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Sunny and Moony [Thoughts]

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Sunny & Moony art by: blue1kitty1cat1

What can I say other than: “I am a sucker for a good story”. I love reading, and fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres. But strangely enough, I have not read a lot of Furry-works, and so I was super excited when blue1kitty1cat1 reached out to me and asked if I might check out their new story called “Sunny and Moony”.

They were nice enough to send me both the trailer and the first chapter, both of which was posted via their YouTube Channel.

I will admit, reading stories on YouTube is something new to me. I tried writing stories on YouTube once, but never took time to try and read stuff that others had created. For me, it can be hard if the slides are too long or if there is too much going on in the background. But in the case of “Sunny and Moony”, there was a lot that was done right.


  • The Trailer:

Already the Trailer has drawn me in with those cute characters…and it’s good to have something that gives off a visual. I think that without having seen the trailer, I might not have had the same ideas or images in my head had I just read chapter one alone.
I like that the trailer is short and it isn’t very complicated. It shows character sketches and concept art which shows that this is something that took time, effort, and that there was care involved. I also liked the music. But can I just say that both these characters are just too adorable? They are frickin’ precious and I love it! But the trailer was a good way to advertise something new, and it had me curious enough that I was eager to give Chapter One a solid read…

 

  • Chapter One:

First, let me get my nit-picks out of the way. The trailer showed a cute image and really made you curious about what the story might be like once you jumped into it. And while the video for chapter one does have a title card at the beginning to show you the characters…when just looking at this thumbnail and seeing words rather than an image of the characters drawing you in, most people would just keep scrolling…

…but that’s just me seeing this from a “viewer” perspective and knowing (as a YouTube creator) that thumbnails are important!!!

But with that out of the way- here are my thoughts on the actual story.

In summary, the story is told from Moony’s perspective as she looks back on a fateful encounter she had a few days prior with a rabbit from the Sun Kingdom. Obviously there is some strife between her kind (the Moon Kingdom) and the Sun Kingdom because Moony has always learned that they are vicious warriors- she has heard of their dangerous nature from her teacher: Lunette. This gives me the vibe that the two factions were once at war or that there is some dark history there that keeps these two races apart. Meeting the Sun Rabbit fills Moony with dread…she sees it as some dark omen or sees it as a threat to the other citizens of the Moon Kingdom. We know that Moony herself is small and sees herself as inconsequential and weak.

Then there is Sunny…

I was actually surprised to learn that Sunny is a female, and her horns give off the vibe that she is someone of importance. Moony notes that horns and antlers belong to the ancient race of Jackalopes, and the only other person she knows with these antlers/horns is the ruler of the Moon Kingdom (Artemis). But Sunny is not like the Sun Rabbits that Moony has learned about. Her nature is very calm, collective, patient…she is understanding and knowing that Moony is terrified of her, she takes time in showing that she is no threat to the little bunny.

So the characters are well-paced for the most part, and the story lets you ease your way into knowing how they handle situations. They interact very realistically, even if this means that some parts of the story move a little slower than others.

But back to the plot: Sunny has come to the Moon Kingdom because she believes that Moony is in danger. She saw Moony calling out to her from a dream, and she has arrived to protect the little bunny. But Moony does not recall any such dreams involving Sunny, and she becomes concerned. This is where I have to point out that I am glad that Moony is at least realistic. She is very wary of the race she has heard nothing but terrible things about…on top of that, she does not immediately believe the things that Sunny is telling her. Moony eventually flees from Sunny and it brings us back to the present where Moony is washing dishes.

We are then shown that Moony regrets running away, but she does not have time to dwell on it because she blacks out after realizing she has not finished her task from Lunette- and we are left with a cliffhanger until Chapter Two.


Another thing that makes a good story (in my opinion) is if the plot draws you in enough to where you can theorize about it and/or it leaves you with questions. We are left with a cliffhanger…and immediately thoughts were running through my head: “Lunette is not what she seems, maybe she is the one behind the threats to Moony? She obviously lied about Sun rabbits…is this a conspiracy of some kind? What happened between the Sun and Moon Kingdoms? Who is Sunny really? What secret makes Moony so important? What is so special about the Jackalopes?”

Not only does a good story allow you to theorize, but it actually makes you feel things…like joy, suspense, and curiosity. And I had all those feelings while reading. It has me wanting to read on so I can answer the questions left behind…and I really want to know where everything is heading. It’s a good intro to draw people in and get them hooked. There are just some ways in which it could be done a little better.

And while the YouTube format can be a bit rough…I think “Sunny and Moony” has all the makings of what can be a great story, the most important thing it has is POTENTIAL!

If I could give some advice, I would recommend better thumbnails in the future. The author is also an artist, and I see a lot of talent going to waste if there is not a thumbnail to show the story off with. A good thumbnail can do wonders for the viewer counts…so the author should use that to their advantage!

Another thing I might add (and again, this is my opinion) is artwork in between so many slides. Add a break from the reading and really give the person a visual on where they are and what is going on. Atmosphere is something this story can be seriously lacking at time, and a visual on the Kingdom, surroundings, etc can only add to the emotion. I think doing so would keep people interested for longer and add just a little bit more substance to make the story really feel alive.

Lastly, I would make the videos SHORTER.

The story was good…but I can not think of many people who can focus on words for 26-minutes via a YouTube video…especially if it is not being read to them. I am glad there are no voices, but to keep an audience interested, split the chapters into 2-videos per chapter that way you can hold people’s attention for longer. There is no need to cut down on the writing, just make videos 10-12 minutes with words, images, etc…and I think this author has a great formula for success!

On that final note, the music that gives this story its atmosphere is A+ so please keep using it (but credit where you found it of course).

Because I wanted to do this story justice, I asked around to see if some friends could also lend their thoughts for this blog:


  • Other reviews:

“Firstly, I’d love to comment on the trailer: it was well done and definitely looks inviting to those who haven’t heard of or seen anything about the series before. The editing on it is absolutely wonderful. The transition between the introduction and the story is interesting; the descriptive language flows, and the storytelling is unique and interesting. The use of the video format helps give your writing an extra dimension in depth and makes it step forward even more. I especially love the ambiance, sound effects, and musical transition that provides the story with more atmosphere, and would love to continue seeing it as the story progresses. There are some major things done well, and a few that could be done better or focused on; while your writing and music sets the mood, it’s still somewhat difficult to understand your characters’ world and the significance of some things about which they speak. Some of the relationships mentioned between some of the named characters are also not described or given details that might help your audience identify with and grow more attached to your characters.”

—Juno

 

“It’s something I think people would like. But, I can also see where it could use some polishing. Some more sentence structure could use some work, and I look forward to the atmosphere flushing out in future uploads. Video is a very different way to upload a story.”

—Larue Fox


But what do YOU think?

Check out the story and let me know what you thought of “Sunny and Moony” in the comment-section down below. Also, if there are other Furry-works you would like me to review, feel free to drop a link for me in the comment-section as well.

Here in the next couple of months I will be at ACFI with my buddy Flamesvoices and my wife…so look forward to more posts after that convention in October.

Thank you all so much for reading and for your continued support. I will see you all in the next one! 😉

Rune’s Official TFF 2018 Con Video!

I want to start doing more on this blog that ties it to my YouTube Channel.
While the blog has its own purpose and such, I feel like bringing these two worlds together might help me remain more active and still do something that I enjoy.

