Melvis Barksy

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Melvis Barksy (real name Mark Moran), is a fursuiter who lives in Long Island, New York, USA.[1]

Fandom involvement[edit]

Melvis' fursuit: original (left) and modified (right)

Mark joined the furry fandom when he was fifteen years old in May 2016. He has made many friends since then and has gone to several conventions (mainly in the northeastern U.S. as of now due to money and travel restrictions).

Fursona[edit]

Melvis is a red and black timber wolf. He is young and cheeky, but very friendly, and always does his best to keep up a smile. He can sometimes tend to be shy and nervous, as well as a bit short-tempered. He is also quite often goofy, silly, and a little clumsy. Despite this, he never ceases to try being polite and kind, always willing to brighten people's days. He's also a big lover of hugs.

Fursuit[edit]

Mark's fursuit was constructed by Kodimade in November 2016. Its first convention debut was at Anthro New England 2017 and continues to appear at furry conventions primarily in the east coast. While wearing the fursuit, Mark speaks in a high and jolly voice which often tends to crack (either purposely or unintentionally). His performance is almost always hyper, silly, chipper, and a bit clumsy.

Modifications[edit]

Mark made a few alterations to his fursuit shortly after Anthro New England due to two discovered problems; the facial expression on the head appeared to be too plain and rather under-expressive, and the bodysuit was too big and loose for him. To solve both issues, he added small bottom eyelids made of red paper and cut out pieces of fleece shaped into eyebrows, in order to give the face a much more jolly appearance. Mark used to wrap either foam or polyfill around his arms and legs as the padding underneath the bodysuit to make it fit better, but it was a slow process and would restrict his movement by a considerable amount. In October 2018, the bodysuit was brought back to Kodimade for a downsize to Mark's proper body measurements, and now, no padding is needed whatsoever to make it fit.

For Furpocalypse 2019, Mark removed his fursuit head's normal happy eyebrows and replaced them with thicker, angry looking eyebrows. With this change of expression came a change in his performance as well. He portrayed Melvis as grumpy, angry, and fierce, but still retained his usual silly and over-the-top behavior.

V2 Fursuit[edit]

Mark intends to have a second plantigrade fursuit by 2020 to be made by Faruku.

Convention attendance[edit]

Reference[edit]

  1. Melvis Barksy's profile on Twitter. Retrieved February 8, 2018.

External links[edit]

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