Anthrocon 2012 Recap!
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:
- Attendance: 5,179 attendees
- Number of fursuits in the Fursuit Parade: 1,044
- Money raised for Hello Bully: $20,656
- Number of artists in Artists' Alley: 212
If you know of additional reports about us, please let us know in the comments!
So much fun!
The numbers were outstanding as well!
for my first ac it was so fun. i got in the front row in this shot wich was real cool.
This reporter has several stories about AC 2012 on Buzzfeed. I'm guessing she was just an regular attendee.
If you could get the city to close off that street in front of the Westin between the Westin and Tonic, I think you would have a Carnival, too!
ANTHROCON'S COON REPORT 2012 (perfect attendance yet again)
Welcome to the gradual diary of Anthrocon's Coon Report, er, I mean Anthrocoon's Con Report! I have been in Pittsburgh since Sun (flew in) but spent first couple days in Ohio.
Got to Akron late afternoon and ate with my friend Tim, talked awhile. The next day we went for drives in various places, ate out, etc. Saw a nature preserve. Then I left for Pittsburgh (again) in my rental car, on Tue.
Got here just before noon; ate at Hoss' steak house in Moon (nr airport). Salad, soup, and dessert bar plus a 99c chicken sandwich. Also saw a nice park in Moon. Headed downtown in late afternoon and kinda got lost in the southern suburbs. Though I did see where the Pitt. Trolley Co. doubledecker buses leave from and I knew I'd come back today for that. A bit of rain...dinner was at Sunny Jim's near Avondale Community Park, NW of town. A "Steeler bar", BBQ pork sandwich and a couple Ahrn City Lights.
Today: drove through parts of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside neighborhoods and had nice breakfast at Pamela's in the latter. Then went south of the Mon river to take my 2.5 hour doubledecker bus tour. Fun and a gorgeous day--saw a lot! Windy at times though.
Back to Squirrel Hill to see a record store called Larry's (all VINYL) but didn't buy anything. Now back to downtown; meeting my roommate soon at the Amtrak station. We stay one night nr airport but then the Doubletree till Mon morning.
Are furs here? Of course! My roomie Cyan TPC saw some on his train. I saw some in downtown and esp. near the Con. Some places doing specials. The soon to be gone Furnando's aka FurryLand cafe already doing good biz, incl the doggie dish special.
more later. The Con hasn't even STARTED.
Registration a breeze for pre-reg and sponsors. A quick lunch at Golden Palace for me. 3 pm checked into Doubletree though Cyan had a bit of a luggage problem with the handle.
Nice hotel, no long lines for elevators. A slight walk to the Con. Next yr maybe here or Hampton which may be even closer to the Con? 5:30 pm _45_ of us went to the Buca di Beppo for a glorious dinner! I just took it easy afterwards.
Fri: Bkfst for me at the Bigelow Grille downstairs. Panels:a brief bit with Mike Kazeleh; opening ceremonies; some pawpet-related with Nonsanity, Jim Martin, etc. A hurried lunch from Furnando's which I ate while at the Furries and the Media panel (Kage, KP, etc.) Oh, 4,500 of us here at the start of the Con.
Will we hit the big 5? (WE DID. 5,179)
Had to scoot out of Kazeleh to do Brewfurs at Sharp Edge on Penn. Menu looked like a chic-chic, foo-foo expensive place but for $11 I got a salad with chicken and fries that was really great! Enjoyed a Penn Brewery Pilsner (hope to go there Mon.) and a Yuengling Lager, both great. Talked with Mwalimu and another fur (sorry, forgot name)--a great time! Later saw EXCELLENT showing of Bitter Lake complete with making-of, then most of 2 the Ranting Gyphon... there was also the North East furs meet and greet (quite a few) and I tried to catch Oh!Pawpets doing a spoof of Saw but I was getting tired. Back to hotel.
Oh and a bit of Sat.: A nice greymuzzles (older furs)/mil furs (military) breakfast at the Penn City Grille at the Westin. Randy the Waiter was there as always. A tender and tear-inducing tribute to Waarhorse who passed on,
and Kage left a gift for his family: A cartoon the late Furp had done for him.
Now a brief swim in the nice Doubletree pool. Various panels ahead,
dealer's room, fursuit parade, Kage and Masquerade tonight, Kage and 2 2-gether for the charity on Sunday
Admittedly I haven't gone into detail about all the panels, etc. I attended. That may have to be another journal post. I'm doing a lot of this from memory. It's been a whirlwind.
I think I left off on Sat.--may have mentioned I went to the Greymuzzle/Milfur breakfast, then took a dip in the Doubletree pool. OK, more panels such as Pawpet related...the Fursuit parade which I have put on Dailymotion. Caught most of Mike Kazelah's cartoon basics then the very end of Jim Martin's Tales of Muppetry (showing Henson's The Christmas Toy, Johnny and the Sprites) and some OH! Pawpets. Enjoyed Kage story hour and the Masquerade (2 proposed to his lover).
Sunday: Saw most of the Great Space Coaster showing(s), then left for History of the Furry Fandom (a great panel run by Dronon)--which I left toward the end to catch a bit of the end of another Kazelah panel. Lunch at Tonic then a bit of Pawpet Show live, then of course Kage and 2 2-gether and closing ceremonies.
Previously the charity Kage/2 was in a room that sat 300. Now it was in the 2,000 seat Spirit of Pitt. Ballroom. It wasn't a sellout but I'm guessing at least 529 were there since that was my ticket number. Who knows the actual number. Closing cer. was a quick half hour...went back to my hotel and met with my friend from the area, Francis, for pizza and soda and talk. Used the free subway system to save walking (Wood St to Steel Plaza).
The next morning my roomie Cyan was up early enough (as was I) so we could go to the Amtrak station. I found out later there actually is a subway station (Penn Sta.) there but I didn't see it..? If so, he could have gone
from Steel Plaza to there...
Headed out myself and went NE to Johnstown where I saw the flood museum and took the inclined plane up for a birds eye view of the city (pix of this and others are on my facebook under anthrocoon user name). Then down to the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza, sobering. From there west back to the city (really getting the hang of this!) and I managed to find the Penn Brewery. A couple of their brews, plus Sausage plate (Kielbasa, frankfurter, bratwurst, sauerkraut, hot potato salad). This time back to Moon and a Super 8.
Tue morning,after a too brief visit to Raccoon Creek State park, it was off to the airport. First to Baltimore, then to Manchester NH on crowded planes.
See ya next year!
What are the dates for next eyar?
july 4-7 i think
No offense to them. But is there anyway someone can point me on how to listen to this without downloading iTunes itself? I don't want to have to download an entire piece of useless software to listen to this.
Thank you sir.
We had so much press this year we ran out of press passes.
Boring Pittsburgh's interview with Uncle Kage:
Burgh Baby loves us to pieces:
Here's a story that the Post-Gazette did on Fernando and his friendship with the Furries: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/furries-pony-up-to-keep-favorite-eatery-open-for-pittsburgh-convention-640547/#ixzz1z9EFv13a
Well no matter what happends to Furnandos, We all will memorize and charish the place everyday
I note it says:
>>through July, when he will close down shop and begin religious studies to become a pastor.
I just want yo thank the board and staff. And all of the attendees for the great time. See you all next year