I’ve been to Comic Con several times and I sort of enjoyed seeing all the people who show up in costumes inspired by their favorite characters from movies, comics, novels, etc. It was fun and I get why people wanted to do it even if I wouldn’t be comfortable doing it myself. I say that so you know I don’t really have a problem with people dressing up in costumes for big conventions. But I do not get the furry thing.
Somehow it seems very different and I’m not sure why because, on the surface, it’s sort of similar. I’m not really sure I could explain why it seems different to me, only that I know I’d be comfortable going to a convention with a bunch of people dressed up as Star Wars or Marvel movie characters looking through piles of rare bootlegs or back issues. In fact, for better or worse, those are my people. But I don’t think I would feel at all comfortable going to a furry convention.
Is it because this is clearly an odd sexual fetish for a lot of people? Maybe, but then I’ve seen some of the cosplay costumes worn by women at ComicCon and those are also pretty obviously sexual in nature. At one ComicCon there was a group photo of women dressed as Princess Leia in the slave girl outfit. No one complained.