FurCon Goes to the Fair!

Howdy FurCon Community!

Today, we’re delighted to share more details about our plans for FC 2019! As announced by the board of Anthropomorphic Arts and Education, our new Chair will be Kenneth “Fennecus Kitsune” Coane. Along with their team of volunteers, Fennecus will be working hard to bring us the best Further Confusion yet! Read on for more details about our theme and direction for 2019:

You heard it here, folks! For Further Confusion 2019, our 20th Anniversary, we’re going to the fair!

Why this theme?

Fennecus: Our plan for theming for FurCon 2019 is “A Fair in the Valley of Heart’s Delight”, or shorter “FC Goes to the Fair!”. The idea is to embrace our classic convention feel, with a classic country fair theme. Part of this would be to embrace some of our local San Jose and surrounding area history, looking back ~100 years to establish a vintage aesthetic. While San Jose and Santa Clara County is currently more well known for its tech industry, it used to be well known for its orchards and agriculture. The sweet scent of the numerous orchards in the valley gave rise to the nickname “The Valley of Heart’s Delight”. To further elaborate, our focus is more on the early-20th-century vintage aspects you might see at an agricultural or state fair, rather than some of the somewhat more modern traveling carnivals. While some rides and carnival attractions are in line with the theme, a fair can be much more than that! When you think of fairs, you think of communities coming together to have fun. That’s exactly what our convention is too; it’s a natural fit.

What will your focus be for the year?

Fennecus: For FurCon 2019, I want to really step up our theming. I think theming is one way that we can help set our event apart from the others, and give people something to be excited about. There are a lot of avenues to explore, and lots of potential opportunities for pre-con and at-con theming improvements. I also want to continue improving the volunteer experience. Since I began volunteering for the convention, there has been a lingering stigma of volunteering being a difficult thing or overly time consuming commitment. I want to break some of those assumptions.

What should we be looking forward to next?

We are planning to open Dealer Applications at the end of this month. If you want to be notified when they open, you can sign up for our dealer mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/b5NUr5. Following dealer selection, hotel will open, with first booking opportunity going to dealers and volunteers. The block will open for general reservations in June. We’re also working to get our volunteer application online, with a few technical improvements to make that process smoother. If you’re interested in helping out, you can always drop us a line at hr@furtherconfusion.org. We’ll be happy to help you find something fun, and on a schedule that works for you!

Further Confusion 2019

AAE, Inc is pleased to announce our new Chairman for FC2019 will be Kenneth “Fennecus Kitsune” Coane. The theme for Further Confusion 2019 will be “Further Confusion Goes to the Fair”. Fennecus and their executive team will be working hard through the year to bring us all the greatest FC ever! If you would like to be part of the excitement please contact HR@FurCon.org. A larger announcement with more information will be made soon!

FC2018 Wrap Up

Hello FurCon Community,

Thank you again for being a part of Further Confusion! It has been our great joy to put on this event for you, and we sincerely hope you enjoyed your time with us here in San Jose. On a personal level, I am honored to have been the chairman of this event. I’ve been so touched by the dedication of our volunteers, the support and advice from our sponsors and super-sponsors, and the enthusiasm of our attendees. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise over $15,000 for Silicon Valley Pet Project! We are so thrilled to support SVPP’s mission of finding homes for every shelter pet.

Art Show underwent significant changes in preparation for 2018. We are pleased to report that the show ran smoothly, with over 700 pieces displayed and $32,865.00 in sales recorded. I would like to extend a thank you to everyone involved in the refresh for their excellent work. We look forward to continued improvements in the future!

Our venues continue to praise the behavior of our attendees, and many local businesses were excited to welcome them back. In terms of safety, I am delighted to say that incident reports decreased by half this year. We are endlessly thankful for our partnership with FLARE, our first-response team. Their dedication to the safety of our attendees, and their ability to effectively work with emergency responders and our venues is invaluable. It helps, of course, that our attendees are excellent to everyone they meet. We cannot thank you enough for setting such a wonderful tone throughout the weekend.

In terms of growth, we remained limited by our usual hotel capacities this year. Though we look forward to pursuing additional room blocks in the future, we were very pleased to host just over 3,400 attendees this year. Our updated fursuit parade route saw 570 participants, and featured an outdoor section thanks to pleasant weather. Photos from the parade and photoshoot will be posted at www.dragonscales.com in the coming weeks, once the photographers have had time to process them.

As always, we look forward to your feedback. Your suggestions help us to improve, and we love to hear from you. Please reach out to feedback@furtherconfusion.org if you would like us to follow up with you, or click here to submit feedback anonymously.

In closing, there are a few groups I would like to acknowledge. I would like to thank Team San Jose, the San Jose Marriott, the Hilton San Jose, and the Hyatt Place, for being wonderful partners to us this year. The support of our venues means so much to us, and we’re glad to have their help. I would also like to thank all our community members who participated in FC as panelists, DJs, and performers. You talents, skills, and knowledge, shaped the experiences of our attendees throughout the weekend. We could not have created such a successful event without you. And finally, to the volunteer team, thank you, so so much. You should be proud of what you accomplished!

