I’ve been around the sci-fi/fantasy con circuit a time or two. I know that furries are generally the most panned sect of the fandom. I know that since childhood most people wind up rejecting the very same imagery and characters that they grew up with. However, as a neutral outsider, I want to throw my two cents in with this great community. I had a chance to sit down with Anthrocon’s chairman Dr. Sam Conway the other day (full video will be available later in the week) and basically came to the consensus that furries, as the youngest organized member of the fandom, really take the hate because they are the new kid on the block. There is so much love for the individual and fan here, so much giving back to the community, and such a pure love of what brings these fans joy; to question it would almost seem sacrilegious.
Yeah, I’m as shocked as you but it had to happen eventually, our inaugural post on sports. Now while I have my issues with most professional sports organizations; chief among them using public money to fund private enterprises and for the most part they are boring to watch, sports themselves are a highly worthwhile endeavor. They promote teamwork, fitness, and one would hope sportsmanship. And really isn’t ‘sports fanatic’ just the normie way of saying ‘geek out’?
Last night saw the passing of the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings; and while their refs seemed to be really interested in preserving home ice advantage, I sincerely offer they and their fans a hearty ‘grats. Last week I was talking with my good friend That Geek Chick about why hockey in particular strikes a chord among the geeky. It has to be more than just popular icons like Wil Wheaton and Kevin Smith publicly showing their devotion to the sport. Although it couldn’t hurt that Smith features it in every movie from Clerks to Clerks 2; we came up with a few core reasons why we love hockey and you should too.