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Exploring 2D animation in the Furry Fandom

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Animation by Jib_Kodi Character belongs to Todd the Red Fennec

Art has always been one of the biggest staples of the Furry Fandom outside the love of anthropomorphic animals itself, and it seems shocking to me that one of the least-spoken of mediums is animation. In the Furry Fandom, animation has a very special place, especially when you look at 2D animation.


A Brief History

The history of 2D animation dates all the way back to 1824 – originally using motion (the spinning of a wheel or twisting of a rope) and still images to create the illusion of movement. It was only in 1908 that 2D animation was revolutionized when Emile Cohl created the first 2D animation known as “Fantasmagorie” by using over 700 black-and-white drawings of a stick figure. This animation, though using hundreds of images, was only 70 seconds in length. Either way, this was the first animated cartoon. So, how does this relate to Furries?

After Emile Cohl paved the way for 2D animation, other artists followed suit. Walt Disney created “Steamboat Willie” in 1928 which introduced the world to Mickey Mouse, and from there, 2D animation only grew in popularity. Walt Disney, Hannah-Barbara, Warner Brothers, etc. So many notable characters have come from 2D animations, and a lot of people have found the Furry Fandom through their love of these 2D characters. Bugs Bunny, Simba, Balto, Roger Rabbit, Bambi – do these sound familiar to you? How about these films & cartoons: “Fox and the Hound”, “All Dogs go to Heaven”, “101 Dalmations”,  “Lady and the Tramp”, “Aristocats”, “Secret of Nymh”, “Pokemon”, “Digimon” -Do any of those ring a bell?

Cartoons, movies, anime, and even some video-games have all been produced using 2D animation…and through the love of certain characters, people have found their Fursona and the Furry Fandom in general.
(Source: The History of 2D Animation)


Furry Animators

There are a lot of animators in the fandom, and each one has their own unique way of animating and style. Nowadays, a lot of animation is done using computer-generated images, but there are still those that delve into traditional animation as well. While I am sure there are some names that might pop up more often than others within the fandom, rather than talk about the most popular animators, I have decided to pick out my favorites to share their animations with you.

 

  • Jib_Kodi:

Jib_Kodi (also called Jibbin_Kodiyak) is one of the more well-known animators in the community – known for his unique style as well as his character/fursuit. Their involvement in the fandom begins in 2017…but, if you want to read more about them in-depth, I would suggest checking out their interview with DogPatch Press.

What I love about their style in particular is the “sketchy” nature of it. The wiggling lines and the way everything sort of jiggles as the animation is playing. It’s more rough compared to other 2D animation, but I love it for this reason. Generally, Kodi’s style is full of bright colors and they often tell stories pertaining to their feelings or their real life. Their animations involve road trips and visits to cons, other people finding out they are a furry, or other shenanigans involving their home life and/or friends. It’s very down-to-earth, and though exaggerated in their animations, it is often very relatable in some way.

One of my favorite animations that they did was something I found on Google years ago (though you can also find it on their FA which I will link), but it is still something that gives me a good chuckle:

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“Damn Deers” by Jib_Kodi

If you want to check out Jib’s work for yourself, you can find their animations via their Furaffinity / Twitter / and Instagram.

 

  • Cerberus:

Cerberus is someone that I discovered more recently while browsing through FA. I originally noticed them because of their unique art style, but, as I went deeper into their gallery, I noticed that they also dabbled in 2D animation. What I really like about their style is how it can be both simplistic and complicated at the same time. How they break down something into its most basic shapes but when it all comes together, they use this method to create such fluid movements. Their animations are also interactive as far as getting them to play, and I have always enjoyed this newgrounds-feeling flash animation.

My favorite pieces of animation when it comes to Cerberus would have to be: “Rescuing Ghosts” and I love it for a few reasons. The first is what I mentioned up above…it’s the style in which Cerberus uses simplicity to break things down into their most basic shapes, and yet, putting it all together creates some of the most fluid movement I have ever seen in a 2D animation. The next reason would have to be the story. I wont spoil anything since it really is an animation you would have to experience for yourself. Lastly, I love it because it involves others in the Furry Fandom. Swiftcutter helped in creating the characters and Foxamoore provided the music. I think it’s great how this is a collaborative piece and I’m sure anyone can agree that the finished result is breathtaking.

I also really liked their piece “Rockoons TV” partly due to the fact that I loved the song they chose…but also because of the setting and how everything plays out. Again, not going to spoil anything here, but the narrative is really spectacular and I suggest checking it out.

But if you want to check out Cerberus’ material for yourself, you can find them via their FA Page.

 

  • Bolgy Wolgy:

While this is NOT an animator but rather a very popular meme (albeit cringy) within the fandom, I have to say that it is worth mentioning because it has produced some pretty infamous 2D animations. The original rap was made by senzawa on YouTube who used a bad copypasta for the lyrics. Since it was making fun of Furries, the Furry Fandom quickly picked it up and made it into their own.

The original meme animation is credited to candiewrapper:

But one of the more commonly-known animations for this piece belongs to Seelmaru:

Both are excellent 2D animators doing original animations as well as music videos, so they are worth checking out.


Conclusion

In conclusion, just like any other art form out there, animation is a huge part of the fandom and who we are…because of the popular cartoons and movies, a lot of us found our way into the fandom, and some of these things even inspired our Fursonas. Animation continues to be a huge part of the fandom today but it does seem to often be shadowed by the success of things like digital commissions and fursuits. Still, I think we should tip our hats to all the amazing animators out there and really let them know how much we appreciate them (as we should do to all the artists and creators out there that continue to make this community bright and magical).

Who are your favorite animators? What draws you to them or to their style? Let me know in the comment-section down below. Are you an animator? Feel free to link yourself in the comment-section as well so that others can check out your material. 

Wanna know more about 3D animation? Check out Fuzzball’s Story Time article on 3D art and how it embodies the Furry Fandom!

That’s all I have for this one, so thank you all for reading and your continued support of this blog. I will see you all in the next article! 😉

TFF’s new policy sparks hate and controversy.

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Furry Fiesta is a furry convention that is held in Dallas, Texas, USA. It occurs each February or March at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Dedicated to the advancement of the furry fandom as a whole and the enjoyment of its attendees, it includes a variety of events centered around the concept of bringing people together for social enjoyment.
The Dallas Regional Anthropomorphic Meeting Association (DRAMA) was formed as a non-profit governing organization in the first half of 2008. Officers were elected, by-laws were documented, and it became an entity in its own right.

—–Source: Wikifur

Texas Furry Fiesta was my first-ever Furry Convention, so it holds a lot of memories for me. While the convention is massive (4,844 Furries attending in 2019) and is well-known for many of its charitable doings (Donating 25% of funds to C.A.R.E which in 2019 equaled over $29,000)- it has also been surrounded in various controversies. TFF has been trying to make several changes to their convention in order to be more friendly towards the community. This even means a lot of “quality of life” changes such as making a family-friendly area for their 2020 gathering.

However, one change comes in the form of costume regulation:

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Props and costumes are not unheard of at Furry Conventions…as people are trying to fill out a certain character. This has also meant that there are a lot of Furries walking around with (at times) questionable attire, and calling out certain conventions over what they allow is a constant exchange on Furry Twitter. Just last year, Fetish gear hit the spotlight, with people lumping in Pup Hoods, harnesses, and anything leather with fetish-gear, and arguing that certain things should not be allowed in a public convention space (because there are children and families present).

Conventions also take place at hotels, where there are business men/women, and people on vacation…and all this was part of the discussions of what should be worn at a con, and what should not be worn at a con. Most of this discussion aims towards creating a positive outlook on the Furry Fandom. Whereas most embrace sexuality and sexual activity, there is always the matter of when it is appropriate and when it is not.

TFF’s new policy against wearing military or law-enforcement gear/uniforms was seen by a large number of people to keep out confusion. Someone in crisis might see the uniforms and mistake a suiter for some sort of professional in that field. But others seemed to also take into account the current state of the USA and its political crisis.

It’s not a surprise that certain sensitivities are at an all-time high, especially in the Furry Fandom (based on their demographics and statistics)- while very few argued against the policy, there was a large number of commentators that decided to hop on the policy post, to spread hate for those wearing the uniforms. What should have been a universal understanding of a new rule, quickly turned into a dumpster-fire of personal beliefs, and hatred towards those who serve around the world on a normal basis:

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A lot of people from the ACAB movement (All Cops are Bastards) hopped on the post to show their support and to also give out some hateful words towards our men and women in the service. Those that wore the uniform in costume were called “Bootlicking Pretenders”, and our men/women in uniform were all likened to hateful bigots and Nazis. A lot of people said they had been blocked and were being harassed because of their veteran status (even though they never wore uniforms in suit), and others even threatening violence. At the time I was reading through the thread for the policy, TFF had done nothing to delete any comments or de-escalate the situation. But it seemed that the thread itself was later deleted. I only pulled some of the comments, but the fires raged on as the policy quickly just became a place for people to spread their opinions and politics.

 

After the new policy was released, a lot of Furries with a German Shepherd fursona quickly saw themselves blocked by others on Twitter. It was then noted that due to the policy and G-Sheps being the ones usually in said-costumes due to their character-roles, a lot of Furries had blocked German Shepherds, citing them also as bigots and Nazis. The amount of hate this flared up, shows a deep-rooted problem in our community. Going on a “Witch-Hunt” is not uncommon in the Furry Fandom, recent drama being fights over POC (people of color) having their own spaces at cons, and even women hosting their own parties since they feel unwelcome in many of the after-dark events. Witch-hunts are often fueled by a policy or some drama post which is then followed by a string of harassment to certain individuals online or threats.

While it was sad to see so many people blocked and mistreated just because they chose their favorite breed of canine to portray themselves as, it was even more sad to see that no one was doing anything about it. I tried searching up non-shepherds that were talking about this issue and how wrong it was, but I found very few. The posts I did find were all in support of blocking German Shepherds, purely on their species…and not on who they really were, or what they really believed. Even if a Fursona is make-believe, this is a form of discrimination, and I do feel that TFF should have addressed it rather than just delete the issue and pretend it never happened in the first place.

I feel like they did this from a business standpoint, as standing against wrongs (in any kind) might mean a loss in business…and a lot of the Furry Fandom acts as a hive-mind and often follows the trend on how they should act, behave, and believe.

Although, I praised the new policy for several reasons:

  1. It does get rid of that confusion. We do have children at the convention and they should know who is a real officer and who is not.
  2. In terms of military gear, we do have several ‘real’ soldiers and veterans attending, and stolen valor (even if for cosplay/costuming) is not cool.
  3. Actual military is not supposed to wear their uniform when not on duty, this is just part of the regulations, and it shouldn’t be broken.
  4. And due to the political climate in the USA, no Fursuiter or cosplayer should put themselves at risk by wearing the uniform.

The policy brings more good than it does harm (though there were those that opposed the policy since the uniform is an integral part of the fursuit or character as a whole)- and I agree that it was more-or-less used to curb those wearing attire that was ‘historically accurate’ but sparked a lot of controversy or feelings of being uncomfortable at conventions (like re-enactment uniforms from civil wars and etc). A convention should never be a hostile environment and is a place to have fun where everyone feels safe.

I guess, as a closing statement; No matter how many claim that the Furry Fandom is “accepting”, if you head to Furry Twitter, you will see that a lot of the time, it is the opposite. As someone that has been in the fandom for over 13 years, I have seen a major shift in Furry-tolerance among its own members…and it has not been for the better (in most cases). This is my personal opinion, and I have known several people to leave the fandom due to what it has become. But, like with all things, you have to find the good in it…and work hard to create the kind of change that you want. I write this blog in order to shed some light and truth on situations no matter how dark or grisly they are. While a lot of people in the fandom like to sweep issues under the rug, I do feel they need to be dug up at times and really addressed and fought over so we can forgive, evolve, and move on.

