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Thursday, December 4
 

4:30pm

Registration - Preregistered Badge Pickup (Sponsor/Shiny Sponsors Only)
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (Sponsors/Shiny Sponsors Only) (in Rosemont)
  • 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (All membership types) (in Rosemont)
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM - At-the-Door Registration open (All membership types) (in United)


Thursday December 4, 2014 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Rosemont

5:00pm

Registration - Preregistered Badge Pickup
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (Sponsors/Shiny Sponsors Only) (in Rosemont)
  • 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (All membership types) (in Rosemont)
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM - At-the-Door Registration open (All membership types) (in United)


Thursday December 4, 2014 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont

6:00pm

Registration - At the Door
  • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (Sponsors/Shiny Sponsors Only) (in Rosemont)
  • 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Preregistered Badge Pickup (All membership types) (in Rosemont)
  • 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM - At-the-Door Registration open (All membership types) (in United)


Thursday December 4, 2014 6:00pm - 11:00pm
United AB

7:00pm

Thursday Night BYOG
Open Gaming for Thursday - Make sure to bring your own games along for these open sessions!

Thursday December 4, 2014 7:00pm - Friday December 5, 2014 12:00am
OHare Ballroom

7:00pm

Con Suite
Thursday December 4, 2014 7:00pm - Friday December 5, 2014 12:00am
Grand D

10:00pm

Thursday Dance
Tonight's lineup of DJs will include Pawz, Takum, and Dr. Nikolai!

Thursday December 4, 2014 10:00pm - Friday December 5, 2014 1:00am
Grand EFGH
 
Friday, December 5
 

9:00am

Con Suite
Friday December 5, 2014 9:00am - Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00am
Grand D

10:00am

Registration
After Registration closes, Temporary Badges good for one evening only can be obtained at Convention Operations (Grand Boardroom).

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00am - 8:00pm
United AB

10:00am

Table Top Gaming
General Gaming - See the separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket Program for more details.

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00am - Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00am
OHare Ballroom

12:00pm

Opening Ceremonies
Join us for the official start to Midwest FurFest 2014, with last minute announcements and other interesting tidbits. Let's start the convention off with a bang!

Speakers
avatar for Kisle/NovaD0g

Kisle/NovaD0g

DWalker/Kisle/NovaD0g has been into the furry scene since 1997 when he stumbled upon VCL (Velan Central Library, an early furry art archive). From there his interest in furry fandom paralleled his interests in urban art, and then some. While he spent most of his time painting around the neighborhood, he was fascinated with creating his own versions of anthropomorphic characters which evolved into an obsession to create characters for his own... Read More →
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi
avatar for Perro

Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org; personal to perromuttly(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
avatar for Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine (Ermine for short) has been a furry her whole life, though of course she didn't know it for most of that time. From the time she could hold a pencil, she has been happily drawing cartoon animals and fantasy creatures at every opportunity. At the age of 16 she found the online furry fandom, began posting her own furry art, and after a while started taking commissions. Ermine loves the friendly furry community, the... Read More →
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →
avatar for Woody Mutt

Woody Mutt

Convention Chair, Midwest Furfest
Convention Chair for Midwest Furfest 2016. This mutt spends his convention running around like a madman, but he's usually happy to stop, take a deep breath, and chat for a moment. And in his "spare time", he's always excited to check out other events!


Friday December 5, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand EFGH

1:00pm

Art Show
Friday December 5, 2014 1:00pm - 6:00pm
International Level

1:00pm

Artists Alley

Artist's Alley is a place for individual artists to offer their work, whether it be sketchbook commissions, prints, or other types of creative and unique artwork, all while having a good time!

Artists Alley will be in four rooms on the International Level: Vienna, Paris, London, and Florence.

Signups for Friday's Artists Alley will be between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM on Friday at the Artists Alley Administration Table in the International Foyer.


Friday December 5, 2014 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Vienna

1:00pm

Dealers Den
The Dealers Den is open to the public during these hours. This includes the International Ballroom, Gatwick, and Heathrow. Dealers listings and locations, with maps, can be found at http://www.furfest.org/DealersDen.


Friday December 5, 2014 1:00pm - 7:00pm
International Ballroom

1:00pm

Secondary Gaming
General Gaming - See separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Friday December 5, 2014 1:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00am
Logan

2:00pm

Meet the Guests of Honor
Come on by to find out all the interesting details of their work and their interests. This will be a question and answer session, so please fire up your curiosity and bring on those intriguing questions we know you have. Please welcome our 2014 Guests: Nick and Lacy from fursuiting.com, Sabretoothed Ermine, and Kisle.

Speakers
avatar for Kisle/NovaD0g

Kisle/NovaD0g

DWalker/Kisle/NovaD0g has been into the furry scene since 1997 when he stumbled upon VCL (Velan Central Library, an early furry art archive). From there his interest in furry fandom paralleled his interests in urban art, and then some. While he spent most of his time painting around the neighborhood, he was fascinated with creating his own versions of anthropomorphic characters which evolved into an obsession to create characters for his own... Read More →
avatar for Takaza

Takaza

VIP Services Director, Midwest FurFest
Just a dog trying to herd things around.
avatar for Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine (Ermine for short) has been a furry her whole life, though of course she didn't know it for most of that time. From the time she could hold a pencil, she has been happily drawing cartoon animals and fantasy creatures at every opportunity. At the age of 16 she found the online furry fandom, began posting her own furry art, and after a while started taking commissions. Ermine loves the friendly furry community, the... Read More →
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Friday December 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand EFGH

2:00pm

Furry Hockey Game
While not officially sponsored by MFF, the annual Furry Hockey game is back at the Edge Arena in Bensonville; at the John St rink. All are welcome to come out to watch!

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi


Friday December 5, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Off-site Location

2:00pm

Video Gaming
See the separate Video Gaming Schedule in your Pocket Program for more details.

Friday December 5, 2014 2:00pm - 9:00pm
Midway

3:00pm

Your First Furry Convention
What to expect at a furry convention, how to behave, pitfalls to avoid, and just what the heck are all those black sketchbooks about, anyway?

Speakers
avatar for Perro

Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org; personal to perromuttly(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon
avatar for Woody Mutt

Woody Mutt

Convention Chair, Midwest Furfest
Convention Chair for Midwest Furfest 2016. This mutt spends his convention running around like a madman, but he's usually happy to stop, take a deep breath, and chat for a moment. And in his "spare time", he's always excited to check out other events!


Friday December 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Grand EFGH

3:00pm

Fursuit Roundtable
Come and get to know all of your fellow fuzzies! This is a great time to swap stories, see some wonderful fursuits, and get the lowdown on all the furry programming for the weekeend!

Speakers
avatar for Ocicat

Ocicat

Snow Paws Studios


Friday December 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LAX

3:00pm

Fursuit Safety 101
How not to die! A panel for new or prospective fursuiters to learn the tips and tricks to keeping cool, hydrated, dog bite free, and all the best ways to prevent a situation where EMTs cut you out of suit. We will be covering heat exhaustion, dehydration, handlers, hand signals, and more.

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
SeaTac

4:00pm

How to Draw Animals

Ever wondered how to draw the face of a predator? Alsways struggeled with drawing paws?

Then you will find some clever tips and guidelines in this panel that will help your art getting to the next stepp. We will look at predator anatomy and techniques hot to draw them easily.

Thsi is suited for beginners and intemediate artists as well as anyone having fun drawing from time to time.

Afterwards  you can aks me questions or show me your art to get some critiques. I will be happy to provide help.


Speakers
avatar for EosFoxx

EosFoxx

Animator and 2D/3D arts
Catvixen from Germany.


