Updated Feb 2019
- Did you hear about that one time when President Obama invited a furry to the White House?
- Read interviews with personalities like Pixar movie directors, punk rocker Jello Biafra, comedian Margaret Cho, and the most devoted fans.
- See how fursuits sell for $25,000, and the biggest furry conventions raise six figures for charity and millions in local spending.
- Furries in movies, on the front pages, featured on Youtube, trending on Twitter, and more.
Dogpatch Press publishes every week with over 1200 articles so far. These got high traffic, dug deep to uncover a story, or they’re just favorites.
INTERVIEWS FOR FANS AND FURRIES:
Makers and Doers make a subculture thrive. Whether they build it or feed it with stuff we like, they have valuable stories to tell.
A THRIVING SUBCULTURE – PAST AND FUTURE, POLE TO POLE.
There’s a fur con somewhere in the world every weekend of the year. There’s furry houses with multi-generations of fans. Here’s roots, coming opportunities, spotlights on what makes a good community, and how far their influence goes.
- Galactic Camp: a furry con takes flight on the USS Hornet, Feb 23, 2019
- Representing furries in 2018: Good news on CNN, Sonicfox, and a tiger on Jeopardy. (Part 1)
- Representing furries in 2018 with 10,000 at Midwest Furfest, Dogbomb’s magic, and more (Part 2)
- A tribute to Fred Patten, 1940-2018
- Furries you meet at Camp Tiny Paws
- Furry Awakenings
- The Diversity of the Latin American Furry Fandom – by Rama and Patch.
- Monster Party Cafe opens in Japan – the first permanent furry-themed business?
- Review – Furry Nation: The true story of America’s most misunderstood subculture, by Joe Strike.
- The ConFurence Archive: a new resource for fandom history, with Q&A by Mark Merlino.
- The Furry House – a base for creativity and community.
- Furry Good Ideas: Fursuit of the Year award and fashion show, and more. – Events, festivals, books, guilds, or galleries that could exist.
“CELEBRIFURRIES” AND STREET CRED:
Furries have more influence than they even realize. Advertisers covet the street cred of subcultures. Disney winked at us with Zootopia. Are there celebrities who are secret furries? How do other subcultures overlap? What are the peaks of mainstream recognition for the fandom?
- Margaret Cho barks about furries, pride, and costuming on The Masked Singer
- How Yamer won a contest, a job, and the love of fandom by smuggling furry into the mainstream.
- Jello Biafra’s Incredibly Strange Interview and dance party with furries: San Francisco, 12/1/18
- SonicFox, world record Esports champion: fursuit “a peak thing in life for me”
- Q&A with Kazul of Kazplay, first place winner for cosplay at Blizzcon.
- Who let furries in the goth club? Death Guild vs. Wild Things.
- Get freaky at Dante’s InFURno – the Burning Man theme camp for sex-positive furries.
- After #tonytigergate, companies go Pro Furry and the Daily Show gets involved. – A satirical scandal.
- On stage with CHVRCHES and more great times with the San Francisco Bay Area Furries. – Spontaneous spotlight.
- 2016 is exploding with ‘furry’ movies like Zootopia – what will come with all the hype? – Making Buzz With PR Control.
- The President’s fur meet – The “Celebrifurry” List, PART 1: Politicians and VIP’s. – Encounters with leaders.
- Fursuiters were kings at Andrew WK’s Pizza Party in San Francisco. – A famous furry supporter.
- Mainstream advertising: “More and more, Furries are being hinted at in marketing media.” – Visuals to catch notice.
- VNV Nation, Skinny Puppy, industrial music and furries: an inexplicable multi-nerd connection. This had thousands of outside views.
- John Waters and furries. – Encounter with a freaky creative hero.
FURSUITING, THE MOST FURRY ACTIVITY.
It’s the the most original fandom creation, with it’s own coined name. Nobody does it like furries and nothing else represents them so directly. Fursuiting is a booming cottage industry and makers are raising the craft until they’re envied by commercial mascot designers. Only 20% own this costly wearable art with scene-stealing looks, but a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s hard to deny their huggable appeal (representing the touch-based name of this subculture.)
THE FURRY ECONOMY:
Cons are expanding at a healthy rate. Furry creators work fan-to-fan with self-sufficiency that even supports full time careers. Their main site Furaffinity is an independent project acquired by a venture-capital funded company. It’s rising beyond a full-fledged subculture to possible commercialization. How will it develop?
“PALEO FURRIES” – ANTHROPOMORPHISM IN HISTORY:
Fandom has hidden connections to a rich history of art and performance. A “museum of furry” could exhibit work that look like it’s from a parallel universe. Call them Paleo Furries. A “Panto-animals and Paleofurs” con panel could uncover hidden depth for what we love.
THE FURRY ART WORLD
It’s one of the most creative fandoms because all the content is self-generated. Sometimes it gets recognition in galleries and more.
THE FURRY MOVIE SCENE.
