Our Guests of Honor have been chosen for their exceptional contributions to the furry fandom, the diverse and entertaining social landscape that we all enjoy. Join us in showing them the respect they're due at Furry Fiesta!
The Fuzz Factory, powered by Yonoa, prides itself on delivering unique creations since the the company’s inception in 2012. Never wanting to make the same suit twice, The Fuzz Factory focuses on under-represented species and unique styles and shapes for their suits. They have created a wide variety of suits such as Rumpus the plush corgi, Borax the mule, Tako the otter, and many more.
Yonoa himself got involved in the fandom through Furcadia back in 1996, though he wasn’t really active until 2011. It was that year he attended his first con and made his first suit. He currently enjoys giving back to the community through streams, charity events such as Fursuit MacGuyver challenges, and hosting FC: Unleashed, the variety show.
Riley has been scribbling and sketching away as long as she can remember, a teen inspired by Digimon, Pokémon, anime, and cute fluffy animal people. Classically educated, prolific, and a friendly (if not shy!) member of the furry community, Riley’s art can be found peppered throughout the fandom’s icons, ref sheets, and maybe most often in the numerous sticker packs spread throughout Telegram. In 2015 she made the terrifying leap facing many fandom artists: quitting her day job to go full time. With her artwork’s mastery of lighting, expressive poses, and just all around adorable capture of character, Riley continues to bring the concept of furry to life in unique, memorable portraits, driving the fandom’s imagination forward. We’re excited to honor her!
Jess E. Owen is a professional writer and artist. While she has been writing since she was six, Jess E. Owen published her debut novel in 2012: The Song of The Summer King. Since then, she has published three acclaimed sequels and a number of short stories. Skyfire, the second book in the series, earned the Ursa Major award for Best Anthropomorphic Novel in 2013. Jess E. Owen served for three years as President of the Authors of the Flathead, an organization of “writers helping writers,” and is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She is thrilled that her Summer King world has particularly resonated within the furry fandom, and appreciates the enthusiasm and support of everyone in “the gryfon pride.” Her immersive stories captivate the audience and inspire her readers.