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.
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.
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.
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.
Ozy and Millie is a webcomic created by D. C. Simpson which debuted in January 1997. 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.
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.