About the Convention
IndyFurCon is Indiana’s first convention for fans of anthropomorphic creatures and art. iFC is to be held in the state capital, Indianapolis. Held in the late summer, it gives midwestern furries an event filled weekend to get together with friends and have fun in the middle of the 5 month period that separates Anthrocon and Midwest FurFest.
Whoozfur is derived from the word Hoosier which is the nickname of Indiana natives. years ago, Whoozfur became the unofficial name given to furries in Indiana in 1998 when the internet based social group was created, and still is to this day. We thought it only fitting for the parent company to run IndyFurCon to be named Whoozfur Inc. Founded in 2009, Whoozfur Inc is a non profit 501(c)7 corporation. It’s soul purpose is to organize and produce a convention annualy to showcase anthropomorphic art, creatures, and education.
This convention celebrates Indiana. The cardinal is Indiana’s state bird. Our buffalo is from the state seal. Basketball is a long time heritage to many hoosiers. The Indianapolis Colts recently were Super Bowl champions, which is the reason for the football the buffalo holds. The colors of their jerseys are the official state colors from the flag and are also the colors of the Indiana Pacers.
Guest of Honor
The guest of honor for iFC 2011 has been announced:
Noel “Tincrash” Melendez is a furry and transformation artist who works primarily with color or monochrome pencils and inks. He’s been drawing since grade school when he would trace artwork out of comic books where he focused on characters like Optimus Prime and the horse alien from Power Pack. From there he grew to freehand drawing his favorite comic book characters, which started to shift to more anthropomorphic characters in the mid 80′s. By the early 90′s his comic interests, and thus his art, had focused primarily on anthro characters and their stories, which tended to be more light-hearted than the super hero comics of the time. By then he was drawing wholly original characters, such as his fursnona, Tincrash the raccoon.
Science Fiction and Fantasy have always been large influences in his life, and he has been attending Sci-Fi conventions since he was in high school. He has yet to miss a Midwest Furfest, and has attended several other furry conventions where he can often be found in their artist alleys if he’s not in the dealer’s rooms selling commissions for badges, sketchbook, or lose bristol board drawings. Collecting art from his favorite artists, both at conventions and online, has also become one of his driving passions.
Transformation has also been an ongoing fascination and inspiration for Noel. He loves to investigate, through his drawings, the process of a person’s form changing from whatever they were to whatever they might become; but he also enjoys seeing how the person might adapt or deal with being something they weren’t. Constantly drawing transformations has imbued his art with tight, but easy anatomy and fluid poses for an overall cartoony style. However, contrary to most transformation work, his subjects almost universally enjoy, even relish, their transformations unless his commissioners prefer the subject to experience some other emotions.
Courtesy of Shannon “Leasara” Robertson
For 2010, iFC chose the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, for which we raised over $1000.
To read the letter we received from the Exotic Feline Rescue Center, click here!
For 2011, we have selected another excellent Indianapolis-based charity to support:
The mission of Southside Animal Shelter is to rescue healthy and treatable dogs and cats at risk of euthanasia, nurture and restore them to happy healthy lives in loving homes, and reserve euthanasia for those animals, in a veterinarian’s professional opinion, who are in a state of terminal suffering or have been determined aggressive. Southside Animal Shelter is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which receives no government funding from the City of Indianapolis, Marion County, or the State of Indiana.
For more information about Southside Animal Shelter, please visit their website. We also encourage anyone that is able to help them out, whether volunteering (if you’re local), donating (even if you aren’t coming to the con), or even giving a loving home to one of their cats or dogs.