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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
5:42 pm
Morphicon Miscellanea Post-Con Edition
Originally posted by morphiconpub at Morphicon Miscellanea Post-Con Edition
Originally posted by morphiconpub at Morphicon Miscellanea Post-Con Edition
Morphicon Miscellanea: Post-Con 2014 Edition
MORPHICON 2014: Howls, Growls and Things Afoul
was a furrighteningly good time!


From attendance to panels to charity donations, this year’s convention was remarkable. We reached a record number of attendees at 317, put on over 60 unique panels, had 61 fursuiters in the parade, and raised $1,764.00 for our charity FURS (Ferrets Unlimited Rescue Services). All this in addition to the dances, variety show, Spectacle of Doom, Atomic Battle of Doom, video game tournaments and everything else that made the con one fantastic weekend. We especially want to thank once more our Guests of Honor, Krahnos and Fossil, who each put on several panels and did an incredible amount of artwork for the convention.

But this convention can’t happen without its attendees, dealers, panel hosts, and volunteers. We thank you for bringing your all to this convention and hope you all had as much fun as we did. See you next year for:

Morphicon 2015: Retro Gaming


Do you have pictures of the con you want to share with everyone? Post them to Facebook, tag us on Twitter, or email them to publicity@morphicon.org and we’ll upload them to an accessible picture hosting service. We’d like to let everyone keep the best memories of the convention and have the pictures to last them until we all get to come back next year.


Apparently a good number of our attendees had such a good time at Morphicon 2014 that they could not bear to leave, and decided to leave something behind in their stead.
As you unpack and settle back in to "normal" life, you may notice an item or two seems to be missing. If this is the case, or seems to be the case for someone you know who may not be following this e-mail list, please contact Morphicon Registration if you think the item may have been left behind at the con at registration@morphicon.org
Those who won Charity Auction items and did not pay for/pick up their items should check their emails for a message if they have not seen one already so we can arrange payment and work out pick-up/delivery details.

Follow Morphicon on Twitter (@Morphicon) and Facebook (Morphicon) for all the updates!

Current Mood: relieved
Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
10:05 pm
Morphicon Miscellanea - April 2012
-= The End is Nigh =-

Yes, folks, the long wait is almost over. With only two weeks to go until Morphicon 2012: Fables & Furry Tails you can finishing sharpening your claws and preening your coats and think ahead to packing. If you haven't already, head on over and pre-register at Morphcion.org. While the early-bird discount is over (partially because the bird was consumed) it's still an easy way to get one more thing taken care of before the con.
As always, we have a plethora of panels and almagama of activities planned to keep you entertained. The Spectacle of Doom, Fursuit Parade, and Frozen Oasis all make a return this year. We'll also have the Dealer's Den and Artist's Alley open to help you buy and sell, what else, art! The patio will be available if you simply want to hang-out and, for those of you who want to earn a discount for next year, your Gopher Wrangler would love to hear from you if you'd like to volunteer!
Feel free to contact your Morphicon staff should you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there!

-= Meet the GoH's: Text Edition, Part 2 =-

Having already answered a pair of questions for you in the previous edition of Morphicon Miscellanea, Heavy Horse and Sigil, this year's Guests of Honour, agreed to answer two more. While we realize four questions are not enough to know a GoH, we do hope you stop by their respective panels at the con and learn a bit more about, and from, them.

You can find they're latest bits of knowledge at www.Morphicon.org.

-= "Yew" Know What You Want =-

Two more chapters of Heavy Horse's Yew Manor! We have taken the time to upload two of the final three chapters of this wonderful story to Morphicon.org. Heavy has agreed to read Yew Manor in its entirety at the con and we'll let him finish his story for you. At the conclusion of the con, Yew Manor will be posted in one piece on Morphicon.org. We encourage you to attend Heavy's reading to his wonderful piece so you might achieve closure just a little bit sooner.

-= Welcome to Goodbye =-

Speaking of closure, it is with a heavy heart and drooping tail I must mention your publicity fox will not be returning after this year's con. It has been a honour to serve on the Morphicon staff these past two years and I thank everyone involved and, especially, those who've enjoyed (or simply put up with) my ramblings. Have no fear, we are not planning on leaving the position vacant and are already speaking to others who have expressed interest.

That said, Morphicon is continually evolving. Furs come and go and we are always looking for those interested in helping plan and execute the next great con experience. If your ambitions are loftier than being a gopher or panelist, we encourage you to speak to someone on staff. You never know, it just may be you writing the newsletter in the future!

Thanks for the ride! - Foxx (in a box)
Thursday, April 19th, 2012
11:21 pm
Bagstuffing Party - Saturday April 28th
Morphicon is just around the corner, and we need to put together the conbooks as well as fill up the convention bags. Every year people show their love through HARD PHYSICAL LABOR, and this year is no different. No, really though, we do need people, and the work isn't that hard. It's more of a slight distraction from seeing everyone before the convention. Think of it as the first unofficial day of the con!

We'll have snacks/drinks and then later on in the evening, pizza! Mmmn, pizza. But please keep the pizza off of the conbooks. This isn't Morphicon 2012 : Greasy Pizza Hands.
So, like, how can you possibly beat that deal? Good friends, free food, and all you have to do is play assembly-line slave for the convention for as long as it takes till the books are all done.
As an aside, we're also making props for the Spectacle of DOOOOMMM alongside the bagstuffing.

