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R.I.P. Doug

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Jun. 28th, 2015 | 01:12 am

Wow, Doug Winger died. More info here and here.

Doug was a one of the first wave of furry artists whose works I came across when I first got into the furry fandom, back in the 90s; hyper-endowed herms were never really my thing, but I appreciated his artistic skills, his wit, and the cheerfulness that always characterized his pictures.

Doug also gave us the Winger, the unit of squick, one Winger being equivalent to the amount of squick caused by a typical drawing by Doug. :P And then there's Wingerization: the process of hyper-endowing a character, especially to comically large, almost absurd proportions.

If you're curious about Doug's art, most of is on VCL. And if you're innocent and pure and don't know what "hyper-endowed" means, this is about where it starts. (NSFW, natch, and no, there's no upper limit.)

Good-bye, Doug, and rest in peace, you magnificent bastard.

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lupine52

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from: lupine52
date: Jun. 28th, 2015 03:48 am (UTC)
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I did certainly appreciate the wit, his stuff, Kjaartan's Big funnies and Willard's Falstaff artworks are the sort of thing I feel is often missing in the furry artwork, closest I tend to be able to find is TaniDaReal's stuff, some of it gives me a good laugh.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 28th, 2015 09:42 am (UTC)
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Yeah, she has her own sense of humor — but I don't think anyone came or comes close to Doug in terms of sheer light-heartedness, not to mention groan-inducing puns.

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Drhoz!

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from: drhoz
date: Jun. 28th, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
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bugger :(

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 28th, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
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Indeed. :(

Apparently he died from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (plus related secondary ailments), BTW, caused by smoking. Have you seen what that can do to your lungs? Those black things are carbon — tar. Egads, I'm glad no cigarette (or cigar, or pipe, or...) ever touched my lips. x.x

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Jun. 29th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Wow.

I'm not his audience, but he undeniably had as gigantic a presence in the fandom as his characters tended to. ^_^; (Not that I quite feel right calling furrydom a "fandom", but I suppose it'll do, for the sake of brevity)

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 29th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
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Could always say "the furry community", I suppose. What's wrong with "the furry fandom", though?

And yeah, he did have a gigantic presence, even if newer generations were perhaps less familiar with him and his works than us oldtimers.

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Jun. 29th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
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It's simply that "fandom", to me, implies it's a choice - like choosing to be part of, say, Star Wars fandom. Furriness is something deeper, at least for "hard core" sorts - I'm entirely fine with furrydom encompassing everyone from this end to much more casual fans of anthropomorphic antics. ^_^

Mm, I don't recall him being all that prominent (*cough*) in recent years. Still, the spirit lives on - I'd be amazed if Gideon doesn't highlight DW's influence, f'rex.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Jun. 29th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
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I see where you're coming from, though I think "fandom" is a neutral term in that regard, even if it overemphasizes the status of members as fans of something. I agree furry fandom is different from e.g. Star Wars, MLP, Harry Potter etc. fandom insofar as that members aren't fan of a specific product, but the extent to and way in which one identifies is always entirely individual. And let's not forget that furry fandom did start out as a fandom in casual sense.

Gideon certainly seems to have taken a few cues from Doug, but unfortunately – as far as I can tell, which isn't very far – only re: the physical proportions etc. of Doug's characters, not Doug's humor and the things that made his pictures more than portraits of animal people with unrealistic large genitals.

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