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Some furry fans create and wear costumes of their characters.

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, speaking, walking on two legs, and wearing clothes. Furry fandom is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the Internet and at furry conventions. Read more... 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 animal 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, United States, during the mid-1980s, there are now over 40 annual furry conventions worldwide, mostly in North America and Europe. The largest furry convention is Midwest FurFest which is held each year in suburban Chicago, Illinois.

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. Read more...

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Bunnies & Burrows is a role-playing game inspired by the novel Watership Down. Players take the role of rabbits as their player characters. Interaction with many different animal species is part of normal gameplay; humans, whose thought processes and motivations are completely alien, are the only monster to be encountered. The game encourages problem solving; outwitting obstacles, rather than out-fighting them.

The first edition, published by Fantasy Games Unlimited in 1976 - only two years after Dungeons & Dragons - is now long out of print, though still actively played. A second edition was printed in 1982. During a rise of "retro" gaming in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Steve Jackson Games entered negotiations with original designers Dennis Sustare and Scott Robinson to publish an official GURPS supplement. In 1988, Steffan O'Sullivan wrote an unofficial conversion, which was reworked and published in 1992 as GURPS Bunnies & Burrows with interior art by Jim Groat. The book is still supported and available in digital form.

Bunnies & Burrows was the first role-playing game to allow for non-humanoid play. It was also the first role-playing game to have detailed martial arts rules (known as "Bun Fu"), and the first attempt at a skill system. It was also the first role-playing game to appeal equally to women as well as men. For its time, the game was considered "light years" ahead of the Original Dungeons & Dragons.

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Dr. Conway at Anthrocon 2008

Samuel C. Conway (born June 4, 1965 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) is an American researcher in the pharmaceutical, biomedical and agrochemical fields of organic chemistry. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College. In furry fandom, Conway is better known as Uncle Kage /ˈkɑːɡ/, chairman and chief organizer of Anthrocon, the largest furry convention in the world. He is also a volunteer entertainer and auctioneer, and the author of several anthropomorphic short stories.

A graduate of Ursinus College, Pennsylvania in 1986, Conway subsequently studied at the Burke Chemical Laboratories of Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1991. His thesis concerned the attempted generation of indolyne (an aromatic compound related to indole). Conway took a postdoctoral appointment in Chicago, subsequently working for the Food and Drug Administration and several pharmaceutical and life science corporations. He claims authorship of eleven papers and three patents, including one for recyclable packaging material.

Conway has been involved in fan activities since the early 1990s. He became the chairman of Anthrocon in 1999, incorporating and moving the convention to Philadelphia where it grew from 842 to 2,489 by 2006, and then to Pittsburgh, where 3,390 attended in 2008. He commonly leads charity auctions at Anthrocon and other conventions.

Conway styles himself "Furrydom's Storyteller", making annual appearances at Anthrocon in what has come to be known as Uncle Kage's Story Hour, which typically consists of four or five extended personal anecdotes. His stage name resulted from his first storytelling experience ConFurence in 1994, and derives from his fandom name Kagemushi Goro - itself a reference to Kagemusha. He is regularly invited to tell his stories at other conventions, including I-CON, Eurofurence, ConClave, and Camp Feral.


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Ozy and Millie is a webcomic created by D. C. Simpson which debuted in January 1997.[1] The comic was part of Keenspot from 2001 to 2003, going independent for several years, before returning to Keenspot in November 2006. It follows the adventures of assorted anthropomorphized animals. New strips are released on most weekdays. The comic centers on Ozy and Millie, two young foxes attending North Harbordale Elementary School in Seattle, contending with everyday elementary school issues such as tests and bullies, as well as more surreal situations. On April 24, 2008, D.C. Simpson announced the end of the daily strip by the end of 2008 on the O&M home page.

The strip usually concentrates on character interaction, but occasionally veers into political commentary. Simpson airs his political views more directly in his other comic, I Drew This. Most of the strips have been reprinted in book form. Five collections were released through Plan 9 Publishing, but they have all gone out of print; currently a complete set of the strip's archives is available through Lulu.com. Its animal characters focus on grade-school matters. The strip is listed in the top 200 most read webcomic on The Webcomic List.

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Artists at Further Confusion 2007

Furry artists work on their commissions during Further Confusion 2007. Costs for convention work range from about US$10 to $50 per page, depending on the artist's popularity; many also sell badges for about half the price.

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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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  1. ^ Simpson, D. C. Prehistorics: Ozy and Millie, 1997-2000. Lulu. p. 5. ISBN 1-84728-773-5. 
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