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Sharing a Furry Fandom Comic + thoughts

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Art by Keovi

Hi, hi everyone!
It has been awhile since I wrote an ACTUAL blog outside of my interviews and such. But there have been some things that have been on my mind lately that I really feel I should put my two cents is…

…and that is the Furry Fandom and how it’s so divided because of how people view furries and the idea that being a furry is sexual. So, I thought I would just take a moment to talk about that, and then show off a comic I just found today.

So, let’s get right into it:

DISCLAIMER: The following thoughts and comic below contain NSFW (not safe for work) content and it is advised that you are 18+ to view.  Also, these thoughts merely reflect my own personal opinion. I am not forcing my views on others, only ask that they be more open-minded and more educated on certain matters.

  • Is the furry fandom all about sex?

—Of course it’s not. The fandom (as stated on any website and as told by any personal knowledgeable of the fandom) is all about the liking of anthropomorphic animals. Animals with human-like qualities. That is the ONLY thing that defines a furry. BUT, before you go saying: “See? I knew sex had nothing to do with the fandom!” you have to acknowledge that while it is not applicable for everyone…sometimes being a furry can be a fetish for someone. Same as we do indeed have zoophiles in the fandom (even though we do not condone this behavior and most places will ban or delete any bestiality posts they find). These people exist, but they do not define the fandom as a whole. And for those that consider ‘furry’ as alternative-sex…they should not be shamed or even shunned for it because guess what? Sex is normal.

 

  • Sex is normal:

—And sex exists in ALL fandoms. Even the most innocent thing eventually ends up getting porn drawn of it and someone that actually finds it attractive and a turn-on. We do have kids in the fandom, yes. But, it’s not our responsibility as a fandom to be their parents. So while I agree that social sites with rules on porn (like facebook) should be censored, sites like Furaffinity with its labeling system should not be the target of people complaining that NSFW is disgusting and not what the fandom is about…just because there are children. The warning labels are there, and, if their parents can’t keep track of them then it’s not our fault they ended up seeing a penis.
Also, the more you ‘shame’ sex…the more you draw attention to the fandom. You validate it when people say the fandom is full of freaks because you are making a natural act suddenly “unnatural”. You are wagging the finger at normal people doing normal things with loved ones and partners. you are shaming a typical act carried out by consenting adults…and fueling the fires of hatred, disgust, and fear just because it’s something that you yourself are not into.

  • But some of those kinks tho…

—I will agree that some of the fetish art in the fandom goes beyond me. But, I can’t really shame them because I understand that I have kinks of my own that some people would easily look down on and criticize if they had the chance. Lets be clear, bestiality and anything relating to pedophilia will NEVER be okay. These things are illegal (in most places) for a damn good reason…and luckily, most furry sites have taken stances against said-things. However, your typical fetishes like latex, inflation, BDSM, plushies, and feet…all of these things existed outside of the fandom first, and naturally, with sexually-active people being furries, and sex being normal, those fetishes were bound to leak into the fandom at some point. Also, some of us actually found the furry fandom through fetishes. Can it get overwhelming at times? Yes. In fact, on FA it feels like the people addicted to vore all post at the same time every day. However, there is a little thing called a “filter”, and they exist for a fucking reason…

 

  • Filters exist for a reason:

—Time for people to stop whining all the time. If you don’t like something, slap a filter on it. On facebook, you can easily hide posts you don’t like. You can even hide users, you can block them, and you can unfollow so that their material does not show up on your feeds. On FA they have the SFW-filter which allows you to get rid of all the adult and mature content on your feed so that you’re not seeing all the sex and fetish stuff. And it actually works!!! So, instead of posting on every, single, adult-post saying how: “This isn’t what the fandom is about” or saying: “Ugh. This fandom should not have sex in it.” and etc etc etc like an A+ douche-canoe…please be the bigger person, show an ounce of maturity and just hide the post, block the person, or move right along like any normal, sensible person would do.


