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PITTSBURGH — Thousands of "furries" have descended upon Pittsburgh for the 2012 Anthrocon convention.
Anthrocon is the largest anthropomorphics convention in the world with a membership of nearly 4,400 in 2011, according to the convention’s website.
Anthrocon has been holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh since 2006.
Members call themselves “Furries,” and the Anthrocon convention in Pittsburgh brings together thousands of devotees of anthropomorphics from near and far, in a relaxed social atmosphere.
Anthropomorphic or “humanized” animals have been with us since the dawn of civilization, the Web site claims. From the gods of ancient Egypt to the advertising icons of the modern day, people of every culture have created fanciful creatures simply by imbuing animals with human traits, according to the convention's Web site.
All of the finer aspects of anthropomorphic, or more commonly, "Furry" fandom, are celebrated at the convention. Its program of events includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art and design, and more. It also hosts an extensive art show where the best in anthropomorphic artwork is offered for sale.
The convention runs from June 14 to June 17 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.