Megaplex 2014 - Willy Wonka Pounce

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Thank you for making Megaplex XIII awesome!
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skippyfox
Another Megaplex has come and gone. Thank you - all 1,281 of you - for coming and enjoying the furry festivities with us for a truly amazing year!

Attendees came from far and wide: 38 states, plus D.C. and Puerto Rico, and 7 other countries. Here was our attendance breakdown at the time The Candy Factory gates were closed:

Attending - 821
Sponsor - 125
Super Sponsor - 62
Giga Sponsor - 2
Guests - 9
Staff - 55
Friday - 22
Saturday - 137
Sunday - 28
Dance passes - 20

We owe special praise to our dedicated staff members and volunteers, who meticulously kept the show running behind the scenes all weekend long. We also owe heaps of gratitude to our wonderful guests of honor, Mary Mouse & Tani DaReal, for their immense contributions of artwork and programming time. Not to mention our performing guests Fox Amoore, Rhubarb the Bear, Husky In Denial and Pepper Coyote, as well as all the DJs and panel and event hosts who brought great entertainment to the convention, and artists who spent the time putting together all of the work you saw in the hallways and took home with you in the con book. Thank you!!

As we bid a bittersweet farewell to the Candy Factory, we have a few final announcements to share:

Firstly, we're already brainstorming to make Megaplex XIV: Cops & Robbers the greatest Megaplex yet! Mark your calendars: The convention returns to the Orlando Airport Marriott for July 31 - August 2, 2015.

We're paying close attention to our survey responses and trying to get as much feedback as we can get, in order to keep our con as enjoyable as possible. One of the many common suggestions, for example, is for a more orderly Artist Alley, so we are already we're fleshing out plans to make it happen. If you haven't taken part in our survey, please do! The more feedback we can get about what we did right and what we did wrong, the better we can prepare for Megaplex 2015.
Please fill out our feedback survey at: https://megaplexcon.org/survey

Interested in helping out Megaplex next year? We'll be expanding our staff as the convention keeps growing. To apply, please fill out the form at: https://megaplexcon.org/staffapp
We'll also be on the lookout for art to feature in our con book and elsewhere. Keep an eye out for more announcements on that front. Remember, our 2015 theme will be Cops & Robbers.

If you got home after the convention and realized you're missing something important of yours, please send an email to mp-lostfound@megaplexcon.org, and include a description of the missing item so we can see if we have it.

If you took home a Megaplex 2014 t-shirt, please check to make sure that the design is not peeling off after it has gone through the wash. We received a bad batch of t-shirts and we're working with our printer to have bad shirts replaced. If you have a bad shirt, please follow the instructions here: https://megaplexcon.org/node/393

Did you take photos or video of Megaplex that you'd like to share? We keep an archive of Megaplex memories, and would be thrilled if you can help us build this year's collection. Please follow these steps to share your media with us: https://megaplexcon.org/uploadpics
The archives are located at http://archives.megaplexcon.org/albums/ - Please note that the archive page is temporarily under construction as we're in the process of replacing our gallery software. You can peruse the content available in the meantime.

Thank you all for a great year! We can't wait to see you again!

Storm the Raccoon, and helping The C.A.R.E. Foundation
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skippyfox
This is Storm the Raccoon's rescue story.

https://megaplexcon.org/node/379

Please donate at Megaplex 2014 to help The C.A.R.E. Foundation!

Schedule tweaks!
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skippyfox
Below are some last minute changes we have had to make to the schedule.

The printed pocket schedule you will receive will contain these updates!

(The con book will not have these updates. Sorry!)

Mary Mouse's Art Jam - Saturday 9:00-10:30 PM
Fursuiting 101 - Sunday 11:30-12:30 PM
Fursuit Games - Sunday 2:30-3:30 PM
CARE Presentation - Sunday 11:00 AM-Noon
CARE Auction - Sunday Noon-2:00 PM
Funday Pawpet Show - Sunday 4:00-6:00 PM
Closing Ceremonies - Sunday 6:00-7:00 PM

Please keep an eye on @megaplex_con on Twitter and on at-con announcements for any possible updates to the schedule during the convention. Thank you!

The Megaplex 2014 event schedule is here!
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skippyfox
At long last, the Megaplex 2014 event schedule is available online for your perusal. What event are you most looking forward to?

The full event listing and descriptions are here:
https://megaplexcon.org/sites/default/files/2014_events.pdf

The schedule grid can be found here:
https://megaplexcon.org/sites/default/files/2014_grid.pdf

Charity Auction Showcase
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skippyfox
Some of the cool items to be auctioned for The C.A.R.E. Foundation at Megaplex 2014. Donations are welcome at the door!

https://megaplexcon.org/sites/default/files/site-images/CharityAuctionShowcase.pdf

Chupe the Monkey, and helping The C.A.R.E. Foundation
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skippyfox
This is Chupe the Monkey's rescue story.

https://megaplexcon.org/node/349

Please donate at Megaplex 2014 to help The C.A.R.E. Foundation!

