International mascot Trip E. Collie – love and theft at FWA – Newsdump (4/16/15)
by Patch O'Furr
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Media and Fandom News
Huge French festival features San Francisco Bay Area furry and Good Boy, Trip E. Collie, as national poster dog!
FOURVIÈRE NIGHTS is a festival for theater, dance and music in Lyon, France – a center for French gastronomy and classic architecture. Look who’s on it now:
oh man! @TripECollie 's suit I made for him a few years ago is on the side of a building in France! for @fourviere pic.twitter.com/GNfyglPuff— Hyena Girl (@HyenaGirl) April 15, 2015
Trip Collie was very surprised when the festival picked him as their real-life mascot. He’s on their website front page, and buildings all over France. He says: “The festival has run for 70 years… runs June 2 – July 31. It has several hundred thousand attendees!” For 2015, it’s featuring: “Björk to Ben Harper, to Iggy Pop, Joan Baez, Patti Smith, Robert Plant, the Chedid family, Christine & The Queens, Véronique Sanson, Bartabas and Florence Foresti.”
How did they decide to feature a furry from California? I recognize Trip’s photo from Burning Man – they must be calling on the spirit of that festival. And who can deny the adorable appeal of Hyena Girls’s suit making skills? I can personally rate him as a 5-star cuddler. You don’t get that by seeing pop stars from afar. Yay furries! (And wow, that would be an amazing destination… Lyon had the best food I had in a visit to four parts of Europe.)
“What It’s Like to Attend a Furry Convention” – in Men’s Health magazine.
Researcher Debra Soh’s article was praised by furries who said – “It’s a broken record at this point, “Thought they were weird, turned out to be awesome.” Debra recently appeared on this blog with a supportive statement: “A Lesson Everyone Can Learn From Furries.”
Hip hop artist Killer Mike at Furry Weekend Atlanta.
Killer Mike does music, acting, and “outspoken social activism” from a home base in Atlanta. Apparently I’m lame because I didn’t know him before? Now I do because he was tough enough to proudly hang with furries. Nice.
Skypro Fursuits suffer vehicle and trailer theft at FWA.
Fans worried about loss of popular suits such as Telephone, but those were safe. Equipment was lost. April 12 update: “Car and trailer still missing and no word for the police. I dont think will ever be seeing our car again. :(“
Further Confusion 2015 covered by Science Fiction/San Francisco fanzine.
The writer reviews “one of my favorite conventions.” (PDF download, page 42.)
Furries: A Documentary – seeks funding on Kickstarter.
Production is complete and it’s just seeking post-production help. It’s a great reason to check out what it will do with a modest goal of $2,500.
DJ contest: Furry is very close to winning, needs votes by April 17.
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