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Post-AC Buzz
Well, I survived my ninth Anthrocon, and it was a doozy. I am hearing the attendance ballooned up to 2800+ this year. Before I go into a little detail recounting my experiences, I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to unclekage, the Anthrocon staff and volunteers, and the Dorsai for putting on an excellent convention once again. They are the very best at what they do, and they cannot be told that often enough.

I had posted previously that I wasn't going to go too crazy with the art collecting this year, since I wanted to concentrate on some of the programming related to GoH's Rob Paulsen and Carolyn Kelly. It turns out I was able to do plenty of both, so it turns out I collected as much, if not more, artwork this year as in previous years. Oh, well; I stand corrected.

I had the great pleasure to connect with more friends in the furry fandom than I can count; whereas I would love to list every single one of them by name, I am going to refrain from doing so, lest I leave someone out--my brain still carrying a bit of a post-con haze. To everyone I met at AC this year, whether it was for the first time or the twentieth, it was a wonderful pleasure for me to do so. As much occasional bitching I may do about certain facets of the furry fandom, AC helps to remind me that for the most part it is made up of fantastic, creative people.

I have been a hardcore fan of Walt Kelly's Pogo strip since I was a wee pup of about four or five years old--so getting to meet Kelly's daughter Carolyn was an incredible experience for me. I am happy to report we connected on a pleasant, friendly level, and were able to hold quite a few in-depth conversations--with a promise of many more to come. She wants to restore her father's name to its rightful place in the public mind--and I would love to help her do so.

Finally, but most certainly not of the least importance, I had the fantastic--and very much anticipated--opportunity to meet up with Rob Paulsen. As many of my friends already know (some of whom have heard stories about this ad nauseum), I have been corresponding fairly regularly with Rob since 1987--and this was my first chance to meet him face-to-face. I am delighted to report that despite the fact that his time at AC was extremely busy and somewhat limited, he and I were able to connect on a personal level--not as celebrity and fanboy, but as genuine friends. I could go on for hours about meeting with Rob (and probably will, with anyone who will listen), but suffice it to say our correspondence--and our friendship--will continue stronger than ever from this point forward.

Anthrocon 2007 was one hell of a con. I always enjoy myself at AC, but this one was a hallmark experience for me on so many levels I can't list them all. Once again, a hearty job well done to everyone involved with AC, and I will most certainly be there again next year!

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I cannot believe how happy and smooth things were. A vast improvement over last year, not to mention once people realized we had money they started liking us more =D

Did you see all the girls and women? I was pretty surprised we had an influx of girls and new people whom didn't even know what Ac was till they got there.

Conratulations on a fantastic con, Lou! I know you had a terrific time, and you really deserve it...!

Glad you had a dazzling time and it was great to see you again too.
It's interesting how AC2007 seemed more mainstream than any furrycon beforehand. Also, a pair of celebrity GOHs is quite the landmark.

Sounds like you had a blast. :)

Wow, you met some cool people. Now I sort of wish I'd gone.

I wouldn't mind meeting Rob Paulsen myself. Or Tress McNeille. :)

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