Megaplex 2014 July update
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skippyfox

Get ready for some furry fun in the Florida sun - Megaplex 2014: The Candy Factory is just around the corner! Here is the latest info.

One week left to register!

Our online registration closes at the end of Tuesday, July 8. Registering online has a lot of benefits that you don't want to miss out on!

  • Extra speedy badge pickup
  • Save at least $5 compared to the door price
  • You can choose an avatar or fursona art that we'll print right on your con badge

We have many levels of "sponsor" memberships - Sponsor, Super Sponsor, Mega Sponsor and the "I have to be insane to love Megaplex this much" Gigasponsor. Each level has more and more gifts for you tacked on, including a free t-shirt with art by TaniDaReal, access to snacks, candy and meals at our sponsor suite, and exclusive for this year, a snazzy candy box made of cherry wood!

Pre-register now!

Megaplex special guest exclusives!

Our guest of honor Mary Mouse, creator of the "Certified" tags, is putting together a special "Certified Sweet!" tag available exclusively to Sponsors! They're only available while supplies last though, so register online or register early!

Guest of honor TaniDaReal will also have special Megaplex mood badges. More details on availability will be provided as they become available.

8 days left to book a hotel:

If you are planning to stay at the hotel and have not already booked your room, please do so before Wednesday, July 9, in order to get the special Megaplex rate of $99/night and free parking.

Book now.

Games! So many games!

Megaplex debuts two new games at this year's con!

  • WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY? Contestants pulled from the audience take on our panel of Celebrity Foxes and try to match responses to a series of hilarious questions.
  • THIS IS YOUR STORY HOUR! Kuddlepup and Dingoroo have teamed up to bring you a new artist game event that's part Mad-Libs, part Pictionary and ALL fun!

Fursuiters, your day to dominate the dance floor is imminent. Fursuit Dance Competition info is right here.

Video gamers, keep your eyes peeled for details about the Super Smash Brothers Brawl tournament.

Also returning this year is the ever-popular JAPANESE GAME SHOW EXPERIENCE hosted by our very own husky Ryuu, and Megaplex's traditional Thursday bowling event.

Music! So much music!

  • The DJ lineup for the dances of Megaplex 2014 has been released.
  • This year Megaplex brings you MEGAPLEX.DE, a special dance event, featuring world class DJs BigBlueFox and Cheetah.DE!
  • Former guest of honor Fox Amoore presents his brand new album, COME FIND ME, at his listening party. Then he'll be making his return to the stage as Fox Amoore, Rhubarb the Bear, Stitch, Cosmik and Sam the Drummer reunite for the FOX AND FRIENDS REUNION CONCERT.
  • HUSKY IN DENIAL howls for luna behind a guitar and a loop pedal. Known for his work on The Bedfellows and for his 2011 album "'It's too late,' or so I'm told," Buck Riley has assembled a concert of his best work for your enjoyment in preparation for his upcoming new release.
  • Join PEPPER COYOTE as he unplugs from his band Look Left to bring you an unforgettable hour of original music.
  • Precisely two years after Rhubarb the Bear set off on his solo career, he's already finding it a lonely road. Will Cosmik's piano skills and sensible direction lead to greater artistic heights? Or just more drama? Expect songs, stories, arguments, shameless name-dropping, and fun, all at RHUBARB THE BEAR and COSMIK: HELLO WORLD!
  • We are once again hosting two nights of Karaoke!

The full programming schedule and list of events will be released soon!

Charity craziness for The C.A.R.E. Foundation!

Megaplex 2014's charity goal is to raise $8,000 for the CARE Foundation, an exotic animal rescue and wildlife education facility in the nearby city of Apopka, Florida. CARE has been with Megaplex since the beginning. This year, we want to really show them what we're capable of doing for animals in need!

If every attendee donated just $10, we could easily surpass that goal!

There are more than 200 big cats, bears, monkeys, birds, reptiles and assorted critters who call CARE home. The donations will help CARE complete expansions to their facility to help accommodate them.

There are a ton of different ways you can help raise money to meet our $8,000 goal:

  • Encourage as many of your friends as possible to join us at Opening Ceremonies at 10 AM on Friday, and bring money for donations. Why? Well...let's just say there is a special incentive for early donations. You'll see!
  • The charity poker tournament returns this year on Friday night, beginning at 7:00 PM. Buy-in is $10. Have fun for a great cause!
  • Bring your money to the CARE Presentation on Sunday at Noon. For a small donation, you can get photos of yourself with a live animal from the presentation. (This is a great photo op for fursuiters, too!)
  • Our Charity Auction will begin at 1:00 PM on Sunday, immediately after the CARE presentation. Credit cards are also accepted! In addition to bidding on any of the items, you can also drop off your own contributions to be auctioned off.
  • Are you a fursuiter looking for something fun to donate for the charity auction? Donate a dance! We will auction off the opportunity for the winning bidder to dance with his or her favorite fluffy critter at the dances that evening. To participate, you must sign up at registration, and you must be present and in costume at the charity auction and the Sunday dances.
  • Fursuiters can help by becoming a part of our fuzzy fundraising force. This involves approaching attendees throughout the convention, holding out an official Megaplex charity donation jar, and looking so ridiculously cute that your targets will be unable to resist emptying their pockets into the donation jar! To participate, sign up at Registration.
  • At Registration, the CARE presentation and certain other events, we'll have donation jars out. Every little bit of spare change adds up!

