Here it is! The first look at the Anthrocon 2015 schedule! We're using Sched again this year:
Q: Will there be a printed schedule this year?
Yes, absolutely. Our Publications Pony Xydexx is hard at work at on it.
Q: What if I see an error in the schedule?
Do you see any typos, events at the wrong time, events without descriptions, or things that just don't make sense? Let us know either by sending us an email or in the comments below. We are publishing the schedule extra early this year so as to get as many eyes on it as possible before the schedule is printed.
At this point, the con is just over 2 months away. We'll see you there!
The deadline for submittinh panels and events for Anthrocon 2015 is fast approaching. We need to have everyone who wants to host events and panels please submit their information by end of day this Thursday, April 30, 2015.
You can use the Suggest A Panel link in the left menu on our website, or email the programming department at programming (at) anthrocon (dot) org.
We are diligently working and sorting through panel requests now, so the earlier you get in your requsests, the sooner we can discuss any needed details.
Remember, please have any panel requests in by end of day, Thursday, April 30, 2015.
Visit Pittsburgh sent us a year-by-year list of our economic impact:
The Grand Total from 2006 to 2014:
Our 2015 estimated economic impact on Pittsburgh is:
Why are some years higher than others? That is unclear to me--I was only given the numbers, not the methods they used to calculate said numbers.
Our Flagship hotel, The Pittsburgh Westin, recently underwent a major renovation. Many upgrades were made, including the elevators.
Here's a video which shows off the new system in detail:
Attention artists and writers! ANTHROCON 2015 is currently seeking submissions of artwork, stories, photography, poetry, and articles for its conbook!
The conbook offers a great forum for artists and writers to showcase their talents to Anthrocon attendees. To make contributing to the conbook easier, a file-uploading site is available.
Anthrocon asks for non-exclusive print rights for submitted works. The artist or author may publish the submitted work in any other fashion; previously, at the same time, and after.
While we welcome any submissions of most any nature, please be aware that priority may be given to those works that complements the theme of the convention, "VIKING INVASION." All submissions should be in the 'G' to 'PG-13' rating.
Deadline for submissions is MAY 1, 2015.
For complete information and details, visit http://www.anthrocon.org/conbook
We look forward to hearing from you!
Each year, Anthrocon honors a small number of people who we feel have made significant contributions to the field of anthropomorphics. Our guests this year are two people who have the talent of bringing characters to life and making us believe that such Furry creatures exist. Please welcome Ms. Kimlinh Tran, whose voice you have heard in Dust: An Elysian Tail and in many other places, and Mr. Ted Giannoulas, a man who has not only made a career out of fursuiting but who is credited with establishing the modern day sports mascot in the public eye with his incredible partner-in-comedy The San Diego Chicken.
We're no longer accepting tournament requests. Keep your eyes peeled for the schedule release! What do we have lined up so far? Here's the list (in no particular order):
Smash Bros Melee, Kirby Superstar, Mario Kart 8, Steel Battalion, Tetris Attack, Amiibo+Trainer Smash, Retro Royale 2, Smash WiiU, DDR, Pokemon (3DS), Naruto Shippuden and a special Amiibo-only Smash!
We also need your gear! While AC owns some of it's own equipment, we always need our fellow furs to bring their consoles, games, controllers and sometimes even TVs to help us fill our space for the weekend. This year in particular, we'll be adding more retro console space, so dust off your old treasures, test them out and bring them along for the ride. We'll even take them off your hands permanently if you'd rather not take them home! We also really, really need a few more WiiU-GameCube controller converters. If you have one that we can use for even just the Saturday night Smash tournament, that would help immensely. The list of this year's helpful donations is:
GameCube Controllers and WiiU Adapters, XBOX and PS controllers of any generation, any party or fighting games, older consoles and their controllers and few smaller CRTs if you really want to help out.
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!
Charity Auction/Raffle FAQ - http://www.anthrocon.org/charity
As expected, there was a big rush for the hotels at 11 AM, and the Courtyard sold out immediately with the Westin following just minutes later. As of this writing, all other hotels are open.
If you successfully reserved a hotel room, we'd appreciate it if you took 2 minutes to fill out our Anthrocon 2015 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey. I will read each survey that is submitted.
Some people reported spending a longer time in the "wait room" than in previous years, this is due to PassKey (correctly) expecting to have even more traffic this year, and making the settings for the waiting room be just a little more conservative than in previous years. We have will be having discussions with PassKey later in the week to see if there's anything we can do to address this in future years.
If you wanted to arrive on Wednesday the 8th but didn't have any luck getting a room on that date, please reach out to Visit Pittsburgh at . They are working with the hotels to try and free up more rooms on Wednedsay evening.
VisitPittsburgh reports that the autoresponder that is supposed to send out registration confirmations is on the fritz. Gail and her hardworking compatriots at the Housing Services offices will be sending out confirmations by hand over the next few days. Be patient!