Friday December 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tech Center

4:00pm

Fursuiting Business 101
Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com, Snap of ByCats4Cats, and Syber of MadeFurYou discuss the challenges of starting and maintaining a full time fursuit business. Learn how these fursuit makers got their start, and some savvy business advice for artists and suit makers alike.

Speakers
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Friday December 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LAX

4:00pm

A History of Avians
For millions of years, these striking feathered beasts flown and strutted across the globe. Birds captivate and inspire our hearts and our imaginations. Join us for interesting facts and discussion of everything bird!

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions


Friday December 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
JohnWayne

4:00pm

Meet the Charity!
Meet this year's charity, Critter Camp! Critter Camp is the only Exotic Pet Sanctuary operated solely by volunteers that is USDA licensed, 501c3, and accepts only small unadoptable unusual pets - no wildlife, cats or dogs or farm animals. They take in abused, abandoned and otherwise homeless small exotic pets, and are based in German Valley, Illinois.

Friday December 5, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hartsfield

4:00pm

Fursuit Photoshoot
Work that tail! Stop on by and mug for our camera, and get some wonderful fursuit pictures to remember the con by!

Speakers
avatar for Dexcat

Dexcat

Publications and Photography Lead for Midwest FurFest! Be sure to say hi, and stop by furfestphotos.dexcat.net to see your pictures from my Fursuit Photoshoot.


Friday December 5, 2014 4:00pm - 8:00pm
North Central

5:00pm

Crowd Funding
Crowd funding websites are the best new way to generate investment capital for your independent creative endeavor. But what makes one project succeed where another similar one fails? Learn valuable insights from veteran croudsourcers that will help get your project funded!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Reagan

5:00pm

Explaining Furry To Your Parents
Join 2 the Ranting Gryphon for some sage advice and unique thoughts on how to explain this wacky fandom to outsiders


Friday December 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Hartsfield

5:00pm

Shiny Sponsor Reception

Midwest FurFest is pleased to welcome our Super Shiny Sponsors to a special reception in Ventanas, the breathtaking venue at the very top of the Hyatt! Meet this year's Guests of Honor, enjoy a drink and a light snack, and mingle with your fellow Shiny Sponsors. To get to Ventanas, press the button marked "V" on any Lobby elevator.

This year the Shiny Sponsor Reception will feature the Hyatt Regency O'Hare's delicious Slider Station, which includes:

  • Angus Beef Patties, Spicy Salmon Cakes, and Turkey Sliders
  • Aged Cheddar, Emmenthal, and Havarti Slices
  • House-made Potato Chips
  • Ketchup, Mustard Dip, Barbeque Sauce, Cranberry Chutney and Remoulade Sauce
  • Hand Sliced Dill Pickles, Salsa and Relish


As always, the bar will be open to provide refreshments of your choice: sodas, beer, wine, and cocktails.


Speakers
avatar for Kisle/NovaD0g

Kisle/NovaD0g

DWalker/Kisle/NovaD0g has been into the furry scene since 1997 when he stumbled upon VCL (Velan Central Library, an early furry art archive). From there his interest in furry fandom paralleled his interests in urban art, and then some. While he spent most of his time painting around the neighborhood, he was fascinated with creating his own versions of anthropomorphic characters which evolved into an obsession to create characters for his own... Read More →
avatar for Perro

Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org; personal to perromuttly(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
avatar for Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine (Ermine for short) has been a furry her whole life, though of course she didn't know it for most of that time. From the time she could hold a pencil, she has been happily drawing cartoon animals and fantasy creatures at every opportunity. At the age of 16 she found the online furry fandom, began posting her own furry art, and after a while started taking commissions. Ermine loves the friendly furry community, the... Read More →
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Friday December 5, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Ventana's

5:00pm

FVS Rehearsal #1
Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand EFGH

5:00pm

MFF Poker Tournament
Get ready for the world famous MFF poker tournament! There will be three satellite tournaments with the top 3 players of each satellite moving on to the final 9 player tournament on Sunday. The tournament is free to enter, but you must be 18+. There will be prizes for everyone in the final tournament. First prize will be a sponsor membership for next year's MFF!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Lindbergh

6:00pm

So You Want To Sell In Artist’s Alley
Reagan will explain the ins and outs of selling at a furry con Artist Alley including: what to sell, how to price it, arranging your table, playing nice with your neighbors, and making that sale.

Speakers
avatar for Corgilope

Corgilope

Owner, Corgilope


Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
La Guardia

6:00pm

Canine Meet & Greet
Come on out you tail wagers, Sit with us as we get to know our neighbors And lets talk about everything canine.

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
SeaTac

6:00pm

Furry Psychology
Have you ever wondered what motivates Furries in their choice of Fursonas, why so many enjoy fursuiting, why we suffer from Post-Con Depression, and some tips on how to handle intolerance from both out and inside of the Furry Fandom? Join budding Psychologist SteelTheWarrior as he shares with you all things “Furry Psych” that he’s learned both in his studies, and over 10 years of experience in the Furry Fandom! (18+ Panel!)

Speakers
avatar for SteelTheWarrior

SteelTheWarrior

Equestria Inspired


Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
JohnWayne

6:00pm

Youtubaloo & the 3hunna Fursuits
"Youtubaloo arrives on The Third Coast with a special selection of the year's top viral videos and other multimedia clips which have flown under the radar. For years, youtubaloo has drawn crowds and sent their collective sides orbital at conventions along the west coast, and finally it will make it's debute at Midwest Furfest! Come, bring your friends and be entertained!"

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Tech Center

6:00pm

Advanced Fursuit Head & Body Techniques
Join Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com and Snap of ByCats4Cats to learn advanced fursuit head and body-suit construction tips and techniques from the experts.

Speakers
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
LAX

6:00pm

Furry HAMs

A gathering for all furs interested in Ham/Amateur radio. Come and chat about hardware and tech. If you've never seen a ham radio in use, we will have one with us and attempt to make some contacts outside if the weather allows! (dress warm!)

All are welcome, but you must have an FCC amateur radio license to talk on the radio. We will be giving away one handheld VHF/UHF radio and we will also be offering the Technician license exam so that you can become an amateur radio operator yourself!



Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Reagan

6:00pm

Two Rooms and a Boom! (Iggy)
Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lambert

6:00pm

Spirituality Roundtable
Come meet the Spirituality panelists. We'll answer your questions about our other panels and be open for general discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Friday December 5, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Hartsfield

7:00pm

Intro to Puppeteering
So you'd like to be a puppeteer. This is something anyone can do for fun, and this is a place to learn a bit about it. Join KP from the Funday Pawpet Show as he goes over some basics about choosing a puppet, how to manipulate one, and some fun ways to develop a little personality in a puppet character. (Bring a puppet if you like.)

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
JFK

7:00pm

Intro to Fursuit Performance
Human to Animal. Learn the tips and tricks to find your fursuit character and how to express yourself in suit. Fursuiters welcome and encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for Ocicat

Ocicat

Snow Paws Studios


Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
LAX

7:00pm

Kage Story Hour
Uncle Kage is back! Kage leads a rather interesting life and he is back to tell us more hilarious stories from his unique perspective. With a dry wit, and a squinting view of the oddities of real life through the eyes of an intelligent cynic, Uncle Kage's Story Hour has become legend.

Speakers
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon


Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Grand ABC

7:00pm

Discussions with Duck
This time, we will tackle how spirituality fits in the furry lifestyle. Is being spiritual important to being furry? Are they one in the same?

Speakers
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions


Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
SeaTac

7:00pm

Fursuit Dance Competition - Prelims
Are you the best dancer in the fandom? Do you have it takes to shake a tail feather? Come prove that you've got the moves to take you to the top of MFF's Fourth Annual Fursuit Dance Competition. Fursuiters/dancers will compete against one another for a chance to perform on the main ballroom's stage at the Finals!

