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    Lets not mince words; the dirty stuff was my introduction to the fandom. Thankfully I came to enjoy the fandom proper afterward.
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    What got me started as a furry was probably a childhood of Disney and Don Bluth films, but the final nail in the coffin so to speak was seeing artwork from the game Werewolf the Apocalypse. They made werewolves look so badass in that game. As for how I found out about the fandom itself that is different. I first heard the term furry from the infamous CSI episode and just thought those people were pretty weird for a while. After a while my curiosity got the better of me and I decided to look up more about furries when I was bored one night. Turned out TV gave a very biased view of things, no surprise there really, and the more I read about furries the more I realized they were describing things I was interested in. Afterwords I jumped into the fandom and so far I have met some pretty cool people through it so all things considered it turned out pretty good.

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    I apparently was drawing the things as a wee elementary school student, before I knew there even was a fandom. So I reckon I was predisposed to it anyway.

    But growing up, my mom was sick a lot, and I was not good at making friends, so most of what I did was bop around online, and met some friends on a place called 'The Petz Forum' (dedicated to this hokey ol' virtual pets game) and some of the older girls were already into the furry fandom, I think. It didn't take much to take an animal-obsessed child who was also frustrated by the complexity of drawing human faces and say, "Here's an entire community dedicated to drawing animal people, like that Robin Hood movie you like so much. Go nuts."

    Furcadia and Yerf forums used to be my old haunts. I was dead set on being good enough for Yerf someday, as I was convinced that was the sign of truly having Made It as an artist. D'aww. I was also aware of the fetishy side of the fandom, even as a preteen, but took the sage position of "la la la I'm not looking at iiiiit" and generally going about my business.

    Then I kinda dropped the whole thing during college due to mostly shame (I was in a Fine Arts program, I felt vulnerable even having my boring, fully-clothed animal people in there) and I and got back into it recently because they're just fun to draw and I wanted to.
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    Youtube. Someone got me into youtube, and so began my internet addiction. From there, I started talking to some people about werewolves. From there, I got into roleplay and from there, I met some people that called themselves furries - basically werewolves that were werewolves all the time, so I thought haha! Since then, I've been in the fandom.

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    Strangely enough, it was that CSI episode that everyone hates. I got curious about it and googled "yiff" and everything went downhill from there. I wouldn't say that my entire interest in furries was sexual, though. As a kid, I was a huge fan of Disney's Robin Hood and had always admired the animal people. The porn just helped me find the actual fandom.

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    I've never really identified as a furry. I joined Furaffinity back in highschool because most of my friends were actually furries.
    So, I still hang out with furries because they tend to be nice people, if a little dramatic.

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    I'd have to say, I loved animated furry cartoons as a kid growing up way back in the 70s and 80s, as a teen i found "Omaha The Cat Dancer" By Reed Waller at my local Comic shop. I was hooked and didn't know it was really furry, it was back when they were still called funny animal comics in the listings
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    A well-placed trap on Google Image Search, and a lonely Sunday afternoon
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    Quote Originally Posted by hewge View Post
    smut.
    Meant to edit this a lot sooner, whoops!

    But yeah, believe it or not that wasn't it for me. Cartoons, man. If I had known it at 3, I would have been a furry then.
    Last edited by Namba; 01-21-2014 at 10:46 AM. Reason: what a stupid post

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    i don't even remember what it was at this point. i'd always been into animals ( cats, dragons, owls, wolves, the whole deal ), but furries just didn't really register as something that was different. they were in cartoons all the time, people drew them, literally i just thought it was like anything else.

    i guess i finally 'got into it' on a site called wolf-haven when someone on the chat had posted a youtube link to terminal by ren queenston and i was like hey, i like this, and i really like the album art. i liked his music for a while, but i was more enamored by squeedge than anything ( and in light of some more recent events i'm rather glad about that ). i sort of picked it up from then on out, and had a really big furry phase where all i did was draw them.

    umum, i sort of stepped back from it because people think it's weird and i wanted to break away from solely drawing anthros/furries ( same sort of thing i did with anime, where i was like 'no, people are right, this is dumb and not worth my time and only weirdos like it!! >:C' spoiler alert: we've come full circle and the best way to my heart is to mention you like certain swimming homos ) and drew people and make people characters for a while ( i also find them easier to roleplay ), but i've never really lost my liking for them. suppressed it maybe, but i still liked them.

    as for whether i'm a furry, i don't know. i would say yes; i have 'sonas, i draw them, i enjoy them, i'd consider myself part of the fandom. on the other hand, i don't really feel much apart of the community, and maybe that's because the only ones i know in real life are... the weird ones who think somehow it's a great idea to fursuit to school. ( hey man, fursuits are great, and if i had the money / resources to buy / make my own really nice one, i'd totally wear it, but to school is off-putting. go to a public place, a con or a renaissance faire or something, or a park, but don't wear it to school, for the love of god people in that place are vicious enough )

    that and i feel like the furries i've met in the past tend to lose sight of the fact that they are human and not literally an anthropomorphic animal, and don't seem to be able to make the distinction. i had a girlfriend like that at one point, and it started to feel like it wasn't a real relationship after a while because it felt like it wasn't me she was in the relationship with, but my character.

 

 

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