Further Confusion, or Furcon, is an annual furry convention held in San Jose, California each January, celebrating the anthropomorphics genre or furry fandom, including charitable benefits, educational seminars, art shows, panels and general social activities. It was the first event sponsored by Anthropomorphic Arts and Education (Furcon is its registered service mark) and continues to be its largest.
Beginning in 1999 with attendance of 691 individuals, Further Confusion has grown rapidly. In 2013 its attendance was 3,232 individuals from around the world. Further Confusion donated over $100,000 to various charitable beneficiaries (including animal shelters, rescue groups, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) in the period 1999-2008. Its art show sales routinely exceed $50,000.
Guests of honor
hosts the Iron Artist
competition at Further Confusion 2002
Every year, Further Confusion invites significant artists, writers, or other creative workers as guests of honor. The guests of honor so far have been:
- Ed Kline, Ken Mitchroney and Michael H. Payne (1999)
- C. J. Cherryh, Shawn Keller, John Nunnemacher, Karen Prell, Mike Quinn and Jane Fancher (2000)
- Diane Duane, Christina Hanson, Peter Morwood, Felorin and Talzhemir (2001)
- David Brin and Kevin Palivec (2002)
- Karen Anderson and Toby Bluth (2003)
- Heather Alexander, Grant Freckelton and Larry Niven (2004)
- Alan Dean Foster and Walter Crane (2005)
- Eric Elliott and Jane Lindskold (2006)
- Baron Engel and Jerry Pournelle (2007)
- David Alan Barclay, Rodney Haley, and Alexander James Adams (2008)
- Jeff Pidgeon, Anita Coulter and Clare Bell (2009).
- Michael Fry, T. Lewis, and Ursula Vernon (2010)
- Blotch (artist) (2011)
- E.E. Knight and Matthew Ebel (2012)
- Ursula Vernon and Chris Savino (2013)
Anthropomorphic Arts and Education
Anthropomorphic Arts and Education, Inc. (AAE) is a non-profit corporation that supports educational and charitable activities of interest to furry fans. AAE is primarily involved with organizing Further Confusion, as an activity that raises funds and donations on behalf of charities, conducts seminars, and provides a gathering place for the furry fandom.
- ^ Anthropomorphic Arts and Education, Inc. "Activities". Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- ^ Further Confusion. "Further Confusion 2009: Art Show". Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- ^ "2009 guests of honor". Retrieved 2009-10-11.
- ^ "AAE, Inc's official Web site". Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- ^ Anthropomorphic Arts and Education at WikiFur
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