Also, while I have the links to my YouTube listed- lets be honest: it’s much easier for someone to click a video already placed in a blog than if you ask them to go searching for something on their own, right?

But, with that being said…my YouTube is important to me. It inspires me to do bigger and better things and to learn to bring in more “entertainment” factors to my projects (this blog included). I also said that this blog covered everything Furry-related, right? What’s more Furry than a convention video?!?

But enough of the rambling…
I just want to say that for as chaotic and new as TFF 2018 was, I still had an amazing and magical experience. I tried something different and something new. I was striving to enjoy this convention in new ways as to make it something more memorable for myself and for my wife, and I think we succeeded in making a con that we will not forget any time soon. I also made it a point to accomplish more goals that I had made for myself after the previous TFF…this meant making more friends, attending more panels, and being less shy about getting pictures with suiters and etc.

So, hopefully you enjoy the video…I plan on adding more in the future and might just write little stories about Rune and all his adventures. But tell me what you think of the idea and if this is something you would like to see more of in the future?

Thank you all for tuning in…more blogs coming soon! 😉

Why Tide Pods ARE NOT Funny!

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The New Year is upon us…and 2018 marks a time for a fresh start, a new beginning…and yes, NEW MEMES. Memes are the ways in which most people communicate their feelings in this world controlled by social media. They bring people together and are a way to reach out and make new friends.

And while lewd and sometimes flat-out stupid (which is why it is funny), even memes can “go too far”. The Tide Pod obsession is one of these things where it has gone too far and should just die…right here, and right now.


  • The Tide Pod Challenge:
    —-People all over are popping tide pods into their mouth for ‘fun‘ and calling it the tide-pod challenge. It causes choking, vomiting, and could actually lead to death. Where it started, no one is sure…but now this ‘challenge’ has been popping up all over YouTube, and the constant “popularizing” of the tide-pods as a meme has only made this situation worse.
    The chemicals in these pods cause burns…burns the skin in the mouth, the tongue, the throat and every news station has covered its effects and the number of deaths it has caused just this year alone. Yet the fad continues…why?

 

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  • Furries encouraging bad behaviour:
    —It may not be our fandom alone (which is popularizing the pods) but we are a part of the problem at least within our own community. While I hate saying it this way, furries are often young and often highly impressionable. More and more furries are in that demographic of teenagers and young adults (like those participating in the tide pod challenge). There is often a need for attention or a want of being popular which is also very rampant within the fandom. So, for something as dangerous as the tide-pod-challenge to be presented as ‘funny’ and ‘cool’…well, it’s only encouraging bad behavior. Even popufurs have taken to making fun of the tide pod things and acting like they are delicious and it’s all for fun.
    Props are being made of giant tide pods…badges even, and YCH of a character eating the “forbidden fruit pod” have been circulating like mad. It’s all a dumb bandwagon that makes people want to take this challenge even more. It makes this behavior seem like it is ‘okay’. While I understand that hopping on popular memes makes for easy money (when it comes to art)…it doesn’t mean that it’s the ‘right’ thing to do. Especially when it means endorsing or encouraging something that can mean severe injury and/or death.

 

  • Mods are right for banning it:
    —People have been complaining that many Furry groups are banning anything relating to tide-pods. They say that it’s going too far and that mods are being too strict. But, I side with the mods. With the threat that is the tide-pod-challenge, and in acknowledging how impressionable a lot of the fandom is…letting the fad and meme die by not allowing it in groups is actually the smart thing to do. Lessening the exposure is not meant to hurt artists or even deter normal conversation…but it’s more about letting the meme die out so that people will stop hurting themselves and getting dangerously sick because someone started this thing as a gag. Unfortunately most groups still DO allow tide-pod props, art, etc to be sold…but I say good on the ones that realize that this meme is in no way funny, and it needs to disappear.

 

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  • Darwanism:
    —You don’t need me to tell you that anyone that pops one of these into their mouth is an absolute idiot. Unless they are an infant, you know these things are toxic…and honestly, it really is just Darwanism at this point. These are poison! You will get sick, you could die! Yet you willingly bite into one for a few seconds of internet fame. I can only hope you never procreate if you thought that it was a good idea…
    Not only are you risking burns to the inside of your mouth…you are risking burns to your airways and everything else- if you don’t suffocate and die first.

Like the fire challenge…this stuff is not a joke. It does not make anyone look cool, or funny. It does not make you famous…it’s dangerous, and people might mimic YOUR specific behavior and die as a result. That rests with those that keep spreading this stupid meme…that people die because this sort of thing is continuously encouraged.

As if 2017 was not toxic enough…2018 is not restoring my faith in humanity at all (as of right now). So to those making the tide props, selling the tide-pod fursonas, to those making tide-pod suits…just stop. YOU are part of the problem…and I only hope you figure this out so you can stop fanning the flames of something that has overstayed its welcome.

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Maskimals…

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Maskimals…if you are in the Furry Fandom, you have already seen a lot of uproar over these things. Whether you love them or you absolutely hate them, they still exist.

They are a Walmart-brand of animal masks that may-or-may-not be marketed for and to the Furry Fandom…and they are one of the newest things that the fandom has been fighting and arguing over. Are they good or bad? Should they be used for fursuits? Does this hurt fursuit makers? Is this a good way to get our fandom out there and have it normalized? All of these have been topics of discussion.

So, trying to put my personal opinion aside (as best that I can), I decided to explore some of these questions and put in an ‘more-mature’ 2-cents…


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  • Should Maskimals be used as Fursuits?

—Whether I say yes or no, they will still be used, so, the question is a bit irrelevant. Conventions will still be flooded with these masks and will still become cluttered with people claiming them as their Fursona, same as what happened with the Mr.Fox mask.
But, in all honesty, the answer is “yes”. Yes they CAN be used as Fursuits…but should they be? Well, it’s all a matter of opinion.

I believe that for people that have never fursuited before (but that might be interested in doing so), this might be a good starting point. The materials are cheap, but, I hear the vision is good, and it breathes well enough. It won’t give you the real-feel on what it is truly like to wear a fursuit but, if you can’t handle wearing these masks all day…then perhaps fursuiting is not for you. I would rather someone pay $20 and decide they don’t like it rather than pay $500+ on a suit and then realize the same thing.

Also, for younger fursuiters that can not afford a suit (and have yet to finish growing), these heads could be a really good starting point for them. I see so many kids at conventions wearing Fursuits that they will outgrow in a few years. That’s a lot of time and materials that cost a lot of money…
Some kids wanna suit but are not allowed to try and make their own. So, this allows them to get in on the fun…even if I do think these things look horrible.

For those people (like me) that think these things are ugly, well, I have actually seen a few people online doing a complete re-haul on these heads. They were able to add new ears, new eyes…they were able to add more designs, and etc. You can barely tell that they were a Maskimal, and they can actually look pretty cool. Again, the materials may not be the greatest…and even with someone redoing the head, because of the way it was manufactured it will always be just so-so in quality, but, they can end up looking really cool and could be a really great starting point for younger Fursuit Makers.


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  • Do they hurt the Fursuit Makers (business)?

—One of the more major complaints on the Maskimals (outside of how they look) is that people fear this will hurt a Fursuit-Makers business. They feel like finding a cheap substitute for an animal costume will make the fandom move away from the custom-suits…thus, artists and makers will suffer. Is this true? I personally do not think so.

