Fursuiting at a non-furry con??

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Hey all! I know the forums are usually dead around this time, but I thought I'd post this here anyway! So I'm planning on going to a local comic con this September, and I'm planning on fursuiting, but I've never suited at a non-furry con before, so needless to say, I have some questions!

 

1. How would I negotiate travel between the hotel and con centre? There's no attached hotel and the closest is across the street and parking lot. It's pretty run down though, so I don't think I'll stay there... My dad and I do know our way around the city so we know of other hotels, but they are a bit further away. I'm thinking about putting on my suit at the hotel then just wearing it in the truck to the convention. Any advise is welcome!

2. I contacted the con about a headless lound or something similar, and they said they don't have anything. I'm assuming that I'd just have to find a quiet corner or something to take my head off in so I can cool off? Especially if going back to the hotel is not an option due to distance.

3. At non-furry cons, is it frowned upon to wear a fursuit at all? I'm sorried about having insults and stuff yelled at me. I'm going to have a handler, but still.

4. Is it also frowned upon to walk around with my head under my arm or something like that? I mean I'll need to cool off and eat, so I'll have to take it off eventually, but this is something that's really worrying me.

 

I think this is everything for now, but if I have anymore questions, I'll post them!

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1. I think wearign the suit in your truck sounds reasonable. ...not if you're the one driving.

2. Talk to cosplayers at the con, and see what they recommend for cooldown spots.

3. Highly unlikely. There's a lot of cosplay that goes on at Comic cons and the like, and while you may be jumping genres, people do so at furry cons as well. You might get some puzzled looks, but that's all I'd expect, and the cosplayers around will assuredly support you as a fellow costumer.

4. As for "Ruining the magic' by popping a head off: Do so as you feel medically necessary, obviously. Safety is king.  Beyond that.. it's discouraged somewhat, but no one will yell at you for doing so.

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We see plenty of our fursuiting friends at non-furry cons.  San Diego Comic Con, Dragon Con, Motor City Comic Con and they get a lot of attention, tons of requests for photos and hugs.  Mainstream cosplayer know the work that goes into good fursuits and know the quality of the "perfomance" that most fursuiters bring.

So hear not wearing your fursuit to non-furry cons, especially if it's one know for it's cosplaying.  They'll love you

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1 - What I have done is scope out the convention center ahead of time and locate a convenient restroom. I bring my suit with me in a canvas shoulder bag, suit up in the bathroom as much as I can on my own, and then step outside so my handler (who is a different gender) can help me finish the parts I need assistance with. I've also suited up in a parking lot out of the trunk of my car. Putting on your suit at the hotel and then getting driven over to the con seems like an ideal option, though!

2 - Pretty much, yeah. I've noticed that some anime cons have started having "cosplay repair rooms" or other such areas where you can go to fix up your costume if something started falling apart. If your con has one, that might be a suitably private place for you to take off your head for a few minutes.

Edited to add: My local comic convention actually added a headless zone for fursuiters only due to popular demand, so if there are enough furries consistently attending your convention and asking about it, you may be able to get one started!

3 - People fursuit at non-furry cons all the time. It's about as frowned upon as cosplaying a non-furry character at a furry con (that is to say, not at all). The worst I've experienced is being ignored entirely, or receiving dirty looks and whispers (which was enough to put me off fursuiting at general cons for a while), but that was when I was on my own. It's good that you'll have a handler with you. I also suggest checking the con's social media or making a post to see if other furries will be attending who you can group up with. It'll be a fun and safer time for you, as well as being more entertaining to other attendees.

4 - I wouldn't worry about it too much, especially considering you have no other option. I've seen people at anime cons walking around or sitting down to eat half-out of cosplay. You're not gonna get yelled at or anything like that. Your health comes before ruining the magic. Most people will be polite enough to refrain from taking pictures if you're not fully suited up.

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Hi there! I just wanted to jump in here and add my own two cents.

I have not been to a furry con yet, so when I had my suit, I wore it to non-furry conventions like anime and comic conventions. When we booked hotels, our hotels were not the one attached/associated with the con itself, so we would have to drive. Usually I wore my suit while driving to the con (of course not my head or even handpaws) and just put the stuff on when I arrived. As for a 'headless lounge,' I would usually try to find an area of the con floor/hotel that was less-occupied/empty where I could sit and cool off for awhile. While I was out on the con floor, I ctually recieved lots of positivity regarding my fursuit (of course there's the few that see it was weird, or just don't like these sorts of costumes and give you looks, but that's typical). If you need to take your head off, then take it off! I doubt anyone will be at the con yelling at you to 'STOP RUINING THE MAGIC!" since it's mostly non-furries. Your health matters more than a pulling of a character costume!

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Wearing a fursuit to non-fur cons, we'll be treated like any other cosplayer, which is to welcome with open arms and people stopping you for pictures and having fun.  Cosplayers, too, believe in the concept of "ruining the magic" and try to remove themselves to bathrooms or off to the side to make adjustments and such.  No, never seen a con outside of fur cons that have anything like headless lounges.  Cosplay has become practically mainstream, so wearing any outfit, including fursuits through the streets to the convention proper will garner a lot of attention, revel in it.  Even the most mundane person on the street will smile.

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