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So to follow up my previous post, I did indeed receive my new raccoon fursuit by Deezlberries on Friday and I'm totally bowled over by how fantastic it is! This weekend, my housemates and I decided to have a mini fursuit photoshoot with him and I've been posting them to Bamber's new Twitter account, @BamberCoon. For those allergic to twitter, here's a sample photo from the weekend of Bamber, Selkies and SlyCat :)

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slycat: (Bamber Raccoon)
So today i'll be receiving my first new fursuit in 7 years and this time round it's not another cat, it's a raccoon! This came about rather quickly as Deezlberries had mentioned on twitter he had a toony dog fursuit for sale and as I had some money from selling shares, I thought why not considering it was great value. However in talking with Deez, we decided that I'd be more interested in the project he was working on which was a raccoon (the dog ended up being bought by @TruckTheBear).

I had no say in the character design as by the time I said I was interested, the head shape had already been made and the body would be based on an existing pattern. I was fine with this as I'm not really a creative type and it also meant that the suit was more affordable than normal. When it came to the eyes, Deez did ask me for feedback, and it took quite a while before we were both happy with the look.

Bamber Raccoon Test Eyes

See above the possible eye options we went through (incidentally, it'd be really neat to have a suit where you can swap out the irises and move them elsewhere on a blank eye for different expressions - sadly I didn't take a photo of the awesome face). After finally deciding, Deez drilled the eyes and moulded some teeth (as the mouth looked a bit empty without any) before adding some final touches as seen in this rather colourful final picture:

Bamber Raccoon

I came up with the name Bamber after Deez suggested using locations nearby. There's a place called Bamber Bridge nearby and that had a certain ring to it and had the added benefit of not being used by anyone on FA already. Another name I had considered were Digby (sounds like Rigby from Regular Show & is part of the name Sir Digby Chicken Caesar) but it was taken on FA by another suiter and wanted something that would result in less confusion.

I'm really happy with the toony expression and was very impressed with the quality of the teeth as I was expecting something more simple. If all goes to plan, I'll receive the suit this evening so expect more photos later :)
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So it's been a week now since I got back from Eurofurence and I thought I'd do a little write up about my experience of it. I've been doing Eurofurence every other year since EF12 (2006) and apart from the language barrier, i have largely enjoyed them. However when Eurofurence moved to the Maritim in 2010 for EF16, I felt that the convention lost some of it's charm. Partly because the con had got to around 1000 attendees and it didn't feel like the friendly little con of previous years, but also the hotel just didn't feel very good for a furry con. It felt like there wasn't as much opportunity to socialise and wandering around the atrium became boring after a while.

Fortunately, this year's Eurofurence was much better, at least for me, than it was in 2010. They had made a number of improvements which comes with experience of them now being there their third year. The most notable improvement I only realised when the convention had ended and the hotel staff were returning the hotel to normal which was the large round tables at the back end of the atrium were lower and had seats rather than being standing height and no seating like it was in 2010. This created a lot more space where you could sit about and socialise and I also noticed artists were taking advantage by using the space for drawing stuff.

I suppose another reason I didn't enjoy EF16 so much was because I didn't have my fursuit with me. I was getting a bit fed up with the suit and couldn't be bothered with the luggage hassle bringing it would be. I ended up getting a bit bored having points where I didn't have anything to do at EF16 whereas at EF18, I just fursuited when there wasn't anything better to do. I think of all the conventions I've attended, I fursuited most at EF18 and I really enjoyed myself as a result. Which is amusing when you think I first got my fursuit (at least the head and paws) just in time for EF12. The fursuit is really starting to show its age however. I'm no good with repairs so it's getting in a worse state. It also doesn't help that the suit never fit me well in the first place as there's a gap at the back of the neck despite the flap on the head and the arms aren't really long enough to cover the paws so you keep on seeing my wrists. I'd love a new fursuit but sadly other things are far more important to pay for.

