FurCon 2017 – Going Places!
Thursday January 12 – Monday January 16, 2017
San Jose Convention Center
Preliminary Nine Lives Foundation donation total: $20,187!
Thank you to all who contributed to this figure, and for Nine Lives for being such a fantastic group to work with!
Further Confusion is excited to announce that we will be collaborating with #Artsplosion on May 13th.
#Artsplosion is a bi-monthly local arts and crafts exhibition intended to serve the Bay Area Queer arts community. It is held at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center, right here in San Jose. The center welcomes members of the community, and provides many resources and support services for LGBT+ locals.
So what makes this coming #Artsplosion extra special? Well, we’re going to be adding a furry twist! This #Artsplosion will feature a masquerade, showcasing both fursuiting and cosplay. We also hope to end the night with a fursuit-friendly dance party! Local DJs, panelists, and artists are encouraged to sign up to participate by clicking this sentence right here.
The event is open for free to the public from approximately 1PM to 5PM. The dance will be open as well, but with a suggested $10 donation to the community center, from 7PM to 9PM.
We hope you’ll join us at this fun event. Come showcase the many talents of the furry community, while helping to support the local LGBT+ community!
Hello travelers! I hope you had a wonderful excursion to Further Confusion 2017, and I would like to offer a big THANK YOU to our attendees, presenters, DJs, vendors, and most of all our volunteer staff for making this an unforgettable convention year.
We are especially proud to share that our convention has filled up all available bookings at our host venues, the San Jose Marriott, the Hilton San Jose, and the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown hotel. With a preliminary total of 3,515 registrants, we remain a hotel-block-limited convention, and with the success at the Hyatt Place we are working to expand the block further in this coming year.
I would also like to thank you all for being exemplary guests this year. I am proud to pass along from both FLARE and our hosts at Team San Jose that this has been the best year ever in terms of conduct and behavior, and that this excellent standard has opened new doors for us with future years.
Above all, we would like to thank you for the wonderful work you have done to support Nine Lives Foundation. Between registration donations, our Fancy Friday event, our Charity Auction, auctioned art at the end of FC:U, our Foxes & Peppers 18+ show, our donation cans’ total, and a gift from our parent organization AAE, we are able to pass along over $22,000 in total to this year’s charity. Please stay tuned for a refined total as we count last-minute donations and close this year’s books.
- Art Show sales: $33,864.97
- Charity auction (excluding FC:U): $6,055
- Charity total: over $22,000
- Registered participants: 3,515
- Fursuit parade: 685
This year has been quite an adventure in the new space, full of new deals, plans, and lessons learned. As with all of our other years, we are very happy to have feedback about FC2017 so we can improve and deliver an even better experience in FC2018. If you have feedback for us, please send it along at [email protected] or our Feedback forum on the FC Discourse Forums. This coming year we are especially looking forward to refining our Art Show and Fursuit Parade, and welcome feedback for specific ways that we can make these offerings better than ever. If you are interested in being a volunteer for Further Confusion 2018, please email [email protected] as we turn over our HR systems for next year.
We expect our Fursuit Parade, photoshoot, and group photos to be posted to dragonscales.net across the next few weeks. We will post to our Twitter account @furcon as soon as they are available. Many thanks to the Dragonscales crew for being our official photographers!
Finally, we are happy to announce details about our 2018 convention year! Our chair Roux is proud to announce our theme for next FC, Furtastic Beasts at Further Confusion. Join us for a magical romp through 1920s America!
Thank you for being a part of our community, and we hope to see you at FC2018!
Jeff Bowman (Dax)
Further Confusion 2017 Chairman
Hello Further Confusion Attendees.
A minor security incident occurred at Further Confusion on Saturday night around 9:45pm. An unknown person gained access to our locked Dealer’s Room West (San Jose Convention Center LL21BCD, adjacent to Con Ops) through a mechanical failure in a convention center airwall. Based on Further Confusion’s security camera records, we have identified a small number of dealers that may have had some items stolen, with one dealer confirmed. We are aware of only two items stolen: a fursuit head and a balaclava.
To the best of our knowledge, the suspect is not an attendee. The suspect was seen in convention center camera footage as leaving the convention center immediately after the incident.
We have worked with the known-affected dealer to file a police report, and are issuing emails to all dealers informing them of whether they are thought to be affected. We will be working to support our dealer community as we amend the police report and work with the San Jose Convention Center and their security and insurance teams. In the meantime, we have posted a dedicated FLARE staff member to watch the space, and the San Jose Convention Center is also working to provide overnight security.
This is a very serious issue, and we apologize that this breach in security has affected our FC community. We thank you all for bearing with us as we take care of our dealers and make the best of this situation.
The FC Executive Team