Art Spot: Aersynn – Walk the Runway, by Noben

Aersynn - Walk the Runway by Noben

Aersynn – Walk the Runway by Noben via FurAffinity

Noben’s work is always vibrant and energetic. Even their somber pieces are inviting, but their best work exults in furries taking delight in the world around them. Great stuff!

Noben on FurAffinity
Noben on DeviantArt
Noben on Tumblr

-The Gneech

The PTBAF Art Spot highlights some of the best in furry art, selected more-or-less at random by our staff. PTBAF supports the rights of artists and creators and our policy is to only post items by permission or otherwise consistent with applicable copyright laws. If your work has been used erroneously or you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.

Furry Fandom Addresses Bullying Incident

Tiger fursuit

Biggest Little Fur Con in Reno, Nevada was almost ruined for one young furry this weekend, but convention staff and the community came together to make sure she was welcomed and supported.

As reported by the victim’s mother, a 10-year old tiger named Emma was waiting for a group photo shoot in her costume when one or two adults in mouse fursuits (accounts vary) started bullying her. She was upset and left BLFC in tears with her mother, saying she never wanted to be a furry and didn’t want to ever return to the convention.

Tweet trying to stop the misinformation about the mouse fursuiters
Tweet trying to stop the misinformation about the mouse fursuiters

The matter was reported to BLFC staff, who responded by pulling the badge of an attendee identified in the incident. Word of the event spread rapidly via social media, which also led to other attendees in mouse fursuits being mistakenly connected to the incident. BLFC tweeted on Sunday: “In regards to the situation with several attendees having harassed a minor, all parties have been properly dealt with. We ask that ALL attendees be respectful towards one another and to report any bad behavior to staff immediate[ly]. Thank you.”

Standing proud with Emma Tiger

Several people at the convention sent encouraging messages to the young tiger and convinced her to return to the convention the following day. They staged another photo shoot so she could be included, and she has received many messages of welcome and support and pieces of artwork.

The matter appears to have been resolved to the family’s satisfaction. Emma’s mother posted on Twitter:

The situation has been handled thanks to @BiggestLittleFC, FLARE, and the wonderful community, the situation has been settled. The individual has had their badge pulled after a positive ID by Emma.

Again, Thank you so much everyone. To see this much support is truly overwhelming as my BF and I just wanted Emma to have a good time and be a part of the fandom that she loves. My BF was the one that asked for help Friday night, and he was just hoping to make a small video … to try and show Emma that the there were more people in the community that are good loving people than one bully and that she shouldn’t let the actions of one person stop her from what she truly loves. …

We were honestly just so blown away and overwhelmed that even trying to write this I am still in a daze of confusion and confusing emotions. We truly appreciate everything everyone has done to make my daughter smile again. When she got up Sat morning and wanted to return with us to BLFC, and to wear her tail and tiger hat with a smile, we were overjoyed just to see her smile when we came back today and started having fun like nothing had happened.

We love this community and to see let alone receive so much love and support from the community… just.. Thank you, thank you all so very much. Never change, keep loving and caring.

When Cons Go Bad: Dealing with a Disappointing Convention

At least your convention will never be as disappointing as Dashcon.

When you’ve gone to enough conventions, you’re bound to have an experience that just doesn’t live up to the hype. Maybe you don’t know anyone or no one is asking for commissions. Then to make matters worse, everyone around you is gushing about the ‘GREATEST CON EVAR’ while you’re sitting alone drowning your sorrows in a cold pizza from the cafe. It’s the sad reality, and sometimes can’t be helped. But often it can!

We here at ProudToBeAFurry.org prefer to look on the bright side of things, but sometimes looking for the positive first involves dealing with the negative. So over  a few articles, we will be going over conventions that can go bad– not just attending, but also disappointing experiences that artists and dealers might have. But we’ll also tell you how to avoid them, and what you can do to improve your con-going experience!

