Welcome to Anthrocon!

ANTHROCON is the world's largest convention for those fascinated with anthropomorphics, which are humanlike animal characters such as have fascinated mankind since the dawn of human imagination. We are a collection of artists, animators, writers, costumers, puppeteers, and just everyday fans who enjoy cartoon animals and their kin. Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do -- and no, you do not have to wear a costume to attend!

This is a very special year for Anthrocon, as it marks our twentieth annual convention. To mark this momentous occasion, we have chosen to dub our event THE ROARING TWENTY! As always, we will be returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The festivities will begin on Thursday, June 30, 2016, and will run through Sunday, July 3, 2016. We are very pleased to announce three very special luminary guests who will be joining us for our celebration of the art of cartoon animals: Prolific voice actor Mr. Trevor Devall, Lackadaisy Cats creator Ms. Tracy Butler, and award-winning independent animator Joaquin Baldwin!


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We're Heading out to Pittsburgh Soon!

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Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2016 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 speak with the convention staff, 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:

Much of this information can also be found on our mobile website (optimized for your phone and tablet):


We'll see you in Pittsburgh.

-- The Anthrocon Staff and Board of Directors







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The Anthrocon 2016 Operations Hotline Opens Wednesday

Hi everyone,

Anthrocon 2016 is less than week away!

As in previous years, we will have the Convention Operations Hotline up and running again. The hotline opens on the Wednesday afternoon of each convention, and shuts down the Monday morning following the convention. During that time period, the hotline is manned 24 hours a day by convention staff, who can answer any questions that you may have. (Calls made outside of those dates will go straight to voicemail, and we recommend that you send email instead)

If you need to speak to someone from Operations with a question or a concern, the phone number is:

832-FUR-OPS-1

What sorts of things would you call ConOps for? More info can be found on our Con Ops page.

See you soon!

-- Giza

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Anthrocon LIVE!

Hello fellow furs! While we hope to see you all again this year if you are unable to attend not to worry, you can still check out a lot of the fun events we have to offer in our main ballroom!

Be sure not to miss the excitment of the dance compeition, Uncle Kage's Story Hour, 2's rant, all 3 nights dances, and much much more exciting content Anthrocon has to offer.

 

Please take a look at the full schedule located here on our streaming website anthrocon.tv 

 

Any questions please feel free to ask in the section bellow.

 

**Please note the schedule is subject to change**

**Our streaming website is still undergoing some final touches and will be up on 6/27

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Anthrocon's 2016 Fursuit Parade!

Due to popular demand from the good people of Pittsburgh, we are once again going to bring a portion of our Fursuit Parade outdoors so that the local folks can share in the spectacle.  We have made some improvements over last year, including seating along 10th St. to allow more people to view the parade, and an invitation to Colonel Eagleburger's High Steppin Good Time Band to add a bit of jazz to the march.

The parade will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, July 2.  The public portion will consist of a circuit along 10th St. beneath the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, starting at the East Lobby and concluding at the West Lobby, and should last roughly 30 minutes, enough time to see what is anticipated to be well over 1500 examples of wearable arwork that we call "fursuits."  The grand structure will provide shelter from both sun and rain, so we expect to be out there regardless of weather -- though let's keep our fingers crossed as we say that.

There is no charge to attend.  This is something that Anthrocon has created as our thanks to the city that has welcomed us so kindly for the past ten years.  Of course, if anyone would like to step inside and see more of what Anthrocon has to offer, we will have one-day memberships available on the second floor of the Convention Center, in Concourse B.

FOR PARTICIPANTS:

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Anthrocon 2016 Mobile Website

Hey everyone,

With Anthrocon 2016 just around the corner, we decided to put all of our key information for the convention online on a separate website which will render on any smart phone or tablet. The URL is:


Information that we have on the mobile website includes: Programming Information, Parking Info, Hotel Shuttle Schedule and Maps, Hours, The Dining Guide, Venue Maps, and Lost and Found!

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One more meal at Hanlon's Cafe!

We received word a few weeks ago that Hanlon's Cafe on Liberty Avenue will be closing up shop.  That made quite a few of us sad, since Hanlon's was sort of the go-to place for a nice hearty breakfast.  I myself liked to go there in the morning as part of my dedication to the 6-2-1 rule, since the portions they serve are usually enough to carry me through until dinnertime.

Well, I got a note from Bob Hanlon himself saying that he's stretching his lease on the store for one more month.,  He and his staff are great fans of Anthrocon and wanted the opportunity to keep us fed for one more year.  Bob can retire happy knowing that nobody at Anthrocon 2016 went away hungry.

The note came in too late to put it in the dining guide, but rest assured, if you want a good, hearty sit-down meal and don't want to spend a huge pile of cash to get it, just follow the alluring scent of frying bacon and toasting bread to Liberty Ave, and be sure to give Bob and his crew a big hug to thank them for being there for us all these years!

 

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2016 DLCC Internet Connections (Dealers note!)

The DLCC changed their contracted Internet service provider from
SmartCity to ShowNets just prior to Anthrocon in 2015.  Literally on the
eve before 2015 Anthrocon, ShowNets was still completing rewiring and
installing all new equipment into the building. 

Due to the very late transition, we were afforded the same services
which we had previously negotiated for AC 2015.  This year however, the
new contractor's terms are now in effect, though they are offering
Anthrocon a discount on the regular Exhibitor pricing for 2016.

Within the DLCC, there's 3 classes of Internet Service:
1.  Free
    - 512 Kbps
    - One HOUR session max per day
    - Public Spaces only, NOT available in Halls A, B, or C
2.  Premium 
    - 1.2 Mbps
    - $12.95 per device per day
    - Pubic Spaces only, NOT available in Halls A, B, or C
3.  Exhibitor
    - 5 Mbps
    - $75 per device per day per device
        (discounted for Anthrocon - see below)
    - The ONLY service offered in Halls A, B, and C, but coverage
      extends throughout the building for *registered* devices

The following will attempt to answer the basic questions for Anthrocon
Dealers who will be operating in the Dealer's Room in Halls B and C.

1.  Q. What area is covered by Wi-Fi for Dealers?
     A. Exhibitor Internet Wi-Fi is the ONLY service offered in
         Halls A, B, and C.  However, Exhibitor Wi-Fi covers
         access for the entire building (including Halls A, B,
         and C) so you will not need anything else to use

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Anthrocon 2016 Dance Lineup!

Hey, everyone!

Sorry this is way later than usual, this is entirely on me - personal life has a way of flaring up at the worst times and between that and work I've been absurdly busy. I've been holding onto this mostly-completed list for a week now trying to confirm everyone, but I wanted to get the list posted in public and I'll just update it when I get my final confirmations.

As always, lots of good DJs, way too few slots, and I'm sorry to everyone that didn't make the cut.

Thursday

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The Anthrocon 2016 Convention and Dining Guide is Here!

The Anthrocon Convention and Dining Guide is here! An embedded copy can be found below, or for those of you on mobile devices, the PDF can be viewed directly at:

Anthrocon 2016 Convention and Dining Guide

Many thanks to Xydexx and the hard working Publications Team for putting it together this year!

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