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What I did on my summer unemployment/vacation [Nov. 15th, 2003|09:00 am]
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Yes, I am writing a book about fursuiting! This is the draft of the front cover image. (By January, I'll have a book attached to the cover, too!)

Currently, there isn't much out there about mascots and animals in the costuming literature. My instructional book covers construction plus other aspects of the craft. To give you an idea, the contents are split into six major sections:
1. Character Design
2. Materials and Workspaces
3. Head Construction Techniques
4. Body Construction Techniques
5. Accessories, Makeup, and Extras
6. Performance Tips

The writing and photos are almost finished at this point! Then we have editing, final layout, and printing. I'll be taking some preview chapters with me to Midwest FurFest next week to show around. The actual book is scheduled for first release at Further Confusion in January.

Thanks to all my cohorts and conspirators who've been helping me along with this project since I began writing this past spring! Special thanks to the ones making the cover photo possible: chairoraccoon, DarkFang, 3catsjackson, yippee, ysengrin. Putting a book together is a lot of work! :) So that's the big announcement... I'll continue to post details and status as publication looms closer.

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2003-11-15 10:09 am (UTC)


Very nice, but I have a question:

Do you plan to sell this to many non-furs? Seems to me the term 'fursuit' isn't really used outside the fandom, so somebody searching for a book with the word 'costume' in the title for example, wouldn't find yours. Just a thought.

Other than that, sounds like a sweet deal, good luck with everything.
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[User Picture]From: griffinwolf
2003-11-15 10:49 am (UTC)

Re: Sweet!


Well, perhaps it's not used outside the fandom because people don't have very good books in the media to refer to them as such?

Gotta set a standard somewhere ;)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-15 11:46 am (UTC)

Re: Sweet!

Yes, it's going to be sold inside and outside the fandom. As far as words, term "costuming" is probably about as good as "costume" in the title, given the field literature. Either way, you miss one of them. Most book searches (e.g. Amazon) use keywords, anyhow. Good comment, though!

I did want to include the term "fursuit" as a nod to the fandom. After all, that's why I got into it. :) And anything that might be a positive public exposure for the term would be a good think, I think.

Either way, the title isn't finalized yet. But that's my reasoning behind the current choice. Thanks for the comments and well wishes.
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2003-11-15 11:26 am (UTC)
Yea! Looks good, and now I can mention it :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-15 11:48 am (UTC)
Yep! Thanks for helping out, pal.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2003-11-15 12:08 pm (UTC)
Happy dance for Nic! Put me down for an autographed first edition please, as I KNOW it's going to be a classic.
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[User Picture]From: agentmiss
2003-11-15 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah!!! Nice alliterative thing going in the title.
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[User Picture]From: happyjenn97
2003-11-15 09:09 pm (UTC)
I thought the very same thing upon reading his post. :)
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[User Picture]From: snapcat
2003-11-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
I think that is awesome.. I'd definately want a copy :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-15 12:42 pm (UTC)
Cool! As I said, I'll have some preview samples at MFF. And I'm sure we'll bump into each other at least once... at some sort of panel or something. ;)
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2003-11-15 06:02 pm (UTC)

I know I'll be buying a copy, if I can get it autographed...
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[User Picture]From: redxix
2003-11-15 06:14 pm (UTC)
Sweet nuts!!!
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[User Picture]From: wolfstoy
2003-11-16 03:00 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great idea. I'm sure it'll be a big hit. Put me down for one of those autographed ones!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-16 11:53 am (UTC)
Thanks for recommending me! Actually, my site is badly in need of updated, but at least now everyone knows what's kept me busy. :)

Are you going to be at MFF, BTW?
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[User Picture]From: toraneko
2003-11-16 08:40 am (UTC)

My 2 cents

I love this whole idea. I think it is long over due and I am glad you are the one doing it. The title is cute but still clear. The characters on the cover are a great representation of different style of costuming, right on!

now for my complaint. I hate the green outlining on the writing. It gives the cover a cheesy Halloween look.

The characters on the cover are all pretty beige,brown,grey. Maybe for Edition 2 some of the more colorful characters can be added.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-16 11:52 am (UTC)

Re: My 2 cents

Thanks for the comments!

We need some sort of outlining in order to make the black title text easily visible against the backdrop. (White text looks much worse.) So we went with the green outline based on the iris color of the blue raccoon. The characters on the cover are fairly consistent colors to prevent clashing fur colors and because, as you noted, they were good representatives of different construction techniques.

I think the font fimbriation might be too bold in the sample shown. We'll look at that as we develop the final cover.
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[User Picture]From: wordslinger
2003-11-16 09:36 am (UTC)
Looks VERY good, and like something I'd like to have for my library!
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2003-11-16 12:46 pm (UTC)
Looks and sounda fabulous! Great work. Cute pic! If you need any help between now and FC that I can help you with, let me know :)

Do you think you will use the pics of our head castings from last spring? (smile) Actually I would love to see that up on your website after the book is done :) We worked hard on those!


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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-16 06:20 pm (UTC)
Now you know *why* I haven't had time to update the web site. ;) I originally was thinking about putting the head casting in the book but we later scaled back our ambitions. Casting and prosthetics is really a very complex subject and it's more than I could cover (with proper attention) in this book. I will be mentioning it, so we might stick in a photo or two.

Otherwise, it'll have to wait for a future book? :>

Thanks for the offer of help and kind words!
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[User Picture]From: diadexxus
2003-11-17 10:27 am (UTC)
Either a future book, or if you have the time in the future put the info on your web page since you do have one of the most comprehensive costume HOW TOs out there :)

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-17 01:07 pm (UTC)
Book or not, it is definitely destined for the web site! (And thanks.)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2003-11-16 03:15 pm (UTC)

VERY COOL...how's it feel to have actually visible milestones at this point?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2003-11-16 06:22 pm (UTC)
Cool ("Oh, wow, it's starting to look like a real book and not a poorly-written Word document!") and scary ("Oh, hell, I better finish everything on time!").
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2003-11-16 04:43 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: branded93
2003-11-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
much yea-ing!!!! :-) I can't wait to buy it!!!!!! :o)
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2003-11-17 09:17 am (UTC)
Very cool Nic! Wow, PolkaDog, coverpup. Can't wait to see the finished product.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2003-11-24 12:17 pm (UTC)
We also felt the need to attempt a (slightly stiff) tribute to your trademark pose.
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[User Picture]From: cuteocelot
2003-11-23 02:59 am (UTC)
I definately would love to see a form of Media making fursuiters not look like perverts. They need more press on the art form they should be considered (at least a little).
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