Go ahead, jump for joy, congratulate each other and slap your fellows on the
back. But I tell you this, you "Loyal Opponents" of mine are not the reason
I'm doing this. Frankly, the fun of beating your empty heads around like one
of those inflatable punching clowns was one of the few things left in the
fandom that I enjoyed. But even that isn't so much fun anymore. The fact is,
none of it is fun anymore.
Don't flatter yourselves, you aren't the ones who made me quit. What has made
me quit are the ghosts. It's not any person that makes me want to leave, but
the empty spaces left by the people I loved, admired and respected who have
left. There are VERY few people left in this fandom worthy of respect, and a
hell of a lot of them who are worthy of none.
I know that for years I called after them as they left, "Don't go! You can't
abandon the village to the Barbarians." But they left anyway, and now I find
myself virtually alone in a village filled with barbarians, who loot and
pillage and destroy, leaving nothing worth saving in their wake, but they
don't mind, because they're having a great time.
I no longer love furry fandom, although I still love what furry used to be
about. In the mad rush to avoid defining what furry is, you have left the job
open for others to finish. Furry has now been defined. It has been defined
by the press. It has been defined by Ostrich and Galen. That definition has
been endorsed by every one of you who came to their defense or opposed those
who were apalled. That definition has been set and reinforced after every
single one of these articles that trashes the fandom. Over and over it
happens, and the impact is larger and larger, and yet you idiots refuse to
learn your lesson. I don't want to be anywhere in the impact zone when the
Hiroshima Cluehammer that finally gets through your thick skulls hits ground
I have always maintained that Furry had amazing potential. I always strove to
realize that potential, but I knew I could never do it alone. I always tried
to get others to either help, or at least get out of the way. I've done my
best to show the way, how to run a 'zine, how to run a convention art show,
how to handle a sketchbook without being a jerk about it. When *I* talked to
the press, it was to do damage control, and I did it successfully. I've tried
to lead the way lots of ways. But I have finally come to the conclusion that
Furry Fandom's potential will never be realized with the current crop of
losers and misfits who infest it and drag it down.
Today I have resigned my position as Art Show Director for ConiFur.
I will not be attending any future Furry conventions.
I have already recycled all of my Muck characters that I am able to. I'm
sorry if this inconveniences any former residents of the Lyric Apartments.
After I post this, I will unsub from all but the fur.artwork newsgroups, but I
will no longer post. Which means no more tally.
Oh, and watch for eBay auctions from rcha...@kendra.com. There will be some
really choice bits from my collection going up there. (Like a full run of ASB
if I can get them all together).
"But what of Gallery?" you might ask. Gallery is not dead. It is the one
thing I still enjoy. I will continue to publish Gallery for the forseeable
future. I have made promises, and I will do my best to keep my commitments.
However, I will no longer be going to conventions to sell it. Mail order
only. I will see if I can encourage some of the artists to carry it
There are a few other people I made promises to, and I will keep those as
well. But that's it.
I'm out of here.
"if Marylin Manson has more of an influence on a kid than the kid's parents
do, then maybe the parents need to look at how they're raising their kids."
-- Charlie Clouser, Keyboardist, Nine Inch Nails.
Spammer Warning: Washington State Law now provides civil penalties for UCE.
I honestly could give two shits less what someone does in the privacy of
their own home, but it DOES get to be a drag when they go boilstering it
about on the net and claimnig to be furry.
I've learned to just shut up about what I do, as noone cares. I just wish
all the other utterfuckwits would as well.
Take care and do what you must man, but trust me, furry's like a drug,
there's always some part of it that you have withdrawls from and you'll be
back on it.
Alan Kennedy [TriGem Olandarinse]
Oh no! We look weird to mundanes! Holy SHIT!!! Lets shut down the fandom
here and now, burn all furry art, get a frontal lobotomy and stop all furry
conventions altogether! Head for the hills!!! We aren't normal!!! Normal is
ALL!!! We're meant to be bar codes and nothing more!!! Circle the wagons!
Are you now, or have you ever been a member of furry fandom? Answer the
Quitting because any kind of fandom isn't right for you is reasonable,
quitting because it interferes with your family life is reasonable... But
quitting it because someone else thinks there's something wrong with it?
Plain old unfiltered unadulterated bullshit, plain and simple...
Someone doesn't like one of your interests, because of the actions of
another... And you allow that to color your interests? Wow, by your logic,
next the NRA will be roaming the streets, gunning down criminals left and
right, because how a few of those criminals use firearms makes the NRA look
bad and causes the public to scream for more gun control...
Face it kids, the horses are out of the barn, but it is by no means a
stampede... However, it does NOT warrant gunning them down and selling them
to Alpo, and burning down the barn afterwards... Get a FUCKING grip,
You want the fandom to improve? Institute the following rules: No press,
no collars, no plushies, no drugs, no bondage gear, no obviously sexual
material seen outside of the designated art show area, or else you will be
requested to leave the premises... That's zero FUCKING tolerance baby,
that's what you do... If your con attendance drops, so what? Those are the
people you don't *want* attending the cons anyway, right? Call me a fascist,
but hey, it's a moderate con or no con at all...
A true pity.
I don't think *ANY* furry con's art show ever MATCHED, much less bettered,
ConiFur's record on getting the art show payment checks out to the artists.
Take care, I hope you find happiness with wherever you're going..
For a brief time I was here; and for a brief time I mattered. - Harlan
Shameless website plug. :) http://www.furnation.com/ben_raccoon/
Although I don't appreciate the decision upon your part to have flamed
a post of mine in the past concerning my non aggressiveness towards
the issues - It's a shame to see someone go who obviously devoted much
of his time and efforts to the community and its fans. I hope you
have fairer skies on your new path, and I hope that old wounds heal
with time. Take care Richard.
ICQ the 'Roo!: 93127116
-Resident daemon kangaroo
"There's probably only one person in the entire world who
has a chance of getting me up on stage in fursuit.. Hi puppy!"
Freija: Sir Fratley? I don't think I can live on my
own...not without you.
Fratley: You're going to be fine...trust your
strength...and have faith in your destiny. Once I
complete my journey around the world, I will return to
Freija: Promise me, one more time, that you will
Fratley: I promise...
Well if that's your conclusion, then I say....
Walk on Skippy! We'll happily run this suck-fest without ya!
boojum waves to Richard Chandler. "I'm sorry to see you go, good luck
in whatever hobby's you slip into next. It is sad to see old friends leave
so I understand your desire to move on as well. For me the influx of new
people are new friends whom I talk with and play with, but that is not true
boojum the brown bunny
On this matter, while I cannot perhaps change the minds of those who quit, I on
the other hand have no plans of quiting whatsoever despite the uglyness going
on. This is still a great fandom regardless of whatever smear campain some jerk
decides to conjure up. I will remain a furry because of the great people I've
meet and the art and entertainment.
For ages there's always going to be someone out there who will cause troulbe
for you because of who you are and what you choose to be involved in, whenever
you're Christian, Jewish, a Star Trek fan, a lover of oprea, whenever you're
rich or poor, your nationality, ect. Just cause what something ugly or bigoted
occurs doesn't mean you should give up or quit. You may let your enimies win if
you do, or at least that's how I feel.
aka Jetstone Tigre
You all take it so seriously!
It's so cute!! ::claps::