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Looking for someone interested in doing Self Promotion as a Guest of Honor (or suggestion)

Event - Midwest Furfest - Rosemont, Illinois - November 16 - 18, 2012

- still early enough I could submit a suggestion for next year - puppets, known as pawpets at these conventions (term "pawpets" first known use was a Peanuts comic strip with Snoopy) -- used by many today.   Rapid T. Rabbit was the one puppet guest of honor I have seen - is from a New York city based public access television program.

About MFF

Midwest Furfest is an annual convention that takes place in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. We come together to celebrate furry fandom, that is, art, literature, and performance based around anthropomorphic animals.

The roots of Midwest Furfest lie in the furry programming track of Duckon, an annual science fiction convention. Eventually, the furry track became large enough to support its own convention and in 1999 Midwest Furry Fandom, Inc., our parent 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, was created. Midwest FurFest was born shortly thereafter, to take place in November of 2000, on the weekend before Thanksgiving (a date that was to become traditional).

Since then, the convention has grown from 388 attendees in 2000 to 2,285 in 2010, making it the third largest furry convention in the world. Midwest FurFest is proud that we have raised over $100,000 for various wildlife- and animal-related charities since our inception. Our Art Show, through silent and voice auctions, routinely generates over $15,000 each year for the talented artists of furry fandom.

Official Con Link: (2012 theme is television)

https://www.furfest.org/

Con History:

thttp://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Midwest_FurFest

The puppet stage in the hotel ballroom and my puppets first real try at such - (Scampster Collie and Ralph Omega Wolf) - others in the video are those from MFF with lots of experience.    Video - Vixie Con at MFF puppet show.

http://youtu.be/1Z-EffnLXdE

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You likely saw me at the con, I am one of the founders of MFF, as well as the first to perform puppets at cons. I am likely ineligible to be a guest, as I have been one at another con, but I have a name or two for you.

One is Terry Angus, a former Muppet performer who has built two of my puppets, including Vixie. His claim to fame is he was a performer on Fraggle Rock, a show very popular among the furry set.I know him fairly well, he is a good guy, and I think would be a lot of fun.

Another name is Brad Lowe, who is here on puppethub. He has 2 Emmy awards to his name, and has experience in tv puppetry. While not a Muppet performer, he has created a lot of animal characters, and is also a really nice guy to be around.

Hope this helps, I was the one who got Rapid T Rabbit to be a guest the first year, and I have been hoping for more puppeteers as guests.

I was at the panel on Puppet Construction and all the others, don't like to link my Real name with my Con name - I was the person who was new to doing the pawpet show with the Folkmanis Collie and Wolf - and did the Song that goes like this which I have linked to You Tube video above.    Did not know anyone here had their puppets as a user on here, I have done the same with facebook for my puppets - yet coming here seemed conventional use real name, and if they start charging I don't want to pay more than one time.

You are always interesting when at MFF, that it left a hole when you did not make it in 2010, Furry Cons don't have a "Fan" GOH like some of the other SiFi cons like DuckCon, World Con, and some others I have read about.

Only thing I do know at this point, they announced no GOH's for 2012, and made some mention of taking suggestions - searching the computer for any info or direction.   

One thing I do have is a lot of time to dream up ideas - many remain that, some become something.   As I have never been one to be on stage to perform- my dad used to do such.   I always have liked the sort of behind the scenes which I can do with the puppet out front.   Next challenge up is the Jaycee Christmas meeting having my Collie puppet- now with added Santa hat speak in open forum at the end of the meeting - did such last year a couple weeks after purchase of the first puppet - and that is still more challenging to stand in front of everyone with the puppet.   Time driving around in field service IT work for major companies gives much time for such ideas, and even MFF ideas for 2012 - or maybe IndyFur if I can combine a visit there with the DCI drum corps championships in Indianapolis.   

I think I had seen something of some interesting guests of honor some time back in California - but, of course that is where they do much of the television and movie filming.   Too far for me.