April 28th (Saturday) - 6pm

1350 Wild Oats Dr. Columbus, OH 43204
Thursday, March 8th, 2012
12:48 am
Bob-Tailed Foxes & One-Week T-Shirt Deadlines
Shhh! Do you hear it? The wailing that sounds like a woman's scream? Make no mistake, that is not a woman - it is a wampus cat. A very /irritated/ wampus cat. Why is Kattywampus upset? It's simple - she needs your art. She /craves/ your art. With only a week to go until the deadline for the t-shirt competition (ends March 15th!), she has received very few entries. Her appetite is insatiable and she requires quantities of artwork.

Please help. I don't want to lose my tail (which is only one of the appendages that will go missing, I'm sure). I'll do anything. How about a free Patron registration? Fine. To the winner I will give the free Patron registration AND the design on the t-shirt for everyone to wear! As a further incentive to gather art, I'll even give away a free Sponsor registration to the runner-up PLUS the cover of the pocket programming guide! And I guarantee everyone who submits art relating to Morphicon's theme of Fables & Furry Tails will get inserted into the con book! All relevant details are located on the Morphicon website (www.Morphicon.org), written in a sweet and innocent manner by said wampus (don't be fooled!!!).

Help me keep the bob-tailed fox an Aesop's fable. Send your art. Eternal thanks will be yours. And remember, avoid slinking shadows in the night. It very well could be...the Kattywampus.
Monday, February 13th, 2012
9:42 pm
Morphicon T-Shirt Contest Now Open!!!
There once was a con in Columbus,
Who had a problem quite humongus,
The shirts to be worn,
Remain unadorned,
So we call upon you - please save us!

That right folks, we need your help! The t-shirts we so love to have every year are still blank slates in need of love. We're calling upon all artists, established or not, to submit your artwork for the annual Morphicon t-shirt contest. Entries need to be rated G to PG-13 and must relate to this year's theme Fables and Furry Tails. The deadline is March 15th and you could win a free Patron or Sponsor level registration!

For more information, including submission guidelines, please see our website - www.Morphicon.org. We look forward to see what kind of wonderful you can come up with!
Saturday, September 17th, 2011
9:38 pm
Final Picnic Call for One and All
With a week to go until the Morphicon Annual FREE Picnic we are making one last push to get everyone signed up. We have a rat and a fox scheduled to do the shopping later in the week and we want to make sure you're included in our list. Please take a few minutes if you're planning to attend so we can ensure there are enough eats for you. You do not need to register with the Morphicon website to do so (though it would be nice), just visit Morphicon.org and click on the 'Annual FREE Picnic' link on the left. Enter your name and you're done! As of now we have just about half the number we did last year. Please, let us spend the money and feed you!
Monday, September 12th, 2011
6:09 pm
Days: Eleven Until Picnic Heaven
That's right! So few days until the Morphicon Annual FREE Picnic that you can count them on both hands (if you happen to be polydactyl)! There's nothing more we need you to do than mosey on over to Morphicon.org and lets us know you'll be there! Simply click on Annual FREE Picnic and signup (and perhaps register with the website as well?)! It's quick, it's free, and we just want to make sure we have enough to feed you! See you there!
Sunday, August 28th, 2011
10:35 am
Morphicon Miscellanea - September 2011

-= Morphicon 2012 - Furry Tales & Fables =-
Once upon a time there was a furry convention in Columbus, Ohio named Morphicon. Now Morphicon was a small con, not like its more famous cousins, but it welcomed any and all who were looking for a bit of fun and relaxation in May. Now, it so happened that Morphicon decided it was time to pay homage to its roots. Looking back further than its birth in 2003, Morphicon chose to focus on the origin of all cons, namely that of folklore. Thus, for 2012, Morphicon is proud to announce its theme will be Furry Tales and Fables. Pulling from stories passed down through the ages, we will celebrate anthropomorphics from all cultures to make this con one like never seen before. Please join us May 3rd-6th next year to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event!

-= Furry Tales & Fables Guests of Honour =-
This year we have invited two Guests of Honour to Morphicon: Sigil and Heavy Horse. We are deeply honoured to have two wonderful artists, the formal visual, the latter written. Rather than do them the disservice of saying something unflattering, we've decided it best to let them speak for themselves.

Sigil is a relatively new artist, but has found her home very quickly in the Furry Fandom! Starting in 1998 she began the long road through anime fan-art and terrible X-man fan characters that eventually led her to furries. Egged on by her husband, in early 2008 she joined the popular website FurAffinity (http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sigil/) and her world was never the same. Working now as a freelance furry artist and going to school full time, Sigil is happier than she's ever been. While usually working in digital medium, Sigil loves making art using pencils, markers, inks, watercolor, acrylic...you name it! She attends several cons a year, and does her best to teach a few panels at any she attends, focusing on artist/client relationships and how to start out or improve as an artist. Her latest project is a collaborative erotic portfolio called "Monster Haus", featuring monsters, strange creatures and people who are more than a little tied up. She is incredibly honored to be a Guest of Honor and is looking forward to participating in 2012's Morphicon!

Heavy Horse (aka Alan Loewen) is an established writer with 20 publishing credits to his name, his first story appearing in the Summer, 1998 edition of the now defunct PawPrints Fanzine. You can follow his adventures at his writing blog at http://literary-equine.livejournal.com/. In 2007, Heavy Horse co-wrote Mask of the Ferret with author, Ken Pick in the Eppie award-winning anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God. A hard SF piece with strong anthropomorphic themes, Mask of the Ferret received an Honorable Mention from the 2008 Washington Science Fiction Association. Heavy lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his wife and three sons, a sheltie named Socrates, a homicidal sun conure lovingly named The Death Chicken, and far too many cats. Deeply honored to be a part of Morphicon 2012, he hopes to entertain with his stories old and new, and, as a retired stage magician, will gladly do a magic trick or two if politely asked.