But what do YOU think?

Feel free to leave me you comments and opinions in the comment-section down below. If you are going to leave a political comment, I ask that you make it civil and something to host discussion. Blatant hate and disregard of our service-members will be deleted. Personal opinions are fine as long as you address it in a calm manner…and respectfully. But, that’s all I have for this entry. Thank you all for your continued support of this blog. If you want to attend TFF, the con runs from February 28th- March 1st of 2020.

See you all in the next one!

I stream things now…

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Art by Shewulf7 (FA) Characters belong to me & Shewulf7

TL;DR – You can check out my channel for streaming here: Mixer.com/SamUtari


Well, I have to say that this is my first time starting a blog with a shameless plug! So Happy New Year? It has been awhile since I made a good “updates” blog…so now would be a good time, right?

Streaming….
As some of you might know, I have a YouTube Channel (outside of my Furry one) where I play random series of games (mostly Guild Wars and GW2 with the occasional opinion-related vid on a different game). I used to be pretty active on it, but, it never took off…so it doesn’t get the attention it should. Still, doing YouTube always had me curious about streaming…but the idea was always so daunting for multiple reasons:

  1. I only have a small laptop.
  2. I don’t have a microphone.
  3. I do not have a webcam let alone a good camera.
  4. I am not tech savvy by any means!
  5. I have very low self-esteem.

I have always been told that I am funny, talented, entertaining (blah, blah, blah)- but I don’t believe a word of it. But, I was always told that streaming would suit me…and so I decided to give it a shot in 2020. Luckily, my bestie (HurtfulG on Mixer) had also started her streaming journey (and currently has over 350+ followers on Mixer) so she helped me with some UI things, banner sizes, and all that. I’m still not 100% confident, and I def don’t have a streaming schedule…but yeah, I’m getting there.

So far I have been doing co-streams of Dead-by-Daylight, Minecraft, and etc. I have done one-shot streams of My Time at Portia and Warframe (will probs do more streams of those games in the future). My main series right now seem to be Borderlands (which I play with my wife) and Fallout 76.

But yeah, it has been an adventure. I’m currently sitting at only 28 followers (next follower goal is 50). I’m still trying to find my balance as I try to make a more solid streaming schedule that doesn’t clash with my friends or real life obligations. I have decided that I am going to be chopping up my streams and placing them on YouTube. So maybe my channel will become more active.

My ultimate goal is that hopefully, over time, I can build more of a following and work to get better set-ups as far as things like a quality mic, an actual PC, and even better editing software. But for now, it’s just one goal at a time.

But this doesn’t mean that I have forgotten about this blog! I have actually been working on some articles (believe it or not), and I do have some exciting things to share with you guys! These things include:

  • The return of Sunny & Moony (Discussion or Review)
  • Hot Twitter Topic on new TFF policy
  • More Gaming Furs articles
  • ETC

The creator of Sunny & Moony did reach out to me, and I’m excited to check out the revival of their series. Also…while I wanted to try and cover more light-hearted Furry News, the real stuff I want to cover is not very nice and does require a lot of delicate handling (thus how long I have been taking to get them out there). I would love to going back and doing Furry Highlights again (since I have a ton of them saved on my old laptop), and if I can get all those done, I might even start up interviews again.

So yeah…the plans are there. The real problem is motivating myself to try and do the work.

Anyways, that’s all I got for now! If you head to Mixer and give me a follow, I would greatly appreciate it! Also, thanks so much to those that stick around and support this blog! Hopefully I will see you all in the next entry/article/review! 😀

OWO-chan (Truth in the Meme)

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The Furry Fandom has always been known as a place of acceptance, a place to be whatever you want to be. We have our rules, our codes of conduct- but even with all the love, acceptance, and creativity…we all have our cringe stories. We have all encountered the more “unlikable” characters in the fandom and have our stories because of them. While a lot of the fandom tries to sweep these characters under the rug, their presence is everywhere: beware groups, the constant battles on Furry Twitter, there is no escaping it.

Now take a look at the character known as: OWO-Chan.

I started seeing the character in Furry groups across Facebook and was immediately invested in learning more. While the comics and shorts portraying OWO-Chan were meant as jokes, there was no fooling me that there was a lot of truth behind what was being shown as well. From the way the character degrades artists, to the harassment of other creators, begging for free art, etc. There was a deep truth behind the meme whether anyone wanted to admit it or not. I often found myself laughing and shaking my head at the small panels and knew this was something I wanted to feature on my blog.

Because, if there’s one thing I think is important to cover…it is all sides of the fandom as it stands. This means covering the good, the bad, and ugly.

So I reached out to the artist (SQUISHYMOON) and they were kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the character, its creation, and overall purpose.


Describe OwO-chan for those that may not know the character:

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OWO-Chan is a very basic female fursona, and what I mean by that is she has the most “common” aspects of the furry community made into a design. She’s blue and white with a curly tail and normal wolf/dog ears, she’s not super unique and probably looks like 1000s of other fursonas in the fandom. She also has a large bust and hips, along with a bulge that gets bigger in every comic.

Her personality is based off a toxic popfur, the reason I say ‘toxic popfur’ and not just ‘popfur’ is because I believe there are popular furries who are good people and that not everyone who’s a “popfur” is bad. She’s based off everything wrong, toxic, and gross in the furry fandom. Because just like every fandom out there, there’s always gonna be bad with the good.

 

What inspired their design?

That’s a hard question, I wasn’t planning on making this a “real” fursona. It started off as a “shitty” doodle I made last second in a regular art I was making, I thought up the most annoying furry in the fandom and BAM: owo was made. I didn’t even choose her name, it was the name the fandom gave her so I went with it.

