With this one included I saw a total of 4 fursuits at SDCC, which is about the average from my three-year experience there. They're not very common.
In all fairness, ComicCon does not have optimal conditions for wearing such costumes. The room is hot, distances long, crowds massive, and amenities to help cosplayers somewhat difficult to get to. There are some who say that the con is hostile to furries, but it always seems to be from people who go looking for it much the same way as mass media looks for the worst examples at any fannish event.
I have heard some people say it isn't great for fursuiting and I agree that it's not likely anything deliberate or malicious -- we just are used to suit-friendly planning at furry cons. From what I've heard, the crowd is pretty furry-friendly actually.
It's horrible for fursuiting, and barely tolerable for regular walking. =]
I saw about 10, only 4 in person, but more in posted costume galleries. Still 10 out of 130,000 attendees is pretty small.
Some did not suit cuz it was humid and hot (warm AND sprinkled at times).
Still, I suited in 4 different suits, and put in an average 10 hours a day suiting on the two long days I suited. I also got the "first furry sighted" title from one news group.
A number of peeps said, "wow! you are the first furry I've met." Aside from the fact that what they meant was the first furry in suit, the biggest interest was from other costumers and from the kids. Lots and lots of kids there, so I spent time to talk to them, ask them what they thought of the costumes, etc. The kids were great, and from a PR point of view, I think we corrected a lot of views about furz for a good number of people.
There were also interviews with news reports as well (have to grab and post those too).
Hey, welcome, and thanks for the comments. Sounds like it was really cool (figuratively only).
Thanks for the good ambassadorship, too. Proper fursuiting, that! :)
(Also followed your LJ since I know you're on here!)
Edited at 2012-07-19 06:01 am (UTC)
There are quite a few levels of recursive awesomeness there. :D
Yus yus... agreed. There's more to the story... but not on someone else's blog...
Those are some awsome pics. :)
That is so awesome! I wish the Comic Con in New Orleans had such awesome people there lol!! I've suited at that one, and people loved our suits.
Yus, I suited at WonderCon too... and there has been a group of San Francisco furs that regularly went there, till it moved to Long Beach.
Awesome! I love the LaVar photo, too!
Adam Savage looks totally stoked about it. LeVar Burton looks like he's afraid he's going to catch something. I went to the Mid-South Con in Memphis, a much smaller sci-fi and war gaming con, I was told that as a furry I would be "eaten alive". In an hour and a half, I had about 80 photo ops. I did have two middle aged gamers make a rude comment about furries "just loud enough so that I could hear". I turned to the guys, introduced myself, and told them that I did charity work and was the mascot for a cat rescue organization. I then asked them if they did anything like that. They replied to the negative, to which I told them, "Maybe it's because you sit on your fat asses all day playing games." Then I left them in a stunned state. I do think, however, that furries get a much better public reception than in years past.
Actually LeVar was really nice. He gave me big hugs, and posted in his twitter that hugging a furry was "the epitome of Comic Con."
He also snapped my pic on more than one occasion.
Yes, Adam was indeed stoked. He had direct interaction with a few furs on another occasion too. Mythbusters also has had some contact with furs for costume reasons, so they have been fur curious and fur friendly.
Spotty at gets up to all sorts of mischief. The Adam Savage photobomb makes it full of win.
My my, the kitty does indeed cause trouble.
In this case, I was being a good Ambassador (see the long note I wrote near the top of the page)
That is SO COOL! Love the pic with Adam Savage!
Yep yep (and Hi). I sent you an email of the pics... if you didn't get this let me know.
There was very strong interest in the suiting from the costume folks at WB... enough that they took down info on who built the suits I brought, discussed in suit of course over Apple-tinis in the bar.
Poke me if you dont get the email.
I did get your email! And it made me smile there, too. I'm just more backlogged on email replies than LJ...congrats on all the attention!