We ask you to join us in next year in celebrating these two artists and thank them both deeply for taking time out of their busy schedule to spend some time with us.

-= Free Food for Furs! - Morphicon Picnic 2011 =-
In the tradition of years past, Morphicon will be hosting a free picnic for all those able to attend. We will again have it a Sharon Woods Metro park, located just north of I-270 off Cleveland Ave. The date for this years event will be September 24th, rain or shine! Food, drink, and entertainments will be provided but feel free to bring anything you want to share. Last year's even attracted 63 furs and we would love to do that again! Stay tuned for the announcement of the RSVP page so we can ensure we have enough eats for everyone but mark your calendars now!

-= Woollybear Parade =-
Once again, Morphicon will be participating in the Woollybear Parade in Vermillion, OH. We are trying to make this into an annual event and our friends at NEOfurs are helping to make this possible. The Woollybear Festival is an annual event featuring food, music, and entertainment! In addition, there is the parade where fursuits are encouraged If you're wanting to try out your new suit, show off your veteran moves, or just want to walk with other furs, mark your calendars for October 9th. For additional information or questions, please contact publicity@morphicon.org. Keep your eyes posted on the Morphicon Google Group for ride-share / caravan information

-= The Quick Brown...Dog? =-
Yes, jumped over the lazy fox. To say there has been quite a bit happening with the Morphicon staff would be an understatement. As it always does, life intrudes upon the fandom and prevents things from flowing as they should. That doesn't mean, however, your staff hasn't been making preparations for next year's con. We're still busy redesigning a website to put all previous ones to shame and implementing features you've told us you want. We do listen, you see. It's just, in this, we're adopting the stance of the tortoise instead of the hare: slow and steady. Rest assured, Morphicon 2012 will be something special!

-= September Fable - The Old Hound - by Aesop =-
A hound, known in his youth for strength and never yielding to another animal in the forest, in his advanced age encountered a boar. He seized it by the ear but, because of the decay of his teeth, was unable to maintain his hold on the creature. His master, seeing the boar flee into the woods, set upon the hound with foot and stick. Once the owner's anger seemed to have run its course, the hound said, "It was not my fault, master. My spirit was as strong as ever but I cannot help my infirmities. Rather than being punished for who I am, I should be praised for whom I once was."
Sunday, May 1st, 2011
6:25 pm
Louisville slumber party
I thought since cincinatti isn't too far of a drive from louisville, you guys might want to know about a pretty large overnight slumber party that we've been having every other month called “The Menagerie”. Its LOTS of fun with games, art, socializing with other furries, and provided food and drinks with admission! This upcoming event will be on May 20th, 2011, it will be our 4th event—in the past we have an average of 30 to 40 people show up. The next is also a 21+ only event because we allow drinking (we have had 18+ and “all ages” events in the past). We vote on the age restrictions for each event, so if you are under 21, the next one very well could be in your age range. If you want to read more about it, go to LINK! (or just the main site page, whatever). Come check it out! We’d love to meet ya!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011
11:45 pm
Morphicon Miscellanea - April 2011 Edition

April 2011 All-Encompassing Edition

It's the Final Countdown!
(Cue bad 80's music!)

Only a few weeks separate us from Morphicon 2011 - Furries in Wonderland! Flinters and Roxikat are both waiting to meet you and amaze with their artistic prowess! If you still have pre-registered, mosey on over to our Registration page and avoid the line the day of the con!

It is also worth noting, this is the last edition of Morphicon Miscellanea before the con. As such, this version contains most all the information you need to know about the important events and the con itself. Please read through that which you may have passed over in previous editions so you don't miss out on any of the greatness!

A room-share discussion is currently happening on the Morphicon LiveJournal page. Please take a look if you'll be needing a room for the weekend and need someone to bunk with. You may also consider joining the Morphicon Google Group as there is already talk of ride-shares on there. Both locations will become more active the closer we get to the con. Don't miss out!

Programming Schedule Has Been Posted!

The programming schedule has been posted on the Morphicon website (http://morphicon.org/schedule.php), and once again we have a ton of really awesome content lined up for the convention! Panels on writing, art, fursuiting, gaming, puppetry, discussions of what the fandom is really all about, and shared interest group (SIG) panels for your favorite critters, and the usual large performance events... We still have a few spots open on the schedule to squeeze in an extra SIG or panel, so if you have something you want to see that's not already planned contact us at: Programming[at]Morphicon.org.

Ursa Major Awards Return to Morphicon!

The tenth annual Ursa Major Awards for excellence in the furry arts will be presented on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm at Morphicon in Columbus, Ohio.

More than 1300 voters selected their favorites in ten categories of works featuring intelligent and/or talking animals first published during the calendar year 2010: Best Motion Picture, Best Dramatic Short Work or Series, Best Novel, Best Short Fiction, Best Other Literary Work, Best Graphic Story, Best Comic Strip, Best Magazine, Best Published Illustration, and Best Game.

Voting and interest was especially brisk as a number of nominees promoted the Awards and urged their fans to vote, resulting in an almost 20% increase in turnout over last year.

More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Awards, the Ursa Major Awards are intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalent of the Hugo Awards presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth.

The Ursa Major Awards are administered by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts. Discussions are ongoing to improve their effectiveness and expand their presence throughout furry fandom. All suggestions are invited via the Ursa Major Awards web site at .

