Take the Furry Fandom 2020 Survey from author Tea Krulos.
by Patch O'Furr
If you’ve ever had to explain to an outsider what furries are, you might be a little weird. Or as I prefer, lovably eccentric. There’s a writer who gets the lovable part, and he wants your help to learn more about furries. You can be part of the research:
Tea Krulos is a freelance journalist and author who covers subcultures, weird news, and strange personalities. He also writes about local art and entertainment for a bunch of magazines and has his own weekly column. His books are about the Real Life Superhero Movement, monster hunters who chase Bigfoot, ghosts and UFO’s, cryptozoology and more. It makes me want to visit a whole book store just for that stuff — and help him make a new book.
Tea and I did an hour interview and he told me about his research. It was just before he led a weekly walking ghost/history tour. Last time I did one in New Orleans, I was happy to have a trusty guide to lead me on a leash. (It kept me from slipping in ectoplasm or Mardi Gras barf.) I think Tea’s research will make him a trusty guide like that. The survey is sociological and asks about a few debated topics, but I know there’s nothing wrong with writing about them from someone who is just learning and being into the same stuff as me. He says:
Hello furry friends — my name is Tea, I’m a freelance writer and author from Milwaukee, WI. As an eccentric punk rocker, I’ve always had an interest in subcultures, social movements, and fandoms and have written about them several times (including roller derby, paranormal investigators, Real-life Superheroes, music cultures and more) and I always approach the people I’m writing about in a respectful (but truthful) way.
I’m working on a future book that examines a variety of subcultures/ social movements that focuses on the years 2015-2020 under the Trump campaign/ administration. To write it I’m doing a lot of interviews and also surveys directed at different groups of people.
I’ve created a survey for the furry fandom that takes about 5 minutes to complete. Your personal info will not be shared. Surveys like this are helpful in getting some idea of who the group is and if their answers are mostly in agreement or split on issues. I hope you participate (and help share) and the last entry asks for contact info if you wish to talk further.
Thank you and a big thanks to Patch for his insight on the survey questions and for helping me spread the word. Hope you’re all well in this crazy year.
— Tea Krulos
Tea’s Wiki page is good to read. Most recently in the news, he covered the publisher of the pioneering furry comic Omaha The Cat Dancer.
People tend to know me from one thing or another. In the early 2000s I was way into underground comics, studied them, drew 'em, edited an anthology. I wrote about an upcoming exhibit with a rich local history for @milwaukeerecord. https://t.co/t3tNTwmp4K
— Tea Krulos (@TeaKrulos) August 6, 2020
Speaking of Bigfoot sightings or walking tours, there isn’t that much attention on walking talking furry animals being sighted in cities right now with Covid shutdowns. But there’s still cool stuff coming from inside the fandom. That’s what led to my second interview this weekend. I spent an hour with the hosts of Bearly Furcasting, a weekly podcast started in May 2020.
Look for the show soon and have a weird and fluffy week.
These guys just interviewed me and it was super fun! Show comes out in a few weeks. Taebyn and Mike are awesome hosts, I don't do a lot of chat format podcasts but I think they are in the groove with many good guests and solid format. Give them a follow and treat your ears. https://t.co/MBbENK05Kn
— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) August 10, 2020
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