Speakers
avatar for Codex

Codex

Director of Human Resources & Fursuit Dance Comp Tech Co-Head, Midwest Furfest
avatar for Theome

Theome

Programming Raccoon, Midwest Furfest


Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Rosemont

7:00pm

Furoticon How to Play & Beginner Tournament
Come learn how to play Furoticon: TCG, back this year with a new college-themed expansion! Participate in free play, or, if you're feeling competitive, sign up at Tail Kiss Studio's Dealer Table for the Beginner Tournament, and duke it out for prizes against other Beginners! (Demo Decks will be made available.) (18+, Adults Only)

Friday December 5, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
SkyHarbor

8:00pm

Science, Technology, & Medicine Meet & Greet
A chance for anyone who works, studies, or is just interested in those fields to get together, find mutual interests, and network.

Twitter:  @Sci_Furs

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
JFK

8:00pm

Kickstarting Your Brilliant Plan
Don't reinvent the Kickstarting wheel; learn from others' mistakes--and successes. Ian, Charles and Susan Price, the founders of Diamond Dust Dreams Inc., ran a successful Kickstarter in 2013, and have the game to prove it, Kitsune: of Foxes & Fools (KitsuneCG.com). But they have also put their second Kickstarter project (party game News Flash: Bad Decisions) on hold until early next year. Attend this panel to find out why, and how you can run a successful crowdfunding campaign for your Brilliant Plan.

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Tech Center

8:00pm

2 The Ranting Gryphon
Have you ever seen nerf kittens and dead babies fly out of someone's pants? Well, you won't see it at the Ranting Gryphon's show either -- but he'll certainly talk about it! Come and spend some time with 2, as he brings out the funny side of things we probably shouldn't be laughing at. This is an all-ages show.


Friday December 5, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand ABC

8:00pm

VapeCast Live- Comedy from Canada
A comedy podcast right from the Great White North, 18+ for language and content.


Friday December 5, 2014 8:00pm - 9:30pm
JohnWayne

8:00pm

Lyenuv’s Sketch Jam
Come join Lyenuv for a low-key sketchbook exchange! Bring your pencils and do sketch trades with other artists!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Reagan

9:00pm

Comparative Anatomy
Curious about the anatomy and physiology of domestic and exotic species? Interested in learning how nature has evolved predators and prey to excel in their ecological niche? Learn about the animal kingdom’s perfection and hypothetical anthropomorphic adaptations from a veterinarian and one of the fandom’s brightest artists.

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LAX

9:00pm

Guided Meditation
Join Tormod and Jesse for a brief break from the norm of Midwest FurFest with a spirited guided meditation exercise that will leave you refreshed, calm, and centered! There will be 3 individual 1-hour sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Friday December 5, 2014 9:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00am
McCarran

9:30pm

Femme Fursuit Photo Shoot
Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 9:30pm - 11:30pm
North Central

10:00pm

Puppy Role-Play 101

From barks to wags, everything a human-puppy or their trainer would want to know about Puppy Role-Play, as presented by Sprocket (Toronto Puppy 2014) and Snoopy.

Since this panel will involve frank discussions of an adult nature, no minors will be admitted. All attendees are expected to be attired in "con-appropriate" clothing throughout the panel.


Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
JFK

10:00pm

Fursuit Charades
How much CAN you say, without really saying anything? Join us for all the fun and find out! Fursuiters are highly encouraged for this event!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Rosemont

10:00pm

Karaoke
Open Karaoke! Come show off your amazing (or not so amazing :) singing skills!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00am
Grand ABC

10:00pm

Lupus in Tabula (Tango)
A convention favorite so popular multiple games run at once. Groups of up to 18 players are secretly assigned roles within the village of Tabula. Together, the villagers must work out who the werewolves are they prey upon them by night - before their numbers are diminished too far. But werewolves may not be the only threat.

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 1:00am
Lambert

10:00pm

Friday Dance
Tonight's DJs:
  • Firr
  • VallyRux
  • Recca
  • Rawkzorz

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00am
Grand EFGH

10:00pm

Advanced Lupus in Tabula (Alkali)
Come join Alkali for this MFF tradition. The always over the top game of Advanced Lupus in Tabula. All of your favorite cards will be returning along with a few new ones! There is a limited amount of space, so get together with your friends, and start yelling at strangers. Advanced Lupus in Tabula: "Werehampster's Revenge"

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00am
Lindbergh

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity
Friday December 5, 2014 10:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00am
SkyHarbor

11:00pm

Fursuit Charades After-Dark
The much more .. interesting... version of fursuit charades. ** Please no cameras, and adults-only!

Speakers

Friday December 5, 2014 11:00pm - Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00am
Rosemont
 
Saturday, December 6
 

9:00am

Con Suite
Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00am - Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00am
Grand D

10:00am

Avians Roundtable
An open discussion for those whose personas are included amongst our feathery kin, or those who just want to talk about birds. Topics include bird stories, why people choose avian personas, and what we can learn about ourselves from our choices.


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
JohnWayne

10:00am

Tips of the Road
Always wondered how the guy next to you got that cheap ticket? Ever cursed the airline for running a sale the week AFTER you bought your ticket? Tired of driving to every con, but every time you look at airfares you break out in a cold sweat? This is the panel for you! Learn how to find and book the cheapest fares, from November, one fur who spends a whole lot of time up in the air.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
McCarran

10:00am

Fursuit Cleaning and Care
Pew! You stink! Fur clumping? Stains from mud on your feet? Body oder seeping through? Come to this panel and learn how to give your fursuit a make over, and smell clean again. From storage to washing, learn some tips and tricks to keeping your suit as clean as possible!

Speakers
avatar for Vulan

Vulan

Pilot
Pilot, flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, ham radio operator (KL0FOX), fox!


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
LAX

10:00am

Basic Fursuit Construction
There's a lot that goes into fursuits. Stop on by and see how everything comes together! This panel will cover basic patterning, constructing simple feet, paws, bodysuit, tail ; choosing materials, and basic finishing techniques.

Speakers
avatar for Ocicat

Ocicat

Snow Paws Studios


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
JFK

10:00am

FVS Rehearsal #2
Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Grand EFGH

10:00am

Registration
After Registration closes, Temporary Badges good for one evening only can be obtained at Convention Operations (Grand Boardroom).

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 5:00pm
United AB

10:00am

Artists Alley

Artist's Alley is a place for individual artists to offer their work, whether it be sketchbook commissions, prints, or other types of creative and unique artwork, all while having a good time!

Artists Alley will be in four rooms on the International Level: Vienna, Paris, London, and Florence.

You can sign up for Saturday's Artists Alley by stopping by the Artists Alley Administration Table in the International Foyer any time on Friday.


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
Vienna

10:00am

Dealers Den
The Dealers Den is open to the public during these hours. This includes the International Ballroom, Gatwick, and Heathrow. Dealers listings and locations, with maps, can be found at http://www.furfest.org/DealersDen.


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
International Ballroom

10:00am

Art Show
Bidding Closes at 7pm today!

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 7:00pm
International Level

10:00am

MFF Poker Tournament
Get ready for the world famous MFF poker tournament! There will be three satellite tournaments with the top 3 players of each satellite moving on to the final 9 player tournament on Sunday. The tournament is free to enter, but you must be 18+. There will be prizes for everyone in the final tournament. First prize will be a sponsor membership for next year's MFF!

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - 9:00pm
Lindbergh

10:00am

Secondary Gaming
General Gaming - See separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00am
Hartsfield

10:00am

Table Top Gaming
General Gaming - See separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00am - Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00am
OHare Ballroom

10:30am

Sponsors' Brunch
It's time for a brunch spread that has earned rave reviews from Midwest FurFest's sponsors for years! Better yet, you get to hobnob with the Guests Of Honor, and other special guests. It's just one of the ways that Midwest FurFest likes to pamper all the wonderful people who've become Midwest FurFest Sponsors and Shiny Sponsors. (Ask at Registration if you'd like in on this deal, as well as all the other awesome things we offer our Sponsors and Shiny Sponsors!)

