Fur, scales, fins, or feathers, everyone has a story.
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I'm joking of course. I'd be tickled if everybody showed up! *Gulp...* Just give me a cracker and throw a hood over my eyes and I'm sure I'll be fine...
If you're attending AWU, I'm scheduled to give a panel on Friday, October 27th at 5pm! I'll be sure to announce the location as soon as I know! And if you won't be able to attend the con, not to worry. I plan to post my panel online afterwards.
My working title is How To Act Like A Pro When You Feel Like An Amateur! I plan to talk about some things brand new creators can do to feel more confident as they break into their field, all of which is drawn from my own experience starting Aww, Feathers! Looking forward to seeing you there!
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Timeheart, October 6th, 2017, 2:54 am
What if Clowns show up! Oh wait, they're probably not invited.
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inejwstine, October 6th, 2017, 9:12 am
@Timeheart: *shudder* Let's just say, if Pennywise shows up, I might need to end the panel early! 🤡
Anonymous (Guest), October 6th, 2017, 1:28 pm
So I love anthro art, (and your comic), I’m local, but I’ve only attended two “cons” - Fantasy Con and Comic Con in SLC in 2014. I liked them. However, I’m not sure sure about this one. I’ve never been one to have a “sona” and I won’t get into my opinion on that. Some fursuits sure look neat, I can see me, perhaps, liking owning one
Anyway, all that said, it often looks really awkward and weird, to me, to be doing in public. Maybe I’m a closet “furry” and haven’t embraced that level of the “dom”. I don’t mean negative to anyone in any way, but I’m greatly concerned about the discomfort I may feel.
Any suggestions or thoughts?
inejwstine, October 6th, 2017, 1:59 pm
@Anonymous : Oh sure! I'm happy to offer my thoughts. Let me start by saying AWU is actually going to be my first furry con ever, so I don't even fully know what I'm in for! But the impression I get from others in that, like other types of conventions, it's a lot of fun with a variety of things to participate in, including things you'll love and other things you may not care for, but don't have to participate in. And I'm sure the AWU staff want nothing more than for people to feel comfortable there (I know at least one of the organizers personally; very nice guy). You may consider viewing their policies on their website to get an idea of the feel they're going for.
While I've witnessed the occasional argument over what's considered a "true furry," for the most part the fandom seems to try really hard to be inclusive. Some have a fursona they're so connected to they practically consider it to be synonymous with their own identity. Others just have one for fun and don't take it nearly so seriously. I admit, I don't know of anyone (yet) who considers themselves a furry and doesn't have at least one OC, unless they're still in the process of developing one. But if that's not your bag, I don't see why you'd have to make one. In fact, I don't even think you have to call yourself a "furry" to be able to attend and enjoy a furcon. If you love anthro art, at the very least you'd probably enjoy carousing the dealers den (come say hi to me if you do!)
It's completely up to you of course. But it may be worth it to at least give it a try to see how you like it. I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. :-)
Aldred (Guest), October 7th, 2017, 8:47 am
Ohhh... That canbe soo cool! I'm so sad, because I can't go on almost any con! I live in Hungary and there are almost none of them just a few in Budapest! I would like to go and meet you but I can't really... I just hope I can go to some other country later! :/
inejwstine, October 7th, 2017, 9:04 am
@Aldred: Aww. Well I hope you get the opportunity some day. I'll be sure to announce when my panel is available online.
Aldred (Guest), October 7th, 2017, 9:47 am
@inejwstine: Thank you! :)
Potato Pizza (Guest), October 7th, 2017, 9:26 pm
@Anonymous : I'm sort of a closet furry myself. I'm not the biggest fan of the well, fandom. But some of the comics are really good (this and Furry Experience, at least). I suppose if I were to get a "fursona" I'd want one that represented me well. And I'm not very sure what that is. What I do know is that I don't want to get too involved with the fandom. Seems too risky to me. But enjoying these comics is not. In fact, they're among my favorites not so much because they feature furry characters, but because of their wit, charm and importance. I mean, this very comic tackles issues of race, class, and culture with a sensitive yet not overbearing viewpoint. Furry Experience is more geared towards humor, and uses its very identity to fuel it. From Colonel Sanders in the news to "Pokemen" it really does humor well.
Before I discovered webcomics, I was a lonely, sad person. OK, OK, what I mean is that webcomics really can be amazing and wonderful. While it really can be "hit-or-miss", there's much to find that can't be found in the "regular" comics.
inejwstine, October 7th, 2017, 9:57 pm
@Potato Pizza: Aw, thanks for the kind words! I love hearing that my comic has been uplifting to others! :-)
Done well, comics can be a great medium for addressing issues in an approachable manner. I think this can be especially true of furry comics given the fandom's oft implied (if not always perfectly executed) acceptance and openness towards others.
Casanova (Guest), October 8th, 2017, 1:35 am
I thought Miss Findel represented your wife. Did she get a 'sona change too?
inejwstine, October 9th, 2017, 6:54 am
@Casanova: Heh, yeah in a manner. We decided to use Lark and Maiara (the horse) as our more public facing 'sonas. We still use our original characters among close friends and such. But for the comic, we wanted to allow the characters to grow on their own and not be constrained by our own life story, while still occasionally being influenced by it.