Thousands of 'furries' return to Pittsburgh for annual Anthrocon convention

PITTSBURGH — Thousands of "furries" have descended upon Pittsburgh for the 2012 Anthrocon convention.

Anthrocon is the largest anthropomorphics convention in the world with a membership of nearly 4,400 in 2011, according to the convention’s website.

Anthrocon has been holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh since 2006.

Members call themselves “furries,” and the Anthrocon convention in Pittsburgh brings together thousands of devotees of anthropomorphics from near and far, in a relaxed social atmosphere.

The event includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art and design.  It also hosts an extensive art show where the best in anthropomorphic artwork is offered for sale.

See and Be Seen went to the Westin Convention Center Hotel and met some of the “furries” as they checked into their rooms for the annual event.

The “furries” were very friendly and eager to show off their costumes.

See and Be Seen also spoke with Anthrocon chairman Samuel Conway. Conway, also known as Uncle Kage to his fellow “furries,” spoke highly of the city of Pittsburgh.

The convention runs from June 14 to June 17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.