Furry Connection North 2008
Furry Connection North or FCN was first held on 11-13 April 2008 at the Best Western Executive Plaza in Ann Arbor, the first year's guest of honor was MixedCandy Productions (Latin Vixen and Adam Fisher). Programming included performances by Uncle Kage and 2 the Ranting Gryphon, and a live recording of 2 Sense. Dances were held on all three nights featuring a powerful sound system and laser effects, as well as a full laser show on Sunday night.
The focus of the convention was on giving the event a "party" feel while still including traditional convention elements. In addition to traditional convention programming, on the main stage there was a "Make Your Own Programming" room in which people signed up to use the room to discuss whatever topics they like. The convention featured a video gaming room and a board gaming room, which hosted tournaments for poker, pool, Rock Band, and Dance Dance Revolution as well as open gaming. The convention hotel also had a large atrium which was used as a general hang out as well as allowing artists to draw badges and sketches without being signed up in the dealer's room. The hotel was designed so that many of the guest rooms opened directly into the lobby or atrium, providing for a fun and open atmosphere that lasted the duration of the weekend.
For attendees who registered for the event as sponsors, humorously being referred to as “pimps,” a special sponsor's lounge with snacks, warm meals, slushes, soda, and beer on tap was available.
2 the Ranting Gryphon posted that "Gir (the con chair) and I came up with the idea for FCN because we wanted to show some furs a good time."
The event sold out its hotel for Saturday night, and reached an attendance of 372 by the closing ceremonies. The Saturday morning fursuit parade had 57 participants.
- Gir Tygrin - Convention Chairman
- 2 the Ranting Gryphon - Vice Chairman / Director of Programming
- Edward Hyena - Director of Operations
- Kargo Wolf - Director of Fursuit Affairs
- Gerret the Ferret - Head of Registration
- Nik Vulper - Director of Finance
- Eddiddiums - Convention Secretary
- Jibba Foxcoon - Head of Security
- Tallyhawk - Webmaster
- Omnibahumut - Graphic designer
- Stevie Maxwell - Boardgame Room
- Furry Connection North 2008 flyer
- Furry Connection North - Memberships (as of 15 March 2008)
- FCN - LiveJournal post by 2_gryphon (21 February 2008)
- Furry Connection North - Dealers (as of 15 March 2008)