The Anthrocon Forums Will Shut Down on December 31st, 2018

Hey everyone,

We started up the Anthrocon forums back in 2005, and it's been fun 13 years since then. But over the last 13 years, there have been many changes--changes in the furry community, changes in the Internet, and changes in how we communicate. As such, forums no longer play the same role for this convention like they did a decade-plus ago.

Activity has dropped off, with fewer and few people using the forums every year, and that makes it an increasingly difficult business case for us to keep them running. As such, we will be spinning down the forums at the end of the year.

What Comes Next?

There are plenty of other ways to stay touch with us, and with other con attendees:

If you want to archive pages from this site, be sure to check out archive.is. Old copies of this website are also at Archive.org.

Stay Connected With Each Other!

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New con year, new website!

But, if you're reading this, it means you found our 2018 website, wondered where the forums have gone, and then came here.

As much as I enjoyed running the website on Drupal over the years, the website was becoming more and more unwieldy to maintain, and the lack of mobile support was a real problem. At first, I was going to upgrade this website to Drupal 8, but many of the third party modules we've come to know and love (Private Messages, 5-star voting, user badges, etc.) were no longer supported and not available for Drupal 8. So while we have had mobile support, there would have been a loss of features. It didn't help that the forums were getting less and less usage over the years:

And even things like Private Messages were seeing less and less usage:

"Heaven only knows what happened in 2014"

 

This was very likely due to the rise of social media over the past few years, and its availability on mobile devices. Heck, our Facebook group has 9,800 members, and our Twitter feed has 36,000 followers! I myself field far more con-related inquires over those two forums than this website and email combined.

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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!

Anthrocon 2017 has come and gone. Our staff is taking a well-deserved break for the Summer. We are grateful as always to our charming guest Mr. Charlie Adler, who shared his wisdom as well as his nigh-infinite talents as a voice actor with us. Check back again as Autumn comes about to learn more about our 2018 convention, which is scheduled for July 5-8, 2018 in beautiful Pittsburgh, PA.


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Anthrocon 2017 Fursuit Photos

Many thanks this year go to Warphammer and Kyreeth, for taking the fursuit photos, including the group photo during Saturday'sparade.

The big picture can be found here.

The photo is kinda big, and may cause problems in some browsers, so here are some smaller versions of the photo:

Were you looking for the rest of the fursuit photos? They are over here! If you are looking for photos with the baseball backdrop, those start on page 28.

We hope you enjoy the Anthrocon 2017 photos, and don't forget that if you'd like to share your own photos, please upload them to our group on Flickr.

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Anthrocon 2017 Wrapup

What a convention we had this year!

Let's start with some numbers:

- Attendance: 7,544 of you attended the convention this year. That's a new attendance record!

- The Fursuit Parade: We had 1,890 fursuiters in the parade this year.

- Our charity this year was Hope Haven. $37,598 was donated to them, including $6,183 in the Charity Raffle and over $10,000 in the Charity Auction!

- Our social media presence continues to grow and grow! We had 1,387,000 impressions on Twitter this year, which is a jump of over 30% from last year's number.

While the con itself is still over, we'd like to ask for a little extra help from those of you who went.

We have a Post-con Survey at www.anthrocon.org/survey. If you could take the time to fill it out, and let us know what we did right, and we could do better, we'd appreciate it. We'll read the responses over the coming weeks and use them in our planning for next year's convention.

We'd also like to ask if you could share your photos of the event. Our first choice would be our Facebook group, with our Flickr group being a close second. You might just find one of your photos being used in a future #FursuitFriday post! Smiling

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LOST AND FOUND for Anthrocon 2017

Anthrocon 2017 is now behind us, but we still have our memories...including lots of things that were accidentally left behind by our attendees.  If you lost something at the convention, please fill in our LOST AND FOUND REPORT FORM.  If we have something of yours, we are happy to return it free of charge.

Some things we have found are:

Electronics (including cameras, laptops, tablets, etc.)

Articles of clothing

Fursuit parts and accessories (lots and lots of claws, teeth, and a few tongues)

Multiple eyeglasses and sunglasses

Character badges, pins, and the like

Photographic equipment and accessories

Keys

Jewelry (rings, earrings, other rings)

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Anthrocon 2017 Charity Event Summary

Hi, and welcome to the 2017 edition of the Anthrocon Charity Events Followup!

Anthrocon donated a new record convention total of $37,598 for Hope Haven Farm Sanctuary,
our supported charity this year. Thanks very much to Hope Haven's founder, Dr. Karen Phillips,
and all her volunteers who came out to participate!

We also set new records for money raised in the Raffle and the Poker Tournament!

More special thanks are in order to the following groups and individuals:

* To all the donors who contributed artwork, merchandise, and memorabilia to the auction and
raffle, and to all those who both bid at the auction and bought raffle tickets.

* To the Dorsai Irregulars, Anthrocon's security contingent, who contributed the Elevator Golden
Ticket for 2018.

* To Dr. Samuel Conway and Alkali, for their charity performance for which all ticket sales were
donated to charity. Also, again to Dr. Conway for his annual auctioneering skills.

* To all the fursuiters who volunteered their time for fursuit "bucket brigade" duties.

* To the Westin, Omni, DoubleTree, and the Courtyard, who each generously offered up one or more
four-night stays during Anthrocon 2018.

* To all the attendees who bought merchandise and made cash donations to Hope Haven's donation
buckets at their table.

I would like to give thanks to my staff who helped conduct both the charity auction and raffle.
None of this could've occurred without the assistance of Mike "Mrianti" Pierce, Trevor "Mr. Mutt"
Boyd, Tracey "Stormy" Bealer, and Tamarie "CelticKitty" Simmons, as well as the additional
assistance of legacy staffer, Shaun "Stahi" Daugherty.

Unclaimed high-ticket raffle items will be re-raffled next year.

RESULTS ARE CURRENTLY TENTATIVE for few months after publication of this summary to account for
additional incoming donations and human error. Corrections will be made as they are identified.

Finally, here are all the details.

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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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