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Furries and bronies bond at Blitz

Mon 28 Jul 2014 - 17:12

Here, dated July 28, is an article in The StarPhoenix, a daily newspaper that serves Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada:

http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Furries+bronies+bond+Blitz/10067886/story.html

The article discusses the furries, bronies, cosplayers, and other attendees of the annual Saskatoon Blitz convention.


It's not easy being a furry.

Furries - or fur fans - are a subculture centered on animal costumes with human features. Participants dress up as human-sized dogs, cats, foxes and more. The suits can cost thousands of dollars.

Putting on a fur suit in public often draws negative attention. Media portrayals of furries have historically been unfair, and focused on a small sector of the community, according to Jessie Selinger, a prominent member of Sask Furries.

"People think we're just sexual deviants, and we're all in suits to get freaky, which is not the case at all," Selinger said.

This past weekend in Saskatoon, furries - along with bronies, cosplayers, dungeon masters and more - had a chance to let their passions out without fear of reprisal. Saskatoon Blitz, an annual convention devoted to anime and other forms of devotee culture, drew an estimated 4,000 people to Prairieland Park.

Costumes were everywhere, and ranged from mainstream comic book heroes to more obscure Japanese anime characters.

Renee Wiebe was cosplaying - the practice of dressing up as a character from pop-culture - in an elaborate red dress, inspired by an anime called Black Butler. She talked about the confidence boost that comes from congregating at such an event with like-minded people.

"It's good for self-esteem for a lot of reasons. I know people who've had bad selfesteem, or anxiety, but then you come here, you can be in a costume, and you can be with people who are into the same stuff," Wiebe said.

In the case of Selinger, the opportunity to dabble in furrydom at a previous convention became an avenue for self-realization. He had first been introduced to the idea of an animal costume when he played the mascot at a high school in the Battlefords, but he had never taken part outside of that setting.

"I think it was two years ago. It was the first time I ever dressed up in a suit. It was that point in my life where I was like, I'm a furry. This is who I am. I'm not going to deny myself," he said. Selinger was one of the leaders of a panel on furries at Blitz. They spoke about what attracts people, the breadth of the culture, and more practical things such as which materials to use when building a suit.

"The main part of fur fandom is just individuality, fellowship and being able to be yourself," he said.

The panel made a point of downplaying any connection between furries and sex, saying that media obsessed over the idea and it wasn't what the subculture is about. At the same time, Selinger pointed out that adults in any community will often couple off and have sex, and that a person's bedroom life is not anyone else's business.

Jon Leslie has also experienced stereotyping based on his interests. Leslie is not a furry, he's a brony. He was one of four people who led a panel on the subject at Blitz. About 30 people attended, with an even mix of males and females.

Bronies are a subculture of adults obsessed with the cartoon My Little Pony, and specifically the seasons released in the past three years. They obsess over small details, debate the merits of various characters, and often produce drawings, music and other creative expressions based on the show.

Bronies have turned My Little Pony's message of friendship and love into an ethos. Leslie described a brony convention where someone came to mock participants. The bronies responded by enveloping him in a five-minute-long group hug.

Similar to the furries at Blitz, the bronies relished the opportunity to get together at an event where they didn't need to worry about harassment.

"People shouldn't be afraid to express what they like. We get together, I like the same thing you like, and you're not alone," Ricky Layes, another panellist, said.
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Yes, People Are Dressing Up Like Cartoon Animals and Walking Around Pittsburgh

Sat 19 Jul 2014 - 07:20

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/04/yes-people-are-dressing-up-like-cartoon-animals-and-walking-around-pittsburgh/


While most of us are probably spending the Fourth of July soaking up the sun in light clothes or bathing suits, a few have elected to go the opposite route, encasing themselves in hot fuzzy suits and hitting the streets of Pittsburgh.

They’re known as “furries” and more than 5,000 of them have descended on Pittsburgh for the ninth annual “Anthrocon” gathering, which began Thursday and lasts until Sunday.

Furries are, essentially, people dressed as animals dressed as people.