Until next year, may you find magic in the little things all around you. We’ll look forward to seeing you next January!

Tracey “Roux” Simmons
Chairman, FC2018

PS:
Registration for 2019 is already open at our early-bird rate! You can click here to check it out 😉

HIV Testing

Update (1/10):

Due to vehicle availability, HIV testing is now only available on Saturday, but with longer hours! From 10PM-5PM SCCPH will be here with us offering free, anonymous and bloodless HIV testing just outside of the con space.

Original post follows:

Further Confusion is proud to announce that we will be offering hurt-free, blood-free HIV testing to our attendees this year through a partnership with Santa Clara County Public Health (SCCPH). On Friday and Saturday from 12-4, the SCCPH mobile testing lab will be parked just outside of the convention space to offer a quick and easy, oral rapid HIV test.

This anonymous testing will be performed by licensed health professionals in a clean and private environment, and will consist of a 10 minute risk-assessment evaluation and consultation session followed by the administration of the OraQuick test. You will not need to provide any form of identification in order to receive services. After the sample is taken, you will be provided with an ID number and may return in 20 minutes to receive your results.

Should a test come back positive, you will be offered a confidential confirmation test, which would require submission of a second saliva sample via an OraSure test, which would be sent to a laboratory. This would necessitate gathering additional information in the form of an ID and contact information. You would also receive referrals to programs that can offer assistance and additional counseling.

As this is an oral test, please ensure you have not had anything to eat or drink in the 15 minutes prior to arriving for your test.

We look forward to seeing you at the con, and wish you all the best of health!

FC2018 Main Stage Update

Coming soon to the Further Confusion main stage… YOU!

Hello FurCon Community! We are pleased to announce that signups for our main stage shows are now open. We are also excited to reveal the DJ lineup for our nightly dances, and an exciting Friday night show! Here are the details:

FC:Unleashed is our variety talent show, taking place on Sunday night of the convention. We love to showcase talents of all kinds from the community, from yo-yo masters, to singers, to poets, and more! Are you ready to show us what you’ve got?

Click here to sign up for FC:Unleashed!

Click here for the FC:Unleashed Rules and Info!

FCDC (FurCon Dance Competition) is our Saturday night dance competition! Dancers will compete, in fursuit, for glory and prizes. Are you a dancer? Sign up to compete before the con, to guarantee your spot!

Click here to sign up for FCDC!

Click here for the FCDC Rules and Info!

Fox Amoore and Pepper Coyote make their exciting return to FC on Friday night! Join them this time on main stage for an evening of exceptional music, humor, and fun!

And last but certainly not least, our DJ Lineup for the 2018 Dances:

Thursday Night
Second Stage: 9 PM – 1 AM (Following opening ceremonies at 8:30 PM)

Ryft
Phoxwit
BagelTiver
DJ EAR

Friday Night
Main Stage: 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM

AudioDile
Sparx Traxx
DJ Spots
Computation

Saturday Night
Main Stage: 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM

EarVelvet
Oddy
Tekfox
My Pet Rhino (formerly Cohn Jonner)

Sunday Night
Main Stage: 10:30 PM – 2:30 AM

Ikkuma
Lutra
Akulatron
Addix

Monday Night
Second Stage: 7:15 PM – 11 AM (Following a short closing announcement ceremony at 7 PM)

Ocello
Nifes
(+ TBD)

FC2018 Summer Update: Picnic, Charity, Artist Alley, and More!

Hello Furries! We have a lot of exciting announcements for FC2018. Without further ado:

PICNIC

Our FC2018 Picnic is coming up! We’ll be meeting up on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 11am at Fremont Central Park, and will be packing up around 4pm. We’re switching to a slightly new picnic site, Brook 1+2, which is just down the path from our previous years’ site Lions 1+2. We’ll have food, drinks, a fursuit changing tent, music, and lots of furry fun! Head on over to furcon.org/picnic to find out more.

CHARITY

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Charity: the Silicon Valley Pet Project! In conjunction with their San Jose cat cafe The Dancing Cat, SVPP is committed to finding forever homes for at-risk animals in Bay Area shelters. In 2016 alone, SVPP helped find homes for nearly 60 dogs and 200 cats! Learn more about the work SVPP does on our charity page: furcon.org/charity

ARTIST ALLEY

The Artist Alley is now open for applications! If you are interested in selling in our dealers room in our lottery-selected rotation of artists, please visit furcon.org/alley to find out more! The application window will remain open until Friday, September 23rd.

ART SHOW

After some much-needed TLC on the software side (thanks Binaryfox!), we are ready to open the 2018 Art Show for registration on Saturday, August 26th. Please be sure to review the full rules on furcon.org/artshow, as a few rules have been adjusted for this coming year.

PANELS + PROGRAMMING

Interested in running a panel or other public event at FC? Panel submissions are now open! See furcon.org/events for more. This includes smaller panel-style events, and larger main-stage events–our programming comes from interested attendees like you who want to make things happen!

