Califur

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Location
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Status Ongoing
First iteration May 28-30, 2004
Organizer(s) FENEC Adventures
Subject Furry
Resources Photos, videos, reports: Califur resources
Califur
FENEC
Califur 0 (2004)
Califur 1 (2005)
Califur 2 (2006)
Califur 3 (2007)
Califur 4 (2008)
Califur 5 (2009)
Califur 6 (2010)
Califur 7 (2011)
Califur 8 (2012)
Califur 9 (2013)
Califur 10 (2014)
Califur 2015
Califur 2016
Califur 2017
Califur 2018

Califur Diego
Califur Train

Califur staff
Califur guests of honor

CaliFur (CF) is a convention that succeeded the first furry convention ConFurence as the annual furry event of Southern California. Califur is organized by FENEC Adventures. With a diverse audience, Califur provides just as diverse programming. Reoccurring events include: Pet Auction, Cabaret, Live DJ'ed dances, table top gaming and video gaming, Fursuit parade, P.A.N.T Panel, Fursuit Panels and Califur After Dark, a set of events with an adult 18+ attendance. Califur has also expanded its registration to include various price ranges for those under the age of 17 to give them a price break. This helps to establish Califur as a well rounded convention with something for all ages.

Origin of FENEC and CaliFur[edit]

FENEC ("Furries Enjoying the Natural Environments of California") was conceived by Robert "Alohawolf" Johnson, Dawn Britt, and Dennis Carr with the initial idea of having a furry-themed campout. While riding home from the southern California FurBQ, Dawn had commented to Dennis and his then wife, Karmin, about the lack of other camping events such as Feral! in Southern California. Dennis pointed this out while chatting on the Furnet IRC Network, and Robert took the lead in starting an organized event.

As the campout was being planned, additional staffers including Glen Wooten, Zsanene "Zee" Stevens, Trapa, Drewkitty along with ConFurence co-founders Mark Merlino and Rod O'Riley were brought on board. With the demise of ConFurence in 2003, Mark and Robert expressed a desire to see a regional convention maintained in Southern California. The decision was made in early autumn of 2003 to plan a traditional hotel-based convention to succeed ConFurence 2003 with Califur 0 the following year. Thus the campout idea soon evolved into a hotel based convention instead. FENEC still retains its name despite this, as it is part of Califur's history.

History[edit]

Califur 0[edit]

Califur 0

The first Califur was held May 28-30, 2004 at the Atrium Hotel in Irvine, California. The theme was "The Adventure Continues" to indicate a transition between ConFurence and the new convention Califur. There were five Guests of Honor: 2, The Ranting Gryphon, Foxxfire, Topfox, Cataroo, and Jefferson P. Swycaffer. Though original expectations were modest, this inaugural dry run had an unexpected 326 attendees, over five times that of Confurence 0.

Between 2004 and 2005, there were many staffing changes, but significant growth was achieved in both room registrations and attendance.

Califur 1[edit]

Califur 1

The second Califur was held May 20-22, 2005 at the The Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, California. The theme was "Welcome to the Islands". The Guest of honor was Brian Wear. There were 383 attendees, a 15% gain over the previous year.

After 2005, there were some minor staff changes, with Zsanene "TigerEyes" Stevens being selected by the FENEC board to succeed original Califur founder Robert "Alohawolf" Johnson Jr. as the new chairperson.

Califur 2

Califur 2[edit]

The third Califur was held May 5-7, 2006 at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa. The theme was "Pirates". The Guests of Honor were Mitch de la Guardia and Lisanne Norman. There were 434 attendees.

Califur 3[edit]

Califur 3

The fourth Califur was held May 4-6, 2007 at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa. The theme was "Your Favorite Furry Villains" (Scar, Professor Ratigan, Don Karnage, Jack Salem, Bun Bun, and many more). The Artist Guests of Honor were Balaa and Roz Gibson, and the Musical Guest of Honor was Marc Gunn (creator of Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers). There were 496 attendees.

