Anthrocon 2014 Registration is now open!

MixedCandy gone crazy!

http://www.anthrocon.org/registration is the URL, that you all know and love so fondly by now. A few notes:

After keeping prices steady last year, we regretfully have to raise them across the board, due to a number of new expenses: shuttle costs, labor costs, increased convention space, new equipment. We've been able to keep the price rises low ($5) for Attending and Sponsor levels; Supersponsors are seeing a significant increase ($50). We had a 70% jump in Supersponsor numbers last year, driven in part by the new perk of advance hotel booking; we very much underestimated the response to that. We had to move the Supersponsor Luncheon to a different, more-expensive-to-reset room as well, which drove up our costs. Also rising is costs of the Artists and Dealers Social, which Supersponsors are invited to attend. We know that with the new pricing some attendees may decline to Supersponsor; we understand and quite frankly anticipate the Supersponsor numbers to decrease slightly (As they did the last time they were raised.)

Early bird prices are good through December 31st, so head over to http://www.anthrocon.org/registration!

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A Wild Anthrocon 2014 Website Appears!

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It's been in the works for awhile now, so I give you the Anthrocon 2014 website!

Anthrocon 2014 will be held from July 3rd-6th, 2014 in downtown Pittsburgh, with the theme being Secret Societies. Hotels will be available in February. Registration will open by the end of October.

The 2014 website design was done by none other than Cuprohastes.

If anyone sees any issues with the website, do let me know.

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Volunteers needed OCTOBER 19-20, 2013, Chicagoland and North Pittsburgh!

Calling all Furries in the Chicago and Pittsburgh areas: Anthrocon needs strong backs!

Our colleagues at Midwest Furfest are transferring some of their no-longer-needed Art Show equipment to Anthrocon, a donation for which we are ever grateful, on Saturday, October 19. We are going to need volunteers who can help load the equipment in Des Plaines, IL, starting at about 10:00 AM that day.

We are also going to need additional volunteers to join us in the town of Etna, PA, on Sunday, October 20 at 10:00 AM to offload that same equipment at Anthrocon's storage facility there.

For their hard work, volunteers will be rewarded with a fine lunch and (provided they aren't too sweaty) a hug from the chairman himself, who will be on hand to help out.

If you are going to be available for at least 2 hours either of those days and in the appropriate location, please email the chairman directly at ceo(at)anthrocon.org.

tl;dr version:

OCTOBER 19, 10 AM, Des Plaines, IL: Lift heavy stuff, get free food!
OCTOBER 20, 10 AM, Etna, PA: Lift heavy stuff, get free food!
Email ceo(at)anthrocon.org for information!

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T-shirts will be on their way soon!

OMG shirts!

Anthrocon apologizes for having run out of T-shirts at the convention much earlier than we anticipated. It is always an interesting juggling act to try to guess what the demand will be. Obviously, this year we greatly underestimated. The good news is that we have printed a second run of T-shirts that have just arrived, and very shortly we will begin to send them out to those folks that turned in a slip at the con store (sponsors and supersponsors) or a volunteer slip at Operations. As you can see from the photo there are quite a few of them and it's going to take a bit of time to get them sorted and packaged up for shipment to our generous (super)sponsors and hard-working volunteers, but rest asssured that we are working as fast as we can to get them out the door...so that the chairman can actually get to his door.

If you have not sent in your t-shirt slip, please do so right away, because once we have mailed out the shirts that we owe to folks, we'll be making the rest available in the con store, and we can't guarantee that they'll last long there.

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Anthrocon 2014 Advertisement, now with 20% More Ponies!

This was part of an ad swap we did between our conbook and BronyCon's conbook this year:

As the advertisement implies, we will be attending BronyCon in just a few weeks, and will have a table in their Dealers Room. We hope to see you there!

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2014 DJ Selection and Audition Process

Hey, everyone!

Now that the dust has cleared from 2013, I'm just going to cover some minor changes to the selection/audition process that should make things easier for me.

What I've learned this year:

  • The new system works a lot better than the open free-for-all audition system.
  • Reaching out to people proactively leads to a lot of "I'm not planning on being there this year," which is a waste of everyone's time.
  • The process of requesting demos when I have questions is a little awkward, and feels wrong.

So here's what's going to happen as far as this year:

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Anthrocon 2013 Fursuit Parade Group Photo

It's here, the Anthrocon 2013 Fursuit Parade Group Photo:

The full photo is 1,300 fursuiters.

Need a bigger version of the photo? Here is a 10,000 pixel wide version!

The full-size version is linked right here! It is large enough to break some browsers, so be warned.

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

Enjoy!

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2013 Fursuit Photos by Dragonscales

Hello everyone!

The 2013 Dragonscales photos have been posted at http://www.dragonscales.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=57 with the fursuit parade group photo at http://www.dragonscales.com/gallery/displayimage.php?album=58&pid=30664

 

2013 Group Photo

As always, photos are licensed for noncommercial use if you are in them.

- Kreggan/Kyreeth and Warphammer

 

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LOST AND FOUND - if you lost it, we may have found it.

We have quite a lot of things in our lost and found this year, including cameras, photographic equipment, bags with merchandise in them, keys, fursuit parts and accessories, jewelry, glasses (all kinds), storage media such as SD cards and thumb drives, and many other things.

If you lost something in a hotel room, please contact the hotel directly and ask to speak to Housekeeping Services.  Anthrocon can not help you retrieve items that were left in hotel rooms.

If you lost something in Anthrocon function or public space, please send an email to ceo(at)anthrocon.org with "LOST AND FOUND" prominently in the subject line, and include the following:

  • Your name and full mailing address (if you are not a registered resident of that address, please include a "care of" name).
  • A detailed description of the item.

We also have quite a lot of badges that were turned in.  If you lost an Anthrocon membership badge and would like it back, please contact us.  We cannot give refunds for any badge-replacement costs at this time -- sorry!  If you lost a character badge and you see it pictured below, please claim it.

Badges found at Anthrocon 2013

 

 

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Anthrocon 2013 Charity Event Followup

Hi, and welcome to the 2013 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon raised a new record total of $31,255 for Equine Angels Rescue, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Pam Vivirito, Annamaria Carrington, and all the volunteers from Equine Angels Rescue who came out to participate!

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 last fursuit slapband, the Elevator Golden Ticket for 2014, 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 and their handlers who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties.

* To the Westin, Omni, and DoubleTree who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2014.

* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to Equine Angel Rescue's donations jar at their table, which is always a large percentage of the total funds raised.

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 Shaun "Stahi" Daugherty and Trevor "Mr. Mutt" Boyd. Also thanks to the volunteers who were able to spare some time to assist.

Unclaimed low-ticket raffle items were donated to Equine Angels Rescue for their use. Unclaimed high-ticket raffle items will be re-raffled next year.

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