They’re like many a sports team’s mascot, only furries don’t get paid to suit up and sweat — they do it for fun.

Event rules ban taking pictures of any costumed attendees with their masks off, and some furries seemed to be somewhat private about their hobby.

“I work for a weapons manufacturing company,” one man, identified only as “Kyle F.,” told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If my co-workers found out about what I was doing this weekend, they might take a hunting permit on me.”

The furries seem to have found a safe haven in Pittsburgh. Local WTAE-TV posted nearly 100 pictures of Anthrocon attendees in their various furry attire, and event organizers said the city has treated them well, despite their odd hobby.

“There is no city that welcomes us in the way Pittsburgh does,” said Samuel “Uncle Kage” Conway, chairman and CEO of Anthrocon, to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “People here have embraced walking foxes as part of the scene.”

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PHOTOS: Furries Frolic In San Francisco

Fri 18 Jul 2014 - 16:55


Here, dated July 14, is an item in Queerty, an online magazine and newspaper covering gay-oriented lifestyle and news. It is a brief article about Frolic, with a photo gallery:

http://www.queerty.com/photos-furries-frolic-in-san-francisco-20140714


When the sun goes down in San Francisco, the creatures come out to play. Don’t worry, they’re not threatening: a cuddly bear, a gentle donkey, a few wolves, a bunny, and what might be a seagull (?) mean you no harm. They’re just regulars at Frolic, a monthly furry-themed party at The Stud.

This month’s Frolic served as an after-party for one night of GaymerX, the queer-focused video game convention. Following a game-themed drag show and a cosplay contest, furry-friendly attendees headed into the heart of SoMa to dance the night away and sweat profusely.
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Pelsklædte glædespredere

Sun 13 Jul 2014 - 17:01

Here, dated July 12, is an article in the Danish newspaper Horsens Posten:

http://hsfo.dk/article/20140712/ARTIKLER/140719839

It concerns this weekend's Furtastic 4 convention in Denmark.


Horsens - For a while yesterday afternoon, Horsens was invaded by costume-clad men and women from both home and abroad.

Wearing home-made animal costumes, they crawled around and handed out hugs, high-fives, and smiles to children and adult passersby.

But actually, there was a deeper meaning to it all.

The group of about 15 costumers are so-called furries, who meet once every year. They share an interest in animals with human characteristics, such as Donald Duck.

Norwegians and Dutch have come to Denmark for the event, and last year there even two Russian attendees.

By walking out and about, with some of the costumes costing individuals upwards of DKK 30,000, the furry community tried to make the wider community aware of itself.

Whether the public on the street actually knew about furries is not known, but the kids enjoyed themselves at least, seeing this somewhat odd spectacle.
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‘The Furries’ nuzzle up to Pittsburgh at 2014 Anthrocon convention

Wed 9 Jul 2014 - 15:52

Here is an article, dated July 9, in the New Pittsburgh Courier, a weekly newspaper catering to African Americans:

http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/07/09/the-furries-nuzzle-up-to-pittsburgh-at-2014-anthrocon-convention/


PITTSBURGH –Anthrocon, the world’s largest convention for artists, animators, costumers, puppeteers and fans fascinated with animal characters, returned to the City of Pittsburgh for its 2014 annual convention from July 3-6 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

This year, the Anthrocon Convention, also known as “The Furries”, drew an estimated 5,600 participants.

On July 5, upwards of 1,100+ attendees in full head-to-foot costumes (“fursuits”) posed for a group photo before participating in a parade inside the convention center.

Fast Facts:

The conference will generate an estimated $7,074,236 in direct spending to Pittsburgh’s economy.

Since its first convention here in 2006, Anthrocon has contributed more than $34 million in direct spending.

Anthrocon has raised more than $100,000 for local charities. This year’s charity is the National Aviary.

Delegates come from all over the world, and range in age from 1 to 85 years old
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Style of Eye släpper Furries-video på ”Love Looks” - album 7 oktober

Sun 6 Jul 2014 - 21:37
So from what I can gather this is a mock furry documentrary music video??? It's kinda spot on with portrayels so I can't tell if they guy is a furry himself or just stole footage from actual documentaries. Nonetheless it's kind of surreal..

