Recently I sat down with a local Californian, 21 year old web comic creator, artist, and author named Zachary Scott White. To many, he is known as Connor Lupindo Hemming, or more simply Shadow Connor. His fursona is a folux – a mixture of folf (fox and wolf) and crux (an imaginary genderless mixture of rabbit, dragon, and wolf – created for Second Life). This man’s claims to fame are being banned repeatedly from FurAffinity and being, “a fur, but not a furry.”
Rainstar: It says on your Wikifur page that you are listed as a Writer/Musician?
Conner: Yes, I used to write short stories a while back, although I’ve been having brain farts lately and I haven’t been able to get many ideas. My Sheezyart has a few of the stories on it. I usually write fan fictions about Connor, like a favorite game or movie scenario and I will add him in there.
What kind of genres do you write?
Mainly Kingdom Hearts themes, typically suspense and comedy mixed together.
Mixed? How so?
Well since Connor is kind of a coward and a klutz, it makes it pretty funny. Slapstick is more like it. [Laughs] The suspense comes in when he faces off against the antagonist, his grandfather Kane Smith. Usually I use the same antagonist for most of the stories. Lots of battles ensue, both physical and metaphorical in some senses. The only physical battle that has ever occurred ended up with the death of Connor. Did I mention he has phoenix abilities and is over 3000 years old? [Laughs]
You seem to have this whole plot figured out. Have you ever considered writing a novel?
Yes, but you see I get impatient far too fast. Most of my chapters end in cliffhangers; thus they are usually only two or three pages long.
I see. Now, tell me about your web comic, “Sanity Not Included.”
It is a comic series that I created with a good friend of mine, Kyo Panda. She was a very good artist; I supplied the funny picture ideas for her to draw. As of now, there is no real plot line to the comic other than the main characters are living together and random shenanigans occur. The comic isn’t supposed to be 100% comedy, mind you. It will get serious at some points, while at other times getting to the plain ol’ what the f*** moments. [Laughs] The comic is an ongoing project. In addition to Kyo, my mate is also an artist.
I noticed on your Wikifur page that it said you were banned from FurAffinity several, if not a dozen times. Care to explain what happened?
Well, back when I was using Second Life, I was living with a girl named Luna. I went on vacation for a few days and when I came back to Second Life, I found c*** waffles all over my house. Back then, I wasn’t Pan-Sexual. I was straight and it really ticked me off. So, basically I said things like, “Why would you do this? It wasn’t f***ing funny you f***ing b****.” And so on and so forth. Eventually I moved out of her house on Second Life and ignored her. Shortly thereafter, she started to harass me and troll me on FA. I ignored her for a couple months, reporting her every so often. Clearly, however, Dragoneer was ignoring it and I decided to fight back. Apparently that is against the rules of FurAffinity and I was banned. I was confused as to why I had been banned, so I created another account to talk to Dragoneer. He banned that account too and, well it continued until after roughly 10 accounts were banned and I gave up. Some people began creating accounts and posing as me, getting me into more trouble. Dragoneer said that I would be allowed to return to FurAffinity after two years or so, but I’m not sure if it’s really worth it.
Bad luck there, I’m sure. Now, I noticed that someone mentioned to me that you consider yourself a fur, but not a furry. Care to explain?
A friend of mine started a journal on DA. We basically discussed how we believe the term; “Furry” refers to generally a person who is the main reason behind the media frenzy. I.E. the porn addicts, the artwork thieves, the fursuit sex addicts, immature 13-16 year old kids, and/or the reclusive homosexual males living in their mothers basements. On the other hand, the term “Fur” refers to the intelligent side of the fandom that actually has fun and actively participates in the betterment of the fandom. As it says on the journal, “Furs are the icing on the cake whilst furries are the burnt part on the bottom.”
I see. Well do you believe that is true of the entire fandom?
From what I’ve been seeing lately, yes. The My Little Pony spamgasm is clear evidence of the rising immaturity levels.
What would you say is the ratio of “Furries” to “Furs?”
I would have to say, at least in my opinion, 30:1. It used to be 10:1 but it has dramatically increased in modern times. Shows like Tosh.O and 1000 Ways to Die have made things so much more difficult for us. People are starting to notice the fandom, sometimes in positive ways – mostly in negative though. All of the attention, however, is drawing in a massive amount of younger children who are, in a sense, infecting the fandom with their immaturity. It isn’t there fault necessarily, but still it is quite annoying for those of us who take this seriously and try to make the most of it.
You mean the “Furs” like you and me?
—Editor’s Note: The views expressed in this interview do not directly reflect the views of the Furry News Network or any of its affiliates.