So, in conclusion to that small little rant…the furry fandom is not all about sex. In fact, “furries” by themselves are nothing sexual…but sex does exist as an extra to some furries, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of! The media doesn’t help either…goodness knows I have seen plenty of interviews that paint furries as mental-messes and sexual deviants and it makes me wanna scream because I understand that this is MASSIVE misrepresentation!!
Still, to say that sex has no place in the fandom and that you’re against sex…well, unless you can be an adult and just move right along from it like I mentioned above, you really don’t have a place in this fandom because an attitude like that is toxic. All it does is give power to those who hate furries, and it alienates our fandom even further as something strange and unnatural. Furries are meant to be tolerant…the fandom is meant to be a safe space, a tolerant space for those who are different and want to show the world who they really are in a way that feels comfortable and secure.

But anyways…ON TO THE COMIC!!!!


The comic

Check it out via the link HERE

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This comic was originally published on Oh Joy, Sex Toy by Keovi and Kyell Gold.

  • Why is this comic important?

To be honest, this comic is important because it reflects on a lot more furries than you would think. I can already list over 50 furries whom I know that relate to this story, to how they found this fandom, and etc. From the break-ups, to their first relationship being furry and online…to the sexual mishaps, even from the changing of a character to better reflect themselves. And the thing is…I am one of them.

I joined the furry fandom in 2007 and even then, I was a “closet-fur”. I never told anyone I was a furry. Even the person that introduced me to the fandom knew better than to call me a furry in front of my friends. I grew up in a place where being furry was weird and it was misunderstood. Hell, I did not even fully understand the fandom until 2014. That’s 7-years I thought being a furry was a fetish and then suddenly realized it wasn’t all about sex and fetishes…so I can understand why people get mad and think that it is but shouldn’t be and etc. But case-and-point those people that think that way are just ill-informed same as I was ill-informed.

But, I did start my adventure under a guise. I played Furcadia…I role-played. I had several “sexual” encounters online…I even have a character who is only known for that because that’s how I played her. That character, what I was doing…it seems silly now, almost embarrassing at times – but, I was discovering myself. I was young and I was experimenting. But, I was doing it in a way that was still safe, that was still private…in a way I would not get hurt and I realize now, it was with people I knew I could trust.

This comic is important because it shows that sex is normal…that the act of it is part of growing up. That being in the fandom can be the time when we grow up as well, that the fandom might be the place where we do our growing, and it can teach us life lessons in multiple forms. It shows that the fandom has been an “opportunity” of sorts for people…whether it is an opportunity to fly our true flag and colors, whether that be our opportunity to experience love, or, yes, whether that be our opportunity to experience sex and fetishes…the fandom holds many different things for many different people, and we all have our own things we have gained from this fandom, this family, this place. We have experienced friendship, love, loss, heartbreak…pain and anger, happiness, and we have all had our own strokes of luck.

So while some people will grumble and say: “I thought this was going to show me how to talk about furries…and for something saying it’s not about sex, it shows a lot of sex.” I really think you’re missing the point of it. It’s showing that for some people, this fandom is life. It takes us down a road of experiences…and while those experiences vary from person-to-person…even if the fandom has sexual stuff in it, there’s MORE to it than that, and that above all, we as a fandom should be able to embrace these things. Because it’s normal…we are normal.

Anyways, that was just my two-cents on it.

Thank you all so much for watching!!! Furry Friday Feature is tomorrow, and I really hope you like it! As always, feel free to drop your thoughts and ideas in the comment-section below, and, I will see you all in the next blog 😉

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I’m Going to be in a Comic Book Series!

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I’m going to be in a comic book series!!!

No joke!! This is so amazing and I am so honored to have had the opportunity to have my likeness and the likeness of another special lady in this amazing comic where Mad Maxx meets Lord of the Rings / this amazingly-illustrated world which is the “Lowlife” series.

