Furry fandom involvement
beeps joined the furry fandom in May 2006, having originally discovered the fandom in November 2005. It formally announced its departure from the fandom in July 2012, however returned under a new alias in May 2017. It had stated some months prior that its reason for leaving initially was because of receiving "a significantly higher dose of fandom toxicity than most other furries would" and that it was willing to give the furry fandom "a second chance."
The Furtean Times
beeps founded The Furtean Times and associated group Furry Media International in January 2007, intending to create a free, online fanzine. The Furtean Times eventually evolved into a news and magazine oriented website under the name FurteanTimes.com. The site closed in November 2010 following an extended outage, with the majority of the service's content being archived on Flayrah.
The Furtean Times had some exposure outside of the furry fandom after appearing in the BBC News Online's article "Who are the furries?" beeps was additionally interviewed by The Guardian for a similar article, however this piece was never published.
- See also: MyFursona
beeps operated as head of design for MyFursona between December 2007 and April 2009, after impressing the site's staff with a conceptual redesign of the site. Joining only two months into the site's existence, it was involved in the site's early development and first redesign, and spearheaded the initial MyFursona Eden project to redevelop the service from scratch.
beeps eventually rejoined MyFursona in its previous role after the site closed for redevelopment.
Conventions and furmeets
beeps was a frequent attendee NorthernFurs Manchester meets between 2007 and 2009, some of which it assisted in running or acted as a fursuit handler. It was also the co-organiser of the Manchester fatfur meets with Little Wolf and held numerous private house parties during this time. It currently attends BristolFurs meets.
beeps briefly visited the first ConFuzzled as a media representative when reporting for The Furtean Times. beeps later attended ConFuzzled 2010 as a residential attendee, again reporting first-hand on the charity auction record that was set there. beeps later attended ConFuzzled 2023 over a decade later.
The Furry Guru debuted immediately afterwards as an alternative means to answer fandom-related questions without the backdrop of ongoing drama. The name of the series was derived from a YouTube feature that existed at the time where user accounts had to belong to a particular category, one of which was "guru." The Furry Guru received an overall better reception than its predecessor and was credited for welcoming new people to the fandom, notably Tamias, a long time fandom spectator. The series ended in March 2008 after 32 videos.
beeps was a moderator for The InflatioNation from June 2007 until the forums closed later the same year.
It became a WikiFur curator in June 2008.
My Little Pony fandom involvement
beeps became involved in the brony fandom in June 2011.
It founded the Bristol Bronies (later merged with the Cardiff Bronies to form the Severn Bronies), in July 2012. The group holds socials and events in south west England and south Wales in a similar vein to furmeets.
The group was featured prominently in a cultural piece by the Bristol Post on April 9, 2014 and numerous BBC programmes—including Inside Out, the Jeremy Vine Radio 2 show and Points West—in October 2017, which garnered significant media coverage in itself. beeps currently serves as the managing director of Severn Bronies Ltd.
It created placeponi.es, a placeholder image service for website developers.
beeps' fursona since 2017 is Emy (also known by the designation B47-R0 or simply as "robat"). Originally an organic Honduran white bat (Ectophylla alba), in 2020 the character was transformed into a robot. Originally intended to be a temporary change, the character's transformation became permanent in 2021.
In May 2023, beeps introduced a second fursona for itself: Ash, an amphimorpho.
Retired fursonas include Tori Belliachi—a folf used from 2006 to 2008—and Alexander Grey—a long-tongued fruit bat (Macroglossus sobrinus) used from 2008 until beeps' hiatus from the fandom in 2012.
Emy, beeps' main fursona. Drawn by Samael.
Ash, beeps' secondary fursona. Drawn by Samael.
Olive, beeps' headmate's fursona. Drawn by Samael.
Alexander, beeps' fursona between 2008 and 2012. Drawn by Khatoblepas.
Tori, beeps' fursona between 2006 and 2008. Drawn by Okina.
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- collargogglebirdhorse. "My relationship to the furry fandom (and fandoms in general)". August 15, 2016. Fur Affinity. Retrieved on May 11, 2017.
- Grey, Alexander [@blubberbat]. "Two years ago today is when I resigned from @myfursona. No one believed me. (Probably a good thing, seeing as I'm back now.)" (Tweet) — via Twitter. April 1, 2011. Retrieved on May 11, 2017.
- Alexander Grey. "Tablecloth smashes ConFuzzled auction record". Flayrah (originally The Furtean Times). May 9, 2010. Retrieved on May 11, 2017.
- Emanuel, Louis. "Meet the Bronies: The men (and women) who love My Little Pony". Bristol Post. Local World. April 9, 2014. pp. 4–5.
- "Inside Out West - 30/10/2017". October 30, 2017. BBC One. Retrieved on February 19, 2019.
- "Jeremy Vine - Women Only Workplaces and Bronies". October 30, 2017. BBC Radio 2. Retrieved on February 19, 2019.
- "31/10/2017 Evening News". BBC Points West. BBC. October 31, 2017. Retrieved on February 19, 2019.
- Barns, Sarah. "MEET THE BRONIES: Male adult fans of My Little Pony say their obsession isn’t strange and they have NO ‘sexual attraction to horses’". The Sun. News UK; London. October 30, 2017. Retrieved on December 30, 2021.
- Bartlett, Samantha. "Meet the grown men obsessed with My Little Pony". Daily Star. Reach plc; London. October 31, 2017. Retrieved on December 30, 2021.
- Noble, Harriet. "Meet the grown-ups who are My Little Pony superfans". Bath Chronicle. Local World. October 30, 2017. Retrieved on December 30, 2021.
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