Anyway, I'll try to stop focusing on the negatives of my time at EF16 and focus on the positives of EF18. I met lots of great people, ranging from people I knew well, to some I kinda knew from the internet, to those I had never met before at all. One great conversation starter was the Necomimi Brainwave Controlled Cat Ears I was wearing from time to time as people were often just asking how they worked and where could they get themselves a pair. I really should be working on commission for Universal Publications considering how many people I've sent to their website where I bought mine :P

I had my new Panasonic Lumix TZ30 with me which I intended to take plenty of photos and 1080p 50fps video with. I also had a rather useful pistol grip style handle for the camera so I could take video easier and people would know it was video rather than me taking photos. I ended up capturing over 950 photos and 32gb of video. I managed to cull the photos down to around 320 and have uploaded them all to my gallery: http://g3.slycat.co.uk/index.php/furrycon/Eurofurence-18-2012. Next step is to work through the video footage. I'm kinda torn between doing a convention feature like I've done before, or upload smaller vignettes of individual events. That said, I've still got my Confuzzled 2012 video to work through though I wasn't so pleased with that footage due to the camcorder I was using not having a very wide lens.

In summary, I really enjoyed this year's Eurofurence. Certainly enjoyed it a lot more than EF16 but I think Confuzzled is still my favourite convention of those I've attended recently. Specifically I like the size and hotel layout over EF. I've yet to register for Confuzzled due to funds not permitting and I want to be more sensible with my cash. I've another event I need to pay for at the end of this month too so it's all stacking up. I'd really love to get back to California for Further Confusion or maybe go to MFF as I'm missing America and my friends over there. Last time I did go to America was in 2009. Hopefully I'll be able to go next year but it seems doubtful at the current time. Would love to get to Australia at some point too but that's even more of an expense!
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I managed to persuade [livejournal.com profile] arakinuk to dig out some of the photos he took while we were in California for FC2008, including the following photo:


It's SlyCat holding a can of Brawndo, the energy drink from the great Mike Judge film Idiocracy which Arakin had shipped to the FC hotel :).

Also worthy of note, this is the first photo I've posted of SlyCat sporting his new feet made by [livejournal.com profile] white_wolf which arrived in time at FC.

Me @ AC!

Jul. 28th, 2007 11:00 am
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Thanks to the photoshoot photos finally being made available online, I've now got some decent photos of my full fursuit. I've posted the ones I've found on my website at: http://www.fursuit.co.uk/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=57


Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kreggan for taking the photos in the photoshoot. I think without those, I wouldn't have that many good photos of my suit from AC. Be sure to check out the rest of the photoshoot as well as the photos he took of the fursuit parade. The panoramic shot is also available in that album showing what should be all 353 fursuits from the parade in one shot. I'm on the far left if you're wondering!

Hopefully more photos will surface as there must be other decent photos out there. Though I probably should have gone out and fursuited a bit more.

PS. Yes, I know I've been procrastinating but I'll be doing the second half of my holiday report soon... hopefully!
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Well, it's now only 3 and a half weeks until I set off for America and Anthrocon 2007 and amazingly, I still do not have my full fursuit. I've been emailing fairly regularly asking for updates but I've not a peep since the start of April. This is all following the woefully untrue empty promise which I've since become used to as posted in this LJ entry. Needless to say, despite repeated attempts to get an explanation, I've just been faced with a brick wall of silence so I really don't think this will happen.

This is even worse than the way I was treated coming up to EF when I was in a will I / won't I situation with the promised partial, but here, I'm not hearing a thing. I was supposed to get this full fursuit in time for FC2006 and I was completely paid in full as of December 2005. FC came and went and last minute, I got the head and paws for EF. However it has now been 10 months since EF. 10 months to finish the rest of the suit. The suit which should have been completed 17 months ago.

Ah, I'll continue my chasing and see if I get anywhere. Who knows, I might be suprised. I'll finish this post with a picture behind a link.

