Sounds like a great first time meeting for everyone, The name is Tidus, and i'll be at the con the whole weekend, from thurs to monday, so it would great too meet up with. I'll be the big purple and white husky running around there ^.^
I know how it was during my first con as well, Not knowing anyone, no one to talk to, but I'm always looking for friends, the more the merrier. If you happen to see a purple and white husky running around, feel free to come get hugs ^.^ The name is Tidus by the way, a pleasure to meet ya
If your still doing the free con badge, I would be very interested in partaking in such an offer.
A few ref images for you if it helps
And having it done in a post furpocaplyse setting would be awesome.
if you have any questions, feel free to email me.