December Roundup

Howdy FurCon Community,

We’re less than a month away from Further Confusion 2019, so here’s the latest information you need to be prepared!

In this update: Code of Conduct Updates, Fancy Friday, Charity Spotlight, Registration, Dance Competition, FC:Unleashed, Art Show, and Hotel

Code of Conduct Updates

Over the last week, we published an update to our code of conduct. The response was overwhelmingly positive, but we also received some critical feedback and suggestions for further improvements. With that in mind, we sat down and gave the entire CoC a fresh look. The “Membership” section was rewritten, expanded, and clarified as the “Membership and Attendance” and “Termination and Revocation” sections. Additional small formatting changes and clarifications were made, including adjustments to the “Costumes, Clothing, Behavior, and Safety” section. We have made several changes throughout, and encourage you all to check out the full code on www.furcon.org/conduct

We recognize that these changes will not be universally popular, but we believe they are a necessary step in modernizing our code of conduct to meet the changing needs of our community. As always, we welcome your feedback. You may reach us with comments, questions, or concerns at any time by emailing info@furcon.org.

Fancy Friday

Tickets for Fancy Friday are now available! Fancy Friday is our annual cocktail party, featuring a selection of desserts, coffees, teas, and adult beverages. All proceeds from this event benefit our charity, Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley! You can purchase your admission, and drink tickets, ahead of time by visiting www.furcon.org/fancyfriday

Help us support local wildlife!

Our 2019 charity is Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley, a wildlife rehabilitation hospital serving the people and wildlife of the greater San Jose area since 1993. WCSV has admitted over 5000 animal patients so far this year, from over 100 different native species! Representatives from WCSV will be on site throughout the convention, both at their table and at our main events. You can help us help them!

Our charity auction is accepting items as donations, with all proceeds benefitting WCSV. You can also make a donation when you register, or at many opportunities throughout the convention weekend! To find out more, or to contribute, please visit www.furcon.org/charity

Pre-Register by December 31st

Pre-registration will close at the end of the year, so you’ll want to do so soon! Here’s a sneak peek of the goodies we have for each of the registration levels:

Attendee Sponsor Super Sponsor

Convention Book

Pocket Program

Attendee Badge

All Attendee Items

Gift with exclusive art

Limited-run Enamel Pin

Your name in the conbook

All Sponsor Items

Extra gift with exclusive art

Free Fancy Friday admission+drink

As an extra special treat, we’d like to share a peek at the Super-Sponsor gift art, done by MilkTeaTown!

The high resolution version of this fantastic art will be on the super-sponsor gift. Be sure to register at that level if you want one!

Show us your talents, show us your moves!

Two of Further Confusion’s biggest events are looking for talented folks: FurCon Dance Competition and FC:Unleashed!

The Dance competition will take place on Saturday night, featuring the best of the best in the furry dance scene. Compete for the adoration of your fans, and some fabulous prizes! Sign up ahead of time to audition by visiting www.furcon.org/fcdc

FC:Unleashed is FurCon’s variety talent show, featuring you! If you have a talent, we have a stage to perform it on. From slam poetry, to yo-yo, singing, and more, we want to see what you can do. Compete for prizes, or show off for fun. You can sign up today by visiting www.furcon.org/fcu

Art Show: Almost full!

The art show is already 86% full, and shaping up to be a wonderful exhibition. If you want to show your art, for auction or display, you’ll want to register for your space soon. For full rules, and to request a spot, visit www.furcon.org/artshow

Our Hotel block is CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who booked a room in our block! We are now closed for further reservations, and have begun the process of transferring your information into each hotel’s system. Please be aware that the hotel may not have your name on file yet, so don’t panic if they don’t know when you call! If you got a confirmation email when you booked, your room is confirmed. Our hotel team has a complete record of all reservations, and can look yours up if needed. Now that the block is closed, we will be working closely with the hotels to fulfill any accommodation requests you had. Do you need to request an ADA accessible room, a mini fridge for medication, or any other need? Send an email to hotel@furcon.org so that our hotel team may assist you.