Thank you all for your generous support!

For more information about Megaplex's Charity Auction, see our Auction page.

More information about Megaplex's Charity Poker tournament can be found here.

To learn more about CARE and meet the animals, visit our charity page and thecarefoundation.org!

We're on Vine! And YouTube, and Facebook, and and...

If you can't get enough Megaplex, follow us! All of our social media info can be found here on our website.

Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions about Megaplex or any concerns, feel free to voice them here or send us a private email at mp-feedback@megaplexcon.org. We also have an extensive FAQ on our website.

Here's your reward for making it all the way to the end of this announcement: A cat video!

The gates to the Candy Factory open in three weeks! We'll see you there!


June update - teasers, gifts, pre-reg and more!
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skippyfox
Here is another little video teaser to whet your appetite. Only 45 days until we open the gates to the Candy Factory!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXJsYe3qPPY

Registration:

(Update - Pre-reg deadline has been extended!) Online pre-registration for Megaplex XIII closes on July 8 - less than a month out. We have this cool feature where you can get an avatar of your fursona - any avatar of your choice - printed on your Megaplex con badge. But this is only available if you pre-register online! Oh yes, and it's cheaper too. :)

We have many levels of "sponsor" memberships - Sponsor, Super Sponsor, Mega Sponsor and the "I have to be insane to love Megaplex this much" Gigasponsor. Each level has more and more gifts for you tacked on, including a free t-shirt with art by :linktanidareal:, access to snacks, candy and meals at our sponsor suite, and exclusive for this year, a snazzy candy box made of cherry wood! (http://www.furaffinity.net/view/13695451/)

Hit up https://megaplexcon.org/registration to register.

Hotel rooms:

Hotel rooms are still available for just $99 in the Megaplex room block. They'll continue to be available until July 9 ... or until the hotel is booked full. Parking is free if you are a hotel guest.
Visit https://megaplexcon.org/hotel

And just a friendly plug that if you like to split the cost of your weekend with other congoers, we have forums to help you find buddies just for that purpose:
Room Share and Ride Share forums (and Orlando travel info): https://megaplexcon.org/node/40

Upcoming games & events:

Our programming schedule is full!

Many great games and events are returning to Megaplex this year. Like to get competitive? Well we've got competitions for you:
- We're continuing the tradition of pre-con bowling on Thursday, July 24! Bowling is free and exclusively for attendees. https://megaplexcon.org/events/bowling
- The fursuit dance competition is back and better than ever. Rules of entry can be found here:
https://megaplexcon.org/sites/default/files/site-images/Dance%20Comp%20Info.pdf
- Some classic Megaplex game events are returning too, including the Japanese Game Show Experience, and the Fursuit Games.

We've also got a TON of events, panels and other programming to keep you busy all weekend! Keep your eyes peeled for the full schedule of events, to be published soon!

The many ways to contribute to the con:

This coming Sunday, June 15, is the final day to submit artwork, stories, and ads to appear in our con book (programming guide). Get your stuff in! For details about submissions, visit https://megaplexcon.org/conbook

Interested in helping out during the convention? We're still recruiting staff for our security team, The Fuzz. https://megaplexcon.org/staffapp
Not up for the commitment of staffhood? You can still contribute in many ways throughout the weekend as a volunteer. https://megaplexcon.org/volunteer

A note to our supersponsors

If you were an early-bird supersponsor, you received a confirmation a while back that your fursona will be featured in our poster art along the hallways of the convention. If you haven't already been contacted about your character details for the poster artwork, you will shortly. Thanks for your patience!

We owe all of our sponsors massive thanks for their support, without which we couldn't make Megaplex the incredible event that it is every year. Thank you!

We're on Vine! And YouTube, and Facebook, and and...
If you can't get enough Megaplex, follow us! All of our social media info can be found at https://megaplexcon.org/socialmedia

Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions about Megaplex or any concerns, feel free to voice them here or send us a private email at mp-feedback@megaplexcon.org. We also have an extensive FAQ on our website: https://megaplexcon.org/faq

See you next month!

Get ready for the Candy Factory! (teaser video)
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skippyfox
Pounce -- er, Kitty Wonka -- is ready to give you the Candy Factory tour at Megaplex XIII!

http://youtu.be/fLNUcZhWncA

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