In other venues, as some of you may know, I have actually been extremely, and some would say hypocritically, vitriolic and hateful about the activities and very existence of the furry fandom.
Truly, I still hold quite a bit of poison. I’ve cooled off about most of that stuff over the years. I have learned to tolerate just a bit. A good percentage of my small number of fans and friends identify with that group and while I don’t agree with a major outgoing subset of that community, I definitely share the sentiment that “Characters based on animals can be pretty neat.” I’ve met some cool people on the other side of that fence, but it still frustrates me to see something I like for my reasons be liked for what I see as the wrong reasons, and for the public at large to only see that side. I cannot justify my opinion objectively, so I won’t try. It’s not important. What’s important is what people can do to take this idea and make it into something good. To make things that others can emulate and better themselves with. That’s what I attempt to do with some of my work.
To that end, this book is a glimmer of what I envision as the ideal attitude to take with anthropomorphic design. CyberConnect2 is a well-respected company and rightfully so. Check it out.
By the way, do NOT google “Kemono Book”. Follow the link. Bonus English translation via google.
Also note while reading, that in Japan, the stigma we (or at least I) have about anthro seems to have very little influence. It’s not a very bold thing over there. But that’s kind of the point. That’s the ideal. For people not to be scared of this kind of thing just because some people don’t fuckin’ do it right.