This year's Sponsor Brunch Menu will be:

  • Fresh chilled juices to include: orange, apple, tomato and grapefruit
  • Sliced fresh fruit and melon display
  • Caesar-style salad with parmesan cheese, herbed croutons and our classic Caesar dressing
  • Tri-colored spiral pasta salad tossed with a basil dressing
  • Dill and sour cream potato salad
  • Smoked salmon display with fresh mini bagels, Bermuda onions, tomatoes and capers with cream cheese
  • Our uniformed chef will prepare to order omelets with a choice of diced ham, Swiss or cheddar cheese, green peppers, onions, diced tomatoes, mushrooms and spinach
  • Chef to carve roasted sirloin served with a cabernet mushroom sauce
  • Crisp bacon strips or sausage links
  • French toast served hot off the grill with maple syrup and whipped cream
  • Grilled breast of chicken served with a sun-dried tomato sauce
  • Fresh vegetable medley
  • Minnesota long grain wild rice mélange
  • Penne pasta tossed with fresh garden vegetable and spicy marinara sauce
  • Fresh baked rolls and butter
  • Assorted croissants and muffins, miniature French pastries and assorted tortes, pies and cheesecakes
  • Starbucks freshly brewed gourmet coffee, decaffeinated coffee and an assortment of herbal teas

Speakers
avatar for Kisle/NovaD0g

Kisle/NovaD0g

DWalker/Kisle/NovaD0g has been into the furry scene since 1997 when he stumbled upon VCL (Velan Central Library, an early furry art archive). From there his interest in furry fandom paralleled his interests in urban art, and then some. While he spent most of his time painting around the neighborhood, he was fascinated with creating his own versions of anthropomorphic characters which evolved into an obsession to create characters for his own... Read More →
avatar for Perro

Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org; personal to perromuttly(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
avatar for Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine (Ermine for short) has been a furry her whole life, though of course she didn't know it for most of that time. From the time she could hold a pencil, she has been happily drawing cartoon animals and fantasy creatures at every opportunity. At the age of 16 she found the online furry fandom, began posting her own furry art, and after a while started taking commissions. Ermine loves the friendly furry community, the... Read More →
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 10:30am - 12:30pm
Grand ABC

11:00am

Effective writing
Uncle Kage is not only a storyteller on stage, but also the author of several stories in print that have been published by Sofawolf Press and by Daw Books. Here he will share some tips and tricks for making a story come to life and for keeping the reader's attention until the very last word.

Speakers
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reagan

11:00am

Rare Candy for Writers: Save the Cat Beat
Learn the secret of the "Save the Cat" unified theory of stories that has helped Hollywood entertain the world for decades, its model, and how you can utilize it to improve your writing.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tech Center

11:00am

A New Introduction to Pawpeteering
Pawpets, the low cost way to get to perform at a puppet show or even the MFF FVS - Furry Variety Show. Where to start if you don't have a puppet and how to get started in performance. Options of purchase of puppets. Creating characters or performers and unique puppets that can with items found in stores anywhere can become unique. Get a start at how to make your puppet perform, and even the chance to try with a real puppet. Modern technology has created new ways to practice and present performances. No puppets required!

Speakers
avatar for Major

Major

Furry Puppetry, Furpet Network
http://www.puppethub.com/profile/FredEinsle | | Location | Chicagoland, USA | | Relationship to Puppetry | Puppet owner, a collection of Folkmanis Puppets - performing as a hobby, though it would be nice to make some money from it in some way... | | What First Got Me Interested in Puppetry | MIdWest Furfest and Craig Fuguson's Late Late show puppets. Longer time ago local television WGN-9 Chicago's Garfield... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
SeaTac

11:00am

The Power of Dreams
Duck, a licensed therapist who works with dream analysis discusses the power of dreams and the symbols behind them. A mock dream summary and collaborative analysis will be performed

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
McCarran

11:00am

Fursuit Photoshoot
Work that tail! Stop on by and mug for our camera, and get some wonderful fursuit pictures to remember the con by!

Please Note! The photoshoot team will be taking a break from 11am until 2pm on Saturday for the Fursuit Parade

Speakers
avatar for Dexcat

Dexcat

Publications and Photography Lead for Midwest FurFest! Be sure to say hi, and stop by furfestphotos.dexcat.net to see your pictures from my Fursuit Photoshoot.


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00am - 5:00pm
North Central

12:00pm

3D Modeling for Beginners

Ever wanted to learn how to make 3D models?  In 3D Modeling for Beginners, we will discuss the basic concepts you need to know to get started making 3D models of your own, and set to work with Blender, a popular free 3D modeling tool.  To get the most out of this panel, please bring a computer and the latest version of Blender; a mouse with a scroll wheel will be helpful, too!


Speakers
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a gray fox who is a biologist by trade with a particular interest in fungi, though I have a deep appreciation for science in general. I also have experience with art in its various forms and meditation. | | This is my sixth year at MFF. I will be participating primarily with the spirituality track, but outside of panels I am likely to be found in quiet corners and near artists... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Tech Center

1:00pm

Fursuit Parade Staging
Fursuiter-staging in the main ballroom to prepare for the parade. No photography inside the ballroom during this period, please. Parade starts at 1:30pm SHARP!

Saturday December 6, 2014 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Grand EFGH

1:00pm

Video Gaming
See separate Video Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Saturday December 6, 2014 1:00pm - 9:00pm
Midway

1:30pm

Fursuit Parade
Join us as fursuiters meet up in the hotel ballroom for what could only be the best in furry pageantry anywhere! This is a chance top march proudly with other 'suiters, and show off your furry finest to the rest of the con and purr-parazi! Meeting up at 1:00pm, Parade starts at 1:30pm SHARP!


Saturday December 6, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Grand EFGH

2:00pm

Readings: Short Fiction
Come read aloud your short furry fiction along with others. Anyone is welcome to participate.


Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
McCarran

2:00pm

Ref Sheet 101
Learn the fundamentals of making a highly functional character reference sheet artist and commissioners alike. Pre-drawn templates will be available while supplies last.


Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Tech Center

2:00pm

Depression Sucks
Hear Skanther's story of attempted suicide, and how recovery led her to gain and maintain a mindset of hope. Managing your depression is not impossible! Skanther will point the way as only one who has been there can.

Speakers
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions


Saturday December 6, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
La Guardia

2:30pm

Fursuiting.com Official Photoshoot
Come join us for the official group photoshoot for Fursuiting.com suiters!

Speakers
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Rosemont

2:30pm

Charity Auction
Wonderful donated artwork and other mysterious donated items! Outbid your buddies, and grab the best stuff! Even better, you can be smug in the knowledge that your greed and good taste are also helping this year's charity. Every great item that you covet and win here is a donation that will help these hard-working folks continue their work. What could be a better deal?

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Grand ABC

3:00pm

Why Furry? When Anthros Matter
Learn what stories can benefit from anthro characters, and how best to incorporate anthro characteristics seemlessly into your stories for an improved immersive experience.


Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Reagan

3:00pm

Comedy Basics
Learn from the master himself! 2 The Ranting Gryphon will discuss some of the common tips, tricks and writing ideas around how to create and deliver something that'll leave the audience laughing in the aisles!


Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lambert

3:00pm

Funday Pawpet Show - One cast member's Retrospective
The Funday Pawpet Show has been running for 15 years. It's watched by many on Sunday nights, and has hosted a colorful collection of characters over the years. Join KP in an interactive dialogue for those who want to know about the program, how it runs, and some of the zany backstage things that go on in this long running, internet based program. One cast member, lots and lots of stories.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
JFK

3:00pm

Ingress 101
The world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake. You must choose to either enlighten the world for a better tomorrow or resist dangerous unknown forces. Ingress is an Android/iOS augmented reality GPS based adventure from Google where the world is your playing field. Come join agents DisasterSkunk, Cornwuff, and others to learn about the game and meet other players. Agents, it's time to move

Speakers
avatar for ArtySkox

ArtySkox

Ingress Xfaction Disaster, Enlightened Chicago
Fursuiting, Ingress, Process improvement, Alcohol


Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
JohnWayne

3:00pm

Logic Vs. Spirit
Is there a discrepancy between what is logical and what is spiritual? Do they overlap? Do they contradict? Come explore this and other questions with us.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Saturday December 6, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
SeaTac

3:30pm

Floor Wars Dance Battle
Floor Wars is back again for the third installment at Midwest Furfest, and this year we've got a massive change to our competition system! The dancing competition will be even fiercer as the finest dancers in the fandom, fursuiters and mundanes, clash once more on the dance floor for supremacy. Guaranteed an event you do NOT want to miss! Competitors please arrive 30 minutes early.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Rosemont

4:00pm

Drawing Larger Ladies
Bloodhound is well-versed in the realm of curvy gals, and she's here to share some of her tips and tricks with you! A sketchbook for doodling notes wouldn't be a bad idea!

Speakers
avatar for Bloodhound

Bloodhound

Tee hee
I'm just your friendly neighborhood Bloodhound, here to provide you with cute doodles and smutty sketches! I'm passionate about chunky chicks, skinny nerdy dudes, and pugs*. I'll be running the life drawing program, so if you want to get in some practice with a live model, come join me! I'll be able to look at your drawing and help you with what you're struggling with. | | | *I'm not kidding about the pugs. Seriously. Bring me a... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tech Center

4:00pm

DTD Construction
Join Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com and Syber of MadeFurYou as they make a duct tape dummy, live! Whether you plan to make your own or commission a fursuit, DTD's are considered to be an integral part of suit construction

Speakers
avatar for Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
LAX

4:00pm

'Too Much Light Makes the Baby go Blind'
We are proud to welcome back one of the most talked-about events from last year’s Midwest FurFest. The NeoFuturists are one of the most innovative theater groups in Chicago, and are the creators of the long-running play "Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind". "Too Much Light…" is a rollicking, exciting, hilarious, thought-provoking, and at times interactive attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The NeoFuturists will be preparing a performance specially tailored to Midwest FurFest and furry fandom; you don't want to miss it!

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi


Saturday December 6, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand EFGH

4:00pm

Writing 101 - The Basics of Story Crafting
What are the basics of crafting a good story? Here we discuss the most important elements: creating memorable characters, plot and structure, setting, description, conflict, point of view, and world building.


Saturday December 6, 2014 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Reagan

4:30pm

Charting Paradise: A Story of Self-Discovery
A performance piece chronicling the journey of personal insight via one fur's discovery and involvement in the fandom, dragon_cushion is very pleased to present a reading of "Charting Paradise" to an audience of his peers, in the space for which it was written: a fur con. Exploring such topics as external/internal judgment, creative growth, and delicious French toast, the piece is an extended poetic metaphor in a stream-of-consciousness style inspired by the works of famous performance artist Holly Hughes. The journey spans from the innermost doubts and emotions of the artist's mind outwards to encompass the fandom as a collective in relation to society and beyond. The performance will last about 20-25 minutes followed by a question and answer session in which audience members are invited to share their own experiences in discovering and becoming involved in the wonderful world of furry.

Speakers
D

dragon_cushion

I've admittedly only been in the Fandom for about four years now, but I consider my fellow furs some of my closest and most meaningful friendships. Furry for me is a very spiritual thing, a sense of community and belonging, and- despite being a "human" and lacking a fursona proper- I've felt a deep connection to my brothers and sisters over our shared love of anthros. As indicated by my username, I was initially drawn to the fandom over my love... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
JohnWayne

5:00pm

Equine Meet-up
Open to anyone! Come meet other equines in the fandom!

If you have a fursuit, please feel free to wear it too! We'll be taking photos! 

Speakers
avatar for Equus Silvermane

Equus Silvermane

I've been suiting for a few years now and have taken my suits all over the country and world. Public fursuiting is a passion of mine and I'd love to tell you more about it!


Saturday December 6, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SeaTac

5:00pm

Charity Presentation - Critter Camp
Join Beth and the team from Critter Camp, MFF's 2014 Charity, as they discuss how they care for their pets, as well as have your chance for you to ask questions!

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LAX

5:00pm

Shamanism
This panel will discuss what we mean when we use the word "Shaman", who Shamans are, and what they do. Join us, add your ideas into the mix, and maybe leave with some new ones.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Saturday December 6, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
La Guardia

5:30pm

6:00pm

The Dragget Show Live
Join Xander the Blue and Alkali for a live recording of the popular podcast "The Dragget Show". Join them as they hit on the topics that you want to hear like "Why did that bum just kick over a garbage can" and "What happens when you break the shower door" Come for the podcast, stay for the charity story.

Speakers
avatar for Xander the Blue

Xander the Blue

Art Director, Fur Squared - furcon
3D animator by day, Art Director of Fur Squared, cohost of The Dragget Show, stand up comedian & artist by night. INFJ


Saturday December 6, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
JohnWayne

6:00pm

VG Trivia Quest
Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Tech Center

6:00pm

Epic Changeling!
Saturday December 6, 2014 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Lambert

7:00pm

Much Ado About MUCKing
A panel where people can meet, discuss and learn about MUCKs! MUCKs are text-based games that predate SecondLife and were used by many furs as a means to play as their character, collect items and make friends. Whether you're a veteran MUCKer or someone new, come join us!

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:00pm
La Guardia

7:00pm

Wrestling With Furs Podcast Live
Hosted By: Roxas, Xander the Blue, Tigron and Crash McCloud Oh, you didn't know? Come join a live recording of the weekly podcast as we discuss the past, present, and future of the WWE, TNA, indie promotions, and beyond! All of this talk about the squared circle, and it won't even cost you $9.99. Be there!

Speakers
avatar for Xander the Blue

Xander the Blue

Art Director, Fur Squared - furcon
3D animator by day, Art Director of Fur Squared, cohost of The Dragget Show, stand up comedian & artist by night. INFJ


Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
JohnWayne

7:00pm

Furry Variety Show
The FVS is a non-competitive variety show. It's a bit of Vaudeville, and sort of like being on the Muppet Show. We all cooperate as a team, and we mix and match performers to acts as needed. If you have a "ready to go" act, we'll give you a spot. If you want to be in the show but don't have an act, join us and we'll add you to an existing act. We strongly prefer to have all of our actors featured as puppets or fursuits, or at the very least have some furry content. Our show will this year be held on Saturday at 7PM. We also will be holding TWO rehearsals (Friday Evening and Saturday Morning). You only need to attend one of these. If you have a choice, try to attend the Friday rehearsal. Since our show is now during prime-time, we will be a bit stricter about adult content. Keep it PG folks! In rehearsal we lay down multiple "masking tape" stages on the ballroom floor so that multiple acts can work out their marks and their timing in parallel. The MFF Furry Variety Show also welcomes video content in the show if submitted in advance. See our web page for more details.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Grand EFGH

7:00pm

Smack Down!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Santa Claus was put in a cage match against Frosty the Snowman? Our panelists return once again to discuss who would win and why for this hilarious tournament style event where only one character will survive! Mature language, viewer discretion is advised.

