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Further Confusion 2006 - July Newsletter

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Hearken to the call, one and all! Be ye scaled or furred, earth-treader
or bird, sound the call and spread the word: Further Confusion shall
soon come to be; join us for five days of fine revelry. An artist has
been named as our first honored guest; and now with a fair scribe we've
been blessed. And even long before our gathering shall begin, we shall
hold camp -- and a feast!

1.  Picnic & Campout Information
2.  Our Second Guest of Honor
3.  Staff Needed
4.  Pre-Registering for FC
5.  Furry Night Live! returns
6.  Furry Marketplace
7.  FC Film Festival
8.  Conbook Submissions Needed
9.  Membership Badge Art Needed
10. Hotel FAQ for Booking Rooms
11. Further Confusion Masquerade
12. Next Public Meeting1.  Picnic & Campout Information

The Further Confusion Picnic & Campout is coming up soon! Don't miss
one of our hallmark events. The picnic will be held Saturday, August
20th, starting at 11am at the Willow picnic site. The Picnic is free to
all; no RSVP required.

The Campout will be held the night before the picnic, August 19th.
There will be a charge of $5 a head to cover costs of booking the site.
Please remember that you MUST RSVP to camping@furtherconfusion.org if you
wish to join us for the Campout.

More information is on our website at:
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/camping_picnic.php

2.  Our Second Guest of Honor

It gives us great pleasure to announce our second honored guest, the
renowned fantasy author, Dr. Jane Lindskold. Dr. Lindskold is the
author of "Through Wolf's Eyes," "The Dragon of Despair," and many other
titles.

Dr. Lindskold grew up in Washington, D.C. and Chesapeake Bay. She
studied at Fordham, where she received a Ph. D. in English,
concentrating on Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern British Literature.
Mentored by her dear friend Roger Zelazny, she started publishing
stories in 1992, and she published her first novel, Brother to Dragons,
Companion to Owls in December, 1994.  In her Athanor series, she writes
about the creatures of legend -- shape-shifters, satyrs, merfolk, and
unicorns -- who have sworn to keep their existence hidden from a human
race prone to kill what it does not understand. In her Firekeeper Saga
series, she writes about a woman who discovers that politics among the
wolves she was raised by and politics among human royalty are not so
different. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband,
anthropologist Jim Moore.

3.  Staff Needed

We still have many many staff positions available! If you've had prior
experience organizing and running conventions, or even if you just want
to lend a friendly paw, WE NEED YOU! E-mail info@furtherconfusion.org for
details, or come to one of our staff meetings. If you're interested in
working under a particular department, individual department e-mail
addresses can be found at
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/contactinfo.php

Still-open positions include: Business Director, Marketing 2nd, Con
Store lead, Fursuit Lounge, and Gaming. Also, Logistics, Registration
and Art Show need additional personnel.

4.  Pre-Registering for FC

Please note that if you plan to pre-register for Further Confusion 2006,
that the price will be going up from $40 to $45 starting September 1st,
2005. You can register online at the following address:
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/onlinereg.php

Pertinent general information regarding registration can be found on our
website at:
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/registration.php

5.  Furry Night Live! returns

Furry Night Live! (formerly the Furry Variety Show) returns Sunday night
at 8:00 PM as the number one place to see furry variety acts performed
live ... but with a few big changes! This year a new host will MC the
show, while performers will have the choice of their acts being judged
on performance by a panel. In addition, a special "Audience Choice
Award" will allow the audience to choose their favorite act which will
receive a cash award!

So dust off those Renaissance fair costumes, get your fursuits ready,
grab your friends and form performance troupes, and develop an act or
skit worthy of the theme "Renfur: A Knight's Tail". Unsure what you can
do? Not able to come up a script for yourself? Able to perform but have
no act? Not a problem. We will have scripts, acts, and skits for you to
participate in!

For more information contact Furry Night Live! Lead Scruff E. Coyote at
fvs@furtherconfusion.org. To subscribe to the official Furry Night Live
discussion E-mail list go to
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/fvs_signup.php

6.  Furry Marketplace

Furry Marketplace slots go on sale August 1st, 2005. We will be making
4' table spaces available for $45 for the whole weekend. Reserve your
space ahead of time and avoid the rush! If you have any questions,
e-mail dealers@furtherconfusion.org.

