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Furry, not an obscure little fandom any more

Furry convention attendance has risen exponentially for two decades. The average charitable donation is ~US$5/person. (Source: WikiFur)

Author: Lamar

Furries have long thought of our fandom as a little niche thing, the fandom that only a tiny number of people are into. The weird fandom, the one that gets picked on and sidelined. We’re small, weak, and need to hide…

Well, I’ve got news for you. We’re not. We’re amongst the biggest fandoms in the world.

Worldcon, the World Science Fiction convention, considered the focus point of science fiction conventions peaked at 8,365 attendees in 1984. But it started off as a convention that only attracted people in the hundreds. It wasn’t till its 34th con in 1976 that it passed 4000 attendees. Currently attendance is between 4000 and 6000, depending on location and the state of the economy.

Anthrocon passed 4000 attendees last year, its 14th convention. A growth rate almost twice that of Worldcon! With Further Confusion and Midwest FurFest following that growth, constantly increasing their membership despite a slow economy.

 

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9 responses

  1. The second coming of Kage has come!!!!!!

    April 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

  2. Hehe glad I was born when I was. Let it rise, rise, rise!

    April 5, 2011 at 2:46 am

  3. Cinder

    I already suspected this fandom would take off. A LOT of appeal in it, especially among generations raised on anthropomorphic animals.

    No one believed ME when I pointed out the potential this fandom has. *shakes head*

    April 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

  4. Sleet

    The fandom needs to start “exporting” before it can truly become a major force; for the most part, everything made by furries is very niche, and the audience/market consists almost entirely of other furries. We have webcomics like Housepets! and Two Kinds with decent non-furry readership, but that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to being a “legitimate” and non-insular genre. Furry media are big, yes (just look at how much money talking animals make in the box office), but how many of those things were made by furries?

    Don’t get me wrong; the fandom’s current size is fine, but it’s still just going to be viewed as an oddity to the general public unless it starts having things to show for it.

    April 5, 2011 at 6:04 pm

  5. I totally agree with this article. This fandom is growing fast around the world and heading right into the mainstream.

    If mainstream media picks up on the art furries are creating and uses our inspiration to create movies, TV shows, movies or comics featuring adult furry characters in mature situations and they become a huge hit, this fandom could explode. Just like what happened to Sci-Fi after Star Trek or Star Wars, Anime after Pokemon, or Alternative-Punk Rock after Nirvana went platinum.

    They took something that was considered “underground” and pushed it right into the mainstream. I think Furry could be the next thing on the diving board. Right now we furs better enjoy it while its small.

    April 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

  6. Cinder

    Okay, this whole site is bullshit. Seems as biased as fox news, and sucks the balls of their favorite little furs, while any average person can get bent.
    Hope other’s take my lead, and see the BS involved 🙂
    BYE FFN, and fuck you! 🙂

    April 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    • Anonymous

      Cinder, this article was written by a user from Flayrah.com, and syndicated to FNN. I don’t know why you are going off. As a user, you are open to write your own article or editorial and submit it to any of the three furry news sites, Furry News Network, Flayrah and FurryNe.ws. We all welcome submissions from anyone in the fandom.

      Something else to note, this was published as an editorial which means it is someone’s opinion, not actual news. Take it with a grain of salt.

      Regards

      Markos

      April 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm

  7. Ah the fandom, so glad I have helped!

    April 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    • Purplegriffin

      your welcome don’t forget who draged you into it

      April 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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