Masquerade and Fursuit Parade!

Morphicon provides several great opportunities to show off your fursuit, whether it's partial or full, paw-made or purchased. On Friday night, there will be a competitive Masquerade that will be judged by experienced costumers. Awards will be given for both construction and performance in 4 categories: Juvenile, Novice (beginner), Journeyman (intermediate), and Master. There are also awards for the Best in Show and the Best Use of Con Theme. The awards themselves will be in keeping with the con theme and will be good souvenirs.

If you made your fursuit yourself, you can wear or bring it to Pre-Judging and be eligible for the construction awards. You can then show off your suit on stage during the Masquerade performance and be eligible for more awards. If you purchased or borrowed your suit, or just don't want to be judged for construction, please show off on stage anyway because you're still eligible for the performance and "Best" awards. All acts should be 2 minutes or less. If you don't have an act or your own music, we have thousands of songs for you to dance to on stage. Be forewarned -- you never know what the soundman will pick, so it's better to plan your own!

Then on Saturday afternoon, there will be a fursuit parade through the convention space. The line-up will start in the Morrison room and end on the patio with a group picture. Parts of the route will go outside; however, if it's raining, the route will be shortened to stay inside. (Wet suits are a bad thing!) There will be many opportunities along the route for picture-taking, including Factory Square, the main stage, and the Patio.

If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, such as being a Masquerade judge or fursuit wrangler, please email Masquerade[at]Morphicon.org.

Writers Wanted: Iron Author Competition

We managed to track down writing-track head Foxx (in a box) to ask him a few questions about the Iron Author competition. While not as difficult to corner as our illustrious con-chair (Foxx is in a box, after all), also being staff means a furry, er, flurry of activity is going on.

What is Iron Author?

IA is a competition to see who can write the best, worst story. It typically features a topic which relates to the theme of the con. It is also given a special bit which must be included in the writing and is only given out at the Iron Author introduction.

Who can compete in Iron Author?

Anyone can compete, there are no restrictions for the basic competition. Likewise, the story can be poetry or prose, we're not picky. In fact, we encourage writing of all types. There is also the possibility of having an adult Iron Author competition this year. If this happens, more info will be given during the IA introduction.

Is there a prize for the winner?

Ultimately, IA is a fun, and non-serious, competition, with the emphasis on fun. That said, we do try to have some sort of prize in place as a reward for those who punish us with their bad writing. Last year was a bronzed "corn dog" won by Anima. We're hoping to have something similar in place for this year's con.

Anything else you can think of?

Anyone interested in competing should attend the IA introduction. Likewise, anyone who has a question about the competition, or wishes to serve as a judge, should feel free to contact Foxx (in a box) at the beginning or end of the writing panels. It would also be wise to see what we're looking for by searching out the story "Eye of Argon"...at your own risk, of course.

It's Baaa-aaack!: The Frozen Oasis

As many of you know the Frozen Oasis is a traveling room party providing frozen cocktails, dance music, a dancing fox boy, a panda bartender, and a kick ass light show that rivals a lot of the dances at cons around the country. On Foxday night at Morphicon, Frozen Oasis will venture where no furry convention party has ever before - to Wonderland... a mysterious and magical place where the Frozen Oasis party is a convention sponsored event. So come sample our drinks, shake your tails on the dance floor and let our laser light shown make you shine and sparkle. Open all night. 21 + only.

Fursday Night Art Projects

Continuing the tradition of hands-on creative fun the night before the con really gets started, we will have not one but two Fursday night art projects this year! First will be painting the tea sets to be used in the Unbirthday Party on Friday night. The sets will then be put into the charity auction on Sunday, so along with the chance to have fun and be creative with your friends on Fursday night, you'll also help a good cause! The other Fursday night chance to be creative will be painting the cases we have for the video game room consoles this year. Snacks and beverages will be provided, so come by Fursday night and join in the fun!

Morphicon Call for Gophers!

I'm not exactly sure what type of calls a gopher makes, but I know what calls a gopher responds to: Shiny! Shiny!

I'd like to invite you (yes, you!) to notify us now of your desire to gopher in 2011!

Volunteering itself is awesome! Generally you get to have a sense of pride and good-feeling over having helped out your local convention, but even more importantly: For every 5 hours credit you earn, you get a $10 discount on your next year's convention registration, up to a full basic registration (15 hours = $30). Anyone with any discount level is AUTOMATICALLY guaranteed the early registration rate of $30 for basic registration. That means if you earn a total of 15 hours credit, you get a free ticket for next year! Isn't that awesome? You can use your discount when pre-registering online, and you can use it at the door! It's a total win!

But this message isn't just about gophering, it's about notifying us ahead of time that you want to gopher! Notifying us ahead of time lets us get a better idea of how many gophers we'll have, but more importantly: IT EARNS YOU A SHINY!

This year our shiny is something special: A limited, one-time only, theme-specific collectible item! This will ONLY be given to those gophers who notify us ahead of time that they want to gopher! After that, this specific shiny will no longer be available TO ANYONE!

That's right - you will receive a limited edition collectible shiny! And unlike last year's shiny that never materialized, this shiny exists within our plane of existence, and is 100% physical. You can even hold it in your hand! How do I know? We've already got it prepared!

So, if you would love to be our very favorite gopher, please let us know ASAP! Please send a message to gophers[at]morphicon.org at any time until May 10th! The earlier you send, the more we love you, because that gives us more of an idea of how many gophers we'll have.

