An Interview with Jennifer Carnivele

Jennifer Carnivele does this great comic which she describes it: Well, it’s your typical run of the mill, girl goes out into the real world and tries to make it on her own, with her two roommates who drive her nuts and a colorful cast of supporting characters in a small Southern California town.

The Interview:

Furry Times (FT): The beginning is always the best place to start. When did you start to draw?

Jennifer Carnivele (JC): I started drawing when I was old enough to hold a pencil. I think I was maybe 2 when I first started doodling on the walls LOL!

FT: So when did you draw something recognizable?

JC: I think when I was 7 years old. I remember drawing Oliver and Company fanart.

FT: Was it Oliver that brought you to the furry fandom?

JC: I’m pretty sure I was born a furry LOL! Back in 2003. I was inspired by other furry webcomics of the time.

FT: There are some terrific ones out there. So what basic plot of your comic?

JC: Well, it’s your typical run of the mill, a girl goes out into the real world and tries to make it on her own, with her two roommates who drive her nuts and a colorful cast of supporting characters in a small Southern California town.

FT: Sounds wonderful

JC: Thank you 🙂

FT: Where can your comic be found?

JC: I post updates everywhere whenever a new page goes up. I have accounts on different sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, DeviantArt. FurAffinity, InkBunny, Weazyl, SoFurry, and FurryNet. I do my best to really get it out there!

FT: Including this interview. Here is a sample of Simply Panda Jenn

Which also can be found at pandajenn.thecomicseries.com

My Interview with Deadly Creations Fursuits (A Fursuit Maker)

AW: Let’s start at the beginning how did you get your start making fursuits?

Deadly Creations Fursuits or DCF: Well for starters I knew I couldn’t afford to get my own suit because I am only a high school student. So after creating my first fursona in early 2017 (after about a year in the furry fandom), I decided to try making my own fursuit. I was actually in my Ceramics class when I started so I used what I learned there and applied it into my very first suit: RadioActive 1.0

AW: So when made you decide you could make fursuits for others?

DCF: It was actually my closest furry friend who got me into beginning to take commissions. After seeing RadioActive she asked me if I could remake a suit for her. I only agreed because of her belief in me. Since then I have done a lot of repairs to both my own and her suits, even a few friends, and have gotten a handful of commissions too. Though no where close to the hundreds most bigger makers have gotten lol.

AW: Hey everyone has to start somewhere

DCF: Indeed ^^

AW: Just curious how do makers decide what to charge? and what piece takes the most time to make?

DCF: Yes most makers decide on a base price and then additional charges depending on complexity and species.

As far as what I’ve seen from what takes the longest; I would have to say probably the head. I have worked with both foam and resin heads and both take a good while to pattern and then transfer the pattern to fur. Then cutting and sewing. Some makers chose to work with shorter furs to make it easier on themselves while I chose to actually work with longer furs and shave them by hand. That adds on about an hour or two. Of course some suit heads require painting as well and that always adds on a few hours. Also the head has a lot of different curved and shapes that ends up leading into even more pieces to the pattern. So yes, the head is likely the one item to take the longest besides maybe the bodysuit.

AW: I know fursuits are a personal thing how do you make sure the customer gets the design they want?

DCF: Oh absolutely! The first thing I do it check with my customer is the pattern is correct once completed. I always sketch out the pattern first in either regular pencil or colored pencil and once approved by my customer then I move onto using sharpie to finalize the pattern.

AW: I know the one thing I hear at fur cons is getting the right size and shape to match their own bodies. How should someone do this? I know some have made duct tape replicas of themselves is there any special way you do this?

DCF: Well Duct tape dummies are really the best way to go about this. I personally prefer DTD myself as it ensures that the suit is fit to the customer since the DTD is an nearly exact replica of your own body. However to do not demand them especially if you have health conditions that keep you from being able to create the replica. In this case I have taken very precise measurements in order to fulfill the request. However if you are able to, please make a duct tape dummy, it will make any make anyone’s time making Fursuits much easier and will make the suit fit a lot better!

