Overall, excellent con! TL;DR first, then I'll post a more detailed recap below!
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Good con, met some cool furs, hung out with the old gang too.
Ok, so, this con felt weird. Not bad-weird, just weird. First off, the whole place was PACKED. Like woah, it felt like Dragoncon in there (well, Dragoncon 2009 since that's the last one I went to lol). And it wasn't just me feeling like it was packed either; the con is apparently getting the whole hotel to ourselves next year! CRAZY. Makes me wonder what the future is going to be like for this con... I remember my first FWA had 1500 people at it (for reference, that's smaller than last year's Megaplex), and this year there were over 4000?! FWA was still considered a big con my first year too!
The Den was decent, can't complain lol. I was able to do some amazing badges for some cool furs! If you got a badge from me, I'd love a photo since I forgot to take any XD. I loved meeting everyone who stopped by my table and being able to chit chat while I worked. You guys are awesome!
I seriously noticed how much furry has changed since I joined the fandom. I know it's always evolving, but this year it really stood out to me. Like, none of the "old guard" of artists and suit makers were in the Den, and most of the suits I saw around the con were in a completely new style than I'm used to seeing. Partials with BIG HEADS seem to be "in", whereas fullsuits with plantigrade legs are out (even digitigrade fullsuits were less than usual). Angel Dragons also seem to be "so last year", even though there were still a lot. Not really sure what the new popular species is though...
I only went to one panel this year, and what an awesome panel! My friend Goldendruid and her friend Floof ran a panel on being a better artist in the business realm. It was incredibly informative, especially if you are just starting out with selling your art. Even though I've been selling at cons for awhile, I still learned some new things that really got me thinking! The rest of the panels were either during the Den hours or just didn't interest me (or I got drunk and forgot to go... sorry Bolt XD). Also, what's up with the Fursuit Mingle being during the busiest day of the Den??? I can't leave my table in the middle of Saturday to suit up and go to it! It's not super important, but I would like to go someday... And I certainly can't leave my lovely assistant alone that long; he doesn't make a very good artist lol!
I got to meet some really cool new furs at the bar. Lovely, down-to-earth people. Hopefully I'll be seeing more of you guys next con (also hit me up so I don't forget you... I'm so bad with names x.x)
And of course, I hung out with the usual suspects. I know I missed some friends (sorry!), but hopefully I'll get to see you guys before too long! Thanks for the invites to the parties (I had so much fun!) and thanks for keeping me company at my table throughout the weekend! I think my absolute highlight thoughwas continuing my long-standing tradition with Wildmark. Even though we had to change the day, we still were able to go to The Vortex. Stopping by there sometime during the con has been something we have done since our first FWA back in 2010. It's just something that means a lot to me XD
And that's that! See you all next year, or hopefully at a sooner con!