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2003 Recommended Anthropomorphic List, 1st Update

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The 2003 Anthropomorphic Recommended Reading/Viewing List was first posted on July 1st. This is the first update, adding most of the new recommendations sent in. (The Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb video game released in July is a reissue of a game originally published in 1994, not a new work. Firewing, by Kenneth Oppel, was a Recommended Novel last year when it was first published in Canada. The different dust jacket art for its 2003 U.S. edition has already been recommended as a 2003 Published Illustration. There have been a couple of recommendations based on advertising for forthcoming releases, such as the Silverwing TV series due to premiere on Canada's Teletoon channel on September 6th. Please wait until you have actually seen something and know that it is worth recommending instead of relying upon advance publicity.)

This third annual Recommended Furry Reading List has two purposes. Firstly, it is open for all Furry fans to recommend the best anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, artwork, games, etc. that they found during 2003. It is for fans who want to know what anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, etc. are worth looking for. The List is open to anyone to add to, so if you know of any 2003 Furry movies or comic books or comic strips, etc. that are worth recommending, please send your recommendations through the end of 2003 to:

Fred Patten
11863 West Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, California 90230-6322
fredpatten[AT]earthlink[DOT]net

Secondly, this List is to be used as a guide for nominations to the 2003 Ursa Major Awards, which will be presented during 2004 for the Best of the calendar year 2003 in the same ten categories on the Recommended List. The List was actually started as an aid to those fans who said, "The Awards sound like a good idea but I don't have the slightest idea what's eligible to be nominated." Read the List and find out what is eligible for the Best of 2003.

This 2003 Anthropomorphic Recommended Reading/Viewing List is also posted at: http://home.earthlink.net/~kayshapero/ReadList.htm That website includes links to as many as possible of the recommendated items that have their own entries on the Internet; so if you want to know more about any of them, you can go right to its site.

Recommended Anthropomorphic Motion Picture

1. 101 Dalmations II: Patch's London Adventure (Disney, January 21, 2003)
2. Finding Nemo (Disney/Pixar, May 30, 2003)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series

1. Gary the Rat (Grammnet Productions for TNN/Spike TV; 2003 episodes, Season One, #1 (June 26) through #?)
2. Lenny and Sid (Toonacious Family Entertainment for direct-to-video/DVD release; 2003 episodes, #1 (February 25) through #?)
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [2003] (4Kids Entertainment Inc./Dong Woo Animation Co., Ltd. for 4Kids' FoxBox Saturday morning block on the FoxKids network; 2003 episodes, Season One, #1 (February 8) through #14 (May 17))

Recommended Anthropomorphic Novel

1. Brown, Rita Mae, with Brown, Sneaky Pie. The Tail of the Tip-Off. Illustrated by Michael Gellatly. (Bantam Books, March 2003)
2. Hoagland, Brock. The Iron Star. (Shanda Fantasy Arts, July 2003)
3. Hunter, Erin. Warriors: Into the Wild. (HarperCollinsPublishers, January 2003)
4. Lasky, Kathryn. Guardians of Ga'hoole: The Capture. (Scholastic, Inc., June 2003)
5. Murphy, Shirley Rousseau. Cat Seeing Double; A Joe Grey Mystery. (HarperCollinsPublishers, January 2003)
6. Norman, Lisanne. Between Darkness and Light. (DAW Books, January 2003)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Short Fiction

1. "Doggy Love", by Scott Bradfield, in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2003.
2. "A Man's Touch", by Phil Geusz, in TSAT (Transformation Stories, Art, Talk) #26, February-March 2003. (http://tsat.transform.to/stories/mans.touch.html)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work

1. Mutant, Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida Red, by Paul Dini (story) and J. Bone (art). (Oni Press, April 2003; comic book collection)
2. We All Came Out to Mantra, by Thomas K. Dye. (Newshounds vol. 4) (Plan Nine Publishing, March 2003; comic strip collection)
3. The Courageous Princess: Masterpiece Edition, by Rod Espinosa. (Antarctic Press, July 2003; comic book collection)
4. Cigarro & Cerveja: Round 1, by Tony Esteves. (Tony Esteves, July 2003; comic strip collection)
5. The RHJunior 2003 Super CD, by Ralph Hayes, Jr. (RHJunior Productions, May 2003; CD collection of Internet comic strips)
6. Herobear and the Kid: The Inheritance, by Mike Kunkel. (Astonish Comics, March 2003; comic book collection)
7. Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction, edited by Fred Patten. (Sofawolf Press, July 2003; short story anthology)
8. Moreau Omnibus: Forests of the Night, Emperors of the Twilight, Specters of the Dawn, by S. Andrew Swann. (DAW Books, August 2003; collection of three novels)
9. Fables: Animal Farm, by Bill Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciller) & Steve Leialoha (inker). (Vertigo/DC Comics, July 2003; comic book collection)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Comic Book

