Get ready -- June 6 & 7, 2015, The Reef in downtown Los Angeles will host the first ever CatConLA! It's like Comic-Con, but for cat people. Sound too good to be true? Well, it's not. It's real and it's going to be the coolest 2-day celebration of groundbreaking products and ideas in art, design, pop culture and attitude ... for cat lovers!
The conference will be part expo, part symposium and will not only showcase some of the world's top cat-centric merchandise (over 150 exhibitors are expected, with all wares for sale to the public), it will also feature some of the top names in feline pop culture. Headlining CatConLA will be Simon Tofield of "Simon's Cat," and Mike Bridavsky, along with the one-and-only Lil Bub!
I'm thrilled to be on the advisory board of CatConLA, along with Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther and co-author of Catification with Jackson Galaxy; Keith Bowers, senior editor at Catster and Dogster; and Scott Stulen, creator and producer of the Cat Internet Video Festival. And the mastermind behind the whole conference is Susan Michals, a journalist and producer who writes about the intersection of art, culture and celebrity. She's also the creator of the successful Cat Art Show Los Angeles.
Additional confirmed speakers include:
L-R: Kate Benjamin, founder of Hauspanther and co-author of Catification with Jackson Galaxy; Angie Bailey (that's me!), author of whiskerslist, the kitty classifieds, Catladyland, and Texts from Mittens; Keith Bowers, senior editor of Catster and Dogster; Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat; Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir.
L-R: Kady & Eli from Cats of Instragram; Ben Huh, founder and CEO of Cheezburger; Francesco Marciuliano, author of I Could Pee on This, and I Knead My Mommy; Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange; Scott Stulen, creator and producer of the Cat Internet Video Festival.
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