking Invasion! Are the Scandinavian hoards coming to loot and pillage, or are they just looking to party? Watch this space to find out!


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Anthrocon 2014 Charity Event Followup

Hi, and welcome to the 2014 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon raised a new record total of $32,372 for The National Aviary, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Desiree Wienand and all their volunteers from the Aviary who came out to participate - some of whom joined us as existing and new fans!

We also set new records for money raised in the Raffle, the Bucket Brigade, and 2 & Kage's Comedy Show!

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

* To all the donors who contributed artwork and merchandise 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 2015, raised additional funds at the elevators, and acted as the Aviary's security escorts.

* 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 and their handlers who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties.

* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and for the first time the Courtyard, who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2015.

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

* To the sudden generosity of attendees at our Closing Ceremonies, who stepped up to sail us into the record books by donating over $2000 in additional cash in two minutes.

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Anthrocon 2014 Wrapup

What 1,326 fursuiters look like

Anthrocon 2014 has come and gone, and here are some of the stats:

  • Attendance: 5,861 attendees from all 50 states (plus District of Columbia) and 26 countries

  • Total amount raised for The National Aviary: $32,372 [1]

  • Number of fursuits in the Fursuit Parade: 1,326

  • A 3000 pixel wide image of the fursuit group photo can be found here. A giant 17,000 pixel wide image is over here, with a backup copy over here.

  • Not only did we receive a "Gertie Award" from The Toonseum, the Mayor of Pittsburgh declared July 5th, 2014 as "Anthrocon Day":

    Our Gertie Award and "Anthrocon Day" Proclamation


  • We had 3 solid nights of entertainment and dances from some of the best entertainers and DJs this fandom has to offer!

What comes next?

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Last Stop Before Pittsburgh!

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Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2014 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 static website (optimized for speed during the convention):


We'll see you in Pittsburgh.

-- The Anthrocon Staff and Board of Directors







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Anthrocon 2014 Schedule Now Available in MyConbook

We are very happy to announce that the Anthrocon 2014 Events Schedule has been ported over to MyConbook! (with special thanks @thesaucem for transcribing everything)

There are two ways to access MyConbook from your laptop, tablet, or other mobile device. The first way is for Android users only: download the MyConbook app. The second way is for all mobile users. Point your browser to the mobile website at:







Enjoy the mobile schedule, and we'll see you at Anthrocon 2014 in just a few short days from now.





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A static version of the Anthrocon 2014 Website suddenly appears!

Hey folks,

While the convention is happening this year, our website will be under substantial load. In the event that it goes down, we don't want attendees to be without convenient access to the schedule. To that end, we once again created a static version of the website with just the bare essentials on it. It sits on a separate machine with just a barebones webserver so that it can serve up files as fast as humanly possible. The URL is:


Please, bookmark it on your laptop or mobile device so that you can get to it during the con if need be.

We also have a copy of our countdown, with zero hour being when opening ceremonies open on Friday morning. It can be found at:


Notice anything amiss in the content of those pages? Please, let us know in the comments below!



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Anthrocon LIVE!

We are pleased to announce that for the first time an Anthrocon’s 18 years, we’ll be live streaming our main events and our dances live online.

Be sure to catch 2-Grpyhon, the Dance Competition, all 3 nights of our dances, and tons of other content streamed in full HD.

Check out the full schedule here and watch the events at live.Anthrocon.org

Any questions? Feel free to reply to this thread.

 

**Please note we have made some changes to our stream schedule.

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Anthrocon 2014 DJ list

Now that dust has settled, everyone is confirmed and all the plans are in place, I can officially announce the DJs for this year!

Thursday night:

9pm - Rory

10pm - Rigel

11pm - Firr

12am - Vallyrux

1am - Skroy

 

Friday night:

10pm - Akonite

11pm - Oddy

12am - Recca

1am - Genki

 

Saturday Night:

11pm - BigBlueFox

12am - DJ rK

1am - oh!Danger

 

Thanks to everyone who auditioned, as always, way more awesome DJs than timeslots. I'm very excited about all the new faces out this year and I'm already looking forward to finding spots for some of the awesome folks I couldn't book this year on next year's lineup!

This year, like always, looks to be a stormer Smiling

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Uber offers us a Special Deal for Anthrocon 2014

We are pleased to announce that Uber has offered us a special deal for Anthrocon 2014!

New users to Uber can use the promo code FURRY to get $20 off their first ride!

Q: "What us Uber?"
A: Uber is an app that allows you to request a ride on demand.

Q: "Is there an iPhone or Android app?"
A: Yes, there's both! The iPhone app is here and the Android app is here.

Q: "Is Uber fursuit-friendly?"
A: It sure is!

Q: "I got 3 fursuiters in an Uber car, now what?"
A: Take a picture and Tweet it to @Anthrocon and @Uber_PIT!

Q: "Can I use Uber to get back to my hotel room at 2 AM when the dances close?"
A: You sure can, Uber is available 24 hours!

Got questions that aren't answered here? Drop by our Uber travel page or leave a comment on this post!

We'll see you at the con in 2 weeks!

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Graphs of Anthrocon 2014 (and 2013) Pre-registrations

Now that pre-registration for Anthrocon 2014 is closed, I thought I'd put together some graphs of our registration data.

As expected, there is always a big rush in the final week of pre-registration, especially on the final day itself. Here's what that looks like:

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Seems like a pretty big spike in early June, right? Well, the spike becomes a lot smaller when both pre-registration and on-site registrations are plotted on the same graph.

Here's the same graph, but with Anthrocon 2013 registration data:

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