All hotel blocks full for 2015

At this time, all of our contracted room blocks are full.  If you have not made your reservation yet, we deeply apologize, but Anthrocon's discounted rate is no longer available.

 

 

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Artists' Alley Lottery Signups Last Call

Hello artists!

This is just a friendly reminder that if you are interested in signing up for the Anthrocon Artists' Alley lottery, you must do so before TOMORROW NIGHT!

On Sunday, June 14th, 2015 23:59 Pittsburgh time (EDT),  signups WILL close for the lottery, and after that time there will be no way to sign up for the lottery, or to ensure you get a seat in Alley without going through the on-site wait list deli ticket system, so please remember to sign up for the lottery prior to tomorrow night!

Please click HERE to get to the page laying out the rules and regulations for Alley. Please read the rules prior to signing up for the 2015 Lottery

The direct link to the signup form is HERE, for those who have read the rules already and understand them.

Seating awards will be announced by Tuesday, June 16th. Check the lottery page for official results.

If, after reading the rules and regulations carefully, you still have unanswered questions, please send us an email at [email protected]

Good luck, and see you in July!

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A message for Anthrocon fursuiters from the Famous Chicken!

The San Diego Chicken is excited to be Anthrocon's first "fursuit guest of honor." He had a bit of free time on his beak and decided to make this little animation as a shout-out to all the other folk-in-fur that he'll be meeting in July.

 

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Anthrocon 2015 Live Stream!

Hello fellow furs! While we hope to see you all at this year if you are unable to attend not to worry, you can still check out a lot of the fun events we have to offer in our main ballroom!

Be sure not to miss the excitment of the dance compeition, Uncle Kage's Story Hour, Mathew Ebel Piano Rock Concert, all 3 nights dances, and much much more exciting content Anthrocon has to offer.

 

Please take a look at the full schedule located here and check out the new stream website! anthrocon.tv

 

Any questions please feel free to ask in the section bellow.

 

**Please note the schedule is subject to change

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Anthrocon 2015 Dance Competition & Floor Wars!

With another Anthrocon comes another exciting edition of one of the most exciting events of the convention - the Fursuit Dance Competition!

Join Anthrocon and all the amazingly talented dancers as they take to the stage for the 7th edition of Anthrocon's Fursuit Dance Competition. With new and familiar faces alike looking to show their tail-shaking skills and make the crowds of Anthrocon cheer, we can't wait to see the amount of talent that this year brings. 

Interested in joining the Dance Competition? Click this link to view the full Dance Competition rules!

And for those of you that are looking for a different flavor of dancing excitement, Floor Wars is returning for its 4th edition at Anthrocon as well! A well-known event rising quickly in popularity, it's guaranteed to delight! Click here to read all about Floor Wars Anthrocon 2015!

You can find both events listed in the online schedule, found here

Any questions and/or comments can be sent to . We hope to see you supporting the amazing talent within the community, whether on the stage or in the crowds cheering. See you at Anthrocon! 

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Needed!

As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The Western PA Humane Society, which provides comprehensive, compassionate and humane services to enhance the lives of companion animals for families and the community; and educates to prevent cruelty to all animals in the region. 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 for the raffle: 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 for the auction: 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 - http://www.anthrocon.org/charity

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Artists' Alley Lottery Signups Now Open!

Yes, that's right, the moment many of you have been waiting for...

Artists' Alley Lottery Signups for Anthrocon 2015 are now open!

Please click HERE to get to the page laying out the rules and regulations for Alley. Please read the rules prior to signing up for the 2015 Lottery

The direct link to the signup form is HERE, for those who have read the rules already and understand them.

Please note that on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 23:59 Pittsburgh time (EDT), signups WILL close for the lottery, and after that time there will be no way to ensure you'll get a seat without going through the on-site wait list, so please remember to sign up for the lottery prior to the deadline!

Seating awards will be announced by Tuesday, June 16th. Check the lottery page for official results.

If, after reading the rules and regulations carefully, you still have unanswered questions, please send us an email at

Good luck, and see you in July!

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Dealer's Room layout, 2015!

Sorry for the delays in getting this to folks. Keep in mind that there still may be changes to Dealer Tables yet, but this is as current as can be:

https://www.anthrocon.org/node/24704/dealers-room-layout-2015

--Chi

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Anthrocon 2015 DJ Lineup!

Hey, everyone! It’s that time of year again. First, and I know I say this every year, this is a really tough decision. Every year, I get more awesome demos and more awesome DJs appear all over the place, adding to the already really tough competition for the total of 12 hours of spots I have to put people in. I’m lucky to be absolutely spoiled for choice, but it also means that I have way, way too many tough decisions to make, and can never get all the people on stage that I want. I’ve had to leave off a lot of names I really, really want on stage, but I’m also happy to say that I’m getting more fresh faces on stage this year than I have in a while! Nearly half of these DJs are newcomers to the AC stage, and I’m really excited to have them out to play for us. So, with no further ado, here’s the lineup for this year’s dances!

Thursday
9p DJ Rory
10p Takum
11p Ra1nmaker
12a BigBlueFox
1a Cheetah.de

Friday
10p Raven
11p protocollie
12a Oddy
1a Midekai

Saturday
11p DJ Dragonboy
12a Rob Gasser
1a DJ Genki

To everyone who didn’t get selected, thank you so much for auditioning. I don’t really have time to give individual feedback on all the mixes, but don’t get discouraged and feel free to submit again next year. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out here or at .

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Proposal: Taking the fursuit parade outside. Opinions wanted!

For a long time we have been mulling over the idea of taking the fursuit parade outside so that the people of Pittsburgh could take part. We thought that considering how kind they have been to us and how much the city seems to get into the Anthrocon spirit, we ought to find a way to let them enjoy some of the magic we create.

There are many challenges, however. The parade is already considered to be quite long. There is a concern over the weather, as it may be 100 degrees F, or raining torrentially, or both at the same time.

We have come up with a proposal, but it will take a lot of planning and arrangements with the City, so we want to get people's feedback before we undertake that much work.

CURRENT PARADE ROUTE: Group photo in Hall A -> Circuit of Dealer's Room -> Escalators up to 3rd floor -> Cross skybridge -> End in the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom.

PROPOSED PARADE ROUTE: Group photo in Hall A -> Circuit of Dealer's Room -> Escalators down to West Lobby -> Circuit of 10th St beneath the Convention Center (cross over, up 10th St. toward downtown, cross over again, down 10th St. toward river -> enter ground floor and cross over Hall D (Zoo) -> End in Hall E.

The idea is that the building itself will provide shelter so that weather will not be an issue. The water feature, too, tends to keep the area cooler than outside.

The area beneath the convention center is a bit dark. We have, however, gotten a quote from a local lighting company who has promised that they can illuminate the entire area to full daylight brightness, using spotlights aimed at the white concrete ceiling for indirect lighting. The price is surprisingly low, and when the chairman inquired about that, he couldn't help noticing a representative from VisitPittsburgh standing in the shadows smoking a cigarette.

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