In fact, I actually think these Maskimals will do the opposite. I feel like they might actually increase the number of fursuiters, thus bringing a boost in business. Not only that, but I feel like these Maskimals might actually increase the number of potential Fursuit Makers out there as people develop an interest in customizing their characters, and making something more unique. I have never seen other cheap-animal masks conquering the fursuit-market before…so I doubt it would happen now.

Why do I think this? Let me put this into a scenario for you to better understand…

Telephone, Majira Strawberry, Tayerr, Beauty of the Bass, Pocari Roo…
If you are in the Furry Fandom, chances are you know these fursuiters (some or all of them) and/or you have seen them on YouTube. They are part of a group known as the ‘Popufurs’…meaning they are really popular and adored, pretty much ‘revered’ in the fandom with a massive fan-base. While the people themselves are loved, most of their popularity has come from their Fursuits and the characters they portray.
Whether or not, people want to admit it…a good chunk of the fandom only wants a fursuit for the recognition it brings them in the fandom. They get noticed more, they get more likes, they get more messages…fursuiters get more of the spotlight. This is nothing new. So, when you take a bunch of people wanting to be the next Telephone or the next Pocari on YouTube, and then you place them in a Maskimal…they will realize, that they are not getting the attention they want or crave. After that, it’s just a cycle of events.
That person will want to make a custom character and stand out…they might mod their Maskimal, or, they might even start saving the money to buy a pre-made suit. If they mod their Maskimal, that might make them become interested in fursuit-making, and thus start them down the path to doing fursuit commissions and bettering themselves and perfecting their craft.
As these people make their own custom character, get more attention, and etc…they will want the better suits, they will want a partial, then maybe a fullsuit. They will want more views on their YouTube or more likes on their Twitter. It will become like an addiction, and business can only flourish from this.
They will need refs if they want someone else to build a suit for them, they will want art of the character and badges for conventions. They will want everything that comes with being a Furry and that means more money going into the community and more artists getting recognized and funded.

This (of course) is a more extreme case. And it was merely an example…but, if you have been in the fandom as long as I have, and if you have seen the younger furries coming into the fandom and what they desire and why, then you know that what I am saying is true…

Yes, you may roll your eyes and groan. I understand your feelings completely, but, you have to understand that we all start somewhere…and it’s up to us to set the example and really help them understand the fandom, and do the thing our fandom is known for: being open and accepting.


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  • A good way to normalize the fandom?

—I have seen many debates on whether or not these Maskimals were marketed towards the Furry Fandom. My personal opinion is that it’s a mixture. Walmart makes a lot of money, and they are not stupid as to what consumers want. When Fursuit-making became a larger-thing in the community, suddenly Walmart decided to sell faux-fur in their sewing sections.

As the Furry Fandom continued to grow and gain more attention in the media, suddenly the Maskimals appear. Not to say that they are strictly marketed towards furries, but, the fandom is still a huge demographic for them outside of children and perhaps some very-drunk, very-crazy college kids X’D

But, is this a good way to normalize the fandom? To get people used to seeing other people walk around in huge, foam, animal heads? I personally would NOT like to be represented this way. Furries have…evolved. Looking back on old conventions in the 80’s and 90’s is terrifying…and thank goodness styles have evolved and changed. Even people outside of the fandom have a particular taste, and, they know what looks cute, and what looks absolutely cringy.

So, while it might be a way of normalizing the fandom… I would not want it to become normalized via cheap heads sold at Walmart. I would rather the fandom be normalized because people see the amazing conventions that are hosted, and the charities that these conventions help. I want it to become normalized because furries are visiting children’s hospitals and other places where people are sick, or injured…and because furries really brighten up the day.

I want it to become normalized via accurate representation on the news and on TV shows…but, if these Maskimals help, then, so be it…it’s just not my personal preference.


  • Conclusion:

—Unfortunately, what a lot of people get when they post about Maskimals is a bunch of hate from the fandom. People talking about how they are not fursuits, how they are ugly, how they are cheaply made, and etc. I was one of those people that said they look pretty terrible…but I at least tried to say it in a way that was not harsh.

But some of the people posting against the Maskimals can be downright mean, and it does show the uglier side of the fandom. Since the fursuiting portion of the fandom is only about 20%, it does show that we have developed a standard for fursuiting…but we fail to realize that in trying to uphold a standard and being brutally (and cruelly) honest with our opinions and feelings on these things, we have been discouraging a lot of the younger members of the fandom, and really making the furry fandom a less inviting and accepting place than we claim to be.

I think the YouTuber called “Hugh” the German Shepherd said it best when they said that by doing this to people without the money for a suit, and without the means to make their own, we are discouraging someone that could be the next big Fursuit Maker…
We are discouraging possible talent, someone that could possibly contribute greatly to the fandom.

We are (in a sense) really ruining our image…and these Maskimals will bring a new flux of people in that will come in wanting to make friends and make art, only to be shunned, bashed, and ridiculed because people thing a Maskimal only looks good when it is on fire >.>;;;

Yes, everyone has a right to their own opinion…but it is in how you execute that right that separates the good person from the internet bully. So, even if you don’t like the Maskimals, try and give the pros and cons in an educated and mature manner. When confronted with a post about them where you know you can not be nice in any way…hide the post, or be an adult and just IGNORE it unless you have something “constructive” to contribute.

I have posted some furry videos down below discussing the Maskimals that cover the good and bad of it all, and I highly suggest you check those out.

But, as always, you can drop me your opinion in the comment-section down below and let me know what YOU think about these things. As always, thank you all so much for reading and your continued support…I will see you all in the next blog 😉


  • Videos:

^^This one was my favorite video. Very straight-to-the point without a lot of ranting going on. I say this is the best for a positive opinion.

^^Obviously a younger fur that makes their point via a rant. Def more aggressive but still makes a point. The only thing that makes you a Furry is the love of anthro animals. So, whether you have a top-notch fursuit or a Maskimal…you are still valid in the fandom. Do I believe you should call it your Fursona? Well…no. I think fursona’s should be unique in a way, but, if you wanna say that’s your Fursona, I would never stop you. They make a very good point in that you can not copyright nature.

^^ A more popular furry in the fandom with a professional fursuit that does not like Maskimals for obvious reasons. Has a more negative opinion on them, and actually supports making fun of them. Has some good points as to why they are NOT fursuits but, overall talks about saving for a professionally-made fursuit and etc. Advises people not to buy them (unless it’s as a joke), but acknowledges he can not stop someone from buying them. Acknowledges that people that buy these will probably be made fun of in the fandom. I only posted this to show what the regular-hate for these things looks like.

Lets talk about TFF (still relevant?)

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I originally started this blog back in April (if you can believe it). I had the whole first part typed out since I had been taking my sweet time in getting anything done. It read:

Hello everyone! I am finally back from TFF (Texas Furry Fiesta in Dallas)- I actually made it back yesterday but my sleeping schedule and just coming back to reality, well, it has me a little down in the dumps so, it has been taking me a good minute to make any sort of progress when writing and/or making videos.

I was determined to get the blog post done while the con was still relevant and fresh in my mind. But every time I went to write the blog down, it got halted. Maybe it was because it seemed so “overwhelming” to me at the time, or, maybe it was still the post-con depression that was keeping me away…
Either way, here I am again at my desk, trying to put the convention into words while it may still seem interesting and might still be relevant, somewhere.


