In no particular order, I started with Xydexx. (Hi, Xydexx!) I was a little surprised to find him on my friends list, just because he and I have spent quite a lot of time in the same room talking to other people, but have had very little direct contact. Always struck me as a nice guy, tho.
Anyway, I was interested to see people I knew, and/or people whose names I knew but whom I'd never met. And that got me to thinking more about the whole furry thing, and about reputations, and so forth. Xydexx, just to give an example, is widely known for being "the silly squeakypony." I remember the first time he was pointed out to me in a room ... "That's Xydexx; he lives in your area." "Xydexx, the silly squeakypony? Really? Neat." The same is true for many others in the furry community ... Uncle Kage, Herbie and Yappy, Tyger Cowboy, and so on. It's this vast collection of names and personae, handles read off of Yerf or Furnation or message groups, blocks of text sending you messages out of the aether, all seemingly disconnected from reality ... until you actually meet someone.
In response to my "proud to be a furry" page, somebody sent me a note saying that it was nice to hear one of the "big names of furry" speak out on the issue.
I'm a big name in furry? When did that happen? HOW did that happen? My artwork, while fair, is hardly the best, nor even in the top 10%; I'm not a fursuiter; I'm not active in the community, particularly; I'm just a guy who draws a comic strip -- and one that's on hiatus half the time at that. "Bill Holbrook" is a big name in furry! I'm just some guy.
I don't know what to make of it all, nor even if I should make anything of it anyway. But what can I say? I watch the world, I think about what I see, and then I make a record of what I think. It's what I am, and who I am. What purpose it serves, I don't know -- but it must serve one somehow.