629: Skins

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Skins
There's Livejournal drama between those who want to wear human suits over fursuits and those who just take off the fursuits.
Title text: There's Livejournal drama between those who want to wear human suits over fursuits and those who just take off the fursuits.

Explanation

Furries, which have been discussed previously in the comic, are people who are extreme animal fans. One of the most prominent elements of the furry community is furry conventions, where furries meet-and-greet each other, show off and engage in activities in their fursuits, sell furry-related media, and so on.

Here, the man mentions furry identities. The grand majority of furries have a "fursona", that is, a furry animal with which they associate themselves. While there are different approaches towards creating a fursona, they tend to be an animal representation of either themselves or what they wish to be. These fursonas sometimes have quite a bit of background that explains their origins, their abilities, where they live, and their interests... even if their interests involve pretending to be humans. According to the man, "skins" are furries who have fursonas that like to pretend to be humans. In other words, skins are humans who pretend to be animals who pretend to be humans. The 4th panel magnifies the ridicule of the concept of skins, the skins at the convention behaving excitedly about events that actual humans usually consider mundane.

If this comic satirizes furry conventions, then the title text satirizes fursuits. In this case, there are skins who wear fursuits of their fursonas, but, since their fursonas like to pretend that they are humans, these skins wear human suits over their fursuits. Such a setup would seem unwieldy, so there are skins who avert this by simply taking off their fursuits, going to the conventions as their human selves, thus technically integrating into the whole "skin atmosphere". Possible problems from this can include the "wear a human suit" skins getting angry at the "take off the fursuit" skins for "ruining the fantasy atmosphere" (since, technically, the real-life skin is not the same that would be the fursona's human facade, especially if the skin makes no effort to change the appearance to fit the human facade), or again, because they are too "cheap" or "lazy" to make or otherwise obtain the two suits. This clash of ideals would cause a lot of drama, which is all too common within the furry community.

Transcript

[Man is packing luggage.]
Voice: Where are you going?
Man: Convention.
Voice: What for?
Man: Well, you know furries, right?
Voice: Sure...
[Man closes suitcase.]
Man: We're furries whose animal identities have a thing for pretending to be humans.
Voice: I see.
[A convention. People sit behind booths in the background.]
Man with glasses: How's the weather?
Woman: Great! I've been driving my car and having a job all day!
Man with glasses: Did you meow?
Woman: Not once!
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