1. The Adventures of Mia, by Enrico Casarosa. (Monkeysuit Press, irregular, 2003 issues include #1, published July/distributed November)
2. Animal Farm in Fables, by Bill Willingham (story), Mark Buckingham (pencils) & Steve Leialoha (inks). (DC Comics/Vertigo, five-issue story arc in Fables #6-#10, monthly, 2003 issues include Animal Farm, Part 4 - Fables #9, March 2003 to Part 5 - Fables #10, April 2003)
3. Blacksad, by Juan Diaz Canales (story) & Juanjo Guarnido (art). (Dargaud, irregular, 2003 volumes include v.2, Arctic-Nation, March 22, 2003)
4. Bureau of Mana Investigation, by Smudge (Christina Hanson) & Ed Garcia. (Radio Comix, bi-monthly, 2003 issues from #6, January to #?)
5. Circles, by Andrew French, Steve Domanski and Scott Fabianek. (Comic book, Rabbit Valley Artists Cooperative Association, irregular, 2003 issues include #4 (dated Winter 2001 but published July 11, 2003).
6. Extinctioners, by Shawntae L. Howard. (Shanda Fantasy Arts, irregular, 2003 issues from #12, January, to #?)
7. Les formidables aventures de Lapinot, by Lewis Trondheim. (Dargaud, approx. annual, 2003 volumes include v.9, L'accelerateur Atomique, January 18, 2003)
8. FurNation (FurNation Multimedia, 2003 issues: #3, undated [April] to #?)
9. Furrlough, by various. (Radio Comix, monthly, 2003 issues from #121, January to #?)
10. Genus: Male, by Mike Vega, Daria McGrain, John Barrett & Terrie Smith. (Sin Factory, annual, 2003 issues include #2, January 2003)
11. Le' Menagerie, by Bernyce W. Talley. (Nubian Queen Comics, irregular, 2003 issues from #1, January, to #?)
12. The Sandman Presents: Bast, by Caitlin R. Kiernan (story) & Joe Bennett (art). (DC Comics/Vertigo, 3-issue limited series, #1/March 2003 - #3/May 2003)
13. Tea Club, by "PMBQ" (Phuong-Mai Bui-Quang). (Icarus Publishing, bi-monthly, 2003 issues from #3, February to #?)
14. Things To Do In a Retirement Home Trailer Park When You're 29 and Unemployed... #1, by Aneurin Wright. (Welsh El Dorado Press, irregular, 2003 issues from #1, July, to #?)
15. Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai. (Dark Horse, monthly, 2003 issues from v. III #63, January to #?)
16. Vincent et Van Gogh, by Gradimir Smudja. (Delcourt, January 24, 2003)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Comic Strip

1. 1/0, by Tailsteak (Mason Williams). (Internet, daily, 2003 strips from January 1 to May 26)
2. Carried by the Wind, by Brent Bowser. (Internet, approx. twice weekly, 2003 strips from January 3 to ?)
3. Commander Kitty, by Scotty Arsenault. (Internet, approx. four-weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
4. A Doemain of Our Own, by Susan M. Parkin. (Internet, tri-weekly, 2003 strips from January 2 to ?)
5. Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken. (Internet, tri-weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
6. Freefall, by Mark Stanley. (Internet, tri-weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
7. High Treason, by Laelia & Kern. (Internet, semi-monthly, 2003 strips from February 1 to ?)
8. Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook. (Internet, daily, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
9. Master Zen-Dao Meow: The Spiraling Heart, by Patrick Schaefer & Bret Ward. (Internet, tri-weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 (#116) to July 13; [hiatus to September?] )
10. Newshounds, by Thomas K. Dye. (Internet, daily, 2003 strips from January 1 to January 3; March 3 to ?)
11. Nip and Tuck, by Ralph E. Hayes, Jr. (Internet, weekly, 2003 strips from January 2 to ?)
12. Ozy and Millie, by David Craig Simpson. (Internet, daily, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
13. Rainbow's End, by Katie Popp. (Internet, weekly, 2003 strips from February 7 to ?)
14. Scrued, by Melissa Jewell. (Internet, irregular, 2003 strips from January 2 to ?)
15. SpellShocked, by Benjamin Yackley, Charles Caffrey and Mark Freid. (Internet, semi- monthly, 2003 strips from January 1 (#49) to April 1 (#54); from April 28 (#1) weekly by Yackley alone to ?)
16. The Suburban Jungle, starring Tiffany Tiger, by John Robey. (Internet, tri-weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
17. Tales of the Questor, by Ralph E. Hayes, Jr. (Internet, weekly, 2003 strips from January 5 to ?)
18. Unicornography, by Tanamin! (Internet, weekly, 2003 strips from January 1 to ?)
19. Wild Angels, by G. Raymond Eddy. (Internet, approx. weekly, 2003 strips from January 3 to ?)
20. The World of Vicki Fox, by Laura Howell & Michael Russell; and Shelley Pleger (#60+). (Internet, semi-monthly, 2003 strips from January 12 (#58) to January 26 (#59); April 13 (#60) to ?)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Fanzine

1. Fur Plus (2003 issues from #17, January, to ?)
2. Fur Visions (2003 issues from #27, January, to ?)
3. South Fur Lands (2003 issues from #28, March, to ?)
4. Yarf! (2003 issues from #66, January, to ?)

Recommended Anthropomorphic Published Illustration

1. Doove, Bernard. Cover painting for South Fur Lands #29, June 2003.
2. Hewitt, Peta. Cover painting for South Fur Lands #28, March 2003.
3. Howell, Troy. Cover painting for Firewing, by Kenneth Oppel. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, February 2003 (U.S. edition).
4. Maltzman, Kacey. Cover painting for Fur Visions #27, January 2003.
5. Smith, Terrie. Cover painting for The Iron Star, by Brock Hoagland. Shanda Fantasy Arts, July 2003.
6. Vernon, Ursula. Cover painting for Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction, edited by Fred Patten. Sofawolf Press, July 2003.

Recommended Anthropomorphic Game

1. Impossible Creatures. (Developer: Relic Entertainment, Inc.; Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios, January 7, 2003)

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics