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Dyar

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Something tonight reminded me of this 1975 acrylic painting.  It shows Saara Mar on the innermost planet of her solar system -- which is about 420 lightyears away, and revolves around a close pair of very-hot A spectral type stars.  (Which also makes it a young system that won't last much more than another few hundred million years.)  The planet Dyar is so hot that low-refractory metals are liquid, and clouds of metal droplets drift in the thin, superheated atmosphere.  (Possibly held aloft by electric fields?)  This would be much too hot even for Saara's people, so she must be using some sort of force-field protection generated by her hi-tech tunic.  Incidentally, that is not a blemish on her midriff.  That is the other side of the rock in foreground, refelcted in the silvery material.  I have not done many paintings -- neither before nor after this one.
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EmmetEarwax's avatar

Zoom in to max for full detail ...


I am old and no longer do fan-fics. YET I attempted by merging 3 stories, started LIRP.

Yes, Lirp.

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The most commonly held date for launching Furry fandom is 1984, when the funny animal apa Rowrbrazszle was begun.  Other people insist they must have invented furry fandom because they were dong role playing games with funny animal characters before 1984, but most disregard such claims because there was always someone doing something with funny animals at an earlier date.  Do you want to start with Mickey Mouse?  The Jungle Books?  Reynard the Fox?  The modern fandom seems to have first noticed that it was a fandom, and not just some more than usually eccentric hangers-on at SF or comics conventions, when Marc Schirmeister talked a lot of other artists and writers like me into a quarterly co-produced "mailing" of comments and art, available only to members.  Apas, as they are called, have been around in SF fandom since the 1930s.  In fact, there was a previous funny animal apa called Vootie in the 1970s ... but it gradually died, and the members were underground comics artists than funny animal artists, and didn't think of themselves as "furries."  After Rowrbrazzle, though, everyone used the name.  The first furry convention wasn't long after.  So, yes, that makes me one of the original, founding members of furry fandom.  Believe me, though, I never intended it to turn out like this!
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https://hybridfabulousfurryfun.blogspot.com/2020/06/the-horned-god-or-sorcerer-cave-of-les.html My take on the beginnings of the fandom. Oh, and I think modern Furry begins with The Wind In The Willows, story and art.

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There has always been furry-like art. But it didn't have a separate fandom of it's own until enough fans of a certain kind noticed that there were enough of them to run a small convention, and publish fanzines for their own tastes. Before the early 1980s, fans of furry cartoons and funny books (a term now sadly vanished), just hung aroud SF or comics conventions.

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I got into this late, in 2012. I quit all artwork in the eighties, and the fandom intrigued me. While I have never gone to any sort of convention I enjoy drawing anthros, this lets me showcase my rapier wit and Lascaux grade artistic talent. Shame I didn't know about it earlier but I am in a vacuum about such things. Maybe the idea of wearing a really good rabbit suit is appealing, or it might be I just like talking to others I meet on these and my own sites.

I quit reading mainstream comics after buying a dreadful Fantastic Four in 1977, that was it. Since then it has been undergrounds or stuff like Usagi Yojimbo or Blacksad. As a hard core sci/fi buff I have a more realistic view of how the furry world came into being.

https://hybridfabulousfurryfun.blogspot.com/2020/08/the-peoples-of-graft.html

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I don't know how old you think I am, but it is no mystery. I'll be 70 next fall ... an age I find quite astonishing! I knew I would be 70 eventually, but not until I was old. But I'm not old! I don't feel old. I'm beaten up and have take more pills than are known to Science, but inside I don't feel old. Not most of the time, anyway. Other times... yeah. I feel just about worn out.

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Same here. I'm class of 1958 myself. I used to read Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos and I would figure, well, Nick's about 50 something, he could still run S.H.E.I.L.D. I knew it was coming but it creeps up on you, time is an illusion anyway.

Lasciate Ogne Speranza, Voi Ch'intrate

When Rick Corben died I felt like a part of me had been chopped out.

