BetaEtaDelota, a  fury YouTube  made a video that was on target that many  furcon will cancel  and never return but miss  the mark  in his criticism of  state reopening and  relaxing  lockdown and  mask requirements. The post below is  bade on my response to him.

The  good news  many furry conventions will not make it or  should downside and keep it local.  As a furry 14  years I find  the fandom is oversaturated with  furcons are nothing  more than glorified and expensive  meetups. The content at most furcons is  lacking compared to my local Anime, Science Fiction and Comicon.  For me farther the con, the greater the  expense,  thus the greater of my  requirement for theses  cons to provide a unique  panel and event experience  that exceeds  my local fur or anime convention. My pet peeved is a small fur con advertising  in Orgon, thinking  I going to spend $2000 (I fly first class country (I am 6,4) and  room alone) to a small furry convention the east coast.   I can see spending that much and more for  Dragoncon or San Diego Comicon.

I also wonder post COVID we will still  see a decline of attendance at fur cons due   to unemployment due ill-advised lockdown strategy or  simply realize the cost of attending conventions by all the  money saved 2020. In addition, another barrier to attendance is local travel  restrictions, such as  14 quarantine if one travels out of state. That is if the travel restrictions are not lifted.

Another threat  to fur cons and hotels  is  liability and litigation. An Anglican News source brought up the  brewing  legal mess.  They are going to be a lot of opportunist lawyers pushing   class actions lawsuits. “Did your love one died  of COVID-19, you may be entitled   to compensation” While  some fur cons  are too small, ambulance chasers will see  the deep pockets of hotel chains as  big targets.

Finally, your covid remake  are  off the mark. Let took at Covdi-19; it a disease  while, very contagious, has an exceptionally low infection to death ratio, about  2% or less and  the vast majority of deaths are  those 65 and older  with  underlying heath conditions.  80% of known infected persons experiences mild to no  symptoms.  Many in furry  community, according to demographic studies, are young and fall within the 80%  of minimal to asymptomatic group.

At the same time  a study, comparing California, with the most draconian lockdown,  to Florida, with little restrictions, show  that lockdowns have a minimal impact; both states show the same  growth of  COVID-19 cases. The lockdowns cause more harm  than good  if  one account for thousands of businesses permanently  closed  ,and jobs  lost, the increase of mental illnesses, and  domestic abuse.  Furthermore,  dire predictions in the past have not  panned out in a spike but trended like the rest of the country.    With vaccination of  more vulnerable elderly,  opening  up more seem prudent.

Some thoughts about Coronavirus and Fan Conventions.

This post is  a response to a question about the future of fan Conventions  in light of  COVID-19.

This is a speculation about the future of conventions if we can control COVID-19. I use my experience as a Sanrio fan.  One option is similar to Hello Kitty Friendship Festival and the recent Hello Kitty Around the World tour. In each case one bought a ticket for a session lasting two to four hours.  Only a fixed amount of tickets was sold per session. The session could have a show, panel, displays and a trip though the dealer’s den.

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Rose City Comic Con Mini Report

The convention:  Rose City Comic Con

The place: Oregon Convention Center

The dates  7 – 9 September.

Sorry for the long delay but due to leaning  a new job I have not had the time to  put a full report. Also since I do not se much interest I going the keep things short.  All three of  my Plushies were my companions for the con.

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Newcon Is No More

It only took 24 hours:

“NEWCON IS CANCELLED.

From Michael Anderson, Director of Newcon:

I have to announce that Newcon 6 is cancelled.

“Since 2011, Newcon has tried to give the area an inclusive convention that dips into subcultures beyond just anime and pop culture. Our amazing staff and attendees have made every year of Newcon an exceptionally fun experience, and I am heartbroken that we won’t be able to continue the tradition.”

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