The 2006 Ursa Major Awards was held on the opening night of the convention. The Dealers Den spaces were sold out at least a month before the event, indicating that the con had again outgrown its venue.

Califur 4

Califur 4[edit]

The fifth Califur was held May 15-18, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California. The theme was "Something Steampunk This Way Comes". The Guests of Honor were Kitsumi and Keovi. There were 587 attendees.

Califur 5

Califur 5[edit]

The sixth Califur was held June 5-7, 2009 at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, California. The theme was 'On Safari'. The Guests of Honor was 2 The Ranting Gryphon and Bonnie Callahan, and the Guest Artist was Fossil the Undead Anthrosaur Artist but he didn't show up due to being unable to travel across the country. There were 720 attendees.

Califur 6[edit]

Califur 6

The seventh Califur was held June 4-6, 2010 at the Irvine Marriott. The theme was "Fabulous Furry Funnies!", which was a comic strip themed convention. The Comic Strip Guest of Honor was Amber M. Williams, and the Artist Guest of Honor was Kythera of Anevern. Fursuit maker Lucky Coyote of Don't Hug Cacti Studios was a Special Guest. Fossil was asked to come as the GOH for Califur 6, but again didn't show up. As an addition to the Califur program, there was a Furry Night Live (FNL) performance. KROQ a Los Angeles rock radio station shared the convention space with the hotel for the first time. There were 851 attendees.

Califur 7[edit]

Califur7

The eighth Califur was held over June 3-5, 2011, at the Irvine Mariott. The theme was "Post Apocalypse". The Guest Of Honor was Mitti (previously known as Touch My Badger). Radio station KROQ shared the convention space with Califur once again, since KROQ's Weenie Roast is at the same time of year. Many of the bands playing the Roast were staying at the hotel. There were 919 attendees.

Califur 8[edit]

The ninth Califur was held over June 1-3, 2012. The theme was "The Roaring Twenties", and the Guest Of Honor was Mochi. With 950 attending, Califur announced that if they could reach over 1,000 they would extend the number of days that Califur runs.

Califur 9[edit]

The tenth Califur was held May 31st, June 1st & 2nd 2013. The theme was Virtual Worlds. The Artist Guest of Honor was NecroDrone and the writer Guest of Honor was Maxwell Alexander Drake. Califur reached their goal of 1,000 attending, and exceeded the number with 1,178. Califur announced that is was in negotiation with the Marriott Irvine regarding the extension of Sunday to a full day. Many new programming additions appeared on Califur 2013's schedule including an After Dark set of tracks for those 18 and over.

Califur 10[edit]

The eleventh Califur was held May 30-June 1, 2014.[1] The convention's theme was "Hollywood - Past and Present".[1] Califur announced that Greg Weisman, creator of Disney's Gargoyles would be a special guest;[2] with Dustmeat being the artist Guest of Honor[3] and Beastcub the Fursuit Guest of Honor.[4] The attendance was 1,206.[5]

Califur 2015[edit]

The twelfth Califur was held June 5-7th, 2015 at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine California. [1] The convention's theme will be Anime & Kemono. The artist guest of honor was Zhivago D with musical and industry guest of honor Amadhia Albee. Califur had a total attendance of 1317 and announced that they were moving to the Los Angeles Fairplex for 2016.

Califur 2016[edit]

Califur 2016 was the thirteenth iteration of the Califur convention. It was held over June 3-5, 2016[6] at the Fairplex Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center in the city of Pomona in Los Angeles County, California.[7] There were 1451 attendees.[8]

The theme for Califur 2016 was "High Fantasy & Renaissance Faire: The Quest for the Dragon Sword".[7] The Guests of Honor was fandom artist Sixth Leaf Clover and game industry artist Terrie Denman.[9][10]

Califur 2017[edit]

Alt Furry administrator Len Gilbert and the success of Califur's campaign
The Califur "campaign" under way on Alt Furry's Dischord channel

The fourteenth iteration of Califur, Califur 2017 was held May 19-21, 2017,[11] once again at the Fairplex Sheraton.[citation needed] Initially scheduled for June, the date was rescheduled for May to give a wider breadth between Califur and that year's Biggest Little Fur Con.[citation needed] Attendance was 1393.[12]

Controversy[edit]

Within 24 to 48 hours before the start of the event, the venue was flooded by calls (example) and VOIP messages posing either as TV reporters or Law Enforcement personnel regarding a panel about Babyfurs and BDSM.

