Furever West Interview

Recently I posted an article on speculation that Furever West might have folded mainly do the problems related to 2021. I am very happy to say I was recently contacted by their representative @Dhammer104 to tell of what happened and are they despite everything are they planning a 2022 gathering.

Furry Times (FT): Given all that has happened, what is the current status of Furever West

Furever West (FW): Furever West is alive and well! The team is currently working on a public release of information about the 2022 convention that will happen in Laramie Wyoming this September.

FT: That is great news, I almost feel like the elephant furry in the room. What about the domain name?

FW: The domain name, most likely, is unfortunately lost. An unknown error occurred with the auto billing for the domain name, which in turn cause our hosting company (Wix) to put http://fureverwest.com up for auction. We will be rebuilding a new website, hopefully with a similar domain name

FT: So now about the upcoming convention. What do you do when your very 1st con was postponed by a bomb threat. Which from my understanding was a hoax.

FW: It was very unfortunate what happened to last years convention, and we still feel absolutely horrible for all the people who were genuinely looking forward to our convention. However, we did receive a message that a bomb would be detonated if the convention was to be held. Wether that message was genuine or a hoax, we conducted talks with local police and hotel management, and we were advised to shut down the convention to potentially avoid a large loss of life. In addition to moving venues to avoid a similar situation, we are also moving the convention to Laramie Wyoming. A more accepting city in Wyoming due to it being a college town.

FT: I assume you already have a venue

FW: Yes! Venue is booked and will be announced along with all other 2022 convention updates sometime next week.

FT: That is truly wonderful news, I really wish you the very best.

I think I’ll leave any additional questions for now. In order to wait for the official word. But if there is anything you like to say, here is your chance.

FW: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me!


It is so nice to be wrong, Furever West deserves a chance

So you have it here a Furry Times Exclusive

Furever West will return this September in Laramie, WY

Soda City Fur Con Interview

Soda City Fur Con will take place in Columbia, South Carolina at some future date. With so many things that are still unknown this interview with their representative gives us a glimpse what is happening now.

Furry Times (FT): I once heard that you got your start at another local convention. Could you tell me how it start and what it grew into.

Soda City Fur Con (SCFC): Starting a con was in the books for a while now, just recent events that happened at another conversation, started the process suddenly. So we took the opportunity and ran with it.

Plus a few local groups failed to start a convention here in South Carolina.

FT: From my understanding there is so much that goes into starting a con. Such as picking a hotel, and charity. I know it’s early and you really can’t say. But in very general terms have you an idea where you like SCFC to be held.

SCFC: We are currently eyeballing the Marriot Columbia and others around the area.

FT: Also will you be a non profit?

SCFC: We are going to be a Non Profit

We filed for our 501c3 Status last week thanks to a generous donation.

FT: Is their a general feeling on your end when you like to hold the con?

SCFC: As of now we do not have a set date but we have a a range of years 2024 as our primary With 2025-2026-2027 as back up years if 2024 does not work out.

As for the months we are doing our research. February is a possibility due to it still being winter

FT: Is there anything you like the public to know

SCFC; Pretty much everything we said above We need all the help we can get so if they want to support us our donation link to Ko-Fi

My Interview with the Con Chair of Stratosfur

Stratosfur is a brand new fur con which is to take place Aug 14 & 15 2021 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport. I know from previous interviews I had that setting up a brand new fur con can be hard, as there is so much to do. But combined with this current pandemic, and all the uncertainties between now and August. I really wish them the best of luck.

I was happy that Nite, Stratosfur’s Con Chair even agreed to this interview.

FT: I want to start out with how Stratosfur was founded

Nite: The con was founded by a small group of Houston locals that wanted a con in Houston. After a trip to TFF some were inspired and started exploring the idea of a Houston con. There had always been talk of a con in Houston but with their push its finally happening.

FT: Was getting funding hard?

Nite: It was. There were plans to have special meets as fundraisers. The bowlings meets i hosted actually kicked it off and the first meets was a giant success. But this was January 2020. So covid came in and shut those plans down. Now we have a few houston locals that have pitched in. Myself including buying some items the con needs.

FT: That is so nice to hear it was grassroots. How was getting the hotel involved, such as getting space for the con?

Nite: Ideas for locations were taken from locals. Many suggested where previous anime cons were held. The board did their research on each of those locations before making a final selection. Our current location is near Bush intercontinental so its a big help if anyone flies in.