 

What was the first OwO-chan comic and what brought it about?

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She actually started off as a crappy doodle in a random artwork I did, and after over 100 people liked and commented on it I started making comics! All requested by people in the fandom, it seems like a lot of people have also dealt with someone like owo-chan. Every comic I make is based off someone’s request in the fandom along with my own experiences with toxic people, so honestly owo-chan was brought about from many different people not just me.

 

What do you hope the comics accomplish (if anything)?

At first, I just wanted to make a stupid meme because I thought it was funny. After seeing other people’s stories in the fandom: all the hate, sadness, and being able to make people laugh about something that probably wasn’t the best thing to deal with..makes me really happy. Now I want to help spread information around Facebook, showing exactly what a toxic furry is. Maybe we can stop new furries and even old furries from behaving this way, while also being able to joke about it. A lot of furries have been this person at one time, and that’s okay. As long as you learn from your past mistakes that’s all that matters, but you shouldn’t be held to your past the rest of your life. Most of all, I just want to make people laugh. And also maybe non-furries will see that this type of person isn’t what our fandom is about.

Since the comics seem to revolve around particular (unlikable) characters that exist in the fandom…how do you think certain issues in the fandom could be solved?

I don’t particularly think it can be solved, at least not in my lifetime. All fandoms big and small have a “dark side”. Furries are seen as perverts who have sex is fursuits, in the MLP fandom they’re seen as gross old men who jack off to clop porn. Sometimes you have to just accept there’s always gonna be “that person” in the fandom. I think what could help, is standing up to people who are this way. Stand up to bullies, stand your ground when getting commissions, stop letting people tell you that you charge too much for art. Basically I think we need to stop letting “bad” “toxic” people run around thinking they can get away with stuff because they’re popular or because they have a “mental illness”. We are all responsible for our actions ya know?

Everyone seems to ask, so can you confirm that OwO-chan’s bulge and breasts seem to grow with every comic?

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Yes, I can confirm her tits/thighs and bulge are getting bigger in every photo. But shhhhhhh you didn’t hear it from me!! Haha

 

Has there been any negative attention because of the comics?

Sadly yes, there have been a few “bad” comments and messages regarding the comics. A few have said I’m making it seem like being a toxic person is okay, that younger furries will think it’s okay to act that way, and that I’m making furries seem super sexual, and that I need to stop.
And one person said I probably drew this because I’m actually like the person I draw! That one wasn’t very nice to hear, but, those are just some things people have said. It’s not easy hearing negativity, but it’s also not something I’m exactly scared of. I have been hearing negativity my whole life, most of us have. It hurts, but the good always over-grows the bad! And if I can make 100’s of people smile and bring the fandom together, then those 10-30 negative comments or messages don’t matter. Who knows maybe one day I can even win over the negative people with my art!

What is the best thing to come from the OwO-chan comics?

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Well, firstly my page had 56 likes/follows five days ago. Today I have over 300, being able to share my art with that many people is amazing. The best thing in my opinion is, owo-chan is basically everyone’s fursona. I don’t claim her to be just mine, I let everyone draw her and use her however they please. If the whole fandom wants to use her as a mascot to show what bad furries look like I’d be 100% okay with that! If someone wants to put her on a t-shirt, go ahead. She’s everyone’s, and we can all enjoy making memes and jokes together while spreading information about toxicity in the fandom!

Anything to add?

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I’d just like to say, I’m super glad people are enjoying the character. It makes me even happier we can all bond over awful experiences in the community and fandom, and maybe in the future we can have less people like owo-chan.

Find me other places:
https://www.deviantart.com/squiishymoon
https://twitter.com/SquiishyMoon
https://www.instagram.com/squiishymoon/?hl=en
https://www.twitch.tv/squiishymoon
https://www.furaffinity.net/user/squiishymoon/


So there you have it folks!

I just want to give a huge “thank you” to Squishymoon, not only for taking time to answer my questions (and draw for some of them as well), but just for creating the character in general. I think it takes a lot of guts to have such a sense of humor in the fandom. A lot of the time what we see is more along the lines of pretending something doesn’t exist rather than tackling it head-on. And those that do try and tackle issues in the Furry Fandom tend to be on the side of witch-hunts that I see doing more harm than good. I think tackling toxic furries in a humorous way that highlights what real bad behavior looks like is actually good for the community. I agree with Squishymoon in that it is something to bring us all together and to teach new and old furries on how not to behave and teach them what is not acceptable without having to put them on blast directly.

So thank you again Squishymoon for taking the time to do this for me! And remember to check out their linked pages above for more OwO-chan and more amazing art in general!

But what do YOU think?

What are your opinion on OwO-chan? What do you think is a good way to confront and eliminate toxic furry behavior? What are some of your furry cringe stories? Do you think the fandom sweeps too much under the rug and doesn’t like confronting its dark side?

As always, let me know your thoughts/opinions in the comment section down below. Thank you all for reading, and I will see you all in the next blog! 😉

 

 

The Goodest Boy and his victory lap against ALS-

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Vet tech, runner, fursuiter, grease monkey, motorcycle hysteric and full time nutjob. ALS can kiss my fuzzy butt. I ain’t scared! –DogBomb

Words on a profile that are not even a shadow of the figure that Tony “DogBomb” Barrett would create when he was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2018. Furries, for all the negative backlash they receive have often shown light in many ways throughout their communities. Whether that be placing smiles on the faces of adults and children alike, raising money for animal organizations through their conventions, or, in the case of Tony (DogBomb), raising money and awareness for a very serious disease…Furries have always been there to lend their helping paw.

Tony not only shed light on his condition by documenting it as it was happening, but he showed how something so terrible and devastating did not have to bring a person down. ALS is very real, and very serious…but Tony never let it stop him from loving and living his life in the only ways he knew how. Wherever he went he continued spreading positivity and love, all while educating the public on why taking action and making an effort towards research was important and even crucial if a cure was to be found for future generations.

