Pictures of Giza as a Goat

I have all artwork of my fursona over here.

However, since I got a fursuit, I also have been getting art of me drawn as a goat, heavily influenced by Asriel Dreemurr from Undertale.

This page is for that art.

I will certainly be getting more art of me as a goat in the future. 🙂

How To Start A Furry Convention

So, you want to start a furry convention! Great! We’ll never say no to a new event. And this is a topic I happen to know a little about, as I’ve been staffing/running conventions for 20 years now. (I’m old)

Let’s start with a few questions I’d like to throw out, the sort of questions every new convention organizer should ask themselves…

A Furry Convention Building Checklist:

  • Have you staffed a con before?
  • Are you incorporated? If so, as a 501(c)3 or 501(c)7?
  • Do you have a separate bank account for the organization?
  • Do you have a budget?
  • Do you have a hotel or other venue?
  • Do you have a signed contract with the venue?
  • Did you read the contract in its entirety?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • Do you have legal counsel?
  • Have you lined up people who can be senior staff/department heads for major portions of the convention, such as Programming, A/V, Dealers Room, etc.?
  • Have you vetted your staff?
  • Do you have a website?
  • How about social media?
  • Is there another con already serving the same general area?
  • If so, will potential attendees feel that they are forced to choose between the two cons?
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Hotel Opening: Anthrocon 2019 Report

One of my activities outside of the office consists of staffing furry conventions. One of those conventions is Anthrocon, a furry convention held in downtown Pittsburgh every June/July. At that particular convention, I manage the website and their social media properties.

Yesterday, we opened general hotel reservations, and that resulted in a huge rush of members booking hotel rooms. 1,000 rooms were booked in the first 15 minutes! This was completely expected, and we kept track of how things played out on social media, and also took a survey of members who booked hotel rooms to see how things went. In this post, we’re going to share what we learned based on those survey results and Twitter activity.


First, did people who booked a hotel room get the hotel that they wanted?

Did you get the hotel you wanted?

For nearly 70% of you, the answer is yes. This makes us happy, but we would like to see the number higher—ideally 100% of our attendees would get a room in the hotel of their choice. This is something we continue to work on each year by adding new hotels and getting bigger room blocks in existing hotels.

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Running Dorsai Thing 2013: Lessons Learned

The Liberty Bell

Each year, The Dorsai Irregulars have their own annual convention known as “Dorsai Thing”. It is a weekend long event, held in a different city each year, where we all gather, socialize, and hold our semi-annual business meeting. This year, it was held in Phildelphia, and it fell on my shoulders to run the event, dubbed “Liberty Thing” While I’ve worked at plenty of conventions before, this was the first one where I was effectively the Con Chair. This was an entirely new thing for me, and I wanted to write a blog post about some of the things I learned during the experience.

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Scaling Anthrocon’s Website to Handle 1,400 Simultaneous Connections

The Challenge

When hotel reservations open, that is the single busiest time of the year for Anthrocon’s webserver. In fact, it even caused us performance problems last year. That was not so good.

So this year, I decided to try something different. Instead of leaving the regular website up and running, which involves using Drupal, I instead decided to replace the entire page with a relatively static “countdown” page, which displayed a countdown timer and automatically started displaying the hotel link at 11 AM on the opening day.

First, some stats for the Anthrocon website:

  • Peak bandwidth: 1.6 Megabits/sec
  • Peak connections: 1,400 concurrent connections

And now some status for Passkey, who handled most of the traffic:

  • Peak bandwidth: 190 Megabits/sec
  • Peak connections: 4,000 concurrent connections
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Conventions I’ve Staffed

Here is a list of conventions I’ve staffed over the years, and positions held (the full spreadsheet is over here):

