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 year, we have received word that a large group of fans from Scandinavia will be joining us, and anticipating the arrival of longboats on the Allegheny River, we are preparing for THE VIKING INVASION! They should fit right in with us. Vikings have been known to ride dragons, to wear fur, and to really know how to enjoy a good time. We look forward to meeting our Verangian friends, although we hope that they keep the pillaging to a minimum and that they do not take up all the tables at Tonic. We hope, too, that they do not make so much noise that they wake our honored guests, both of whom we are looking forward to hosting at the largest Anthropomorphics convention in the world. We are excited to welcome voice artist Kimlinh Tran, who has loaned her considerable voice talents to such projects as Dust: An Elysian Tail, the My Little Portal web series, and dozens of others. We are equally excited to honor a man who is credited with creating (almost by accident) the art of the professional sports mascot, somthing we often point to as a primary example of Anthropomorphics in every day life: Mr. Ted Giannoulas, creator of the groundbreaking mascot persona The San Diego Chicken!



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Artists' Alley Lottery Signups Now Open!

Yes, that's right, the moment many of you have been waiting for...

Artists' Alley Lottery Signups for Anthrocon 2015 are now open!

Please click HERE to get to the page laying out the rules and regulations for Alley. Please read the rules prior to signing up for the 2015 Lottery

The direct link to the signup form is HERE, for those who have read the rules already and understand them.

Please note that on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 23:59 Pittsburgh time (EDT), signups WILL close for the lottery, and after that time there will be no way to ensure you'll get a seat without going through the on-site wait list, so please remember to sign up for the lottery prior to the deadline!

Seating awards will be announced by Tuesday, June 16th. Check the lottery page for official results.

If, after reading the rules and regulations carefully, you still have unanswered questions, please send us an email at

Good luck, and see you in July!

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Dealer's Room layout, 2015!

Sorry for the delays in getting this to folks. Keep in mind that there still may be changes to Dealer Tables yet, but this is as current as can be:

https://www.anthrocon.org/node/24704/dealers-room-layout-2015

--Chi

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Anthrocon 2015 DJ Lineup!

Hey, everyone! It’s that time of year again. First, and I know I say this every year, this is a really tough decision. Every year, I get more awesome demos and more awesome DJs appear all over the place, adding to the already really tough competition for the total of 12 hours of spots I have to put people in. I’m lucky to be absolutely spoiled for choice, but it also means that I have way, way too many tough decisions to make, and can never get all the people on stage that I want. I’ve had to leave off a lot of names I really, really want on stage, but I’m also happy to say that I’m getting more fresh faces on stage this year than I have in a while! Nearly half of these DJs are newcomers to the AC stage, and I’m really excited to have them out to play for us. So, with no further ado, here’s the lineup for this year’s dances!

Thursday
9p DJ Rory
10p Takum
11p Ra1nmaker
12a BigBlueFox
1a Cheetah.de

Friday
10p Raven
11p protocollie
12a Oddy
1a Midekai

Saturday
11p DJ Dragonboy
12a Rob Gasser
1a DJ Genki

To everyone who didn’t get selected, thank you so much for auditioning. I don’t really have time to give individual feedback on all the mixes, but don’t get discouraged and feel free to submit again next year. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out here or at .

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Proposal: Taking the fursuit parade outside. Opinions wanted!

For a long time we have been mulling over the idea of taking the fursuit parade outside so that the people of Pittsburgh could take part. We thought that considering how kind they have been to us and how much the city seems to get into the Anthrocon spirit, we ought to find a way to let them enjoy some of the magic we create.

There are many challenges, however. The parade is already considered to be quite long. There is a concern over the weather, as it may be 100 degrees F, or raining torrentially, or both at the same time.

We have come up with a proposal, but it will take a lot of planning and arrangements with the City, so we want to get people's feedback before we undertake that much work.

CURRENT PARADE ROUTE: Group photo in Hall A -> Circuit of Dealer's Room -> Escalators up to 3rd floor -> Cross skybridge -> End in the Spirit of Pittsburgh ballroom.

PROPOSED PARADE ROUTE: Group photo in Hall A -> Circuit of Dealer's Room -> Escalators down to West Lobby -> Circuit of 10th St beneath the Convention Center (cross over, up 10th St. toward downtown, cross over again, down 10th St. toward river -> enter ground floor and cross over Hall D (Zoo) -> End in Hall E.

The idea is that the building itself will provide shelter so that weather will not be an issue. The water feature, too, tends to keep the area cooler than outside.

The area beneath the convention center is a bit dark. We have, however, gotten a quote from a local lighting company who has promised that they can illuminate the entire area to full daylight brightness, using spotlights aimed at the white concrete ceiling for indirect lighting. The price is surprisingly low, and when the chairman inquired about that, he couldn't help noticing a representative from VisitPittsburgh standing in the shadows smoking a cigarette.

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2015 Wine Tasting

Seventh annual wine tasting is happening again. When will we boozehounds ever tire of good vintages?

Likely going to be in the doubletree again, got a room in the westin last year and immediately regretted it(Personal preference).

Now I heard tell they were doing away with the contact boards? Can someone confirm or deny that? If so I'll just have to update this thread when I arrive on thursday(Assuming the public use computers are avaialble).

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The Anthrocon 2015 Programming Schedule is Here

Here it is! The first look at the Anthrocon 2015 schedule! We're using Sched again this year:


Q: Will there be a printed schedule this year?

Yes, absolutely. Our Publications Pony Xydexx is hard at work at on it.

Q: What if I see an error in the schedule?

Do you see any typos, events at the wrong time, events without descriptions, or things that just don't make sense? Let us know either by sending us an email or in the comments below. We are publishing the schedule extra early this year so as to get as many eyes on it as possible before the schedule is printed.

At this point, the con is just over 2 months away. We'll see you there!




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Last call for panels for AC 2015

Hey all!

 

The deadline for submittinh panels and events for Anthrocon 2015 is fast approaching.  We need to have everyone who wants to host events and panels please submit their information by end of day this Thursday, April 30, 2015.  

You can use the Suggest A Panel link in the left menu on our website, or email the programming department at    programming (at) anthrocon (dot) org.

We are diligently working and sorting through panel requests now, so the earlier you get in your requsests, the sooner we can discuss any needed details.

Remember, please have any panel requests in by end of day, Thursday, April 30, 2015.

 

KP

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Our Economic Impact in Pittsburgh

Visit Pittsburgh
Welcome to Pittsburgh! We got fursuits.

Visit Pittsburgh sent us a year-by-year list of our economic impact:

  • 2006 - $1.9 million
  • 2007 - $2.5 million
  • 2008 - $4.4 million
  • 2009 - $3.6 million
  • 2010 - $5.7 million
  • 2011 - $5.7 million
  • 2012 - $4 million
  • 2013 - $6.3 million
  • 2014 - $5.5 million

The Grand Total from 2006 to 2014:

$39.6 million

Our 2015 estimated economic impact on Pittsburgh is:

$5.7 million

Why are some years higher than others? That is unclear to me--I was only given the numbers, not the methods they used to calculate said numbers.

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Major Renovation at The Westin

Our Flagship hotel, The Pittsburgh Westin, recently underwent a major renovation. Many upgrades were made, including the elevators.

Here's a video which shows off the new system in detail:

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