"La Prima Convention Furry Italiana" (Italy's First Furry Con)
Different locations across central Italy
|First iteration||December 29, 2012 - January 01, 2013|
|Final iteration||September 2-6, 2017|
|Organizer(s)||Ajani, Rov, Valion, Aledon Rex, Scale|
|Resources||Photos, videos, reports: Zampacon resources|
Zampacon (Zampa means Paw, plus Convention) was Italy's first furry convention. Its first edition was held in Bologna, Italy, from December 29, 2012, to January 1, 2013. The event lasted five days and repeated annually. The most recent instance was in September 2-6, 2017, after which the convention staff decided to shut down due to work/time constraints.
The con's attendance peak was reached in the 2015 edition "Zampacon '15: Fur Ro Dah!" with 58 registered plus a few unregistered people present at the hotel, staff included.
From its very first edition the convention, despite its size, strives to offer a place for the Italian illustrators, writers, fursuiters and gamers to express their art and passion, providing different activities, challanges and spaces for each diffrent aspect of the furry fandom, from drawing and writing challanges to fursuit games and general furry culture games, from panels on animal archetypes to furry-themed beach games and video games. Zampacon is currently the sole Italian furry convention, focusing mainly on the artistic and cultural side of the fandom while other national furmeets revolve more around partying, relaxing and being in contact with nature.
After the 2014 edition a couple of furry characters named Dante and Beatrice (from the Divine Comedy characters) were introduced as official mascots. They were created by Aledon Rex and Hologram for the convention and their species are, respectively, a Maremma Sheepdog and a Eurasian lynx (two animals that are native to Italy) dressed with the colors of the Italian flag.
- "Well, Zampacon is shutting down due to work/time constraints for the stuff. They said they'd rather go out with the largest furry con under their belt rather than with a slow decline." - Mando, Twitter (December 13, 2017)
- Zampacon.org - official website supporting both Italian and English [defunct as of April 2018, archive link from August 2016]
- Zampacon on Facebook (Official Group, only relevant threads in English)
- Zampacon on Google+ (Official Community, only relevant threads in English)
- Zampacon on Twitter