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I have no ideas what's going on, here. DA being inexplicable again, I guess.

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I don't know how old you think I am, but it is no mystery. I'll be 70 next fall ... an age I find quite astonishing! I knew I would be 70 eventually, but not until I was old. But I'm not old! I don't feel old. I'm beaten up and have take more pills than are known to Science, but inside I don't feel old. Not most of the time, anyway. Other times... yeah. I feel just about worn out.

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I got rid of most of my comics, when it was obvious that the had been eating me out of house and home. I still have several boxes of the ones I wanted to keep -- old undergrounds from the 60s, for instance, and Carl Barks stories from the 50s to 60s. I also kept The Watchmen, Killing Joke and some other things, but I stopped being much of a reader of superhero comics just when Marvel started business. I preferred humour and read Mad, also Hot Rod Cartoons. Then I became a bit SF reader. I don't know how old you think I am, but it is no mystery. I'll be 70 next fall ... an age I find quite astonishing! I knew I would be 70 eventually, but not until I was old. But I'm not old! I don't feel old. I'm beaten up and have take more pills than are known to Science, but inside I don't feel old. Not most of the time, anyway. Other times... yeah. I feel just about worn out. When new furry comics appeared in the 1980s, I knew a lot of the artists and writers, and got swept up in the excitement. It's been a long time since anything new has come along in furry fandom, though. I haven't much interest in it anymore. I gave MLP a look and recognized that it was well done ... but I chose not to become involved.

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Original Carl Barks, that would be something. I read Watchmen in 1990 and went around telling people about it who had no interest in comics or what I had to say about such childishness. I had a cousin in Houston who had all the Hot Rod comics and Richie Rich, I pitied him and read them as fast as I could. The Comedian is one of the great characters, I loved watching an old guy put up a fight like that.

Just A Matter Of Time, I Suppose

watchmen smiley

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Even I had some Richie Rich... also Spooky, Casper, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Little Lotta, Dot, Stumbo and others ... but probably not more than two or three of each, since it they were for small children. More interesting were Little Iodine, Spike and Tryke, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis comics, Magus Robot Fighter, (the original) Lost in Space, Unknown Worlds and all sorts of other SF, fantasy and humorous comics. At one time, Marvel was only a few percent of the market, while DC superheros only 20% maybe. The majority of comics were all sorts of things, including another 20% of DC comics that were *not* superheroes.

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Phraggle's avatar
Very cool. I was 1 when this was painted. :D
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And furry fandom was ten years away from being "invented."
Phraggle's avatar
I've asked about when that came about but no one really had a definitive answer for me. Around when would you say it happened? Before or after " Rock N' Rule "?
Simple, stark, and yet strangely interesting. It's like a pulp cover.
KlarkKentThe3rd's avatar
This is weird. You never did it before, and never since. And yet, here we have something that looks very good. WHY did you quit painting again?
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Not exactly never, but rarely.  At the time, there was simply nothing I could do with a painting.  I might sell it at a convention artshow for $10 or $20 (typical price for an amateur piece in 1975) and never see it again, but there were no colour publications in fandom.  The internet didn't exist for people to display their artwork.  Most fan publications were hand printed on a mimeograph machine, or spirit duplicator, which were the cheapest media.  If you had more money, you could step up to offset or xerox, but there were no colour xerox machines in 1975, and four-colour offset cost the moon.  So I moved away from colour entirely.  

Years later, I began colouring old black and white artwork with colour pencils, where I could sell the hand-coloured copies at the new furry cons.  That got me back into colour again, but not painting.  Now, of course, there's Photoshop.
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That is understandable.

And I love pencils. They are tricky to make look good.
XUnlimited's avatar
Is fantastic, seeing it makes me feel I'm seeing a scene of one of the "Dune" book series.
Halpthiuian's avatar
Nice. I especially like how you depicted how a highly reflective silver surface really doesn't have a color of its own, but simply takes on that of its surroundings.
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