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Friday, November 10
 

10:30am

First Time at a Convention?
Is this your first time at a convention? It's a really good idea to have a game plan and learn from those who have experience attending them. Munchkin will cover the basics of staying healthy and happy at the con, highly recommended for first timers.

Guest Panelists
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Munchkin

Volunteer
Fur costumed performer, builder and loves the fandom. Started my road to the fandom with mascotting over 15 years ago playing a dinosaur at our local Museum. Also try to hit as many conventions as work holidays allow, lol. Hopefully can offer you some information from what I've learned... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 10:30am - 11:00am
Madison (2) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

11:00am

A Brief History of Anthropomorphic Characters and the Furry Fandom
Arttimo will lead a discussion on the history of Anthropomorphic Characters and the Furry Fandom. From anthropomorphic characters painted on cave walls to the furry fandom of today, humans have always been interested in animal characters with human characteristics.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Arttimo Verne

Arttimo Verne

Vendor
Birds are silly and people love them on the internet. With a premade fursuit head from Unique Birb, you can be a silly bird too!


Friday November 10, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

12:00pm

Public Speaking
Socialization can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. This class will teach you how to interact with others in a public setting. By learning simple skills and tricks to better gauge public situations, engage others in conversations, and build connections and friendships, you will better establish interpersonal relations and become more confident in social settings

Guest Panelists
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Celtic

Panelist


Friday November 10, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

1:00pm

Expanding Your Character: Backstories, Collaboration, and Fusion
You’ve got a character. You know their name, what they look like, and perhaps what they like and dislike. But what made them that way? What else makes them tick? And what’s their backstory?

Come along to find out how to give your character a life of their own, using creative writing, improvisation, collaboration, and fusion. Evolve your character’s univers into their own special place, or put them into other worlds by fusing your own ideas with other fandoms (like steampunk, sci-fi or goth).

Bring your creative juices, your thinking caps, and a truck load of imagination for this one!

Guest Panelists
avatar for Queenie Deerheart

Queenie Deerheart

Panelist, The Internets!
Professional musician by training, professional YouTuber by day. Greymuzzle by age (but not by behavior).Idiot behind both ChimichangaFox and Queenie Deerhart. Ex-pat Brit, moved to the U.S. thinking it would be ... sane... ;) Insufferable idealist who gets paid to make videos, drive... Read More →


Friday November 10, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

3:00pm

Dance Comp Gone Mental?
Your music is ready, and your routine is down, but nerves are rattled, your brain is freaked out, and you're already sweating. What do you do? Come learn about the mental aspects of dancing and performance and how to overcome them

Guest Panelists
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Dr. Paper Mario

Volunteer


Friday November 10, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Compass South (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

7:00pm

Building Coping Skills and Overcoming Anxiety
Many people experience strong anxiety in this difficult and fast paced world. Boones will discuss some of the techniques he has used to overcome anxiety and fully engage the world around him. Special emphasis will be placed on how costuming, performance and community interaction can be used to build coping mechanisms and skills.

Guest Panelists
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Boones

Panelist, ROGUEFUR Productions
Captain Boones Leone here. "Conxiety" panelist, Shreditor, Airship Captain ...ahem..pirate..ahem..What? and prop master. Fancy!


Friday November 10, 2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Compass East (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

9:00pm

Furry Psychology
***Dr. Nuka has cancelled due to high course load****
Tanya will be presenting Dr. Nuka's research.

"Do you like furries? Science? Furry science?! Dr. Courtney "Nuka" Plante does! He's a social psychologist who's studied furries for the past 7 years, and he wants to show you what scientists have learned about furries in that time. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the furry fandom and give suggestions for what you'd like his research team to study next!"

Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Compass East (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

9:00pm

Parents, Kids and the Various Fandoms
Parents of anthropomorphic artists and fans will share ideas on how to support and guide your children as they interact with the various fandoms. We will discuss topics that will come up as your kids explore the internet, and how to prepare them to make responsible decisions with the content they may encounter. This discussion is really for the parents and may cover mature topics. May not be suitable for children.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Tycho Aussie

Tycho Aussie

Volunteer
Tycho is in real life a married father of three, an engineer in Geophysics at Michigan State University, and a fursuiter. He loves to give back to his community through the art of volunteer freelance mascotting both here and overseas.
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Taf Otter

Volunteer, OtterShark Crafts
I'm a fun loving otter, and I would love to meet you! Come say Hi in the dealer's den or at one of my panels!