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I know it's been a long time in coming, but fingers crossed, I'm now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Anyhoo, [livejournal.com profile] chapeljax has made a post about the fursuit situation basically giving an apology of sorts and promises to have it all done "really soon". I know from the same post she's looking to get a suit out for another person who's been waiting who wants it for FWA so I expect to get my suit hopefully early March. It'll be great to have all of this behind me and finally get the full suit I was after in the first place. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he looks like completed. Though I'm a little worried I may have put on weight since I did the measurements and won't fit in the suit :P
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Looks like I shall be attending another LondonFur meet tomorrow.  I'm not so keen on the new venue compared with the old place myself, hopefully things are a bit better there now as there's been a few meets held there now.  Looking forward to seeing Ruin again after all this time.  I'm still pondering if I should bring my fursuit along, as I've had a few drinks this evening, I'm not sure if it's a great idea.  Obviously I want to show it off, but I'm not so keen on the hot smokey room they have at this new pub.  Also, I'm having a haircut tomorrow morning so if I wear the head after that, I'll be plucking hair out the interior for months to come :P

Ah, I guess I'll see how I feel about it in the morning.
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Woke up early again for breakfast before popping my nose into the "DDR & More" event with [livejournal.com profile] rasetsugalford but they were playing Guitar Hero so was relatively dull.  I figured that event would have done better is scheduled for a much later evening slot.  Instead, we went out to Nuremberg to take some touristy photos and also introduce Galford and [livejournal.com profile] mecklar to the Currywurst, comic shop and waffles I had experienced with [livejournal.com profile] arakinuk the day before.  In fact, while we were out, we bumped into Arakin with [livejournal.com profile] reioki and her boyfriend at the comic shop.  On the way back, Mecklar picked up a new suitcase and a wooden ornament souvenier.  I bought some posh chocolate for myself and for the parents, as well as a gigantic 1l souvenir stein for my Dad.

Memory is starting to run dry now, but I made sure I watched the "Smoking Pencils" event which was 2 teams of artists competing against each other in various unconventional artistic challenges such as drawing an object you have only touched, building things with pipe cleaners and drawing by moving the paper while someone holds the pen.

After that event, we retired to the bar for some relaxation before the murder mystery resolution.  I watched it, but realised I really hadn't been paying attention enough to understand most of it.  Regardless, the whole thing was very well done and was a nice unique touch on the convention.  After this, went downstairs for dinner before going to Nuremberg to get some energy drinks and stuff from the shopping centre with Arakin to prepare for the night's dance as I was so hopeless at keeping going during the previous dance.

By the time we got back, the puppet show was already in full flow.  I couldn't gather the interest to go see it myself as a deep rooted part of me thinks that it's just a puppet show and I couldn't bring myself to be part of a large room of adults watching a puppet show.  I porbably should have gone as apparantly it was very good.  However, I ended up hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] timduru, [livejournal.com profile] calihusky, [livejournal.com profile] hhp, [livejournal.com profile] lonefoxx (Single Speed Cheetah) and Furfinn.

When the dance finally started (was around an hour late due to the puppet show), I got suited up and had one of the best evenings I've had, dancing away with other furs.  I tried to keep going as long as I could, but I was just totally knackered by around 2.30am and ended up sleeping through the rest of the dance as I had before.
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Really need to do these, otherwise I'm in fear of forgetting what I did, like I did for AC2002...  I expect each report will get shorter and shorter as what happened slowly becomes a distant memory... anyway, on with the report.

Up early again for breakfast, but there were no events that were worth attending that morning, so I went to Nuremberg with [livejournal.com profile] arakinuk and [livejournal.com profile] colifox, where we had some delicious ice cream (I had mint choc chip and Snickers flavours) before walking further into Nuremberg where Arakin introduced us to the delight that is Currywurst (large red sausage, sliced into small chunks and then covered with curry powder, paprika and curry sauce which only the Germans know how to do...) mmm!  Then went to a gigantic comic book store which put Forbidden Planet to shame.  Time was getting on, and I wanted to get back for the fursuit parade.  Got back to the hostel around 1pm which gave us time to cool down (after the exhausting hike back to the hostel) before the parade.

