Motor City Furry Con’s Charity Outreach Makes National News

Link the therapy dog and some of his new furry friends, courtesy New York Magazine
Source: New York Magazine

New York Magazine ran a human interest story in their “Select/All” column about Cheryl Wassus, a member of Pets for Vets (a nonprofit that pairs dogs with military veterans) attending Motor City Furry Con with her service dog, without realizing just what a furry convention actually was.

“I really had no idea what to expect going in on Saturday,” said Wassus in the interview. “This organization had chosen us as their charity. They actually solicited us, and adopted us more or less, as their go-to charity for this big function. This is just a whole subculture I wasn’t even aware existed. When we set up tables and do promos and educate the public and do outreach, I had no idea the outreach was going to be other human … furry people. I guess you’re never too old to learn.”

The story was picked up by Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post, helping spread the word of a great event. The convention raised $10,000 for the organization, with an attendance of just under 1,300 people.

Mephit Fur Meet Calls for Volunteers

Mephit Fur Meet 2017 - True Colors
Source: Mephit Fur Meet

Mephit Fur Meet, held annually on or around Labor Day Weekend in Memphis, is looking for volunteers. From the convention website:

MFM needs volunteers to help with it’s many panels, activities, and operations. By working just 15 hours over the length of the Meet, you can earn a roll-over membership for next year’s Meet.

The MFM staff will need help with the following: Registration, Security, Dealer’s Den set-up and removal, computer room set-up Auction, clean-up, and other NIRTS areas (Need It Right This Second). You don’t have to work in one place; you can pick where you’d like to help, providing that there is need.

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Anthrocon Conbook Submissions and Advertising Deadline Approaches

Call for Anthrocon Conbook Submissions
The Anthrocon conbook is a valuable resource for finding or promoting talent and services within the fandom. Freely available to all convention attendees and frequently kept as a souvenir, conbooks reach a wide audience of dedicated fans. There is no compensation for artwork or stories submitted to the conbook, but the extremely focused nature of its audience makes being accepted into a conbook one of the few cases where doing a project “for exposure” actually makes sense.

The submission deadline for the 2017 Anthrocon conbook is May 1st– just under three weeks away as of the publication of this post– so you still have time to get in if you hurry. Guidelines for submission can be found at Anthrocon.org.

Similarly, advertising space within the conbook is also available, also with a deadline of May 1st. Rates, options, and submission guidelines can also be found at Anthrocon.org.

Anthrocon 2017 advertising flyer

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Albert Temple Memorial Planned

Ryan Dewalt post on FurAffinity about the Albert Temple memorial.
Ryan Dewalt posted to his journal on FurAffinity:

I have been in contact with his family, there is a memorial service for Online Friends that is being planned for end of April. No specific date/time/location has been given yet. I’m looking to put together a potential Interest count, of friends who intend to definitely attend.

Location: Oakland, California suburb, somewhere between Richmond/Vallejo/Concord.

I do NOT have a specific date, time, or location. Just “End of April”

Please let me know (in Note or e-mail (rdewalt @ gmail .com) ) your interest.

DO SPREAD THE WORD PLEASE.

Former MFF Chair Dan Hauschild (Takaza Wolf) Passes Away

Screenshot of the MFF Twitter account announcement of Takaza's death.

On Sunday afternoon, March 26th, the Midwest Furfest Twitter account announced the passing of Dan Hauschild.

The entire #FurFest family is saddened to report the passing of previous chairman, longtime staffer, @takazajw. We will miss you dearly.

Mr. Hauschild, known among the fandom as Takaza Wolf, was a former chairman of Midwest Furfest, as well as having served on the staff of AnthroCon and Mephit Furmeet. He is survived by his husband, Duncan da Husky. Hauschild was 41.

Art Spot: Train Ride by Orangetavi

Train Ride by Orangetavi on DeviantArt
Via DeviantArt

While not exclusively a “furry” artist, Orangetavi often draws furry characters, and especially red pandas. This piece looks like a frame from a Ghibli film…

-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.

Art Spot: Sun and Sundress by TwoKinds

Sun and Sundress by Twokinds, via DeviantArt
Sun and Sundress by Twokinds, via DeviantArt

Not gonna lie, I’m a sucker for furries on the beach.

You can tell, can’t you? ¬.¬

You can find more at Two Kinds.

-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.

#FemaleFursuiterMonth Makes for a Warm and Fuzzy March

Stagboy_Faunte's #FursuiterFemaleMonth tweet
Source: Twitter

Fursuiter @SunTattooWolf has declared March to be #FemaleFursuiterMonth, and Twitter has seen a steady stream of posts by proud and happy women suiters posting selfies in and out of suit to express their love for the hobby. Common sentiments include…

“Here’s my #FemaleFursuiterMonth because after 6-7 years people are still surprised to learn I’m female :P”
FayVFox

“I’ve enjoyed the #femalefursuitermonth posts. The diversity behind the masks and performance is awesome to see”
Inifinite_Sunski

“Still new to the fursuit scene, but #FemaleFursuiterMonth has been so inspiring! I want to contribute to the fun (and make more suits!)”
OomlesOfficial

“I had someone mention ‘Why should #FemaleFursuiterMonth exist?’ The owl mascot and I am the only women in this photo. That’s why.”
Maccha_Fog

“#FemaleFursuiterMonth has shown me just how often I assume it’s a guy under there. Hope to join these ranks one day!”
Maxtheinnocent

This is the second year for the hashtag, which also received attention from Rune’s Furry Blog and other sources. SunTattooWolf explains, “What got me to start it was the Women’s History month. I wanted to show appreciation to Female fursuiters just the same as Women’s History month.” She also wanted to make a point of including trans women, “to show that we’re female no matter what. So, femalefursuiter month brings a diversity, which I am happy to see.”

“Furries For a Cure” Take Part in ACS Relay for Life

Furries For a Cure Join the ACS Relay for Life
Source: acsevents.org

The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a team fundraising event, in which members take turns walking the designated course for six to 24 hours, during which time each team keeps a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps. As they say on their website, “Cancer patients don’t stop because they’re tired, and for one night, neither do we.”

The Oslow County, North Carolina team “Furries for a Cure” started in 2012 with a team of four, and have in that time more than tripled in size, with members from as far away as Texas coming to join in the event.

The team’s next relay event in on April 21st in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The team’s goal is to raise $9,000. If you’d like to donate or get involved, visit the team’s web page.