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Now that Dogpatch has widely become seen as someone who has deep favoritism issues and conflicts of interest, many have come out against DPP. Sharing stories of harassment, work without pay, and journalistic negligence, DPP has solidly set himself in a terrible light.
Unfortunately these revelations are muddying the waters so much that many are coming to believe that everyone he called out for being terrible human beings is now suddenly absolved of their deeds. But this is very much so not the case.
Dogpatch may be guilty of a lot of things including doxxing innocent individuals who were considered “guilty by association” but he wasn’t wrong about absolutely everyone he called out and to suggest such would push back the social reclamation movement our community is currently undergoing.
Below is a prime example of a person Dogpatch fairly targeted for his actions:
He may have targeted people unfairly at times and even got a few cases wrong but that does not prove the innocence of everyone he targeted, only a select few who were caught in the crossfire.
Take for example @FurRightDiscord (Formerly @FurredReichDiscord) in the examples provided above. By these admissions we can presume that he is either:
A. A Nazi himself. or B. A Nazi Sympathizer.
Regardless of what the answer to that question is, it’s clear to see that Dogpatch was correct in targeting this individual. He wasn’t correct in doxxing him. But certainly in calling him out for his actions.
(EDITOR: We we’re informed that @FurRightDiscord is a literal nazi and should be avoided at all costs, he has done everything in his power to organize other nazifurs, and the discord by the same name no longer exists due to it violating Discord’s TOS on hateful conduct.)
Do not allow the fact that DPP was found to be a terrible human, blind you to the awful people he called out. Give everyone you meet a chance to prove they aren’t terrible (Because DPP DID fuck up with his targets at times) but don’t allow those we have definitive proof are terrible to slide under the radar.
(Special Note: OwO does not support doxxing individuals. The community can police itself.)
“Should I go for more clicks this year? Or should I follow the click in my ear?” ~AJR, Come Hang Out.
I used to have aspirations of becoming something bigger then myself, something people would look to and enjoy, and with the sudden explosive growth OwO has had over the last few days that seems to be finally becoming a reality. So why am I sitting here with my leg twitching as my body attempts to fight off an anxiety attack?
To answer that you must know more about me, so here we go: I have tried and failed so many times at so many other projects I’ve worked on that the old anxieties of potential failure are cropping back up again.
In no particular order I have attempted and failed to become: A musician, an artist, a game designer, and several other things along the way. I’ve been to art school, studied great works of art in museums, met musicians who later blew up and left me behind, and so much more then I can divulge here. But what does that have to do with me uploading posts on OwO? Why am I afraid of uploading an article?
I have Atychiphobia. The fear of failure itself.
Atychiphobia is a fear that is common among artists, actors, game developers, and craftsmen of all kinds. Colloquially referred to on the internet as “Upload-Phobia” it is the fear of creating and/or posting anything anywhere that doesn’t meet the expectations of the audience who partakes in it.
It is the fear that drives perfectionists to madness. The fear that lends new up and coming creators to ditch certain videos that to many would be their gold standard. It is a crippling phobia with links to anxiety disorders, and it’s why as grateful as I am about the attention OwO is receiving, I am petrified at the prospect of potential failure.
To many however, this fear is beneficial and can lead to the creation of better, more extravagant works. After all, this is the fear that drives us to do better. But to others with severe cases, it is a severely limiting phobia that only acts as a detriment to those who suffer from it who believe that whatever they create is “not good enough” or “awful” and can lead to the disappearance of those creators.
The worst part however is that taking a break from working doesn’t actually help the sufferer and actually further pushes them away from uploading or producing any new content and it is this downward spiral of anxiety, paranoia, and depression that has lead some individuals to self destruct their own projects, self harm, and in some cases…….the final slumber.
OwO is blowing up right now, as am I by proxy, and I’m scared. Scared of people looking at my works, scared I’ll let them down with those works, scared OwO will fail, scared someone will try to harm me IRL for a difference of opinion.
Even with all the knowledge I have on this subject.
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As many of you know I myself am a former free lance journalist who worked for Dogpatch Press, and while I myself may indeed be a little….okay a LOT biased based on my past interactions with Patch, (Who as of this writing has still yet to pay me for the syndication of my Ostrich article which you can find here on OwO.) I am hoping to give a comprehensive look at the rise and fall of Dogpatch Press.
Dogpatch Press (DPP) started back in 2014 and from that point forward was one of the few, wide spread news sites to cover the happenings of the furry fandom. Covering everything from furry history to the creation of brand new conventions as well as furry music reviews and book releases, DPP set themself up as the leading outlet for all things furry related.