  • Anime Central
    • Security in 2009
  • Anthrocon
    • Community Team (Discord): 2024-present
    • Registration: 2022-2023
    • Communications: 2018-2020
    • Board of Directors: 2003-2018
      • Technology Director: 2016-2018
      • Operations Director: 2004-2016
    • Sysadmin and Webmaster: 2007-2019
    • Operations Staff: 2002 and 2003
    • Internet Room Staff: 2000 and 2001
  • Anthro New England
    • Guest of Honor Liaison: 2018 to present
    • Commerce Operations: 2017
  • BronyCon
    • VIP Relations (VIPR): 2019 (Dispatch)
    • VIP Relations (VIPR): 2013 and 2014 (VIP Handler)
  • Camp Feral
    • Staff member and workshop instructor in 2001
    • Past webmaster (2001 or so)
  • Confluence
    • Security in 2011 and 2012
      Security in 2007, 2008, and 2009
  • Dorsai Thing
  • Eurofurence
  • FurFright
    • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Assistant Operations Director in 2006
  • Furry Connection North
    • Webmaster and sysadmin in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Security in 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013
    • Security in 2008
  • Furry Migration
    • MNFurs Board of Directors: 2023-present
      • Elected to a two-year term starting in April, 2023
    • Guest of Honor Liaison: 2020-present
    • Registration in 2018 and 2019
    • Operations in 2017
  • MagFest
    • Security in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2015
  • MarCon
    • Art Show Security in 2007 and 2008
  • Midwest FurFest
    • VIP Relations: 2016 to present
    • Operations staff from 2011 through 2014
    • Artshow staff in 2008, 2009, and 2010
    • Artshow staff in 2003

How I Decide What Cons to Work

Often this is done on the basis of referrals–if I think a con is interesting/cool, there’s a chance I’ll know someone who is on staff and inquire through them what the staff experience is like. If I receive positive answers, I’ll inquire about joining staff.

If it’s a convention where I don’t know any staff, I’ll volunteer first and see how I like it. If I have a positive experience, I’ll inquire about being on staff in a future year.

Why Do I Work So Many Cons?

Many reasons. First, it gives me a chance to make positive contributions to the community. Second, it provides me with a bit of structure to the convention–having to be in certain places at certain times helps me better organize how I spend my time at the con. And finally, it gives me an opportunity to meet people–I’ve made many many friends over the years just by staffing cons… and getting to see these people again at future cons makes the experience just so much more fun.

The full spreadsheet of conventions I’ve attended and staffed can be found here.

Conventions I’ve Attended

  • Furry:
    • Anthrocon: 1999,  20002001, 20022003200420052006200720082009, 20102011201220132014201520162017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
    • Anthro New England: 201520162017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023, 2024
    • Anthrohio: 2022, 2023, 2024
    • Camp Feral: 1999, 2000, 200120022003
    • Eurofurence: 2004, 2014
    • Furcationland: 2024
    • FurFright: 20062007200820092010201120122013
    • Furry Connection North: 20082009201120122013
    • Furrydelphia: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023
    • Furry Migration: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
    • Midwest FurFest: 2002, 2003200820092010201120122013201420162017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
    • New Years Furry Ball: 2023*
    • Pine Fur Con: 2018, 2019
    • Western PA Furry Weekend: 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Non-Furry:
    • Anime Central: 2009
    • BayCon: 2001
    • BronyCon: 20132014, 2017, 2019
    • ConClave: 2005, 2006, 2007
    • Confluence: 200620072008200920112012
    • DexCon: 2006
    • MagFest: 2007200820092015
    • MarCon: 20072008
    • Otakon: 2003
    • PhilCon: 2006, 2012
    • Setsucon: 2014

The totals from the above cons are as follows: 119 total conventions. I staffed 83 of those cons (they’re in italics), most (but not all) of which were also furry conventions.   The full spreadsheet of conventions I’ve attended and staffed can be found here.

If you’re looking for artwork of my fursona, that’s over here.

Many of my convention pictures can be found on my Flickr account.

* I am counting this one as a con because I worked there on Dec 30 and Dec 31, making it a multi-day endeavor.

Pictures of Giza

Pictures of Giza, my leopard (and goat!) “fursona” in the furry community.

Some of these pictures are gift art, others are random sketches and conbadges that I’ve gotten over the last 20 years or so.  Starting in about 2010 I began dressing up like a White Mage from Final Fantasy, it turned out to be a really cool idea, and now I get art of me drawn as a White Mage.

Were you looking for the list of conventions that I attend? That’s over here!

Featured Artwork

These pictures are the most popular ones I’ve had over the years, as they were used as icons on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and other places, as well as actual conbadges at conventions.

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