Confurence is an annual
4-day furry convention
that takes place in Southern California
. It's run for 12 years as of this writing, and is a heck of a lot of fun for furries... and highly confusing for other people.
Some of the attractions that can be found at Confurence include:
- The Movie Room, where they display furry-related movies, TV shows, and commercials, such as H.R. Pufnstuf, Stuart Little, Disney's Robin Hood, and Animalympics
- An Ice Cream Social, which is free with admission
- Various workshops on how to do certain techniques on furry art and furry costumes
- Various discussion forums on things of importance to furry fans, some of which are general topics, some of which are more special-interest topics (such as Reptile and Mustelid discussions)
- The Cabaret Fur le Dance, which is listed as "Our annual adults-only charity variety show."
- The Dealer's Room. This is far and away the focal point of the convention. Here, you can buy all sorts of furry books, comics, and artwork. But more importantly, you can meet artists you particularly like, and get a personal, custom piece of artwork for yourself.
I recommend that you bring a good amount of money
($100 is a conservative figure... Some furries will spend over $1000 over the course of the weekend), as well as some other things: A costume
will make you stick out in the crowd better, and will cause some artists to lower or eliminate prices (especially if you're a shapely female). A personal sketchbook
will let you compile
small pieces of personalized artwork from artists - some people have several sketchbooks with different themes
An open mind is a must for attending this and other furry conventions. There are lots of different people with different tastes, ranging from relatively normal, plain art, to erotic art (Straight, gay, lesbian, and every flavor in between), to extreme erotic art, to even one artist who draws with a Christian (almost puritanical) theme. They all get along together rather well.
Confurence is the only convention I've ever gone to where a person could leave all of their belongings on a table for several hours, and come back to find all of their stuff exactly as they left them. Respect is the norm here, rather than the exception, which is one of the reasons I love it so much.hr
As of 2003, Confurence is no more. The owner of The Confurence Group decided that getting on with his life was more important than running a convention that was costing him money and heartache. I can't really say I blame him, even though I miss Confurence.