First-quarter 2013 furry media roundup
For those who missed out on the news over the last three months, here's a quick roundup.
Further Confusion 2013 garnered some coverage, including a Kotaku contributor's weekend at a furry convention – which started out with party-hopping, followed by a fursuit parade (admittedly, the experience for many FC attendees). The author reached the [adjective][species] statistics panel before returning to the party floor . . . and then, the dance floor.
SanJose.com also provided coverage of FC, albeit limited to an apparently remote Q&A session with the con's media representative, Chairo. The brief piece was fact-filled, yet in comparison with Kotaku did not venture deeply into the motivations of those attending.
Sneaking in at the end of the month was a cover piece in Nashville LGBT monthly Out & About (subtitled "It's not all about sex in fur suits"), and a photo-heavy article of the "everyday lives of furries at home", featuring the furry photography of Tom Broadbent. [tip: HappyWulf]
The Boise Weekly had a photo slideshow from FurIdaho 2013, while convention blogger Jeff Bulger gave a detailed con-report. (The inability to host the event over spring break this year appears to seems to have led to a reduction in attendance, with an estimate of 220 floating around.)
Atlanta Magazine interviewed Furry Weekend Atlanta's founder Tigerpaw, and gave a brief summary accompanied by attendee quotes. German weekly Stern also gave the convention an interior spread. The end of March saw a short piece in Germany's GEO Magazine [Aranur], plus mention of the rise of anthropomorphic animal characters in Russian gaming magazine Igromania #186 [Digger].
On March 17, Hungarian magazine Velvet claimed: "They're not having sex in fursuit, they just like animals"
Finally, also from Germany, comes an episode of Wild Germany, "Furry & Fetisch", on ZDFneo. According to the 33-page FurBase thread, it's not as bad as you might expect from the title and trailer, though many still criticised the producers for covering furry together with pet-play in the thirty-minute segment.
Like many others, I am also surprised how objectively it was reported. I felt the reporter was very pleasant and he got really involved with the topic. I also thought the pet-play scene was well done, but very much separate from the Furry scene and in addition, the erotic aspect, if any, played only a minor role. [Tilondrion - translated]
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!