Speakers
avatar for Street

Street

Professional 'That guy' or Hotel Liaison
I am very passionate about sleep.
avatar for Takaza

Takaza

VIP Services Director, Midwest FurFest
Just a dog trying to herd things around.
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon


Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Rosemont

7:00pm

ScrapeGoat's Zombie Makeup Mega-Panel
Got Braaaaaiiiinnns?! ScrapeGoat is a Masters-level costumer and fursuit performer who brings everyone the opportunity to learn how to create Hollywood-style Zombie makeup effects quickly and easily. Learn how to do cuts, bruises, bulletholes, compound fractures and horrific-looking burn injuries! One or two lucky panel attendees will be used as 'demonstration'zombies! Also, tips and tricks for bringing out your Inner Zombie, performing in character and Ten Things You Should Not Do.

Speakers
avatar for ScrapeGoat

ScrapeGoat

Zombies!


Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
LAX

7:00pm

Furoticon How to Play & Beginner Tournament
Come learn how to play Furoticon: TCG, back this year with a new college-themed expansion! Participate in free play, or, if you're feeling competitive, sign up at Tail Kiss Studio's Dealer Table for the Beginner Tournament, and duke it out for prizes against other Beginners! (Demo Decks will be made available.) (18+, Adults Only)

Saturday December 6, 2014 7:00pm - 10:00pm
SkyHarbor

8:00pm

Convention Horror Stories

"Join the cast of FurMedia as they talk about Convention Horror Stories. Featured guests of this panel include: 2 The Ranting Gryphon, Shiacoft from Diffurently, Pandez Panda, Rahne Kallon, and more...For more information about our panel, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FurMedia"



Saturday December 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Reagan

8:00pm

Creatures and Demons of the Night, Meetup
Not every furry-costume is cute and cuddly! We wanted to invite everyone with a creepy or scary character, costume or mask to come out into the night and meet up! Feel free to dress-up!

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
SeaTac

8:00pm

Gamebuilding for Fun and Profit
This panel both introduces audience to the important components of good game design and takes audience input to create the rough outline of a game. Harry Thompson is developing a video game, the other panelists have participated in developing card, board and role-playing games. While the game concept that will be developed in this panel will probably be a card or board game, discussion will cover the elements common to all games and those unique to specific types, whether tabletop or those using video/computer/phone platforms.


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
JFK

8:00pm

Transfurs
Furry --- human, body --- soul, male --- female. Is life one, the other, or somewhere in between? Join us for a discussion about the shades of gray, how they affect our spirit, and our every day lives.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Samii Tiger

Samii Tiger

Panelist, Convention Staffer, Purveyor of Awesome, Midwest FurFest
Definition: The Tiger who runs with Wolves and flies with Dragons. | | 911 Dispatcher by Day, Freelance Photographer by Night. | | Also, something like a culinary mad scientist -- I make tasty things! | | There's more to me than meets the eye.


Saturday December 6, 2014 8:00pm - 10:00pm
McCarran

8:30pm

CATALA – LIVE (Amadhia “Dreamsong” Albee)
Join us for a concert featuring music from Amadhia's debut album, CATALA, and songs by Fox Amoore! CATALA – a hypnotic blend of driving beats from around the world, bridging ancient and modern worlds through songs that range from techno to pop, steampunk to gypsy, spun together with the silver thread of Amadhia's 4+ octave voice. Bring your smartphone and Twitter account to participate in an exclusive giveaway!

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Grand ABC

9:00pm

'3 Headed Monster'
Laugh yourself silly, at this live stand-up comedy show, featuring Alkalai, Xander & Pandez!

Speakers
avatar for Xander the Blue

Xander the Blue

Art Director, Fur Squared - furcon
3D animator by day, Art Director of Fur Squared, cohost of The Dragget Show, stand up comedian & artist by night. INFJ


Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Rosemont

9:00pm

Life Drawing
Lead by Bloodhound, you'll be put through the paces of gesture drawing, short-session poses, and more! Learning to draw from life is fundamental to a well-rounded artistic repertoire. Only those intending to draw will be permitted. (Adults Only!)

Speakers
avatar for Bloodhound

Bloodhound

Tee hee
I'm just your friendly neighborhood Bloodhound, here to provide you with cute doodles and smutty sketches! I'm passionate about chunky chicks, skinny nerdy dudes, and pugs*. I'll be running the life drawing program, so if you want to get in some practice with a live model, come join me! I'll be able to look at your drawing and help you with what you're struggling with. | | | *I'm not kidding about the pugs. Seriously. Bring me a... Read More →


Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
London

9:00pm

Comparative Anatomy 18+
Leave your taboos at the door! This panel is a tryst of fantasy and the unrestricted truth. Have a look at the mystery, wonder, and intimate details of reproduction in the animal kingdom as well as theoretical anthropomorphic creatures.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 9:00pm - 11:00pm
LAX

10:00pm

Game Developers In The Furry Fandom
Do you work in the Computer Games industry? Interested in Indie Development? A student working towards a future career in the industry? Come along to our informal meet and greet to find others like you. Attending will include industry veterans credited on titles such as Fable, Call Of Duty and Oblivion. Discussion includes topics ranging from Design, Code, Art, Animation and production. Whether you are here to get some career advice, have an indie project you want help with or just want to meet others we would love to meet you!

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00am
Tech Center

10:00pm

Whose Lion is it Anyway
Join us for the original Whose Lion is it Anyway improv panel! This fully interactive panel will have you in stitches will you, the audience plays your favorite games with 2 of your favorite hosts! Come join us for a night of laughs and Alkali slapping his forehead.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00am
Rosemont

10:00pm

One Night Werewolf
Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00am
Lambert

10:00pm

Saturday Dance
Tonight's DJs:
  • Vinny
  • Tekfox
  • Skroy
  • Dantee

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00am
Grand EFGH

10:00pm

Cards Against Humanity
Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00am
SkyHarbor

10:00pm

Lupus in Tabula (Iggy)
Welcome to the peaceful town of Tabula, where we name everything after tables but there's really only chairs. This is everyfur's favorite game of pointing fingers and accusations. This poor town is infested by cute furry werewolves that happen to enjoy feasting on the townspeople nightly. Every day, the town yells at each other until they take out one of their own on suspicion of being a werewolf. The werewolves (a fursuiter!) won last year, who will win this year? All players welcome; I will go over the rules and roles in use. If you are new, please show up on time so we can play as much as possible.

Speakers

Saturday December 6, 2014 10:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00am
Lindbergh

11:00pm

Kage-2-Gether - A Charity Performance
2-GETHER ON STAGE! Join "2" the Ranting Gryphon and Uncle Kage for a special performance for the benefit this year's charity! Come howl, bark, purr, and laugh with two of the furry fandom's comedic and entertainment legends in this special duo comedy show just for the Castaway critters!

Speakers
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00am
Grand ABC

11:00pm

Meet Furry Game Designers
Have you ever wondered what goes into making an award-winning card game, especially a furry one? Come meet with the designers of two of the fandom’s hottest card games: Nordguard and Furoticon. Whether you’re a designer or a fan, stop in for this unique Q & A. Promotional cards will be given out during the panel! Adults only.


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:00pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00am
SeaTac

11:30pm

Midnight Howl
The moon is so bright and full - let's bring it closer. Come help us howl down the moon… and maybe wakeup a few people who came a little to close to the animals. Meet by the ground floor entrance near the coffee shop 11:50pm.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Saturday December 6, 2014 11:30pm - Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00am
Front-Entrance Lobby
 
Sunday, December 7
 

9:00am

Con Suite
Sunday December 7, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
Grand D

10:00am

Fursuit Jersey Photoshoot
This annual tradition continues as fursuiters are encouraged to wear their favorite jerseys and bring any relevant sporting equipment for a special photoshoot! If you have multiple jerseys, bring as many as you want as we will be doing separate photos for various sports such as hockey, football, soccer, etc. Spectators and photographers are welcome!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
Conference Center Foyer

10:00am

Suiting Outside the Fandom
Break away and suit beyond conventions and meets! This panel is advice and guidelines for finding the right venue, interacting with non-furries, dealing with children, and the other things you'll run into while suiting outside the fandom.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
LAX

10:00am

Tools of the trade
Whether you're just starting to build fursuits, or you're a seasoned pro, you' ll need a basic understanding of some of the tools and what to pack (or not to pack) in that toolbox! This panel will cover general fursuit building supplies, uses, selection, and tool box must haves, as well as really hand equipment such as airbrushes, dremel tools, and heat guns.