7.  FC Film Festival

Further Confusion would like to announce that we are sponsoring a Film
Festival, which will showcase animated and live-action short films with
anthropomorphic themes submitted by both fans and film-makers. All films
shown will be judged by a select panel for a 1st place cash prize.

For further inquiries, or to submit a film, please contact
filmfest@furtherconfusion.org

8.  Conbook Submissions Needed

This year's conbook deadline is November 1st, 2005. Further Confusion
will be accepting full-color (and black-and-white) artwork, stories,
photographs, and any other material pertinent to the Conbook. We can
accept material in TIFF, EPS and PDF format. If you have a JPEG file,
please try to send it to us at the highest resolution possible. Artwork
can either be full-page format (8.5in x 11in), half-page format (8.5in x
5.5in), or quarter-page format (5.5in x 4.25in) in size. All raster
images should be at the very least 300 dpi (600 dpi preferred). PDF
files should be created at the High Quality setting.

Stories can be in .RTF or .DOC format. If you are submitting a story,
please include your name in the story so we know who wrote it. Also,
please name your files something logical so that we know who they are
from. For example, a piece done by Joe Public could be named
jpublic_image01.tiff.

We also have an upload site for those of you that might have images
larger than 5MB. Please send an e-mail to conbook@furtherconfusion.org if
you want the upload information.

We also have our Conbook guidelines for those of you who might need help
in creating content for our Conbook. Go to
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/conbook_guidelines.php

9.  Membership Badge Art Needed

Further Confusion is currently seeking artwork submissions for the 2006
membership badge inserts. Both color and black & white artwork will be
accepted, and all artwork will be considered on overall 'look and feel',
plus these additional points:

- Size: Art must scale to be printed at 4" x 2".
- Theme: Art must accurately reflect the theme of the con.
- Age appropriateness: The art must be suitable for viewing by children.

Artists submitting images should be aware that there is no payment for
badge art chosen, and the artist gives Further Confusion the right to
reproduce the image as badge art for FC2006. The artist will be credited
on the insert and in the con program book. The artist retains all other
copyrights and reproduction rights beyond the above.

Submission deadline is October 1st, 2005. All qualifying submissions
will be seriously considered and we will choose 6 designs. All artists
will be notified by November 1st as to whether or not their submissions
have been chosen.

Submission technical specs: We prefer JPG format at best possible
quality compression, at 300 DPI. An 8" by 4" original scanned at 300DPI
gives us a good file to work with. Badge art Submissions should be sent
to badgeartsubmissions@furtherconfusion.org. In the email specify how you
wish to be credited should your art be chosen.

10. Hotel FAQ for Booking Rooms

If you want to get your room reservation in time for the con, it's very
important that you read the Hotel FAQ, located online at
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2006/hotel.php . If you have any
additional questions, please contact hotel@furtherconfusion.org.

If you need a specific type of room, you should book your room and make
your request in plenty of time! If you want to be placed on the party
floor, fursuit floor, next to your friends, or have any other special
request, you should first book the room, and then send your request to
hotel@furtherconfusion.org along with your full (real) name and hotel
confirmation code.

11. Further Confusion Masquerade

Have a nifty new fursuit? Then come show it off!

The Masquerade is a furry fashion show for all the latest, greatest, or
just plain ol' cutest fursuits out there. Each entry will have up to
two minutes (increased from last year!) to strut their stuff in center
stage. Awards will be given to the best fursuits in the Novice,
Journeyman, Expert, and Judge's Choice categories. So bring your suit,
your favorite showin' off tunes, and your sense of fun down to the 2006
Further Confusion Masquerade! Watch this
newsletter for more information, including revised rules and rehearsal
times. (You must be at the rehearsal to be in the Masquerade.) So don't
hesitate- come show us your coolest creations!

12. Next Public Meeting

The next Further Confusion public staff meeting will be at noon on
Saturday September 17, 2005, at the San Jose Doubletree.

--
Further Confusion
info@furtherconfusion.org
http://www.furtherconfusion.org/

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