First Annual Conference Celebrating All Things Cats and Their People
CatConLA (catconla.com), presented by Rachael Ray Nutrish, announces the official Meet & Greet schedule for the June 2015 conference.
On June 6th and 7th, 2015 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CatConLA will debut with seminars, meet and greets and special appearances with some of the biggest names in the cat world, including Simon Tofield, creator of “Simon's Cat,” and Lil BUB. In addition, over 100 exhibitors will showcase their cat-centric wares, all of which will be for sale to the public, and the convention is also giving away free cat inspired manicures. Adoptions will also be part of the program, spearheaded by Best Friends LA and housed in a specially themed adoption area courtesy of Rachael Ray Nutrish called “Rachael Ray Nutrish Furever Home.”
Attendees will be afforded the opportunity to meet some of their favorite cats, celebrities, cat enthusiasts and kitty commentators. Meet & Greets will be held at the following times:
Saturday, June 6th:
11:00-2:00 Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:30-1:30 Simon Tofeld Book Signing
1:45-2:45 Diane Lovejoy Book Signing
1:00-2:00 Mayim Bialik, in the PetSmart Charities Lounge
1:00-3:00 Lisa Erspamer 'A Letter to My Cat' Book Signing
2:30-2:45 'Cat Man Review' with Will Braden & Scott Stulen
Sunday, June 7th:
10:30-12:00 Lil Bub, Mike Bridavsky
11:00-1:00 Pudge and Cats of Instagram
12:30-1:45 Will Braden Book Signing
1:15-3:15 Big Jack: America's Newest Internet Cat
2:00-3:30 Francesco Marciuliano & Angie Bailey Book Signing
3:30-4:30 Rob Reger Book Signing
The event boasts some of the biggest names in pop culture, entertainment and felines; the seminars – which will be live streamed by Animal Planet – is as follows:
Saturday, June 6th:
10:15 Cats, Cartoons and Life
(Simon Tofield, Creator of “Simon’s Cat)
11:45 PetSmart Charities Presents: Goodbye Dowdy, Hello Gorgeous: Debunking the Cat Lady Myth
(Diane Lovejoy, author of “Cat Lady Chic” and Ashley Tschudin, creator of Choupette’s Diary) and hosted by "The Big Bang Theory's" Mayim Bialik
1:15 Cat Guys of Animal Planet
(Shaun Sears and Tom Otto, stars of Animal Planet's "Treetop Rescue")
2:30 Photographing Cats–It Looks Easy, But It's Not.
(Joann Biondi, creator of Lorenzo the Cat)
3:30 You Can Be a Cat Guy and Still Be Cool.
(Keith Bowers, Senior Editor, Catster)
4:40 My Cat's a Celebrity…and How I've Dealt With That.
(Scott Stulen, Cat Vid Fest creator, Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB,
Kady Lone and Pudge, & Will Braden, creator of Henri Le Chat Noir)
Sunday, June 7th:
10:00 How Cats Have Changed the Internet & My Favorite Memes.
(Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger, creator of the cat meme)
11:15 Cat Vid Fest Favorites
(Will Braden, creator of Henri, Le Chat Noir;
Scott Stulen, creator of the Internet Cat Video Festival)
12:45 Humor…with Cats.
(Francesco Marciuliano, author of “I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats;
Angie Bailey, author of “Texts from Mittens”)
2:00 How Cats Have Shaped My Life As An Artist: A Short History.
(Rob Reger, creator of Emily the Strange and the
Bad Kitten Club)
4:00 Lil BUB’s Big Show Live at CatConLA
(Lil BUB, Mike Bridavsky and "30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer)
$1 of every ticket sale for CatConLA will benefit FixNation, a non-profit organization committed to cats and supporting Trap-Neuter-Return. In addition, 50% of the proceeds from Lil BUB’s Big Meet and Greet and the Pudge/Cats of Instagram Meet and Greet go to FixNation.
CatConLA sponsors include: Rachael Ray Nutrish for Cats, Animal Planet, PetSmart Charities, The Ace Hotel, Modern Cat, Purpose Cat Litter, Scrap Cat, and Zoomer Kitty.
Hours of CatConLA:
Saturday, June 6th: 9am – 6pm
Sunday, June 7th: 9am – 6pm
The Reef, 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007