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Mar. 23rd, 2015

Morphicon Newsletter March 2015 Edition

Morphicon Miscellanea: March 2015 Edition

Morphicon 2015: Retro Gaming

==___PUBLICITY DEER’S ADDRESS___==
Dearest Morphicon Attendees,
Scarcely over a month remains before the convention and there’s plenty still to do! Our staff is busy ‘round the clock to make sure that Morphicon 2015 is the best Morphicon yet and we sure are excited for what we have coming. If you haven’t had a chance to register yet, make sure to do so before April 1st to get the Early Bird discount. The special is no joke!
Over the next two weeks we will be accepting contributions to this year’s Con Book and want your input to fill it up with fun! If you have a short story or artwork that you would like to submit, please send it to publications@morphicon.org for inclusion in the Con Book.
We are grateful to you all for your patience while we figured out how to resolve the hotel booking issue. Our hotel code (MO5) has been extended through April 9th, so there should be plenty of time to book if you were unable to complete a booking previously. But the sooner the better, still!
Read on for more info on the Ursa Major nominees and a special event for our eyes only!
Seeing you soon,
Janushka, the Publicity Deer

==___URSA MAJOR VOTING OPEN___==
The Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Awards, a.k.a. the Ursa Major Awards, will be presented at Morphicon this year, but before they can give the awards, people need to vote for the winners! The list of nominees has been released by the committee and the voting is open to all. To vote, go to http://www.ursamajorawards.org/voting2014/ and sign up for a key. Since anybody can vote, make sure your friends all know they can have their say in the best anthropomorphic arts whether or not they are attending the convention!
Voting closes on April 15th.

==___CINEMATIC TEST SCREENING___==
At Morphicon only this year! Join filmmaker Ash for a test screening of his long-awaited documentary: "Furries: A Documentary." Filmed over several years throughout Ohio and beyond, the film follows a select group of furries as they explore their own identities and the furry community as a whole. Whether you're new to the fandom or a veteran, there is plenty to enjoy and discover in this lighthearted film, including scenes filmed at Morphicon itself. Stick around after the credits for a Q&A with the filmmaker and several of the main characters.

==___CALL FOR PANELISTS/DJs/VOLUNTEERS___==

This year’s programming is shaping up to be busy as ever and our Guests of Honor have some great ideas for what they want to share with you all. But we can still use plenty or help! We have yet to locate a Canine SiG panelist, so if you’re feeling social and canine (really, those seem to go hand in hand) please consider volunteering. If you want to drop the beat for the weekend dances, we still need DJs to keep the music pumping. And finally we are looking for potential models for the Nude Drawing and Fursuit Live Drawing panels. Age restrictions of course apply. If you’re interested in any of these options, send an email to programming@morphicon.org.
We’re also still looking for a few more art panels to round out the offerings this year! If you are of the creative type and like to teach others how to do what you do, send a line to arts@morphicon.org.

==___CALL FOR GOPHERS___==

Whatever the work we the staff do, there’s always plenty more to be done that we can’t get to. That’s where our Gophers step up to make the con run smoothly. Year after year, our fantastic gopher crew has kept us running and our staffers sane—as much as they were sane to begin with. Gophers will do everything from setting up the dance hall to helping restock the food in the Con Suite to watching over the video game room when our gaming track person needs the sort of break Mountain Dew can’t solve. Gophering is a great way for even newcomers to help out the convention and meet some fine folks along the way.
You can gopher for just an hour or two or you can help us out throughout the convention. The hours you work will all go toward a discount on Registration for the following Morphicon, so you’re paying it forward to yourself as well! If you’re interested, send an email to gophers@morphicon.org to give us an early head count and get more info on what you can do.

