As Pittsburgh convention Anthrocon approaches this June, many furs are opening up their wallets, counting up their change, and announcing to friends whether they can be expected this year. Unfortunately Fernando's Cafe, a business dear to attendees, have done the same and found that they will be unable to stay afloat until then. The cafe intends to close its doors on April 27.
There are only two weeks remaining to preregister for the convention. The deadline is Sunday, March 4; memberships start at $40 Canadian.
Who had a problem quite humongus,
The shirts to be worn,
So we call upon you - please save us!
That's right, folks, we need your help! The t-shirts we so adore each year are still blank slates in need of love. We're calling upon all artists, established or not, to submit their artwork for the annual Morphicon t-shirt contest.
Entries must be rated G to PG-13, and must relate to this year's theme, Fables and Furry Tails. The deadline is March 15th and you could win a Patron or Sponsor level registration.
We look forward to seeing what kind of wonderful art you can come up with!
Prizes on offer include a $50 gift card, free admission, a t-shirt and a "super special" ribbon. Entries (one per person) must be in by Tuesday night.
The convention is actively seeking contributions from attendees in the last 50 days before the convention, including conbook submissions, panelists and volunteers.
The group is looking for G–PG short stories of 5,000–8,000 words under the theme "Steam Punk, Weird Science/mad science". Draft submissions are due by February 2.
Proceeds are to go to the upcoming convention's charity. Contributing authors will receive a copy of the book.
2011's entries were collected in Stories of Camp Rainfurrest, with stories by Gene Armstrong, Sorin, Garret Biggerstaff, Daniel and Mary E. Lowd, Ryan Hickey, Kandrel, May Kay Biggerstaff, James Stringer and Trey Jackson, illustrations by Balto and Sarah Alderate, and a cover by WerePuppy.
The state is also home to Anthrocon and the Western Pennsylvania Furry Weekend. Anthrocon was formerly held just over the road from the Furstivus hotel — itself home to 1994's Furtasticon, the first East Coast furry convention.
The stated objective of these shows is to get high-quality furry art out in the public, and to introduce San Jose's downtown gallery scene to the wealth of furry artwork. Local news media representatives will be invited to visit.
There is an open call for artwork, including con-badges, which will be printed by the show; the submission deadline is December 31. The shows are being organized independently of Further Confusion by its Art Track events lead, B. Root, creator of webcomic The Dawn Chapel.
A convention-sponsored Christmas potluck took place December 17, attracting more than 75 attendees and raising over $500 for the convention's charity, the Mississauga Humane Society. Early bird pre-registrations closed November 30; dealers tables are now sold out. The con also continues to search for conbook submissions, volunteers, panelists and DJs.
The December edition of the newsletter includes holiday wishes from the chair, special guests and events, the end of pre-registration on December 30, an updated pet policy, notice of changing hotel room rates, a call for submissions to FC: Unleashed, updated dealer information and instructions, a request for volunteers, and notice of the next staff meeting on January 7.
It's been a while since we posted an update, but now is the time. We hope that everyone is looking forward to June 1-3rd, with anticipation building and the excitement levels rising. The crew of What The Fur is hard at work, planning what we expect to be the best event yet.
In this edition: Hotel reservations are open; Early Bird pre-registration is still on, with a contest for those who sign up before January; dealer's den table availability; and requests for convention book submissions, programming and DJs.
Early bird registration and submissions for the Infurnally Yours Video Competition close on November 30. The convention also seeks conbook submissions, panelists and volunteers.
For this month, I’ve kept the tags to ten. Hopefully they catch the furry zeitgeist.