AW: I know fit is very important

DCF: Indeed it is

AW: Say once a deal is made how long does it take from the time the payment is sent to the customer gets their completed fursuit?

DCF: It depends on the suit. While I take discussed payment plans, I do not begin work until at least half is paid. The suit is then completed as soon as possible between classes and in my free time and completed upon full payment. I am then able to mail out once finished. Every suit is different but I would say a tail takes no more than a month at absolute most and heads can vary greatly depending on when materials get in and how much I must do on it.

AW: How about just a basic fursuit, nothing special?

DCF: Every fursuit is special that comes through my shop. No matter how basic; I will love it just as much as I love my own fursuit. Each character has a story, each story is unique, thus every single suit is unique and special here.
Here at Deadly Creations Fursuits we have a saying “Where Dead Things Come To Life” to us this means that we bring dreams to life. No matter what your dream is, big or small, I will fight to make it exactly as you imagined it with the best quality I can possibly produce. So even if you have a basic character don’t let that bring you down. If you love who you and your fursona are then nothing else matters but making that dream a reality. I would never turn away a character or suit just because it’s not a outrageously complex one.

AW: Good Answer.

Which strangely leads to my next question, how do you deal with impatient customers?

DCF:
Actually I have been lucky enough to not come across one yet since creating this business in late 2017. Being that I am a high school student I do require patients. In these circumstances and knowing this will happen to me sooner or later, I will ask that they be patient and if not, then I will discuss with them the idea of a partial refund. If they still wish for the suit to be finished then I will bring them a bit further up in the list in order to meet demand before things get it of hand. However if they are to be rude about it then it the suit may not appear publicly in photos posted by myself however quality will not lessen in any way or form.

I understand fully that in some cases I will be in most definite fault if a deadline is involved and I do not meet it. In those cases I will be more than happy to finish the suit and add a few gifts along with discussion with the customer as soon as that time comes.

AW: That’s actually nice of you

DCF: I try to be very customer friendly along with admitting to my mistakes. I have seen too many people lie to the world about their Fursuits and have left the suiter in tears

AW: Getting straight answers from the source is what I try to do

DCF: And that is what I will give you ^^

AW: In recent years there has been increased attendance at fur cons, in general, have you noticed increased business?

DCF: Yes I have definitely noticed and increase in interest. I often have people ask me not only about my work but some also ask what are good ways for making suits.

AW: I noticed on YouTube fursuit making videos get a lot of views

DCF: Yes, it is an interesting process that you can learn a lot by watching. Personally I learned by watching fursuit making videos and still enjoy watching them because I can always learn different methods and ways of shaving fur, making paws, heads, just about anything

You can contact Deadly Creations Fursuits

Twitter @DeadlyFursuits

Telegram @ AlexDeathWolf

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS)

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS) who since FBN announced a possible merger has been all over social media.

AW: Could you tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved in the furry community?

IFBS: I’m currently a 17-year old student, and I love playing on the piano. I’m a big mascot fan too. I found this community thru mascots.

AW: May I ask what part of the world you are from?

IFBS: Singapore

AW: I am in Chicago so there is a bit of a time difference. What is the furry community like in Singapore?

IFBS: It’s quite nice, we sometimes do furmeets on a ad hoc basis. We are quite tight knit here.

AW: That is good to hear. Have you ever been to Furry Lah? Singapore’s Furry Convention?

IFBS: Nope. I joined the fandom last August. I’m set to attend this year’s furry convention, Little Island Fur Con, from June 8 to 9. Little Island Fur Con this year is inaugural, after 2 years of Singapore having no furry conventions.

AW: Thanks for the information.

I guess I should ask what is on everyone’s mind “What exactly is IFBS?”

IFBS: The IFBS, short for the International Furry Broadcasting Service, strives to be the world’s very furst furry-centred broadcasting service. Imagine a television station, but 100% furry.

As of now it’s just 2 video series in my YT channel bearing the IFBS’ name, IFBS The Furry Show, a furry-oriented talk show, and IFBS The Furry Report, IFBS’ flagship news programme on the latest from the furry fandom.

