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

Managing your Pre-Registration

Greetings travelers!

As we speed closer to our convention destination, we want to ensure everyone has a ticket to ride! Here’s how to check if you’ve pre-registered for FurCon 2017, and how to edit your details or upgrade your membership:

  1. Check your inbox(es): Registration confirmation emails are sent from “noreply@regfox.com“. Otherwise, head over to our Registration page to get squared away before the convention!
  2. To edit an existing registration, Claim your account: use either the “Access my account” link in your confirmation email, or the “Manage my Registration” link located on the Registration page to enter the RegFox self-service portal. If this is your first time seeing this page, you’ll want to click “Claim my Account” to assign a password to your account.
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    How the link will display in your registration confirmation email

    The RegFox account gateway
    The RegFox account gateway
  3. Manage your details: once you have an account, you’ll be able to edit your registration details, including your badge text, and personal information. You can also upgrade your membership here to the Sponsor or Super-Sponsor level, and pay the balance owed.
    After clicking the “Registrations” tab in the top center
    A page will display all Registrants associated with your account. Click “Edit” to update your information.

    Membership upgraded to Super-Sponsor, and badge text updated. Success!

If you need any assistance at all managing your registration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to registration@furcon.org. See you in a few short weeks!!

Dealer Room layouts now available

Greetings to all our artists and vendors! The preliminary seating charts have now been posted on our Dealer Maps page.

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Please check your email (and Spam and Promotions tab, just in case) for additional details and action items to ensure a smooth check-in and setup in our new space.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to dealers@furtherconfusion.org with any questions!

Happy Holidays!
-FC Dealer Room volunteers

End of November news round up!

We are just over a month out now from FC 2017! We are wrapping up the final planning steps now for our new space layout and schedules. Here’s a brief update on events/signups closings soon, general reminders, and announcements:

Remember that Pre-Registration ends on December 31st. Avoid that wait in the at con line and register early! http://www.furtherconfusion.org/register/

Art show:  Interested in possibly selling something you’ve made? We’re accepting reservations for flat art panels and 3D art table spaces as long as space is available. You can find out more and reserve a space at http://www.furcon.org/artshow

Conbook submissions are closing today! Have any art, stories, or poetry you’d like to submit for everyone to see in this year’s convention book? Just send it to conbook@furtherconfusion.org  Please check out for more details http://www.furtherconfusion.org/conbook. If you need any special cosiderations in your submission or date extentions please contact us.

FC Masquerade: looking for fursuit makers of all levels to be judges. Contact programming@furtherconfusion.org

Staff Meeting: Further Confusion’s December Planning meeting is Saturday Decemeber the 17th in the Hilton San Carlos Room at 1:00pm. http://www.furtherconfusion.org/volunteer/

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

Marriott Rate Correction

Good Morning!

At the beginning of this month, we uncovered some incorrect room rates published in the 3rd party booking system we use to reserve Further Confusion hotel rooms; the listed rate did not match our contracts or our website. At the time, we believed only rooms in the Hilton San Jose were affected, but this weekend we came across further discrepancies affecting the San Jose Marriott.

Our Hotel team has been working closely with our 3rd party booking vendor, and have at this time combed through our contracts to ensure no further discrepancies. Anyone with an affected reservation will have received an email about a reservation modification, which will reflect the correct room rates as published on our hotel page.

We sincerely apologize to our attendees for any inconvenience this may cause. We are looking deeply into how this problem occurred, and are committed to ensuring it doesn’t repeat itself in future years. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you can reach our Hotel team directly at hotel@furtherconfuson.org

Thank you for your continued understanding. We look forward to seeing you in January!