Also this year, we're trying something new: Signups! When you show up at the con, we'll have a decent-sized graph of all the different places we require constant gophers! This could be something typical, such as door-guarding for the Dealer's Den, or being a Fursuit handler during fursuit events (such as the parade, or with the Spectacle of Doom!(tm)) OR it could be something unexpected, such as door guarding the bar-mitzvah we were unaware was going on up until some furries decided to go where they shouldn't have!

Signups allow you to decide ahead of time what times you'll have free to get in some volunteering hours, so you aren't being asked to door-guard during the event you want to attend, and allow us to have more time to manage getting gophers around and getting things taken care of that we can't really pre-plan! It's a win-win!

So remember: Shiny! Volunteer now! Signups! And SHINY!

-- Gedrean, official Gopher Wrangler/Herder/etc ["Gopher-Queen" - Ed.] for Morphicon 2011!

Morphicon Insider: Raffle Tickets & Charity Auction

In an unprecedented two-for-two, Morphicon con-chair, Jewel, was cornered once again and asked to answer a few questions, this time about those tickets you receive in your bag when you arrive at the con and the charity auction.

What are they for anyway?

You can use them one of two ways. The first way is by going to the charity raffle and putting them into the drawing. Items will be given out at random to people based on tickets drawn from a hat.The second way is you can attend Trickster's Furry Fair Quiz. The tickets are used there to see who will be contestants. Though, even if you don't get picked, the audience can still participate.

How does one go about getting more tickets?

You can upgrade your registration level (higher levels get more tickets) and you can buy them at registration for $1 apiece. They'll also be on sale right before the charity raffle, and the Furry Fair Quiz.

Is the charity raffle like any other raffle and does the ticket holder need to be there?

Yes, the charity raffle is just like any other raffle. You do need to be present to win items. We make an exception for dealers, and artists stuck in their respective spots during the raffle. All they need to do is write down their name on the back of each ticket. We'll send someone around to collect them before the raffle begins.

What is the charity auction and how is it different from the raffle?

The silent charity auction is setup in the back of registration/con ops, in the Potter Wright room. You don't need any tickets to bid on those items. You just write down your bids, and use your badge number. It's a good idea to check back during the convention, because oftentimes attendees bring items with them to add to the raffle when they arrive.

How does one go about donating items for the auction and/or raffle?

If you're interested in donating something, please feel free to contact operations[at]morphicon.org.

Anything else someone should know about the auction and/or raffle?

All the proceeds go directly to our charity, F.U.R.S.. In addition to the raffle, the silent auction, and the Furry Fair Quiz we have another charity event called the Pet Auction where people bid on dances with fursuiters.

And there you have it, answers to questions which may have been niggling in the back of your mind. If you have a question you'd like to have answered in an upcoming edition of Morphicon Miscellanea feel free to send it to publicity[at]morphicon.org.

And Now a Word from SonicBlu

Greetings, everyone. SonicBlu here, and I'll be the Performance Track head of Morphicon this year. For the "performer" in you, we have many different shows that may interest you. Feel free to peruse the descriptions of each show and keep them in mind when you attend Morphicon this year. We'd love to see you there!

Spectacle of Doom

Hear ye, hear ye! The highlight show of the convention needs YOUR help! If you've ever wanted to experience performances on our stage, you may want to come to the aid of your convention by accepting a role in our Spectacle of Doom show. This show is scripted, so you won't have to worry about trying to think up something on your own. In the Spectacle of Doom, we'll need stage performers (mostly fursuiters), puppeteers, and voice actors. We'll have an open casting call before rehearsals, so come on down and see if you got what it takes to become a performer in the absolute must-see show of the entire convention.

Furry Variety Show/Morphicon Tonight

Have you got a skit you've been working on and would like some stage time to perform it? You can do so during the Furry Variety Show/Morphicon Tonight! Just come to Furry Variety Show (FVS) rehearsals and bring your material with you. If you don't have any material but you would still like to perform on the stage, just talk to SonicBlu during FVS rehearsals, and we'll fit you in. With thousands upon thousands of background songs at our disposal, we can easily give you your 2 to 5 minutes of fame right on our stage. Don't be shy, just come to FVS rehearsals and RSVP to be in the show. The FVS will be combined with our late-nite talk show Morphicon Tonight, so performance times will fluctuate, depending on how many acts are queued, reserving at least 30 minutes for interviews with the guests of honor.

The show always starts off with our traditional "Silly Fursuiter Tricks", so at one point or another, SonicBlu Darkfold may be wandering around the con floor looking to pick out a fursuiter at random to open the show. If you are interested, just do something silly for SonicBlu, and he may just select you to appear as the show's opener. If you're not interested, don't worry. Nobody will be forced into doing anything they don't want to do. Simply tell SonicBlu whether you are interested or not when he springs the question: "How would -YOU- like to open Morphicon Tonight with your silly fursuiting tricks?"

Atomic Comedy Hour of Doom

Attention all wannabe comics, laugh factory professionals, and those that have never performed live standup comedy (but always had that dream.) You may want to RSVP to appear on our stage for the Atomic Comedy Hour of Doom, which will be going on the stage right after the Spectacle of Doom. Depending on how many people we have signing up, the routine time per participant may fluctuate to conciliate with the one-hour time bracket.

Oh! Pawpets! Live!

This year on the Oh! Pawpets! Live show, we'll be reenacting the Oh! Pawpets! Show's first musical: Bwing's Twansfowmation, where Bwing T. Fewwet will be getting a whole new makeover. It's out with the old boring blonde fur, and in with the new look, with a whole soundtrack to boost while we perform the "makeover" live on our stage.

