Announcing Tracy Butler as an Anthrocon 2016 Guest of Honor!

Originally from Massachusetts, illustrator and graphic designer Tracy Butler found herself living in a century-old house in St. Louis. Its history fascinated her, and as she delved into the stories that the old house had to tell, the world of Lackadaisy Cats began to grow in her imagination. Since 2006 she has been telling - and drawing - riveting tales of felines living and working (not always honestly) in the USA in the era of Prohibition. Her characters are masterfully developed: strong yet vulnerable, always endearing but sometimes downright scary. We hope that she will feel very much at home as Anthrocon itself takes a step back in time to celebrate "The Roaring Twenty."

Please join us in welcome Tracy Butler to Anthrocon 2016!

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Anthrocon 2016 Hotel Opening Wrapup

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, The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is full on Sunday night (but we're working on adding rooms), and the Hampton Inn is almost full. 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 2016 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey. I will read each response that is submitted.

If you didn't get the arrival or departure date you wanted, Don't Panic. Please email housing@visitpittsburgh.com and ask for assistance. They are working with our partner hotels to add more rooms on arrival and departure days.

Things are presently calming down, so feel free to hit us with any questions you might have.

-- Giza

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What Happens When Anthrocon 2016 Hotels Open on Tuesday?


"Say.. that's a nice webserver you have there..."

Hi everyone, this is your friendly webmaster leopard here!

I'm sure there are lots of questions about what will happen when hotels open on Tuesday morning, and I'd like to cover some of them in this post.

10 AM EST, Tuesday

Around this time, I will place the website into read-only mode. Any attempt to load a page from our website will instead show our hotel countdown page. The purpose behind the countdown page is to keep the website from falling over under the insane crush of traffic which is expected to hit at 11 AM. This level of traffic is greater than even during the convention itself.

11 AM EST, Tuesday

The hotel page goes live.

This is an automated process handled by PHP code on the server side and requires no manual intervention on my part. This is important because with thousands of inbound connections, my SSH connection may not be very responsive. Smiling In theory, this means everyone should be able to visit the website with no issues. In practice, a huge spike in traffic may make the site unresponsive for a few seconds.

That is why, instead of posting the hotel reservation link on only this website, we are also posting it on our major social media channels also at 11 AM EST on Tuesday:

I would strongly recommend bookmarking these links now, and checking them on Tuesday morning as an alternative to this website.

11:05 AM EST, Tuesday

If you plan on staying in The Westin, Doubles sell out within a few minutes, and all other rooms sell out of the Westin within the first 30 minutes of hotels opening.

If you plan on staying in The Courtyard, there are very few rooms available there, and they are in high demand; thus, they can be expected to sell out almost immediately. We must apologize in advance for this, but there is very little that we can do about it. The Courtyard has been extremely gracious with us and has allocated as many rooms to us as they are allowed to under their corporate policies. Having learned from previous years, we limited the number of rooms available to Supersponsors for their advance reservations, so we can assure you that there are as many rooms available at the Courtyard as is practical for us.

In short, if you do not see your preferred hotel listed, it means that it has probably sold out. The first thing you should do is try shortening your stay. Sometimes the hotels will sell out on the earlier or later days, but still have plenty of rooms available for the peak nights. If you shorten your stay to just Friday and Saturday, the hotel may re-appear. Book your room, then, and contact housing(at)visitpittsburgh.com to see about extending your stay afterward.

If you experience any issues or have questions or concerns about your reservation, please contact VisitPittsburgh Housing Services at housing(at)visitpittsburgh.com. Do not contact Anthrocon! This system is operated entirely by a third party and we have no access to it, and we will be able unable to help.

11:30 AM EST, Tuesday

Things usually calm down within 30 minutes. When that happens, I'll restore the regular version of the website and things will be back to normal here.

Now that I got a room, what do I do with it?

First, please visit our Anthrocon 2016 Hotel Reservation Experience Survey and let us know your thoughts on the reservation experience.

Next, make travel plans!

Finally, if you need roommates, we have room share forums for that.

You got questions? We got answers!

If this post didn't cover any outstanding questions, please let us know in the comments below or via email!

Best of luck to everyone on Tuesday, I hope you get the hotel room you want!

