My name is Zeno, and I have an important announcement to share. I would like to introduce myself as the 2021 Con-Chair for Painted Desert Fur Con!!!!
I have lived in Phoenix for 23 years now, and for the last 14 or so I've been a part of the fandom. I am a Russian blue house cat with some tabby markings. I love our fandom and have found so many close and dear friends. I am not an artist, nor am I a fursuit creator, but I love both art and fursuits. The amount of creativity we as a fandom have is phenomenal.
The fandom means so much to me that I have a hard time describing it. To me, the fandom feels like what a family should feel like: Safe and nurturing with a bit of fighting among siblings. I have grown so much as part of this community. I wanted to find a way to give back - and that's why, when I was offered the position of Con-Chair for my hometown convention I had to accept.
2020 and 2021 have been so difficult for some of us. We are social animals (human and otherwise), and while the internet has provided some relief, that hasn't been enough for so many of us. For some of us conventions are the only time that we can see that special group of friends, to get that hug from the internet friend that we talk to nearly every day, or even run around being silly as a fuzzy animal.
I'm so excited to have this opportunity. I know the pandemic has been terrible for most, and has impacted many of us with a significance we could have never imagined. That's why I want to make this coming Painted Desert Fur Con amazing for everybody. It might be difficult and it will be scary at times, but I hope that you will join us as we open the new year with our dearest friends.
There will be some changes in the way conventions are held; the coronavirus has made this a necessity. However, I know that we can do this and still have an amazing time. Please be patient as we build a safer convention, one that will help protect us all and still be an amazing experience for everybody. We will be following all of the guidelines that the city of Phoenix and the State of Arizona have in place. We will also be taking our own steps to ensure the health of our attendees and staffers.
I look forward to seeing you all December 31st – January 2nd, 2022 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown for Painted Desert Fur Con 2021. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, and I'll do my best to respond to everyone.