Changes to Code of Conduct

Hello FurCon Community,

We have clarified and updated our Code of Conduct regarding membership eligibility and conditions. Though we expect that this will not affect a majority of our attendees, we ask that you please review these changes at furcon.org/conduct as they will be in effect at FC2019. The new text appears under the “Membership” heading, and is included below:

“Though we work to ensure that all interested individuals may join us, FurCon reserves the right to deny or revoke memberships for any reason including but not limited to safety concerns and Code of Conduct violations. In the rare case that a membership needs to be revoked, we will pursue all available channels of communication to avoid surprises or misunderstandings.

For the safety of our attendees, Further Confusion does not allow attendance by those with a history of sexual violence or pedophilia. If you are unsure whether your ability to attend is affected by this rule, please reach out to chairman@furcon.org.”

If you have any questions, please email chairman@furtherconfusion.org.

 

Charity, Picnic, Artist Alley, and more!

Howdy FurCon Family!

We’ve got a whole lot of announcements for you today, including our picnic dates, an update on art show and artist alley, and the identity of our 2019 charity partner. We hope you’ll be as excited about it all as we are!

Our Charity Partner – Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

Further Confusion is proud to announce that our 2019 charity partner will be the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley! WCSV has been serving the community and animal life of the Silicon Valley for 25 years, operating primarily as a wildlife rehabilitation hospital. They care for over 5000 animals from over 100 different species each year, with the ultimate goal of releasing their patients back where they belong. You can learn more about WCSV, their mission, and their success stories, by visiting wcsv.org. You can also check out furcon.org/charity to keep up to date on what we’re doing for WCSV. We’re thrilled to be supporting such a worthwhile cause!

Annual Picnic – Sunday, September 23, 2018, from 11AM-4PM

Our annual community picnic is coming up on Sunday, September 23! We will be returning to Fremont Central Park, and meeting at the Lions 1&2 picnic site. This event is open to our community, so please feel free to bring your friends! We will have an assortment of burgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian patties too! As always, we are thankful for contributions from our attendees, so if you have a dish to share it will be appreciated. The picnic will begin at 11AM, and run until 4PM. We expect to start serving food by noon, should everything go as planned. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Pre-registration Price Increases September 1st

Our early-bird price for Registration will be going up on September 1st! Register early to save a few bucks, and you’ll be helping us out in the process! Early registrations help us budget for more cool things at the con, so we appreciate it when you pre-register. FurCon is a non-profit event, and uses registration costs to put on the event and support our charity. Your registration makes us possible: register now at furcon.org/register!

Artist Alley- Now Open!

Hoping to deal at FC? Our Dealer Rooms may be full, but our Artist Alley lottery signup is now open! It will remain open for one month, until September 15, 2018. These are one-day, half-table spots. Please see the Artist Alley page (furcon.org/alley) for all the details, including rules and the form link. We hope to hear from you!

Art Show – Panels now Available

We are now accepting panel reservations for the 2019 Art Show! Do you have original art pieces, sculptures, or limited-run prints you’d like to sell? The Art show is the place to do just that! The show is open for bids on Friday and Saturday of the convention, with some pieces going to auction on Sunday. Visit furcon.org/artshow for all the details!

Volunteer with us!

Further Confusion is built by and for the furry community, and we’d love to have you on our team! We have openings for volunteers in several departments, with scheduling options to make sure you still enjoy your convention. Currently, we have a pressing need for programming track leads and a party floor maven. If you are interested in helping create our panel schedule, or want to help our guests party responsibly, send an email to hr@furcon.org. You can also apply directly for these or other roles by visiting furcon.org/volunteer.

Hotel Update – Keep an eye out for deposits!

If you’ve booked your room, please be on the lookout for the one-night deposit to hit your card. Our housing representative from Team San Jose has been reaching out to those whose payment methods were declined, but you never know when something important like that could go to your spam folder. Still looking for a room? We have rooms available at the Hyatt and Pacific Motor Inn, both featuring free breakfast! The Hyatt boasts spacious rooms, with a pull-out sofa in each king room. The Pacific Motor Inn comes at an affordable rate, and features free parking. Book today by visiting furcon.org/hotel.

Panel Submissions Now Open!