-- Giza

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Anthrocon 2016 Charity: Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Anthrocon has selected the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to be our beneficiary for 2016. The Pittsburgh Zoo strives to foster positive, lifelong connections between animals and people through exhibits, educational programs, and their many conservation projects.  Their goal is to make certain the Earth remains a suitable home for all life by fostering discovery of the interconnectedness of the natural world. They will be at the Charity Auction and will have a table in the Dealers' Room where you can meet them and peruse information about their organization.

More information about the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium can be found at their website, pittsburghzoo.org. If you have any questions regarding the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, they can be reached through their representative to us, Jaime Szoszorek, via jszoszorek[at]pittsburghzoo.org or by the Zoo's main line, 412-665-3640.

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Panel and Programming Submissions Are Now Open!

Pretty much what the title says. Smiling

We are now accepting Panel and Programming submissions for Anthrocon 2016. Have an idea for something that you would like to present a panel about? Or perhaps an event that you would like to host? Please, fill out this form and we'll follow up with you:

 

Thanks!

-- Giza

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Where is the cheapest place to purchase fursuits?

Hello, I have recently wondered into this fandom and I keep growing increasingly interested. I was reading on this website about the 2016 anthrocon and I am super excited about it and want to attend; in a partial fursuit, that is. Since I am only fifteen and the lack of a job, it is difficult to acquire these suits. I am only looking for the head, feet, and hands (possibly a tail too). I have checked Furbuy and the ones I see there is quite expensive. Is there a cheaper place to purchase these? If you have any information that could help me in acquiring these things, that would be much appreciated. Thanks c:

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Artists Alley Lottery Registration for 2016 is now Open

Anthrocon 2016 Artists' Alley Lottery Registration is now open!



You've waited, and asked when it's happening, and it's here!

Artists' Alley 2016 Lottery Registration is open now!

If you're interested in Anthrocon's Artists' Alley, see this link for more information on what Anthrocon's Artists' Alley is.

Please take a few minutes to review the updated Rules, Terms and Conditions before registering!


See this link for full Rules, Terms, and Conditions.

If you'd like to go directly to the form, it's located here.

For details on the lottery, visit this link.




We'll be drawing and announcing the lottery winners on June 10, 2016. Good luck!




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Registration for 2016 is NOW OPEN!

Thanks for your patience, everyone! We've worked out all the bugs (we...think) and are now ready to start taking your moolah in exchange for magical wonderment. Register at:

https://www.anthrocon.org/registration

Dealers may register at:

https://reg.anthrocon.org/rams/preregistration/dealer_registration

--Chi

 

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Announcing our first Guest of Honor: Trevor Devall

We are very pleased to announce a very special luminary guest who will be joining us at Anthrocon 2016. Mr. Trevor Devall is a prolific voice actor who hails originally from Canada, where he spent fifteen years as a voice-over artist before relocating to Los Angeles, CA. His credits include My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Lego Star Wars, and a host of characters for the Marvel universe including, most recently, Rocket Raccoon on the animated Guardians of the Galaxy.

Not only will Anthrocon 2016 be our twentieth annual Anthrocon, it will be our 10th anniversary of moving to the wonderful City of Pittsburgh.

We will see you there no later than Thursday, June 30th, 2016 until Sunday, July 3rd, 2016.

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Anthrocon 2015 Charity Event Summary

Hi, and welcome to the 2015 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon raised a new record total of $35,910 for The Western PA Humane Society, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Sarah Shively and all their volunteers who came out to participate!

We also set new records for money raised in the Raffle and the Bucket Brigade!

More special thanks are in order to the following groups and individuals:

* To all the donors who contributed artwork, merchandise, and memorabilia 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 Elevator Golden Ticket for 2016 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 who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties, with special thanks to Winter Skywere who shouted himself hoarse around the Dealers Room for hours and hours raising bucket money - an above and beyond effort!

* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and the Courtyard, who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2016.

* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to the Western PA Humane Society's donations box at their table, which is always a large percentage of the total funds raised.

* To the generosity of attendees at our Closing Ceremonies, who donated more than $1000 on their way out the door.

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 Mike "Mrianti" Pierce, Trevor "Mr. Mutt" Boyd, Tracey "Stormy" Bealer, and Tamarie "CelticKitty" Simmons.

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