GENERAL hotel reservations will begin at 11:00 AM EST on Monday, February 3, 2014. We are aware (and are deeply apologetic) that this time is not the most convenient for everyone, but in our experience it is convenient for the majority of attendees. We will once again be using VisitPittsburgh's Housing Service as a one-stop source for hotel rooms. A non-refundable down payment equal to one night's room and tax will be charged to your credit card within two weeks of the time you make your reservation.
Hotel reservations for SUPERSPONSORS will begin at 11:00 AM EST on Friday, January 31, 2014. An email with instructions will be sent out to all pre-registered supersponsors 24 hours prior to that time, and a second will be sent out the following day to anyone who may have registered (or upgraded) as a supersponsor in the ensuing days.
WESTIN SUITE reservations will be taken starting in the first full week of January, 2014. Those must be requested directly from anthrocon.org. Further instructions will be published on this site at that time.
Please visit our HOTEL FAQ page where you can find the answers to most of the frequently-asked questions we get.
The Anthrocon Board will soon be deciding on the Charity to support for 2014. If you know of a charitable organization that you would like to recommend be added to the current candidate list, please suggest it here or as a followup to this post in Anthrocon's other forums by December 31st.
Criteria for candidacy:
- Must be animal-related
- Must be 501(c)3
- Must be based within approximately 60 miles of the Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area
- Must be incorporated in Pennsylvania (can't be in Ohio or West Virginia)
- Must not be a charity we have already supported.
Dealers Room Tables are now open for booking for Anthrocon 2014! Once again, we feature the largest and most spacious Dealer's Room in anthropomorphic fandom. Becoming a dealer at Anthrocon invovles a three-step process most of our dealers are familiar with:
1. Obtain a PA Tax license, via http://www.pa100.state.pa.us/ .
2. Register at https://www.anthrocon.org/registration as a Dealer, Dealer+Sponsor, or Dealer+Supersponsor. (Dealer Assistants should NOT be registered as Dealers, to note.)
3. Make sure your Table type is available at https://www.anthrocon.org/dealers, and then book a table at https://www.anthrocon.org/node/16109/anthrocon-2014-dealer-table-reservations .
As a note: There have been some small changes to the Dealer's Room Rules for 2014, as may be viewed at https://www.anthrocon.org/dealerpack . Principally, clarifications and minor changes are made on restricted merchandise, and Dealers with a half-table are now permitted a Dealer Assistant. (It is not necessary that someone be made a dealer assitant to mind your table for brief periods; it is meant for those who will help a dealer load in and load out, or whom will spend at least half of Dealer's Room hours helping at a table.) Half-tables still only have one seat and room for one person at a time behind them.
The layout will be almost identical to last year, except there'll be no car.
Any questions? Ask here, by email to dealers(at)anthrocon.org, or to @AC_Dealers_Room on Twitter !
http://www.anthrocon.org/registration is the URL, that you all know and love so fondly by now. A few notes:
After keeping prices steady last year, we regretfully have to raise them across the board, due to a number of new expenses: shuttle costs, labor costs, increased convention space, new equipment. We've been able to keep the price rises low ($5) for Attending and Sponsor levels; Supersponsors are seeing a significant increase ($50). We had a 70% jump in Supersponsor numbers last year, driven in part by the new perk of advance hotel booking; we very much underestimated the response to that. We had to move the Supersponsor Luncheon to a different, more-expensive-to-reset room as well, which drove up our costs. Also rising is costs of the Artists and Dealers Social, which Supersponsors are invited to attend. We know that with the new pricing some attendees may decline to Supersponsor; we understand and quite frankly anticipate the Supersponsor numbers to decrease slightly (As they did the last time they were raised.)
Early bird prices are good through December 31st, so head over to http://www.anthrocon.org/registration!
It's been in the works for awhile now, so I give you the Anthrocon 2014 website!
Anthrocon 2014 will be held from July 3rd-6th, 2014 in downtown Pittsburgh, with the theme being Secret Societies. Hotels will be available in February. Registration will open by the end of October.
The 2014 website design was done by none other than Cuprohastes.
If anyone sees any issues with the website, do let me know.
Calling all Furries in the Chicago and Pittsburgh areas: Anthrocon needs strong backs!
Our colleagues at Midwest Furfest are transferring some of their no-longer-needed Art Show equipment to Anthrocon, a donation for which we are ever grateful, on Saturday, October 19. We are going to need volunteers who can help load the equipment in Des Plaines, IL, starting at about 10:00 AM that day.
We are also going to need additional volunteers to join us in the town of Etna, PA, on Sunday, October 20 at 10:00 AM to offload that same equipment at Anthrocon's storage facility there.
For their hard work, volunteers will be rewarded with a fine lunch and (provided they aren't too sweaty) a hug from the chairman himself, who will be on hand to help out.
If you are going to be available for at least 2 hours either of those days and in the appropriate location, please email the chairman directly at ceo(at)anthrocon.org.
OCTOBER 19, 10 AM, Des Plaines, IL: Lift heavy stuff, get free food!
OCTOBER 20, 10 AM, Etna, PA: Lift heavy stuff, get free food!
Email ceo(at)anthrocon.org for information!