==___CON BOOK SUBMISSIONS___==

As mentioned above, we are looking for submissions for this year’s Con Book! This can be short stories, small pieces of artwork to intersperse throughout, or even larger pieces that dazzle the eye as one flips through the book. If you'd like to submit original illustrations, clip art, comics, poetry, or short stories to be considered for the conbook, send your hi-res images or vector files (or plain text) to publications@morphicon.org. The pages will be 5.5” by 8.5” and submission that fit with this year’s theme, Retro Gaming, will be given priority. Please send all submissions to by April 5th to ensure they can be properly incorporated into the book.

And don’t forget!

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

Mar. 9th, 2015

Morphicon Hotel News

Dear Morphicon Attendees,

The Morphicon staff has been made aware that many of you are having difficulty booking rooms for the Holiday Inn and have been told that the hotel is out of space. The hotel's corporate booking program has been causing some issues with ensuring our proper room block. We have been in communication with the hotel staff and are working with them to make sure that these issues are resolved, as there is still space for us in the con hotel.

If you have been unable to book a room, we will let you know when you will be able to retry the booking. This will be hopefully later this week, once the hotel has confirmed that the issue has been resolved. If issues persist afterward, please contact our Chief-of-Staff at chief@morphicon.org or our Con Chair at chair@morphicon.org with information about your preferred room type, dates of travel, contact information, and preferred method of contact.

As of this moment, the Group Code is still set to expire on March 18th. We are working to see if that can be extended, due to the complications, but for the time being are operating under the assumption that March 18th will be the cutoff.

Thank you for your patience and see you in May (or late April).

Feb. 12th, 2015

Morphicon Newsletter February 2015 edition

Morphicon 2015: Retro Gaming

==___PUBLICITY DEER’S ADDRESS___==

Hello Morphicon Attendees!
The convention is drawing closer and we’re working as hard as we can to make Morphicon 2015 an exceptional convention. Our T-Shirt contest is getting underway with a March 8th deadline, so read the rules below before you start drawing! We’re also looking for panelists of all kinds to host events at the convention and submissions for our conbook. Finally, we’re taking a moment to tell you a bit more about the Ursa Major Awards and highlight one of our personal favorite features of convention: the Hospitality Suite, available to all registrants!
As always: read, enjoy, and send any suggestions for future inclusions to publicity@morphicon.org and I’ll be happy to make space in the upcoming newsletters!
See you in May,
Janushka, the Publicity Deer

==___EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT EXTENDED___==

The Early-Bird discount has been extended to April 1st! And that’s no joke! Registering before April 1st saves you $10 on any registration level below hypertrophe, so act now and save!

However, Hypertrophes must still be registered by MARCH 1st, so we can let our artist and guests of honor get to work on all the customized goodies that come with being our biggest supporters.

http://morphicon.org/Registration/

Remember that using the Morphicon hotel code gets you the guaranteed cheapest rooms in the hotel for the weekend, but the code disappears after March 18th. This year’s group code is MO5.

http://morphicon.org/Location/

==___T-SHIRT CONTEST___==

Get your art tools ready, 'cause it's time for our yearly T-Shirt contest! All you creative artist-types out there have until March 8 to submit line art that you'd like to see on this year's official convention shirts! Submissions should fit with the theme for the convention, Retro Gaming, and either include the convention name and year or have space so our convention artist can add the type to the image. Rules for the contest are:
 Contestants are allowed to submit multiple entries, but they can not win first AND second place
 Contestants must submit a black and white picture appropriate for display on a T-shirt by the end of the contest
 Artwork lines should be thick, resolution should be high, content should be PG-13 or less, and the art should be related to the theme for that year
 First place has their artwork placed on the T-shirt and receives a free patron registration
 Second place has their artwork used prominently somewhere else and receives a free sponsor registration
 All artwork submitted will be used on the website or in convention signage/publications.
 Art is Due by March 8th at Midnight EST
To make a submission for the T-Shirt contest: http://www.jotform.us/form/40387724328156
Submissions may be edited to fit publication specifications and addition of text if necessary.