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/sonybmg/pressreleases/style-of-eye-slaepper-furries-video-paa-love-looks-album-7-oktober-1013698


Style of Eye är just nu ute på en större Sverigeturné. Det firar han genom att släppa videon till låten ”Love Looks”, en video som gör ett nedslag i fenomenet Furry Fandom (människor som klär sig i djurdräkter).  Love Looks, skriven av Style of Eye & Lars Allertz, är andra singeln från Style of Eyes album ”Footprints” som kommer 7 oktober i år.

Det är en händelserik tid för Linus Eklöw, aka Style of Eye. Nyligen tilldelades han en Ascap Award för låten ”I love it” (Icona Pop) som sålts i två miljoner exemplar i USA och legat topp tio i 14 länder. Första singeln från hans kommande album, ”Kids feat. Soso ”, sålde nyligen Platinum och EP:n som han släppt med Galantis, duon han bildat med vännen Christian Karlsson från Miike Snow, har toppat iTunes topplistor i USA.

Idag släpps videon till senaste singeln ”Love Looks”. En video som ger en inblick i fenomenet Furry Fandom där vi får följa ett fåtal människo-Furries liv och deras sökande efter kärlek.

Se videon här>> :



Just nu är Style of Eye ute på en Sverigeturné där Emmabodafestivalen, Big Slap Festival och We Are Stockholm i Kungsträdgården finns bland turnéstoppen. Nu finns chansen att vinna biljetter till spelningarna och uppleva showen från scenen i en tävling med Rockbjörnen.
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Furries Attend Annual Convention in Pittsburgh

Sun 6 Jul 2014 - 12:11


Here is an article, dated July 3, on the FOX 29 News website:
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/25937457/convention


Pittsburgh, Pa.-Those who love to dress up in animal costumes are making their annual pilgrimage to Pittsburgh.

They call themselves Furries, which means they dress up as large furry animals for fun.

About 6,000 people are in town to see and be seen at Anthrocon for the convention.

"We love it. It's so much fun. I wish they could come more often every year,” said convention attendee Baris Budak.

And it's a big tourist draw for Pittsburgh also with participants coming from 25 countries.

"It’s what they're into. It makes them happy. It relaxes them. It gets them through the day," said Anthrocon Board Chairman Dr. Samuel Conway.

The convention has brought 41 million dollars to the Pittsburgh economy over the years with an estimated 7 million dollars this year alone.
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WATCH: Furries invade Pittsburgh

Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 14:49


Here is an article with accompanying video, on the website of Global News (the news and current affairs division of Global Television Network in Canada):

http://globalnews.ca/news/1430597/watch-furries-invade-pittsburgh/


The “Furries” are back in Pittsburgh.

Thousands of people dressed as “humanized” animals, known as “furries,” are in Pittsburgh for the annual Anthrocon convention.

“Furries” or anthropomorphics are people who attribute human-like qualities to animals.

Anthrocon is the biggest convention in the world devoted to “furries,” generating millions for the Pittsburgh economy.

“This has brought a total of $41 million to our economy,” Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis told KDKA. “Just this year alone, $7 million.”

“Furries” from over 25 countries attend the conference and they come from all walks of life, like this weapons manufacturer who’s dressed as a fox.

“I think if my co-workers knew this is what I do, they’d take out a hunting permit on me,” the Fox says.

Anthrocon board chairman Dr. Samuel Conway sees no harm in this fascination.

“Why do people buy tickets to the Super Bowl?” he asks. “Why do people go fishing? It’s what they’re into. It relaxes them. It gets them through the day.”
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'The Furries' return to Pittsburgh

Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 14:37


Here is another Anthrocon article, dated July 3, in the Beaver County Times:

http://www.timesonline.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/the-furries-return-to-pittsburgh/article_057166b4-e2cb-5ffb-a10c-8eefbf74968d.html


PITTSBURGH -- One of the freedoms to be celebrated this Fourth of July weekend is the ability to parade around in a furry costume with numerous others who enjoy that activity.

