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RainFurrest Report [Sep. 30th, 2008|12:15 am]
I spent last weekend at RainFurrest, the new* local furry con. It was a blast. I'm so glad there's going to be a local con with such a great vibe. (And a nice hotel: the atrium, including trees appropriately enough, is beautiful; the staff were friendly and got into the swing of things.)

The official reg number was 599, so this isn't even a particularly small local con, either. Pretty impressive for a con starting out. The con staff did a great job running the show, too.

Other than touring the dealers' room, chatting with friends, or just idling about (lurking is a natural state for rats), I presented a few panels. I did body construction and head construction, both of which had a basically full room. There was also a small but enthusiastic Open Q&A panel. I forget, sometimes, how much I like doing panels. (At least where I don't need to prep a lot of materials.) I always enjoy discussing fursuiting; somehow it's an endlessly fascinating subject to me. :)

Special thanks to a few pals, though I normally don't do that. (I dislike the appearance of "playing favorites" because I can't possibly list all the cool people I know and met.)
- Aeto, thanks for spotting me the cash to reg when I foolishly had only credit cards
- Fox Cutter and Anna Sheehan, thanks for the advice and allowing me to bend your ears
- North and Xodiac, thanks for organizing the con and getting me in to do the panels
- Thumper, thanks for the inspiring words on fursuiting and charity
- AgentMiss, sister-in-law and non-furry who came along, helped wrangle the kid, and still had some fun with it all

There were two particular highlights that I wanted to mention:

Timothy's First Costumed Outing

This was Timothy's first time in an actual costume. I put together a one-piece felt item that we could just pull over his head.

I knew I was going to be bringing Remy (since I haven't had a chance to finish another suit) and I wanted to get Timothy involved. Someone (Twig? Was it you?) suggested on IM one night that I should make Timothy into a wedge of cheese. It was such a goofy idea that I knew I had to do it.

He did pretty well, I thought. He walked about the first third of the parade on his own, with a tight grip on Remy's paw. Progress was slow, through a little stumbling and the desire to visit everyone, especially the giant fuzzy animals. :)

I'm Next Year's Fursuit GoH
Much to my surprise, the con staff extended the invitation to me to be their costuming Guest of Honor at next year's RainFurrest. I was so flattered! It's the first time I've been a GoH.

So now I'm really looking forward to next year! I'll have to see about planning some special fursuit panels and workshops to keep things interesting. I wonder if I can get a new suit ready? Well, I have a year...

*They had a RainFurrest last year, but that was evidently just the beta as this year's con was officially designated RainFurrest I.

[User Picture]From: marko_the_rat
2008-09-30 09:04 am (UTC)
Great idea and great outfit! They're sure starting furries young these days, aren't they? You're going to have some great toddler photos to embarrass him with at his 21st birthday party. ;)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Yep, we'll have plenty of pictures for him to share with his therapist when he grows up. :)
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[User Picture]From: cass_rising
2008-09-30 02:36 pm (UTC)
I think that is the cutest costuming idea of all time.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. We had fun with it.
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[User Picture]From: johnnyeponymous
2008-09-30 03:00 pm (UTC)
Nice costume! Dressing kids as food at cons is an interesting idea. I've done it before (Hershey's Kiss with Evelyn) and it provides for some adorable pictures.

And Congrats on the GoH! It's always good to get the nod. I've only done it once, and it was one of the best cons ever!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks. It was a relatively easy costume to make and it was something that I figured he'd be willing to wear without freaking out.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks much. It's quite flattering. I'm hoping I can put together some good programming for fursuiters (and potential fursuiters).

I know what you mean about being tapped by relatives around Halloween time, too. So far I've dodged that one... But now they know I can throw things together. :)
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-09-30 04:10 pm (UTC)
It's about time! Congrats! Sadly, if everything goes to plan, I won't be able to attend next year either (since I'll be 8000 miles away), which will mean that I likely won't make it to ANY RainFurrest :-( Oh well, I live close enough to see you guys more often than most :-) *snug*
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:29 pm (UTC)
Thankee. And was it you that first mentioned the idea of dressing Timothy as cheese? It was someone joking around in an IM chat.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2008-09-30 07:42 pm (UTC)
While I would love to take credit for the idea, it wasn't me.
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[User Picture]From: toraneko
2008-09-30 05:29 pm (UTC)
Timothy looks adorable! his first fursuit parade, very precious!
Congratulations on the GoH! I think you are very deserving of the honor.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 07:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much.

Yes, his first fursuit parade. It's a milestone in everyone's life! :D
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[User Picture]From: wildfox34
2008-09-30 08:30 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! Cute!

Congrats on the GOH nomination!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: terraluna_bat
2008-09-30 09:33 pm (UTC)
The Two of you are SOOOOOOOO Cute. :) It sounds like they couldn't have chosen a better person. Congratulations.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-09-30 10:24 pm (UTC)
Gee, thanks. I'm really happy about the whole thing.

Hey, long time no talk, too. Gotta give you a call sometime (or vice versa).
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2008-10-01 02:38 am (UTC)
I had a lot of fun and it was good to see your very cute Remy suit in person.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2008-10-01 02:43 am (UTC)
Thanks! Glad you had a good time at the con, too.
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2008-10-01 04:24 am (UTC)
OMG! That's so cute. Glad you had fun, sounds like a nice local con.
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[User Picture]From: farraptor
2008-10-01 05:29 am (UTC)
lol....that is SO cute. Glad you and Tim had an awesome time. :)

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2008-10-06 01:43 am (UTC)
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