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Further Confusion 2015 [Jan. 23rd, 2015|11:38 pm]
Kit and I flew down to California for FC this past weekend. We went a day early to have some time to hang out with Trey and decompress before the actual con started. We’ve both been very work-focused recently so some time to chill out was nice.

This year I was not responsible for running any events or panels so it was a pretty “easy” con. Didn’t even attend too many panels. I wanted it to be a more social con than I usually manage.


This year was a Victorian mystery theme. I’m not sure exactly what they have in mind with some of these con themes but I’ll at least give them points for creativity. (American Diner is next year’s.) So the three of us commissioned some Clue-themed badges from Mitti Mandy. (Note the character, room, and weapon details.)


I did get to see a lot of fursuit friends. (Including other makers; thanks Lance for the pep talk!) Hugs were given and received. Fursuits always manage to be delightful; something in them is just inherently fun to me. Even managed to finally get a hug from Sparky, who vies with Kingsford for the “cutest dragon” title. :)


Got a chance to chat with some writing folks I know. (Thanks Kyell, Kit, Not Tube, and Rikoshi!) Didn’t get to see Fuzz Wolf except in passing. He’s the publisher of the anthology I’m in so was hoping to chat. But he runs a busy dealer table and I was scurrying back and forth so… con schedules work like that sometimes.

Speaking of schedules, the low point was the 4am fire alarm. Our floor was one of the ones evacuated. Managed to somehow get clothes on and get down the stairs. Our room was right next to the end stairwell, so that was convenient, but we were on the 8th floor, which was less convenient. (Especially as the elevators get soooo overloaded at the Marriott so most of the weekend I was doing stairs up and down for each room visit.)


Great GOHs this year! Two of the puppeteers from the Mongrels TV series and various
Muppet productions were there. They brought most of the puppet cast of Mongrels, too! So I got a chance to really examine them and see details in the construction. One of the guys there was half of the team that built all the puppets too.


I asked him about coloring details and what sort of airbrush paint he recommended. He admitted “Airbrushing would probably be the proper way to do it but I just used colored markers.” I pointed out that he was the professional so markers must be a proper way! He did concede it seemed to get him by. :)


The other GOH was Lex (Alexis Rudd), also a puppet builder and performer, who’s worked for Folkmanis and Henson. I’ve actually known her for years now. Brilliant builder with such great enthusiasm and dedication. I really liked her panel on advanced construction techniques. She showed her work as well, both completed and as parts.


She also delivered a new rat fursuit for Sketch Ratner which is gorgeous! He was wearing it around so I got to see it several times. (And I met a new rat friend!)

Good times, all in all. Thanks to all my fine furry friends! (And a special thanks to Minnie and Scruff for delivering the new rat hat!) I look forward to seeing you at the next con.


Local press coverage:

[User Picture]From: schnee
2015-01-24 10:22 am (UTC)
You got the Mongrels guys AND Lex Rudd as GOHs? Nice. :)

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-01-24 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, great GOHs. They both put on nice panels.
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From: avon_deer
2015-01-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
I must admit I am missing the company of rats and other furs. I wish trans-atlantic flights were cheaper

Glad you had good time though.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-01-24 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Sorry you aren't able to attend more. (Conversely, I think it'd be cool to get over to EuroFurence one of these times.)
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From: avon_deer
2015-01-25 02:04 am (UTC)
I tend to attend CFz. Though really should get back over to EF at some point. It is flights that make it hard.
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[User Picture]From: thump
2015-01-26 02:15 am (UTC)
Hey nice hat! :)
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[User Picture]From: patch_bunny
2015-01-26 04:03 am (UTC)
The Mongrels puppet cast was there and I missed it? *cries into pillows*
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[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2015-01-26 02:16 pm (UTC)
I waved at you! Ohmahgawd! That totally qualifies as actual contact for another like five years, so I'm covered and can get back to being chained to my desk at work now!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-01-27 04:31 am (UTC)
Yes! We totally almost hung out. It's cool. :)
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2015-01-26 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure rat toes have ever been cuter. ^_^

Very cool having the Mongrels folks over! Did they know what they were getting into, I wonder.. =:)

BTW, are you still on the old Fursuit list? I think I should try nosing around there for thought on how to approach the construction of a suit I have in mind, in particular, the head. It'll be a bit more realistic than toony, so I'm thinking I'll want to keep the head size down somewhat, which probably renders foam carving an inappropriate technique.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2015-01-27 04:30 am (UTC)
I'm not on the email list though I sometimes read the fursuit community here. I'd be happy to offer my thoughts if you want to email me your question or DM me here. Agreed that carved foam wouldn't work; that's better for larger mascot-style heads.
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