Anthrocon

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Anthrocon
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Location
Website
Status Ongoing
First iteration July 3-6, 1997 (as Albany AnthroCon)

July 1-4, 1999 (as AnthroCon)

Organizer(s) Anthrocon, Inc.
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Anthrocon resources
Anthrocon
Albany AnthroCon 1997
Albany AnthroCon 1998
Anthrocon 1999
Anthrocon 2000
Anthrocon 2001
Anthrocon 2002
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Anthrocon 2006
Anthrocon 2007
Anthrocon 2008
Anthrocon 2009
Anthrocon 2010
Anthrocon 2011
Anthrocon 2012
Anthrocon 2013
Anthrocon 2014
Anthrocon 2015
Anthrocon 2016

Anthrocon staff
Anthrocon guests of honor

Anthrocon is the world's largest furry convention, with an attendance of 5861 in 2014. It is held each summer in Pennsylvania, USA.

History[edit]

The convention was founded in 1997 as Albany AnthroCon, itself an offshoot of the Furry Halloween parties held by Aloyen Youngblood; when attendance pushed triple digits, he decided to book a hotel, and organized it as a convention in 1997 with the aid of local friends Points, Rigel and others. In its first year, it had approximately 500 attendees.

In late 1998-9 the chairmanship of the convention was transferred to Dr. Samuel Conway by Points, and they formally organized the group as Anthrocon Inc., renamed the convention simply "Anthrocon", and relocated it to Pennsylvania. Its first venue was the Hilton Hotel of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (1999 and 2000). Due to rapidly increasing membership numbers it was forced to relocate to the larger Adams Mark Hotel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2001- when it became the largest furry convention ever held, with 1,457 attendees.

Attendance continued to grow: by 2004 it was 2,406. Attendance in 2005 dropped slightly to 2,373, due in part to higher parking fees, a different and unfamiliar hotel (the Wyndham Franklin Plaza in downtown Philadelphia), and possibly due to Hurricane Dennis's effect on the southern United States which closed many airports and prevented people from traveling.

Attendance again began to increase in 2006 with the move to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the David Lawrence Convention Center, reaching 2,489. In 2008 total attendance topped three thousand at 3,390, and in 2010 exceeded four thousand with 4,238 attendees and four official convention hotels. Growth for the convention has historically averaged 14% a year.

Since 1997, the Anthrocon Charity Auction has donated more than $86,000 to animal-related charities.

Security for the convention has been provided by the Dorsai Irregulars since 2002.

Current location and timeslot[edit]

Visitor Statistics

Due to the unforeseen sale and closure of the Adam's Mark Hotel in November 2004, Anthrocon chose the Wyndham Franklin Plaza in Philadelphia as the site for its 2005 convention. In 2005, Anthrocon announced that they would be moving to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 2006 convention. Because of scheduling conflicts, the convention had to temporarily leave its normal July timeslot and was held June 15-18 in 2006. The 2007 convention was held July 5-8 at the same location.

A 2007 move to Pittsburgh was actually envisioned by Anthrocon's Board of Directors before the sale of the Adam's Mark Hotel took place, due to Anthrocon's increasing attendance. Anthrocon began soliciting people's opinions about moving to Pittsburgh in October 2004. At the time, the convention was already too big for any affordable hotel in Philadelphia, and the Adam's Mark had the most convention space of any hotel of its size in the city before its demolition. The closing of the Adam's Mark simply moved those plans up a year.

While some were opposed to the move, most were supportive of it. Many attendees who supported the move lived so far away from Pennsylvania that the move made little difference to the trip there.

Current leadership[edit]

The chairman of the convention, Dr. Samuel Conway (nicknamed Kagemushi or Uncle Kage among attendees), oversees the operations of the Anthrocon with the help of staff and a number of volunteers who donate their time and energy throughout the weekend to assist the multitude of small tasks which arise.

The rest of the Board of Directors includes:

Guests of Honor[edit]

Past Guests of Honor have included:

Typical programming[edit]

A photo of the fursuit dance at Anthrocon 2005.
  • Supersponsor Luncheon
  • Table-top card and role-playing games
  • Video Game Room and Tournaments
  • Special-interest Groups
  • Art Demonstration
  • Puppetry Instruction

Themes[edit]

  • 1997: An East Coast Furry Convention
  • 1998: Here There Be Dragons
  • 1999: Join the Furry Revolution
  • 2000: Furries of Myth and Legend
  • 2001: Furries in Flight
  • 2002: Inventions
  • 2003: Creatures of the Night
  • 2004: Summer Games
  • 2005: Heroes
  • 2006: Making History
  • 2007: Looking to the Future
  • 2008: It's a Jungle Out There
  • 2009: OMG Aliens
  • 2010: Modern Stone-Age Furries
  • 2011: The Anthropomorphic Institute of Magic
  • 2012: A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 2013: The Fast and The Furrious
  • 2014: Secret Societies
  • 2015: Viking Invasion!
  • 2016: Roaring "Twenty" (20th anniversary)
  • 2017: Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Charities[edit]

Every year, Anthrocon chooses a local charity that is animal related to be the beneficiary of its charity auction.[1]

The choice of Toonseum was made with consultation of the furry community via a LiveJournal post by Rigel. It has so far been the only (fandom-approved) exception to the "animal related" charity rule.

Attendance[edit]

Each year Anthrocon sees an average 17.3% increase in attendees with a bigger increase of the number of fursuiters in the fursuit parade with an average of 34.6%. Fursuiters typically make up 15-20% of the attendance.

Convention year Attendance Percentage change Fursuiters in fursuit parade Percentage change
Albany AnthroCon 1997 500* - Unknownº -
Albany AnthroCon 1998 600* 20% "" "" -
Anthrocon 1999 845 40.8% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2000 1,128 33.4% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2001 1,457 29.2% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2002 1,648 13.1% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2003 1,949 18.2% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2004 2,404 23.3% "" "" -
Anthrocon 2005 2,370 -1.4% 140 -
Anthrocon 2006 2,489 5% 191 36.4%
Anthrocon 2007 2,849 14.5% 353 84.8%
Anthrocon 2008 3,390 19% 453 28.3%
Anthrocon 2009 3,776 11.4% 640 41.3%
Anthrocon 2010 4,238 12.2% 713 11.4%
Anthrocon 2011 4,400 3.8% 854 19.8%
Anthrocon 2012 5,179 17.7% 1,044 22.2%
Anthrocon 2013 5,577 7.68% 1,300 24.5%
Anthrocon 2014 5,861 5.09% 1,326 2%

.*Estimated

ºUntil 2005 Anthrocon did not keep records on the number of fursuiters in the fursuit parade.

Incorporation and Trademarks[edit]

Anthrocon, Inc. was incorporated as a non-profit organization on 25 June 1998 and registered as a 501(c)(7) social and recreation club in the state of Pennsylvania (entity 2823650). This classification differs from the 501(c)(3) status of Midwest Furry Fandom and Anthropomorphic Arts and Education - most notably, donations are not tax-deductible to their donors, but in return the company has more flexibility about its operations, and more leeway to restrict access to non-members (in fact, it is expected to, as otherwise it is not a club).

Applications to register the word "Anthrocon" and the 'Anthrocon paw' as US trademarks were filed on 18 September and 12 November 2006, respectively. According to these filings, the word "Anthrocon" was first used on 1 February 1997, while the paw logo was used from 30 June 1998.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Charity history on Anthrocon's website. Retrieved June 19, 2012.

External links[edit]


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