Do you have an idea for a panel? We’d love to have you host it! Further Confusion accepts panels on a wide variety of topics, including: art, costuming, science, social, music, performance, and more! To find out more, or to submit your idea, please visit furcon.org/panels

Thank you for being a part of our community, and for your support. We’ll be in touch soon with more updates as the convention draws closer, so please look forward to them! We hope to see you in January.

 

Do You Know the Way to San Jose?

You can really breathe in San Jose
They’ve got a lot of space. There’ll be a place where I can stay
I was born and raised in San Jose
I’m going back to find some peace of mind in San Jose”
Do You Know the Way to San Jose, Hal David / Burt Bacharach for Dionne Warwick

Howdy FurCon Community!

We’re here with a summer roundup of travel tips, meeting dates, and announcements about Further Confusion 2019!

Volunteer Meetings

We are pleased to announce our first few volunteer meeting dates! Volunteers receive a number of perks, including hot meals and free registration! If you or someone you know might be interested, check out one of our meetings to learn more. You can also reach out to us at any time by emailing hr@furcon.org

Our first three meetings of the year will be held at the San Jose Marriott. They will be on 7/21, 8/25, and 9/29. Meetings start at 1PM, and are usually done before 3PM. For those joining us remotely, a streaming link will be sent out prior to the meeting. Be sure you sign up as a volunteer, so you’ll get meeting announcements in your email! Visit www.furcon.org/volunteer to apply.

Hotel

Our hotel block for 2019 is now open! We are thrilled to partner with 4 hotels this year, featuring a variety of options to suit any traveller’s needs. There are still rooms available, and we are working to add more shoulder days (Wednesday and Monday). Here’s a brief overview of what our hotels have to offer:

Hilton San Jose
  • Attached directly to the convention center
  • Self-parking at $20/day
  • Closest hotel to our main space
San Jose Marriott
  • Attached directly to the convention center
  • Valet parking at $20/day
  • Party Floor!
Hyatt Place Downtown San Jose
  • Across the street from our main space
  • Self-parking at $26/day
  • Free breakfast buffet for guests
  • Pull-out couch beds in King rooms
Pacific Motor Inn
  • A couple short blocks from the con
  • FREE parking for hotel guests
  • Free breakfast for guests
  • Lower cost rooms!

For more information, and to book your room, please visit www.furcon.org/hotel

Travel

Getting to San Jose has never been easier! We’ve updated our travel page at www.furcon.org/travel with a full rundown of the options available, but we’d like to call out a new option for our guests travelling from Southern California.

CanisVulpes is offering two Further Excursions from the LA area to San Jose! Choose between a flight full of fellow furs, or a 10 hour train adventure aboard the famous Coast Starlight in a coach just for furries! Both roundtrip excursions include baggage and snackage, both for the low price of $190. To find out more, visit https://canisvulpes.com/further-excursions/

Dealers’ Room and Artist Alley

While our Dealer’s Room is currently full and our waiting list is at its cap, keep an eye out for our lottery-drawn Artist Alley opening in mid-August! These drawings will be for single-day, half-table use, and will be open for a full month, with the selections drawn in September. More information to come! Be sure to subscribe to our Dealer Mailing List for updates right in your inbox: http://eepurl.com/b5NUr5

Art Show

Our Art Show staff is hard at work updating our software, as well as making some logistical changes to the show. We estimate opening sometime in August, but please watch our Twitter, website, and mailing list for more information!

Registration

Have you registered for FC2019? Take advantage of our advance-rate pricing before the weekend pass goes up to $65 on September 1st! Sponsor and Super-sponsor rates will remain the same, and offer some extra perks! We are also pleased to offer free registration to our volunteers again; to find out more, check out our volunteer opportunities at www.furcon.org/volunteer

Coming Soon

We have quite a few announcements just on the horizon, including the Annual Picnic date, our 2019 charity partner, panel submission opening, FCDC sign ups, DJ auditions, and more! You can keep in touch with us by following us on Twitter (@furcon), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Further-Confusion-105009197015102/), or by visiting our website (www.furcon.org). We look forward to sharing more updates in the near future!

 

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

Further Confusion is proud to announce that we will once again be offering free, ouchless (blood-free) HIV testing to our attendees this year through a partnership with Santa Clara County Public Health (SCCPH). On Friday, January 18, 2019, from 10PM-6PM, 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 after 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