TORA

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TORA, also known as Almightytora and Growly (real name Daniel Llamas; Born 2 June 1976), is a fursuiter who lives in Panorama City, California, USA.

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[edit] Fandom involvement

TORA has been a furry fan since 1999.

[edit] Fursona

TORA's fursuit character is Growly, a dog based on the Pokémon "Growlithe".[1] The costume was built by Fallimar and debuted at Further Confusion 2008, where he appeared in an act in the masquerade. Since then, Growly has been seen in many convention pictures sporting his trademark peace sign.

Growly wears fully functional glasses, as he is near-sighted in real life. People often ask if the glasses are real, and are amazed when Growly nods yes. He also wears one of two jerseys with the number 58 on it, which is Growlithe's Pokédex number in the older versions of the game.

[edit] Convention attendance

[edit] Character/naming confusion

Growly at Further Confusion 2009, flashing his peace sign
  • Growly the Tiger - One misconception is that Growly is a tiger, as he has stripes on his arms and his jerseys both depict tigers and the name on the back of the jersey says TORA (which means "tiger" in Japanese). When Growly walked around Anime Expo in 2008, many thought he was Tony the Tiger. This prompted Growly to put "I AM NOT TONY THE TIGER" on his oft-worn LED marquee, causing a few laughs from passersby.
When Penh introduced Growly at the Critterlympics at Further Confusion 2009 as part of the Rawhide Chews (the dog team), some people were confused. One even said, "That's not a dog!" to which Penh replied, "He's a... he's an honorary dog." [2]
  • Growly the Bear - Growly has been confused with the fursuit maker formerly known as Growly Lobita many times at conventions and at furry get-togethers. To further complicate matters, Growly (the fursuiter) commissioned Growly (the fursuit maker) for a badge, which was shown at the Prancing Skiltaire. When people asked Growly who made the badge, he simply responded, "Growly did." When the person responded back, "You did?", he knew he had confused another person with the Growly names, and simply giggled. Growly commissioned Growly again for a new badge, which was shown off at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2010.
Another common mix-up is when Growly is fursuiting with his best friend Subbycoon. People commonly ask who made Subby's suit. Subby usually responds "Growly did." They then look at Growly and ask if he made it, which again causes Growly to giggle, as Growly (the fursuit maker) made Subbycoon's suit.
  • Growly Genet - Growly has been mistaken for another artist, Growly Genet (now known as Salmagundi), but not as often. All three Growlys were at Furry Weekend Atlanta 2010.

[edit] Controversy

One of six screenshots of the interaction between TORA and the 17 year-old (suggestive dialogue)

In 2000, TORA and his now ex-partner were contacted by a teenage boy. According to TORA,[3] he sent a nude image of himself to the teen, who solicited TORA for sex but was turned down multiple times due to his age. However, in March 2001, TORA's older partner convinced him that they should meet up with the teen at a hotel.

TORA said that while he "refused to do anything," he made the mistake of sleeping in the same room, while his partner had sex with the teen without his knowledge.

[edit] Arrest and conviction

Several months later, TORA found himself under arrest, facing numerous counts of sexual contact with the 14-year-old.[4] After months of objections to a guilty plea, he eventually plead "no contest" to one count of "lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old," serving over two years of a three-year sentence.

On his release in April 2004 he spent another three years under parole restrictions, after which he rejoined the fandom.

[edit] Lulz.net

TORA's criminal past was detailed in a thread on furry imageboard Lulz.net, with screenshots of AIM chatlogs detailing a sexual conversation between TORA and a 17 year-old boy. In the conversation, Tora states that he "does not mind" about age, and that he would engage in sexual activity with a boy 14 years old - but only if it were legal.

After this posting, Lulz.net users discovered additional information, including a listing on meganslaw.ca.gov and the LA Times article detailing his arrest.

[edit] Fur Affinity ban

TORA was banned from Fur Affinity on 23 September 2009. A conversation log[5] between TORA (Daniel Llamas) and The Dragoneer (Preyfar) was discovered in Google's cache, revealing that TORA had knowingly engaged in sexually-oriented conversation with minors via FA notes:

   
TORA
... your response was "Don't be afraid to tell me. I won't report ya if you're not "of age" yet." and "Heh... you should just show me. I won't tell. XD" [...] if it were /just/ the conviction that's one thing... but we have notes between you and user where he admits he is 16 and he you are discussing him going down on himself with his "yoga" even *AFTER* he notifies you he is a minor. — The Dragoneer
   
TORA

[edit] References

  1. Growly on the Fursuit Database. Retrieved August 27, 2008
  2. Further Confusion 2009 - Day 4 (Critterlympics Unleashed) Part 1 (2:36 - 2:51)
  3. Statement by TORA regarding his arrest and conviction (24 September 2009)
  4. Two Men Accused of Having Sex With Boy, 14 - Los Angeles Times (28 June 2001)
  5. Obliquely validated by Twitter posts from The Dragoneer

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