Anthrocon 2011 was amazing!!!

Bubo and Owly!Owly and I just got back from the awesome Anthrocon in Pittsburgh, PA! We were very humbled to be the Guests of Honor along with the amazing Mr. Peter S. Beagle and we had an absolutely AMAZING TIME! I’ve put together a few pictures from our trip below so you can all see just what this show is like, but there are more to see on my Flickr page!

Besides all the friendly faces, the most amazing thing about Anthrocon is all of the costumes, or “suits” if you know the lingo. ;)

Bubo's badge art!

But the really cool thing about all of these suits is that they are almost all original characters! Attendees dress as their characters as a form of expression! They usually represent something about their personalities and they craft them carefully, just like I do with Owly! It wasn’t long before I started to recognize them and relate to their individual characters.

Better yet, they usually wear badges with their character’s name on it so, you can recognize them when they’re not in costume.

I had the privilege of drawing a few of these badges at the show, giving me a chance to draw their own characters in my own Owly style. It was quite a challenge because I had to make sure I got everything right, but it was really fun drawing new kinds of animals and doing my best to capture their personalities. I had a blast!

Peter at his table

One of the unexpected benefits of Anthrocon was becoming friends with Mr. Peter S. Beagle and Mr. Connor Cochran. Connor astounded me with his stories and Peter is such a gentle soul. Peter’s writing is incredible and I’m a huge fan of The Last Unicorn! What I didn’t know is that he’s also a huge Pogo and Buffy fan! My life is certainly richer by knowing these two amazing individuals and I absolutely can’t wait to see them again!

Jim & me

But Peter and Connor weren’t the only new friends I made this weekend. I made tons of new lifelong friends! All of the convention staff, organizers, and attendees blew me away with how much they loved Owly and all of his little animal friends!

I also became good friends with Mr. Joe Wos who runs an amazing museum of cartoon art known as the Toonseum! I’ve seen other toon museums before, but the energy and love for cartoons in this place blows them all away! Anthrocon was also attended by the incredible Mr. Jim Martin and I couldn’t believe how incredilby nice he was! Jim created and played Gary Gnu on The Great Space Coaster – one of my all-time favorite shows when I was growing up. Jim and I became fast friends and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see an Owly puppet at a convention soon! ;)

Anthrocon- Thank You :)All of the Owly fans were very generous and I did quite a few drawings while at Anthrocon! I’ve added them to my “Owly As…” section of my site, so check ’em out! Thank you all so much for your overwhelming support! If anyone missed out on this amazing convention, I highly reccommend you check it out next year! Everyone is so nice and full of love at this show. I cannot wait to see you all next year!! Anthrocon will blow you away!

Stahi said:



Posted on July 2, 2011 @ 7:16 am

John "K.P." Cole said:


It was our distinct pleasure to have you a Guest of Honor at Anthrocon. We love your work, and having you and your mother and fiancee around was a true joy for us. Thanks so much for spending the weekend with us

You will always be welcome at Anthrocon. We look forward to your return for more fun and amazing times next year!

John / “K.P.”
Anthrocon Programming/Events

Posted on July 2, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

Andy said:

Aw, K.P.! Thank you so much! You’re all the greatest!!! :D

…and ;) Stahi!

Posted on July 3, 2011 @ 4:16 am

Justin P. Reese a.k.a. The Sonic God said:

It was a pleasure and an honour to have you at Anthrocon, and a distinguished pleasure to meet you in person. It sounds like you had a great time. You have tremendous talent of which we were all extremely pleased you could share with us.

You’re more than welcome to return next year!

Justin Paul Reese
Assistant Director: Registration

Posted on July 6, 2011 @ 12:21 am

Francesca D "Bubo Owl" said:

It was awesome meeting you at the convention! I didn’t know about owly before and Im happy to report he has stolen my heart! You are an awesome person and your art is amazing. I was so excited to hear you are coming back next year I look forwards to seeing you again. Hoooooo Hoooooot!

Ps: Thank you for honoring me by putting my picture up on your website ^^ and thank you for taking like the cutest picture ever looks like owly is waving XD

Much loves
~Bubo Owl

Posted on July 7, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

stansakai said:

Anthrocon is fantastic. I’m glad you were honored this year. They really treat their guests well. Sorry I couldn’t make it there this year, but I’ll see you around the con circuit.

Posted on July 14, 2011 @ 1:56 am

Nicona Shadowwolf said:

It was wonderful having you as the Guest of Honor at Anthrocon. It was an honor getting to meet you and chat with you some, especially when I got to escort you on Thursday a little. I’ll be looking for you next year.

Posted on July 14, 2011 @ 6:06 am

katie said:

dear Andy,
you may not read this but i<3 owly+wormy!
if you get time could you please reply to me at thank you!

Posted on July 14, 2011 @ 8:02 am

dester'edra said:

Well, if that isn’t the sweetest, most charming con report…

Thank you ever so much, andy, for taking a weekend off to come hang out with us. It was an unmitigated delight for me, and that’s just from the work you had in the art show. I think most of us are beyond chuffed to hear you had a good time, though we may have to attach warning labels to your a few of your photos from the weekend–they achieve some seriously toxic levels of adorable.

I should warn you though…i think you’re in imminent danger of becoming one of us. ;) Watch out for warning signs such as close friendships, feelings of mixed bliss and exhaustion, and bouts of post con depression (when we realize just how long it’ll be until the next adventure together).

Happy sketching!

Posted on July 15, 2011 @ 6:25 am

Jan said:

It was great meeting you at Anthrocon! I love the Owly stories and have gotten my mom hooked on them too :D

Posted on July 15, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

Connor Cochran said:

Peter and I had a blast meeting you too, Andy!

— Connor

Posted on July 17, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

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