NEWSDUMP: Four cons for Pacific Northwest, history and scandal in the fandom – (9/15/16)
by Patch O'Furr
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FOUR cons for the US Pacific Northwest? (Tip – Fuzzwolf.)
Furvana (2018). Anthro Northwest (November 9-12, 2017). Pacific Northwest Fur Con (Spring 2017). And a rebirth for Rainfurrest (under parent organization RAIN, who actively runs other events year-round.) All of these are intended for one region. Amazingly they seem cooperative, with none replacing another.
On Reddit’s r/furry, a con staffer explains more about all the activity.
In late 2015 Dogpatch Press looked at five regions for “One Town, Two Cons: Let’s compare and ask organizers about Furry community growth.” It was about fan support, competition and cooperation, with questions about how to sustain more than one central event. But four is unprecedented ambition.
It could only come with 2016’s amazing Year of Furry. From Zootopia’s billion-dollar success, to Fursonas (the first movie about furries with mainstream distribution), to the continued explosion of cons, there’s much more to come.
Furry party posters from the 1980’s.
In the 1980’s, sci-fi cons gathered fans of funny-animal cartoons for room parties. Mark Merlino and Rod O’Riley have the Prancing Skiltaire furry house in So Cal that has posted some of their party flyer collection. There was drama about the “furries” being weird, because that stuff isn’t for grown-ups is it? So in 1989 they got their own con, ConFurence. Look at how they multiplied like bunnies. Now it’s too late to stop them. Just don’t let anyone with a time machine go back and change the flyers to send them to Floor 13.
South Africa’s Furry Times Magazine.
In 30 years of history, this fandom has spread far and wide. Here’s a newly launched and free magazine from a far corner of the Furrysphere. It’s basic but it would be nice to see more presentation like that.
EZ Wolf’s nature mockumentary.
Congoer dies of natural causes during Furry Migration in Minneapolis.
We are sad to confirm the loss of a congoer last night; authorities indicate natural causes. An earlier alcohol based incident was unrelated— Furry Migration (@FurryMigration) September 11, 2016
Fursuiter falls 70 feet from hotel balcony, lands on couch, makes fox-shaped hole.
I heard Rocko went to the hospital with a broken arm, broken back, fractured ankles, broken ribs, and has a year of rehab ahead. Poor Rocko! Send him hugs and tell him to hang in there. If the world ever looks upside down, always ask a furry friend to help you stay on your paws.
Visited @RockoTheFox tonight. He's got a long road to recovery, but he appreciates all the supportive furries who've written to him.— Drenthe In Ur Trash (@itsdrenthe) August 9, 2016
He says everything below his neck hurts. Somehow avoided a concussion. I'm wondering if wearing a fursuit head saved @RockoTheFox's life.— Drenthe In Ur Trash (@itsdrenthe) August 9, 2016
ANUSGATE: the fursuit scandal that rocked Twitter.
Sporeprince built a fursuit with a realistic butthole sewn on. This was not universally loved.
Refurbed a miniature schnauzer fursuit! Meet Shandy! (She still needs new feet and hands) pic.twitter.com/xbCcFxjPwm— 🐎horse🎠prince🐴 neigh-dlefelting 🐑 (@sporeprince) June 28, 2016
I LOVE my butthole fursuit and if you disagree with me you can literally fight me lmao— 🐎horse🎠prince🐴 neigh-dlefelting 🐑 (@sporeprince) August 6, 2016
It's not like this is the first controFURsial thing I've done, I used to cosplay Sarah Palin and I literally co-coined the term popufur 😽— 🐎horse🎠prince🐴 neigh-dlefelting 🐑 (@sporeprince) August 6, 2016
This is me circa 2008-09 lmao pic.twitter.com/gcvH6HjoP0— 🐎horse🎠prince🐴 neigh-dlefelting 🐑 (@sporeprince) August 6, 2016
The dog that inspired a wave of furry drama pic.twitter.com/NqH3Hr3bgt— 🐎horse🎠prince🐴 neigh-dlefelting 🐑 (@sporeprince) June 29, 2016
Murrsuit.us launches with a very special purpose.
we just got our site up check it up @ https://t.co/i0aTKzXnm3, we will be giving out one free membership just retweet and comment to enter
— Murrsuit.us (@MurrsuitUs) September 3, 2016
A long-lived post on Dogpatch Press gives perspective about fursuit value.
One of the longest-lived posts here is about the record-setting $11,575 fursuit. It draws dozens of searches a week with 1.5 years of regular views.
Jan Animation covers Youtube’s restrictive new policies for content creators.
Could your content be controversial, or even just have a risque joke? No ad revenue for you. It’s ridiculous how vague and arbitrary these rules are, and how hurtful to creators who would otherwise be sustaining themselves on a good relationship that contributes what their host exists on.
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Future Of Fursuiting: Color-Change Fur, Advanced SPH Technology With Glowing Dongs— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 16, 2015
Camels Sick Of Hump Jokes— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 16, 2015
Motto Chosen For Canine Liberation: 'A Dog Needs A Master Like A Cow Needs Ketchup'— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 16, 2015
Canines Battle 'Loyal' Stereotype With 'Looking Out For #1' Shirts— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 20, 2015
Guy In Fuzzy Spider Suit Has To Explain That He Won't Burst Open And Spread Baby Spiders— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 20, 2015
The Puzzling World Of Furry Conversion Therapy And 'Ex Furries'— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) November 20, 2015
Thank you, Dogpatch Press, for the story on the old con posters from Skiltaire house. And thank you Mark and Rod for making them available. I got the reference to Max Headroom because I’m, you know, old enough to have seen the TV series. I wish I could have been at those original furcons.