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Kraden (born 1986) is a furry artist who while originally from Canberra, ACT, Australia, has now moved to Melbourne. He is well known in the Australian furry scene for his work in digital art and podcasting, and is seen as a rising star in the local community. He has founded two successful podcasts, ACTfur On Air and Taking Up Space. Kraden served on the committee for Midfur X and is onboard again for Midfur XII.
ACTfur On Air
On August 25, 2008, Kraden announced that he was starting another podcast: ACTfur On Air. The show is a furry/anthro-themed podcast focusing on interviews, discussion and events inside the local and international fandom. As of August 2, 2012, ACTfur on Air is in its fourth season.
Taking Up Space
Kraden was one of the hosts of the now defunct Taking Up Space podcast (or TUSpod), where he was often referred to by his real name. The show was a geek-themed, comedic talk show about the weird, wonderful and downright odd happenings in the news, geekdom, media and around the world.
Kraden/Echo's personality and color scheme slowly evolved into a very outgoing, eccentric and unique character. Kraden says that many of Echo's characteristics have leaked into his own personality, so now he doesn't separate his own character from his fursona (as in some earlier art). When asked about this he said:
"Initially when I made my first furry character Echo I was planning on a whole bunch more to draw and create dynamics between. It's been over 5 years now and I still haven't gotten around to making the others. Perhaps it's just that the little blue fuzzball took a hold of my brain and won't let go"