That's what you'll find Thursday through Sunday at Anthrocon, the world’s largest convention for artists, animators, costumers, puppeteers and fans fascinated with animal characters. Returning to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, this year's Anthrocon conference, also known as "The Furries," is expected to draw 5,600 participants, which would make it the biggest one yet.

The highlight will be Saturday, around 2 p.m., when upwards of 1,100 attendees in full head-to-foot costumes ("fursuits") will gather for a photo op and a parade through the convention center.

Registration is available online at anthrocon.org/registration or in person, costing $30 for a one-day pass and $60 for multi-day access.

As the Anthrocon website says, "Membership is open to any and all who like to imagine what it would be like if animals could walk and talk as we do -- and no, you do not have to wear a costume to attend."

There will be workshops, panel discussions, an art exhibition, and the largest dealers' room of its kind. Visitors can meet honored voice actor guests Jim Cummings (Tigger from "Winnie the Pooh"/Ed the Hyena from "The Lion King") and Lee Tockar ("My Little Pony"/"Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog").

Many fursuited attendees are expected to venture outside Friday night to watch the July 4 fireworks "as Anthrocon once again turns the whole of downtown Pittsburgh into a furry metropolis," according to the event's website.

With participants ranging in age from 1 to 85, the conference will generate an estimated $7 million in direct spending to Pittsburgh's economy, according to VisitPittsburgh, the region's official tourism marketing and promotion agency.

Since its first convention here in 2006, Anthrocon has contributed more than $34 million in direct spending, VisitPittsburgh said.

Anthrocon also has raised more than $100,000 for local charities. This year’s charity is the National Aviary.
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FBI investigating threat against ‘furries’ in town for convention

Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 14:24
An article with brief video, dated July 3, on the WPXI website:
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/fbi-investigating-threat-against-furries-town-conv/ngYbr/


PITTSBURGH — Channel 11’s Alan Jennings reported that the FBI is investigating a threat against “furries” in Pittsburgh for the annual Anthrocon Convention.

Jennings said Pittsburgh police are involved in the investigation, and the threat originated on the Internet.

The convention has been held in Pittsburgh since 2006. On average, the event pumps nearly $7 million into the local economy.

Members call themselves “furries,” and thousands of devotees of anthropomorphics from all over the world attend.

The event includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art and design. It also hosts an extensive art show where the best in anthropomorphic artwork is offered for sale.

The convention began Thursday and lasts through the weekend.
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Furry nation unleashed on Downtown

Thu 3 Jul 2014 - 11:29


Dated July 2, here is another article about Anthrocon 2014, by Yanan Wang of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/07/03/Furry-nation-unleashed-on-Downtown/stories/201407030092


Walking through the Westin Convention Center, Downtown, Kyle F., 29, caught sight of his reflection in a hallway mirror. He paused briefly at the image — large animated eyes, protruding snout, furry oversized head — before strolling away confidently, long red tail in tow.

Kyle is among the 5,600 anthropomorphic animal enthusiasts expected to attend the ninth annual Anthrocon convention today through Sunday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

The theme of this year’‍s event is “Secret Societies,” a nod to rumors about clandestine organizations such as the Furry Intelligence Agency (FIA).

A resident of Newport, N.H., Kyle has been wary about sharing his hobby with anyone but his closest friends. “I work for a weapons manufacturing company,” he quipped. “If my co-workers found out about what I was doing this weekend, they might take a hunting permit on me.”

Participants admitted their fandom has elicited mixed responses from friends and family, and many withhold their full names so acquaintances back home don’t know about their hobby.

Wednesday at a media event, VisitPittsburgh CEO Craig Davis credited Anthrocon with generating economic activity in the city. Since the first gathering in 2006, the convention has contributed more than an estimated $7 million in direct spending to Pittsburgh.

Costumers such as Kyle comprise 20 percent of the artists, animators, puppeteers and other fans who flock to Pittsburgh for the event. They are a common sight this time of the year, when Pittsburghers are eager to witness the return of the furries.