He took something terminal in stride as he continued to walk, boat, ride, and sit down with friends all the while confessing that he shouldn’t be doing such things, but he had a point to prove, even with his doctor’s disapproval. Through laughs and moments of honesty, and even a few moments of vulnerability- DogBomb had nothing to hide from the community he loved so much, and all he ever asked is that we pay it forward, and keep shining that light after he had gone.

“No one should be broken up over my passing. Sadness or anger at ALS is appropriate, but there is nothing to grieve about when you consider the ride that I was afforded. Wag every day, please. Hug your dogs and your friends. Smile when you think of me. No regrets.”

—DogBomb

-About ALS-

(Provided here is just a summary but you can read all about ALS: HERE )

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neuro-degenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, people may lose the ability to speak, eat, move and breathe.

ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and it is estimated there are more than 20,000 Americans who have the disease at any given time. ALS can affect anyone, and can also run in families. While scientists have made leaps and bounds in their discoveries and treatment of ALS, there is no cure.

“People often ask me if I’m scared. For whatever reason, I’m not scared at all. I’ve never been afraid of much in this life, except for the thought of losing my independence, which absolutely terrifies me.”

—DogBomb

 

-A Mutt’s Journey-

Tony gained attention in the fandom in August of 2010 when a picture started circulating of him in his Fursuit standing next to a wheelchair user. This moment he recorded as “Courage on Two Wheels” on his Furaffinity.  This was the moment where Tony showed his loving and honest character, saying that people always saw him as “courageous” for Fursuiting in public, whereas the true courage came from the people such as the girl in the wheelchair (named Sarah).

“As the crowds parted to make way for the upright canine, a young
lady in a wheelchair caught my attention.
Unable to speak, or even wave for that matter, she used her beautiful
eyes to lure me over.

She was alone in her chair, body twisted and lacking in coordination,
betraying its owner with a vengeance. She was bereft of speech, couldn’t
hold a pen and lacked the motor skills to write if she could, yet when I
held her hand in my paw, her eyes danced. They spoke volumes.

I spent the better part of half an hour in this angel’s company.
She felt my claws and leaned her head against my fur.
We watched the throngs hurry past, the waves wash over the shore
and the gulls shriek and take flight.
A peaceful island in a sea of activity.

Eventually, she released my paw and made a motion with her head.
It was time for me to bid farewell.
I gave her shoulder a pat and I saw that terrific smile flash
across her face. I felt calm and blessed by her company.”

DogBomb as said in “Courage on Two Wheels”

His journey to finding the fandom was somewhat similar to my own as he found it after a friend merely referred to him as being a Furry. I personally saw nothing else about this moment in Tony’s life, but it’s something fun to imagine as I have personally gone from living under that rock to falling down the rabbit hole.

It was March in 2018 when Tony was diagnosed with ALS and given an estimated life-span of 1-3 years. The disease varies from person-to-person…and as to how quickly his physical state would deteriorate no one knew. But “You can’t keep a good dog down”.

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Since his diagnosis, Tony has been adamant on raising money and awareness for ALS, all the while making more ‘personal’ contributions to help ALS research. On November 10th, 2018- Tony and others marched a mile in the name of ALS research and raised $34,000 for the cause! As Tony exclaimed: “The organizers were blown away by the exuberant fun that a whole mass of fursuiters brings to an event. It was the first time that the local ALSA reached their fundraising goal and it was the biggest walk ever.
Yeah, furries did that.

Tony also participated in a clinical trial in an attempt to stop the disease. And though he was declined in becoming an organ donor because of his ALS, he did sign over his body to science for use as a cadaver. Even then, he showed his bright and humorous side, wanting nothing more than to provide a few good laughs to doctors-to-be.

It was then on March 29th 2019 that Tony announced he would be ending his life on his own terms- refusing to let the disease take him, and that the date he had chosen was April 5th, 2019. In that time he traveled to have drinks with friends, say his last goodbyes, all the while still spreading light and positivity throughout the fandom. DogBomb was not defeated by ALS but rather, the fandom agreed that the goodest of boys had taken the victory lap on it all:

-Furries fighting ALS and Stigma-

Furries have always been the butt-end of the joke (sexual pun intended? Unintended?) when it comes to society. We know that people see us just as the weirdos in the animal costumes that may or may-not do questionable things behind closed doors. But if there’s one thing that Furries come together on despite fandom drama and spite from the outside…it’s fighting the good fight for a good cause.

Not only did Furries raise over 30k for ALS back in 2018, but on March 24th 2019 Furries took to the streets in a marathon once more to raise money for ALS research and to spread awareness. Spear-headed by Tony as “Team Smelly Mutt”, they raised over $110,000 for charity and continue to raise money for ALS by selling art, doing streams, selling stickers, t-shirts, and other goods all in the name of “DogBomb” and his message:

“There are some that view furries as a punchline, but I can tell you that the ALS association takes us very seriously. The fandom has been an absolute fund raising force, and no group has ever risen to the occasion like you all. Over $100,000 raised so far. Let that sink in…

Almost every single person at the meet and greet had questions about what furry is, and there is a huge buzz about our participation in the marathon. Perceptions are changing, my friends, and that’s due to your hard work. Am I proud to be a furry? You’re damn right I am.”

—DogBomb

…these acts of kindness, charity, determination, and overall love for a member of the community has helped in shedding light on the Furry Fandom as a whole, and really brought back what the fandom is all about: teamwork, inclusiveness, positivity, creativity, a place where anyone and everyone can find their place and belong. This fandom is a fandom of LOVE, and we shine brightest when we are all together working towards a common goal.