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Texas Furry Fiesta…it was my first furry convention ever, and I must say that it was nothing short of amazing. I HAD A BLAST! There was so much there that was new to me. I went and suited in Rune with my buddy Captain, got to meet some really awesome fursuiters, and got to check out some really nifty events and panels while I was there as well.
I saw some people I had featured in the blog before, got tons of hugs, and I even bought a few things here and there to commemorate the trip…so all-in-all it was an amazing first experience. My furry con cherry has now been officially popped…but goodness did the whole event seem to go by too fast!!!

I know I was there, but everything great and magical all seemed to go by in the blink of an eye. I never wanted it to end because I was having such a good time! I believe this is where “post-con depression” comes from…

But anyways, because the con was so massive and because there were so many different parts to it that it would take much to long to explain…I managed to break down everything I liked about the con and such into some questions that I think people might be wondering about the trip, about my time there, and etc. So, lets go ahead and get that all underway:


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  • Was the convention as magical as it looks on YouTube?

—The answer to this is a bit of a yes-and-no situation. YouTube videos of the convention are amazing. They really make you feel emotional with all the powerful music and all the fun people are having. Trust me when I say that those aspects of the con exist! But, only if you put yourself into them. How would it be best to explain? The convention is what you make it. So, if you spend all your time wandering around and avoiding people, then no, the convention will not really seem that magical. But, if you ask for pics, interact with suiters, go into panels that are fun and funny, and you really make an effort to get out and do something awesome, then the convention will be fantastic! And even without the music…if you make it great, the convention will be just as magical as it was on YouTube. So, did I find the convention to be magical? For the most part, yes. It was pretty awesome!


 

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Rune, Tato, and PBJ

  • Did people recognize you?

—It was actually pretty surprising to me, but, there were actually people at the convention that recognized Rune! Now, granted, most people recognized him because of my YouTube Channel…but there were a few people like Spade and Tato that recognized Rune because I had interviewed them for Female Fursuiter Month! So, it was actually pretty cool when I would hear my character’s name and then someone was waving at me! There was also a fan of Rune that said they saw me, but, they were too shy to approach me. Which, it kind of made me giggle. If at any point you see me at a convention, do not be scared to say hello to me! I am just as shy as you but I promise that I will not bite! If you ask for a hug or a picture, I promise you that you are seriously making my day!


 

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Captain and Rune – official TFF pic

  • How was fursuiting?

—Fursuiting was a mixture of the best thing ever and also the most challenging thing I have never done. I realized that it’s one thing to get into costume/suit for a Youtube video, but then it’s an entirely different thing to suit up at a convention and then get stopped every 5 minutes while you wander about blindly. Do not get me wrong, I loved every moment that I was in suit. I loved it when people would ask for my picture or would want a high-five. I loved all the hugs that I got and loved hearing people tell their friends how cute my costume was. I was stopped (along with Captain) by the same people over the course of 3-days because they loved our suits so much, and I got to also be Rune during an improv panel which was great fun as well! Even the fursuit parade was amazing! But, it wasn’t without its challenges. I have NEVER felt more drained in my life then after a whole day suiting! I understand now when fursuiters online stress on the cooling periods and in taking time to hydrate. Headless lounges are a god-send as I spent most the day sweating. It was so great just to cool down and drink some water away from the rest of the convention! But heat was not the only issue…
People would step on my tail, it was hard to get through certain areas with my feet on – I sneezed out my squeaker at one point, and Rune would get super ruffled. Luckily I did not need any emergency repairs or anything like that…but, while Fursuiting is amazing fun, it also takes a lot of practice, and lot of patience, and a lot of care in self and suit alike.


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Rune and Drummer

  • Favorite con moments?

—It’s so hard just to narrow done the convention to just a few moments. Even when I tried, I ended up with 5 things that were just…so amazing. Unforgettable moments really. But there are several more than just these! So, first amazing moment was getting to meet Adam King (the owner of Xytras and Drummer) – not only do I adore Drummer’s suit and wanted a pic, I see Adam as a icon for the Furry Fandom. His philosophy, his wisdom, just everything he gives back to the community makes him someone to look up to! Though I have not even been to his meets in San Antonio, he has taken so many furries under his wing and provided a place for them to meet up and have fun, and now he is hosting his own convention this year in which I want to attend! So that’s just part of the reason why getting to meet him and take pics with both his suits counts as one of my fave moments at the convention!

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Rune and Blueberry

Another favorite moment was getting to meet Blueberry the Dutch Angel Dragon! She was so tiny and cute!!! I have never seen such a young Fursuiter, and she was so much fun and just seemed so sweet! She later found my YouTube Channel which was awesome!

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TFF Fursuiters get ready for the Parade!

The Fursuit Parade was another one of my favorite moments. I have never been in a parade before, and this one really makes you feel like a celebrity! There were so many amazing fursuits, and, the minute you leave the lobby to start the parade there are people clapping and cheering! It’s not as lively as portrayed on YouTube though. After awhile the parade gets pretty quiet and all the fursuiters start to get tired thus the line moves a lot slower. Still, I got to give a lot of high-fives and squeak at a lot of people. It was great!

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The Fursuit Games!

The Fursuit games was another interesting memory. I just remember asking Captain: “Will it be hard?” since fursuits tend to get very hot. She said: “No, it won’t be anything crazy! They keep it simple because they know people get tired!” so I believed her and we decided to give the games a go. NO…just…NO! The fursuit games were insane!!! I was linking legs with Circuit while trying to do a crab-walk in a forward line…and then I ended up doing my crab-walk with one hand because Circuit has a 6ft tail that I kept sitting on! And that was just the first game!!!!
But, even though it was crazy, the other games were a lot of fun. Rune got tapped my the “scorpion” in one of the games, and I got to do a very dramatic dying scene which made people giggle. So it was actually really fun and I am glad I was a part of that.

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Little girl says hi to Rune and Captain

The last ‘best’ memory from the con is a section I like to call: “Hi Pokemon”.
So, Captain and I were leaving the headless lounge when suddenly we heard someone say: “You wanna go say hi to them?”
Next thing I know, this little Asian girl is coming up to us. She could not have been older than 2-3 years old and she says: “Hi Pokemon!” she just kept saying high and giving us high-fives! She was so cute it melted my heart! She was just too adorable! Captain and I may not be Pokemon…but for that little girl, we would be Pokemon forever!!!


 

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I got a pic with Saiya the Sergal!

  • Post-con depression:

—After the convention, there is the rumor of people getting “post-con depression”, where the sadness of leaving the con just has you in a slump. I kinda thought it was all just people being silly, and of course they would miss their friends making them sad and such…but having been to TFF and then left, I am here to say that post-con-depression is real!!!

I had not even left the son but a few hours prior, and I was on a bus back to Austin when I just started feeling terrible! I think it’s because (as mentioned before), the son just goes by way too fast! Everything happens in the blink of an eye…all those panels, the dance competition, the shopping, and all the photos. All of it feels like it happened in a matter of hours rather than days. That, and, you start thinking of the things you missed, the people you may not have seen, and you start thinking of the things you learned and what could have happened differently (at least I did this).

I also think that suiting for so long and being so tired, malnourished, and dehydrated plays a part in this as well but, I was suffering from this down-feeling for a good week-and-a-half before I started feeling better.


 

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Captain (left), Telephone (middle), and Rune (right) – and a random Elk!