Speakers
avatar for Ocicat

Ocicat

Snow Paws Studios


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
Reagan

10:00am

Super-hypnotic Journey
A superhypnotic journey into the depths of the soul in effort to release negativity and increase positivity.

Speakers
avatar for Duck

Duck

I am a licensed herapist in Illinois with over five years of experience in mental health, substance use treatment and suicide intervention. I have an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MBA in Healthcare Management. Currently I am the Clinical Director and part owner of True North PTSD Center. I work under the large umbrella of Existentialism and am working towards one day becoming a full Analyst. Come join me for some deep discussions


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
SeaTac

10:00am

The Christians and the Pagans
Holidays galore! Come join us in a respectful discussion about the many winter holidays and how they are similar and different from eachother.

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
McCarran

10:00am

Art Auction
Don't let those people who slightly upped your written bid walk away with that fabulous art! Show them who's got what it takes and knows what it's really worth! Besides, the auctioneers are always a hoot!

Speakers
avatar for Uncle Kage

Uncle Kage

CEO, Anthrocon, Inc.
Uncle Kage: Chairman of Anthrocon


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Rosemont

10:00am

Registration
Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 2:00pm
United AB

10:00am

MFF Poker Tournament
Get ready for the world famous MFF poker tournament! There will be three satellite tournaments with the top 3 players of each satellite moving on to the final 9 player tournament on Sunday. The tournament is free to enter, but you must be 18+. There will be prizes for everyone in the final tournament. First prize will be a sponsor membership for next year's MFF!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 3:00pm
Lindbergh

10:00am

10:00am

Artists Alley

Artist's Alley is a place for individual artists to offer their work, whether it be sketchbook commissions, prints, or other types of creative and unique artwork, all while having a good time!

Artists Alley will be in four rooms on the International Level: Vienna, Paris, London, and Florence.

You can sign up for Sunday's Artists Alley by stopping by the Artists Alley Administration Table in the International Foyer any time on Saturday.


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
Vienna

10:00am

Dealers Den
The Dealers Den is open to the public during these hours. This includes the International Ballroom, Gatwick, and Heathrow. Dealers listings and locations, with maps, can be found at http://www.furfest.org/DealersDen.


Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 4:00pm
International Ballroom

10:00am

Secondary Gaming
General Gaming - See separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
Hartsfield

10:00am

Table Top Gaming
General Gaming - See separate Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00am - 6:00pm
OHare Ballroom

11:00am

Pitching to Publishers
Which aspects of a submitted piece of writing catches a publisher’s eye, and which will doom it to slowly drown under a paper pile of discarded dreams? SofaWolf’s President will share his wisdom on this topic in the hope that it will give you the edge you need to get your next submission published.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Reagan

11:00am

Fitness, Nutrition and Health 101
Have you ever looked around in magazines and movies and wondered how they get to look the way they do? Are you interested in making your body healthier and achieving the aesthetic goals you'd like? Come one, come all and let’s get that tail moving!! We will be covering a variety of topics such as nutrition, exercise, and potential tools to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. Some specific points include how focused nutrition can help achieve desired builds and what various exercise techniques are intended to do for you. We'll wrap up with a QA session to remedy your curiosity.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
La Guardia

11:00am

Flying Furs
This panel is for any and all aviation enthusiasts, from any aspect in aviation.  From modelists, RC hobbyists, ATC, A&P, to pilots, all are welcome to this meet and greet.

Speakers
avatar for Vulan

Vulan

Pilot
Pilot, flight instructor, aircraft mechanic, ham radio operator (KL0FOX), fox!


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
SeaTac

11:00am

Furry TV Commercials
Animals are a popular way to sell a product. We will be viewing and discussing TV commercials and deciding "What were they thinking?". Audience participation is encouraged.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tech Center

11:00am

Getting into the Entertainment Industry
Ready to cut your teeth outside the fandom? Looking to make it big? 2 The Ranting Gryphon will share some tips of the trade, and some things to prepare for based on his own real-life experience in the industry. This is a great chance to listen, learn and ask questions from someone in the entertainment industry!


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lambert

11:00am

Improv Puppet Do's and Dont's
This is a candid 1 hour discussion about many "Do's" and Don'ts" when working with puppets. Have you ever watched a show where the puppeteer doesn't know they're boring the audience? Seen a show where someone's puppetry is so bad, it ruins the entire bit? We'll talk about why such things can and do happen, and what you can do to avaoid them. In many cases, these tips will work beyond puppeteering as we'll talk about topicality, timing, and other things that can sabotage your show.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
JFK

11:00am

How to be a Handler
Want to fursuit, or help out someone that does? Learn to be a handler. The common hand signals, common techniques, and what things to keep an eye out for.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
LAX

11:00am

Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc. Board of Directors Meeting
The annual meeting for the Board of Directors for Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., the parent corporation of Midwest FurFest. This meeting is open to the public!

Please note that this meeting is intended for corporate, not convention, business. Issues with the convention itself should be brought to the feedback session at Closing Ceremonies.

Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
JohnWayne

11:00am

Fursuit Photoshoot - CANCELLED
Work that tail! Stop on by and mug for our camera, and get some wonderful fursuit pictures to remember the con by!

Speakers
avatar for Dexcat

Dexcat

Publications and Photography Lead for Midwest FurFest! Be sure to say hi, and stop by furfestphotos.dexcat.net to see your pictures from my Fursuit Photoshoot.


Sunday December 7, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
North Central

12:00pm

Video Gaming
See separate Video Gaming Schedule in your Pocket-Program for more details

Sunday December 7, 2014 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Midway

1:00pm

Furry Literature is Where You Find It
Join us in this interactive panel to discuss the best places to find anthropomorphic stories both in and out of the fandom.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Reagan

1:00pm

Biology Discussion
Meet with real life biologists (we do exist!) to greet one another or get geeky about biology. If you're thinking about a career in biology, come ask questions!

Speakers
avatar for Farran

Farran

Greetings! I am Farran, also known as Anomalous Fox. I am a gray fox who is a biologist by trade with a particular interest in fungi, though I have a deep appreciation for science in general. I also have experience with art in its various forms and meditation. | | This is my sixth year at MFF. I will be participating primarily with the spirituality track, but outside of panels I am likely to be found in quiet corners and near artists... Read More →


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
La Guardia

1:00pm

Geocaching
Geocaching is a world wide treasure hunt game that alot of people take part in, even furries. This will be a meet and greet between many furry geocachers from all parts of the country and/or world, kind of like what we had last year. It would be myself and JBadger hosting the panel as well.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
JohnWayne

1:00pm

Assassins Creed Enthusiasts
'Nothing is True, Everything is Permitted.' These are the words that symbolize the Creed. We work in the Dark to Serve the Light. Are you one of the Brotherhood? Come join with Grand Mentor Morin Wolf and Pyro Assassin as we discuss about the Assassins Creed universe. Talk about our favorite game(s), hold raffles for awesome prizes, answer questions and create a awesome experience for any who love Assassins Creed. Join the fun, join the Brotherhood, we will be waiting.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
SeaTac

1:00pm

CompuFur: A Furry Hackathon
Are you interested in developing desktop programs, mobile apps, or websites? Do you have a cool idea, but don't know how to get started? Are you an artist, graphic designer, programmer, or idea guy? Then you should check out CompuFur, a furry hackathon! What is a hackathon you ask? It's where people with different skills come together to make something cool. We'll match you up into small teams where you'll have all the talent to make the next FurBook, Angry Foxes, or Collar Crush! Bring a laptop, or tablet. We'll have lots of paper and other supplies to help you on your way.\ https://www.anthrobot.org/mff-2014/

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Tech Center

1:00pm

Fursuit Dance Competition
The time has come to see who's got the best moves and who can shake their tails the best! All attendees are welcome to come witness the finalists of MFF's Fourth Annual Fursuit Dance Competition show off their performances for dance supremacy to determine who will be declared this year's best fursuit dancer!