Morphicon 2012 Theme Decided!

Since you've made it this far through the newsletter, we'll treat you with a bit of extra information. After much deliberation and, one would believe, a few sleepless nights (which may or may-not be due to the con), the Morphcion Board has decided upon the theme for 2012 - [CENSORED] and promises to be one of the most fantastic cons ever! Come help us celebrate [CENSORED] and [CENSORED] and fun for [CENSORED]! Stay tuned for post-con newsletters where we'll delve more into Morphicon 2012 - [CENSORED]!
Friday, December 17th, 2010
12:03 am
Morphicon Miscellanea - December 2010 Edition!
-= That Time of the Year =-
Yep, Winter is here again in Columbus. The snow's blowing, folks are travelling, and everything's just plain cold. For you thinner furred among us, there is no better time to use the weather as an excuse to cuddle up next to your other half. For those with thicker coats, see you on the snowball field!

-= This Year's Theme - An Interview =-
Just because we're huddled in our homes trying to keep warm doesn't mean your dedicated staff isn't diligently working on Morphicon 2011. This month, your publicity fox cornered, *ahem*, sat down with our Con Chair Jewel and asked a few questions about this year's theme.

Why Furries in Wonderland?
The movie coming out was definitely a consideration, it adds a bit of timeliness to the choice. Another factor was that Alice In Wonderland is an excellent source to mine for inspiration. I think it's important for a convention theme to be visible to the con attendees. The theme should manifest itself in many ways throughout the convention. It should add a noticeable flair to aspects of the convention, things like decorations, content of performance events, t-shirts, etc. Alice in Wonderland is a great source for inspiration. There's so many iconic characters, places, and things from it. Everyone recognizes the phrase "Off with their heads" and understands the context that it comes from. In that sense Alice in Wonderland adds a lot of symbols that we can draw from to communicate the theme to the attendees.

Hasn't it been done before at other cons?
It has, but that shouldn't stop us from revisiting a good theme. Besides, we at Morphicon are going to do the theme in our own special way. Hopefully even better than when it was done in the past! There's also the issue of the sheer number of conventions now, it's practically impossible to avoid repeats. I believe the year before we did Inner City Critters that another nearby convention did Urban Furs.

Any ideas on what special events (outside the norm) we may have?
Well Morphicon always has the Atomic Battle of Doom, which is a nerf and foam boffer melee like none other. It's really kind of crazy to watch, and every year it gets bigger. There's also the free food which is always popular, and we might do something with an 'unbirthday' event, but there's nothing set in stone for that yet. We are still quite a ways out from the convention proper.

Is there anything else you'd like to add while I have you here?
I would definitely recommend the Spectacle of Doom to anyone who likes adult humor. It's a bit raunchy, but always a ton of laughs. Trickster does the writing every year, and I honestly think it only gets better each time. I'd also like to point out the charity quiz show that Trickster hosted last year. We'll be doing that again, and it was a big smash, so I'd encourage everyone to attend. Even if you don't get selected to play the audience can participate in the game. Besides, there's nothing more funny than seeing some poor confused fur try to remember what species Zig-Zag is.

As a last bit, and we haven't 100% finalized this yet, we should be having Frozen Oasis as an official convention event in place of the Friday dance. There's still some scheduling considerations that we need to figure out, but chances are they'll have the entire Adam's room (yes the far one near the lobby that nobody can find) for the party.

-= Tips for Travel =-
Seeing as more than a few of us will be on the move this season, and don't have a pack of sled dogs living next to us, we would like to offer a few tips for travelling. Please don't use this as a comprehensive list, this should just be used as a heads-up. To see a complete list of recommendations, please see www.TSA.gov if you plan to fly or www.Ohio.gov for trips by auto.

If travelling by plane, please arrive at the ticket counter at least 90 minutes early. The closer we get to Christmas, the longer the wait to pass through security. Also, you will need to remove your shoes and empty your pockets before passing through to the boarding area. If you plan on bringing a laptop it will need to be separate from other carry-on baggage. Lastly, you will not be able to bring your own beverages past the screening area. Bottled water and other refreshments should be available on the other side.

If travelling by car or truck is more your thing, keep in mind any, and every, thing can happen. In addition to your usual gear (jack, properly inflated spare tire, etc), you'll also want to add a nice, warm blanket to the list. A warm set of sock and waterproof boots aren't a bad idea if you have the room. A small amount of food and water is recommended in the event you're in less travelled areas. Lastly, if you have one, make sure your cell phone is properly charged.

Hopefully these recommendations will all be unnecessary. In the event they are not, however, we hope they will help to ensure you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season.

-= Panels, Here! Get Your Hot Panels! =-
With Morphicon only being a three day event, and with the large number of panels to choose from, we, your staff, would love to have your opinion on what you would like to see or attend at this year's con. We want to make Morphicon 2011 the best we can and, for that, we require your input. Art and gaming panels will again be present, as will writing and crafting panels. Spirituality and SIG's are both good bets, also. The question is, what would you like to see? Give us your raves and rants for panels past and tell us what you would like to include if we don't have it already. Until the new website is up and running, feel free to send your comments and ideas to programming @ morphicon.org and we'll make sure they get to the correct Track Head.

-= Frozen Fur Balls Con't =-
We are still working on having a fursuit bowling event. Though we would like to have it in January, it appears we will be shooting for sometime in February. A poll will be posted online soon so a date can be decided and registration will be necessary so we can get an accurate number for a group rate. Unlike the picnic, this will not be a free event. That's not to say something special might not be done, however. Stay tuned for more information or contact publicity @ morphicon.org? if you have any questions or ideas.

