Thank you for your patience as we’ve been sorting out the new year. We have had a lot to revise and now have a lot to announce!
First and foremost we can now confirm our January announcement that Further Confusion will be returning on January 12-16, 2017 in the San Jose Convention Center expansion space as well as the San Jose Marriott and Hilton. We believe that this new space will provide much-needed room to grow, including our social space, programming space, and commercial space to help us provide a top-notch experience for all of our guests.
We do expect a number of changes this year, as the new space allows or requires; this includes a Thursday night “Arrivals Lounge” and Dance in the Marriott, as well as a rerouting or format change for Saturday afternoon’s fursuit parade. We’ll have more to announce across the next few months!
Dealers Den and Artist Alley
Pending confirmation with the fire marshal, our current layout will allow our Dealer’s Room table count to grow by 20-30% (to ~120 from ~98), with the possibility of additional tables to be determined. In lieu of the Marketplace, we are introducing an additional 12 Artist Alley seats per sales day (36 total) selected via lottery, with the possibility of more based on interest. Finally, we have designed the room to accommodate a limited number of 10’x10’ booth setups.
Our dealers application window will open on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and will close on Sunday, June 26. As with previous years, application date and time will not be a selection factor, to allow for all of our dealers to fit the application into their busy schedules; selection will take place the following week, and approved dealers will be given a brief “early-access” hotel registration opportunity. We will be announcing our revisions to FC2016’s juried dealer selection process, as well as FC2017’s new policies (prices, union-friendly load-in, and electrical considerations) in the next few days for public comment and revision.
Artist Alley applications will be open in the fall, and will be tentatively chosen by lottery in November. As we do for Dealers, we will require a California temporary seller’s permit on file by convention time for all of our selected Artist Alley vendors.
Registration will also open on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Our final prices will be $60 for Pre-Reg Attending memberships ($70 at the door), $140 for Sponsor memberships, and $280 for Super-Sponsor memberships. We have also revised our staff rates to better recognize our many volunteers; staff, please see below.
After fully booking our room block for FC2016, we have increased our room block for FC2017, and will open for hotel bookings through Passkey on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 2PM Pacific Time. We will again be hosting some of our events in the Hilton and Marriott, and are finalizing negotiations to offer rooms at the Fairmont. We have inquired about room blocks within the Westin St. Claire and Ramada, and will announce their opening if and when they become available.
Our first staff meeting of the year will be at Gardner Community Center in San Jose on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 1PM. With our new registration structure, we have made room to recognize our staff members with fully-comped (free) attendee registration, and $70-discounted registration upgrades ($70 sponsor, $210 super-sponsor). We are extremely grateful to our volunteers and hope that this better reflects our appreciation toward those who give their time behind the scenes to make FC happen!
- Our panel submissions will be open starting in the next couple of weeks and will be open until early fall.
- DJ applications will be open in the late summer.
- Dance Competition auditions will be open in the fall.
- Art Show registration dates are TBD (likely mid-summer).
- Lingering requests for conbooks, pocket programs, and gear will be sent out shortly. (Thank you for your patience; some of our FC2017 prep took more time than expected!)
Thank you everyone, and please let us know at email@example.com if you have questions about upcoming dates or about FC2017!
FC2017 Executive Staff