AW: Very ambitious

IFBS: Yes

They proposed a merger between the IFBS and the FBN

Should both sides merge, the IFBS will be focusing on furry news and content, while the FBN focus on furry music.

AW: Interesting. Any Future plans?

IFBS: For the IFBS

AW: Whatever you want to talk about

IFBS: I’ll begin making my own fursuit soon, and also I possibly will plan to go to fur-ther furry conventions next year

AW: It was nice talking to you.

IFBS: This Sunday (in Singapore) after the verdict, should both the IFBS and FBN merge, both sides will discuss about what’s going to happen, to restructure the FBN, or keep things same or something

They maybe would implement a reporter (correspondent?) system after the merger which is something to look forward to (that is if the merger is confurmed)

IFBS on Twitter

IFBS on YouTube

Interview with Andrew French of Circles Fame

What can I say I am a HUGE fan of Circles and have been since I found Circles Zero on the Rabbit Valley site. I consider it was a HUGE honor I was given the chance to conduct this interview.

Ahmar Wolf: So how did you get your start?

Andrew French: So…getting into writing…I’ve been writing since I was very young. I’m very much a storyteller. A quick talk turns into a million anecdotes, and I run D&D games regularly, just to have the outlet for stories. I originally went to college for theater arts, but I switched to creative writing pretty quickly, as I realized it was much more my natural calling.

Steve and I were already in a relationship, having met through the furry fandom. Scott was a relative newcomer to furry when we were introduced to him by a close friend of ours. Later, he became our housemate, and we sometimes talked about working on a project together.

After Associated Student Bodies ended, I couldn’t believe that no one else was jumping in to fill the desire for a gay furry comic. We were good friend with Sean & Andy Rabbitt of Rabbit Valley, because we all lived in Waltham, MA. One day, when we were headed to the movies together, I was ranting about how ridiculous it was that there were no gay furry comics with ASB gone, since it was obvious there was a strong streak of gay and bi furries in the fandom. Finally, possibly to shut me up, Sean said, “Well, you can write, and Steve and Scott are great artists. Make a comic. If it doesn’t suck, I’ll publish it.”

I still think we missed out by not using the slogan “Circles – It Doesn’t Suck!”

AW: Never did for me.

We’re you surprised at all the reaction Circles have gotten over the years?

AF: Not exactly? I thought people would like it, but I didn’t expect the emotional reactions people have had to it. People have written to me to tell me that it got them through hard times, that it helped them to come out to their family, that it got them talking with their family, that it inspired them to be better people…even saved their lives! I definitely didn’t expect to hear those kinds of sentiments from people, and it’s definitely humbling to know that its come to mean so much to so many folks.

AW: It helped this straight guy understand the gay lifestyle.

AF: Well, I hope that it shows that the gay lifestyle is just…life. You could pretty much substitute any relationships for the ones in the books. Everyone has family troubles. Everyone makes bad relationship choices. Everyone wants love. Everyone says things they wish they hadn’t. Gay or straight doesn’t really matter.

AW: That is how I first heard about Circles. From a gay friend who told me it gave a true description none of that crap we see in the media.

I own all 3 volumes and reread them every chance I get. We know why sadly Circles ended. I say sadly because I wish there was more.

AF: I don’t think of it as sadly. We started out with a specific story to tell, and we told it, even if it didn’t end as a comic book.

My career? Yes. I’m still working for the same travel company I was working for when we started this journey. I really like my job, and I’m glad to say they still seem to really like me doing it.

AW: If you and your original Circles crew had a chance to do one last Circles comic would you?

AF: I would never say never, but I would say that we told the story we intended to do. We would need a really compelling idea for a follow-up story that felt like it really *needed* telling.

AW: Thanks for allowing me to interview you.

My Interview with Joe Strike part 1

Call it a combo and not being able to think of any good questions right away as most of what I was going to ask was already in his book Furry Nation and a man trying to plug his book. When Joe Strike gets back to me part 2: the conclusion will be posted.

I know it almost sounds like I am taking the coward’s why out by asking a question at a time but after checking the internet only to discover you have had an amazing life. So I have to ask where did it began for you?

