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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!!
Those of you who do not know who StixilFox is or what his podcast is even about may be surprised to know that you have already seen this man’s work at hand.
You see, StixilFox was directly involved in the Kero the Wolf controversy and the subsequent arrest of notorious zoophille Snake Thing. He and his friend SpicyCavy are also responsible for the mass collection of screenshots of PKrussl that (at least according to the screenshots) heavily implies that PKrussl has an interest in cub porn.
This man has been working tirelessly to rid our community of both people who have interests (and in some cases convictions) of harming children and animals and if that wasn’t enough, he and the other members of the Breakfast Fur Dinner podcast also regularly do charity streams for The Global Animal Foundation.
So in the interest of bettering the community and shining a light on an up and coming fur who has done a lot of work to help make our community a safer and better place, I decided I would sit down with StixilFox himself and get a feel for who this man really is.
Below is my interview with StixilFox:
(I)ndigobang!?: Alright Stixl, you’re a pretty chill dude. Mind if I interview you and ask some questions?
(S)tixilfox: Sure! XD
I:What brought you to the furry fandom?
S:Oh wow, I gotta go back haha. So like, I’ve considered myself a furry for years, but didn’t have a sona until late August 2018. Star Fox was what got me interested in anthros, Sonic too. I would say that I found the fandom my freshman year of highschool, so 2011 or so 😀
I: That answered my next question of when you joined the fandom so ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION! S: OKAY XD
I: How did you come up with the idea for your podcast?
S: Ummmm. Okay so long story again. When the Kero the Wolf zoosadism stuff came out, I was the second-in-command of Furvengers, which was the only group advocating for police involvement with those groups. We started the podcast the night SnakeThing was arrested to let everyone know the old “ladies and gentlemen, we got em”, and it sort of evolved into a friendly thing. Since the people I worked with became close friends to me ^^ But yeah, it all started because we put that fucker in jail lmao.
I: Did you ever think your podcast would become as popular as it is today? S: Pffft, my podcast ain’t popular. xD I do wanna do it more though and put more focus into it soon. I’ve just been busy and low key dealing with some depression related stuff. uwu Plus my new house has slow internet. We’re working on it!! XD It’s not really popular though. But it’s fun so that’s why we do it. 😀
I: How did you first get involved with the furry sadism bullshit? Like how did you join the furry avengers? Or is that a touchy subject?
S: It’s a complicated story! Short version: I did my own stuff with like 50 followers lmao. I got a little archive of Kero liking/RTing animal maw pics that I shared around that got the attention of Zennie, Patch, MythicalRedFox, and ChipFoxx. Dogpatch then invited me to a telegram group where they were working on stuff. It sort of died, and he then invited me to a new group called Furvengers, led by GrizzlyFatalis and mcbittypaws. That’s where I met my friends and we got a lot of work done and put Snake in jail and got the FBI on the others 😀
I: Thats pretty awesome that you started off with just 50 followers and decided to take down Kero and those other asshats. That takes a lot of courage to be willing to deal with all of his brain dead supporters.
S: It was a grind but it was nice to meet friends from it. ^^
I: Aside from the furry fandom is there anything else you’re really interested in? Sports? Cars? Hot fem-boys?
S: Yeah, music, retro games, hot fembois ofc.
I: Do you have a mixtape yet? Also due to all of the bullshit going on has your view of the furry fandom changed any?
S: No mixtape. XD And nope! I still love it here! If the drama ever is too much I just ignore it. 😀
I: Thats a great way to look at the furry fandom’s drama I think. I had a rough head ache when I tried to do an article on Kabier and Jasonafex and took a 4 hour nap due to all the stress. S: Yep, stay out of the drama and it’s better. 😀
I: Outside of the furry fandom, how else do you earn a living? It’s okay if you’d rather not say.
S: I’m a professional musician/composer and music teacher!
I: That’s awesome. What kind of music do you make? You should send me a link to your mixtape. :3 (I call people’s musical works their mix tapes.) S: MIXTAPE XD I do classical, jazz, and game music. 😀 I just put up an album for pre-order. uwu It’s all music I did from high school! It’s at http://stixil.bandcamp.com ❤
I: Nice! Anything else you want to tell people about as we wrap this interview up?
