April 1st, 2005

What's my line? (pic by Kinkyturtle)

Meet the new "Journey the News-Dragon"!

Sorry I've been so quiet, but it's been an interesting few weeks. Back in mid-March, the publisher discovered my Livejournal via his daughter zdeschanel's FOAF page. (Small world ...) Shortly thereafter, I got called into his office. Seems he saw the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal section with the article on furries right around the time of last Anthrocon.

We kind of danced around that for a while. (One of those "Not that there's anything WRONG with that .. but are you one of those people who, ahem, you know?" deals.) I think I somehow managed to convince him I'm not some sort of sexual deviant, although I guess I didn't really correct his misimpression that I'm a fursuiter, because I've now been thrust into the role of the paper's new mascot.

Yep. The Journal is going kid-friendly with "Journey the News-Dragon." He looks kind of like the "Pete's Dragon" guy, except with a big fedora, (plush) camera and bag of "press passes" and reporter's notebooks with our logo that he hands out.

Just last night I made my first appearance at the Little League opener of the Journal-sponsored team. I have to say I was kind of nervous that I'd screw up, but it turns out that -- except for the buckets of sweat -- fursuiting is easier than it looks.

And of course our paper covered the event -- we're running an article Sunday on it. I swiped some pictures from work ...

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