Lowlife is a fun story set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy realm focusing on a group of villains and their nefarious deeds in a world where Lord of the Rings meets Mad Max. Short Synopsis: When a man with no memory of his past begins to find out that he was not a good person, he does what comes naturally to him. He becomes even worse.

—From the IndieGoGo Page

The world known as Thratas is a planet covered by sand, dust and death. What little green there is has been harvested by the lords of the lands to further their wealth and power. The weak die or become slaves, eternally in service to those of means. The lords create weapons and machines of industry in their great cities that cause pollution, making the world even more of a wasteland. Groups of orcs, elves, humans and other races roam the land, scavenging what they can to build their own weapons and ammunition to destroy. Slavery is rampant, both in the wastes and the cities.

Lowlife is a comic for mature readers as it contains graphic violence, nudity, adult language and some sexual situations. It is intended to be an ongoing series following the exploits of a band of criminals in a Fantasy meets SciFi/Post-apocalyptic environment.

I have already been told that I will be featured in the first book for a few pages and future books, so please, SUPPORT THIS PROJECT!

This is being created by people that have worked on official comics before, and artwork is being done by the ever-so-talented Avionetca (click her name for her DeviantArt) whom I have had the honor of watching stream a comic she was working on for a friend, the very same friend (Industrial) that got me to pledge my support to this project and is the reason my likeness and that of my wife’s can appear because the rewards are so amazing, they really do appreciate all the help they get in making this comic book and this world come to life!!! do you really need more convincing?

Do you like comics? Do you like fantasy? how about post-apocalyptic worlds? How about me? 😉 Then you will be BLOWN AWAY by lowlife featuring characters made after myself and my wife: Ruby!!!
They have 90% of funding for their first round and the second round will need just as many backers! I already know I will be helping, and, they have amazing perks/rewards for everyone that helps them out. So, if you want to know more, please check out their indiegogo page HERE: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lowlife-issue-1-comics-fantasy#/

Or their Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/LowlifeComic/

Thank you all so much for reading and, if you can not help fund this AMAZING project, then, please help by SPREADING THE WORD! See you in the wastes 😉

Furry Highlight #7: Dragon_Kai

*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

1. Name: Dragon Kai
2. Age: 28
3. Gender: male
4. Location: Belgium
5. Hobbies: drawing, gaming, movies, anime and manga, fitness
6.Fursona Name: Kai and Kaya Romero
7. Species: Dragon

ARTIST:
FA link here: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/dragonkai/
DA link here: http://thenekoboi.deviantart.com/
Other Gallery links here: http://www.twindragonscomic.com/
http://www.gamerdragons.com/

8. When did you discover/join the Furry Fandom?
I have always been interested in cute animals and disney had some really good movies about them when I was little. I made an account on FA about one and a half years ago.

 
9. What inspired the creation of your main Fursona?
I got inspired by Rudragon and his little dragon Ru to make my own dragon. Kai was born from this, and he got a twin sister a little later. They grew up to be totally different from Ru, to the point that it would be hard to pinpoint the influences.

 
10. In what ways is your Fursona like you and in what ways may they be different?
Kai and Kaya have their own personalities, I didn’t base them on myself or anyone I know, but they have some traits that I like in a character. Kaya is bubbly, cute, enthusiastic and naive at times, while Kai is more the thinking kind of guy (kid). He is less naive than his sister. He can get a little competitive at times and is overall fun loving like his sister.

 
11. What are some common misconceptions you hear about Furries?
They’re those people that think they’re wolves and howl to the moon at night.
And of course, the porn -_-

 
12. What are some problems you have seen within the Furry Community?
Drama, lots of it at times.

 
13. Have you ever been insulted for being a Furry?
Nope, but not many people consider me furry, I’m just the guy that draws cute dragon kids xD
(heck, I don’t even consider myself furry, I just like the community :p )

 
14. Have any of these things ever made you consider leaving the fandom? Why/Why not?
Nope, just let it go and move on :p
I’ve met some wonderful people due to the community and many people like what I do, so I’m here to stay.

