Don't laugh. Right now I'm wearing a rubber mouse nose that's been lying around my room forever. Today it just feels appropriate. As a means of communing with my inner Furry, this plastic appendage seems like a step in the right direction. Maybe you're more juiced-in than I, but you're probably asking yourself: What in the hell is a Furry? For a "Mundane" (a non-Furry, that is), that's a pretty fair question. According to Wikipedia, "Furry fandom is a subculture distinguished by its enjoyment of anthropomorphic animal characters." So if you really (really!) liked Ice Age or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, or your first crush was on leg-warmer-wearing Sonja from the Catillac Cats, then you'd better get those foxtails ready, because Rocky Mountain FurCon starts today at the Adam's Mark Hotel, 1550 Court Place.
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Expect everything from artists displaying their stylized, human-like lions and tigers and bears to an improv comedy night, a campfire-themed story hour with free hot cocoa and a dance party every evening through Sunday. In addition to specific events, you'll want to check out the attendees themselves. Be prepared for a zoo of costume-wearing Furries ranging from your basic ears-and-a-tail to mascot-like fur suits to full-body paint and everything in between. "When it comes to Furries, you can be whatever you want to be," says Furry Brandyn Christensen. "I personally know two otters and a dragon."
Tickets range from $50 to $1,500 (depending on sponsorship level). For more information, hop, crawl or slither over to www.rockymountainfurcon.org.