Film and video can be more challenging than other media where furries thrive. Other subcultures have developed enough to support independent film making. There have been a few attempts at furry features and some outside ones that come close. There are many fursuiting shorts (especially music videos) and animation student work. The holy grail might be a furry-made animated feature.
FURRY MUSIC AND DANCE PARTIES – IT’S A MOVEMENT:
Since around 2010, furry dance parties are getting established as urban night life. They build on the growth of cons, but take their own direction in partnership with established venues. Howl Toronto says – Con dances happen once a year, and “that’s just not enough to fill the need!” There’s also a slice of the fandom that makes original music and is starting netlabels, composing for video and games, and performing at cons.
BAD MEDIA, GOOD MEDIA.
Media exploitation makes sensitivity about being in the spotlight, but it’s a chicken-or-egg relationship. Rising recognition and appreciation brings power to negotiate and be better represented.
ANTHROPOMORPHIC POLITICS OF THE WORLD.
Like Democrat donkeys, Republican elephants, or “Animal Farm” the political allegory by George Orwell.
- FurAffinity updates Code of Conduct, backlash by hate groups promoted by 2 Gryphon
- 2 Gryphon punches down on a critic – what can we learn from this?
- Discord bans Altfurry hate speech – see what they’re hiding with a leaked organizer phone call.
- The truth behind a famous, misinterpreted “nazi furries” photo.
- How I Ended Up in the Alt-Lite, and How I Got Out
- Ever hear that Altfurries are just trolls? A real Nazi leader is taking them seriously.
- A deep dive into the Altfurry mission to “redpill” fandom with hate
- Why furries should care about politics in 2018 – guest post by WhiteClaw.
- Furry Raiders attack a nonfurry business, get chased off with a positive solution for hate.
- How low can they go? Altfurry is grooming kids to retaliate against critics.
- What I learned from lurking the Furry Raiders chat – guest post by Aristide
- “We Want Politics Out of Furry Fandom” is a political statement, and here’s a good response.
- Here’s the Altfurry blocklist – a powerful tool to reduce hate spam.
- Charlottesville marcher Andrew Dodson linked to furry fandom and neo-nazi organizing.
- Furries resist hate, Altfurry Discord logs go public, Casey Hoerth removed by employers.
- Altfurry supports neo-nazi violence, with member Nathan Gate on camera in Charlottesville.
- The truth about the myth that “Deo Killed RMFC” – guest post by Harper.
- How furry fandom is rejecting neo-nazis, “Altfurs” and Furry Raiders who target kids for hate.
- The Confederate fursuit incident shows how you can’t be a troll and a victim at the same time.
- Culturally F’d Addresses RMFC, “Nazifurs” and the BIG Problems Behind It All
- Sorin, Chair of Rocky Mountain Fur Con, discusses demise of the con.
- The end of Rocky Mountain Fur Con didn’t cure the problem that caused it.
- A false rumor about RMFC is repeating history from the Burned Furs.
- Rocky Mountain Fur Con backs neo-nazis, sex offender to intimidate critic for reporting threat.
- 2 Uncool – a furry celebrity’s disgrace is a test of fandom tolerance.
CHARITY AND SUPPORT.
WHEN FURRY MEETS FURRY – “THE TOPIC THEY LOVE TO HATE”.
It’s not an urban legend – some furries get wild. But sex isn’t a definer. It can be a family friendly hobby too. Media hypes sex, but romantic themes are part of being human, and furries are just regular people with extra rich imaginations. Being unusually open and expressive is required for an interest spectrum beyond the default. It can cause controversy. It also makes first-time visitors call them the most friendly people you could ever party with. This blog is anti-prude and not shy about sex-positivity.
FURRY PRIDE TIMELINE.
San Francisco Pride is one of the biggest Pride events in the world, with organizing by Patch since 2012.
Sometimes it’s fun to mix satire and comedy with news. Keep Furry Weird.
LIMITS AND LIBERTIES IN SOCIETY
Acceptance is a big feature of furry subculture. It draws interests together, but nothing represents every member, because membership is self-defined. Some interests get conservative disapproval. It makes tension between freedom and collective interest. It can involve prejudices, laws, or times for a social group to stand up for itself.
WHAT’S WRONG INSIDE FANDOM?
Furries have been punching-bags with sensational media exploiting them as freaks. It can come from bias to only look for the worst in people. It can show stigma, shaming, scapegoating, or a streak of homophobia. But negativity doesn’t build anything, and that’s why it’s losing power with time. If you hear of “inherent” problems, look at the positive, expressive nature of the group.
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT:
Any community has crime, so it naturally happens with furries sometimes. Most everything they do is harmless and positive, but rare problems can get sensationalized and it needs caution about bias.
SPECIAL GUEST POSTS BY PUP MATTHIAS:
MORE SPECIAL GUEST POSTS:
FRED PATTEN PRESENTS:
Check his tag. Fred was a star guest poster, with a long resume as fandom historian and reviewer.
THE REGULAR NEWSDUMP (phased out):
See the “Newsdump” tag. These digest posts had curated links and “list worthy” small stories from around the web and the border between subculture and mainstream. They gave a look at the state of the community over time.