Okay, I'm planning on heading to Anthrocon next year (not enough money this year, unfortunately), but I'm considering getting a fursuit. Due to various reasons (cost, storage, transportation, accessibility, etc) I was thinking of getting a 'partial' fursuit (head, paws, footpaws, and tail). The only thing is, the only fursuit photos I've seem from AC are 'full' suits. Are partial fursuits looked down on or something? Or is it just that full fursuits get the most attention in pics and video?
I just don't want to spend money on a partial suit, just to get to AC 2011 and find out partial suits are hated or something like that.
Don't worry. Nobody I know of hates partials. If they do, they keep such opinions to themselves. Your guess is correct: since the the full suits are more photogenic, they get more attention. From what I understand, many of the people in full fursuit today started with partials for the same reason you mention: the expense.
Nobody hates partials, but the full suits are more exciting as the illusion is more complete, and thus they get a lot more pictures taken.
As part of a special event last year at AC I did a partial fursuit, (( http://www.naiadstudios.com/delta/DI/kfluu/kfluu-done.jpg )) in this case head and feet and wore a costume with gloves for the rest and I was received with open paws. I'd offer the advice to make sure the clothes you're wearing to make up the rest of your outfit add to the overall look and fit the personality of your character.
Thanks for the help, everyone. And I do have an outfit that should go with what I'm planning on ordering (though really, since one of my reasons for deciding on a partial is because of the heat problems I hear a lot about...and the outfit involves a thick shirt and a heavy coat...because that makes sense...)
Thanks again for the help, everyone!
Another question: Is volunteering while wearing a fursuit allowed? I'd like to volunteer when I finally go to AC next year, and I'm not sure yet how much time I'll be spending out of my (currently hypothetical) partial fursuit.
And more: the volunteering page mentions getting free membership for volunteering a lot (fifteen hours, I think?), and I was wondering if that free membership could be upgraded to sponsor level for the same price ($50) as upgrading a paid membership.
It sort of depends on what you are volunteering to do. If you are guarding a door and have sufficient vision in the suit to make sure that only the proper people get in, then no problem. If you are carrying around heavy boxes and bales and can still negotiate the path, then it's fine. But just make sure you do not overexert yourself.
Incidentally, some of the nicest suits I know of are partials. The build of the suit itself is only half of the character; the remainder is how well the person inside performs and makes you believe that what you are seeing is real.
I contacted the fursuit maker I'm thinking of ordering the suit from about visibility. She hasn't replied yet, but I know I found a tutorial on fursuit heads, and they had a picture of a cat head that looked like it wasn't too bad for vision. Still, I plan on staying and volunteering a bit before and after the con, so I can at least do that without the fursuit.
I imagine volunteering while in fursuit would be theoretically okay assuming the suit did not restrict your ability to perform your volunteer duties, but most volunteer jobs do require clear visibility and the ability to maneuver... (Kage's answer above is obviously gospel ^)
I actually can't think of a single volunteer job that wouldn't be hindered by the wearing of a suit, so I'm guessing that's a no. Trust me, as much as you like suiting, it'll be nice to get out in the cool air once in a while.
Depending on the gloves, it might be a little difficult to type at a computer or handle monetary transactions in suit. I know I have no manual dexterity to speak of when I'm in suit, except to open doors and push the occasional elevator button.
Kage must have missed the second part of your question. Yes, currently you can upgrade from Volunteer/Attendee membership to Sponsor or Supersponsor by paying the difference in cost. See
Although the information link is for this year, I doubt that the concept is going to change. The dollar amounts might, but not the ability.
Ah, I did miss that part! Upgrades are indeed available, although at this point they need to be handled at the on-site registration desk.
And those wishing to upgrade their membership get to take advantage of our expedited "On-Site or Upgrade Sponsor & Supersponsor" *pshew* line. It's much, much, much shorter than the On-Site Attending line.
If you are Pre-Registered and wish to upgrade, first go through the Pre-Reg lines to pick up your badge, then into the OSoUS&S line.