Friday November 10, 2017 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104
 
Saturday, November 11
 

9:00am

Physically Challenged in the Anthropomorphic Community
Rukario and Kitwana Lion will share their experiences over the last 10 years in the fandom. They will talk about their challenges and victories as people who have a physical challenge.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Kitwana

Kitwana

ANW2019 Guest of Honor / Panelist
avatar for Rukario

Rukario

Guest Relations Lead
Heyas there, I am Rukario, a friendly wuffie from the Northeast who loves to make new friends and give lots of hugs. :)


Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Compass East (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

Character Performance for Charity
Tim Watanabe, G of Emerald City Critters will discuss the joys and challenges of setting up a non-profit. Tim will also discuss character development and group performance tips and techniques. Leilia Spaniel will talk about her experiences with charity work and cover public costume performance safety.

Guest Panelists
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Kijani Lion

ANW 2019 Guest of Honor / Panelist, Emerald City Critters
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Leilia Spaniel

ANW 2018 Guest of Honor / Panelist
A silly Welsh springer spaniel with a passion for public fursuiting and performance!


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

2:00pm

Introduction to Animal Care Careers
Thinking about becoming a veterinarian, a vet tech, a zookeeper, or a wildlife rehabilitator? Kestrel SkyHawk from Sarvey Wildlife Care Center will share her experience caring for animals of all kinds. Learn how wonderfully rewarding it can be, how to get started, or participate as a volunteer.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Aetus

Aetus

Panelist, Aetus Arts
I'm a bird enthusiast, artist, writer, and pilot. I found the furry fandom in 2013 and it's been an essential outlet for me to express my creativity. I love to share my passions with others. In character, I am a bald eagle, sometimes anthro, sometimes feral. A happy, gay bird.


Saturday November 11, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Compass South (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

6:30pm

Practical Psychology I
A practical psychology workshop focused in improving the every day life of anthropomorphic performers. Topics will include techniques to address post con depression, phantom limb syndrome and where to find resources to help if more support is needed. Surveys will be available here before the convention to help guide the discussion. We need your feedback to address topics that the community is interested in.

Saturday November 11, 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Compass South (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

7:30pm

Public Performance
Everything you need to know about public performance after the convention. Kuhori and Grave will be sharing their experience performing at special public events, charities and schools. They will cover the dos and don'ts of public suiting, how to take care of yourself while performing and how to be an excellent handler.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Grave

Grave

Panelist
avatar for Kuhori

Kuhori

Panelist
I'm Kuhori! A fun loving little ball of laughs from WA. I'm one of the hosts of Fursuiter's World, as well as an avid fursuit performer, and fursuit collector. Married to the best wolf ever, Grave. FtM Transgender! (He/Him please!)


Saturday November 11, 2017 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Compass South (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

10:00pm

Honoring Remembrance Day
In this pannel we will learn about some of the history of the past wars and causes as well as pay tribute to those who have given their lives defending freedom.  It will include a brief history lesson, moment of silence, and thank you session.

Volunteers
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Alexi Husky

Panelist

Saturday November 11, 2017 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Compass East (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104
 
Sunday, November 12
 

12:00pm

Avian Anatomy
Birds are fascinating creatures with unique anatomy. If you are an artist or writer or are just bird-curious, don't miss this panel where I'll show you real bird anatomy, compare it with people, and then talk about ways the two can be combined in art and story. There's even an interactive session at the end where I can try to draw answers to your questions.

Guest Panelists
avatar for Aetus

Aetus

Panelist, Aetus Arts
I'm a bird enthusiast, artist, writer, and pilot. I found the furry fandom in 2013 and it's been an essential outlet for me to express my creativity. I love to share my passions with others. In character, I am a bald eagle, sometimes anthro, sometimes feral. A happy, gay bird.


Sunday November 12, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Compass North (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104

2:30pm

Practical Psychology II
A continuation of the discussion of Practical Psychology I.

Sunday November 12, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Compass South (3) The Renaissance Seattle 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104