“Werewolves are the BEST MONSTER,” the headline on HOWL CON’s Indiegogo campaign page boldly states. Indeed, werewolves are the best monster, but the conventions based on and honoring werewolves are very rare. Only HOWL CON has hosted two successful werewolf conventions in the past, but we need to to do more to make werewolf conventions grow.
Last week I reported on HOWL CON starting up for its fundraiser campaign to bring HOWL CON back to Portland, Oregon, on February 4-5, 2017. I am excited to say HOWL CON has launched their Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. So, let’s make HOWL CON happen.
From the HOWL CON Alpha, Stephen, from the funding campaign website:
The global community of werewolf lovers has their very own convention . . . sometimes. Hi, I’m Stephen, and I produced two HOWL CON events in 2012 and 2015. Hundreds of lunatics just like you got our socks charmed off by GRIMM’s Silas Weir Mitchell, line-moshed in costume to GrimWolf‘s blood-boiling werewolf metal, laughed ourselves silly at the instant cult classic film Wolf Cop, and raised money & awareness for Wolf Haven International.
Those were great cons, but behind the scenes they were pretty threadbare, achieved on charm, cussedness, and borrowed capabilities. If we’re going to howl together again, especially in the wake of 2016’s failure to launch, let’s do it without begging pardons or cutting corners.
The fundraising campaign is seeking a $15,000 goal within two months (started July 3, 2016). Each tier has it’s own perks, but I recommend at least the $40 weekend pass pre-registration or the $150 attending patron. Some limited tier perks offer lifetime weekend and lifetime patron passes. You can still make an “absentee” contribution, which you can still receive some of the perks if you cannot attend.
Even better, let’s exceed the $15,000 goal that can expand content, special entertainment, or even have a movie event, as we did at HOWL CON 2015. Personally, I’d like to see the goal reached double. HOWL CON needs to become something big for the werewolf community.
If the goal is not met, HOWL CON keeps the funds as the campaign does have a flexible goal. Stephen says even reaching half of the goal, “that gives us the wherewithal to secure a hotel and book featured guests, and a regular pre-registration campaign will have August-January to finish the job.”
As for those who registered for HOWL CON 2016 and decided to roll over the pre-registration for HOWL CON 2017 (as I did), I inquired via email last night and should have an answer back soon on more details.
The convention location is to be determined, but will be in Portland, Oregon.
I definitely want to be at HOWL CON. It’s definitely a great convention for werewolf fans, costumers, artists, writers, and dealers. Let’s make HOWL CON happen and go fund it.
Be sure to follow @howlconpdx on Twitter or like their Facebook page.
I hope to see you at HOWL CON 2017!