Anthrocon 2011

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Anthrocon 2011 was the 15th annual Anthrocon furry convention. It was held on the weekend of June 23 to 26, 2011,[1] at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

It was on this year that Anthrocon tied with ConFurence for longevity.

The convention's theme was "The Anthropomorphic Institute of Magic". Guests of honor were Andy Runton and Peter S. Beagle.[2][3]

There was a total 4,400 attendees from 39 countries, and 854 fursuiters in the fursuit parade.[4]

The ToonSeum was Anthrocon's charity benefactor this year,[5] receiving $11,522 from a charity auction, donations, and an Uncle Kage/2, The Ranting Gryphon show.[6]

Hotel space[edit]

The number of furs attending Anthrocon this year caused problems, with some reports that attendees had booked out all the available hotel rooms in downtown Pittsburgh over that weekend.[7][8] Anthrocon Chairman Uncle Kage stated that this might explain the slower growth this year, compared to 2009/10 - "When Downtown hotels became fully booked in mid-May, Anthrocon registration dropped off dramatically", he said. He went on to say that he doubted the event would grow further unless more rooms were made available near the center.[7]

In the same article, it also stated that Anthrocon is worth an estimated $5 million a year to Pittsburgh.[7]


Anthrocon, Inc. started the year with $109428.96 in assets, including $55365.96 in cash (and temporary cash investments). They ended the year with $91346.04 in assets, including $42607.24 in cash. Liabilities were zero, making their gain/loss for the year $-18082.92 ($-12758.72 in cash), and their net balance $91346.04.

Their total revenue was $392805.02, of which $219970 was from memberships, $32864.48 was from donations, $890 was from advertising and $4963.63 was from merchandise, after accounting for the cost of goods sold.

Their expenses came to $405563.74, of which $49376.60 was for occupancy, $39271.11 for equipment rental and maintenance, $38795.26 for catering, $47388.76 for labor and $28619.94 for printing.

Source: Anthrocon, Inc. Form 990 (description from GuideStar)
Note: These financials provide just a brief overview, and should be considered in context. Each convention has its own situation, which may change from year to year. Special events (like art shows) that are part of a charity's mission are usually run at a loss. Conventions typically have many other expenses which may come to far more than those listed. Check the source for further details.

The figures above include $123,526.67 of revenue from consignment sales in the art show and artists alley, of which $106,962.22 was paid out to artists.


  1. Convention Date Related Questions - From Anthrocon's FAQ
  2. Anthrocon 2011 Guest Of Honor: Andy Runton! - Chiaroscuro,   anthrocon (17 October 2010)
  3. Anthrocon 2011 is pleased to welcome its honored guest - Giza on (January 12, 2011). Retrieved July 7, 2011
  4. Anthrocon 2011 wrapup - Giza on (July 2, 2011). Retrieved July 7, 2011
  5. Anthrocon 2011 Charity Auction/Raffle Information - Final Call! - Rigel,   anthrocon (27 May 2011)
  6. Anthrocon 2011 Charity Event Followup - Rigel,   anthrocon (28 June 2011)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Return of the furries: Anthrocon in Pittsburgh for sixth year Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 24, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011
  8. "I blame the furries", June 29, 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2011

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