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.
How to Simulate a Furry Convention at Home (CCP Virus Edition)
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The inspiration for this came from a joke how to simulate Navy Shipboard Life at sea. http://www.midwaysailor.com/military/shiplife.html
2020 note I originally wrote this almost 10 years ago. I decided to revise this in the light many con postponed or canceled because of the of the Coronavirus
- Rearrange furniture, in the bedroom place one bed, couch, and TV; this is the hotel room. Designate other areas for panels. Because of Stay at homes will be phones or laptops showing YouTube panels. The required simulation events are opening and closing ceremonies, one fursuiting 101 panels, and optional furry sexuality panel at night. Be sure to schedule at least six virtual panels. At the start of the simulation flip the start of panel one with panel six and cancel panel three. Start panel four 15 minutes late and run into the time slotted for panel five.
- Invite three other friends to join along; one of the friends must not bathe during the simulation weekend. Unless they are your roommates, you may use Zoom or skype.
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.
Kumoricon Lite was a one-day Min anime convention held at the Lloyds’ Center Double Tree hotel. Unlike 2015, it was held in the main hotel not the sweltering exposition center. I took my smaller travel Hello Kitty because it was a min con deserved a visit by my mini Hello Kitty.
I went out to for breakfast before heading to the convention. The line for pre reg was not bad and I attended the Let talk anime panel. I skipped out to the lip Synch Battle but attended the AMV comedy hour. My only gripe was some of the comedy AMVs were not appropriate for all age’s event. I headed out for diner but decided to go back to the hotel and continue my tradition to stay at the convention and talk to people until the kick us out at 11:00pm.
Over all it was a good day.
We just got the announcement of Furvana 2019 will be held not at Seattle but at Ocean Shores Convention center some 133 miles south of Seattle and 166 miles North of Portland. Ocean Shores is a small resort town. You can look at the convention center to see there not much to look at.
The reason in a twitter post explains why Ocean Shores and not a big city hotel or something on the I-5 corroder near Seattle:
From Twitter. I left out the poster.
To me the explanation comes across as political spin.
One reason a poster to Twitter said, is Furry Fandom is still tarnish in Seattle, yet this has not stopped Anthro Nw obtaining hotel convention space last year. The only thing tarnish is RAIn. Now let us remember Rain has been touting Furvana at an open meeting at Furlandia 2018. The Panel describes it as a new Seattle area furcon not mid Washington Coast furcon. This makes me wonder about the claim Rain is not involved and if Seattle convention space providers will have nothing to do with them. RAIn has some serious trusts issues that make them hard to find space in Seattle.