Skunk (comic)

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Front cover of Skunk, depicting "A Dream Cum True".

Skunk is a black-and-white one-shot comic published by MU Press in 1993, which features satirical jabs at the furry fandom (the title itself was short for the anti-furry slur, "skunkfucker").[1]

Skunk was edited by Edd Vick, and features comics by fur and non-fur artists Donna Barr, Roberta Gregory, Chuck Melville (who also helped with production), and Colin Upton.

The comic[edit]

Cover[edit]

Art by artist Tom Verre.

A Dream Cum True[edit]

The first strip in Skunk is A Dream Cum True, by Roberta Gregory. It centers on a male furry artist who, while in bed one night, finds himself surrounded by real-life manifestations of three of his illustrated characters—a cat-woman named Neko, a rabbit woman named Bunnita, and a fox woman. They begin to perform sexual acts on the artist, but he protests against the fox woman's sharp teeth when she attempts to give him fellatio, as well as Neko's large breasts when they almost suffocate him.

Neko tells the artist that he created them and wanted them to be real and that they became "a lil' more [real] each time you wanked off to us!" The fox woman asks him when the last time he fantasized about human women were, and Bunnita says that he is now stuck with them. The artist screams and finds himself laying naked in bed, with no furry women around him. A female neighbor, worried after hearing the artist scream, knocks on his door. As the artist drifts off to sleep with thoughts of furry women in his head instead of answering the door, the neighbor dismisses him as "kinda reclusive... probably some sort of... weirdo..." A concluding caption reads:

   
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Once again, Mother Nature, in Her infinite wisdom, strives to keep those inferior chromosomes out of the gene pool!
   
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Booty and the Beast[edit]

Booty and the Beast follows a equine roleplayer named Iltis and a horse woman named Krasotka (a character from Donna Barr's comic collection, Stinz).

Donna Barr, the author of the strip, adds footnotes on the bottom of each page:

Page one: by Donna (They asked me!) Barr 93© (But it is in exceedingly bad—even nasty—taste).
Page two: But then, the subject's pretty jolly nasty.
Page three: Believe me.
Page four: I know.
Page five: YUK, PHOOEY.
Page six: Death of the middle-class white boys. (Regardless of color or gender). David Koresh is not alone! (A.T.F. should hire me—yes.)

Sim[edit]

Sim, by Chuck Melville, begins with a cat-like furry who frolics with bare-chested furry women. Nude furry women are seen showering and resting near a waterfall, while an avian woman flies overhead. The cat-like furry is then shown visiting an establishment with two of the furry women. All the while, the panels of the comic are underscored by small lines of text reading "taptap - tap - taptap - taptaptap - taptap - tap - [etc.]".

As one of the furry women gets on top of the cat-like furry, a beep sounds. It is revealed that the world presented in the comic thus far was taking place on a computer being used by a human man. The man's monitor screen reads:

   
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"Your time allowance for the day has expired. Please call again tomorrow. FEATHER'S WILD MENAGERIE BBS LOGGING OFF", "x; @ No Carrier" and "ATH disconnect"
   
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The man then dials "Furhaven", retrieves a beverage from his refrigerator, and returns to tapping on his keyboard.

The Fur Flies to France[edit]

The Fur Flies to France, by Colin Upton, concerns the roman à clef misadventures of a boorish American comic artist called the Goat — a barely disguised anthropomorphic version of furry artist Jim Groat — who acts like an idiot abroad and runs into trouble with French customs.

The strip was based on a true story:[2] France's Angoulême International Comics Festival, one of the world's most distinguished comic conventions, and the (mis)adventures of Edd Vick's MU Press and several American artists such as Donna Barr, Colin Upton, artvixn, Jim Groat, Steve Gallacci, Fred Patten, Dwight Decker, and Monika Livingstone at it.

Backcover[edit]

Art by Marc Schirmeister, under the one time handle Cynicus.

Backlash[edit]

The release of the comic drew criticism[citation needed] around the fandom, as it was penned in the same satirical vein as Shawn Keller's Horrifying Look at the Furries. One particular strip that was most criticized was "The Fur Flies to France".[clarify][citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. Skunk review on Pressed Fur. Retrieved ?.
  2. "The World's Biggest Comic Book Convention" post by Edd Vick on LiveJournal. Retrieved 26 January 2007.

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