  • Advice for newbie con-goers:

—Listen to people that have been to conventions before! They know what they are doing (most of the time)! But from my personal experience, here are some basic tips for the newbie con-goers out there:

  1. Map out the venue ahead of time and try and figure out where everything is.
  2. Plan out some panels! Conventions are fun by themselves but you will have large pockets of boredom if you don’t find something to fill your time!
  3. Do not stay by yourself or avoid people! Conventions are a social event! You won’t have any fun if you just wander around and keep to yourself! So meet people, start a conversation, try and make some friends!
  4. Do yourself a favor and go watch the dance competition! It’s amazing!
  5. If you’re going in a fursuit, make sure you have a RELIABLE handler!
  6. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated whether you are in a suit or not!
  7. If you can get a room in the hotel hosting the convention…do it. It may be more expensive but, it will be worth it!
  8. Do not just sit around in the lobby (if you can help it)- you will be missing so much if you do! It’s not worth it!
  9. Take lots of pictures! Majira Strawberry once said that he wished he took more photos because he could not remember most of what he did at the convention (since it went by so fast)! He was right! Without pictures, I would be lost as to half of the things I saw and did at the convention! So take pictures and make memories!
  10. Do not flood the popular fursuiters! Ask their permission to get a pic, if they are busy then come back later. Do not bother fursuiters in the headless lounge! That is our place to relax!

 

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Captain (far left), LolliHolli (left), Match (middle), Midnight (right), and Rune (far right)

  • Would I change anything about my experience?

—While I loved TFF to death, there are a few things that I wish I could have changed about my first experience. Firstly, I would have planned out some more panels. I had no idea how much down-time there was going to be between panels and people just not really suiting and etc…so I wish I had seen more things and gotten involved in more events.

Another thing I would have changed would have been to have more reliable handlers. It might sound mean, but, while the handlers Captain and I had were good at times, we needed handlers to be there for us at ALL times, but we spent a lot of time wandering alone…and that can be dangerous. Plus, it would have been easier to get pictures. We missed a lot of good photo ops because there was no one there to take a picture for us, so there’s that. But, had there have been an emergency of some kind, without a handler, we could have been in some really serious shit (pardon my language).

I def would have liked to stay at the hotel hosting the convention. We were going for cheap rather than convenient…but with how often I was hopping out of Rune and then back in Rune and not wanting to carry him around, well, it was too many visits to the car to put him away. That and, changing in the headless lounge or a bathroom somewhere is not as comfy as if we had our own rooms. Or, if we just wanted to nap but did not want to sleep on a table…that would have been nice too since convention rules state that you’re not really allowed to sleep on hotel property unless you are in your own room.

Lastly, I wish I had really made more friends. I found that even in my fursuit I was still really shy. I was reserved and even in some pics I look ‘uncomfortable’ even though I wasn’t…I was just shy. But, even though my buddy Captain is the best con pal you can have, when we split up, I was bored and very lonely. I watched a bunch of convention videos after the con ended, and I realized that the #1 reason why those con videos are so magical s because it’s full of groups of friends goofing off together. You would see these groups everywhere having fun…and they had the best pics, the best memories, the best videos…all because they had a group to experience the convention with. Call me envious, but, I would like to have even more people to hang out with next year.

Oh…and I’m bringing my own car this time…
No more of that bus nonsense and relying on other people…


 

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Captain and Rune with Cade Cardigan Corgy!

  • Conclusion:

—Overall I could not have had a better time at TFF. It was bumpy, sure…and there are things I would have liked to change but, altogether I see it as a learning experience / something I can really draw from and use to prepare myself for next year. It took me awhile to write this blog because it was my first con, and with that come a lot of emotions. But, I did it.

Next year I won’t put off the blogs for so long, and I will write them sooner to keep them more relevant…but you can trust me when I say that Furry Conventions are an amazing place to be. They can be a bit pricey, they are not always what you might expect…but this can be for the better. I know I spent a lot more money than I thought, got some amazing souvenirs and got to see some amazing suits, even more amazing talent, all while helping a good cause…but yes, if you have a Furry Convention that you have been debating on going to…go…just go…I do not think you will regret it!

So hey, thanks so much for tuning in and reading this blog! I am very humbled by your continued support! Do not forget to watch my TFF videos down below, and as always, I will see you all in the next one 😉


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Run, Definitely Run – DISBANDING!

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This news comes to my from my buddy Captain (who linked me to the post HERE) but, it would seem that the band called: “Run, Definitely Run!” is disbanding. The lead-singer of the group (known in the fandom as Omnom) made a post about it late night on April 7th talking about the decision:

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There was not much else to be said. It was made pretty clear and people were heartbroken. Fans were trying to see if maybe this was just a late April-Fools joke, but, band members came in and told them that it was indeed true…and that despite the begging for them to stay together, they just had different visions.

But, the group is still close friends with each other…and that should be one of the most important things.

Run, Definitely Run! is a Nerdcore band based in Phx, AZ. and founded in 2015. But, that’s all I really know of them to be honest. I know they have been to several conventions as the star of the show…and recently at TFF 2017 they were the main performance taking place after the dance competition!
There was a lot of boosting for them to stay after the competition and listen in, and Omnom took to the stage to talk about their cover of the Pokemon Theme song which was going to be “phenomenal”.

Sadly, I wasn’t able to stay for the show, but, from what I heard from it outside of the stage and down the hall, it did not sound too bad. But luckily, my friend did find a video for their cover on YouTube so that you could give it a listen and judge for yourself:

I am pretty sure there are several videos circulating YouTube as well of their performance from TFF as con videos have been popping up every single day since the the convention ended…and, while the band has decided they will not be playing at BLFC, they are having one last performance at Club Red (East) / in Mesa, Arizona (next week on the 15th of April).

All we can do is wish everyone in the band the best of luck with their vision! I may not know them personally, but I hope they all find what they are looking for as they each pursue their musical dream! As for Omnom, you can find him via his facebook, and he not only does music, but, he has recently been doing small YouTube skits with popular furry YouTubers and fursuiters such as Majira Strawberry and Telephone!

Also, the band members linked can be followed separately if you are interested in keeping up with them. While I wish I had more information, there was no Wiki on the band, their Facebook and Twitter had not been updated very often…and their website seems to already be down.

If you would still like to support the band, they can be found via Spotify where they host their music:
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Also their album which is for sale HERE!

So, a sad day for their loyal followers but we wish them all the best and we look forward to the next thing they have to over to the world, even if it is separately! As band member Lynn Patafla said:

We’ve all been down this road separately, we’re still good friends! We just have different visions musically, so we’ll succeed on our own paths! We know not to let it go to waste. ^.~


That’s all I got for now, but thank you all for reading!
Thanks for your continued support and, as always, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

TLC “My Strange Addiction” -It’s a lie!

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So, here is something that I have not done in awhile…but, it’s talking about Furries in the media. For those that might not have come to my blog often, I have made a few posts in the past where I would watch something on the news…and really point out how the media lied and really made a bad impression on the world about what this fandom is and what it is truly about.

After one or two times of doing this, I kind of made it my mission that whenever I would see furries in the actual media, I would then write something of a review or critique on that video and show how the media represented the fandom…point out the “flaws” and kinda show why certain areas were incorrect and how furries can later combat questions if people use these media videos as reference to their curiosities.

