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The furry fandom is a subculture interested in fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at furry conventions.

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A furry convention (also furry con or fur con) is a formal gathering of members of the furry fandom — people who are interested in the concept of fictional non-human characters with human characteristics. These conventions provide a place for fans to meet, exchange ideas, transact business and engage in entertainment and recreation centered on this concept. Originating in California, USA during the mid-1980s, there are now over 40 annual furry conventions worldwide, mostly in North America and Europe. The largest furry convention is Anthrocon which is held each year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Furry conventions offer a range of volunteer-led programming, usually focusing on anthropomorphic art, crafts, music and literature. Some raise money for charity. Attendees often dress up and wear artistic name badges for identification, though the majority do not bring fursuits. They may also spend money on the work of amateur and professional artists, both directly and at auction.

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Furcadia is an MMOSG (Massively Multiplayer Online Social Game), set in a fantasy world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. The game is based on user-created content, socializing and free-form roleplaying. Furcadia is not entirely In Character; however, a background world and rule system exist for those who wish to participate. First opened to the public on December 16, 1996, it is the longest continuously running MMO. It was originally designed and programmed by Dr. Cat and Talzhemir.

The character avatar on Furcadia is generally called a "furre", which is usually pronounced "fur", but occasionally "furry". The in-game avatar can be set to one of several species of anthropomorphic animal, including Feline, Canine, Lapine, Equine, Musteline, Sciurine, Rodent, Bovine, and Ursine. Although Furcadia's anthropomorphic animal characters are related to those of the furry fandom, and the game was inspired in part by FurryMUCK, Furcadia has never been intended as an exclusively 'furry' game. A significant portion of Furcadia's playerbase do not identify as 'furries' or have any interest in the furry aspect of the game.

The primary focus of Furcadia is user-created content. To this end, the Furcadia game download includes an art editor and a map creating program. Users are encouraged to create their own virtual worlds, called Dreams, using these tools. These worlds can be uploaded to the Furcadia server and used for a variety of purposes. Downloading and playing Furcadia is free of charge, but several game-enhancing products are available, known in the game as Digos. The game is supported by a unique structured volunteer program called the Beekins, who assist players and enforce Furcadia's rules of conduct.

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Frederick Walter Patten (born December 11, 1940) is known for his work as a historian in the anime, manga, and furry fandoms, where he has made contributions to both print and online books, magazines, and other media. He has received honors from several fandom organizations, including the LASFS Evans-Freehafer Award, Westercon's Sampo Award, Inkpot Award, Ursa Major Award and the Worldcon Life Achievement Award.

Patten learned to read with comic strips in the Los Angeles Times and Examiner. At age 9 he began to collect books from Ace Books, Ballantine Books, and other science fiction publishers of the time, as well as magazines such as Astounding, F&SF, and Galaxy Science Fiction.

Patten entered the University of California, Los Angeles in 1958, and its graduate School of Library Science in 1962. He became active in science fiction fandom on discovering the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society in 1960, starting to publish his own stories and write for sci-fi fanzines. He received a Master's degree in Library Science in 1963 - his thesis was on the books of Andre Norton - and worked as a technical catalogue librarian from 1969 to 1990.

In 1972, Patten partnered with Richard Kyle to create the Graphic Story Bookshop in Long Beach, California. He discovered manga at Westercon in 1970, and began to import it from Japanese publishers through the bookshop. He was a founder of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization in 1977. Over the years he contributed to several books on animation history, and wrote dozens of articles for publications such as Albedo Anthropomorphics, Furrlough, and the Comics Buyer's Guide.

From 1991 to 2002 Patten was employed at anime production company Streamline Pictures, where he acted as writer, translator or publicist for over twenty animation films. He subsequently wrote Watching Anime, Reading Manga: 25 Years of Essays and Reviews, and edited Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction.

In March 2005, Patten suffered a stroke which left his right arm and leg paralyzed. No longer able to keep his collection, he donated almost 900 boxes of comic books, records, tapes, paperbacks, fanzines, anime, manga, convention programs and T-shirts to the Eaton Collection.

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Kevin and Kell is a furry comedy webcomic strip by syndicated cartoonist Bill Holbrook. The strip began on September 3, 1995. It is one of the oldest continuously running webcomics.

The strip centers on the mixed marriage between a rabbit, Kevin and a grey wolf, Kell Dewclaw. In their society, their major difference is their diet: Kevin is a herbivore and Kell is a carnivore. Their family includes three children: Lindesfarne, a hedgehog adopted from Kevin's first marriage; Rudy, a wolf/fox hybrid born during Kell's first marriage; and Coney, a carnivorous rabbit. The comics plot revolves around species-related humor, satire, and interpersonal conflict.

Kevin and Kell receives over three million pages views per month and is published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Holbrook has won honors from the Web Cartoonist's Choice Awards and the Ursa Major Awards for the strip.

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Orion and his conbadges

Many furry convention attendees purchase convention badges from artists to identify themselves - although not usually this many. Badges are also issued by the convention.

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Founded in 1995, this European convention has been held in Germany for ten of its thirteen years - other countries are Sweden, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic. Managed by Eurofurence e.V., it hosted 585 attendees in September 2007.

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