Got suited up and walked the short distance to the main stage hall where there were already a large number of fursuiters and photographers.  Did my best to mingle with the other fursuiters, posing for photos and the like before the parade began.  The parade had what must have been in the region of 80 fursuiters walking around the grounds of Nuremberg castle, following Mystifur (dressed as his raccoon) who was playing cheesy music from a ghetto blaster for people to bop along to :P  It was a rather cool, if totally surreal experience, but I really enjoyed the attention.  At one stage, even [livejournal.com profile] unclekage stopped to take my photo which I thought was pretty cool :D.  Come to the end of the parade, we gathered around a kinda rocky formation.  As I was one of the first there, I thought it'd be good to get up at the back to allow more people at the front.  However the side effect was I ended up right behind the tree so no real good photos exist of me in the group shot.  After it was decided enough photos had been taken, everyone disappeared back inside the hostel and I went back to my room to change.

The whole experience had been pretty sweaty, and because I had no protective balaclava type thing, the inside of my fursuit head got pretty moist, and you could see the inside of the white fur had got a bit dirty.  Now, I'm always one who takes pride in my posessions, especially something like this, and so I have to say I felt a little depressed at what happened to the head and got it in my head (my mind, not the fursuit head this time) that the suit didn't look any good as a partial.  As such, when people were suiting up for the second (and final) fursuit photoshoot, I decided to opt out.

Instead, I watched the fursuit masquarade which was very short before going too to Nuremberg with Arakin and Colifox again.  Arakin took us to a place where they sell lots of Bratwurst.  I had the meal which contained 10 sausages!  It's worth pointing out that these were small sausages, not the giant one I know I was expecting!  Went for Belgian waffles in the so called "Australian" chocolate shop which was playing American music (and being in Germany, was totally confused about it's nationality).  The waffles were freshly cooked while we waited and then smothered with chocolate and an ice cream of our choosing.  I went for the belgian chocolate, and I have to say it was delicious!  While we were waiting, we had a bit of a natter with the girl who worked there, who was an english student, so was pretty good with the language.  She thought we were there for the games convention which was apparantly in town, however we had to put her straight on that one and explain we were there for the furry con.  She had no idea what that was so we had fun explaining.  Anyway, after filling up on sugary delights, we made our way back to the hostel in order to catch the [livejournal.com profile] unclekage vs [livejournal.com profile] 2_gryphon show.

Now, I had seen Uncle Kage perform before doing his story hour at AC2002, and so I knew what to expect, being an amusing series of annecdotes, told with great enthusiasm and comic timing (which in this instance, Kage's show was again very entertaining, including a story about the demise of AC's old hotel).  However, I had only heard of 2 before, but had never found myself bothered enough to seek out any of his work.  I was very pleasantly suprised that 2's show was also very funny.  He obviously knew his audience as he made fun of things like religion, america and furries.  In fact, once 2's show was over and they both went head to head on stage, they both openly mocked America as best they could (almost like they weren't allowed to while in America and had to get it off their chests), amongst other subjects.  As the night drew on, both of them were out of material, but the audience still wanted more.  So they ended up just drawing things which best described a word someone called out.  It was obviously late as someone called out "anthropromorphic waffle" and also "George Bush", to which Kage did the obvious thing and drew an asshole.  After things just got silly, they called it a night and everyone went to bed after a thoroughly entertaining evening.
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I had tried to get to sleep early Tuesday evening in preparation for the extremely early time I had to wake up, but I only managed to get to sleep around 10.30pm.  I woke up in a semi zombie-like state at 2.15am and jumped in the shower.  Left around 2.45am and we picked up [livejournal.com profile] arakinuk at 3.30am before continuing on to Stansted, getting to the car park just after 5pm.

Shortly after getting to the terminal building, and joining the queue for check in, [livejournal.com profile] utlah74 called to say he was just arriving himself, fursuit in hand.  I turned around to notice Utlah and waved him over.  The fursuit was in a box just a tad too big to put directly into my luggage (as I would have hoped) so I had to take it out of it's box and put all the fursuit bits in my luggage, all in plain view of the queue for check in :P.  Anyway, checking in was simple enough, but the queue for passport control was absolutely huge, stretching across the width of the airport almost.  It seemed to go fairly fast so wasn't too much of a problem, despite the Disneyesque deceptive queue length (once through the door, there was more windy queue to wait in).  Once on the other side, I only really had time to grab a sandwich before getting the tram thing to the gate.