S: What is the audience for this interview? XD I didn’t know this was an actual interview haha.
I: Oh hell yeah it is. I work for both OwO What’s News!? and Dogpatch Press. S: You do??? Patch is actually a friend of mine haha. 😛
I: Yeah! I’m a free lance journalist working pro bono with Dogpatch. I also own and operate OwO. I think you’re an interesting person who has the potential to rise up in the community so I figured I’d do an interview with you about stuff people might want to know.
S: I’ve never done an interview haha. It was fun! Thanks!
I: Is there anything you want to tell people before we end this thing though? Any shout outs?
S: Uh…. Shout out to uh….cute bois! 😀
I: Thank you for your time Stixil. ^w^
S: Yeah man, thanks! ❤
PKrussl is back in the news again today with allegations of his alleged involvement with producers of not only art of cub pornography but art of full on human child pornography. These allegations stem from his now deactivated Fur Affinity account proving once again that FA has a problem that they have done nothing about as well as his account on InkBunny, a website operated and owned by a convicted pedophile.
But before we continue lets take a moment to look back and see what we know about PK:
PK became a known entity with his “Kero Is Innocent.” video on YouTube as well as the resulting feud he has with fellow YouTuber MythicalRedFox and…..that’s about it….. He showed up on the scene and delivered a hot steaming pile of shit for a take and suddenly he’s the new Kothorix apparently?
He seems more like an even shittier GenisiusWolf with terra-bad acne and hair so sharp you could stab somebody with how pointy and anime-esque it looks but for some reason he feels he’s owed respect in the fandom? And with such shit takes as “you can change the internal clock of telegram” and “JPEG artifacts = Photoshop” he has about as much credence and deserved respect as an edgy teenager screaming about how he has the power of god and anime on his side which as we’ve discussed he already has the hair for.
It’s hilariously ironic and horrifying at the same time that someone accused of intentionally viewing child pornography would stand up for someone who is accused of brutally violating their pet as well as roadkill but I guess we all should have seen this coming seeing as all PK ever does is talk about how “toxic” the community is.
But if you want more proof then just hear say have this Mega file. It’s filled with screenshots and information that twitter users stixlfox and spicycavy cobbled together after hours of research into PK and does the information far more justice then I ever could: https://t.co/kK1Aka3MY0
The vore fetish/kink has been around for quite awhile now and hundreds if not thousands of individuals enjoy not only the SFW version of artwork involving vore but the NSFW version as well, and with big conventions such as Fur Squared (Who created a poll to see if vore would be their 2019 theme.) and suiters such as Zuelansi (Whose suit relates to vore.) coming to the forefront of the furry community it seems that vore has become the trendy kink to have and enjoy.
But the truth is that vore has become a problem. SFW vore has in several cases lead underage minors to NSFW vore including Twitter user GBuddy269 who in a tweet revealed that he was 16 years old and already knew what vore porn looks like.
This is not an isolated case however and the potential of minors finding NSFW vore when they are looking for SFW vore is incredibly high as the two are often paired side by side in places like Fur Affinity and beyond due to the major lack of foresight in regards to the way that vore is categorized on these sites.
The worst part however is that whenever someone mentions that SFW vore has the potential to lead minors to NSFW vore it is sharply met with criticism and harassment and in some severe cases even threats of violence.
Whats more troubling however is the actions of vore enthusiasts like JonahVore (an infamous animal abuser) and his YouTube channel “Reptile Channel.” where he regularly feeds smaller live animals to larger ones, and while his cover story of education and necessary feeding certainly seems sound, his channel was created with the intent to cater to the vore fetish community. (Special thanks to Dog Patch Press for informing me of this problematic individual.)
Vore is a fine fetish/kink to have, I myself enjoy vore and inflation, and there are much worse ones to have out there such as cub, zoophilia/bestiality, pedophilia, and necrophilia to name a few. But when people are getting harassed and threatened with physical violence because they even mention the fact that SFW vore could (and has) lead minors to pornography, it may be time for the fandom to take a step back from their subjective point of view and their predispositions and take a more objective point of view on the subject before vore itself consumes, digests, and turn the community itself into waste.
