Anthrocon 2012

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Anthrocon 2012 was the 16th annual Anthrocon furry convention. It was held on the weekend of June 14th to 17th, 2012,[1][2] at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Originally scheduled for June 21st to 24th, 2012, the convention received a request from the city of Pittsburgh to move their dates one week earlier so the city could realize a "very rare opportunity to host an event that they have been wanting to host for many years", in compensation for additional hotel rooms.[1] After some speculation,[3] it was announced in October that the NHL Entry Draft would be hosted in Pittsburgh, on Anthrocon's original dates.[4]

Anthrocon broke ConFurence's longevity record that year, becoming the longest running furry convention in North America, and the 2nd longest running in the world after Eurofurence.

  • Theme: "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"

The guests of honor were Dev Madan and Mike Kazaleh.

Total attendance was 5179 with 1044[5] fursuiters in the fursuit parade.

Total amount raised for the convention's designated charity, Hello Bully, was $20,656.[6]

Dealers Den and art show[edit]

Uncle Kage commented

Anthrocon 2012
The Dealer's Room did not double in size. Well, it did, but only geographically. We widened the aisles from 15 to 22 feet, but we only added approximately 15% more table space. The attendance itself grew by about 15%, so it was pretty much in line.

I personally have noticed a decline in sales-per-attendee at the Art Show over the past ten years. The revenue generated by Art Show sales is pretty close to what it was in 2007, although the convention itself has doubled in size.[7]

Anthrocon 2012


Anthrocon, Inc. started the year with $91346.04 in assets, including $42607.24 in cash (and temporary cash investments). They ended the year with $124240.07 in assets, including $66243.35 in cash. Liabilities were zero, making their gain/loss for the year $32894.03 ($23636.11 in cash), and their net balance $124240.07.

Their total revenue was $472019.59, of which $278090 was from memberships, $49562.51 was from donations, $680 was from advertising and $6233.92 was from merchandise, after accounting for the cost of goods sold.

Their expenses came to $448383.48, of which $75577.23 was for occupancy, $48589.23 for equipment rental and maintenance, $43662.94 for catering, $52285.17 for labor and $30055.47 for printing.

Source: Anthrocon, Inc. Form 990 (description from Foundation Center)
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 $124,871.27 of revenue from consignment sales in the art show and artists alley, of which $108.754.06 was paid out to artists.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthrocon announces dates for 2012! - Uncle Kage (5 August 2011)
  2. Convention Date Related Questions - From Anthrocon's FAQ
  3. Anthrocon bumped for . . . 2012 NHL Entry Draft? - GreenReaper, Flayrah (6 August 2011)
  4. Pittsburgh to host next NHL Entry Draft, CBC Sports, 26 October 2011.
  5. Video: Anthrocon 2012 fursuit parade - Patch Packrat, Flayrah; video by jesssioui (20 June 2012)
  6. Anthrocon 2012 Charity Event Followup - Rigel (19 June 2012)
  7. Comment posted June 21 2012 to Ursula Vernon's LiveJournal. Retrieved June 21, 2012.

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