Was quite cool getting on the plane with so many other furs.  There must have been around 20-30 furs on the plane.  The flight itself was pretty pain free despite the delayed boarding for some unknown reason.  It was a cheap airline but by no means as bad as SleazyJet.  You got complimentary sandwiches and soft drinks but obviously nothing too special, as it was only a short flight anyway.  On arriving, it was all very swift, the passport control people badely even bothering to glance at my passport before walking throught o baggage claim and collecting my easily identifiable bright yellow case :).

Couldn't be bothered with the whole public transport thing so 4 of us got a taxi to the hostel.  Was quite cheap when split 4 ways, like around 3 euros each.  The hostel itself was on top of a steep hill.  I hadn't really looked at EF11 photos so didn't really know what to expect but it was all pretty impressive.  Inside were random people, most who I had never met before, apparantly queuing for something but we were told registration was closed.  Arakin dashed off to treat me to some Mezzo Mix (A Coke branded drink which is a mix of Coke and Fanta Orange) while we waited for registration to open.  Lots of other UK furs were arriving while we were waiting, such as [livejournal.com profile] agrajag_fur, [livejournal.com profile] stu_ath and [livejournal.com profile] rapidofrog.

Apparantly once registration was open, it went very smoothly compared with previous years.  Inside my pack was a con book, registration badge complete with food card and also a fursuit badge which I had requested online previously.  Also exchanged 20 euros for my room keys and then made my way to the room.  As I had made a request for room on the fursuiter's floor, we ended up on the 3rd floor, in room 316, literally right next to the fursuiter's headless lounge which was sandwiched between our room and the main stage.  The room itself was reasonably small but it had 2 double bunk beds, a wardrobe and a sink which was all we could need really.  I claimed a bottom bunk remembering Glis' nightmare tales of a hostel in Amsterdam (I'm not going to repeat the story here).

After getting settled in, we ventured back out and hooked up with [livejournal.com profile] skunki for some food at a kebab place.  Continuing the rule that seems to be kebabs are nice anywhere apart from the UK, it was very nice.  I tried out some random drink there which turned out to be a 7up clone, while Arakin had a can of "Schwip Schwap" which was Pepsi's (inferior) version of Mezzo Mix.  Wondered back to the hostel, after dropping by an art supply shop and a "Norma" supermarket.

Pretty much socialised in the main dining room while waiting for the "Grand Opening" where the murder mystery began.  The murder mistery being a nice extra twist on the con.  Basically, "Madame DaReal" supposedly died during the opening and there's clues left around the con and in the con book as to the motive and reason behind it, etc.  Following the ceremony, there was a barbeque put on where they had freshly grilled meat.  Was also a good oppertunity to start chatting with random people who you ended up sharing the tables with.

I was feeling pretty damn tired by this time, and I wasn't sure if I could be bothered suiting up.  Lots of others got suited aroun 8pm so I just grabbed photos and videos of their antics.  However, some time later on in the evening I decided to suit up after being encouraged by [livejournal.com profile] durandal2uk.  I had been wearing my contact lenses, and as my eyes had got sore from being tired, I was wearing the fursuit without really being able to see that far.  I went down to the lobby and mingled a little letting people take photos, etc.  Was fun, if a little scary as I couldnt see very far due to eyesight and mesh in front of my eyes, but the suit was well received, especially amongst those I already knew.  One thing I did learn from the experience is that I need to learn poses!

After that, I think I just went back to my room and went to bed... day 2, hopefully coming soon.  In the meantime, here's another photo I found of my fursuit, taken on the Friday during the parade:

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Started off the day looking for my passport... and it wasn't where it should have been. I had to leave for work so couldn't spend much time searching but by the time I had to leave, I just couldn't find it. This obviously left me feeling rather uneasy for the whole morning. I felt pretty sick from stress due to that until around lunch time when I got a text to say my Mum found it under my desk.

