R.C. Fox

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R.C. Fox with two local radio DJs Mikey and Big Bob at Seven Springs Ski Resort 1-10-2015.

R.C. Fox (real name Carl R. Kirkwood,[citation needed] born May 6, 1984),[1] is a furry musician, fursuiter, photographer, network engineer, and lead events organizer who lives in the Pittsburgh region close to the Pittsburgh Airport.[1] He is active with the West PA Fur Events and Pennsylvania Furry Entertainment organizations.

Real Life[edit]

In real life, R.C. is a network engineer. He is quite shy and reserved when going into unfamiliar situations, suffering from Social Anxiety disorder and ADHD, but does warm up quickly, he claims, when meeting other furs or wearing his fursuit. He is generally happy and energetic and would stick up for any one he is friends with. He regularly attends charity events and even requests having others attend the events to help promote a positive image and bring further attention to the causes they will support. His overall goal has been to make others smile and bring the overall mood up of anyone he can.

Fandom involvement[edit]

R.C. The Fox Fursuit reference and color design

R.C. has been a furry most of his life. He discovered, and became active in, the fandom in 1997,[2] after searching online for information about foxes to support his beliefs as an Otherkin Therian, and then stumbling across the VCL gallery. He strongly believes he is a fox inside and has admitted at times to acting like one.

Due to personal reasons, R.C. took a ten-year hiatus between 2003 and 2013 from the group. During this time, he kept out of the public eye and maintained only an online role under a few aliases loosely based on his fursona character's sayings. He rejoined the group at Anthrocon 2013, and has been highly active in the community ever since as a major contributor, helping to unify the local furs around Pittsburgh and Erie, PA helping to form the West PA Fur Group.[3]

He currently[when?] is active with the KISS Morning Freak Show DJs on their morning stream helping to promote the local furry group and participate in events. Recently, he was featured in the local newspaper's Photo of the Day Section for 10-27-14 during his recent public suiting with another local fur, Xanthos. This has led to his active participation with local media, including the Pittsburgh Business Time's recent article featuring himself and his friend, Zippo Wolf on the cover page as seen [Fursuit of Happiness].

In 2015 and 2016, he was a member of Midwest FurFest convention logistics staff.

Fursona[edit]

R.C. with Uncle Kage at Anthrocon in 2015

R.C. Fox's fursona, Network Fox, is a mix of 80% red fox, 10% fennec, and 10% Arctic fox. His color scheme is primarily black and white, with seven dark teal-blue stripes along his rear torso which wrap around to the front. There's also stripes along his shoulders to the arms, his ears and the patch of hair on his head. He refers to the stripe pattern as the "3-1-3" (each stripe has a specific meaning attached to a personal life events, such as starting a career, getting married, his lovers and so on). His ears' colors (pink/blue) indicate his sexual orientation, which is bisexual. His fursona design overall, pulls from his life in which it represents.

Fursuit[edit]

R.C. Fox in attendance at FA:U 8

R.C. Fox's fursuit was constructed by More Fur Less (Kishowolf and Sways).[4] It features their signature changeable expressions. R.C. is known to post photos on his Facebook and Twitter accounts in various settings at meets. He is a public fursuiter and can be found suiting regularly around his hometown or at work. His fursuit has helped him further express his spirituality as an Otherkin and has helped him become more sociable at events.

Convention attendance[edit]

Media[edit]

Music[edit]

R.C. in the late 90s and early 2000 was a rave DJ and live performance artist (mostly under the alias DJ: C, among others, which varied upon the event and/or style of music performed) and producer of (4-12 House Productions) for the Pittsburgh area who was one of many production teams responsible for organizing raves and promoting local DJs.[clarify]

Controversy[edit]

On August 31, 2017, R.C. was charged by Pennsylvania State Police with 20 counts of dissemination of child pornography, one count of possession of child pornography, and one count criminal use of a phone.[13][14] The arrest came after a 2016 confession to possessing about 50 videos of child pornography on his computer, in turn following a 2015 event where a sexual video depicting an 8-year-old child was traced to R.C.'s computer.[13] This became known in the fandom after a docket containing personal information matching that of R.C. was discovered[by whom?] in September 2017.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 R.C.Fox's profile on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  2. R.C. Fox's profile on Fur Affinity. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  3. PA Furry Location Database page on the Pennsylvania Furries' website. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  4. RC The Fox on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  5. Pittsburgh PG Photos of the Day
  6. FS Pens Section 2014
  7. Pittsburgh First Night
  8. 7 Springs Takeover - KISS FM
  9. FS Pens Section 2015
  10. Pitt Auto Show Daily Events
  11. City Paper article about the B*thces Ball
  12. Post Gazette Article reviewing the event with photos
  13. 13.0 13.1 News article describing arrest and charges.
  14. Criminal docket of Carl R. Kirkwood

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