==___CON FEATURE: THE HOSPITALITY SUITE___==

Morphicon boasts one of the furry convention circuit’s few hospitality suites that is open to attendees at ALL levels of registration. Our hospitality crew keep the con stocked throughout the day with hot dogs, chips, cookies, mountains of cold soda, and more—and that’s just for grazing hours. The suite also provides breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, including the annual pizza party to top it all off!
This year we regret to say that we will not be able to carry specialty foods for those with food allergies and dietary restrictions. This decision was made because it is very difficult to stock the variety of foods required to reflect the many types of allergies, and to streamline the Hospitality Suite. While we will of course stock a variety of foods, we cannot promise an allergen free area for those with severe allergies. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and we are giving advanced notice so that other plans may be made.

==___URSA MAJOR AWARDS___==

The nominations for the Ursa Major Awards are now open to the public! Every year, the nominees are chosen by an open nomination process, with the top nominees who have received more than one nomination going on to an open voting process. From the official website the rules for nomination are as follows.

To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2014, and must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination. The nominees that receive the top five number of nominations will go on to the final voting to be held from 15 March 2015.

Nominations close on February 28th, so go make one soon if you want to see your favorite anthropomorphic artists honored at our convention this year! To make a nomination, go to: http://www.ursamajorawards.org/nominations.htm and enroll. Remember, each nominee must have more than one nomination in order to make it to the final vote, so get your friends to support your nomination!

==___PANEL HOSTS NEEDED___==

We are building Morphicon programing and we need panelists! People that have a passion for art, drawing, and especially writing are encouraged to submit ideas for leading a panel at the convention. Or if you simply have a strong connection to an animal type consider hosting one of our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Hosting a panel count as double the volunteer (or Gopher hours) and is a great way to get involved and experience the convention. If you have panel ideas or want to run one at the next Morphicon, please apply at programming@morphicon.org.

==___SEEKING CON BOOK SUBMISSIONS___==

We’re re-launching our conbook this year and need you all, our attendees, to help fill it with your artistry. If you'd like to submit original illustrations, clip art, comics, poetry, or short stories to be considered for the conbook, send your hi-res images or vector files (or plain text) to publications@morphicon.org


And don’t forget!

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

Jan. 11th, 2015

Morphicon Newsletter January 2015 Edition

Morphicon Miscellanea: January 2015 Edition

Morphicon 2015: Retro Gaming

==___PUBLICITY DEER’S ADDRESS___==

Hello Morphicon Attendees! It’s winter time and the snow is falling thick and fast. We here on the Morphicon planning committee are putting things together to make sure that come May we’re ready for another great year of mischief and revelry. Even though January is right after a good deer’s busy season, I thought I could take a vacation from vacation and give a sneak peek at what’s coming:
With the Retro Gaming theme, we have our top-agents scouting for only the best games for the NES, Sega Genesis, Atari and the like. Why so? You might just find out if you visit our Video Game room, enter one of the con contests, or happen to register at the Hypertrophe level...
We will be returning to the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington for another year and they’ll be giving us yet another fantastic con rate, available only to those who book early! To book now, our convention exclusive hotel code is MO5 (the letter ‘o’). You can use the direct link here: http://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=hi&localeCode=en®ionCode=1&hotelCode=cmhwo&_PMID=99801505&GPC=mo5
Every newsletter from here will be spotlighting some of the features that make our convention unique, from the staff and guests of honor to the annual events you can’t find anywhere else. So take a read, enjoy, and send any suggestions for future inclusions to publicity@morphicon.org and I’ll be happy to make space in the upcoming newsletters!
See you in May,
Janushka, the Publicity Deer

==___URSA MAJOR AWARDS___==

Morphicon is honored to be reprising its role as the hosts of the Ursa Major Awards, which travels between furry conventions and has visited us previously in 2008 and 2011. Officially dubbed the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Awards, the U.M.A.s recognize outstanding achievements in the furry arts. Categories have in the past included:

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Best Anthropomorphic Website
and the ever coveted: ALAA’s Choice Award

