Pre-registration for Anthrocon 2014 will end at 11:59 PM this Friday (and that's Eastern Daylight Time)! You have only two days left to get your registration in. Why's that so important?
If you've been wanting to upgrade to Supersponsor, now is the time! We can only offer the Guest of Honor luncheon to pre-registered supersponsors, so if you want wonderful noms in excellent company, you need to start upgrading now!
We are taking a cue from some of the larger fan conventions out there and implementing a voucher system for autographs from our honored guests. There are two reasons for this:
1) We want to dissuade the fellow who shows up in the line with a box of forty DVD's to be signed.
In your convention bag this year there will be two vouchers, the first good for one autograph (and/or photo) with Mr. Cummings, and the second good for one autograph (and/or photo) with Mr. Tockar. You will need to have this voucher with you in order to get an autograph! If you do not have a voucher, our guests have the option of charging for the autograph. We told them that in this instance, they can charge whatever they want. Lee got a bit of a twinkle in his eye when we said that.
A lot of folks have a habit of tossing their convention bag into the hotel room and running off. Please be sure to bring the vouchers along with you if you want to get an autograph from our guests! There will not be any extra vouchers available at Registration (or anywhere else). And remember, for the ergonomic health of our guests, we must limit any autographs to a single item.
On behalf of our guests, thank you for our understanding!
We are pleased to announce that the Programming Schedule for Anthrocon 2014 has been finalized!
We will provide you with copies of this information in a handy pocket-sized booklet when you register and/or pick up your badge at the convention; however, we like to provide this information to you in advance so that you can see what events are being offered and that you may begin planning your own convention itinerary.
Be aware that this schedule is subject to change due to availability of panelists and other circumstances outside of our control. Remember, "The best laid plans of mice and men only prove that the men should have left the planning to the mice," or something like that. We are working on preparing big poster-sized versions of the schedule that we will post at strategic locations around the convention and which we will keep updated with any last-minute changes. You may also refer to the monitors at the Westin for any changes, news, or updates as they are received. Important updates will also be posted on our Twitter Feed (@Anthrocon).
Downloading the Schedule
We are pleased to offer the schedule online both via Scribd and a direct download:
Did You Spot An Error?
Are you running an event that is not listed correctly? Please let us know so that we can send out corrections over social media at the convention itself. Our contact information can be found here.
If you notice a mistake in the dining guide during the con, feel free to reach out to @AnthroconDining on Twitter during the convention.
If you notice any other mistakes, please leave a comment below or feel free to reach out to us via email or social media.
Due to popular demand, both from our attendees and from the local businesses, we have made another run of the "Rocking Pittsburgh" shirt that debuted last year, with the artwork of the inimitable Tani da Real. This shirt was commissioned on behalf of the city itself, meaning that Pittsburgh is the one who sells the shirt, not us! Thus, it is not available from the Anthrocon convention store, and can only be purchased from the local businesses that carry it.
So where do you find it? Here are the merchants who are stocking it this year:
PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT: Hudson News in Concourse A and Concourse C, and the CNN Store in Concourse D.
DOWNTOWN ("dahntahn"): Westin Convention Center Hotel gift shop, 1000 Penn Ave; Courtyard by Marriott gift shop, 945 Penn Ave.; Hampton Inn gift shop, 1247 Smallman St; Marriot City Center gift shop, 112 Washington Place; Downtown Pittsburgh Welcome Center, 120 Fifth Ave.
If you live in Pittsburgh or intend to get there early, you've got a special surprise coming: the shirts are available starting now! This was at the request of the vendors and we were happy to oblige. We are hoping that they ordered enough to keep them going through the convention and we'll do our best to keep them stocked, but we can't guarantee how many will be available for sale this year.
As you may have heard, Anthrocon's selected charity this year is The National Aviary, the nation's only independent indoor nonprofit zoo dedicated to birds. While cash donations made at the convention are great, the majority of funds are raised via donations of artwork and merchandise to our Charity Auction and Charity 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:
Great examples for the auction: Fursuit costumes and commissions:
If you have an item you believe would be appropriate and would like to donate, please contact charity(at)anthrocon.org!
It's getting close to Anthrocon 2014, and there are still rooms left in The Marriott, The Renaissance, and The Wyndham Grand!
But not for long--our window for reserving hotel rooms through PassKey closes next Friday, June 6th!. If you do not reserve your room by then, you'll need to do so directly through the hotels.
How do you reserve a room? Through this link:
Any questions? Feel free to reply to this thread!
We're pleased to announce that our draft of the Anthrocon pocket program is now available for review by our membership!
The PDF of the draft can be found online over here.
[Edit, May 28th 11:25 PM: Thank you everyone for your input, all input has been added to the list of changes to merge. A final version (aka what we send to the printers) will be posted next week.]
[Edit, May 26 12:30 PM: An updated version has been posted]
If anything looks wrong, mangled, misspelled, duplicated, suspicious, or just a little funny, please let us know so that we may correct the error before the pocket program goes to publication.
Comments can either be posted here or emailed to us.
See you all in just a few weeks,
Anthrocon is pleased to announce JIM CUMMINGS as its second guest of honor for Anthrocon 2014. He is the voice of some of the most memorable characters in cartoon history, including Don Karnage, Darkwing Duck, Taz the Tasmanian Devil, Ed the Hyena, Tigger, Eeyore, and many more.
Please join us in welcoming this legendary performer at Anthrocon 2014!
Hello Artists! It's that time of year again.
For those who didn't see the emails and social media announcements, the annual Artists' Alley Signups have opened and are waiting for all you amazing Alley artists!
Go check out the info page here: http://www.anthrocon.org/alley/lottery/form
You only have until June 13th to sign up and get a guaranteed seat for at least one day!
We assign seats by lottery, so if you sign up, you'll get a seat on 1, 2, or perhaps even all 3 days.
If you wait until the convention, you'll only be able to get a seat if we have spares, and we only grant them after we open. So if you're coming, and want to partake in the Alley, get on it NOW. Signups are free, and you don't even have to worry about sales tax, we collect and pay that for you -- you only pay us a 5% fee on sales you make each day at the con.
Interested artists, please sign up now for Anthrocon's Artists' Alley!