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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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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Cloudbleed Security Vulnerability

Hello everyone,

Due to the Cloudbleed security vulnerability, we have logged all users out of the website.

When you log back in, we ask that you change your password--that can be done here.

While we do not have reason to believe that any specific accounts have been compromised at this time, we do want to minimize the chances of that becoming an issue.

Thanks!

-- Giza

 

 

 

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed For 2017 Fundraising!

As you may have heard, 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 Artists' Alley Lottery Signups Now Open!

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Greetings everyone!

Without any further ado, I'm pleased to announce that signups for Anthrocon's 2017 Artists' Alley Lottery are NOW OPEN! Thank you so much for being patient with us, and we're sorry for the delay today getting that form opened.

Apparently, some of our automatic form logic decided it wanted to take the day off, and enjoy the frozen landscape that is Pennsylvania in the winter, so we didn't quite make our initial 8:00 AM goal for Artists' Alley Lottery Signups, but I'm pleased to reiterate that the signups are open now, and don't worry, you'll have ample time to sign up for a chance to get a seat in Alley during the next few months!

Artists, if you haven't already, please take a few minutes to read through our Rules, Terms, and Conditions of participating in Artists' Alley, prior to signing up.

If you've already read these rules, please feel free to head over to the lottery form, to sign up for the lottery.

If you need some more information on how the lottery works, take a look at this page.

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More last-minute hotel info!

Despite rumors to the contrary, we have plenty of availability at all of Anthrocon's hotel's for 2017.  None of them are sold out.  We were obliged to limit the number of rooms that were available for supersponsors ahead of time (which we hope our generous supersponsors understand was necessary) to ensure that everyone had an opportunity to get his or her first-choice hotel.  

Please remember, though, that even with our efforts to keep a large number of rooms available, those rooms are going to go very fast.  The Courtyard is expected to be sold out almost immediately.  The Westin will be sold out almost as fast, and we suspect that the new Drury will likewise sell out quickly because it is a tiny hotel to begin with.

So please remember, when we open on Thursday, February 2, at 11:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, there will be several thousand people clicking away all at once.  If you do not see a hotel listed, it means that it is sold out for at least one of the days that you have selected.  If that happens, try shortening your stay -- it could be that only the first or last nights are sold out.  It is often possible (though not always guranteed) that we can add another room to the block if someone wants to stretch a reservation a day before or after.  If the hotel still does not appear, it means that our available room block has been filled.

The reservation system is operated by the Housing Office of VisitPittsburgh.  Anthrocon has absolutely no control over it and we cannot assist with any technical issues.  Should something go awry, the hard-working staff members there are going to be ready to help.  Their email address and phone number will be available on the main page.

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