However this is just my opinion. You are free to make up your own. All I ask is that you do not harass anyone involved in this article. No one is ever deserving of harassment and certainly not of death threats. Just because our opinions may clash does not mean I believe anyone deserves that kind of reaction. The only people deserving of that kind of treatment are people who have actively done harm to another person/animal.
Donald Trump is a divisive figure at the best of times, and with decisions and policies as controversial as continuing the bombing of Syria, to separating children from their parents at the border; It’s no wonder that his presidency has lead to such outrage from both the left and the right sides of the political landscape.
But a question not many people have asked is how his presidency has affected the furry community.
According to the latest research data available a large portion of the furry community identify somewhere on the LGBT landscape and while not many of his policies and decisions have affected the LGBT community, a solid number of them have.
From his decision to announce Mike Pence (A man who believes that electroshock therapy can “cure” individuals who identify as LGBT.) as his running mate to hiring Jeff Sessions (A man who has consistently claimed that the sanctity of marriage is between a man and a woman.) as his attorney general. This man has hired people who continue to be anti-LGBT including hiring to the supreme court two anti-LGBT judges.
There’s also the way his administration views transgender Americans to consider, and with policies such as the failed transgender military ban, and his administration’s attempt to make gender something assigned at birth and unchangeable from then on, he has firmly planted himself in the camp of other republican anti-LGBT politicians.
Yet still there are those within the furry fandom and within the larger LGBT community who do not see his actions as being anything other then benign. To them he is a god send and a return to “the norm” where they can be as offensive as they want without repercussion. Much to their surprise however there came a change in the way the furry fandom deals with them.
We need look no further then KabsCorner (Kabier), and Jasonafex (Jason) to see a great example of why “not giving a fuck” and choosing to be offensive on purpose will not give you any leeway in the furry community. Because if your intention is to be as awful as you possibly can be, the furry community will change its opinion of you and fast.
Kabscorner and Jasonafex are/were amazing furry artists with great skill and talent. Unfortunately they drew the ire of the furry community with their rampant transphobia, racism, homophobia, sexism, and (alleged) zoophilia. Since this began Kabier and Jason have both either been suspended from, privated, or deactivated their accounts on everything except Alt-Right Twitter rip-off GAB. (Which Kabier also privated after receiving backlash for calling Game Award Alumni Sonicfox a N** F**.)
Not only however has Trump’s political rhetoric reinforced this kind of behavior, he has encouraged it at times, and while twitter feuds have existed for quite awhile with the odd KYS being thrown about by both sides this goes far beyond Twitter. The furry community is no exception to the rule and the rule at current is that people have felt like they could and have been getting away with harassment of all kinds. They find humor in causing others pain like a sociopath and claim that their intentionally offensive actions are “all in good fun” or “to make you think from another perspective” but all they accomplish is harming individuals who do not deserve their ire.
The saddest part however is that they honestly believe in a lot of cases that they aren’t causing any harm. But the truth is much darker then that and actions have consequences.
Since coming into office the rate of hate crimes against LGBT Americans and POC have skyrocketed as well as the rate of suicide. Numerous furries have taken their own lives these past two years due to harassment by people who wanted to make others “see things from a different perspective” and Trump (whether directly or indirectly) has encouraged these kinds of actions and it has lead to the loss of thousands of lives nationwide.
The furry fandom may not be all of society, but it is a part of society, and Trump has poisoned the community from the inside out by making society seem like a place that you can be as offensive as you want without repercussions. But for every cause there is an effect and with the furry community seemingly splitting into two different factions this fandom is a powder keg and all its going to take is a single spark to cause a cataclysmic explosion.
The worst part? There is very little we can do about it now that the damage has been done. All we can do is pick up the pieces, hold onto our loved ones, and ride out the shit storm for however much longer this societal uprising of intentionally awful people lasts. But most importantly, we can fight.
Kabier and Jason were but one example of when the furry community comes together to rid themselves of objectionably awful people. Another great example is the controversy surrounding Kero the Wolf’s alleged zoophilia. (As of this writing Kero is still under police investigation) Trump may have caused a lot of problems within the community and society at large, but if we work together and support one another, theres nothing we can’t overcome.