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The Burrow fanzine's all the rage lately, so let me put it back in ! Here's HillBluffer's illustration of me from that zine.

Someone on eBay hopes to get $100 for the fanzine, which you can get at for free. But they illustrate it with me, as picture 3!

HillBluffer was a bear, one of the big regulars of the Burrow; he'd marry Bilali, another Burrow regular, an Albertan bush baby.

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Oh, I'm inexplicably absent from today but here's dashing superhero Cosmic Coati (II) drawn by ZenFetcher ( or ) instead!

I'd talked with Zen about how fun transmutation is; he thought that'd make a good super'sona for ... someone ... and is right.

I still don't do enough with transmutation, but there's always hope.

The (II) is there because it turns out few superlatives alliterate with 'coati' and someone else did something too.

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today is hot off the presses: a flag commission from KingTrashPossum@birdsite, or FA/DrVirus:

I don't have enough art where I'm doing something specific and, happily, yoinking eggs is quite a comfortable thing for me to do. Plus it gives good reason to show off our really quite good paws.

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Happy ! On SpinDizzy I spent a while as pooltoy. This little picture from FA/Mekh illustrates one little distinctive moment of that, the strange moment when you first step onto water and stay on the surface.

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Happy Paleoart ! Spaceroo draws himself Bigears fennec, an unknown fox, me, Ikyoto lemur, and Skippy and Smucker.

Ikyoto was a fun person, and seemed close to Spaceroo, then vanished after a year. I wonder who she became.

Spaceroo always drew Skippy and Smucker, Animaniacs fan character toons, as realistic.

If the fox weren't in the way I'd likely extract an icon from this pose; it's such a perfect expression of nonanthro coati marching along.

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It's a Silver-Age today! FA/Slickpuppy does comic book cover redraws, and here's one showing off my joy in transmutation. It's rather anthro for me but there's so few nonanthro comics covers, especially with texture-shifting like this.

Slickpuppy occasionally opens for comic book cover redraws and I've got plans for when he does next; you should, too.

I'd kind of like to do a real superhero'sona thing but that's also, like, effort.

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today has that Shiny Day spirit! FA/techno. renders me as a nicely shiny inflatable.

I so like the shine, of course, but also the seams and the tied-off tail do so much to emphasize being a balloon here. The hearts on the paw pads are also great details, emphasizing cute toyness.

And I hope tomorrow everyone has a great Shiny Day. It's the third-highest event on the Raccoon calendar, after Raccoon Day and lunch.

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Happy Shiny Day! May it be a chance to share your light and joy with a world needing it so. Art by FA/-hornbuckle-

We're fortunate that Shiny Day falls on Raccoon Day this year so it'll be extra special, despite the news.

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Snacking on with FA/zukarotravon showing that even when I'm clay I'm part of the clean-plate club.

I'd wanted a Gumby-style blocky-body look for the picture; you can really see it in the shape of my head here.

People have questions about the clay side of me and I don't know the ansers to *any* of them, like, what I eat or how.

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My littlest picture! @/holidayhearse on birdsite drew an amoebic coati, part of a series (I believe still open) of amoebic commissions at

I like a little meltiness or goopiness to start with and this goes to a fun extreme.

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An April Fool's ! I jumped at the rubber clown 'sona experiments FA/techno (indrikisxiii on birdsite) was offering, and haven't stopped bouncing.

This was such a fun commission to get and is a lesson to volunteer for artists who're trying experiments. There's so many great lines here.

I don't like shoes RL (they hurt my feet) but as part of a clown makeover they're great for my character.

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Happy paleoart ! This Spaceroo piece has me, Bigears, and Spaceroo celebrate HoneyBadger's October birthday.

HoneyBadger and Bigears were the hosts of the Burrow, *the* FurryMuck hangout spot of 1996-98, and Spaceroo and I regulars.

This has maybe the darkest paws I've ever had in art. I have no canonical, consistent fur pattern, mind; I love the variations.

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It's a of surprises! FA/LaraTheLabRat got quite into a weird zipper-transformation idea I'd had.

The zippersnake idea is, they'll turn their victims into fursuits, and LaraTheLabRat's done it better than I could, with this sequence. I have, like, notes for maybe two more pages explaining zneks and about one-tenth the ability to render it. This is a shame since, looking over this sequence: there are a lot of people who'd reeeeeally like more of this.

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Also it's my anniversary! I'll reshare the start, a Thomas K Dye ( ) picture that got lost from the birdsite version of thread.

I should definitely make up a Generic Early-60s Hanna-Barbera Scene to get a 'still' from.

