News:Swedish furs gather for first FurryCon
Last month saw a long-anticipated event - FurryCon, the first furry convention in Sweden since Eurofurence 2 - drawing 110 people to the city of Karlstad on the north shore of Lake Vänern.
The event ran from late Friday (18 September) to Sunday afternoon. It was organized by Spots and Stripes, and run by a team of 30 volunteers led by kirrow. Alcohol was banned, as was the display (but not private sale) of adult material.
The two fursuiters were very popular, especially at the fursuit bowling outing. Also popular was the ear and tail workshop, roleplaying games, and party games such as Mafia. A large collection of video games were available; those wishing to loan them were required to leave an item of value behind.
The event was a financial success, running a surplus of 4000 SEK (~US$570). 10% was donated to the event's charity, Djurskyddet Karlstad (Karlstad Animal Welfare); their total was 1181 SEK after a charity raffle and dealer contributions. Some found the furry theme lacking, but event organizers - most veterans of anime cons - pledged to address this in future years.
FurryCon's future location is still uncertain, though one proposal is to move to different cities each year, starting in Stockholm. However, a competition for next year's homepage mascot has begun. The theme? "Friendship and love . . . anthro style."
FurryCon 2009 by Beeriz
|SveaFurs, anime geeks, gaming geeks, furs and furry fans met under one roof, and each realized they could hang out with one another. By combining them, I hope furries will become more accepted in the world of anime/manga conventions, and likewise that anime/manga becomes more accepted in the furry world. — kirrow [translated]|
|My biggest complaint about this convention is that it seems to be mostly an anime/manga convention with a thin slice of furry. — Writerfox [translated]|
quoting mungo displays her wares (Writerfox)
- ↑ CabinCon (pictures ran in Töcksfors, Sweden until 2004, but it never held itself out as more than a furmeet.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Post to FurryCon i Karlstad - kirrow (September 21, 2009)
- ↑ Rules - FurryCon
- ↑ Post to FurryCon i Karlstad - kirrow (September 23, 2009)
- ↑ Post to FurryCon i Karlstad - Writerfox (September 22, 2009)
- Photos, videos, reports: FurryCon (Sweden) resources