The artwork for the incredible 2-man show with Dave Perillo and Tom Whalen, Modern Vintage, is now available to view and purchase online!
80 years ago today
I hope this letter finds you. I mean, it’s been a long time since I wrote to you. I was twelve the last time I penned a letter like this. But I’m not asking for anything, not really. I just wanted to thank you.
Not for gifts, not for things, not for anything like that. I simply wanted to thank you for being there.
You see, I was an abused child. I had a father who worked hard to forget I existed and a mother who hated that I wasn’t turning into what she wanted. But no matter how bad things were, I always had you.
And it wasn’t just Christmas. When I was little my mother had a lot of biker friends. Big, surly, tattooed, scuzzy bikers. And no matter who was there, no matter the ages, there was always the one big guy with the white beard. You can imagine how he must have felt when this little curly blonde girl with big gray eyes would run up for a hug and call him Santa. I never asked for anything more than a hug. And I always got it.
That was all I ever wanted. Because the stories all spoke about your unconditional love for us, how you knew we could always get off the naughty list if we tried, how you were so nice and giving and loving no matter who we were or what we’d done. You were the one who taught me how to love because you were the only one who did.
Every big biker with tattoos and a beard was you. Every mall Santa who never cared that I grew up is you. Every hug, every ‘ho ho ho’, every smile, it all matters more than you will ever know.
I’m an adult now. A scientist, a writer, a teacher. I know the North Pole is barren. I know reindeer don’t fly. I know chimneys are too small to climb down. But I know you’re real. You’re there in every costume, every biker, in everyone who simply wants to.
You made sure I grew up okay, that I learned how to love, how to forgive, how to do all the things my parents couldn’t teach. That’s why I want to thank you. For making sure I was okay.
Hell-aciously busy with work, but I really wanted to draw this comic.
this should have more notes
And for all these reasons, I’ve decided to scalp you, and burn your village to the ground.
Not to mention all the other money that furries generate that go to charity:
Each year, Further Confusion donates money to selected charities. Funds are raised both from its charity auction and from a direct grant given by the convention itself. The following charities have benefitted since Further Confusion was founded:
- 1999: ($3,500) Coyote Point Museum and Therapy Pets
- 2000: ($6,000) The Cartoon Art Museum and Friends of the Sea Otter
- 2001: ($7,240) The Oakland Zoo and The Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation
- 2002: ($5,200) The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Tiger Touch
- 2003: ($6,000) Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) and The Seymour Marine Discovery Center
- 2004: ($10,000) Bay Area Bears and The Exotic Feline Breeding Center
- 2005: ($10,000) Therapy Pets and Friends of Lulu
- 2006: ($15,000) Wildlife Companions and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
- 2007: ($16,000) Golden State Greyhounds and Stanislaus Wildlife Rehabilitation
- 2008: ($22,000) House Rabbit Society, Rattie Ratz, and Wildcare
- 2009: ($16,000) Mountain Lion Foundation, and Guide Dogs for the Blind
- 2010: ($18,114) Therapy Pets, Guide Dogs for the Blind, NARF Animal Rescue, Best Friends Animal Society (Haiti disaster animal rescue)
To date, the total amount donated to local charities by Further Confusion stands at $119,054.
AND AND AND! Look how happy that kid is petting the soft, big puppy! You can raise all the money in the world, but that kid will NEVER forget being able to pet the big puppy. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I stay a furry, despite all the negative connotations of the group. And yes, that money for charity, it’s amazing stuff.
Thought it was interesting to reblog all these listed charities. I was wondering which specific ones conventions had donated to.
This makes me happy.
Cute suit, cute moment, great cause, great fandom
I know I’ve reblogged this once, but I’m doing it again.
I’m not an artist, but I have more than a few friends who are, so I thought this might be a good thing to post.
I used to do freelance illustration and gd, this is sound advice.
No free work and get paid on signing the contract. Otherwise they will take ur shit and never pay you.
Never send anything in to be ‘chosen’ unless it’s a comp. If u send any work in they must pay you for it even if they decide they’re ‘not going to use it after all’.