Con Report: Further Confusion 2011
For those living under a rock, Further Confusion is one of the more massive furry conventions that hails from the Southern Bay Area of Northern California. Specifically, the convention was held in San Jose and will remain there for the next 3 years.
The convention was stationed at the lavish Fairmont Hotel in the downtown area of San Jose. This was also the location that the convention was held at last year.
FurCon 2011 kicked off on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 with the theme of Southern Crossing: Furries Gone Wild. The official start of the party was the opening ceremonies that were held Thursday night in Club Regent which was located in the front part of the hotel near the main entrance. Unfortunately, I arrived too late to catch the ceremonies but I heard they were a good start. Upon arrival at the hotel, there seemed to be a fairly relaxed nature with an underlining excitement amongst the attendees. Admittedly, there was some chaos surrounding registration this year and there was also the usual chaos of everyone checking in, saying hi, finding food, and other fun activities that surround the beginnings of a convention. Also, there were already a large number of people running around in suit which was extremely fun to see.
The night remained low-key and soon it became Friday. The attendees were up early and in full force. I was on patrol as a FLARE member for about 8 hours that day so I got to see a lot of the going’s on in and out of various places in the hotel. Things remained relaxed and pretty standard until it neared the time for the dealer’s room to open its doors. There was a pretty sizeable line forming outside in anticipation of the wares and artistic services awaiting the lucky con-goers. The dealer’s room was filled to the brim with lots of amazing artists and fun things to look at and purchase.
During the day on Friday, there were also lots of exciting panels and events going on throughout the course of the day to keep one busy busy busy! Also, located just outside of the hotel was a seasonal ice skating rink that a number of fursuiters amused themselves with throughout the weekend.
The Events leads did a fantastic job this year of making sure all the tracks were stuffed to the brim with great events! The big events for Friday were a lot of the panels, the dance competition, the open mic night, the dance and more! Also, as expected, the party floor was in full swing with lots of fun parties offering goodies and an assortment of 21+ drinks for every palette. The parties raged until the party floor shut down. Afterwards, a fair amount of people hung out in the lobby and around various parts of the hotel until late into the night.
As the clock moved forward and it became Saturday, spirits remained upbeat and the convention continued in full swing! There was another day packed full of panels and events. Notably, Saturday was the day that the fursuit parade was held capping out at a whopping 477 suited participants! Also, there was the FC:Unleashed! Rehearsal as well as Masquerade rehearsal. That night was the Masquerade which was fantastic! The night of parties and dancing kicked off and everyone had a great time. The parties continued until the party floor shut down and most people seemed to spread out either wandering the hotel for late night events or hitting up the dance which was in full swing until around 2:00am or so thanks to DJ NeonBunny.
FC2011 Group Photostream on Flickr
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As people drifted off to sleep, the night disappeared and it became Sunday. The general attitude of the con was optimistic and happy. People seemed to still be having a great time and it seemed a fair amount of people used this day to sleep in a little later than previous days. Myself, included! The dealer’s room was still keeping busy and people were already showing off their purchases and treasures. Sunday was also the day that people could pick up the art they bid on during the art auction during the previous days. There were a TON of fantastic art pieces by many talented artists!
Sunday had a ton of great panels as well as some major end of convention events through the day. There were the Critterlympics, FC: Unleashed Variety Show as well as an awesome dance to round out the night. As an added surprise, there was an impromptu fursuit parade through the halls of the ballroom floor at around 3am! Which was pretty awesome if people were awake and around to catch it!
On Sunday night, most people seemed to be up late just hanging out with friends and enjoying the last full night of the convention. Also, I think the reality that the convention was coming to a close finally set in which is always disappointing.
Monday finally introduced itself to the convention and was met with a general unspoken downbeat attitude. Everyone seemed to spend a lot of time in the lobby saying goodbye to friends, chatting, checking out of the hotel, and getting in the last few hours of time with people before having to go home.
In the afternoon on Monday there was the Hiss N’ Purr which had a lot of valid concerns and a lot of appreciated compliments. A few hours after the Hiss N’ Purr was the dead dog dance for those still at the hotel to enjoy it. At the beginning of the Dead Dog Dance there was an award ceremony for the FC Staff members who rose above the call of duty and worked extremely hard throughout the convention. There were 6 of them, myself included, and we received the Lionman Award.
After the awards were given out, the Chairman received a few tokens of appreciation from the staff. Once the ceremonies were over, the dance kicked off and people partied until the music stopped.
The convention was fantastic this year. The staff worked extremely hard and it showed. There were a few speed bumps along the way but that tends to happen with any large scale event. There were 2801 registered attendees.
A few notable bits of information: Harry the Hat did a fantastic job as a stand-in for Paul Kidd who was the GOH that was unable to make the convention. Bos’n is going to be the Chairman for FC2012 and Smack Jackal is going to be the Co-Chairman. The theme will be the InFURmary which will be a Furry Hospital theme. The convention is moving to the San Jose Convention Center and will remain there for the next 3 years. And finally, the convention is going to be scheduled on the MLK holiday weekend for those three years.
See you all next year for FC 2012!
http://www.dragonscales.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=42 Kyreeth’s Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/diadexxus/sets/72157625739456909/ My Flickr Gallery for FC2011
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=FC2011&ss=2&s=rec Flickr for FC2011
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/view?q=further+confusion+2011&uname=JWalker1971&psc=G&filter=1# PicasaWeb Gallery for FC2011
http://growl.ws/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=928 Growl’s Gallery
http://photos.sinkclog.net/main.php SinkClog’s Gallery
http://picasaweb.google.com/weaseldesign/FurtherConfusion2011# IMWeasel’s FC2011 Gallery
http://www.ultra-gor.com/gallery/FurtherConfusion2011 Ultra Gor’s FC2011 Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ysengrin_blackpaw/sets/72157625712298475/ Ysengrin’s FC2011 Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/artvixn/sets/72157625738001287/ ArtVixn’s FC2011 Gallery
http://www.flickr.com/photos/teddy_tiger/sets/ TeddyTiger’s FC2011 Gallery
http://pics.livejournal.com/trikotomy/gallery/000at79x Trikotomy FC2011 Gallery
Videos on YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/TeknikliaRoo TekRoo’s Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfOu0bvcNME DiegoWolfFox’s FC2011 video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbuXe2jRJAM Jup Reigndeer’s Critter Olympics Videos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf2UXLNbDnk Unleashed Video: Are we there Yet?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo6dv5S4Cz8 Unleashed Video: Learned it From You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59_CXRMv-JY Unleashed Video: Midwest BloodFest