Furnal Equinox 2011
|Furnal Equinox 2010
Furnal Equinox 2011
|Furnal Equinox staff|
|Furnal Equinox guests of honor|
Furnal Equinox 2011, the second annual Furnal Equinox, was held on March 11-13, 2011 at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The theme of the convention was "Wild Magic". 
Over 450 people attended the convention over the three days (a 36% increase from 2010), including 110 participants in the Fursuit Parade.
Furnal Equinox's charity auction raised a total of $4,000 for the Mississauga Humane Society. One of the successfully auctioned items included a commission from ZEN which sold for $450.
Guests of Honour
UK-based furry artist ZEN and local fursuit builder Firestorm Six were the Guests of Honour for the convention. It was ZEN's first appearance at a con in North America. As tradition for the Guests of Honour, both provided the artwork for the conbook covers, as well as the artwork on attendee badges.
ZEN also celebrated his birthday at the convention on Sunday.
Preregistration opened to attendees on 3 August 2010 and concluded on 2 March 2011. Memberships cost $30 to $40 Canadian depending on the time of registration. Sponsorships for an additional $30 included a T-shirt.
Dealers' tables opened up shortly after registration and were completely reserved as of November 2010, though they reopened after an expansion in late January.
Furnal Equinox expanded to three days of programming for 2011. The convention originally planned to remain in the Mississauga wing from the previous year, but in late January an expansion to the International wing was announced, almost tripling the available floor space and allowing space to be allocated to a Dealers Den in one room (the original plan was to split it among two rooms). Space was also set aside for a massive Zoo and an Artists Alley.
The Wolf's Den hospitality suite was introduced, offering soft drinks and snacks in an eleventh-floor suite for those registering as sponsors. The Wolf's Den was also used for receptions by fellow Canadian conventions Camp Feral! and What The Fur as well as a meet-and-greet for Ontario Furs.
Notable panels included:
- "So It's Your First Con?" by Potoroo and Feli, chairs of Feral! and What The Fur?
- "Animal Drawing", "Creating Comics" and "Backgrounds" by Kent Burles, professor at Max the Mutt Animation School in Toronto
- "Furry Psychology" by Courtney "Nuka" Plante, University of Waterloo grad student and Furry Survey researcher
- "Caring for Fursuits" by FirestormSix, Guest of Honour and fursuit builder
- "Aboriginal Culture", "Canadian Conservation", "Aboriginal Art" and "Cartooning and Character Design" by Bernice Gordon, artist
- Co-Chairs: Pakesh De and Blindsight
- Dance: Kimba, raverfox
- Dealers: MAnlantrio
- Fursuiting: Arinmal
- Gaming & Charity Auction: Shane
- Publicity, Business, Website: Scani
- Registration: Silvax
- Security: Arctic
- Volunteers: Twitchy
- ↑ Furnal Equinox 2011: The Magic Returns, furnalequinox.com (May 6, 2010)
- ↑ Thank You FE 2011 Attendees!, furnalequinox.com (March 15, 2011)
- ↑ Tweet by ZEN (March 13, 2011)
- ↑ FE Newsletter, February 2011, Furnal Equinox committee (February 15, 2011)
- ↑ FE Newsletter, January 2011, Furnal Equinox committee (January 20, 2011)
- ↑ FE Newsletter, November 2010, Furnal Equinox committee (November 16, 2010)