The winners are chosen by an open nomination process followed by a fandom-wide internet poll to determine from the most nominated contenders. Nominations will open up shortly into the new year, so stay tuned for the announcement and think about who you want to see accepting one of the highest accolades in the fandom!

http://www.ursamajorawards.org/


==___FEATURED EVENT: THE MASQUERADE___==

The Masquerade is one of the signature events that makes Morphicon unique. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for fursuit makers to display their creations, fursuiters to showcase their performance ability, and other con-goers to enjoy the presentation of their friends’ artistry. Prizes are awarded every year in the Juvenile, Novice, Journeyman, and Master levels, to give makers of all skill-levels a fun competition, with the "Best in Show" and "Best use of Con Theme" awards to round out the set. Other prizes may be awarded at the whim of the judges, so act and enjoy!

==___CONBOOK RETURNING___==

You asked for it and you’re getting it! The physical conbooks will be returning for 2015! Once more you’ll have somewhere to go for the panel descriptions, staffing information, GoH profiles, convention art, dealer’s advertising and more. Pocket Programs and Tracker’s Guides will still be provided as well.

==___ADVERTISING HELP NEEDED___==

If you’re traveling to other conventions and want to make sure your friends know they can come to this one too, consider bringing flyers far and wide! The publicity department is looking for volunteers to carry a small stack of flyers to various cons. All you need to do is find the advertising table to plop most of them down on and make the effort to hand a few out to people you meet. Email publicity@morphicon.org to find out what conventions still need flyer elves to help the publicity deer get the word out.

And don’t forget!

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

Aug. 27th, 2014

Morphicon Picnic, Ursa Majors, and GoHs for 2015!

Morphicon Miscellanea: August 2014 Edition

Morphicon 2015: Retro Gaming

==___MORPHICON PICNIC___==

We're having our annual Morphicon picnic again at the Sharon Woods Metro Park (rain or shine) on Saturday, September 20th, 2014 from 10am to 4pm! We'll have a large covered pavilion, food, games, and other activities. Come down to enjoy free hotdogs, hamburgers, and assorted
picnic-y goodness. There's no fee, just bring yourself, and be prepared to have a good time. Fursuits are encouraged, it's a great area to get out and go on a hike, or play around in the open space. Badminton and volleyball are a must. If you plan on showing up please RSVP and we'll add you to the list. If you plan on bringing some food to donate be sure to mention that in the email.

RSVP: webmaster@morphicon.org

The weather may be a little chilly in the morning, so we strongly recommend long pants, and a jacket. If you have special dietary restrictions email us and we'll try to accommodate you as best we can. We're only going to bring Boca Burgers if someone asks for them!

Sharon Woods Park
6911 Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, OH 43081
http://www.metroparks.net/parkssharonwoods.aspx

Hope to see ya there!

==___URSA MAJOR AWARDS___==

Morphicon is honored to be acting as host convention for the Ursa Major Awards for the third time since the awards began in 2001. These award are intended to showcase the wide array and high quality of artistic talent in the furry fandom. The awards cover a range of media from film to magazines to games and websites. We are incredibly excited to have been asked to help with this year’s celebration and look forward to seeing you at the ceremony.

==___GUESTS OF HONOR___==

Morphicon 2015 will be presented in no small part by our guests of honor, Skulldog and Koh! Skulldog is a prolific artist in digital and traditional media whose comics build worlds of wonder and intrigue. Koh is a master of the digital soundscape, whose talents we are eager to have join us in assistance with our Retro Gaming theme! More on both of the guests of honor will follow soon.

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

May. 14th, 2014

Morphicon Miscellanea Post-Con Edition

Morphicon Miscellanea: Post-Con 2014 Edition
MORPHICON 2014: Howls, Growls and Things Afoul
was a furrighteningly good time!

==___ THE YEAR IN NUMBERS___==

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

==___SEND US PICTURES___==

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.