And the other piece of news I was hoping for, the fursuit arrived! It's all present and correct and no damage. I've cheekily asked Sandroo to make me some sleeves to go with the paws so I don't need to wear a long sleeve top too :).

Weird Day

Aug. 22nd, 2006 06:59 am
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I forsee this as being a fairly unusual day.  Firstly, we moved offices at work last night meaning I've got to go to a new location and sit at a new desk, etc today.  Secondly, I should be getting confirmation of delivery of my fursuit at Sandroo's today.  And thirdly, because I'll have to wake up at silly o'clock, I expect I'll need to go to sleep pretty much as soon as I get home tonight.

Then it's off early to pick up Arakin before making our way to the airport, expecting to get there 5ish due to all the security scares.  I'll need to wait for Utlah to appear with my fursuit delivery from Sandroo's before I can check my baggage. This I can already see as being a stressful thing as I normally don't relax until I've checked in.  Then it's off to Nürnberg, Germany for Europe's largest furry con, Eurofurence 12.

Oh, on a side note, as my fursuit will only be a head, paws and tail, I don't expect it'll look that great unless I have a long sleeve top or something.  However, I just remembered, I still have the old "SlyCat v1" top and bottom I got made while I was in Florida in 2002.  That could well work to improve the look... but then it could make it look crappy.  I'm bringing a large suitcase so I'll bring it regardless and see how it looks with the other bits.  I also remembered I still have the furred latex feet Sandroo made a long time ago now.  They were a bit small but still looked good.  I'll bring those along to hopefully complete the look :).
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Looks like I'm in with a good chance of getting the suit (or at least partial) in time for EF after all.  Got a call during my lunch from Sandroo saying that Parcelforce had sent a letter saying they were holding a package under my name and would deliver it on receipt of payment for custom duties and VAT.

Looks like it arrived in Parcel Force Coventry on the 17th, the letter was sent on the 18th and obviously it only arrived today.  I bloody hate customs... comes from the parcel being marked as worth £200 I guess.  Anyway, the payment came to £32.52 which wasn't that bad.  I promptly paid it and it should be delivered to Sandroo's tomorrow.  Hopefully, Colifox will be able to collect the suit from Sandroo's tomorrow on his way south and I'll collect it from him at the airport tomorrow.

So yeah, it's great to finally get some good news on the subject.  I just hope the head, paws and tail don't look too bad as a partial.  Looks like I'll have to wear a long sleeve top at least as the paws don't have sleeves.
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... or lack of it.  Basically, I visited [livejournal.com profile] sandroo and co this weekend with the expectation that my fursuit, or at least the head paws and tail so it can be sued as a partial would arrive before I visited.  I was told the suit was sent 3 day delivery on Monday from the US so I expected it to arrive Thursday or Friday at it's destination.  However, as you've probably figured out, it didn't arrive.

Hopefully it will still arrive Monday or Tuesday at Sandroo's.  Would have been nice to have it for the weekend and not cut it so thin with EF and all. If it does arrive Monday or Tuesday, I can still either get roo to mail it on (and pay the price) or see if [livejournal.com profile] colifox can make a detour on his way south and pick it up enroute.

Ah well, I remain totally pessimistic that it'll arrive again, just due to the fact that I've been let down so many times on this front already, I've kinda got used to it.  As always, I can only hope I'm wrong and it arrives in time.  Would be nice to go to a con with a fursuit just once.
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Looks like thanks to EF, a lot of UK folks are getting fursuits in time for the event.  So far I know of 5 people getting suits for EF, including [livejournal.com profile] shep_shepherd, [livejournal.com profile] durandal2uk, [livejournal.com profile] aztec_jaguar and myself (I think the other one wants it to remain a secret).  All of whom havn't got their suits yet despite there being only 6 full working days before the event.  I hope everyone gets their suits, will be great to see them all and maybe have a group photo :).