“There is no city that welcomes us in the way Pittsburgh does,” said Samuel “Uncle Kage” Conway, chairman and CEO of Anthrocon. “People here have embraced walking foxes as part of the scene.”

This sense of acceptance is important for attendees, who come to Anthrocon to join a community of like-minded anthropomorphics devotees hailing from 25 countries and every state except North Dakota, Mr. Conway said.

Kyle crafted his “fursona,” Kazee, for last year’s Anthrocon. “Most people have several personalities that they switch back and forth between, but I really only have this one,” he explained. His costume is “mostly wolf with some fox,” and but for the rotund head, it is entirely self-made.

With paws outstretched and gesturing spiritedly, the more than 6-foot-tall Kazee was an outgoing creature, but Kyle admitted to being self-conscious, even reclusive, when out of costume.

The animal alter-ego gave him an avenue through which to express himself. Inside the costume, “I can do anything,” he said.

Vitai, a white Bengal tiger in a loincloth, nodded his head in agreement. His human identity is David K., 24, of Jacksonville, Fla., who has been attending Anthrocon for the past three years.

He noted that the entertainment value of the convention is often lost on those who dismiss dressing up as animals as “a little weird.”

“It’‍s not about the animal; it’s about the performance,” he said.

Anthrocon’‍s organizers work hard to preserve this element of theatricality.

Photographers are not permitted to take photographs of costumers unless they are fully garbed; photos of unmasked attendees drinking water are strictly off-limits.

These rules serve to uphold the convention’‍s enduring and most important belief: Humans can take the form of animals.

“Costumers like the illusion to be complete,” Mr. Conway said. More than 1,100 attendees dressed in full-body fursuits will walk in a parade Saturday afternoon inside the convention center.

After the costumes are shed and the convention draws to a close on Sunday, the furries will return home. Some will attend local meet-ups or post in online forums.

Others won’t bare their claws again until next year’‍s Anthrocon, keeping their animal identities under wraps until Pittsburgh beckons once more.
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Furries Back In Town Giving Pittsburgh A Financial Boost

Wed 2 Jul 2014 - 19:09


Another Anthrocon article, from the website of CBS Pittsburgh:
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/07/02/furries-bring-fun-costumes-and-lots-of-revenue-to-pittsburgh/


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A 6-foot fox in a hotel lobby. A tail on a luggage cart. The “Furries” are back.

Board chairman Dr. Samuel Conway says “Anthrocon” has 6,000 people of the furry persuasion. But what’s it all about?

“Why do people buy tickets to the Super Bowl?” he asks. “Why do people go fishing? It’s what they’re into. It relaxes them. It gets them through the day.”

They’re doctors, teachers and truck drivers, from 25 countries. The “Fox” is a weapons manufacturer.

“I think if my co-workers knew this is what I do, they’d take out a hunting permit on me,” he says.

The tourism group “Visit Pittsburgh” has hosted the Anthrocon convention for nine consecutive years.

“This has brought a total of $41 million to our economy,” says President and CEO Craig Davis. “Just this year alone: $7 million.”

Part of the tradition is lunchtime at Fernando’s.

“We like it. It’s so much fun. I wish they could come every year,” says co-owner Baris Budak.

“We take a furry picture with them,” his brother Ali says.

Furries like the “Tribal Tiger” like to make folks smile.

“There’s nothing that can compare to that emotion that you get inside, when you make someone feel that good,” he says.

Speaking of feeling good, Anthrocon conventions have raised 140 thousand dollars for Pittsburgh charities. This year’s choice: the National Aviary.

For more information on the Furries, visit http://www.anthrocon.org.
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It’s That Time of Year: Furries Converge on Downtown Pittsburgh for Anthrocon 2014

Wed 2 Jul 2014 - 18:48


Here is another Anthrocon article dated July 2, on the website of WESA (90.5 FM), a Pittsburgh public radio and news radio station:
http://wesa.fm/post/it-s-time-year-furries-converge-downtown-pittsburgh-anthrocon-2014


The world’s largest furry convention is getting under way in downtown Pittsburgh. The convention for artists, animators, costumers, puppeteers and fans has called the Steel City home since 2006.