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I have to miss on an urgent appointment that suddenly arose! But never fear here's superhero Cosmic Coati luckily here just as I stepped out of the room. Picture by FA/Zen_Fetcher.

Gloves and sneakers may seem like a lot to wear but you do want something to keep transmutation powers under good control.

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Is getting warmer? A melty commission by FA/techno (at that time, plushcub) of me being all soft-hearted and soft-everything else.

My melting point has been pleasantly lowering. ZukaroTravon and techno have been great influences, as good solid non-solid artists.

And you may recognize this as the source of the banner and my current (early May 2020) icon here.

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digs into paleofurry art! In '98 Cecil drew me hanging out on a mouse mage's shoulders.

I still leap onto people's shoulders, but less often as, like, I'm a giant on FurryMuck and that can be trouble.

Cecil was a regular on Furry and FurToonia and his archive has a lot of regulars of the era.

If my snout seems off remember this was posed before Google existed. Reference photos were rare and getting away from dog snouts was hard.

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A hot new ! @/Bimshwel on Birdsite (FA/fmirsokp) offered sketches and was kind enough to take me on for this gorgeous piece.

I've admired their drawing style, and humor style, for *years* and am thrilled to have a joyful piece like this.

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An ancient ! In 1998 Shadow joined me and Spaceroo at Albany Anthrocon, and drew us at the diner.

Shadow and Spaceroo were wizards on SpinDizzy Muck (and its predecessor Toons Furr and Fluff) with me. I've lost touch with that Shadow in the decades since, though, and miss him.

You can see this is before I was eating vegetarian.

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provided by FA/techno. today, who was kind enough to draw my first(!) pinball portrait.

I am amazed it took me this long to think of 'draw me doing the thing I spend the most time doing'. Seriously, pinball is about 60% of everything I do in normal times and I still had trouble thinking of what the picture should be me doing.

Happily techno was game. Read the comments for why that's funny.

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Another vintage as Shadow draws something 'based on a tale' from Albany Anthrocon that I don't remember at all.

I like being thought of as someone who could help in a crisis, though, and remember, and always shall.

It's hard to say why all furry art looked like this in the 90s, but an important part of it is that scanners didn't work and nobody knew where to get paper and there were, like, two marker pens anyone could buy.

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More vintage ! HoneyBadger drew this piece in reflection of my space and (theoretical) rocket interests.

I *believe* this was intended for the Burrow fanzine but don't know if it was published. I do know .

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A nice warm at last! Puddle commission from prdarkfox@birdsite who's melting folks all summer long. (US$20 commission; see )

It's fun spending time as a liquid, and I like a good melt, but not as much as I like the fact that .

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For our anniversary enjoy a drawing my wife made at Motor City Furry Con 2019 showing us on the Hospitality tables.

The con set crayons and paper over all the tables, and people covered these in joyful abundance, a great idea I hope they do next time.

Also, the Moral Law tells us .

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Happy ! FA/ fmirsokp did this spectacular piece adding color to my toes.

I've admired their style and energetic poses and bold colors for years and am thrilled to have gotten two pieces by them recently.

Also, for how much I like it, you'd think I'd have many pictures of me being painted. (TF and non-TF.) But it's only in the past month that I realized I could commission pictures where I *do* something instead of nervous-smile.

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Happy ! FA/techno. wanted to practice robot sketches and so that's how my second robot-coati picture came about! I don't know the significance of the circular handle on back but I really like it.

... Considering how I like technological forms you'd think I would spend more time in one.

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Someone has given Robot Austin a time-out this ! Follow-up picture from FA/techno. from last week's picture.

Thanks to VahnoEckran on birdsite for suggesting this insult to my dignity.

Also I like characters caught by something that should, logically, be easy to escape, like this.

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I'm in a different fix this ! corpsepet@birdsite (who's open for more object commissions) drew me in plush, struggling to speak.

I really like plush who can only speak with a drawstring pull they can't give themselves. It adds a nice petty vulnerability and that's rather pleasant. Don't see that nearly enough.

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This finds someone else thought I was being a pill.
Picture by FA/TheDarkestDream

It's tough to make a chibi coati but TheDarkestDream managed pretty well. I really like the claws, too.

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A fun as I help someone share their strange magic toys! Sketch by unIDedTypingObj@birdsite of one of my favorite pastimes. What's great about yoinking magic items off people is there'll never be any strange or inconvenient consequences to it!

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Another paleoart ! In 1997 Dakhaari, one of the first aeromorphs, drew me on her ward Niami. (with gallery at ).