Anyways, I remembered once seeing a section on “My Strange Addictions” (I actually really like the show) about Furries/Fursuits. Having been taking a break from the fandom and still rather uneducated about it at the time, I really thought nothing of it. In fact, the passage I saw on it had a girl and her boyfriend wearing fursuit heads and chasing each other through the park. Well, I decided to look it up.
I did not find the part about the girl and her boyfriend. But, what I did find was a video clip about the beginning / on the furry called “Kira” and how TLC labelled her fursuiting as a ‘fetish’.

Here is the video:

Now, watching that…it was just a small clip. But, did you notice anything strange? I mean, first I think we must address the most important thing…and that is that “Furry is not a fetish”
Now I can already hear the trolls and people uneducated within the fandom saying: “But, it IS a fetish! Furry porn and murrsuits…blah, blah, blah.”
Yes. Yes, I am quite aware these things exist. But so does Steven Universe porn (ugh) and MLP porn as well. But are those fetishes? No. They are fandoms. They are things people enjoy as a hobby and past-time. But, there is always that 10-15% that turn it into something sexual. That’s just how people work. So even when they roll their eyes and say that “not all furries” is a bad way to start an argument…well, how else should we start it? Tell you to check the fucking numbers and statistics? Maybe talk to an actual furry and fucking educate yourself?
Because seriously…this fandom is only the liking of anthropomorphic animals and the sharing of art. All the sex, fetishes, and other things are sub-sets of the fandom that do not apply to the majority.

So, already TLC has made it easy for people to look down on this fandom as something that is “wrong” that is “twisted and deranged” because they labelled it as a ‘fetish’. This was only to get views of course…but what they fail to care about is that they are putting a dark cloud on a lot of people that are actually pretty normal and do not even delve into the darker side of the fandom. And it opens the floodgates to trolls, to bullies, and to hate…which is not what anyone in this fandom wants.

But, did you notice anything else? Weird behavior? Doing stuff that even regular fursuiters don’t really do?

As a fursuiter myself…I can tell you that there are some things I would never think to do in my fursuit. Like, why is she waving at traffic? The first time I saw the action I thought it was odd. Are furries performers? Yes! Do they like to entertain people? Of course! But we don’t do it by standing around waving at people or trying to distract them! Why act for people that can not stop and enjoy you? Why throw yourself out there when it can not be appreciated? It might seem odd to say and might not make sense to a lot of people…but fursuits are meant to draw people in. To get people to stop, to laugh, smile, take pictures…be silly. They are not meant to be a distraction to those that are busy, they are not meant to just stand around and act like they are trying to get you to eat at a new fast food joint or get your taxes done by a specific company. They are NOT mascots…

So, already this was odd…

And then reading a book?! Are you kidding me???
Even though the holes in her eyes were open…fursuiter vision is very limited. And I can not imagine reading a book in one. It doesn’t make sense! I don’t even think I could turn pages with my paws on…it just looked so…weird, out-of-place.

And I was not the only one that noticed either. Plenty of furries actually commented saying that certain things looked forced or did not make any sense for a fursuiter. They could tell that some behaviors did not really match up with what furries actually did half the time.

Even Aberguine the Furry-YouTuber was able to point out some things they noticed just from this small clip:


But we notice these things because we are actually furries…we know these things because we are an ACTUAL part of the fandom, so, weird behaviors are very easy to spot. But, what about the general public?

Well, as you can imagine, it was a lot of people saying that this ‘fetish’ was disgusting and needed to die…and then there were the typical jokes about drinking bleach as well. Then there were those talking about how being a Furry was the same as bestiality and zoophilia (one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to this fandom) and people talking about that one furry friend they had that was a freak because they just happened to be a murrsuiter…so that’s the only side of the fandom they had ever known.

The only relief was that most of the comments were pretty laid back, and even non-furries mostly expressed that this was tame in comparison to the other addictions they had seen on the show. But, it does not change the fact that it shed negative light on our fandom…and the worst part?

THE WHOLE THING WAS A FAKE!!!!

The Furry? She was real…she was an actual furry and a fursuiter. But, when casted to do the show, she had no idea it was about addictions and fetishes. She only knew it had to do with strange hobbies…and she thought that by joining in on this show that she could spread a positive look and vibe on the furry fandom. It was noble, for sure…

…and everything was going good at first: until she signed TLC’s contract.

That’s when she became their puppet, their actor…and she said that everything she was trying to do went up in smokes because she had to do what they wanted her to and they controlled every part of the show from the minute she put pen to paper.

She posted about the experience on her Furaffinity Account 3-years ago…and asked people to stop trying to spotlight the fandom to try and make a positive impression…because the media was not going to help you, rather, they were going to twisted everything for shock value so that they could get the ratings and earn the money.

You can read her statement HERE / and below (for those that do not have an FA):

That Dr. Phil thing going around? Avoid it. All media is just whack, but shows like this are out for nothing but drama and exploitation and going off of those “bad” vibes. They want shock and awe, and they’ll turn you into their puppet. Don’t think you can be a hero or come out clean, because you won’t. I promise you, you won’t.

Take a look at the “titles” of talk shows. Do you hate your family members? Are you a binge drinker? Did your boyfriend sleep with your mom? Were you abused? Do you not know who the father of your kid is? Are you 13 and pregnant? They want shock value! They want people to go “Holy shit, this person is insane! I gotta see this!”. They don’t want a seemingly normal kid to come on there and talk about some quirky hobby they have for 30 minutes. They want over-the-top shit that will keep people watching and talking about you for as long as possible.

I hate bringing up the past, especially this part of it, but believe me on this. I was on TLC’s My Strange Addiction back in 2009. I went on for the sole purpose of bringing a positive image onto the fandom. The show seemed so innocent, saying they were just interested in talking about my hobby, the making of fursuits and the fun, cute things. Once I was under contract, they told me it was about harmful addictions, but I couldn’t do anything. I was contracted. I became an actor. Well, more of a puppet, I should say. They told me what to say, what to do, made me do things I openly resisted against (running around in a muddy forest in white fur, jumping over sticks and rocks and risking my safety? Waving at cars in the middle of a busy intersection? Running around in a busy strip mall disturbing people’s daily outings for laughs that were never had? Going to a state park where there were huge crowds of people and walking flight upon flight of stairs in suit just for footage of peoples reactions?), but they had me on a ball and chain and I was toted around like a prop. Nothing good can come of it. They tell you “Oh, it’ll be fun and cute! We’re not gonna talk about anything bad or weird, don’t worry.” But once they have you, they’ll take it and run, and they will lie and lie until you start to believe it and go with it. You’ll come in thinking it’ll be all fine and dandy and “I’ll show them! I’ll be the turning point, I’ll make furries look awesome!” but they are powerful, and you’ll have no say in what happens once the tapes go into editing. They’ll make a fool out of you, just like anyone who gets excited about these things and tries out for shits and giggles, or even for the most innocent, positive intentions. They turned my life story into a mockery, and into an excuse for my “problem” that I never had.

Just don’t do it, for the sake of yourself and the community and everything. I fucked up for all of us once when i was young and naive and it sucked. Badly. I don’t want to see anyone else going through it.

Being told to lie…to make a fool of yourself. Made to do things harmful to your health, your safety in general, and doing things harmful to your suit? She was under contract…and could do nothing else…and worse, they made her family lie as well.

Sure, she got compensation in the form of money…but even she said it was a mistake because she knew it was going to reflect negatively on the fandom that she obviously adored.

Every time I hear or see of someone ‘talking to the news’ about furries…hoping to set a positive image for the fandom, it always goes wrong. One person who commented on Laura’s blog post said that National Geographic (or someone like that) came to a fur meet to talk about the fandom, but promptly left when they realized that furries in real life are actually pretty boring…and they are actually pretty normal.

I have only seen ONE positive outlook on Furries in the media just ONE (you can find it HERE) // this was the first and only time that furries were shown for what they really are…and they even showcased a very famous fursuit maker. The person doing the interviews even got into a suit! And she had a blast!!! But this show? It’s just like all the rest…

News teams often find the weirdest person in a group of furries and they use this person to market the whole fandom to the world. Even the chlorine attack at a convention was laughed at because they chose to talk to the guy that was constantly “in character” and he basically made us all look like we were crazy and living in some lala-land. And when that isn’t happening…they choose a furry that also identifies as Therian or Otherkin…and they express how they don’t feel “completely human”…another misrepresentation and misconception of the fandom since we don’t all think we are animals.

It’s sad…and sure the episode is old…but, it’s a problem still happening today. Recently the Alamo City Furry Invasion was contacted by a news-team doing a show on weird hobbies and the leader of the convention accepted the invitation. I’m still waiting to see how all that goes since, according to the leader of the convention, the news promised not to make furries look bad.

So you might just be seeing a blog on that in the future to see if they got their facts straight.


Anyways, sorry for the negativity…it just always gets me so fired up to see these things in the media. Either way, I thank you all so much for watching!
More “Female Fursuiter Month” posts are coming! So be on the lookout for those!

As always, thank you all for your continued support and as always, I will see you all in the next blog! 😉

 

Fursuit Friday Feature #24: TOGO

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**Christopher holding Togo**

Hello everyone and happy Fursuit Friday!
Welcome back to another Fursuit Friday Feature!!!! I wanted to make sure I got this done as early as possible since I will be busy the rest of the night and for the rest of the weekend at that. But anyways, we have an awesome feature for you today considering that this entry was so lovely as to actually approach me about being interviewed and featured in this blog! Well, I think it’s super exciting as usually, when I run low on entries I have to go around mailing people saying: “Hey, I love your suit, can I interview you?”

But this person likes my blog, and I must say that I was very flattered.I kinda had started to think that no one ever looked at these entries let alone my blog…so, when I was approached by said person and they said they loved my work and wanted to be featured, well, it was a very happy moment for me and was a big boost to my mood. So, having missed last Friday and having been talking to this very sweet person over Twitter and such, I just had to feature them this week! So, let me introduce you all to Togo!!!

I love wolf characters!!! My main Fursona is a wolf and my wife is a wolf. So, when I see a wolf, I am instantly in love because they are my favorite animal. But another thing to note is, I really like Togo’s colors. I don’t think I have ever seen an orange wolf, and I love the yellow as well…I think it blends really well and makes for a pretty interesting character to say the least.

That and those realistic eyes ❤ It’s insta love!

I am usually partial to more cartoony characters unless they are canine for reasons unknown so, resin eyes are my favorite when it comes to canine suits for sure! But as per usual I am rambling. You came here to see more of Togo and learn more about the character and the suiter. So, lets get down to the interview, shall we?


1.Name: Christopher Brucker

2. Character Name: Togo

3. Character Species: Wolf

4. Fursuit Maker:
Most of it I made myself, with help from my girlfriend Megan (aka Saphira). I bought my pawpads, claws, and the resin base of my head from DreamVision Creations (http://dreamvision-creations.myshopify.com/).

 

5. Total Cost:
Between the fur, resin base, foam and other supplies, I’d say I’ve spent around $800 to date.

6. How long did it take you to get your Fursuit?
I started buying supplies to make it a few months after I decided that I wanted one. It took me about 2 months to complete my head, tail and hand paws. A while later, I decided to make it a more complete suit, so I made a torso for myself. I’m currently working on adding legs and feet. I’m also redoing my hand paws.

7. When did you decide that you wanted a Fursuit?
Aw, man! For years, my girlfriend and I had established that we were “furries”, and she tried to sell me on the idea of becoming active in the fandom, getting fursuits and going to conventions. But, I was really hesitant (regrettably). I come from a more conservative background, and while the idea sounded fun, the whole thing seemed kind of weird to me.

But, that didn’t stop my girlfriend from building a fursuit of her own. In recent years, she finally convinced me to attend our first con, and we went to Furpocalypse in 2015. She wore her fursuit and I handled for her. After watching her have sooo much fun, and after interacting with her and so many other suiters, I knew I had to have one too!

8. Do you go out in public while wearing your suit? Tell us one of your favorite experiences!
Yes! I got to public suit with a group of our friends in Pittsburgh for the first time earlier this year, and it was a blast! I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to do it again.

Probably my favorite moment was when we first suited up and started to walk around the city. I was excited, but I was also super nervous, because I really wasn’t sure how people were going to react to seeing something like us walking around. I had heard that people in Pittsburgh were warm towards furries (because of Anthrocon), but I was still uneasy. I never would have expected what happened right off the bat. We walked into a light rail station to catch a train, and had to ride an escalator up to get to the platform. We got about halfway up, when I heard a woman yell, “FURRIES!!!” I looked down and saw her and a group of people smiling and waving up at us. As we waved back, I thought, “Wow, this is cool.” But then when we reached the platform, not even a minute went by, and we were swarmed! Everybody wanted to talk to us, get pictures with us and be near us. That’s how most of the day was. We felt like celebrities!

9. Have you been to any Cons in suit? If you have gone to multiple ones, which one is your favorite and why?
Yes I have. I’ve been to Furpocalypse in Connecticut two years in a row on Halloween weekend, once without and once with my suit. In the future, I hope to attend Midwest FurFest, AnthroCon, and FurryCon in my hometown of Rochester, NY.

Conventions are a lot of fun, even if you don’t have a fursuit. For years I wasn’t really sure about going, but when my girlfriend started showing me con videos on YouTube, I was like, “Wow! There’s so many cool characters that people portray there. And there’s shows, too? There’s games and dance competitions? There’s panels and gatherings? Sheesh…I want to go!” And it really is an incredible experience.

10. How have people reacted to your Fursuit while you are out in Public?
Surprisingly, 98% positive. Usually the most negative reaction I’ve gotten is someone not acknowledging me as I walk past. Even if it’s worse than that, I’m always having too much fun to notice. Probably the best reactions I’ve gotten are from kids. They run right up to you, and want to hug you, play with you and talk to you. And best of all, their parents love it!

I remember one time, a woman and her daughter walked up and stopped about ten feet in front of me. The daughter was shyly hiding behind her mom’s leg, but her mom pointed to me and said to her, “See sweetie? That’s a furry. Want to go say hi?” I waved to her daughter and took a step closer, but she ducked behind her mom. So, I stopped and got down on one knee so I could be at her level. Eventually she came out for a hug, and warmed up to me and my friends. And later, she didn’t want to leave! Moments like that just made the day that much better.

11. What was your main goal in getting a suit? Did you have any plans for it or did you just get one for fun?
I mainly just wanted to get involved in the fursuiting aspect of the fandom once I learned more about it. I thought it was cool that so many other people were as big of fans of cartoon animal characters as I was, and that many of them cosplayed in this way. I’ve always loved my Disney movies and cartoons, well into adulthood. My friends joke around about how I’m like a “big kid”. I never knew that there was an entire fandom full of people just like me. I was attracted to the whole idea of creating your own character, and getting to portray it just for fun.

