April 22, 2010
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Welcome to furrydom! Here's where you can find out more about "furries" -- a term which has come to be used both for furry characters, and for the fans of them.
Welcome especially to those seeking info after seeing something about furries on TV. Several shows, including Back to You, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Jimmy Kimmel, The Man Show, ER, Drew Carey, and specials on MTV and HBO have featured furries. However, these depictions have largely been along the lines of "lookit the freaks" and are not a fair representation of furries or furry fandom in general. Have you ever noticed in TV coverage of a football game, how the camera often focuses on the few fans (out of a stadium of tens of thousands) who have painted their bodies in the team colors? Yes, furry fandom has its share of colorful characters -- but most of people who are fascinated by furries are not that different from the people you know at school, work or church who enjoy sports, gardening, arts and crafts, cooking, collecting, games, or any other hobbies.
You've probably seen many: they're the stars of greeting cards, TV commercials, comics and movies entertaining millions of young and old alike. In short, folks with fur... characters in literature, film, TV, comics, or roleplaying who aren't quite human. Examples in popular media include cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny; mythical creatures such as werewolves and dragons (the possession of fur is not a requirement of being "furry"); or aliens such as the Wookies and Ewoks of Star Wars.
But for some folks, the furries appearing in popular media aren't enough... so they seek out independent comic books like Steve Galacci's Albedo and Mike Curtis's Shanda the Panda. These long-running series deal with mature subject matter: the former, the personal and physical devastations of war; the latter, the ecstasies, agonies, and intricacies of adult relationships. And in fact, the only comic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize is furry: Art Spiegelman's Maus, chronicling the experiences of his father in Nazi Germany, with cats cast as Nazis and mice as Jews.
alt.fan.furry is where you'll find
discussion of all aspects of furry fandom; in many respects similar to
science fiction fandom, but "furry" is a "meta-genre", since it cuts
across traditional genre classifications of SF (the Wookies of Star
Wars), Westerns (Feivel Goes West), heroic quests
(Watership Down), and even sports (Animalympics). The
Lynx/Greywolf Furry FAQ explains the basic topics about
furries and furry fandom. Note that some a.f.f. posters tend
to bicker; the contentiousness found on this newsgroup is not
representative of furries in general.
The vast bulk of furry material is available from other furry fans -- self-published fanzines and artists' portfolios, or stories and pictures archived at FTP and Web sites.
You can also get many comics and zines by mail order:
- The Rabbit Valley Comic Shop (formerly known as Mailbox Books)
- P.O. Box 540568, Waltham MA 02454-0568
The premiere furry mail-order distributor. You can browse their catalog of current furry comics, portfolios, and merchandise, and order online by credit card, or send for a printed catalog.Historical Note: This company did business for years as Mailbox Books. The original Mailbox Books was founded by Ed Zolna, who retired in 1998 and sold the company's assets to Sean Rabbitt (who acquired the name Mailbox Books) and Matt Henry (who started "Bronzebear Media Distribution" to sell Ed Zolna's backstock). In spring 2001, Mr. Henry decided to return to college to pursue a master's degree, and began liquidating the business; at Anthrocon 2001, Mailbox Books acquired Bronzebear's remaining inventory.
In September 2001, a company called Education Center, Inc. filed suit alleging trademark infringement: it had begun using "The Mailbox Book Company" in its marketing of classroom materials to teachers, even though Mr. Zolna's and Mr. Rabbitt's use of "Mailbox Books" predates it. Rather than face a lengthy and expensive legal battle, Mr. Rabbitt decided to change the name of the company and get on with business.
- Second Ed
- As the old saying goes, "You can't keep a good man... gathering no moss" or something like that. Ed Zolna came out of retirement in 2003 selling comics, folios and CDs by top furry artists and publishers from around the world, via a free Genuine Paper Catalog with monthly updates.
The Recommended Anthropomorphics List is for fans who want to know what anthropomorphic comics, movies, TV series, novels, etc. are worth looking for, and lists the items eligible for nomination for the annual Ursa Major Awards.
alt.lifestyle.furryis a newsgroup for people who incorporate furriness into their lives more intensely, but the newsgroup tends to undergo turmoil from time to time. Its original FAQ is archived here for historical reference at the request of the author, and is no longer being posted to the newsgroup.
Established conventions and gatherings of more than 100 people. A list of smaller gatherings, and science fiction conventions with a furry presence, can be seen on WikiFur's listing of Upcoming Events.
Historical Note: ConFurence (or, the International Anthropomorphic (Furry) Convention/Exposition, for short) was the premiere furry convention, founded in 1989 and running annually until 2003. CF0-10 were organized by The ConFurence Association. From 2000-2003, The ConFurence Group produced the conventions.
The growth of furry fandom has attracted media attention, so much so that there's a LiveJournal community devoted to sightings of furries in the media.
Here's an article from the Tri-Valley Herald in the San Francisco Bay area: http://www.xydexx.com/anthrofurry/trivalley.htm , another from Jim Hill Media: http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/roger_colton/archive/2003/02/03/887.aspx , and from the Philadelphia-area paper Wayne Suburban: http://www.xydexx.com/anthrofurry/furries.htm .
Pressed Fur is a site that collects media mentions about furries and furry fandom, as well as essays, critiques, and views of how others see the fandom, but it hasn't been updated since 2002.
For a good, impartial overview of furries and furry fandom, check out the Wikipedia entries on furries and furry fandom.
One of the best furry films of recent memory, so since I'm a big lion fan, it gets its own section.
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