If you mean my interest in anthropomorphism, it was a bunch of stuff – I’m a Baby Boomer, so back in the day you could watch Looney Tunes 7 days a week on afterschool or Saturday morning TV; they were a huge influence on me. Also, there were still a lot of “funny animal” comic books still being published – not just WB or Disney characters, but lots of animals who never appeared outside of comic books. For whatever reason I just soaked that stuff up.

So how did your love of anthro animals turn into your work in TV and in newspapers?

I’ve been writing since I was a kid in elementary school (not about anthro animals – yet) and was able to make a living from it most of my working career. I came across – or made – opportunities to write about animation and genre entertainment. (For instance, I sent writing samples to the Sunday entertainment editor of the NY Daily News who liked them enough to start giving me assignments to write about those kind of movies.)

The first serious attempt I made at creating something based on my interest in anthro animals and transformation was my proposal for a kids’ TV series called The Incredible Hare. Because of my writing contacts I was able to run it by several TV and studio executives – none of whom were interested in. A few years went by and I decided to turn my TV show proposal into a kids novel, the character’s origin story – and once again no one was interested. Now I’m hoping that any success Furry Nation might enjoy will help open a few doors for the Hare being published.

Speaking of published how did you get involved in doing Rowrbrazzle? and were you involved in any other furry fanzines?

To answer your question, when I first discovered the fandom I started corresponding with early furs (now fellow graymuzzles, people like Ray Rooney in Philadelphia who sent me that original furry party invite and Kjartan Arnorrson, currently of Tucson AZ. They tipped me off to (long gone) publications like Q and Furversion as well as Rowrbrazzle and lent me their copies.

I can’t recall my art appearing in any other publications. Back in the (pre-internet) days, Rowrbrazzle was the place for a furry artist to be. At its peak there were 50 members and like a 35-person waiting list of people who wanted to join. I gradually moved up until I was among first 10 on the list – which is when membership was expanded to 60 people.

To be continued…

What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?

Frankly I totally understand the confusion of “What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?” Frankly speaking their Twitter and home page really does not say all that much, in fact it was a misunderstanding that lead to this interview with Shadow Le Rawr, one of the people behind Furry Broadcasting Network and more commonly known as FBN, to hopefully answer the many questions the people and community have asked.

Speaking of misunderstanding, I was confused myself, obviously with my very first question.
AW: Let’s get started how did putting together a furry internet radio station start?

Shadow:

Well FBN is not just an internet radio station, from my experience you need a lot of time and dedication to setup and run any type internet radio station. You have to follow a bunch of legal rules in order to do that kind of thing. For example, stream licenses, which are something that you have to have if you play copyrighted songs. You also need servers to host your internet radio station on or use a stream host. We decided to use our own equipment instead of relying on a host, so things are a bit more complicated with the setup than with most. Which is why our site does not have a lot of information on it right now, all our time has been in focus to get our infrastructure ready for launch.

FBN’s goal is to help emerging artist get “out there”, so this could be anything from a new professional website or a streaming setup to showcase their music. It is why I wanted to start FBN, to get a single place where any furry could get help with getting themselves known in the fandoms.
AW: So what are your plans?

Shadow:

For Furry Broadcasting Network (FBN) or Paw Print Radio (PPR)?
AW: Let’s say both.

Shadow:

Plans for Paw Print Radio or PPR are mainly to be an internet radio station that plays the most popular songs within the fandom instead of using external songs. We want to help furry musicians to stand out. For FBN we are going to be making it the central hub, its website will host links to all the stations as well as some other cool features like con coverage and media resources. Since FBN manages PPR of course the links for it will be on the main site as well. We also want to expand our offering to other companies or sponsors so that they can focus on content and not all the technical or legal loopholes that it takes to manage an internet presence in the fandoms.
AW: Would anyone be able to make submission?

Shadow:

Define submission?
AW: Photos for example

Shadow:

They will be able to upload photos to their FBN profile, but to keep people safe from anything harmful it will be put up for review before being available to our public pages. A message will be sent to the user saying why if it was denied, if applicable. We want to keep the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. For clarification politics, hate photos, etc etc.
AW: How many are a part of your staff currently?

