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Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« on: September 21, 2009, 02:52:13 am »
In my years as a fur, and in running this site, one of my biggest personal frustrations stems from furries attempting to introduce the fandom to non-furs in their lives (parents, family, friends, partners, etc), and completely failing at it.  I can't count the number of times I've attempted to point this out just in threads on this site, not to mention when the subject comes up on LJ, IM conversations, and places like the Anthrocon forums.

Now, my public relations skills aren't that much more adept than others, and 5-6 years ago, I made many of the same mistakes in introducing the fandom to others.  But, since then, I've been to public/media relations panels held by Uncle Kage, and learned a lot from them.  If you're ever at a con where Kage hosts one of these panels, I highly recommend attending; not only is he a gifted orater, but he really knows his stuff and has a lot of experience in dealing with the media.  But, not everyone can make it to furry cons, and even fewer people have the patience to read the wall o' text on his website that he's written on the subject.

Thankfully, someone at Anthrocon was gracious enough to record the panel and put it on Youtube.  This is the entirety of the panel, a full hour long, but it will be the most informative (and entertaining) hour of video you'll ever watch.  So, if anyone reading this ever considers telling anyone they know about the furry fandom, please watch these videos first.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

This video series was recorded at Anthrocon 2009, from the "Presenting Furry Fandom To The Public" panel led by Uncle Kage.  Kage, aka Dr. Samuel Conway, has been the chairman of Anthrocon for over a decade, and is a renowned comedian in the fandom.  In addition to a distinguished career as a chemist, he's also had extensive media relations and public speaking experience.

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Additionally, Anthrocon has a great "About Furry" page on their website, including a printable brochure that can be given to parents, friends, or other furs.  Check it out here:  http://www.anthrocon.org/about-furry
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Video from Uncle Kage, Please Watch
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 03:27:42 pm »
That is some great advice.  I always like it when information is presented in a funny manner, t's easier to remember that way. 

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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Video from Uncle Kage, Please Watch
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 09:19:10 pm »
Uncle Kage's hilarious. And this stuff is really useful, too. Hooray for helping stuffs!
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Ha, this was pretty awesome. It was very funny, and informative. That's the best way I learn, when information is passed through humor. That part about the husky fursuiter was great!

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It was very funny, and informative.

That describes almost any recording of uncle kage.

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Very informational and funny. It was pretty helpful watching these.

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Huh. Well I've definitely learned some things from this.
Learning is always nice and stuff.

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That was pretty entertaining. Good humour too. ^^ Thanks for sharing.
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Natasha Softpaw, thank you so much for posting this!!!! I`ve had a hard time explaining people `bout the furry fandom,we don`t even have a con here! So much of the time I just shut up `bout being a furry. And I probably wouldn`t stumble over Uncle Kage in a looong time. Again,thanks!
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Video from Uncle Kage, Please Watch
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2009, 10:09:15 pm »
Ok, I watched it...
Some of the things Kage said, I was dying over...
But, yeah, he did an exelent job at that.
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Video from Uncle Kage, Please Watch
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2009, 01:07:17 pm »
Oh wow.

I'm definitely going to present the fandom a bit differently from now on.

Lol, that was probably the most informative hour I've ever experienced. Or atleast, when it comes to furries.
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2010, 10:39:49 pm »
that was amazing.  natasha, you win.

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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2010, 08:31:46 am »
I <3 Mods.

BTW, Natasha, you've forgotten Lupinia's about page, after you put that work into it.

http://www.lupinia.net/about/furry.php
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2010, 03:26:38 am »
Oh my gosh!  That was hilarious.  I feel like, WAY more connected to the fandom for some reason after watching that.  That was pretty long, but it was quite worth it.  =D
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2010, 04:30:12 am »
Does Kage have an FA?

I actually did a little searching on this, and nope, he's not on FA, he's on LJ.  Which is one reason why I keep saying LiveJournal is as important for furries to be active on as Furaffinity, because not only is almost every furry on that site, but it's a lot more stable and hosts a large number of furry communities/discussion groups.

His LJ is http://unclekage.livejournal.com/, and more information about him is on Wikifur:  http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Uncle_Kage
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2010, 10:18:18 am »
The closest thing to an FA he has is http://www.furaffinity.net/user/kagemushi, but it's not active at all and he has no submissions, so whether this was made by him or someone else makes me question it
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2010, 05:28:58 am »
Is there anything else to listen to with Uncle Kage?  He's hilarious and informative!

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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #18 on: June 04, 2010, 05:14:47 pm »
Is there anything else to listen to with Uncle Kage?  He's hilarious and informative!

Youtube search him...
A few of my favourites are:
-A game of 'Questions Only', between him and 2
-The AnthroCon 2007 Trolls...
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Re: Presenting Furry Fandom to the Public: Helpful Resources
« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2010, 09:24:19 am »
thankz for posten this, it is very helpful n informative its going to help a lot with one of my friends that thinks i'm a sex addict because i'm a furry.
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