“By the time we’re finished with this particular convention, Anthrocon will have left $41 million of economic activity in the Pittsburgh region over the last nine years,” said Craig Davis, president and CEO of Visit Pittsburgh, the city’s convention and visitor’s bureau.

The gathering has grown each year. This year some 5,600 attendees are expected. Anthrocon Chairman and CEO Samuel Conway said all that’s needed to attend is a passion for animals.

“There’s no requirement to be a furry,” he said. “There’s not set type of person out there who thinks animals are cool – that’s a very universal thing. And you can see that in the faces at Anthrocon. You will see people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds. Last time I counted we have 25 countries represented here internationally.”

Conway said there is someone from every state but North Dakota in attendance. Some dress in full fur suits, some wear ears and/or a tail, others wear street clothes. Conway said furries cover all professions, including police officers, teachers and engineers.

Kazee, a wolf from New Hampshire, said when he’s not at Anthrocon, he works for a weapons manufacturing company.

“I have a lot of friends that come down here and visit this place, and I also get the opportunity to meet a lot of new people I don’t know, which in itself is rewarding,” Kazee said. “There are some people who find this uncomfortable, and that’s unfortunate because this is all about having fun. This is all about showing your colors.”

Anthrocon has raised more than $170,000 for charities since 1997. This year it is raising money for the National Aviary.

Anthrocon will go on through the weekend, with an indoor furry parade at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday.
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‘Furries’ begin to arrive in Pittsburgh for annual Anthrocon Convention

Wed 2 Jul 2014 - 17:18
Here is a brief article, dated July 2, on wpxi.com (the website of an NBC-affiliated television station located in Pittsburgh). It concerns the impending Anthrocon convention:
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/furries-begin-arrive-pittsburgh-annual-anthrocon-c/ngXsd/


PITTSBURGH — The furries are once again beginning to arrive in downtown Pittsburgh for the annual Anthrocon Convention.

Anthrocon is the largest anthropomorphics convention in the world with membership in the thousands, according to the convention’s website.

The convention has been held in Pittsburgh since 2006. On average, the convention pumps nearly $7 million into the local economy.

Members call themselves “furries,” and the Anthrocon convention in Pittsburgh brings together thousands of devotees of anthropomorphics from all over the world.

The event includes workshops and seminars in acting, costume-building, animation, writing, art and design. It also hosts an extensive art show where the best in anthropomorphic artwork is offered for sale.

The convention begins Thursday and lasts through the weekend. This year the group plans to raise more for the National Aviary.
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The furries are returning to Pittsburgh

Mon 30 Jun 2014 - 12:27


Here is an article, dated June 30, on the website of Pittsburgh TV station WTAE. It concerns the upcoming Anthrocon convention:

http://www.wtae.com/news/the-furries-are-returning-to-pittsburgh/7710362



PITTSBURGH —Downtown Pittsburgh will take another walk on the wild side with the annual Anthrocon, which falls on the July Fourth holiday weekend this year.

Furries -- people who are fascinated with anthropomorphics -- will begin arriving this week for their national convention at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. It begins Thursday and continues through Sunday.

Many of the five thousand-plus visitors stay dressed in full or partial animal costumes as they walk through the streets of the Golden Triangle while they're in town.

Anthrocon includes workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions and vendors catering to fans of the human-like animal characters.

VisitPittsburgh estimates that the convention has brought more than $28 million in direct spending to the city since it first arrived in 2006. Anthrocon has also raised more than $140,000 for local charities. This year's charity is the National Aviary.

"They’ll buy souvenirs, they’ll eat and drink in our restaurants, they'll ll park in our parking lots, and that, as an economic benefit, is pretty big," VisitPittsburgh CEO Craig Davis said during last year's convention.