Tony “DogBomb” has given permission to use the likeness of his character but only if those proceeds go to ALS research. And, if you wanna send a few bucks to help out, you can still do so by checking out Team Smelly Mutt’s page: HERE or by visiting http://weboc.alsa.org

 

-Time too short but a whole life lived-

If it was one thing that DogBomb asked of others (outside of being kind to one another) it was to live. It was to live and do the things you loved, tell others how much they mean to you, and to sit back with a cold one. But most of all, he asked that others not mourn his death, but rather celebrate his life and smile.

After his time came and went and he crossed that rainbow bridge, Twitter went dark in honor of DogBomb. Profile pics faded to black with the rainbow lei to represent his journey into the next life, with hashtags calling for a toast for DogBomb with several people speaking up about their amazing interactions with this man who was an inspiration (and still is) to so many.

I myself never got to meet him, and only this year did I start following his journey, not knowing how drawn in I would become, nor how deeply I would feel the loss of someone who is technically a total stranger. That’s part of the reason why this blog has taken so long to write…because the words just couldn’t form in my mind as I can’t speak on experience about any of this…only that watching this journey further affirmed why I love the fandom, further inspired me to continue writing about the fandom, and it restored my faith in both humanity and the fandom. It also caused me quite a few tears before my work shift that I can not say I am ashamed of…because even through text I could feel the love radiating off of the goodest boy, and all of those touched by his spirit and determination to kick ALS’ butt!

So while it may be a few days late, I think I will snuggle my loved one just a little bit closer tonight, and I think I will pop open a beer. And when I get paid next, you will be seeing a little donation (even if not much) from this little fuzzbutt.

Happy trails, Peaceful Paws!

—RuneAngelDragon


  • Sources:
  1. https://twitter.com/dogbomb1
  2. http://weboc.alsa.org/site/TR?fr_id=13680&pg=entry
  3. http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Dogbomb
  4. http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dogbomb/
  5. http://www.alsa.org/

My first time having a character stolen…

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Art by Flamesvoices- character belongs to me

I have been on that side of the fence where I catch someone impersonating my friends in the Fandom…heck, I even made a massive beware on someone trying to make a suit out of a friend’s original character that they already had a suit for! The Furry Fandom can be crazy with drama and publicity incidents…but one of the biggest problems the fandom has is with continuing art theft.

I have written several bewares on snarky kids and teenagers that think they somehow own something because they found it on Google and saved it to their phone or computer…but I guess it’s shocking when it happens to you. Character theft isn’t something only reserved for the Popufurs. Unfortunately, if you have ever posted a picture of your Fursona anywhere online, someone will find it…and someone will probably use it at some point.

But the really frustrating part? They is hardly anything you can do to stop people from doing it—

So, some friends of mine were browsing TikTok when they noticed that someone decided to use my character “Cheshire” and call themselves “FurryQueen”. They have no videos, tons of fans…but overall had no content posted. You can tell the image they chose of Cheshire was taken right off of Google, screenshot with the transparency squares and all…and immediately, I made a TikTok account to message them and let them know that they did not have the right or permission to use a character I have spent a ton of money on.

I know this person is probably a child, they might not even be aware of what character theft is…but what they are doing by taking my character is putting their own image on that character. If they make terrible videos or make some racist or homophobic remark…that gets put onto ME. So the next time I post that character or walk around in the fursuit of this character, it can really cause a bad situation.

CHARACTER THEFT IS NEVER OKAY—and the fact that people don’t understand this from the start is baffling. I understand the Furry Fandom can be a place where one might feel it’s hard to fit in. That’s why I provide so many free resources on my blog. I try and educate people on the DOs and DONTs in the fandom so that they get a good experience from the start. But ignorance of a rule does not justify breaking that rule.

…and the final thing I noticed is that reporting these people SUCKS! There really is nothing out there to protect from character theft. You can report an account for impersonating…but unless they are impersonating a real person, that website or app will hardly ever take action. On a site like TikTok…if that person isn’t following me back, the chances are high that they will never see my message and therefore won’t change their ways.

I can post a beware on Facebook, on my character’s page, on Furry Amino, on this blog, and on my instagram…but that’s more a warning for others to look out for their beloved characters and doesn’t save mine from this current predicament. There is a great feeling of helplessness when things like this happen because there is only so much you can do before you are forced to sit and wait. It’s both maddening and frustrating and popular apps like TikTok are a cancerous breeding ground for such thieves.

But what do YOU think?

How do you go about protecting your character? What would you do in this situation? Do you think apps and websites should take into account character theft as being valid because the Furry Community is so large as are other fandoms with original characters?

“SonicFox” just won a gaming award!

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As a passionate gamer, I found myself watching the game awards on Mixer when the nominations for “Best Esports Player” came up. Sure enough, a fellow Furry ended up taking the trophy…now called “the Lebron James of sitting” by the announcer.

Dominique McLean also known in the Furry and gaming communities as “SonicFox” has been in the spotlight several times. As a gamer he is a 4-time EVO champion from 2014-2018 in games such as Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. In the Furry community, he is the gamer that plays in his fursuit. At least, that’s how I know of him.

But it’s an exciting day in the Furry Fandom when we have someone that can represent us in such a public light. Millions upon millions are tuned into Mixer as it streams the gaming awards LIVE, and that’s not including the hundreds that are there in attendance. It was a proud moment for furries, and a proud moment for SonicFox as he could hardly get words out between his nervous laughter.

Still taking the stage in his fursuit, he thanked the Furry Community, his gaming team, his mentors, and noted how it was never about winning for him…it was always about enjoying the games. He also mentioned how his intentions of winning were always to help others in need including a close-friend whose Father was suffering from Cancer.

He also thanked his LGBTQ+ friends in being part of that spectrum as well.


 

But one thing I didn’t like in his speech?

The politics…

Jokes are common during awards as everyone is there to have a good time and bond over the thing they enjoy (in this case, it is games). However, not all gamers are the same. Black, white, brown…gay, straight, trans, cis, we all comes in different shapes and sizes.

