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The Crowd At CatConLA

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Was the much anticipated CatConLA a hit or a miss?  Well… it’s complicated…

Cynthia rushes into the house and straight into the closet.

Marcy:  Hey! Get out of there! That’s my spot.

Cynthia:  No.

Marcy: I thought you were at CatConLA anyway.

Cynthia: I was.

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Marcy:  Why’d you come back? It’s only been an hour.

Cynthia:  It was too much. Too many people in too close of a space with no windows, no breathing room, and bad lighting.

It was a shopping frenzy. It was worse than the mall the day before Christmas. Everyone was stressed. I had to get out of there.

Marcy:  Uh… you were supposed to get cat fashion pics and talk to people about me.

Cynthia:  I couldn’t. Everyone was in a rush. It was very stressful.

Marcy:  Stressful to you maybe. You’re easily stressed.

Cynthia:  I asked two girls behind me in line if they were having fun and they said… they were stressed.

It wasn’t just me. It was all elbows and shoving and stepping on toes. Look at that crowd! It was an endless sea of people. Thousands of people. People and more people and they never stopped multiplying… these people.

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Marcy:  Yeah that’s a lot of people. Obviously humans need to be spayed and neutered too.

Cynthia:  I’m staying in the closet a while. I need to chill out.

Marcy: That’s my spot! Come out.

Cynthia:  No.

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*Congrats to our beloved FixNation and the other cat rescue organizations that benefitted from the huge turnout CatConLA. 

It was so heartening to see so many cat lovers in one place and spending so much money on cat rescue and fun cat items.

Here’s hoping that next year CatConLA is held at a more accommodating and people friendly venue.

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14 Comments

  • Reply Patty June 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Love that poster! Sorry it was so stressful, I cannot handle crowds like that either, it’s just not fun. I feel bad though because you were so looking forward to it.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 8, 2015 at 5:26 am

      It’s okay! LA Feline Film Festival is coming up in the fall and that is definitely fun! As Freddy says – a convention is much different than a festival!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply Vik June 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Ugh, too bad about the bad venue! Glad a lot of people came to spend $ though. At least you got a cute pic of yourself with a great poster.

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 8, 2015 at 5:27 am

      Thanks, Vik! Except all my iPhone photos lately are blurry. It’s kinda driving me crazy. grrr…
      And yes – lots and lots of money was raised for cat rescue! YAY!!! So happy about that!
      xo,cynthia

  • Reply TheLadyK June 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    BWAHAHAH! “Obviously humans need to be spayed and neutered, too!”
    Could not have said it better myself, Marcy!!!!

    Cindy – omg, I would have DIED there. Panicked first, then died.
    You wouldn’t have been able to get in the closet, ’cause I would already be hiding there!!
    You are a TROOPER for making it an entire hour!!!!!!

    BUT
    Glad to see it’s something that made money and could potentially grow even bigger.
    So long as they change locations.
    I mean, I’m all for being friendly, rubbing elbows with my fellow cat-people, but I don’t mean it literally!!! 🙂

    PS:
    (Let’s talk kitty stuff, ya know?)
    xo

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 8, 2015 at 5:28 am

      i hate elbows too.
      meow,marcy

  • Reply Big Momma June 8, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Wow, how many of you cat people are there in LA and were you all required to attend? I wonder if a dog con would draw such a crowd. Is there a dog con?

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 8, 2015 at 5:29 am

      there should never ever ever be a dog con. that would be stupid.
      meow,marcy

  • Reply Merrie K. June 8, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I luv…luv…luv the Cat Con posters! The designs are so cool! I’m sorry things didn’t turn out so well, but hopefully they will learn for next year

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 8, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      I hope so!
      The CatCon posters are so awesome! Rob Reger of Emily the Strange designed the blue one that says Don’t Bother Meow.
      xo,cynthia

      • Reply Merrie K. June 9, 2015 at 9:36 pm

        Really? I like Emily the Strange too, but I wouldn’t have guessed it was him. They seem like such different styles! Did they have them for sale?

        • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 10, 2015 at 10:33 pm

          Yes! they had the art on prints, tshirts, and mugs. If I hear of any leftovers that they are selling I will definitely let you know!

  • Reply Liz June 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Oh no! What a bummer. On the one hand, I’m glad they had such a huge turn-out. But on the other hand, it sounds like it was so hyped and packed that you couldn’t enjoy it. Kyle and I have to use a lot of discretion with the events we attend around Nashville. Neither of us likes crowds or competing for space and access to the wares, bar, attractions, etc. We know we’ll get stressed out, pissed off, and just go home early. Sometimes I’m disappointed because we miss out on fun events, but at the same time, I know we wouldn’t have fun anyways.

    Is this the same Cat Con you attended last year with the photos of the girls in the cute cat-ear headbands? If so, why do you think it was so much crazier this year? Your feedback is great though, and I hope the hosts appreciate it and use it to inform their decisions regarding next year’s location.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Cynthia!

    <3 Liz
    http://www.withwonderandwhimsy.com

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch June 12, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      The thing I went to last year was different. It was the LA Feline Film Festival. It was outside and much more mellow. And so fun! Everyone was strolling along and smiling. Looks like there is a big difference between a convention and a festival.
      The LA Feline Film Festival is coming back again this year – on October 3rd. I cannot wait!
      xo,cynthia

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