Who was the first ever furry?

Who was the first ever furry?

Furry fandom was only emerging from science fiction fandom in 1980. Furry artist Steve Gallacci entered a work of art portraying his feline military character Erma Felna for the NorEasCon II art show in 1980. This was the first known example of furry artwork.

Felna is widely regarded as the father of the furry genre and is often cited as the inspiration for many modern furry artists. He has been described as a combination of Sherlock Holmes and James Bond, and his adventures have been published in several books and comic strips.

Gallacci did not know at the time that he had started something huge, but soon after NorEasCon II he received letters and phone calls from people all over the world asking about Furries. It seems that some American college students had heard about the show and were using the term "furry" to describe their hobby of drawing pictures of themselves wearing animal costumes. They even had a newsletter they sent out to hundreds of subscribers. These are the students who later founded the largest furry convention in North America, Anthrocon. More information about them can be found in our article on famous furries.

In 1981 another artist named Rick Dail began publishing articles on how to draw cute animals in costume. At the time, he was living in England where he was working as an animator on commercials and television shows.

Who made the first fursona?

According to fandom historian Fred Patten, the term "furry" first appeared at a science fiction conference in 1980, when a character from Steve Gallacci's Albedo Anthropomorphics initiated a conversation about anthropomorphic creatures in science fiction literature. According to Gallacci, this character used the term "furries".

The first known use of the word "furry" was by John Higgs in an article titled "Albedo Anthropomorphics: Gallacci's First Fursona" that appeared in The Furry Times in May 1981. Higgs was working with Gallacci on Albedo at the time and is credited with coining the term. In the article, Higgs states that Gallacci coined the term after reading some science fiction stories with anthropomorphic characters in them. Higgs went on to say that he felt "anthropomorphisms" (i.e., depictions of humans in non-human form) were "cool" and that Gallacci should try making a furry character of his own.

Higgs also stated in the article that he believed there were no other people in the world who would find Gallacci's work interesting or useful, so he decided to start his own fan community around it. He concluded the article by saying that if Gallacci wanted to call his character "albino" instead, then that was fine with him.

How did furries start?

However, the furry fandom as we know it began in the early-to-mid-1980s, when a group of sci-fi con goers who bonded over anthropomorphic animals hosted room parties devoted to their common passion before splintering off to start their own event. These are the men who would go on to form The International Anthropomorphic Film Festival (IAFF), now one of the largest and most popular conventions of its kind in the world.

The first furry convention was held in 1986 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It was called "A Furthur Convention" and only about 20 people attended. The second convention was held three years later in 1989 at the University of Washington. This time more than 100 people came together to celebrate the art form that we all love today. The third convention was held in 1992 at Ohio State University and around 300 people attended. This is when the term "furry" was first used to describe fans of the art form. Since then the convention scene has been growing steadily with many smaller events being held throughout the year.

Nowadays, there are almost always several fursuiting competitions at every convention, with winners chosen by crowd vote.

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