Patch is, in his own words, “A fabulous husky dog who made the Furry News site to be like his ideal 1990’s indie zine.” He’s been a guest speaker and dancer on multiple stages, and organizes meet ups of up to several hundred furries all over the US with national TV coverage.
But what many have seen as a benevolent and wise content creator for the furry fandom may not in fact technically be so benign, and with recent shit takes like defending an article he recently retweeted that was published by a seemingly non-existent furry in May of 2018 that spouts the idea that “Cub porn (read child porn) is innocent.” to actively blocking anyone who disagrees with that sentiment, DPP has set themselves up for a long hard fall.
But this is not the first time DPP has done something so egregious in the furry fandom, merely the latest.
From leaking private information of those who may innocently follow certain individuals who later turn out to be awful, to refusing to remove said information once it is brought to his attention, DPP has a hard time admitting he’s wrong and retracting his statements.
Yet still even despite this fact people still flocked to his website. After all where else were they going to turn to? At the time it was well known as the “Most Active Furry News Site On The Web.” and with so little competition, who else was going to challenge him in this? ^,~
If that wasn’t enough to really understand the man though, allow me to make some final revelations as an ex-employee that you may not be aware of.
1. Patch lives in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. 2. In California the minimum wage for 1 hour of work is 11 dollars an hour. 3. I was offered syndication with Dogpatch Press at 10 dollars per article or 5 dollars per article if I shared it both on DPP and OwO. 4. Your average in depth article and interview can take several hours to gather the research / obtain a completed interview. 5. I accepted this shitty deal because I’m desperate to move to a different state as my mental and physical health is declining where I live. 6. I am 28 years old. I am not a child to be paid under the table your scraps.
If EVEN THAT doesn’t sway your approval from Patch then allow me to quote a tweet of mine:
“The fact he deleted my resignation letter but not the cub porn article is pretty damning if you ask me. He thought my polite business termination was MORE OFFENSIVE then the cub porn article. Let that sink in. Wash your hands of Dogpatch in that sink. “
(Originally posted, then archived, then removed from, DogpatchPress.)
Hello everyone. This is Indigobang!?
I was debating making this message private but considering the implications my silence on this matter would bring about I figured I’d be transparent.
This is a public note to Dogpatch Press and it’s audience regarding the OwO What’s News!? and Dogpatch Press Business venture:
I hope that you can fix this shit and come back stronger. But for the safety of myself and the longevity of my own site though I’m afraid I’m gonna have to walk away from this situation.
We at OwO What’s News!? do NOT support cub porn or anything of the sort and that article you posted on problematic kinks is all kinds of cub porn apology. Due to this fact we will no longer be able to be associated with Dogpatch Press for the time being.
You know I can put out articles super fast and that I do good work; so when/IF this shit storm you threw yourself into subsides, holla at me ninja.
For now though. This is the end of the OwO What’s News!? / Dogpatch Press business association.
Be well Patch, and good luck. Lord knows you’re gonna need it.
Samuel Conway (Uncle Kage) may be the longest standing pillar of the furry community ever as well as one of the most popular and longest serving con chairmen to ever live, and while many furries have made pretty outrageous claims as to the reason why this is, including but not limited to:
1. Nobody wants to deal with Anthrocon’s crazy drama. 2. Nobody has the skill to take up the mantle. 3. Uncle Kage kills all of his competition and throws them in the lake behind the hotel.
Whatever the reason actually is that he continues to come back year after year, Anthrocon just wouldn’t be the same without him. His shinning personality and cool, calm, some would say regal, demeanor in dealing with the main stream media has been a great benefit to the furry community.
Kage isn’t without his humor however, and there is no greater example of this then when he attends conventions he himself is not running or hosting a panel at and on several occasions he has gone in disguise to these conventions for a laugh.
While we could make mention of the time he pretended to be a Canadian and somehow managed to fool a Canadian furry artist, as well as a few other gags he has tried over the years, instead we are going to focus on a very specific occasion where he dressed up as a furry version of “The Unknown Comic.” and basically proved you don’t need a fursuit to be a part of the furry community.
This all happened at the 2001 Mephit Furmeet, a convention Uncle Kage wasn’t originally planning to go to but eventually decided to go in disguise.
“Originally I thought to just dress casually and wear sunglasses, but that’s been done. I was eating my lunch out of a paper bag, watching the Pawpet show when it hit me.”
He grabbed a pencil, a pair of scissors, and ran into the next room with the bag. Then with the pencil he traced around his glasses and cut two eyeholes. He then made little leaf-shaped ears which he cut from the trimmed portion, and stapled them to the top. For the muzzle he rolled a piece of pasteboard into a cone and taped it below the eyeholes. Three black pipecleaners poking through the cone later he had whiskers, and The Unknown Furry was born.