Shadow:

We have ten volunteers that run everything. This also includes myself. We are always looking for more people or talent to bring into the group. It is a lot of work to maintain things so there is always plenty to do.
AW: I am asking this because others have asked me paid or volunteer?

Shadow:

We are 100% volunteer, as such we have had several people come and go from the group as their time and responsibilities changes. The only time we pay is if we are looking for art for the network meaning we pay furry artists for commissions and then credit them back so they can get the exposure for the work. We also pay for things like servers and equipment to run the network, but this is not an obligation of anyone or the staff as it is donation based as well.
AW: Copyright is a huge issue.

Shadow:

For example, we give credit to the artists who made our logo, I also linked the art on my Furaffinity or FA account.
AW: But since we both have had bad experiences with the Furry Raiders would you like to make a statement on what really happened?

Shadow:

There have been comments as to our relation to a former partner, FurryRaiders. We were a younger group at the time and were ignorant as to the stance they took. We do not condone the view put forth by the Furry Raiders and immediately upon learning they held these beliefs, we ended our connections. Moving forward, we wish to show that we are a group dedicated to EVERYONE in the furry fandom. Our deepest apologies for any misunderstandings that arose from our former incorrect actions.

To fix that issue we have blocked all known alt accounts using AltFurryBlocker. (Shout out to them for the time and effort to rid the fandom of sour furs) We also have changed our policies on sponsor relations, so that all our sponsors have to go through an investigation period where we learn what they are like and what they do. Something that we did not do before with the Furry Raiders. And just to be clear on this, none of the staff or management of FBN are affiliated with any groups such as the Furry Raiders. We are also not run, nor will we ever be ran, by anyone that is an AltFur. I have a zero tolerance policy for that kind of thing and it was a mistake on my part before, but it will not happen again.

Ahmar Wolf speaking …
This was where I ended the interview for frankly 1 reason I could not think of any other questions to ask.

From what I have gathered both from the interview as well as their site FurryBoadcasting.net they should be up and running next year. Speaking of which I had planned to linked this article to their site…which is sadly currently down. So instead I include a link to the article about them on Wikifur

Anthro Northwest Interview

I fully admit I hadn’t heard a word about Anthro Northwest until I saw there ad on FA. But the more I looked into their brand new convention, the more I really wish them good luck. Because and this is on everyone’s mind, the disaster known as Rainfurrest. Frankly I can not give the people behind Anthro Northwest enough praise for not backing down from talking about a con that gives every con (and I am really not joking about this) nightmares. The reality of it, this is what everyone is thinking.

So in my own way I sent them a series of questions after asking them for an interview. Really I hope you like my questions as I thought they be the ones on everybody’s mind.

On a personal note I found the staff super friendly, and really I wish them the best.

Now I have seen all your videos on your YouTube channel and want to say excellent job. I thought the one explaining on how to get to the hotel from the airport was quite unique.

Now for the questions…

According to your video you say it all got started at BLFC, was it like gets get together and do a fur con or was there more to that?
There was actually quite a bit less to it. The seed of Anthro Northwest was planted at the 2016 Rainfurrest Christmas party when they announced there would be no RF 2017. It made the founder sad that such an amazing group of people couldn’t have their convention. Going up the elevator at BLFC on Saturday the founder was so inspired by the beauty, art and community present there, he decided that the community in Seattle deserved a convention, and set out to make one happen.

Does any one of the board of directors have had experience running large gatherings?
The board doesn’t really run Anthro Northwest in terms of day to day operation, we are structured a little differently than some of the more local fur conventions. The very important experience of running other conventions is present with many of the staff members who have worked at the big conventions and have a good feel on how to help things run smoothly. We also receive a lot of help from the well established conventions, the beautiful thing of being a member of the furry community is that we all work together to support each other. Tyco from BLFC, Uncle Kage from Anthrocon and Cheetah from MFF have all provided invaluable support. We would also like to thank several of the former Rainfurrest board members that helped us learn from their experience, and for the community that they helped grow here in the Pacific Northwest.