Continue reading “When Cons Go Bad: Dealing with a Disappointing Convention”

Art Spot: Blending In, by -Lofi

Blending In, by -Lofi, via FurAffinity

Blending In, by -Lofi, c/o FurAffinity

Love the atmosphere and sense of mystery about this piece. Is this cat infiltrating some secret organization? Hiding from someone? They’ve got a mighty mischievous twinkle in their eye…

-The Gneech

The PTBAF Art Spot highlights some of the best in furry art, selected more-or-less at random by our staff. PTBAF supports the rights of artists and creators and our policy is to only post items by permission or otherwise consistent with applicable copyright laws. If your work has been used erroneously or you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.

Furry Community Calendar for February 2018

The Newspaper Journalist, by FangzahnBisclavret
The Newspaper Journalist, by FangzahnBisclavret

February Calendar Page

Creative/Literary

Conventions

Got a furry fandom event or deadline coming up soon? Drop us a line via submissions@proudtobeafurry.org with the event, date, location (if applicable), and any other pertinent information, and your event/deadline/whatever will go up on the list of events!

Art Spot: Steamcycle by Leo Magna

Steamcycle by Leo Magna, via FurAffinity

Steamcycle by Leo Magna, via FurAffinity

Originally a $10 sketch, this piece has a lot of personal meaning for me, as it inspired Fagin from Arclight Adventures, which led me to write Sky Pirates of Calypsitania, a novel which I love and am still determined to see published, dammit! 😉

-The Gneech

The PTBAF Art Spot highlights some of the best in furry art, selected more-or-less at random by our staff. PTBAF supports the rights of artists and creators and our policy is to only post items by permission or otherwise consistent with applicable copyright laws. If your work has been used erroneously or you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.

Furry Event Calendar Taking Submissions Now!

Anthrocon 2017 Fursuit Parade Photo, courtesy AnthroCon.org
Anthrocon 2017 Fursuit Parade Photo, courtesy AnthroCon.org

Starting this month, ProudToBeAFurry.org will be hosting a calendar of upcoming events in the furry community, and we would like your input! Conventions, local meets, registration or submission deadlines, whatever it may be, we’re interested! Drop us a line via submissions@proudtobeafurry.org with the event, date, location (if applicable), and any other pertinent information. We’ll also post summaries of upcoming events periodically, to help everyone keep on track.

Let’s have some fun!

-The Gneech

Roar 9 Furry Literature Anthology Submissions Due

Roar Volume 7 Cover, Courtesy of FurPlanet
Roar Volume 7 Cover, Courtesy of FurPlanet

FurPlanet’s ROAR anthology series of general audience furry stories will soon be closing submissions for Volume Nine, with the theme of “Resistance.” As editor Mary Lowd states in the submission call post:

We can be generous in how we interpret “resistance,” but all stories must be furry. That means an anthropomorphic animal figure should be significantly featured in your story — it could be anthropomorphic in body or only intelligence. We’ll consider any type of furry fiction from secret life of animals to fox in Starbucks — as long as it’s excellent. Though, the editor does have a preference for stories where the animal nature of the characters matters — if the reader can’t even remember the species of the characters by the end of the story, then that’s not a good sign.

We are interested in underrepresented voices. If you have personal experience relevant to your story, feel free to mention it in your cover letter. For instance, if your story is about a space unicorn and you are a space unicorn (or a research biologist who studies space unicorns), let us know. We are not interested in stories that involve rape in any way.

Details on the submission process and payment rates can be found at MaryLowd.com.

-The Gneech

Art Spot: Echo the Bat, by Myke Greywolf

Echo the Bat, by Myke Greywolf
Echo the Bat, by Myke Greywolf

Always love seeing the ways furry artists (including fursuit creators) solve anatomical “problems” in art, and bat wings are always a challenge. Clearly Echo here has it well in… hand?

-The Gneech

The PTBAF Art Spot highlights some of the best in furry art, selected more-or-less at random by our staff. PTBAF supports the rights of artists and creators and our policy is to only post items by permission or otherwise consistent with applicable copyright laws. If your work has been used erroneously or you have any concerns, please contact us immediately.