Kind words from our charity

We’re still gathering up all the pictures and video from the convention, it’s going to take us a few more days to get those posted to the site and everything, but in the meantime I thought we might share this nice little bit… The people at OAR got back to us and expressed just how far the donations that all of you guys gave/raised/gathered is going to mean to them, and their cats. The rep at the show was nearly brought to tears and so were we, when we read this note. (The previous post didn’t include the donations they took directly at the table, so that’s why it’s higher now.) They’re very excited to come back next year as our charity!

Darren and Krista,

WOW! – everyone at OAR is just absolutely bowled over by your generosity, and the generosity of all the participants at Fur Reality 2014. Thank you does not do it justice – we are all so touched that your group was so generous with us, not only with monetary gifts but with your welcoming spirits. All the OAR volunteers who were able to attend the event have just gone on and on about how great it was, how much fun they had, and how freely and generously people gave to OAR.

The total raised – I honestly can’t believe this! – was $2,788.46. When you approached us to do the event, we were just excited to do a new event that reached a new audience. We never dreamed of what an amazing impact your group’s kindness would have on OAR’s ability to help homeless cats in our community.

In OAR terms, that spays 80 cats; feeds a “special needs” cat (on an expensive diet!) for 3.5 years; saves the lives of 25 homeless cats that we can shelter and adopt out; or helps us trap/neuter/return 56 cats. You can see, with this cat accounting, just what an amazing effect Fur Reality will have on the abandoned cats in the Cincinnati area.

So you can see why “thank you” isn’t quite enough. But thank you, nonetheless – you truly brought some of us to tears with your generosity.

Best

Devon Smith

Clinic Director

An interview with: The Machine

For those of you who didn’t see our opening ceremonies, the tall intimidating robotic figure that was walking around our convention was the villain of the story, “The Machine.”

Friend to the Fandom John N. Collins conducted an interview with “The Machine” and has shared it with us.

Those of you who didn’t know, the Machine was played by constaff member ZeeBee, who is actually -extremely- shy and the fact we got her to go up and play this character AND conduct an interview was startling. You guys were all so kind and encouraging to her that she wound up having fun, thank you!

I’m going to take an extra moment and ask that you guys all check out John N. Collins’ personal website: Weird Review where he does reviews of various awesome events, art and culture, and more!

You should also take a few moments to read the article he wrote for Examiner.com, it is, by far one of the most positive and glowing reviews and insights into the fandom by a member of the press I have ever heard. It eloquently gives insight into what the fandom really is and dispels the various idiotic negative stereotypes that various media sources have helped monger. If more people were as open minded and logical as he was, the fandom would be viewed as the positive thing it really is. Thank you John.

You can read that insightful piece of work HERE

More photos and videos coming soon!

The second year is over! ;_;

Woohoo! The second year of Fur Reality “One with the Machine” is over and it was a massive success! You guys were such an amazing crowd, everything was great. I’m super tired, so it might take a day or two to start posting all the awesome photos and videos.

For the moment, I’m going to post some of the critical numbers!

Final count, we had 316 attendees! Nearly double last year.

We had 55 fursuiters in our parade

We raised over $2125 for our charity the Ohio Alleycat Resource. Your generosity was amazing!

For anyone curious, we defeated the Machine! We will post more about that soon.

For now, I need a good day of sleep!

 

-The Tak

Dealer Feature – M&T Comics

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MIKE (brerbadger)

Mike is the “M” in M & T Comics and Cards.

First a little history; Mike has been in the business of selling comic and card related material for over 20 years. He started selling at small local shows in upper New York state, then moved to jolly ole England, where he continued doing just shows on weekends. After two years of shows, slowly expanding in items carried and quantity of material on-hand, he opened his first shop in Lakenheath, UK. He returned to the good ole U S of A in 1997 and embarked in a whole new direction, Mail order, focusing on APO and FPO addresses as a specialty. The expansion into cyberspace 10 years ago has led to greater possibilities. The website, www.mntcomics.com, was created by the Love of my Life and partner Lia.

On Facebook, M&T Comics and Cards, although Mike not so much, but is on Twitter @MikeLutrario.

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LIA (ladybug)
Lia is Mike’s sidekick, technical advisor, and photographer. An avid knitter, she can often be found knitting in the hotel lobby at their many shows. Lia was introduced by Mike to this fascinating genre

Fur Reality Schedule

Here’s the schedule for this year!

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Featured Dealer – Bloodhound

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Bloodhound has been around a long time! She’s attended many midwestern conventions in the last decade, and has sold art at all of them. This artist takes commissions online as well, offering both digital and traditional artwork. She uses mostly art markers (Copics are her favorite), watercolors, multiliners, and acrylic paint. Blood was recently Guest of Honor at Indy Fur Con, and is an active member of the KY Furs community.

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Her work is often erotic in nature, though humor and cute things crop up as well. Her trademark character, Bloodhound, is an American Staffordshire Terrier (aka pitbull) that mirrors her body type very closely. Blood is best known for depicting this character (and others) as being both fat and sexy, and has received praise for the honesty in her art. If a piece of art has made you laugh, or made you feel good about yourself in someway, she considers that a victory.

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You might also know this artist as Kim. You might be aware that she’s been married for nine years, lives in Kentucky, and was born and raised in Michigan. And if you’ve been paying attention over the years, you know that she has a major thing for pugs. When not doing furry art, Kim works as a painting instructor, is vice president of a miniatures club (think dollhouses!), and a voracious reader. She is not shy about discussing her work, her involvement in the fandom, or her personal stumblings both on- and offline.

Also, super serious about the pug thing.

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Furaffinity: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/bloodhound/
Weasyl: https://www.weasyl.com/~bloodhound

 

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