The board votes on big decisions, approves budgets, handles disciplinary actions, but the day to day business of the organization is mostly handled by the founder and the staff leads. Anthro Northwest is really built around the interests of our panelists, volunteers and community. We try very hard to accomidate the interests of our members and actively grow and change the convention so that they are enabled to share the best of what they have to offer.

Before finally choosing Seattle, weren’t you afraid that the location might have been tainted do to Rainfurrest? Was another city even considered?
Seattle has always been the target location. If it were possible to make it work, we were going to have it here. We had meetings with every suitable hotel in downtown and found two were a good fit. We found both locations extremely welcoming.

Given the disaster that Rainfurrest was, how and I mean all respect how did you convince the Renaissance your convention was good for the hotel? and what steps did you have to take to calm any and all fears?
There is perception that businesses in Seattle are concerned about anything to do with furry, and it is an accurate one. We have found that the business community in large part has lost the bond of trust that once was enjoyed between them and furry. We have been working very hard to help restore that bond of trust by bringing out the best that the community has to offer. For as damaging as the events that occurred at the last RF were to the trust relationship, we also find, that within the community so many exceptional individuals exist who represent the best that humanity has to offer. The businesses that we are working with are able to look into the heart of the community and see the beauty and potential that is present there.

The Marriott Hotel Chain which includes the Renaissance is very much a true supporter of diversity and the arts. They are dedicated to providing hospitality and have gone to great lengths to welcome us to their hotel. We are so thankful to have them as our venue partner. If we bring out our best, just like the 99% of fandom conventions that happen every year, it will help pave the way for more opportunities in the community.

I am curious how did you raise the capital to fund the convention?
The convention is approximately 98% funded privately by someone who loves the community very much.
Was finding a charity difficult?
Not too much difficulty, we put it out there on Twitter and someone suggested Sarvey Wildlife. They were a great fit and we are so delighted to be working with them. The community is so charity focused already, people seem to be in touch with a lot of fantastic organizations, the hard part is choosing just one.

Seriously what plans do you have in place to prevent bad behavior that plagued Rainfurrest? Will the staff be on hand to prevent and or stop any problems as they arise? The same with security?
We have a large, high quality staff and an organization that was built completely new from the ground up. We also have the support of F.L.A.R.E. who is sending around 20 people from California to help things run smoothly. F.L.A.R.E. is an amazing group of people that handle security and operations for well run conventions like BLFC and FC. In their combined experience they have dealt with just about every situation imaginable.

A tremendous amount of planning occurred to ensure that we put on a high quality event that is comfortable for members of the community, the non-attending hotel guests and the business community.

I remember hearing on the news of how some panels were actually serving alcohol to minors. What rules will these panels must follow and will they be double checked to make sure they are followed?

Anthro Northwest is a PG rated family event. We don’t have a liquor license and don’t serve alcohol. Liquor is available for responsible consumption in the hotel bar from licensed hotel staff.

What are your future plans for Anthro Northwest, what will you like to see happen?
It really depends where the community takes us. We are prepared to accomidate traditional growth patterns for 2018, and exceptional growth starting in 2019 if that is where things are headed. For 2018 we are adding on another floor to the hotel and would like to have an art gallery, artists’ alley and perhaps an interactive gaming room or some more interactive activities. We would like to continue to offer unusual panels and events that aren’t found elsewhere. We would also like to see more anthropomorphic fine art classes – painting, sculpting, those sorts of things.

In 2019 things will change a lot….but we can’t talk about that just yet.

Our measure of success is the answer to this question:
“Have our attendees experience the beauty and love found in the community?”

If yes, then then we have achieved success . We believe that when we focus on our core goals, the necessary ingredients like funding, good behavior, attendance and so fourth will happen as a byproduct of the expression of those goals.

How many guests do you expect to get? What will they actually get to see?
It’s so hard to predict attendance for a first year con. We are guessing anywhere from 500 to 950. We should have pretty good visibility in 3 weeks. Our full program is posted online at http://www.anthronw.com – just click the program link. You’ll see the normal things you are used to seeing at a fandom convention like this, with an expanded focus on art and humanities.