As a last minute idea he added a pair of clip-on sunglasses beneath, giving The Unknown Furry big black eyes and went to a pet store where he bought a long knotted rope he would use for a tail.
“My original plan was to make my appearance during the Pawpet Show at the Mephit Furmeet on Friday got ruined by a delayed flight. It was the second time that a trip south had gone awry because of airlines cancelling flights in preparation for a forecast storm that never really materialized.”
It was 8 AM when he finally arrived in the airport. He then collected his luggage and boarded a hotel shuttle. On the way to the hotel he put his plan into action, donning the paper bag and all of the other accessories and at 8:25 AM on September 1, 2001, The Unknown Furry climbed out of the van, gathered up his bags, and strolled into the hotel.
He immediately started to attract attention. Even among all the fursuits, people were stopping and gawking. Many of them laughing and proclaiming what a fantastic idea this was. A few tried to speak to him, but all he did was gesture and pantomime. The Unknown Furry then spent a wonderful day visiting friends.
“I had an absolute blast on Saturday night, despite a small run-in with an overzealous security staffer that really put a damper on the remainder of the evening. People were thrilled by the costume and dubbed it “The World’s Cheapest Fursuit,” which at just under $2.00 it was.”
Uncle Kage’s fursona is, as many of you know, a cockroach and from my understanding he does not have and doesn’t want a fursuit. Yet despite that fact he has managed to last the test of time within the community and is still incredibly popular despite not personally owning a fursuit.
If there’s one thing this man can teach us, it’s that you don’t need a fursuit to make it in the furry fandom. You just need a good personality.
As many of you know Kabier, the former owner of the @KabsCorner handle on Twitter, was an ostentatious self aggrandizing bigoted nightmare of a human, whose exploits include trans erasure, racism, sexism, transphobia, and homophobia.
And with shit takes such as calling SonicFox a N***** F*****, and creating art with the phrase “Everyone Deserves Human Rights” in protest of a meme that sported the phrase “Trans Rights Are Human Rights” as her bread and butter, Kabier set herself up for her eventual removal from the furry community with many groups and individuals coming together under the same resonating idea.
No matter how good her art is, she is not welcome here.
With that in mind, who in their right mind would ever dare to adopt such a shitty twitter handle with such a harrowing past? Would they be just as bad if not worse? Did they do it to grab the attention of people who were eagerly looking to take a bite out of the “FUCK YOU KABIER” casserole?
To answer these questions I decided to sit down with the man and get a feel for who he is in an effort to answer questions that many may have about this mysterious individual who rose up out of nowhere.
Below is my interview with Rosh, the absolute mad lad.
(I)ndigobang!?: Hello Rosh, I’m with Dogpatch Press and OwO What’s News!?. I was made aware of the fact that you have come under the ownership of the @KabsCorner username and I’d like to see if I can’t set up an interview with you. Please let me know whether you would be interested in that or not at your earliest convenience. Thank you for your time. ~Indigobang!?
(R)osh: Hahaha oh man, that’s so cool. I’d love to do an interview! Though it’d have to be through text because I’m not a very eloquent speaker.
(I): Thats perfectly fine.
(R): If you already have stuff in mind, I’m free right now.
(I): Let’s start with the basics. Who are you exactly? Like how would you describe yourself?
(R): I’d describe myself as an artist from the Philippines! That’s the thing that comes readily to mind, followed by “several lizards stacked on top of each other.” I’m sort of a shapeshifter 😛
(I): So you’re a scalie?
(R): Yeah, you could say that! I’ve a kobold for the better part of two, maybe three years. Right now I’m an incineroar, which was originally because of different December, but I’ve just fallen in love with the design.
(I): Is that the Bara fetish talking or just a regular appreciation for the overall design?
(R): I’d say both! I mean, incineroar’s normal design communicates the usual appeal of “big buff dude” without actually defining a lot of his muscles, so furry art fills in those gaps with the muscle definition you see regularly with incineroar art. It also helps that Smash Ultimate came out and rocked every furry’s world with his animations.
(I): Have you thought about doing art of King K. Rool? He’s pretty bara.
(R): He is! Especially with his chest and belly made of gold. Though, I’m actually not that good at fan art most of the time; Incineroar sort of popped to me because his design was already sort of compatible with the stuff I already make.
I’d like to draw Bowser, for example, but I can’t seem to nail it in a way that doesn’t look like I just pasted an illustration of bowser’s head onto a hunky body.
(I): Aside from your own artistic credentials, were you surprised by how much attention you garnered by jacking Kabs account name?
(R): Honestly, I was just expecting the tweets to blow up. I didn’t think over 500 people would follow me over the past 3 days! I think I was at, like, 1.3k followers before I changed my username. So the attention from the tweet was expected, but not all the people deciding to stick around for my content.
