Dear Healthy not Nuts,
You have had your little blog post go completely viral due to the awesome power of respect, kindness, and willingness to recognize someone that has just “done things right” that exists in the best places within the Furry Fandom. I’ve read the squees of joy from your replies to comments, and I bet you’ve have had one hell of a ego rush ever since you posted it, seeing the notifications rolling in faster and faster.
By acclimation you’ve been granted the status of ‘honorary furry’ and at my last count have three other furry conventions — Texas Furry Feista (aka TFF, in the Dallas area), Furry Weekend Atlanta (aka FWA), and the largest organized furry con of them all, Anthrocon (AC, in Pittsburg) — angling to see you come and join them and more than for a boring business meeting.
The way you expressed interest in the dancing, I think that what you would experience in the dances would more than pay for the cost of a con membership. While you might discover some extra joy in creating an alternate identity and building the character of that identity, it is not required and never let anyfur (or anyone for that matter) tell you different.
I hope you have only just begun exploring the adventure ahead of you. I thank you for taking that first step and treating us with honest curious and respect. By all accounts we returned that respect to you, and perhaps helped to rekindle that little light of imagination within you.
While its true that a large portion of the con going croud falls in the 20-30 age range, the cons are for the young and young-at-heart too. Comic Cons tend to be huge commerical affairs with lots of things to do, while the average furry convention is usually a tenth of the size and thats usually about the right size between something easily done on a weekend and something you have to plan all year to do. Also, my totally unscientific poll of matters is that the average fursuiter is more apt to accept and allow interactions (hugs, tag, playing fetch, chasing laser pointers, etc al) and as you discovered photography, than the average cosplayer who spends a similar amount on their kit. In other words, I think its a more friendly environment.
With respect and best wishes, Dain Unicorn.
P.S. check out my previous post if you interested in more insights into Fursuiting and the people behind it.
Accidental Guests of the Midwest Fur Fest ~ Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont, IL
As you read through this please try to put any pre-conceived notions to the side for a moment. The Midwest Fur Fest takes place in December in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Allan and I happened to be at the hotel on business. We watched the hotel literally transform right before our very eyes and had the opportunity to […]