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!

BATTER UP! Anthrocon's 21st annual convention will celebrate the great American pastime at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The festivities will begin on Thursday, June 29, 2017, and will run through Sunday, July 2, 2017. Registration is open and hotel reservations are available at our special discounted rates. We are also pleased to welcome as our honored guest the legendary voice actor Mr. Charlie Adler!


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Starting Our Journey To Pittsburgh!

Greetings! It's almost time for Anthrocon 2017 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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Volunteering at Anthrocon 2017

Anthrocon depends on volunteers to help with the thousands of things that need to be done. Nearly every department makes use volunteers. While we cannot pay our volunteers for their unselfish service, we can at least try to make their efforts worthwhile. In addition to a fabulous ribbon when you sign up, you can earn a number of additional tokens of appreciation.

Starting at only six(6) hours, you'll get a tasty treat. At twelve (12) hours, we will give you a free Anthrocon T-shirt! Work a whopping eighteen (18) hours or more, will get you a complimentary membership to Anthrocon next year. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this e-form with your information. You will also need to stop by the Convention Operations Office (aka Con Ops) to get your timesheet.

 

 

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The Anthrocon Operations Hotline Returns for 2017

Hi everyone,

This year's Anthrocon is just over a 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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Fursuiter Information! Fursuit Badges, Parade Summary, and Post Parade Meet & Greet!

Attention Fursuiters! It's getting closer to Anthrocon and we know there are lots of things going on. So we wanted to take a few minutes to address something things we know are important! While we are posting this here as well there will be print copies of this availalbe at the Programming Office in the Westin's Washington Room!

Fursuit Badges!

To get a Fursuit Badge:

The suit must represent an "anthro" character.  Character representations of non-anthro characters, human characters, spandex bodysuits do not count.  At minimum, a headpiece, hand-paws, and a tail (if applicable by species); if using latex and makeup, it must completely cover exposed surfaces.  Skin must not be visible when the costume is worn, to complete the illusion of an anthropomorphic creature.  Remember, we have only a limited number of badges, which will be available outside of Operations in Room 309 of the convention center.

Fursuit Parade!

The Group Photo:

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Anthrocon 2017 Mobile Website

Hey everyone,

With Anthrocon 2017 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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2017 Artists Alley Lottery Winners

Anthrocon 2017 Artists Alley Lottery Winners

You've waited, you've wished, and now it's here! Results for the 2017 Anthrocon Artists Alley Lottery can be found on this page!

See below to find out which days you won a seat, or which days your favorite artists will be in the alley!

Please note, we randomized this list according to Alley policies, but we sorted it after the fact for your convenience! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at !

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The 2017 Schedule is Online!

So the moment that many have waited for is here. The schedule for Anthrocon 2017 is live. We thought we would give ourselves a bit of a soft launch by announcing it here. We are once again using Sched to help make things easier. 

The hours for the Art Show, Artist Alley, Registration, and the Dealer's Room have been added. 

 

https://anthrocon2017.sched.org

So just a few things!

If you see anything wrong let us know. BUT we need all these changes emailed to that way we can track them. Private messages, IM, Tweets, Direct Messages are not the proper way to submit chaing requests. If your profile is Sched is not linked to the event you're hosting let us know via email as well. We can merge the profiles and get it squared away.

Thank you for your patience and see you at the convention!

Ashe

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Hotel reservation cutoff dates are approaching!

The last day to make a resservation at the RENAISSANCE HOTEL is Saturday, May 27.

The last day to make a reservation at the WYNDHAM GRAND HOTEL is Sunday, May 28.

The last day to make a reservation at the MARRIOTT CITY CENTER is Monday, June 5.

After those dates, the hotels will release the rooms that are blocked for Anthrocon's discounted rate for general purchase, and may no longer be available for Anthrocon attendees.  If you've been waiting for the last minute to reserve your hotel room -- well, the last minute is almost upon us!

 

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Charity Auction/Raffle Donations Still Needed For 2017 Fundraising!

Anthrocon's selected charity this year is Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary, whose mission is to rescue neglected farm animals and provide them safe haven. While cash donations made at the convention are great, the plurality of funds are raised via donations of artwork and merchandise to our Charity Auction and 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 from prior raffles: Crafts based on hot trends ("Toothless" Build-A-Bear plus - $381); Popular media (Sherlock Hound DVD set - $147); Art bought at prior convention art shows ("Wrath" art by Terrie Smith - $83); Giant, brand new plush of popular animals or characters (Border collie plush - $129); Merchandise based on popular fiction (Dr. Who's sonic screwdriver - $158)

Great examples from prior auctions: Fursuit costumes and commissions (Griffon fursuit head - $460); Rare convention memorabilia (Full set of all AC t-shirts since 1997 - $200); Professional sculpture (Softsculp poseable gryphon - $350); Unique opportunities (A speaking part in audio version of Diane Duane's "The Last Meow" - $500); Dorsai fursuit tags (Tag #1000 - $1600)

If you have an item you believe would be appropriate and would like to donate, please contact charity(at)anthrocon.org!

Helpful links:

Charity Auction/Raffle FAQ - anthrocon.org/charity

Charity Auction/Raffle Rules - anthrocon.org/rules-charity

Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary - hopehavenfarm.org

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