Dakhaari used a remote drone (the small catwoman on right) to interact as furry hadn't yet invented just being an anthro CF-105 Avro Arrow.

I had fun prowling around her (and husband Kintannon's) real, airplane, body, but that can't be realistically drawn so it's clear what's going on.

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I play the fool this ! A new rubber-clown sketch from FA/techno. and why is everyone so tense?

Austin as a clown was their idea but it fits startlingly well. It's a delight having a commission show a side you didn't know you had. So I'm happy to have another performance in.

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Vintage today! Remember conventions? Gene Catlow and I went to ConFurence East 2, and I can prove it:

More pictures that Gene Catlow did are in the Yerf archive at

Furry art just scanned like that in 1996. Nobody knows why.

Fun Fact: Gene Catlow was the first person to call me cool who wasn't my parents!

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My plan is going very well and everything fits in place this ! A Chocobouchees fairy trap.

Yoinking magic tokens and getting harmlessly trapped is a scene I don't tire of, but didn't think to commission before this.

Not that there's anything bad in being in an inescapable shiny magic trap.

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Going vintage again! I don't remember coatiating Gene Catlow; it may have been a bit of fun on FurToonia Muck, back in the day.

One of FurToonia's built-in commands is to hug someone. And you can make your own hug-like globals. (Most mucks have these options.) I did that eagerly. I do think I made 'coati' one of the verbs. But see next post for a more likely explanation ...

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A multifaceted ! I like spending the shiny holidays in amethyst, and @frengers did that perfectly. Alternate textures are a great thrill, and I don't get to be a living crystal enough. (It's easier to ask for melting or goo art, understandably.) I am fortunate frengers drew it so compellingly. It was also great fun watching in stream as frengers seemed to be working *magic*.

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Spaceroo provides today's Vintage ! A head shot of me with cousin honeygliders Skippy and Smucker:

Skippy was the Animaniacs character played by a fan; Smucker was his other-colored twin, and sometimes they weren't squirrels.

Skippy-and-Smucker are not played anymore. Their player is still active on FurryMuck.

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A warm October ! techno. on FurAffinity was offering to melt people and how could I resist?

I can't explain the joy melting or other transmutation-like scenes brings me. I'm glad it comes across in the picture. The moment of becoming free-flowing, though, that's such a sweet thought.

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An ingenious as FA/Akaji_lion drew me using elasticity to snag a shiny in a shiny-snagging plan that can't possibly miss!

I don't get to play enough with stretching or flattening and so am glad I had an idea and that Akaji, who's just a master at stretching and flattening art, was willing to do it.

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Happy ! ArtByHornbuckle@birdsite/ brings me in a Scarecrow mood as we approach Halloween. Who doesn't love that Ray Bolgeresque slipping?

Hornbuckle's an expert in tf commissions, an amazing bundle of positivity, and, last I checked, open for Halloween commissions still.

Happy Haunted ! PatchO'Black, Jellicle Cat of SpinDizzy muck, gave me a ghost-colored paint job for the season and that's been a lot of fun. And then Hornbuckle (ArtByHornbuckle over on birdsite) was wonderful enough to draw it.

This is my first real experience with a Halloween spoopy form and it's been fun playing out all the Casper-the-Friendly-Ghost body-humor scenes I could hope for.

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Happy Halloween! Berkeley Moreland, crab-eating raccoon and Off-Brand Candy Shop owner, offers a Meh, Henry. Picture by ArtByHornbuckle@birdsite.

You can get these and other Off-Brand Candies at the shop on SpinDizzy muck. New this week: Peanut Ductile. Said one lucky taster, "That takes a while to finish."

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It's a very 80s as FA/techno. gives me an Automan makeover! Remember this 'Tron, but a Cop' show?

Seriously though watch the credits and guess whether it's a real show or an over-the-top parody of 80s shows. I loved it as a kid but have not dared watch it with mature, adult eyes, if such a thing is possible.

(CW: Automan's powers include other people can wear him and take on his super computer powers so be aware if this causes emotions.)

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For FA/techno. animates me in clay. Gumby had this great style.

I keep meaning to play out being the material more, but I haven't found a way comfortable for me to do it outside FurToonia muck. But getting pictures like this, that get the Gumby style right, has to help.

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An unusual ! Thomas K Dye of 'Newshounds' and 'Projection Edge' did a banner for my mathematics blog series on celestial mechanics.

I realize the end of that post promises a continuation that I never did write. This is a risk of an open-ended series.

