Eric Blumrich

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Eric Blumrich, also known as Fkafka and Mr. Ploppy, is a cartoonist, illustrator and Flash animator active in the furry fandom throughout the 80's and 90's. He currently resides in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. In his spare time, he works for peace and justice issues.

Fandom involvement[edit]

Blumrich is an accomplished artist. During the time he was working in the furry genre, he had a distinctive, angular cartoon style of figure drawing, with Tom Verre's work as an early influence. It was a style that emphasized pointed muzzles, ears and cheekbones, and particularly suited jackals, foxes, cats, and rats. His inked black-and-white pieces featured intricate and striking cross-hatching and stippling. Rarer color works were rendered using watercolors.

He was a Yerf artist, and briefly shared accommodations with web comic artist and illustrator Scotty Arsenault.

In addition, he worked as a concept artist for "Inherit the Earth" (a "furry" PC video-game), and participated in the inking, and/or coloring of a dozen comics, all of which were rightfully ignored, as they were poorly published by fly-by-night indie chophouses.

Eric Blumrich's only break into the mainstream of publishing came, when he was asked to paint "The Hemp 100" for High Times Magazine, in 1992. The result was disappointing, for all involved.[citation needed]

Fandom critic[edit]

Blumrich became disenchanted with the fandom over time and made caustic rhetorical postings on alt.fan.furry, the Yerf newsgroups, his former site (the "Party Headquarters", from which he awarded the Order of Potter), and later on the bulletin board of the Burned Furs' ideological group.

Along with Squee Rat, he's considered a founder of the Burned Furs and was certainly one of their most notorious members. He is credited with coining the phrase "By and large, furries are Bi and Large."

"Life in Fandom"[edit]

Some of his criticisms took the form of five, poignantly illustrated pieces of art on the same vein as Skunk! and the Horrifying Look at the Furries comics, called Life in Fandom. These chapters were:

  • "Chapter Uno: What is this wacky thing we called: FURRY FANDOM!"
  • "Chapter 2: Are a "Funny Animal" ARTISTE!"
  • "Nummer Drei: CON JOB!"
  • "Chapter four (Boy, am I gonna get in trouble for this one!!!): SEX is a heap of malfunctioning rubble - Lydia Lunch"
  • "Chapet funf (Oh, my God - Will it ever end?): TRADING CARDS!!!"

Controversy[edit]

Blumrich continued making his presence known in the fandom by hanging around both Pro and Con online Furry sites until the date of September 11, 2001. 16 hours later after the tragic incident of 9-11, he would fatefully write in the Yerf newsgroup Yerf.yap the post that would push his fourth in command in the Burned Fur movement, Peter "Hangdog" Schorn, to threaten in writing to kill Blumrich "with his bare hands," this was to be the signal of the beginning of the end of the Burned Furs, and with it, Eric's involvement in it and the furry fandom.

The present[edit]

Since that time, Eric Blumrich has worked as a freelance web designer/video editor. Prominent clients have included the Kucinich presidential campaign, the Brady Center for the prevention of Handgun violence, the Drug Policy Alliance, and Code Pink. He ran a political website, BushFlash, dedicated to anti-Bush rhetoric, and has achieved some international attention from this. [citation needed]

BushFlash closure[edit]

On 6 November 2008, he announced on his website that he will be shutting down BushFlash on "the day after Obama is sworn in" (21 January 2009), stating:

   
Eric Blumrich
I'm going to go back to being a concerned citizen who is active locally, and leave this blogging stuff to those folks who can understand CMS
   
Eric Blumrich

On 22 January he announced he would be shutting down the website "in a few weeks", adding:

   
Eric Blumrich
I am confident that in coming times, the liberal blogosphere will not follow the twisted path forged by sites like WorldNetDaily and Newsmax, and serve as checks to power, rather than an apologist for an abuse of power. And if you doubt that will be the case, I suggest you do what I did- start your own site, and make your voice heard. If I can reach millions, you can, too. When Bushflash was at its height, it got more daily hits than Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, and Neil Boortz, combined.
   
Eric Blumrich

He also expressed his disdain for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the Church of Scientology, the TV series "Firefly", the "9/11 Truth" community and Elvis Costello's singing voice.

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