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!
We sold nearly every one of our 2016 T-shirts, thanks to the amazing artwork contributed by our honored guest Tracy Butler. We had a number of 2015 shirts and a few 2014 shirts that were destined for our Con Store next year, but with the catastrophic flooding that has occurred in North Carolina due to Hurricane Matthew, the Board of Directors felt that it would be more appropriate to donate our remaining stock of shirts to disaster relief efforts there. Thus, our full stock of prior-year shirts has been delivered to local Emergency Services representatives for distribution in the hardest-hit areas.
Please accept our apologies if you were hoping to purchase one of our earlier shirts at the next convention. We believe, however, that our attendees will understand our desire to help out those who have lost everything to the floodwaters.
It's here! The Anthrocon 2017 website is now up and running. The design is by Cuprohastes, who we thank for the excellent work!
In addition to this change, we are well underway with our Anthrocon 2017 preparations. The first one is Registration. Except that to open later this month.
Have you never attended Anthrocon before, but are thinking of doing so for the first time in 2017? You may want to check out our New To Anthrocon section of the website.
Just 266 days left until Anthrocon 2017 is here.
The Anthrocon 2016 Fursuit Photos are up!
A photo rights note from the photographers: "Nonexclusive, nontransferable rights to noncommercially use each image are granted to those depicted in said image only."
We sure got a lot of media coverage this year, didn't we?
Here's a list of what I was able to pull up in the last few minutes:
Thanks to the efforts of Warphammer and Kreggan, the Anthrocon 2016 Fursuit Group Photo is up!
The big picture can be found here.
That said, the photo is so big that it may cause your browser to break.
Here are some other versions of the picture, which may be viewable in your browser (or retrieved via wget):
Is there a demand for other resolutions? Let us know, or feel free to reach out to the photographers over Twitter.
What a convention we had this year!
Let's start with some numbers:
- The Fursuit Parade: We had an astonishing 2,100 fursuiters in the parade this year. That's a HUGE jump from 1,460 fursuiters last year!
- Our charity this year was the The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Thanks to your efforts, we raised $31,880 for them!
- Our social media presence was huge! We made it as high as the #4 trending topic in Pittsburgh and for the first time ever we broke 1 million Twitter impressions during the week of the convention.
While the con itself is still over, we'd like to ask for a little extra help from those of you who went.
We have a Post-con Survey at www.anthrocon.org/survey. If you could take the time to fill it out, and let us know what we did right, and we could do better, we'd appreciate it. We'll read the responses over the coming weeks and use them in our planning for next year's convention.
Hi, and welcome to the 2016 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!
Anthrocon raised a new record total of $32,579 for The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Jamie Szoszorek and all their volunteers who came out to participate!
We also set a new record for money raised in the Raffle!
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 and "Down In Front!" ticket for 2017.
* 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.
* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and the Courtyard, who each generously offered up one or more four-night stays during Anthrocon 2017.
* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's donations buckets at their table.
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.
Unclaimed high-ticket raffle items will be re-raffled next year.
RESULTS ARE CURRENTLY TENTATIVE for a month or two after publication of this summary to account for additional incoming donations and human error.
Finally, here are all the details.
Charity Auction (in no particular order) [donor - item - sale price]:
Tye Dye - "Fox In A Box" signed poster - $25
Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2016 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
Anthrocon 2016 is less than 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:
What sorts of things would you call ConOps for? More info can be found on our Con Ops page.
See you soon!