With FurIdaho coming up, some of you may be wondering just what the fur fandom is all about, thankfully we’re here to help!
Fur fandom may be one of the more recent of the many genres, but its roots actually predate all others with sightings in early Egyptian and even upper Paleolithic cultures. So the contemporary Furs may be a recent addition to culture, but the roots of the fandom are among the most ancient of human cultures.
One of the more modern innovations is the fursuit (don’t worry PETA, they’re faux fur!). These suits, whether full or partial, are an anthropomorphic form of cosplay where human and animal features are blended to create a distinct character or ‘fursonna.’
A person’s fursonna is the furry persona they have chosen to represent themselves in the culture. It can be anything from a cat or dog, to even mythical creatures like dragons or fox/wolf hybrids.
Many artists make quite a bit of money making fursuits of people’s characters, or drawing people’s fursonnas for use online or as badges to identify them at conventions.
Some furs even make money off of their own characters by drawing them into comics, like Dan and Mab’s Furry Adventures drawn by Amber Williams, Furthia High by QuetzaDrake, or Lackadaisy Cats by Tracy J. Butler who is in fact, not a furry at all (though her anthropomorphic characters are beautiful).
For as much drawn and painted media the fandom has put out, there is also a glut of written word, poetry, music, video games, and so much more out there waiting to be discovered.
At FurIdaho you can learn more about drawing Furs, attend panels on both making and wearing fursuits, and pit your character against other people’s in a grand RPG style battle royale. There will even be panels about self publishing, growing the local community, and local Idaho fauna! Check out http://furidaho.com/programming/event-schedule for the updated schedule and we hope to see you there wagging your tail with us on 23, 24, and 25 March!
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