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Jimmy Chin is an artist and fursuiter. Originally from South Florida, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. He lived in the Los Angeles area for three years before settling in the the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999. He lives in San Jose with his partner, DJ and fellow fursuit performer Croc.
He has been involved in furry fandom since 1990. His first furry party was at NecronomiCon, in October 1990, in Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. His first furry convention was Confurence 2 in January 1991. He was a charter member of the Fursuit Mailing List. He was a guest of honor at Conifur Northwest 1999, Eurofurence 15, and Furry Weekend Atlanta 2013.
His main fursuit character is Yippee Coyote who has done numerous local community appearances as well as fandom events since his creation in 1996. He is one of the founding members of the costumed character performing group Critters by the Bay and also participates in Good Bears of the World. He was the Furry News Network's Fursuiter of the Month for July 2011.
An advocate for promoting fursuit performance in fandom, Jimmy has helped run performance panels since 1997, but in 2010 has taken a new approach with his panel "Power of Pretend." While most performance panels offer tips on what to do, "Power of Pretend" encourages the fursuiter to capture their imagination, visualize the character and the childhood game of playing pretend.
Jimmy has drawn since a young age, and despite attending college for Engineering, had pursued an art and animation career. In 1995 he moved to Los Angeles and held a few animation studio art jobs until 1997.
- Illustrated Further Confusion con badges every year except 1999 and 2003
- Drew gift art for his opponents in the Fandom's Favorite Fursuit Fracas since 2008
- Wild Life comic anthology, published three comic stories
- Buffalo Wings, occasional guest artist
- Statical Planets Storyboard artist, art film by Mystery Science 3000 creator Joel Hodgson
- Illustrated shirts for the fictional PAFCON.
- Main article: List of fursuit characters owned by Jimmy Chin
Mascot / Professional
- 1997-1999 Six Flags Magic Mountain character performer & foreman
- 1999 - San Francisco Giants, mascot escort & backup performer
- 2000-2001 - San Jose Earthquakes, mascot performer
- 2002 - San Jose CyberRays, mascot performer
- 2003 MLS All-Star Game - guest mascot performer
- 2006 San Jose Giants, backup mascot
- NecronomiCon 1995 (Tampa FL) - Hall Costume Award (Woodruff)
- LosCon 23 (1996) - Best Soft Sculpture & Use of Fur; Best Critter (Yippee Coyote)
- Confurence 8 (1997) Masquerade - Tied, 2nd Place (Yippee)
- Duckon (1997) - Furry Variety Show participant (Yippee)
- Duckon (1998) - Furry Variety Show participant (Yippee)
- Further Confusion 1999 - Masquerade participant (R.T.Dodger)
- Further Confusion 2001 - Masquerade participant (PolkaDog v.1)
- Further Confusion 2004 - Masquerade participant (Walden)
- Further Confusion 2005 - Furry Variety Show participant (Clayton, Yippee)
- Further Confusion 2006 - Furry Variety Show participant (PolkaDog v.2)
- Comic Con International, 2006 Masquerade participant (Tech E. Coyote re-creation)
- Further Confusion 2007 - Masquerade participant (Tech E. Coyote)
- Further Confusion 2008 - Masquerade participant (Bosco) - 2nd Place, Journeyman
- Eurofurence 15 (2009) - Guest of Honor, Stage Fever participant (Twilight)
- Further Confusion 2010 - Dance Competition participant (Twilight)
- Califur 2010 - Furry Night Live participant (Yippee, Baron)
- Eurofurence 16 - Stage Fever participant (Yippee)
- Furry Connection North 2011 - Furry Variety Show participant (Yippee)
- Califur 2011 - Furry Night Live participant (Twilight, Pachinko)
- Furry Fiesta 2012 - Furry Night Live participant (Pachinko)
- Confurence - Fursuit Performance panelist, 1997, 1998
- Conifur Northwest 1999 - Guest of Honor
- Further Confusion - Fursuit Performance panelist, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009
- Further Confusion 2001 - Furry Variety Show Assistant
- Further Confusion 2002 - Assisted in creation of first Critterlympics
- Further Confusion 2006 - Furry Night Live Second
- Further Confusion 2007 - Furry Night Live Lead
- Further Confusion 2008 - Furry Night Live Lead
- Further Confusion 2009 - Furry Night Live Lead
- Anthrocon 2010 - Served as lead or panelist for The Power of Pretend, Anthropoly, Making Your Suit Live, Using Your Powers for Good, and Fursuit Retrospective.
- Midwest Furfest 2010 - Panelist "Power of Pretend"
- Further Confusion 2011 - Panelist "Fursuit Performance" (lecture similar to Power of Pretend)
- Anthrocon 2011 - Panelist: "Fursuit Performance in Public"
- Midwest FurFest 2011 - Panelist: "Fursuiting 101," "Power of Pretend"
- Furry Fiesta 2012 - Panelist: "Fursuit Head Construction," "Fursuit Body Construction"
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2012 - Panelist: Fursuit Construction 1 & 2, Fursuiting Performance
- Furry Weekend Atlanta 2013 - Guest of Honor
- FWA 2012 wrapup Retrieved April 29, 2012
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