Hey guys, just came back from the first Gateway Furmeet! I went in Friday and Saturday to do my volunteer work there and came back today as a guest. It was a lot of fun, I met a lot of interesting people and got to see some fun fursuiters and great artists. I was a great turnout, we had about 211 guests altogether and about 62 fursuiters. It was a nice, small con and it seemed that everybody had a great time. I think the worst we had was a couple of cancelled events, but over all, it was considered a success. We had
as our guest of honor. It was great to have her, I took part in her drum-circle. I apparently suck at the bongos XD, but it was still fun. I also got a great con-badge from her as a commission. I also showed some of my work to some of the artists at the Artist Alley and they say what I showed them was Artist-Alley-good and gave me some tips as to how I can get to where they are. Volunteering at the GFM was probably the only work that I have actually enjoyed ever. It turned out we actually more volunteers than what was needed, which is good. Though half the time, I felt like I wasn't really helping much, but I was there so that's something, at least, I guess. The con coordinators seemed to appreciate whatever contribution I gave, I was happy to help. I wish I had made more of an effort to get to know some of the attendees and make some friends, but it seemed that most people came with their friends and everybody seemed to travel in packs (no pun intended). Plus, I didn't really have anybody to go with (except Umbreon72
) so I felt a little out of place, probably because of my damn Asperger's. But this was only my first furry con, so hopefully I'll see most, if not some of these people again in the future. Everybody, the staff, attendees were all very nice and accepting. As I was looking deeper in the Furry Fandom before, I began to believe that that's what it's all about, and now that I've finally gone to one of these cons, I know for sure. I hope to go to more in the future. It was fun seeing some of the fursuiters, there were a lot of fun and interesting ones. Seeing them in person makes me want one of my own even more XD All and all, this weekend was really a great experience. I'm kinda sad that it's over, but all good things must come to an end. It's funny though, because I didn't think I would care that much, I guess these furries kind of rubbed off on me
But since it was a successful con, plans for next year are already in the plans and I plan on coming back next year. Hopefully by then, I'll be able to get my own suit/ artist table/ both, but for now, it's back to boring reality.
I'll be posting pictures of the con on my FA account by tomorrow (look under my "You can also find me on..." widget, if interested). I would post them here, but I'm one of those
=/= PhotoBucket believers. This is a rare chance for you to see how I look in real life XD
We have Scoobyhusky and Kiara_Shiba of FurAffinity to thank for making this con possible and I look forward to coming to future Gateway Furmeets!
Peace! Oh, and Happy Easter!