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A Deep Dive into Anthrocon: The Annual Celebration of Anthropomorphics

Unleash your inner animal spirit this weekend by diving paws-first into the captivating world of Anthrocon!

This annual extravaganza brings together a kaleidoscope of individuals – artists, animators, writers, puppeteers, and fans – each one united by a shared fascination for anthropomorphics. Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of creativity and camaraderie as you rub shoulders (or perhaps tails) with thousands of like-minded ‘furries’, amidst a pulsating symphony of seminars, art shows, and costumed parades that roar to life in the heart of Pittsburgh’s cultural district!

If you’ve ever felt a spark of interest in the magical realm of human-like animal characters, Anthrocon is the safari you can’t afford to miss!

This grand gathering begins today, June 28, and continues through July 3, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

This annual convention features a hub of creatives – artists, animators, writers, puppeteers, costumers, and fans of cartoon animals and their kin. From its inception as Albany Anthrocon in 1997, the convention has evolved into one of the world’s largest gatherings of anthropomorphic enthusiasts. Boasting a membership of over 9,700 attendees in 2022 and contributing more than $450,000 to various charities, it provides a platform to celebrate the subtleties of the “Furry” fandom.

Anthrocon is nestled in the scenic cityscape of Pittsburgh, hosted annually at the Convention Center, in the heart of the city’s cultural district. The convention weaves a rich tapestry of activities encompassing workshops, seminars, an art show, and a parade. Participants can immerse themselves in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art and design seminars, learning and growing in their appreciation for anthropomorphic art.

At the heart of Anthrocon’s programming is the Art Show, where exceptional anthropomorphic artwork is presented for sale. Yet, perhaps the Fursuit Parade is the most vibrant spectacle of the convention. Over a thousand costumers don intricately crafted anthropomorphic suits and parade through downtown Pittsburgh in a stunning display of creativity and camaraderie.

Anthrocon is more than just a convention; it is an organization with a purpose. As a Pennsylvania-incorporated 501(c)7 not-for-profit entity, Anthrocon’s mission is to operate an annual convention that brings together anthropomorphics enthusiasts. The funds generated are used solely to support the convention’s operation and prepare for next year’s event. This approach allows Anthrocon to keep the cost of attendance minimal and ensure its core purpose: to create a relaxed social atmosphere where fans of all ages can feel welcome.

Over the years, Anthrocon has significantly contributed to Pittsburgh’s local economy. The convention, initially held in Albany, NY, moved to Pennsylvania in 1999, and has been hosted by Pittsburgh since 2006. The event’s influence was such that it was mentioned in the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records. In 2014, it was estimated that the convention injected approximately $7 million into the local economy.

Anthrocon is an unforgettable experience for anthropomorphic fans and creatives. It is a testament to the power of shared imagination and community, offering a vibrant platform for exploring and celebrating anthropomorphic art. The convention is a haven for those who identify as furries or are interested in anthropomorphic characters. If you’re ready to delve deeper into this fascinating world, Anthrocon could be your perfect summer destination.

Learn more at their website.

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