FT: I live in Chicago and the Hyatt Regency where MFF does there con it’s in a great location right next to the airport. And the name Stratosfur where did that come from? I could only assume it has something to do with Houston’s history with NASA.

Nite: Originally the con name was space city furcon. This name for a Houston con has been around since i can remember. The name changed, i believe because of a comic con here with the name space city.

Yes we did want to stay with the space theme so Stratosfur was a good pick to represent Houston.

FT: It is a good name, Is there is there anything you can talk about plans for the con such as dealers area and fursuit parade? I understand it’s early.

Nite: Dealers we i could. Fursuit parade we are still working on plans for that.

At the moment we have 2 plans for dealers. 1st plan is to keep dealers socially distanced and not over crowd the room. We are assuming the covid restrictions will be in place still. The hope is that we as a nation are close to herd immunity.

The second plan is if we have a green light and there are no restrictions so we run as normal.

As the situation with covid evolves we evaluate the plans and adjust if needed.

FT: I know that is what got a lot of cons are thinking. How do you run a con during the middle of this?
Do you limit attendance or not?

Is there anything you like to add?

Nite: There are alot of changes and things to rework and its alot of work for us. Our hope is that the current administration is correct and by may immunization will be available for everyone. As mentioned before we are looking at news for this everyday.

We dont have plans to limit attendance. But we will limit room capacity to keep people socially distanced.

Still I seriously wish them the very best.

Interview with Arik Grant

Arik Grant even though they were not deeply involved in the fandom, they were there at ConFurence 1 which took place in 1990. I thought since many of my readers love the Dark Furry Past we get a first hand account of those times.

Furry Times: So when was your first encounter with furries face to face and what was it like?

Arik Grant: Through a friend. I was freshly out of the Army and relocated to a new city. I was raised in Boise, Idaho but went to live with a girlfriend in Costa Mesa, California. As I met new people and made new friends, one of them was a guy who was into “Furry Fandom”, which I’d never heard of before. He had gone to something called “ConFurEnce 0”, the sort of trial-run for the planned ConFurEnce, and came back with tales of all sorts of people that seemed to be doing things I liked or was interested in. I dabbled in cartoons a bit but nothing truly disciplined, little more than just organized doodles to pass the time.  I was intrigued and started meeting more and more people. Since cartoons was a way I could interact favorably with folks in this new setting, I started doing sketches and drawings, and things radiated out from there. 


In truth, I was primarily motivated by a desire to use my cartooning talent in a place where it was appreciated. While I enjoyed “funny animals”, it probably could have been anything. I loved being with like-minded creators. 

FT: So where did your next venture in the furry fandom take you?

Arik Grant: Hard to quantify. As mentioned, it turned out a guy I knew was a furry and so I had been face to face with one for a few months. Like anyone he had his own ways of standing out, weirdness one could say, but no more than anyone else, given other perspectives. I met more and more furries through his network –friends and friends of friends– and found mostly a large group of people who were generally eccentric by most “ordinary” peoples’ definitions but eccentric in ways I liked and felt at home with. So to me, it wasn’t a bad or off-putting eccentricity. There was a sort of normalcy or at least comfortable familiarity.


Probably I went to a convention of some sort –a sci-fi or comic one– and like a lot of people found a sort of comfortable home with people I could relate to. Between 1988 and 1989 I had gone to some cons and furry parties and such but they were always attached to other events: a sci-fi con with a furry crowd along for the ride. A comics con with a furry crowd along for the ride. And so on.  By the time ConFurEnce One rolled around in 1990 I was already steeped enough (and comfortable enough) to become a contributor. I put a comic in YARF! fanzine, and YARF! and ConFurEnce One both kicked off at the same time– so in my mind, the two are intertwined experiences. 


I’d say ConFurEnce One was the first time I saw a whole furry-only convention scene in one setting, and a forum devoted solely to furry interests. I of course wasn’t the only one; a lot of people point to ConFurEnce as the first stand-alone major furry convention that they experienced. We were all on the ground floor, taking the elevator to the top of something new. It was weird and overwhelming in a good way. 