==___LOST AND FOUND; UNCLAIMED AUCTION ITEMS___==

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!

Apr. 2nd, 2014

April Newsletter and Upcoming Deadlines!

Morphicon Miscellanea: Early April 2014 Edition
Scalies and gentlefurs, birds and more, come one, come all to Columbus, Ohio for MORPHICON 2014: Howls, Growls and Things Afoul
May 1st-4th
at the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington.
It’ll be a furrighteningly good time!

==___ HOTEL BLOCK GOING FAST___==

We’ve already booked enough rooms to fill our initial room block and are adding more, but the rooms are going quick this year! The hotel has completely sold out of double rooms already and only has the single kings remaining. Morphicon has programming morning, noon, and night, so even if you live locally it can be handy to have a room at the con. Remember that the room block for the convention closes on April 14th, so hurry on over and reserve your room now before they all vanish into the chilly night air. Be sure to use the Morphicon 2014 the code "MC4" to get in on the special Morphicon room pricing!

http://morphicon.org/travel/hotel/

==___PRE-REGISTRATION ENDS APRIL 18___==

Do you enjoy lines? Do you desire to spend as much time in one as possible? If not, give Morphicon Pre-Registration a try! Pre-registration makes things run more smoothly and is easy to do. You will still have the option to upgrade your registration later, including at the door.

http://www.morphicon.org/registration/

==___CALL FOR FRIDAY NIGHT DJ & KARAOKE HOST___==

Picture it: the dazzle of the dance hall, the pounding of the bass, the cheers of furries, all because you, yes you, were there to mix it up. Morphicon is looking for DJs for the Friday night dance and we need you, yes really you, to show us what you’ve got. If interested in bringing what you’ve got to the Morphicon dance floor, contact programming@morphicon.org.

Morphicon is also pleased to be able to bring back Karaoke for this year, but we need someone who’s willing to keep the mic moving and the songs playing! If hosting a songfest is your sort of thing, then you’re the one we’re looking for. As before, contact programming@morphicon.org to let the resident programming owl know.

==___FRIDAY MASQUERADE___==
Do you want to show off your fursuit? Then come to the Masquerade on Friday night where the focus is on the suits. If your fursuit is paw-made, come to the pre-judging at 8:00PM where our judges will ask questions about your suit and you may receive awards for your construction abilities. Then at 9:00PM, regardless of how you got your suit, come on-stage to show it off to our wonderful audience where you may receive an award for your performance. You do NOT need a skit or pre-planned performance. You can bring your own skit and music if you want, or you can just groove to the music we provide. There are different levels of awards based on if you're a minor and if you've won awards in previous competitions. Marcus Otter may be wandering around the con Friday trying to pull in unsuspecting fursuiters into his house of horrors AKA the Masquerade.

==___T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST RESULTS___==

First of all, we want to thank everyone who submitted entries to our t-shirt design contest this year. From trick-or-treat cute to sinister and scary we had a great set of entries and hope that everyone will be back next year to take another shot at designing the next great Morphicon t-shirt! This year’s winners were:

First Place Nutcase
Second Place: The Jeweled Horn

Enormous thanks to everyone involved and we can’t wait ‘til you all see it in person!

==___CALL FOR LIVE DRAWING MODEL___==

Morphicon will be hosting a live drawing session as in previous years as a workshop for artists over the age of 18. It’s a unique opportunity that you won’t find at many other cons and we need the models to make it happen. If you are of age would be interested and comfortable with modeling for a nude drawing session, please contact programming@morphicon.org. No photography, video, or other image capturing of any sort other than the drawings themselves will be permitted at the panel.

==___CALL FOR CANINE SIG HOST____==

We are still looking for someone to run the Canine Special Interest Group meet! If you’re up for maintaining some semblance of order among a pack of canine (we personally suggest a whole lot of ball pit balls), please feel free to put in your name. This can be as low key and relaxed or energetic and planned as the individual host wants it to be. However you like to play party host, that’s what we need! Once again—perhaps for the last time this newsletter—if interested contact programming@morphicon.org.