The station also has a page ("Furries from Anthrocon 2014: Complete Coverage") where people can upload photos of the event:
http://www.wtae.com/ulocal/photos-anthrocon-on-u-local/20820826
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A Study in Contrast Media Reports

Fri 6 Jun 2014 - 14:25
As a counterpart of a bunch of piss ass  shock jock  trying to ghost a convention.
http://furrymedia.livejournal.com/397865.html

11 Eye-Opening Misconceptions About The Furry Fandom

This weekend I attended Califur, the annual Southern California Furry Convention, and talked to an attendee about misconceptions of the community
http://www.buzzfeed.com/candacelowry/revealing-misconceptions-about-the-furry-fandom



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Lightning Strikes: Exploring The Califur Convention, Furries!

Thu 5 Jun 2014 - 20:38


Here is a report which featured on the Kevin and Bean show on KROQ-FM (a radio station serving the Greater Los Angeles area). It concerns the recent Califur 10 convention,

http://kroq.cbslocal.com/2014/06/04/lightning-strikes-exploring-the-califur-convention-furries/


The first time we walked into the hotel lobby and witnessed 900 costumed characters frolicking about we thought someone had slipped us a hit of acid. After getting over the initial shock of it all, we began to warm up to them and over time they reciprocated, although at first they were very reluctant to speak with us. After all, we are KROQ (trouble makers). As the years passed and the conventioners warmed up to us, we began asking questions. But the answers were often vague and left us wanting to know more.

What is this convention all about? What’s the strange obsession with anthropomorphic animals all about? And what’s going on in that private dance party that they won’t let us into? Is it a giant animal sex party? And, why are dozens of conventioners not wearing costumes? Do they just like to watch? It’s all very strange.

So, like any person pretending to be a journalist, I turned on the microphone in hopes I could get some answers.

I do have to give the organization real props because their mission for the weekend was to raise money for animal assistants to aid soldiers with PSD. Basically, soldiers returning from war sometimes can use a little help in their daily lives, and furry friends come in handy, both real and costumed.
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Furry aus Gladbeck erobert als Katze Milkyway die Herzen

Thu 29 May 2014 - 15:40

Here is an article, dated May 23, in the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (a leading commercial newspaper in Essen, Germany).

http://www.derwesten.de/staedte/gladbeck/furry-aus-gladbeck-erobert-als-katze-milkyway-die-herzen-id9382998.html

(Text is in German. Rough machine translation here)

The article concerns local fursuiter Miguel, and Milkyway (his black, white, and green cat character).
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Furry on Border Security: Canada's Front Line

Tue 22 Apr 2014 - 07:43
A furry appeared in episode 2021 of Border Security: Canada's Front Line. The episode is summarised here as:

Border Security: Border Security - 2021
Hidden compartments in a traveller’s backpack raise red flags. A snowboarder’s vehicle contains gear of a different variety. Unmarked pills are discovered in a student’s luggage. Officers have a wolf by the tail, and he's short of funds. The discovery of a deadly weapon leaves mail centre officers stunned.

The furry segment of the episode has been uploaded to YouTube here.

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Furry Weekend 2014 Is Happening, So Get Your Fursuit On

Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 14:39
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/22/furry-weekend-2014_n_5013076.html

The 10th annual Furry Weekend Furry Weekend, a furry convention held in Atlanta, kicked off Thursday, and the fuzzy festivities will last through Sunday night.

Activities at this year's Furry Weekend, themed as "Furry University," include a fur-suit parade, workshops on building a collar, a talent competition and various dance classes and dance parties.

Last year, they even had a furry Harlem Shake:



Do The Harlem Shake, FWA Style! http://t.co/WrVQdSByu3 #fwa2013

— FurryWeekendAtl (@FurryWeekendAtl) March 16, 2013


Attendance costs for the whole four-day span of the convention ranges from $45-$250, or guests can buy a one-day pass for $25-$35.

The convention is the fourth largest gathering in the world for furries, meaning people who have an "interest in anthropomorphic animals and/or mythological or imaginary creatures which possess human or superhuman capabilities," according to WikiFur, a wiki managed by the furry community.

Many furries like to dress up like their animals of choice, but some express their interest through other ways, like art or performance. While some are sexually attracted to these anthropomorphic animals, this is not the case for all furries.


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