(I):Thats pretty awesome. I’m glad to see people flocking to a person deserving of the attention instead of the old nuclear waste that used to own the handle.
(R): Thanks! Turns out the one downside to deleting your twitter so people can’t report you is someone like me can snag your name and still clown on you.
(I): I’ve heard you’re a transgender individual is that correct?
(R): Yep! I’m masculine nonbinary. I used to be a lot more exploratory with how I present, but I’ve had to go back in the closet for safety reasons. A surprising amount of my friends (who I thought I was out to) didn’t actually know I was trans until I made That Post, which caught me off guard. Though it’s probably my fault for making my kink roleplay talk indistinguishable from my shitposts.
(I): I mean if they can’t accept you for who you are…are they really your friends?
(R): Hah, not that kind of surprise! Just more of, “oh, I had no idea! Sorry if I made you uncomfortable before.” Part of my masculine identity sort of evolved from not wanting to burden people with my jumbled mess of an identity, which isn’t something that usually happens with trans people I don’t think. I just chalk that up to one of my other weirdnesses.
(I): Your friends seem pretty cool.
(R): They’re so cool. If I could, I’d invite them to a party, but I actually don’t know a lot about throwing parties. It’d probably just be a lot of sitting around eating pizza and showing each other memes on our phones.
(I): When did you join the furry fandom?
(R): Hmmm. Time’s always a tricky thing to ask me. I have schizophrenia and sometimes the past just feels like a big ball of yarn in my pocket. I wanna say I really got into it around 2014, when I was starting college. I made an F-List and fell face-first into roleplay.
This was, admittedly, not a smart thing to do in hindsight; I wound up doing a lot of gross things (hypersexuality sorta does that). But I did meet some awesome people during that time. I started a tumblr blog (RIP) then migrated to twitter two years ago, roughly, and I’ve been around ever since.
Though I will say that I’ve been interested in funny animal people for as long as I can remember.
(I): How old were you at that time? Mid 20’s?
(R): I was 18 I joined college pretty much right away, I’m 22 now 😛
(I): Do you have a mixtape? Can I listen to it? If so where?
(R): I used to make music! I keep telling myself I’d get back into it, but I just focus on art nowadays. I have some tracks posted on my newgrounds under the username Spoonitate. I also have a soundcloud under the name YVNGSL_ME, https://soundcloud.com/yvngsl_me which was also my old twitter handle. (It’s pronounced Yung Slime. The “I” is resting because I’m always tired.)
(I): Awesome! What do you do for a living outside of the furry fandom? If you’d rather not say that’s perfectly fine.
(R): Outside the furry fandom, I’m a tech columnist for a newspaper. I’m not saying which one, but it’s a Philippine newspaper! I write about videogames, mostly, and sometimes I get invited to preview events. Last year I was invited to a Detroit: Become Human event here in the Philippines and a Spider-Man event overseas.
Sometimes I get to review (and beat!) games before they come out, like with Detroit, Spider-Man, and God of War. And last thanksgiving I had the honor of being the first person in the Philippines to beat the demo of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice at a media party I was invited to, which I wrote about.
(I): What other hobbies do you have aside from the furry fandom?
(R): Videogames! I like to roleplay, too, sometimes. But I guess that doesn’t count since it’s still furry related. Hmm, I’d say all my hobbies link to furry on some level.
(I): Are there any projects you are currently working on? Also, Are you open for commissions?
(R): I’m currently working on a few things already! I can’t say what they are, though. It’s a secret. As for commissions, not at the moment, sadly. If I was more business-minded I would’ve cleared my queue before getting all this attention, but I’m not an opportunistic person when it comes to money.
(I): As we wrap this interview up is there anything else you want to tell the people about? Any shout outs?
(R): If this were a video interview, I’d be making a Casey Frey impression right now. “What’s poppinggg, AAAUGH?! Shoutouts to… followers, AAAAH.”
For real, though, I wanna say to all my trans siblings out in the furry fandom; nobody’s untouchable. I won’t lie; I’m glad Kabs decided to fuck off forever when she figured out Twitter wasn’t going to stand for her bullshit. As a trans person, watching famous people get away with transphobia is a crushing experience. I never looked up to Kabs but I’ve looked up to other artists who wound up being transphobic.
When the world’s stacked against you, you learn to take the small victories like a trans person of color claiming a racist transphobe’s username and parading it around like a head on a pike.
And if I can be petty; I wanna give a big shoutout to kabier for giving me the chance to take her username! Hope you have fun when you realize the furry fandom’s the only fandom out there willing to pay massive amounts of money to artists to draw their personal characters. Wishing you and your 3-digit newgrounds follower count the best!!