-= Still Searching for Artists - Now With Incentives! =-
Woohoo! We're getting art! But a few pictures doth not a conbook make. As always, we are looking for art for the various publications we put out and would love to see what you can come up with. Any donated art will have that artist's name put into a random drawing for a Morphicon t-shirt from years past! Your contribution will be appreciated and mentioned, but now you could also get some cool swag! Send any and all submissions to publicity @ morphicon.org!


Want to see additional content or have something to say about the latest newsletter? Please visit the enhanced HTML version at Morphicon.org and let us know what you think!
Sunday, August 1st, 2010
2:19 pm
Morphicon August 2010 Newsletter Now Available!
Morphicon Miscellanea - August 2010 Edition

-= Morphicon End-of-Summer Picnic =-
Yes, fellow furs, it is that time of year to once again look forward to the Morphicon picnic. As in previous years, the picnic will be held at Sharon Woods Metro Park, just north-east of Columbus, and on September 4th. While we understand this is Labour Day weekend, we also know it'll be a great excuse for having to take off Friday from work if "necessary"!
Food, of course, will be gratis, however, if there is anything in particular you would like or want to share with the group please feel free to bring it along. Food donations will also be happily accepted. Activities will include all the amenities the park has to offer, with the addition of horseshoes, frisbee, wiffle ball, and Pictionary. Should you have any events you would like to see please let us know.
With the date still a month away we have plenty of time for flexibility. If you would like to bring any food or something else to do, please send an e-mail to publicity @ morphicon.org and we will get back to you. Information and directions to the park can be found here: Sharon Woods Metro Park. See you there!

-= The Woollybear Festival is Coming! =-
Vermilion, Ohio is once again preparing for the 38th Annual Woollybear Festival & Parade, the largest one-day gathering in the state! On September 26th, thousands will flock the quaint town of Vermilion, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Events will include the parade, music, games, fair food, and more! For more information on the festival, please see the Woollybear Festival home page.
Morphicon has traditionally played a part in the festivities and would like to do so again this year. If you would like to participate, please send a e-mail to publicity @ morphicon.org so we can get in touch with you and coordinate. Please note, this is a family festival and while ears, tails, and fursuits are welcome, anything stronger than G-rated is highly discouraged.

-= Calling All Artists =-
We are always looking for art for various publications we put out. If you have anything you would like to donate, please don't hesitate to let us know. Submissions can always be sent to publicity @ morphicon.org at anytime.

Right now, we are requesting art for our Furry Trackers Guide, a booklet for con-goers, showing various locations were one might procure food, access an ATM, etc. The art should reflect this year's theme of Furries in Wonderland, with a focus on a specific section. Please feel free to send any questions and artwork to Lightpaws. We can't guarantee we can use all the art but your contribution will be mentioned nonetheless.

Want to see additional content or have something to say about the latest newsletter? Please visit the enhanced HTML version at Morphicon.org and let us know what you think!
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
9:52 pm
Morphicon Holiday Newsletter
January 2010 Newsletter

Morphicon 7: "State Fair"

May 13-16th 2010
Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington in Columbus, Ohio
Guests of Honor: World Tree creators, Bumblebee and Floki
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Happy Holidays!
-- Jewel, and the rest of Morphicon Staff –
Thursday, January 22nd, 2009
9:17 pm
Hey new here
hey guys whats up i just joined the community so i thought i would introduce myself. o.k my real manes alex, but my fur friends call me Otto. I'm 17 and live about 40 from cincy. now you can probably tell by my userpic that i am a car guy but i am a furry to. I do own a fursuit which i built last halloween. the main reasons i am joining this group is because i do not know any furs locally, so i thought this this would be a good place to meet an few.

so thats pretty much it,if you have any question please feel free to ask


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Monday, June 16th, 2008
7:47 pm
Cincinnati Ohio: Midsummer Furmeet - Free concert with the band Kansas and X-BOX HUGE fireworks aft
Okie I am posting this here, but if anyone wants to copy any other lists where people might be interested!

So... can Arc throw a party or what? I am proposing an epic Cincinnati furmeet and party at my place. Here are the details:

When: Saturday July 12th - Party starts at 1:00 PM. More laid back fun Sunday July 13th as well. Crash space available both days!

Where: Cincinnati area. Specifically at my house.
My house ==> (Please contact me for address)
After 3PM we will be at Miami Meadows park which is off of State Route 131. This is just a half mile from my house through residential streets.

Here are details for the party at the park (including address and event schedule): http://www.miamitwp.org/midsummer/index.htm

Why: Because it's a good time for a summer party and the band Kansas will be at the park we are going to. This is a FREE concert. Parking is free because people will be parking at my place. Parking at the park is $5 but since it's just a 10 minute walk from my place, you might as well park there.

How: How did I manage this? I have my ways!

Rules: Not many really other than use your head when it comes to apparel. If you show up in assless chaps, it's your job to explain to the township police at the park why you chose to attend a family event dressed that way :)

Tails and ears are ENCOURAGED! This is a fun day, I doubt many people will notice them other than the kids at the park who will probably love it. Fursuits... ok. I've been asked when I floated this idea in my LJ. I can't find anything in the park or township rules prohibiting it. That doesn't mean that you will get away with it, but that is your problem if you bring one. I am not encouraging them because of safety, yours mainly. This is mid July in Cincinnati and we will be outdoors with little shade around. Temperatures average from 90-100 degrees and humidity 70-90% and people will have food, drink and water pistols/balloons around. You can bring your suit, but I guarantee you won't last long in it. I am not going to officially say they are ok or not because I don't want any liability if someone drops dead from heat exhaustion. Whether your bring a suit or not is your own business. A partial might work better but keep in mind it might get mud or food or water on it.