If you haven’t already, go ahead and click this link! http://morphicon.org/registration

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

Feb. 23rd, 2014

February Newsletter and End of Hypertrophe/Early Bird Registration

Morphicon Miscellanea: February 2014 Edition
Scalies and gentlefurs, birds and more, come one, come all to Columbus, Ohio for MORPHICON 2014: Howls, Growls and Things Afoul
May 1st-4th
at the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington.
It’ll be a furrighteningly good time!

==___ EARLY BIRD/HYPERTROPHE REGSITRATION ENDING___==

The discounted early-bird registration ends soon!
All who register before March 1st receive a $10 Early-Bird Discount, a whopping 25% off when registering at the Basic level! Hypertrophes must register before March 1st so we can have their customized items completed in time for the start of the convention

http://www.morphicon.org/registration/

Cliiiiiiiiick it. Click the link. Click it now before you forget!

Anyone who has a discount towards Morphicon 2014 should have received a confirmation notice from CJ. If you thought you had a discount but did not receive a notice, or if you have any other questions dealing with Registration you can contact CJ at:registration@morphicon.org

==___SPECTACLE OF DOOM___==

We've got a pretty scary themed con lined up for you this year, however the Spectacle of Doom (our scripted skit show) doesn't have to be scary to put together. That's where you, the faithful con attendee comes in. The Spectacle of Doom is looking for actors, puppeteers, voice actors, and stage hands to help make our show less of a horrifying experience and more of a fun time everyone can enjoy. If you are interested in performing, please come to the Griswold C ballroom during the casting call to pick up a role. Once you got your roles, there will be a script reading before dinner break, and then we return to the Griswold for rehearsals. After we've rehearsed each act, we'll be ready to perform before the audience. If you have never performed for the Spectacle of Doom before, this will be a terrific experience to get your performing aspirations off to a running start. Our director, SonicBlu, will help you along the way to help your experience with the Spectacle of Doom a more pleasant one.

==___CALL FOR PANELISTS CONTINUES___==

Have a unique skill to teach? Some fun stories to share? Just want to get people together to chat and have a good time? Why not run a panel at this year’s Morphicon? Every year we have a dazzling array of events for all the con’s attendees to enjoy and it’s thanks to the work and dedication of folks like you who share their time and talents. We especially need Special Interest Group panels (e.g. SiG: Canines) for the meet and greet types! To submit panel ideas and volunteer, contact programming@morphicon.org
==___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 and 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 random
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 will 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. Again, RSVP beforehand first, before getting any stage time. If you have not been able to RSVP for a slot, please ask SonicBlu at any time if there is any room in the lineup to jump behind the microphone. We may have a spot open for you. First come, first served, so brush up on your comedy routines and RSVP early. The Box of Doom" will return this year and will be located at the bulletin boards. Fill out those slips and drop them in the box to RSVP. Details at opening ceremonies.

==___T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST___==

Details for this year’s t-shirt design contest are available online and the contest is underway with the deadline looming ever nearer. The first place winner gets FREE PATRON REGISTRATION to the convention and their art on the t-shirt. A second place prize will also be awarded to the tune of free Sponsor registration and artwork displayed in a yet-to-be-determined location for the convention. Deadline for artwork submission is March 9th. All submissions must be appropriate for a general audience. Pre-reg discounts will be extended for ALL who make a submission (not applicable to Hypertrophe level)!
Multiple submissions welcome!

Check here for the rules: http://morphicon.org/contribute/tshirt/

While you’re clicking links: http://morphicon.org/registration Try that one!

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

Feb. 17th, 2014

Morphicon T-Shirt Contest

Ready...Steady......Draw!
This year's Morphicon T-Shirt Design contest is under way with just a few short weeks to put pen to paper and go! We're looking for the shirt that thrills, the shirt that chills, the shirt that everybody gets two sizes larger to hide the fact that it scared the pants right off of them! Because this year's theme is Howls, Growls and Things Afoul and we're looking for the shirt to match!