Picture CW: eye contact

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Another banner-image ! Thomas K Dye, of 'Newshounds' and 'Projection Edge', did this for the 2017 glossary project on my mathematics blog,

Glossary projects are fun but exhausting: I write an essay for each letter of the alphabet and then wonder why I commit to such a workload. The answer is that the exhaustion is the fun.

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Observe with the 2018 glossary on my mathematics blog Thomas K Dye, of 'Newshounds' and 'Projection Edge', made this snappy header.

Also, if you're on birdsite, you can help him have a completely overloaded, busy weekend of drawing!

Picture CW: eye contact (cartoony)

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First of the holiday season! A ghost-painted Austin has a legit excuse to not help Chitter Squirrel decorating. My own art.

I may have a shaky grasp of anatomy, muscle, composition, and lettering, but I *nail* 'cardboard boxes left in the basement all year'.

Also I'm stunned how much I like the effect of a 50% opacity on a color layer. Art tricks that easy shouldn't *work*.

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here observes Thomas K Dye (of Projection Edge, Newshounds, and several other web comics) giving visual identity to my 2019 mathematics glossary project. You can get to all the essays of that project at

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Happy ! Gosh how did I mysteriously end up stuck inside a too-small bottle again? It's some weird thing that just happens to me now and then for no good reason. And I'm not even a genie so far as anyone knows.

Fun sketch by FA/techno. as published at

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CoatiMonday, melting (fun) 

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Celebrate the first of the new year with a piece of my own art and my own thesis! This may also be Ashleigh Brilliant fan art.

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Another banner ! Thomas K Dye rushed to dress me up to host the Playful Math Education Blog Carnival last March.

The carnival's this roaming educational/recreational mathematics project that you, too, can host. It's challenging but worth it!

Picture CW: eye contact (cartoony)

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One more banner ! Thomas K Dye created this for my mathematics blog's 2020 glossary sequence.

That's an annual project during which I explain one mathematics term for each letter of the alphabet. It's fun and exhausting.

You can see what I covered for 2020 at

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Everybody loves transformation paint, but FA/techno. shows how a simple alternate-color paint is a delight too. I'm surprised more people don't take advantage of a simple brush and paint bucket. And, watch this space, as there's more than one brush on hand, and my fur takes paint *very* well and suspiciously often ...

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And the other side of last week's , a Coatimundi Day special! A rainbow color scheme of FA/techno.'s splendid painting. It's hard to decide on a good paint scheme so variations are always great.

Coatimundi Day is this event at the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton, New Jersey where they have three coatis forecast the weather by what plate of fruits they go to. I don't know whether it's happening this year.

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I suppose between, you know, and the Nor'easter burying New Jersey today they're not having the event but I'm disappointed I can't find actual word somewhere.

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Another, and my last (for now), banner ! Thomas K Dye of Infinity Refugees drew this for the September 2020 Playful Math Education Blog Carnival, a rotating educational/recreational mathematics blog which I've hosted a couple times:

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Frommer Possum art this vintage , and a 1999 watercolor of me at my most photorealistic.

When I first met Frommer he thought I was the new character of someone who'd quit FurToonia forever and ever and this time he meant it a couple days before, and he grabbed me and stuffed me into his pouch, just like the jokes about introverts making friends.

When his friend rejoined a couple days later we became friends too. And it *really* made sense people would think we were the same guy.

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Another vintage Frommer Possum piece for , a 1998 picture of me enthusiastic about spaceflight. Imagine me, being enthusiastic!

Frommer had a crush he never figured how to get me to reciprocate. But one time he was just messing around, and finger-painted me yellow all over and I realized, oh, that is *quite* nice. Rewrote my description to match. Being painted is a real joy and only a few people ever try it.

I think he never realized he activated a particular interest in me.

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@Austin_Dern Hey wait, wouldn't the gloves and scarf still be tangible? :P

@Austin_Dern Odd, this bottle is unlabeled. I'd better fix that. *gets a sharpie and writes DRINK ME on it*

@Mycroft (Twitching a little, but also, seeing ways this could turn out quite well too, really.)


Judging by the top of the air-conditioner looks like there's about 5.5 inches outside and the storm isn't half done. So unless the zoo keepers slept there and are bored, probably out of luck.

@001zlnv Yeah; if it weren't off for the pandemic the snow's surely cancelled it. A shame; it's usually a good chance to get local newspapers explaining what coatis are, which is always fun to see.

@Austin_Dern Aww! A neat story.
And neat art. I think this is the only time I've seen Austin's bits included in art, even if they're utterly low-key and mostly obscured.

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