So while I can applaud our fellow Furry for his accomplishments and the recognition he has brought us in being “unafraid” and unashamed in being himself (especially on stage)- I can’t exactly applaud his need to express being gay, Furry, and black…with the need to say afterwards that he is “everything Republicans hate”.

Hopefully this can be chalked up to his nervousness…but it didn’t really garner a huge reaction, and I’m waiting for the headlines to pop up talking about this unnecessary remark in his speech as it was really in poor taste. It was a cringy moment for sure, and his words do not define all Furries and their views…yet as a fursuiter and now an award-winner…his voice will be plastered upon the vast majority of us until this moment is forgotten.

This is why we must remember that even though we do not reflect all Furries, often we are chalked up to being one-and-the-same in how we think and how we act. This especially becomes apparent when you read about Furries in the media, and how it classifies us all in one way even when we are very unique. So the people who are most-often heard such as the popufurs, the Furrytubers, and now the award-winners…they really have to be careful in what they do and/or say, because it can come back on the fandom for better or for worse.

Still…congrats to SonicFox- and thank you for never hiding who you are and what you love!

Furry Gamer Series (#1): MMOs!

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Art by RedDyeNo5 (FA) Shewulf (left) belongs to Shewulf7 Mia (right) belongs to myself (MiaXUla)

Hello fuzzbutts!
I finally got myself together to decide what I should cover first in my Furry Gamer series! It was such a challenge since there are so many amazing games out there that have captured the hearts of Furries and have inspired so many of us in our creations!

But rather than focus on a single series, I decided to cover something much bigger for my first blog (in this series), and that is MMOs!


MMORPGs

MMORPG means “massively multiplayer online role-playing game”, and that basically sums up the experience. A lot of MMOs follow the same formula: you log on, you create a character, and you play the game however you want!
This can be anything from doing quests, participating in player-versus-player, joining guilds and/or clubs, running dungeons, role-playing, and more!

So how does this tie in with Furries?

Well, whether you participate in it or not, role-playing is very popular in the fandom. It allows people to express themselves in ways they might not be able to do in reality. Through role-playing, people can be the person they always wanted to be…or the animal. We get to explore our other sides and for some of us (myself included) a lot of important relationships were formed through the people we met role-playing…and it has helped so many of us through the darker parts of our lives.

For Furries especially, getting the chance to play as our Fursona can be really fun and an amazing adventure. A lot of MMORPGs give us the grounds to do just that…play out a character in a fantasy world where the possibilities are endless!!!

Not to mention, a lot of MMORPGs allow you to create your own character…for some, this was how they made their Fursona in the first place! Most MMOs offer a mixture of races to play as, and some offer anthro characters like giant cats, werewolves, and more!

So, here is a list of a few MMOs (that I know of) that offer players the chance to create an anthro character of their very own:


 

Guild Wars 2

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My Charr Engineer (Aulli)

I am the biggest nerd when it comes to Guild Wars! I played classic Guild Wars all through high school, and then waited over 5 years for the release of Guild Wars 2 (GW2). I remember crying when I saw the announcement trailer, and the game has exceeded all my expectations and then some!

GW2 is an MMO where the main campaign is free to download and play! There are no subscription fees, and the only cost is to buy the expansions and their “Living World” series which unlocks more story content. But what makes GW2 ‘furry-friendly’ is the race called the Charr.

As a fan of classic Guild Wars, I have mixed feelings when it comes to the Charr. They are a race of massive felines with 4 ears and they grow horns. They can speak common, and in GW2 they are technologically advanced in steam and coal-powered machinery. They build brutal war machines, and their entire city is constructed of metal. They may have been the main enemies in the original Guild Wars, but my guilty pleasure has been in making several Charr characters that I play as (even if they are not my main characters); this includes my female engineer (Aulli) and my male warrior (Aegir).

What I love about the Charr is that they don’t mimic any feline in particular. Some look like leopards, some look like house cats…there are lions and tigers in the mix there as well…so for fans of felines, you can basically go crazy. GW2 has an amazing character creation that allows you to control what your character looks like down to the very last detail. Eye size, head size, body structure, fur pattern, horns, that’s all in your control to customize as you wish, and I love it!

If you choose to buy the expansions, the “Path of Fire” introduces mounts into the game! There is a Raptor, a Springer (rabbit), Skimmer (manta-ray), Jackal, and a Gryphon in there with skins that can be purchased to customize those looks as well. There are also cute pets to collect, and if you play as a Ranger class, you may also tame animals to fight by your side!

Not to mention, the game has an amazing story and great graphics. So if big-cats are your go-to (and you want something easier on the wallet), then Guild Wars 2 is the game for you!!!


World of Warcraft

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My Pandaren Frost-Mage Mayreen

Whether you are big into MMOs or not, a name everyone knows is “World-of-Warcraft”. It is the most popular MMO in the world, and is generally the go-to for Furries (and for good reason).

While WoW is not as wallet-friendly as the free MMOs out there, it does offer a wide-variety of anthro characters for players to choose from. On the Alliance-side, there is the Worgen. Basically these creatures are werewolves. So while you still design their human side, you may choose to play in their transformed-state and you can customize their Worgen-looks to a certain extent as well. I hate how the female Worgen look, but the males look amazing…and even if I do not play her often, I did make a Worgen rogue.

The Horde-side also has its own anthro option which are the Tauren. The Tauren are bovines…so cows and bulls essentially. With the newest expansion (Battle for Azeroth) being released, there is a new allied race for the Horde called the Highmountain Tauren…which look like regular Tauren but they have more customization options than regular Tauren.

There is also a race that is technically “neutral” until you choose a side…and that race is the Pandaren. Regular Pandas, Red Pandas…you can design them however you want. But they are there for you to pick from as well. I love the Pandaren even if they are the least-intimidating species on the roster…and I enjoy playing as my Frost Mage as often as I can.

Even if you do not like the anthro options, there are other races which allow you to choose a class called “Druid”. Druids can transform into animals in order to change their abilities. This means your Druid can change into a bear, into a large feline, into a bird, and even into a sea-lion for swimming. If you play as a Ranger, you can tame animals to fight alongside you.

There are several mounts in WoW to choose from…
Some can be bought with gold and others with real money (and then some earned by quests, etc), not to mention the battle pets that you can collect in a very Pokemon-esque fashion.
And for those that like demons and/or demon-like creatures…there are the demon-hunters (literally possessed by demons) to play as OR you can play as the Draenei which sport a pair of goat legs.

But unfortunately when it comes to WoW, there is a charge of $15-per month in order to play it. However, you can play unlimited up to lv.20, for free and there are several good RP servers where one doesn’t have to be a high level to enjoy some good company anyways.


Other(s)

I do not have too much experience with many MMOs. Most of the ones I have played offered unique races that were humanoid, but none that really captured that “Furry feel” for me. So rather, I decided to make a list of honorable mentions in case you (the reader) wanted to see what other options were out there.

  • Final Fantasy XIV:
    —This MMO actually has a neko-race and I did play it for about 4 hours. It’s one of those MMOs that does cost money (I believe they still have a subscription fee), but they do offer times where the main campaign is free to play. I made a cat girl, but then found the game was a bit too difficult to play with a keyboard.
    Still, it’s a highly-recommended MMO with beautiful graphics, an active gamer community, and some amazing mounts for people to quest for and purchase.

 

  • Elder Scrolls Online:
    —This is an MMO that can actually be played on console, and the best part about it is the ability to play as an Argonian or a Khajit. So for felines and scalies that like medieval worlds with dark gods, dragons, and magic…well, this might just be the game for you. It also has decent character creations, lots of quests…and there is even the ability to be turned into a vampire or werewolf for those that like that sort of thing.
    Again, nothing that I played…but luckily the game has no subscription fee. All you have to do is pay for the base-game once (and then the expansion if you want) and then begin your adventure!

 

  • TERA:
    —TERA is a game I know nothing about…only that it could be played on console or PC and that it is still kicking as an MMO. There are also several races that are furry-friendly in that they are anthro in some way such as the Popori (red-pandas or raccoons), the Elin (very child-like with rabbit ears), the Castanic (demons), and the Aman (humanoid descendants of dragons). I can’t say much for the story, but graphics look great, and again, this game does not have a subscription fee!

 

  • Perfect World International:
    —This was a game I tried long-ago and did not understand it one bit. Back when I tried it, the controls were messy, the graphics were good, but the rest of the game just seemed ‘meh’, and so I never went back. But PWI is a free-to-play MMO. It used to be extremely popular, even if the population on the servers is extremely low now.
    But, like all the other games mentioned, PWI offered players the chance to make an anthro character in the form of the Tideborn and the Untamed. The Tideborn are basically mermaids while the Untamed are beastly in their appearances. The Untamed vary on how they look depending on their class. Venomancers have the ability to transform into a were-beast form and when in humanoid form look human but with animal ears and tail. The Barbarian untamed look more bestial in their appearance but I can’t say much else since I have never played as one.

Conclusion

All-in-all, MMOs are a great place for Furries to come together in order to express themselves in all manners of ways…from role-playing, to sharing their passion for gaming, to the characters they create and equip with several different types of clothing and armor.

Furry Guilds have become a lot more common over the years as well as Furry discords for the mentioned games…and I think we will only see this increase in the future.

But have you tried any of these games before? Were there any MMOs not mentioned that you feel should be on the list?

As always, feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section down below, thank you all so much for reading, and I will see you in the next installment of the Furry Gamer Series! 😉

NEW: Furry Gamer Series!

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Art by RedDyeNo5 (FA) Shewulf (left) belongs to Shewulf7 Mia (right) belongs to myself (MiaXUla)

Hello again fuzzbutts!

It really has been awhile! In the time that I have been away, I have been thinking about bringing more content to this blog. Unfortunately, prior features like Fursuit Friday and other spotlights were on an older PC, and recovering them has been a bit of a pain. So while I work around how to get them all back and update them to maybe make an appearance on this blog once again, I have been thinking about what new content I could bring to this blog.

The solution seems rather simple: Video-games!

I am a huge gamer, in fact, I am more active on my gaming blog than anywhere else because I am always trying something new. That’s when a thought hit me…

There are so many games that have to do with anthro animals. In fact, several people found the Furry Fandom through popular games like Sonic and Spyro the Dragon. Heck, some even found it through newer titles like FNaF! So, while mulling all of this information over, I decided that some cool new content could be a Furry Gamer series where I discuss all the video-games (that I know of) that could technically be classified as Furry-related.

Not only does this give me a chance to talk about something I am passionate about and love, but it’s also a way to open the eyes of the viewer to all their possibilities. Maybe there are some gaming titles the reader may not know about…and this blog can be their gateway to discovery!

Is it too ambitious for me to carry out? Well, we will just have to see. Luckily I already have a lot of material on my gaming blog (linked above), so all I would have to do is link those reviews, discussions, etc while providing some insight into what the games are, what they cost, and what makes them furry-related.

As for how often I will post said-blogs…well, I already know that giving myself a schedule is a HUGE mistake! But I think this is something I can truly follow-through with as I already have a list of Furry-games written down. I also plan on asking the fandom to recommend me EVEN MORE titles so that I may add them to the roster…and who knows? If this series becomes more popular…maybe we can spread it to other platforms like streams, YouTube, and etc.

…but I’m trying not to get too ahead of myself.

So yes…I am still alive-and-well. I am still interested in bringing you Furry News and other such things to place a positive spotlight on our community, and I really hope you enjoy the new series just as much as I am enjoying the thought of bringing it to you!

But if you have any gaming titles that you think are Furry-related (or are even games made by Furries), then feel free to leave those in the comment-section down below.

I already have a list of 20+ games but could always use more!!!! Thank you all so much for reading, and I look forward to seeing you in the next blog! 😉

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