[[ Did get my answer from MFF on making a suggestion - so I have done that ]]

I remember this answer before when someone else asked the question of GOH suggestions - "We generally avoid public debate about Guests of Honor because that can lead to incorrect assumptions by some and hard feelings by others. As for what we look for in Guests of Honor: Generally someone from within the furry fandom (but not always) who is an artist, performer, or writer who has either excelled in their field or is doing work that we feel deserves to be showcased. We generally prefer someone who has not been a Guest of Honor at other furry conventions, although that is not automatic disqualification. I hope that makes things a little clearer!"

At the risk of tooting my own horn, I do feel qualified, as I have a pretty decent resume. I started the entire puppetry genre within furry, having performed the first puppet show at a con back in 1994. Since then I have helped the puppetry grow, and have worked on staff as puppetry track head many times. Besides this, I have performed paid shows in my are for nearly 20 years.

On top of this, I was very instrumental in the creation of MFF, as I helped the furry track at Duckon, the forerunner to MFF, grow. I have also directed many furry variety shows, not just at MFF, but also at FC and Morphicon. I have actually succeeded in becoming fairly well known, although that was never my goal.

In spite of all this, I have only been a GoH at Morphicon, the larger cons have tended to overlook me. I will also say I think MFF needs to do better in guests, this year's guests were disappointing to me, I feel a con this size should get higher profile guests. No reason they can't land someone who has tv or film experience, and not just in puppetry, but maybe an animator or voice artist from animation.

That's just my thoughts, I do want to see them land better guests, being a founder of the con, I really want to see them do well.

I sent your comment on being GoH with an intro of some of my own thoughts on you being such today after looking over your page in addition to what  I already knew about you from MFF 2008, 2009, and 2011.    I already suggested the others.     AND through in - in the first group - that I am interested in seeing guests of honor in puppetry - and that it need not be 2012 - if it can't be that year any other year would be good as I would like to see several over multiple MFF cons.    Good Luck - we will see what happens and never know the actual decision process - as only a select few people of the MFF con do such - and they don't give any info out of who makes the decision - other than I assume the main committee is very involved.



Fred Einsle said:

I sent your comment on being GoH with an intro of some of my own thoughts on you being such today after looking over your page in addition to what  I already knew about you from MFF 2008, 2009, and 2011.    I already suggested the others.     AND through in - in the first group - that I am interested in seeing guests of honor in puppetry - and that it need not be 2012 - if it can't be that year any other year would be good as I would like to see several over multiple MFF cons.    Good Luck - we will see what happens and never know the actual decision process - as only a select few people of the MFF con do such - and they don't give any info out of who makes the decision - other than I assume the main committee is very involved.

*** Had to step out, seems my comments go in the same field still.   Never saw much of this year's GOH's and thought there was supposed to be the third, at end of last con said to be named later guest from any suggestions of last year - don't remember if I sent any suggestions in specific last year, but know that all they do is collect suggestions via a rather generic named email address:

to:info.2012@furfest.org   for submitting suggestions without public debate.    I had someone I am not familiar with suggest in reply to my question ask how they would get to be GOH.     Hope what I said is OK with you and nothing saying you can't suggest too.

I think it is sort of like when I was in the Jaycees and we voted on awards - always everyone not on "the board" must leave the room - as it all had to be top secret - even though it hardly anything kept secret long.   My bigger question used to be giving extra awards - or would be like if MFF since it has got so large now started having a fourth GOH - as it would seem realistic that depending on expenses involved for the GOH choices there could have been room for two more instead of one less?    I have no inside info, or contacts - though I have contacted the FVS chair about being in that show next year - I had met him a few years go at the MFF picnic a few years back - but, I don't really know him from that.     Sorry that I missed out on Pawpet Idol - as that was 06,07,08 as sounded something interesting of puppets - that did good a while if it returned twice.

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