VOLUNTEERS + SEPTEMBER MEETING

Be a part of FC! Further Confusion is a 100% volunteer-led convention, and we couldn’t make it happen without attendees stepping up to share their time and make it happen. Head on over to furcon.org/volunteer for a list of positions we’re looking for, and for upcoming meeting dates through November. If you’re interested in other ways to help us out, or for positions not listed on the website, email volunteers@furtherconfusion.org or talk to us in person at our open staff meetings or at the picnic on the 24th!

In particular, our next volunteer staff meeting will be on Saturday, September 23, at 1PM, in the San Jose Marriott’s third floor Blossom Hill room. All are welcome for this open staff meeting: Come by, see what’s going on, talk to execs and staff, and find out how to get involved! We will also be livestreaming the meeting for those who would like to find out more but who can’t attend in person; dates and links are available at furcon.org/volunteer.

THANK YOU!

Thanks for being a part of the FC community! Check our Twitter (twitter.com/furcon) for our latest announcements, and we’ll see you all soon!

-Dax
on behalf of the FC2018 exec team

FC2018 – Furtastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hello Further Confusion community!

It’s time to launch FC2018, and we’ve got a lot of exciting information for you. Read on for information on hotel, volunteering, dealer applications, panel submissions, and more!

Hotel

Our hotel block will be open to general attendees on Saturday, July 8th, at 3PM Pacific Time. This initial open will be for the Marriott and Hilton, with overflow hotel to open shortly after. Volunteers and Dealers will have priority access to booking, in order to ensure that they are able to find a room.

The standard room rate for our anchor hotels, Hilton San Jose and San Jose Marriott, is $149/night. We will be announcing additional hotels soon!

Suites will be available on a first-come basis for FC2018, not via lottery. Party floor applications will open shortly after the main hotel block opens.

The hotel page of our website will be updated soon with information for 2018. We will make an announcement once that page goes online, so be on the lookout! On July 8th, a booking link will appear on both the hotel page and homepage of the site. We have put protections in place which should keep the site online during the initial booking rush. Should those protections fail, please check our twitter (@furcon) for an alternative link.

Volunteers

We have scheduled our meeting dates from now through November:

  • Date: June 10th

Location: San Jose Hilton, Market room (1st floor)

Link: Join meeting: june-fc-staff

  • Date: July 15th

Location: San Jose Marriott

  • Date: August 19th

Location: San Jose Marriott

  • Date: September 23rd

Location: San Jose Marriott

  • Date: October 21st

Location: San Jose Hilton

  • Date: November 18th

Location: San Jose Hilton

Our HR system is currently undergoing a refresh, but you can still get involved! Come to our kickoff staff meeting this Saturday, June 10th at 1PM to learn about our various departments, what positions are open, and how we put our convention together. You will also be able to join our meeting remotely at the Google Hangout link provided. If you cannot make a meeting, but would still like to help out, drop us a line at hr@furtherconfusion.org.

Dealers

Dealer applications will open on Monday, June 12th. Applications will remain open for one week, until Monday, June 19th. Approvals will be sent out beginning on June 25th, with a hotel booking link included for those who are accepted. Waitlisted applicants will be notified of their position in line shortly after approvals go out. Accepted dealers will be able to book hotel rooms for one week before the block opens.

The dealer page of our website is under construction, but should launch tomorrow afternoon. The page will include a sample application, policy updates, space fee information, and more. Please check back soon for that update. For updates as they happen, you can subscribe to our FC Business info mailing list here.

Art Show

We have received a lot of feedback about FC2017’s Art Show, and are excited to put some of the ideas from our community into action for FC2018. Our art show system is undergoing a rewrite, and applications are slated to open in August. We will continue to post updates as this process moves along.

Panel Submissions

We are open for 2018 panel submissions! If you are interested in running a panel or hosting an event, please apply to do so here. For more information about our various tracks, check out www.furtherconfusion.org/panels. Our programming team is available via programming@furtherconfusion.org for questions or ideas.

 

That wraps up our launch post, but there is plenty more to come! We hope you’ll stay in touch with us by following @furcon on twitter, or subscribing to one of our mailing lists here:

General News Updates 

Dealers and Art Show

Panels and Events
As always, thank you for all that you do to make Further Confusion possible. Whether you’re a volunteer or an attendee, we couldn’t do it without you!

Collaboration with #Artsplosion

Hello everyone!

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!

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FC2017 Wrap-Up

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.

smurf-wanda-wrap-upPictures of Smurf and Wanda courtesy Nine Lives Foundation. Gift art by staff artist Grey White, presented at FC:U.

Preliminary totals:

  • 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 feedback@furtherconfusion.org 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 info@furtherconfusion.org 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!

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Thank you for being a part of our community, and we hope to see you at FC2018!

Cheers,

Jeff Bowman (Dax)
Further Confusion 2017 Chairman

Dealer Security Incident

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.

Thank you,

The FC Executive Team