The first place winner gets FREE PATRON REGISTRATION to the convention and their art on the t-shirt. A second place prize will also be awarded to the tune of free Sponsor registration and artwork displayed in a yet-to-be-determined location for the convention.

Multiple submissions welcome! Check here for the full contest rules: http://morphicon.org/contribute/tshirt/

Deadline for artwork submission is March 9th. All submissions must be appropriate for a general audience. Pre-reg discounts will be extended for ALL who make a submission!

Jan. 26th, 2014

Morphicon Miscellanea: January 2014

Morphicon Miscellanea: January 2014 Edition
Scalies and gentlefurs, birds and more, come one, come all to Columbus, Ohio for
MORPHICON 2014: Howls, Growls and Things Afoul
May 1st-4th
at the Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington.
It’ll be a furrighteningly good time!

==___REGISTRATION___==

Pre-registration for Morphicon 2014 is currently open!
The discounted early-bird registration ends soon! All who register before March 1st receive a $10 Early-Bird Discount, a whopping 25% off when registering at the Basic level! Hypertrophes (the biggest sponsors with the coolest swag) must register before March 1st so we can have their custom items completed in time. Be sure to click the check-boxes if you would like information on how to help volunteer as a gopher and/or lead a Panel or Special Interest Group during Morphicon 2014. Pre-registration continues through April 18th at normal pricing. For more information about registration levels and other details, check out:
http://www.morphicon.org/registration/

Anyone who has a discount towards Morphicon 2014 should have received a confirmation notice from CJ. If you thought you had a discount but did not receive a notice, or if you have any other questions dealing with Registration you can contact CJ at:registration@morphicon.org

==___HOTEL DETAILS___==

The Holiday Inn Columbus-Worthington is once more our hosts for Morphicon this year and are giving us another fantastic room deal! For Morphicon attendees only, the hotel is offering rooms at just $89 a night! The deal is good for all who book rooms through April 14th. To capitalize on this exclusive offer, head to http://morphicon.org/travel/hotel/ for complete details including room types, hotel regulations, and links to the hotel reservation site. Make sure to include the Morphicon hotel group discount code “MC4.”

==___CALL FOR PANELISTS___==

Have a unique skill to teach? Some fun stories to share? Just want to get people together to chat and have a good time? Why not run a panel at this year’s Morphicon? Every year we have a dazzling array of events for all the con’s attendees to enjoy and it’s thanks to the work and dedication of folks like you who share their time and talents. We especially need Special Interest Group panels (e.g. SiG: Canines) for the meet and greet types! To submit panel ideas and volunteer, contact programming@morphicon.org


==___T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST___==

Details for this year’s t-shirt design contest will be coming soon! Get your thinking caps on and remember the theme: Howls, Growls, and Things Afoul: A Furrighteningly Good Time! Keep an eye on the Morphicon Facebook for up-to-date details!

==___MEDIA RELEASE FORMS___==

In order to better document the convention for later enjoyment, this year we will have Media Release forms at major events throughout the convention. This is so that we, the convention, can post pictures, record the highlighted performances, and make them available to you to remember for the rest of as long as your storage capacity lasts. Keep an eye out for them so you, too, can be included in making Morphicon 2014 the most memorable yet!

==___LOTERIA SALE___==

On sale right now are copies of the one-of-a-kind Morphicon Loteria game! Loteria is a game of a chance much like bingo. Match the characters drawn from a deck to the ones on your sheet. Form special patterns to win! Each card has a Spanish word and the English translation on it. The game comes with everything you need to play, and a set of boards with cute furry characters on them. The $40 list price includes shipping within the US! You’ve never seen Bingo so adorable.
Head to morphicon.org/store/ to get your own copy now!


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