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January 23 2018



[…] >> I hope to at one point get back to following several artists at >> Inkbunny. A tad too busy right now, alas. > Now I have to go check out inkbunny… Не в службу а в дружбу, could you please post here about anything (individual works, collections, artists, etc.)

January 15 2018


San Jose FurCon brings “Furries” and their animal costumes downtown


Seven photos, and even a video! Go watch :)

SAN JOSE — By Sunday morning, after partying all weekend in heavy, head-to-toe animal costumes, many FurCon attendees outside the convention center downtown had scaled down to just their tails or paws.

As much as dressing up like a plush, cartoon version of a wolf, fox or ferret has become an identity, or an alter ego, even “Furries” need a break.

“The struggle is real, man,” said Jordan Leach, 24, who swung around his thick blue, black and white tail as he slid into a booth at The Flames restaurant Sunday morning for “Bottomless Mimosas.” If he were wearing his outsize fox-coyote hybrid head, he wouldn’t be able to eat anything bigger than a cracker and would need an extra long straw for a drink. Still, he said, “even when I’m not in full fur suit, I’ll always have my tail on.”

After a weekend of parades, poker and dodge ball tournaments, the 20th annual FurCon in San Jose that has attracted some 3,500 Furries is wrapping up after its “Dead Dog Dance” Monday night.

Furry creatures take part in a dog sled race during festivities at the 12th annual Further Confusion convention at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose on Jan. 24, 2010. FurCon celebrates the anthropomorphics genre with people dressing as furry creatures that have human and animal characteristics. (Gary Reyes/Mercury News)
Furry creatures take part in a dog sled race during festivities at the 12th annual Further Confusion convention at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose on Jan. 14, 2010. FurCon celebrates the anthropomorphics genre with people dressing as furry creatures that have human and animal characteristics. (Gary Reyes/Mercury News)
While outsiders might still find the idea of adults assuming an animal persona a bit bewildering, the Furries say they’re not that much different than other costumed subcultures, like Trekkies dressing up like Klingons and Cosplay fans dressing up like Game of Thrones characters. Some are even cross-promoting, like a group of Klingons did at the Marriott Hotel on Saturday night. Like other sponsors, the Klingons handed out free drinks from their room on the 4th floor, the “party floor” at the hotel, which installed wall-to-wall clear plastic tarps spanning every room and hallway.

As much as FurCon has been a non-stop party — and stigmatized by the sexualized nature of some of the activities — Furries say it is a welcoming place for people who feel marginalized or unaccepted by larger society.

“I come from a conservative family. I’ve struggled with my sexuality. This has helped me come to terms,” said a 30-year-old East Bay man, who only felt comfortable giving his Furry name, Ozzy Koala. “Radical self expression is a big part of it. Once people are putting on animals suits, everything else is out the window.”

Furries have attracted many from the LGBTQ community, as well as those on the autism spectrum, he said, who are looking for accepting, creative communities.

“There are a lot of Transfurs,” he said of transgender Furries. “It starts with putting on a costume that is literally a different gender. People get to feel what that’s like for the first time.”

For another convention goer from the East Bay, also uncomfortable giving his real name, “this was the social environment that gave me the ability to say I’m OK with myself.”

Many Furries became captivated by anthropomorphism — giving human characteristics to animals — as children by watching Disney’s talking animal classics, like Bambi and Lion King, or watching Looney Tunes’s Bugs Bunny.

“When I was a kid, I was like, I wish I was an animal, damn it,” said Leach, who also goes by the name “Foyote.” “Just think how it would be to be an animal and be able to talk.”

Not everyone at the convention wears an animal costume, which can become overwhelmingly hot. The custom, plush costumes can be expensive, between $2,000 and $10,000. Some are equipped with flashing LEDs that light up tails and make eyes glow, and liquid cooling systems inside.

“But if that gets damaged, you’re leaking everywhere,” said Russell Bumala, 30, of La Honda.

In costume or not, Leach says he is happy to express himself.

“It’s been such an extreme positive life change,” he said. “It’s opened me up socially. I was living a boring life before I got into fandom. Now I’m having a great time.”

November 10 2017


Uploads - What is wrong with Easynews

Looking for Star Trek Discovery season 1 Episodes 6 onwards in english. Why does it seem there are no posts any more ??? --- This email has been checked for viruses by AVG. http://www.avg.com

October 21 2017


'Furry Nation' now on sale

Barely any activity here these days, but if anything deserves a mention it's the newly-published 'Furry Nation', an epic account of the fandom, almost a decade in the writing: https://www.amazon.com/Furry-Nation-Americas-Misunderstood-Subculture/dp/162778232X Read this to learn from or read

October 15 2017


[FiM] The Striped Pony; The Legend of the Brony; The Movie

So, on the fine Saturday morning, I took a walk to a local cinema to finally acquaint myself with the world of the latest "My Little Pony" generation proper. (As opposed to the multitude of worlds of fanfiction it continues to inspire.) To put it short, I liked

October 06 2017


[FiM] The Price of Happily Ever After

Just one story this time, even if one that (AIUI) "made it into headlines" on Fimfiction. ... And just in case anyone's interested, I've collected the bits I've recently posted about some of the stories I've read (mainly on Fimfiction) on a Web page [1]. (As

September 27 2017


[FiM] Regalia; Friendship = Evil; My Little Girl

The first two short stories ("Regalia" and "Friendship = Evil") are just two old jokes that got a new life in the magic land of Equestria (although the first one may be somewhat obscure.) I'm not going to give them any description to speak of, as I see no way for

September 23 2017


Re: Looking for a Fanfic that was once published in Yarf-Magazine

And in case someone is interisted : this is the link to Jumpy's song : http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1895964/

September 20 2017


Unexpected furry items at Home Depot( USA company )

Found that they are selling Halloween masks along with other related props. I get the gorilla and werewolf masks as typical for "scary stuff". But when did red and gray foxes become scary? ( rhetorical question ) Seen in multiple mid-west stores. http://www.homedepot.com/b/Holiday-Decora

September 10 2017


Re: MLP: FiM fiction

anthem? > > The story features some major heartwarming. > > (But note that I'm a huge fan of cellos and cellists, so I'm > probably thoroughly biased on this one.) > So you're way into horses, yes? Ever ride one?

July 30 2017


RIP: June Foray

Just learned that June Foray (the voice behind Rocky Squirrel -- and a whole lot of other characters) has passed away on July 26th at the age of 99. I guess the Golden Age has thus finally ended. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/June_Foray http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki

July 22 2017


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June 20 2017


Re: Who is Mike Hirtes??

Hey, anyone know where to find "Midnight Sands" for sale?

June 15 2017


Re: unlikely places

On Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:33:37 +0000 Ivan Shmakov wrote: > And while we're at it, the first testing log entry for > SCP-3450 ("OC DO NOT STEAL") [2] is tied to a story written by the > researcher conducting the tests "when she was seven" -- one > that involves

May 20 2017


Re: Hey, Gabriel Gentile...

Jesus.... Decades..... All I asked was "Jim, there's nothing between you and Rain Simpson, right? You're both my friends*, and I want to make sure there's nothing." Apparently, Groat construed that as a suggestion he would somehow show aggression towards Dana, and... Well, far be it from Groat

May 17 2017


May 14 2017


Animated Comedy Video - The Lost Senior Citizen

Hi, Please watch and enjoy the animated comedy video... As this is our inception, please like, comment or share the video. If you really enjoyed our creation from Sha Entertainment kindly make sure to subscribe in the end as well... Thanks & Best Regards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gr0z_

May 13 2017


Re: Abe Groter where are you???

I've been off to a litany of places, really.
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