I wonder how many further furs in the UK are getting fursuits for EF.  I know [livejournal.com profile] sandroo made one for a fur who's attending EF recently too...  Generally, it's all good for fursuiters in the UK as there's not a huge number of them, and the more the merrier.
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First and foremost, [livejournal.com profile] chapeljax finally got back to me with photos of the head of my fursuit:



More pics can be found at http://s20.photobucket.com/albums/b218/EmoChimera/Slycat/

It's great to get the pics after all this time as for a second time I was coming to terms with the fact that I wouldn't be getting my fursuit in time for EF but now my mind has been put at ease.  Only the head, tail and handpaws will be done for Monday when Jax plans to ship it out (3 day delivery) so I'll definitley get it for this weekend.  The bodysuit and paws are "almost" done and so they could be shipped for receipt before I leave for EF on the 23rd.

I found out about this, this evening just as I was on my way home from a great weekend.  Was visiting [livejournal.com profile] arakinuk and also went up to see [livejournal.com profile] calgor on Sat, who had [livejournal.com profile] khyle visiting from Texas this week.  Went to Bluewater and picked up some nice sweets from Sweets From Heaven as they have lots of imported stuff.  Played plenty of Xbox after modding Arakin and Calgors boxes to play copied games and DivXes, including the new Eureka series which is kinda like a cross between X-Files and Eerie Indiana :).

But yeah, a great weekend in all, just a shame I gotta to back to work.  At least it's only a week until I get the fursuit and a week an a half until I'm off to EF :).
slycat: (Drawn by AceFox)
Good news: Since I introduced affiliate linking on my Root Beer site on the 24th July, 46 people have clicked the affiliate link. Of those 46, 6 have gone on to buy something.  Between the 6, they spent £271.29 on products from the American Soda site as a direct result of viewing my site.  I earn 10% of every sale made on that site.  So this means that in just over 2 weeks, I have earnt a grant total of £27.15 without really having to do anything other than make minor modifications to my site :).

Bad news: Despite the promising news I got back on the 31st, it's now looking ever more likely I will not receive my fursuit in time for EF, as again, I'm getting nothing in the way of promised news.  I wish I was wrong on this, but I've barely an ounce of trust left for my maker now.

PS. Make me feel better by buying stuff from American Soda via my site ;)
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Looks like the organisers at Eurofurence are really taking measures to ensure the fursuiters have a good time.  They sent an email through detailing what they have planned which includes the following:

Free Fursuit Badges
Masquerade / Costume Contest
Fursuit Gameshow
Fursuit Parade
2 Fursuit Lounges (and residential floors)
Fursuit Photoshoot
Fursuit Dance

I'm thinking about participating in the gameshow as it could be a good laugh but I'm a little uncertain as I've not much performance experience.  The description of the event is as follows:

We are planning a single elimination tournament for 8 teams of two suiters each.

90 minutes of fun games and lots of action while still being safe for all suiters. We'll challenge your creativity and dexterity, let you interact with the audience, and there'll even be a prize to be won.


Dunno who else is doing this... but I'm thinking I might just watch rather than participate.  I'm sure that considering they're only after 16 suiters the slots will fill pretty quickly.


But yeah, I'm very impressed by what the EF organisers are doing.  I just hope my fursuit maker keeps their promise and I get my suit in time :)
slycat: (Drawn by AceFox)
I was having such a good dream last night.  As always, I can't remember the specifics but everything was going right for me, I felt like the luckiest guy in the world.  In the dream I was also contacted by [livejournal.com profile] chapeljax (the person making my long delayed fursuit) and he was just about to say something but just at that moment, I received a text message on my phone, waking me up at 4am.  Gah, how annoying.  I got back to sleep but I think I'm going to feel groggy for the rest of the day now.

When I woke up for real, I went to check LJ and messenger to see if there was any truth behind the dream, but sadly not. Over 3 weeks ago now, I was told to expect my fursuit to be done in 2 weeks. I've emailed Jax twice since but have yet to get a reply. I'm starting to get very worried that I'm going to be going to my second furry con in a year without the fursuit I was expecting to bring... (note, the fursuit is now a shocking 7 months delayed)

Edit: Working it out properly, as it was due for FC, it's actually 6 months overdue, not 7. Still a long time to wait...

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