We have a *very* limited stock of Anthrocon 2012 T-shirts available in our online con store! Just click here to order yours. Once these are gone there will be no more made. All sizes from small through 5X-large are available (while supplies last).
Did you get home, only to find that your favorite stuffed elephant didn't make it into your luggage?
Our lost and found box is crammed full of treasured items. It's been two weeks now since the convention and there's still a lot of things that have not been claimed. I'm attaching a picture of some of those items. It's not comprehensive, so if you are missing something and do not see it in this collection, inquire anyway. Someone else may have found it and is waiting to hear from you.
TO CLAIM AN ITEM:
Send an email to ceo(at)anthrocon.org with LOST AND FOUND very prominently in the subject line. Include a description of the item, and the (real) name and address to which it should be sent. Please do not use a pseudonym; the Post Office may not recognize it at your address and may simply return the item to us. Do not worry about postage; Anthrocon considers the return of lost property to be another service that we offer to our members.
Note that badges will be sent back flat. We will not be able to include badge clips or holders with them.
You can click on the image below for a larger version.
Many folks have begun filling in the surveys sent out by Starwood Groups to find out how the Westin did. The overwhelming comment that they seem to be getting is "your elevators suck!"
Folks, there's nothing wrong with the elevators. They simply were not designed for a Furry convention! Our good folks at the Westin have noticed that this tends to be the only comment people are leaving. Elevators aside, please find something nice to say. I think that the Westin did an outstanding job overall, and let us give credit where credit is due. We don't want Starwood to think that all of us were displeased with our flagship hotel, because I know full well that's not the case!
Once again, we had a record-breaking year in Pittsburgh! Many many thanks to our hard working staff, our Guests of Honor Mike Kazaleh and Dev Madan, The Toonseum, our hotels, The DLCC, and The City of Pittsburgh for helping make this year's Anthrocon a huge success! We couldn't have done it without your help.
Here are some of our numbers:
If you know of additional reports about us, please let us know in the comments!
It's here, the Fursuit Parade group photo shot:
With 1,044 fursuiters in our parade, and assuming a cost of $1,000 per fursuit, this is the world's first $1 Million Dollar fursuit photograph!
A link to a the full version of that photo (3000 pixels wide, 1 Megabyte in size) can be found here.
Want an even bigger version of that photo? How about 15,000 pixels wide, and 7.9 MB in size? Here you go! (may cause issues in some browsers)
Photography courtesy of Warphammer.
Hi, and welcome to the 2012 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!
Anthrocon raised a new record total of $20,656 for Hello Bully, our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Nicole Meloy and all the volunteers from Hello Bully 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 more of their sought-after fursuit items, the Elevator Golden Ticket for 2013, 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 helped us inaugurate our own version of the fursuit "bucket brigade," and to the other furry conventions who gave us the idea to build off of - we've got new ideas on how to streamline it, improve it, and make it more fun to participate in for 2013!
* To the Westin, Omni, and DoubleTree who each generously offered up a four-night stay during Anthrocon 2013.
* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to Hello Bully's donations jar at their table, which is always a large percentage of the total funds raised.
Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2012 and many of us (including the convention staff) are either on our way to Pittsburgh, or will be heading there soon.
If you need to reach someone from the convention, sending us emails may result in a delay before we reply, so stopping by the Convention Operations office in the Crawford Room of the Westin or Room 309 in the Convention Center is recommended.
Here are some useful links:
We'll see you in Pittsburgh.
-- The Anthrocon Staff and Board of Directors
Our mobile website for Anthrocon 2012 is now up and running! The URL is:
Special thanks to the MyConbook project for making this happen!
"Why didn't you build a mobile app again this year?"
Last year's mobile apps weren't official convention products, but written by volunteers. Rather than burden them again with the same task this year, we felt that a mobile website, which can be used by anyone with a mobile device (be it an iPhone, Android, iPad, tablet, laptop, etc.) that can browse the web. This makes the content available to a wider audience of convention goers. Any updates that need to be made during the convention are also much easier to make, since deploying a new application is not required.
Just a few days left until the convention. We'll see you this weekend at Anthrocon 2012!
Once again, we will be running the Anthrocon Operations Hotline at the convention.
We have a phone number which will be manned from Noon on Wednesday the day before the convetion through the morning of Monday after the convention. The phone number:
Feel free to use this number as a point of contact if you need to speak to someone in Con Ops or Security (they share the same physical office).
What sorts of things would you call ConOps for? More info can be found on our Con Ops page.
With the convention a little more than a week away (YIPE YIPE YIPE!) I want to set some ground rules about the headless zones. That right, these are the headless ZONES. They are in room 301-302 in the Convention Center, and in the Washington room in the Westin.
Rule 1: These are not lounge areas. These are areas for suiters ONLY to cool and rehydrate. I'm sorry, but handlers are not permitted in the headless zones. If you need assistance in removing a suit, the handler may come in and help you remove the head or hands, or undo the zipper, but MUST EXIT IMMEDIATELY afterward. They can wait outside to be called in if they are needed to help you redress. This is necessary due to the sheer number of fursuiters that will be in attendance this year. With a projected number in excess of 900 suiters, the headless zones simply cannot accommodate handlers. Suiters needing to enter the headless zones always have priority over someone's handler. ALWAYS. This can be a health issue. Please be aware of this situation and do not argue with those who may be monitoring the zones if they ask a handler to leave.