Back then it was all comics and comic art creators. A lot of people did pin-ups and comics but there wasn’t much of a place to put them. There was Vootie and Rowrbrazzle and such but there was no common ground to share them all. ConFurEnce changed that, and YARF! happened to be the ‘zine at the time it all came together. The fact it was a bit more accessible to general audiences (and not hard R or X rated) meant it gained traction easier. Fursuiting pretty much didn’t exist, the “Bambioid” came later and then by the time I left in the 1996-97 era there were maybe a dozen or so. Now it is a major part of the fandom (if not the most prominent imprint in the larger cultural zeitgeist) which is a surprising thing to see.

FT: I have a small collection of Furry fanzines, and truly love the works from those days. I wish they were easier to find. But I have often wondered what was it like to be apart of up to now. I know it maybe hard to believe they have become highly collectable. From roughly $7 on Furbid when they were still around to $70+ on eBay.

Just asking you have any of the issues I really would love to see them.

Unless you had further adventures into the furry realm this might be it.

One question since you were at the very start. What is the biggest changes in the fandom you have witnessed?

Arik Grant: Well, I stayed in my circle of influence as a comic creator, but tried to expand it. Remember, at the time, fursuiting was rare and super expensive; animation was even more rare and more expensive. If you wanted to be anyone, you were an original comic creator. That was something I played well into, so I tried to do spin off series into Huzzah, Mythagoras, and Rowrbrazzle. Ben Dunn of Antarctic Press (at one point) approached me to be in Furrlough, and I was in the launch issue, but after that he handed editorial control to Shon Howell, who had different editorial priorities (he wanted all furries; no humans and aliens, both of which were well established in my series at the time). 


Over time I wrapped up my story in YARF! and was tired and eager to get on with other things, so by 1996-97 I was pretty much out. I had been an original comic creator at the fanzine level at least, and established a reputation I felt was pretty good: lots of material, good quality, and reliable. But I never really got out of that into other ventures in furrydom. But then, I was right where I wanted to be and didn’t really desire to pursue outside of that.

 

I left the fandom in 1996-97. My story wrapped up in YARF! and I fiddled with some spin-off ideas but in the long run I just got distracted. In 1998 I started college and in 1999 I decided to do a year abroad at Ben-Gurion UNiversity in Beer-Sheva, Israel. I met a girlfriend there and stayed with her; I ended up living in Israel from 1998 to 2002. I came home in 2002 and finished my last year of college and got a BA in History, then promptly got mobilized to go to Iraq as an Army Reserve Combat Engineer, from 2004 to 2005.. I started doing cartoons again for the people I was deployed with as a sort of way to cope with the stress.
 Here’s a Defense Department video that featured me on Armed Forces Network: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/78899/bohica-blues
–and a Stars & Stripes article: https://www.stripes.com/news/reservist-s-cartoons-detail-burdens-of-desert-deployment-1.22605
In that time from 1997 until 2004 I really did no comics at all and kinda “lost my touch”, and had to relearn my cartoonist’s hand. I began to chronicle my Iraq adventures in humorous form.
Sorry; I seem to have gone down a rabbit hole!
Anyhow, what has changed?

A lot! First of all is the cosmetic appearance. A lot of fursuiting, which (when I left) was rare enough to be counted on one hand. As mentioned, I remember when “the Bambioid” was all there was. The Bambioid was brought into conventions and paraded around as a sort of pinnacle of fan achievement; by the time I was on my way out in 1996 there were maybe a dozen fursuiters. Now it seems to be the face of furry conventions but that might just be because it is so visually obvious (and the CSI episode). 



Back in the day there were a lot of political divisions, primarily between the “porn” and “anti-porn” camps. These seem to have solidified into “left” vs. “right” camps. From my perspective it seems that “politics” is less of a thing now, but I know from watching YouTube videos that politics is seen as a major, bad thing. Mostly between “regular” furries and “alt-right” furries. From my old eyes it seems that there is less ambiguity and more clarity, which to me seems like an improvement… but at the same time, I can also see how the divides seem sharper, seeper, and more pronounced. So others might say it is worse. 
Like a lot of things, these are all tempered by perspective and time. 

Future Projects for Arik Grant

n a year or so I hope to re-release the “Empires: the Ace of Spades” story as it appeared in YARF!, with new color cover artwork and some editorial commentary pages added at the back, adding what the comic means to me after 30 years, and eventually the Empires universe will be rebooted and relaunched entirely with all new stories and characters… possibly on Webtoons, maybe somewhere like Tapas. I may do some YouTube videos of my art and other stuff as well.

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