 
15. Has your character (Fursona) changed your life in any way?
Kai and Kaya are known by at least 500 people now, that’s quite something I guess :p

 
16. If you could meet your Fursona in real life…what might you talk about or what activities might you do together?
Go eat some ice cream 😀 (with extra chocolate for Kaya, with sprinkles on top)

 
17. As an artist, do you have trouble showing non-furries your artwork? Why/Why not?
I was a little worried about the reception of it, but people seem to like it. Belgium might just be more open minded about it (or more ignorant so they don’t know about it other than Disney movies, and who hates Disney movies 😀 )

 
18. What are your views on Art Theft? (Tracing, Heavy referencing, selling colored bases made by others, or flat-out taking artwork, etc).
Burn at the stake!
Just kidding, the death penalty never helped anyone, but I’m strongly against art theft. Referencing is one thing, copying someones art almost exactly goes too far though. I only condone that as a form of practice and you should never post the results online and claim it as your own. It just doesn’t show any respect to the artists that put their heart and soul into making the art.

 
19. Do you draw SFW or NSFW? If both…which do you prefer and why?
strictly SFW. I didn’t join the fandom for the porn. In fact, I’d rather have people see the fandom for the SFW side instead of the NSFW side.

 
20. Do you sell your artwork? Why/ Why not?
I would love to do commissions and sell artwork. A man’s gotta earn a living somehow :p
You see people telling artists that if they start asking money for their art, they’re sellouts. I think that’s such backwards thinking it’s painful. How can an artist be free to do what he wants to do, namely make art for himself and for all of you to enjoy, while starving? Almost every artist of name in the history of mankind has sold his works at some point in time. Did they get rich doing it? Most of them didn’t, and the ones that did were aware of how the economy worked at that time. Artists were known to adapt to new methods of creating art to make money. When the etching print method was discovered, almost every artist started making limited prints to sell, so why wouldn’t we be allowed to make some money?

That said, my webcomics are and will always be completely free ^^
I don’t believe in paywalls. I believe in the strength and generosity of the community to support their artists.

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*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

I remember seeing “Gamer Dragons” posted on a Furry page on Facebook and then following the link to Furaffinity. I then began reading the comic from the beginning, and then the gaming spin-off comics which always gave me a chuckle. Gaming is one of my passions, and the way that Kai and Kaya work together…reminded me a lot of my mate and I, and how dysfunctional our gaming really must look when we try to play together (since we have 2 VERY different ways of playing a game).

But, these games always make me smile, always give me a chuckle, and it’s always exciting to see what will happen next and/or what new gaming adventure these dragons might have 😀

Awhile back, Dragon_Kai even had a little questionnaire thing that he wanted people to fill out about his art and etc. He wanted feedback, and those that wrote back would receive a doodle in his style. Haha, I was only able to write him something (unfortunately, a video testimonial was not possible at the time), and as a thanks, I was given this hilarious doodle of my wolf, Ula…trying to play a 3DS which I found absolutely adorable!!! ❤

Ula by Dragonkai

*** Art by: Dragon_Kai ***

I like that his stuff is free, and it’s always improving as well. The main comic has a fascinating back-story about hybrids being a genetic mutation, and the gaming side-comics always find a way to relate to gamers of all kinds. So, I highly recommend checking this artist out, giving their page a watch, and giving their comics a fave!

So WOW! We are almost at 10 posts for the Furry-highlights series…and we still have so many more to go! I’m still looking for people to interview…so drop a link in the comment-section down below so that we might arrange that! you do NOT have to be an artist in order to be interviewed. I want to spotlight artists, musicians, art collectors, just your average fur, and fursuiters all the same!!! So, don’t be shy!
Also, it would help me a lot if you share this blog with your friends…the more watchers I get, the more artists and others can get recognized for the amazing things they do!!!

Anyways, I will see you all in the next one 😉

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