The seriousness of the tone of the messages prompted the venue to increase the security fee by $25,000 and the demand for the con to strike the babyfur panel. Also impacting the venue's concerns was a nearby PETA protest, which ended up being unrelated to the convention,[13] but caused law enforcement to be on the scene of the convention. Califur had the choice of canceling the con but went ahead and agreed to the terms.[14]

It was determined later that calls to the hotel were made by members from the AltFurry Discord, a Discord chat group for "Alt Furries", who aligned themselves with alt-right ideologies and movements.[15][16] Alt Furry's management first tried to deny their involvement,[17] later downplay it.[18] Preparation for this campaign started weeks prior.

The attack was based on an Alt Furry Discord consensus that the babyfur panel was pedophilic in nature,[citation needed] and the group's founder, Len Gilbert/Casey Hoerth/Furred Reich, has encouraged such tactics on his YouTube channel, since deleted.[citation needed] The AltFurry Discord's Twitter (maintained by Leb Gilbert) sent the hotel sexual cub-related art drawn by Jaga Fuxfell via Twitter, portraying it as an example of what would be featured in the panel.[19]

Some[who?] have mistakenly reported that the calls were part of a campaign by the Furry Raiders,[citation needed] due to the fact that Raiders leader, Foxler Nightfire, is associated both with the alt-right and with the AltFurry Discord,[citation needed] and there is some overlap of membership, but the groups are distinct,[citation needed] and Len Gilbert and TheBigKK are not Raiders.

Related events[edit]

Califur Train[edit]

A train trip was organized for a few years by co-chair Trapa to help Vancouver and Seattle area furries make the long journey to Califur in Southern California.

Califur Diego[edit]

Califur Diego is "a furry artist reception" held during the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. This furmeet was inspired by the now-defunct CritterConDiego which also scheduled its events in the evening after the Comic-Con dealer rooms were closed. It was most recently held in 2007 at the Horton Grand Hotel. Califur Diego 2007 featured a new, two-night format and a smaller room. The event was canceled for 2008 due to a lack of funding.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Califur website. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  2. Special Guests page on Califur.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  3. Califur Aug Update for Califur 2014! post on Califur's Tumblr. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  4. Califur tweet (Beastcub GoH) on Twitter. Dated June 1,2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  5. Twitter: Califur's final attending number.... Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  6. Tweet on the Califur account on Twitter. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Califur (2016) website. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  8. Tweet by @scottyminotaur
  9. WoWpedia Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  10. Guests of Honor on the Califur 2016 website. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  11. https://twitter.com/Califur/status/745419701904244736 Tweet] on the Califur account on Twitter. Dated June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  12. @Califur tweet - Retrieved June 27, 2017.
  13. "We were just informed by our venue and LAPD that PETA was not protesting CaliFur. They were protesting another event on fairplex." Tweet by @Califur. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  14. CaliFur Statement Regarding Threats to Venue: Expanded post on Califur's Tumblr. Retrieved June 27, 2017
  15. Furry Raiders / AltFur / Rocky Mountain Fur Con GeneralFoxler's Group with Zoophiles, Pedophiles, Alt-Right furs, and General Degeneracy post on Kiwifarms.net. Retrieved June 27, 2017
  16. Who fucked over Califur?. Tweet by Deo. Retrieved June 27, 2017
  17. AltFurry Discord is not the source of the alleged 'threats' called into Califur. tweet by Alt Furry. Retrieved June 27, 2017
  18. Regarding what happened at CaliFur post on Fur Affinity. Retrieved June 27, 2017 (archived)
  19. Archived tweet by @AltFurryDiscord. Retrieved June 29, 2017.

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