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The Doctor and Jack Sparrow Meet ... at AnthroCon?

First off: happy birthday to anybody out there who might have a birthday today, but I’m not naming names.

Second off: Another AnthroCon has come and gone, and it was fun; not a big winner moneywise, alas, but as we were basically doing a clearance sale of old material, that was expected. Until I have a good, solid new project, I am coasting a bit, and the sales reflected that. The new buttons were a hit, which pleased me. I was deliberately going with something more generic than Suburban Jungle-specific buttons with this batch, and I think it paid off.

I am always amused at “other fandoms” crashing the furry cons, which is becoming more and more pronounced at every one I attend. For those who don’t know, “furry” as a fandom started as a subculture at fantasy/SF cons and was essentially kicked out of those for not being cool enough. (Yes, even f/sf nerds have people they look down on.) But something strange happened on the way to the dealer room: Xydexx’s Axiom of Fandom Enjoyability kicked in to force, and word has started to get around: furries are more fun than grognards! And thus, people who want to have fun, even if they are not particularly interested in “furry” as a genre, go to the furry cons because furries are generally made of awesome.

The Klingons appear to be the first to have noticed this — Klingons are always looking for a good party, and like furries have a tendency to be greeted with rolled eyes in certain corners. But at AC this year I counted at least two Doctors, a few Fairies, lots of Dragons (who have long been “furry” even without fur), Power Rangers and Halo Guys, and of course it isn’t a con until Captain Jack Sparrow shows up.

This is why I created the “Proud to be a Furry” buttons in the first place: as long as we hold true to the idea that furries are awesome, happy people and that being furry is a fine thing, instead of hiding and letting the dickweeds define us with distortions and outright lies, the people whose company are worth the time will come to us.

So keep on being awesome, furries. :) The other fandoms are starting to get it.

-The Gneech

Originally published at gneech.com. You can comment here or there.

Comments

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dhlawrence
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
How can you go wrong with someone who looks cute and cuddly when they wear a costume from their fandom? Good luck getting away with hugging a Klingon ;)
electronin
Jun. 29th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
The trick is to hug like a Klingon.
xydexx
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
IAWTC. -=)
jim_ghote
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Or somebody from Botcon!
hossblacksilver
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Actually, I have a couple good friends who are Klingons. Last ConCarolinas (my home con) I actually danced one time with Keela during Klingon Karaoke.
kamau_d_lyon
Jun. 29th, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
It certainly can be amusing and enjoyable for all concerned if done right. I really don't mind all that much others fandoms coming to furry cons so long as they accept this is not 'their con' and play nice. If there are certain events/panels/activities that are focused on furry then perhaps they need to avoid those or just stand back and watch if they are trying to learn about furry. I have and continue to do the cross over between furry and Sci-Fi (see the icon) but I always try to keep it tasteful and have a back story as to why there's a lion running around in a Klingon uniform.

My main objection, and this cuts both ways, is if you go to a con/event respect its theme. In a few weeks I'll be at an SCA event called the Pennsic Wars which is themed to a band of history from 600 AD to 1650 (ok some say 1600) AD. Yet more and more we get Captain Jack Sparrow knock offs, elves and other fantasy people running around. Some years back we would get someone who, just for fun, would do something like this for a couple hours as a tease or joke on someone. Heck I've done a satyr and a lion warrior at it several years back. The one was to do a mind warp on a couple people and the other was as a surprise at a camp whose leader is also very much into lions (and I ended up begin the Duke's pet for the rest of the party :P ).

Now more of these people do it for the entire event (2 weeks) and it's an 'In your Face' attitude a number of them put forward. If you want wear your 18th century clothing or be a pirate/fantasy character find the proper event.
< /rant >

Glad to hear you had a good AC at any rate.
hossblacksilver
Jun. 30th, 2010 06:54 am (UTC)
I can understand the keeping it tasteful. When I finally get around to doing B'silver as a suit, I'm planning on combining it with other geek costumes I have, with one exception. My first (and right now only) costume is a Stargate Marie that I run around in at a couple of conventions. I chose going Marine as a tribute to my kid brother who's the real thing. He's a little unnerved by the furry fandom, so I'll never combine it with Silver. Though I did get a badge a few years back of him in said gear.
hydra_velsen
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
I've noticed this too. There's a semi-old saying now that there's two groups of geeks that throw the best parties - furries and klingons, and its hard to beat either one of them for sheer fun-factor.
hossblacksilver
Jun. 30th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
And it gets even better when you get them together in the same room. I'm a regular at Klingon Karaoke. n_n
vakkotaur
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Noticed something similar at RenFaires with folks showing up not in period garb and not in "mundanes" but in.. something else. The consensus among many was that the Klingons were the best fit of the misfits: If nothing else, at their weapons (sharp/pointy things) worked!
bovil
Jun. 29th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
When I was at Bristol, there were Klingons who would show up in perfect (if slightly Klingon-ized) Elizabethan...
vakkotaur
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Ha! Now, that's comedy! Good on them.
doodlesthegreat
Jun. 29th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, recent seasons of Dr. Who do open them up to furry fandom... =};-3

(Grognard?)
the_gneech
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
Grognard!

See also: serious nerd is serious; fandom is serious business.

-The Gneech
radbaron
Jun. 29th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)

Are you crazy dreamer? that link went directly to the user page, not the wiki article!
the_gneech
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, but read what the page says.

-TG
murakozi
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Am I correct in being reminded of the Brit soccer fan in The Italian Job when reading the "Bloody Tourists" line?
the_gneech
Jun. 29th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
It wasn't what I was thinking of, but if it works for you, go with it! :D

-TG
xydexx
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
"Well sure, O.K. they're Outcast, but hey, man, where did they learn to fly like that?"
It warms my squeaky little heart when I see things like the Furries vs. Klingons Bowling Tournament a few years back. When I first got involved in Furry fandom people kept trying to convince me how much the other fandoms looked down on us. It took me a while to finally figure out other fandoms don't look down on us—insecure people do. Hackneyed jokes like the Geek Hierarchy are only true because they're repeated a lot... usually by people who ought to know better.

The silver lining is that the folks who look down on furries generally don't show up to our gatherings (or if they do, they hang out on the fringe and make snarky comments about us) but the bottom line is they have no idea what a fun time they're missing. It makes one feel kinda bad for them, seeing how they can't enjoy it for what it is.

Thanks for the link! -:)
mecampbellesq
Jun. 29th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
In all honesty, I see the influx of other fandoms into furry cons as indicative of something positive that has been happening to our little corner of the geek world over the last couple of whiles: The furry fandom that we have now isn't the day-glo freakshow we had back when the millennium counter switched from 1 to 2. I personally consider this to be a good thing ;)
hossblacksilver
Jun. 30th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Seconded! n_n
noa_e
Jun. 29th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
All the more to see what next year will bring. XD
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