That said bring/wear what you like and keep the temps and setting in mind! This event is laid back, so I don't think the locals would mind as they are there to be entertained!

Now down to brass tacks, here are the events:

1 PM-3PM - Meet and greet at my house, I'll have chips and stuff but no major food since we will be going to the park. Bring some cash for food there, or pack a lunch. We will break at 6PM to head out for a killer Chinese Buffet dinner.

3PM-6PM - We walk down to Miami Meadows park, which is half a mile from my place. Takes about 10-15 minutes. I'll have sunscreen available as you will need it. No alcohol in the park. Fursuits not encouraged due to extreme heat and distance from house. Fursuiters who want to brave it responsible for own transportation to park as well as own safety. Parking at park is $5 for those who go straight there for some reason. At the park they have some kind of expo, music, games (cornhole and hoops and stuff) and other fun stuff we can do, or we can play frisbee or anything else people like. If you have an simple outdoor game that doesn't require setup, bring it!

6PM-7:30 PM - Dinner at the Chinatown Buffet on Old Route 28 (http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=10525). Place is huge and can easily accomidate 20-30 people even in the main eating area. Buffet is under $10, drinks extra. The buffet is very big and also contains non chinese food for those who don't like Chinese or Mongolian foods. The food quality ranges from good to OMG THATS AWESOME and the buffet includes both sushi bar and a Mongolian style grill at no extra cost.

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM. We should be back at the park by then and we can have some more fun and games and then mosey over for the concert. Kansas will be playing and they are a great 70's/80's light rock band.

9:00 PM-10:30 PM - Kansas will be playing their hits. This is a great band and they haven't lost their touch! The concert is absolutely free.

10:30 PM - 11:00 PM Fireworks. Not some crap backyard show. These are Rozzi fireworks, the kind you see at the WEBN show. You are sitting 1000 feet or so from the launch point and go off right overhead. The explosions are EPIC and the box shape of the park makes for an amazing echo effect. If you like big blasts that hop you off the ground, you want to be here for this!

Whew... that's the whole thing! Afterwards people can either go home or crash at my place for after hours fun. There are events at the park all that weekend, Fri and Sunday too so those interested in those can attend those on their own if they wish. Sunday is open for more fun if people can't get enough and Monday is my birthday so I don't work that day, so Sunday is open as a whatever day if people want to make a weekend of it. Sunday is more likely to be movies/card games though as I won't feel like trekking back to the park unless there is a big reason to do so :P

So please let me know if you are coming so I have a rough idea of how big a crowd to prepare for. RSVP isn't required, but is appreciated!
Sunday, June 8th, 2008
10:20 am
Things to do in Cincinnati

If you live in or near Cincinnati, and like going out, then this is the community for you! Come here and share local findings with us, and maybe even find a new hangout of your own!

It's a brand new community so help us get it off the ground!

If this isn't allowed I'm really sorry, feel free to delete!

Sunday, May 4th, 2008
10:30 pm
Cincinnati Meet: Saturday July 12th
I'm going to propose one for July due to a special event.

The local park is having a big to do July 11-13th. My proposal is to meet up Saturday July 12th which is the biggest day.

Here is the event: http://www.miamitwp.org/midsummer/index.htm#events

It's a big outdoor fun day thing in this nice little park right near my house. The beauty of this is that you don't have to pay for parking because everyone will meet up at my place and we will walk down to the park from there, which is just a short 10-15 minute walk away from me.

The park will have food and live music. The bands there will be Loverboy (Friday only, sorry but letting you know in case you are a fan and want to pop down to see them!). Saturday's (fur meet day) band will be Kansas, which was a popular band in the 70's and 80's. So yes, if you have ever liked any songs by Kansas, here is a chance to see them for free!

After the concert is a huge firework show. These aren't some backyard fireworks but real Rozzi fireworks and you will be sitting less than 1000 feet from the launch point. It's big and loud and all kinds of freaking awesome. Peachcat and I went to this last year and it was a blast!

Now here is the deal:

Meet up at my house first, probably hang out there and maybe head down to the park for some fun and concerts. Ears and tails and such are WELCOME! However... fursuits are an open question. I am going to email the people running the event and ask them if fursuits are ok. If they are, then I will let you know. If not, well, they can hardly bitch about ears and tails. Keep in mind though that it will be hot and muggy as it will be in the middle of July.

If fursuits are allowed, we might do a fursuit raid there for an hour or so (depends on endurance and weather) or so and then head back to my place to cool down and clean up, then go back for the concert and food and other fun and games. We can bring a cooler with stuff to drink so no one overheats. Be certain you can handle the heat please... Paramedics will be at the park since it is a big event but I don't want anyone to need their services. It is a half mile to my house, but we will probably have someone drive us up to the park, then go back to my place and park and walk to come join us. We can have a car take us back as well.

I'll post more details including meet up times when I have them. However before I do all of that... is there interest? I need a show of paws. How many Cinci furs can make this?
Sunday, January 13th, 2008
8:38 pm
cincy fur meet?!
I would so suggest going to the observation deck on top of the central trust building Carew Tower [i think that is the one] and getting some awesome pics of the city from there.

I would suggest lunch at Hooters, but only for LOLz...

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