12. How do you act differently in suit VS when you are dressed as you normally would?
When I’m in suit, I act goofy and cute to try and be like my character. I’ll give hugs, play tag and hide and seek with friends, chase squeakers, laser pointers and other toys. I love making people laugh and go “aww.” But I still talk and converse like I normally would. I’d say that Togo is a reflection of sort of a playful, more innocent side of myself.

They say that furries are adults who never lost touch with their inner child, and I couldn’t agree more! How awesome is that?

13. What is your favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
I love the fact that when you wear a fursuit, you get to behave so unconventionally. I have no problem with being mature and professional when I need to be. But, it’s so cool that when you put a costume on, you can act silly, even child-like, and everyone loves you for it!

There’s so many different aspects of fursuiting too. It’s cosplaying, it’s acting, and it’s freelance mascotting. I love it all!

14. What is your least favorite thing about wearing a Fursuit?
Just the fact that it gets really hot very quickly, especially if you’re running around and having fun. Also, the fact that you can’t do much with your hands when wearing paws. I have to take them off just to check my phone, but it’s well worth it!

15. What advice would you give first-time Fursuiters and those considering getting a Fursuit?
For those fursuiting for the first time, I’d say just have fun! Interact with people and other suiters. You’d be surprised what kind of reactions that you get!

For those considering getting a fursuit, make sure you do your research. If you’re planning on getting a commission done, shop around online for fursuit makers. Get an idea for what their art is like, and pick your favorite before spending the money. Or, if you plan on making one yourself, search for tutorial videos, and get an idea of what you need to do. Also, don’t get discouraged if you have trouble getting it to look the way you want. Keep at it!

16. What would you say is your biggest peeve when it comes to your Fursuit?
Ugh, I hate when my fur gets all scruffy. It happens so easily too. Drives me crazy how much I have to brush it to get it to look the way that I want. But again, worth it!

17. Do you think you will ever get another suit in the future? Would it be an upgrade to your current suit or a different character?
I’m sure I will. I would probably upgrade my current suit first. I might do it myself if I learn better crafting methods, or get it redone by a commission artist. But down the road, I don’t mind the idea of getting another character.

18. Do you make any videos while in suit (YouTube):
Yes I do! My girlfriend and I have a YouTube channel [HERE]  with videos of us at cons, and public suiting. Please check it out if you care to!

 

19. (Final Question): Any extra words of wisdom you would like to add for anyone reading this?:
I would say, if you have any desire to check out furry conventions or to give fursuiting a try, do it! Don’t hesitate like I did, because it seems weird, or because you’re nervous about what friends and family might think. It really is a lot of fun, and most people are accepting of it. If you explain it in layman’s terms, and use words like “cartoons”, “costumes” and “mascot characters”, most people will understand what you’re talking about. Many even react positively!


So there you have it! That was Togo!!! 😀

There were so many times while reading this interview that I had the “omigosh same”-thought pop into my head. I can relate with so many of the things that were said, especially since I started fursuiting.

I remember being a Furry and not really wanting to be get super involved in the fandom because of all the negative stigma surrounding the fandom and etc…and this was because my whole family thought it was weird and disgusting. Then, even when I became more involved online, I never really wanted to go to a con, and never considered fursuiting until I saw it online and thought that it looked like so much fun. I kinda chuckled since the suiter was in the same position I was in…where they saw other people having fun and kinda caught the “fursuit envy”. I feel you dude, I really do!!!

But I am really glad this person has had a positive experience and that they have been able to share this experience with others. They did offer some great advice of researching fursuit makers and really practicing and watching tutorials if you’re going to make your own. I did not trust myself enough to make Rune, so, I paid others to do it for me…so, I really respect this guy for making his own. It really ended up looking great! And, if he goes through with improving it as his skills get better, this suit can only look cooler in the future…so, if you’re reading this, Togo, keep up to date with me! I wanna see how much your suit improves!!!

But, my favorite piece of advice that he had to offer was in not being afraid to give something a try. The Furry Fandom is surrounded by a lot of negativity, a lot of people afraid of what they do not understand…but, what makes the community great is that, despite all the stereotypes and the stigma, we still grow larger and larger every day, we continue to support one-another, and we continue to have fun! You alone are in charge of your life and your happiness, so, if fursuiting is something you wanna try…give it shot! And don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it because of whatever silly reason :p

But thank you so much Togo for letting me interview! It’s been awesome being able to have you here on the blog!

And thank you guys so much for taking the time to read this.
I love posting the Fursuit Friday Features and really hope to become more active with this blog in the future! If you have a Fursuit, you do furry art, or you make furry crafts and you would like to be featured in this blog, please drop me a comment with a link to your FA, fb, or DA where I might reach you. Also, if you have friends you think might want to be featured, feel free to point them in my direction or vice-versa!

Thank you all for your continued support of this blog, and, as always, I will see you in the blog 😉

Ask Rune & Captain!!!

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-Art by: flamesvoices (FA)-

So, I know it has been a minute since I posted anything outside of the Fursuit Friday Features, but, I have been working on something with my buddy Emi…and this might just be my favorite set of videos in a LONG time!!!

As most of you might already know, I have a YouTube Channel where I make a multitude of videos…mostly talking about fandom issues, or talking about fursuits, and for awhile I was doing some Q&A’s to really kick the channel off.

Anyways, here lately I have been traveling to Austin to visit my pal Emi. She was rather close to me and since we were both going to be headed to TFF in March, we figured it would be best to get to know one another a little better…so, we started hanging out. I can not tell you how much of a blast I have been having just hanging out and goofing off with this silly gal! Not to mention, she has been teaching me things here-and-there about how to be a better fursuiter…and all of this hanging out finally came down to one question: “Why don’t we make videos?”

So that’s where it kinda began.
At first it was just the Christmas shenanigans video (which you can find HERE) and from there we realized just how crazy we were in suit and just how much more fun, funny, and amazing we could really make this thing. But, what were we going to record? Well, Rune recently got some upgrades to his suit – and by that, I mean some paws (courtesy of flamesvoices for the building of them and CCSMascots for the fur) and a squeaker! So, now that we had the squeaker…what if Rune answered questions but…as Rune? Also, having Captain there would be hilarious because the two dragons in personality are like black-and-white.

Rune is like…a derpy-potato-baby that knows nothing about the world…and Captain…Captain is just insane!!! XD

So, we decided that we were going to ask people all over to submit us their questions and, we would answer them in suit!!! 😀

We got enough questions to make a few videos, but, that does not mean that we aren’t looking for more to answer in the future so: ASK US ANYTHING!!!

But anyways…you came for a video right? Here is what happens when you ask these two dragons questions on the interwebs:

 

And because that was not near enough laughs and silly stuff…my friend actually kept the footage that we recorded before we managed to get our final take and made a Bloopers reel on her channel! And who said making videos wasn’t hard? It took us SEVEN MINUTES just to get an intro!!!

But, we had so much fun, the whole thing was a blast and had us crying because we were laughing so hard. So, be sure to submit your questions and be looking for Part 2 in the near future!

Thank you all so much for supporting this blog and reading! Fursuit Friday Feature is coming up in two days – I wonder who it will be? Anyways, I will see you all then in the next blog 😉

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