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FC2011 October Newsletter

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In this issue:
1. Fairmont sold out, overflow hotel opening soon
2. Furry Market Place already at 55% capacity!
3. Dealer Room Waiting List
4. Still accepting Con Book submissions
5. Badge Art Wanted!
6. Fursuit Badge submissions
7. Travel Assistance
8. Pre Registration Deadline, December 30th, 2010
10. Next Public Meeting

1. Fairmont sold out, overflow hotel opening soon

We're sorry to say the Fairmont is now sold out. Please stay tuned to our website, Forums, LiveJournal, and other venues for an upcoming announcement when the overflow hotel block opens. The overflow hotel is again the St. Claire, just a short stroll from the Fairmont. Information on the overflow will be released soon. For your convenience here is a walking map of the downtown area:

<http://www.sjredevelopment.org/PublicationsPlans/walkingMap.pdf>

2. Furry Market Place already at 55% capacity!

Spaces in the Furry Market Place are going fast! If you have a desire to sell your wares at Further Confusion 2011 and that material is acceptable to all audiences, then the Furry Market Place may work for you. Head on over to the Furry Market Place page of the Further Confusion website at <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/dealers/marketplace> for all the rules and limitations... as well as the Furry Market Place sign-up form.

If the Furry Market Place will work for you, fill out the sign-up form and send it in with your $75.00 payment (personal check or money orders only, please) to the address given on the form. Sales of Furry Market Place spaces will close when all 20 have sold, or December 15th 2010, whichever comes first. We will NOT be selling spaces at the con this year. Once sales have closed in December any unsold spaces will be offered as extra space for our charities.

3. Dealer Room Waiting List

The Dealer Room Waiting list is the place you want to apply to if you find the Furry Market Place will not fit your needs. When someone that currently has a table in the Further Confusion 2011 Dealer Room finds that they will not be able to make it to the convention, they contact us and get their full refund. Then the space they gave up gets offered in a 'Random Lottery' to a person on the waiting list. Cancellations can happen at any time. We've already had one and gave that space to a luck person from the waiting list. The most common time to have cancellations is in the last 6 weeks before the convention. In some of our past years every person on the waiting list got into the main dealer room. But there have also been times when that has not been the case. Our recommendation, even if you DO choose to apply to the waiting list, is to look at the list of dealers shown on the website, and if you see one of your friends there, ask them if they are going to need help manning their table. Maybe the will split the cost of the table with you? And remember, whatever you do, if you are going to sell product at the convention, to seek a sellers permit from the California Board of Equalization BEFORE you get to the convention. If you choose to get on the waiting list, go to the Dealers page on the Further Confusion website and download the Waiting List Application. Fill it out and send it in to the address on the form. We will close the Waiting List to new applicants on December 15th, 2010.

4. Still accepting Con Book submissions

The official deadline for con book submissions has passed. However we will be extending it and are currently still accepting submissions, both written and drawn. Requirements and specifications can be found on the convention Web site at <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/policies/conbook>.

Any questions not addressed by the Web page can be directed to conbook@furtherconfusion.org. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!

5. Badge Art Wanted!

Further Confusion is currently seeking artwork submissions for the 2011 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. Branding: 'FC', 'FurCon' or 'Further Confusion' and the convention year, '2011', must be present. 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 in the con program book and as badge art for FC2011. 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 November 1st, 2010. All qualifying submissions will be seriously considered and 6 designs will be chosen for use. All artists will be notified by December 1st as to whether or not their submissions have been chosen. Submissions should be in JPG format at best possible quality compression, 300 DPI (1200x600 pixels) minimum. An 8" by 4" original scanned at 300 DPI produces a good file to work with. Badge art submissions should be sent to badge-art@furtherconfusion.org. In the email specify your website (if you want it listed) and how you wish to be credited should your art be chosen.

6. Fursuit Badge submissions

If you have a fursuit, are pre-registered, and need a fursuit badge, here's what to do.  Before January 1, 2011, send a picture of your fursuit to fursuit-badges@furtherconfusion.org and include the following information in the email:

- Your real name
- The fursuit name
- Your membership badge number

The file can be any standard picture format (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc.) at 300 dpi with a usable area of 450 by 600 pixels.

Your first fursuit badge is free (though a donation to the convention would be appreciated), any subsequent badges are $5 each.

Photographs for fursuit badges will also be taken at the convention. Please see the times that will be posted at the Registration Desk for the hours this will be offered.

If you are not sure that you have registered, please contact Registration at registration@furtherconfusion.org.

7. Travel Assistance

Each year, we have some folks who need a little bit of extra help in affording the trip to Further Confusion. This is your chance to help them out. The folks listed on this page are folks who have specifically requested help from the fandom and are people we feel are worthy of your consideration.

If you need just a little help in getting to Further Confusion 2011, we're here for you! FC can offer travel assistance to those in need. Just email us at info@furtherconfusion.org with 'Travel Assistance' in the subject line, and we'll add you to the list below. When emailing us, make sure that you include your real name, fan name, mailing address, and provide a brief description about yourself and what you feel you can contribute to the convention. Note that the deadline for getting on to the travel assistance list is November 1, 2010. If you want to make a donation to the convention to help a specific person, here's how you do it. Send us a check (our address is listed on our Contact page at <http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/contact> with the name of the individual listed in the memo field of the check (or money order, as the case may be). We will deposit that check into our accounts, and in after the request deadline, we will notify the person of the amount received on their behalf. We will NOT reveal the names of persons who have made such contributions unless both the recipient and the donor desire us to.

<http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/policies/travel_assistance>

8. Pre Registration Deadline, December 30th, 2010

What are you waiting for? Don't let the deadline slip you by. You would be surprised to know how many people forget to do this. Don't let it happen to you! Pre-register now for only $45!

<http://www.furtherconfusion.org/fc2011/registration>

9: AAE now accepting bids to chair FC2012

Every year, AAE, Inc, the parent corporation opens up bids for running the new years convention. It's that time of year again. AAE, Inc, is announcing that the bid process for FC2012 is now open. For detailed information on how to submit a bid to run Further Confusion 2012, please see the following link. The Deadline for Bid submissions is December 1st, 2010.

<http://www.anthroarts.org/fcbids.html>

10. Next Public Meeting

Our next staff meeting will be on October 23rd, starting at 1pm in the San Jose Fairmont hotel.

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Further Confusion
info@furtherconfusion.org
<http://www.furtherconfusion.org/>

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