As a cosplayer, I'm always hearing people complain that they were called a creep, simply for complimenting a cosplayer they liked, or talking to a fellow convention-goer. But regardless of intent, if you're being called creepy it's likely you did something that the other person found creepy.
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Cosplay is a pretty intense pursuit these days, with individual crafters making costumes to the same standards as entire Hollywood costume departments. Unsurprisingly, that wasn't always the case. In fact, one notorious costume back in the day was made from nothing more than pantyhose and two tubs of peanut butter - and the stench that resulted caused some heavy soul-searching for the early costuming community.
Furries - people who dress up like cartoon animals and do less sex stuff than you'd think - know that the rest of society finds them weird. In public, they often respond to this by being very careful and polite. So much so, that we could all learn a thing or two about their hotel etiquette.
I'm not at PAX anymore, and I am sad. I'm not at PAX for 362 days of the year, so what makes not being at PAX today a trigger for staring wistfully out the window, wishing it was a stage full of panellists talking about bad dating sims?
The answer to everything, of course, is science. And the answer to dealing with it? Also science.
A "furry" is someone who enjoys dressing up in anthropomorphic animal costumes. While the subculture is much larger in the US, there is a sizeable community here in Australia with at least two annual furry conventions - Confurgence in Melbourne and Furdu in Surfer's Paradise.
If you happen to cross paths with a troupe of furries, there's no reason to be alarmed. However, you need to behave the right way so that everyone remains comfortable.