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!
Art Show space is still available! Artists, please send in a reservation before May 31 if you'd like to participate. You can download the information packet with the display rules and a space reservation form from: Art Show Information/Reservation Packet - ArtShowPacket2014.zip (659 KB)
For a general overview of the Art Show, visit the Art Show page.
We took the feedback that our attendees gave us about the hotel shuttle and have made a deal with Pittsburgh Transportation Group to offer an even more awesome shuttle service than last year! Here are some of the highlights.
1) This year there will be TWO shuttles running on separate loops, allowing for more frequent circuits.
2) Shuttles will service the Omni William Penn, the Doubletree, the Marriott City Center, the Wyndham Grand Hotel, and the Renaissance, running continuously to and from the convention center from morning until 2 AM. (Sorry, Hampton folks -- it's in the wrong direction, but it's very close as it is!)
3) Both shuttles, we are told, will be wheelchair-accessible.
4) Pittsburgh Transportation Group is working on improved signage so that people can easily find the shuttle stops.
UPDATE!! Here is the official shuttle service timetable, a map showing the two routes the shuttles will take, and information about the shuttle stops! Click here! Yes, right here!
We're drawing ever closer to the close-out time to pre-registration, which is June 13th.
Why should you Pre-Register?
1. It's cheaper! Right now, you'll save $5 over registering On-Site. On-Site registration is $60.
2. On-Site registration takes a much longer time. By Pre-Registering, you get to pick up your badge at a much more quickly-moving line, which means that you get to enjoy Anthrocon that much sooner! Just make sure to bring a government-issued ID, such as a Driver's License, State ID, Military ID, or Passport.
3. It's much easier registering in the comfort of your own home at your computer.
Where can you Pre-Register for Anthrocon? What if I have questions?
If you wish to have questions answered, please check out our FAQ, located here: https://www.anthrocon.org/faq/registration
You can get started with your registration process right here: https://www.anthrocon.org/registration
If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have your parent's permission, and a notorized parental consent form, found on the registration page.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me personally, or E-mail me at registration -at- anthrocon.org.
(If things get hectic, and they do at this time of year, please be patient waiting for a response! Much of what you need to know is covered by the FAQ, so please read there first before E-mailing a question or concern.)
As always, thank you for Pre-Registering at Anthrocon! >^_^<
Here are the rules for the Anthrocon 2014 Fursuit Dance Competition! http://bit.ly/1hUOEbJ
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at - if you are looking for info on Floor Wars, information on that is in another castle!
ANTHROCON 2014 is currently seeking submissions of artwork, stories, photography, poetry, and articles for its conbook!
The Anthrocon conbook offers a fantastic forum for artists and writers to showcase their talents to their peers. 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.
Deadline for submissions is MAY 3, 2014.
For complete information and details, visit http://www.anthrocon.org/conbook
We look forward to hearing from you!