Speakers
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi
avatar for Theome

Theome

Programming Raccoon, Midwest Furfest


Sunday December 7, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Grand EFGH

2:00pm

Protecting your IP
Learn how to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and even copyright registration to protect your art and how to identify what actually constitutes infringement.

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Reagan

2:00pm

Therianthropy
How often do you feel your tail, wings, horns, or other parts, even if they aren't physical? Join us for discussion and camraderie!

Speakers
avatar for Cheesecake

Cheesecake

Registration Staff and Spirituality Panelist. | Once hailing from the corn fields of Iowa, Cheesecake now finds solace in the deliciously hot sun of Phoenix, Arizona. Cheesecake is generally happy, again, and is always up for hugs and scritches. If you ever have an itch you just can't reach, just ask!
avatar for Tormod

Tormod

I'm back for my fourth year, and I'm as busy as ever! I'll probably see you either at registration or during one of the many Nature and Spirituality panels I'm helping with - please stop by! Always a big fan of discussion, I'm a complete goofball who loves affection, attention, hugs, rants, rambles, and good-natured teasing. I'm a feisty wolf, so be warned!
avatar for Samii Tiger

Samii Tiger

Panelist, Convention Staffer, Purveyor of Awesome, Midwest FurFest
Definition: The Tiger who runs with Wolves and flies with Dragons. | | 911 Dispatcher by Day, Freelance Photographer by Night. | | Also, something like a culinary mad scientist -- I make tasty things! | | There's more to me than meets the eye.


Sunday December 7, 2014 2:00pm - 4:00pm
SkyHarbor

3:00pm

Furry Theory
The furry fandom has some of the most unique and nuanced expressions of identity known to any subculture. From fursonas to otherkin to mascots, there are so many combinations of varying non-literal and metaphorical methods of expression of otherwise inexplicable identity it can make one's partial spin! It is not uncommon, for example, for an individual who identifies as otherkin to also have a fursona. We will discuss such topics with the intent of pondering the meaning and reasons behind their manifestation, but feel free to treat it like a brainstorming session! Please jump in and share your ideas and opinions at your leisure. Please note that shaming of identities is not allowed in this panel, no matter how much one may disagree with or find difficulty maintaining belief in them.

Speakers
avatar for Cisqur

Cisqur

I am bird and so can you.


Sunday December 7, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
La Guardia

3:00pm

Screening of Kaze: Winds of Change – Episode 1, “Born of Fire” and the World Premiere of Episode 2, “The Crucible”
10 Years ago, Amadhia (“Timothy”) Albee created a 1-person experimental short film, (KAZE: GHOST WARRIOR,) to show that small teams of dedicated, passionate artists _can_ create high-quality animated shows. Now... Amadhia continues the story of that samurai tiger, diving into his history, his forbidden romance, and the betrayals that shattered a kingdom! Join us for a Q & A with series creators and actors; and back-to-back screenings of episode 1 (“Borne of Fire”) and the world premiere of episode 2 (“The Crucible”). Experience this Illustrated Radio Drama featuring the voices of some of Furry Fandom's hottest stars including: Tren Sparks, Alex Vance, Dr. Samuel Conway, Lilypad, and Amadhia herself – with illustrations by Alector Fencer, Balaa, Bloodhound Omega, Thornwolf, and more!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
LAX

3:00pm

Fursuit Games
Come join us for a fun and exciting event where you romp around in fursuit, entertain yourself and others, and play silly little games in order to find who is the best fursuiter of them all! This event is open to all who want to participate or spectate! This is a great opportunity to get exposure to your costumes, to see silly fursuiters play games, and take lots of pictures!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand ABC

4:00pm

Product Demo: Scriviner
Learn how to use this versatile writing software and take advantage of it's features to improve your writing experience. 3 copies of the software will be randomly given away!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tech Center

4:00pm

Careers with Animals
Dash Tiger hosts a panel about what its like to work with animals and discusses the pitfalls and possible career paths one can take. Dash is an Australian veterinarian who has worked with wildlife, zoo and domestic animals in three countries, and specializes in the anaesthesia of big cats. He is joined by Raspberry Roo, a senior zoo keeper and aquarist who has worked in both zoos and a major marine park. Want to know what its like to work with animals? Questions about how to go about it? Or just want see some great photos and hear some great stories? Then this panel is for you!

Speakers

Sunday December 7, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Reagan

5:00pm

Closing Ceremonies
Where did the weekend go? At the Closing Ceremonies for Midwest FurFest 2014, we'll let you in on anything you may have missed. We'll also be recognizing all of the talented winners of various contests held throughout the convention. And, at the end, we'll have a feedback/Q&A session to help improve Midwest FurFest for next year.

Speakers
avatar for Kisle/NovaD0g

Kisle/NovaD0g

DWalker/Kisle/NovaD0g has been into the furry scene since 1997 when he stumbled upon VCL (Velan Central Library, an early furry art archive). From there his interest in furry fandom paralleled his interests in urban art, and then some. While he spent most of his time painting around the neighborhood, he was fascinated with creating his own versions of anthropomorphic characters which evolved into an obsession to create characters for his own... Read More →
avatar for Kodi

Kodi

Director of Programming & Marketing, Midwest Furfest
Running around dressed as a dog -- and Hockey. Sometimes together. | | https://www.weasyl.com/~kodi
avatar for Perro

Perro

Operations Lead, Board President, Social Media Head, Former Chairman, Midwest Furfest
I work in the legal industry, play hockey, make costumes and ride all kinds of bikes. Please direct any convention related questions or concerns to: perro (AT) furfest (DOT) org; personal to perromuttly(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
avatar for Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine

Sabretoothed Ermine (Ermine for short) has been a furry her whole life, though of course she didn't know it for most of that time. From the time she could hold a pencil, she has been happily drawing cartoon animals and fantasy creatures at every opportunity. At the age of 16 she found the online furry fandom, began posting her own furry art, and after a while started taking commissions. Ermine loves the friendly furry community, the... Read More →
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Lacy & Nick of Fursuiting.com

Fursuiting LLC
Fursuiting.com is owned and operated by Lacy and Nick, a husband and wife team based in the Orlando, FL area. Combined they have well over a decade of experience as professional fursuit makers. Lacy and Nick officially teamed up in 2007 with the goal to offer exceptional quality, highly customized fursuits. | | Lacy originally began building costumes as a hobbyist around 2003. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job... Read More →
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Woody Mutt

Convention Chair, Midwest Furfest
Convention Chair for Midwest Furfest 2016. This mutt spends his convention running around like a madman, but he's usually happy to stop, take a deep breath, and chat for a moment. And in his "spare time", he's always excited to check out other events!


Sunday December 7, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Grand EFGH

10:00pm

Dead Dog Dance
Cap off your con experience and wipe away those blues at the Dead Dog Dance! Our DJ lineup will include DJ Flynn, Deke, and Rotten Robbie.

Sunday December 7, 2014 10:00pm - Monday December 8, 2014 1:00am
Grand EFGH