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Southern Tails: Furry Weekend Atlanta Newsletter August 2005

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SOUTHERN TAILS
The official newsletter of Furry Weekend Atlanta (February 17-19, 2006)
August 2005

In this issue...
1. Welcome Back
2. Meet Our Guests Of Honor: Bill Holbrook
3. Pre-register
4. Hotel Update
5. Submit
6. Volunteers
7. More Information###

WELCOME BACK

Welcome to another wonderful year of Furry Weekend Atlanta. Your staff
took a well-earned vacation and relaxed, watched movies, played games
and recovered from the 2005 convention. Now, we're back and ready to
bring you another installment of the fastest growing furry convention.

A big shout out to all 500 of you who joined us in 2005. Without your
support we would have been standing in an empty hotel. Instead, we had
one of the best weekends any of us can remember! We hope you all tell
your friends about Furry Weekend Atlanta and bring them along in 2006,
as we look forward to welcoming more and more people for a dose of
legendary Southern Hospitality.

This year, the Deep South's Anthropomorphics Exposition is proud to be
welcoming Bill Holbrook as one of our guests of honor. In addition to
being a wonderful guy, Bill is most famous as the artist behind the
comic strips Kevin and Kell, Safe Havens, and On the Fast Track. He's
also an Atlanta resident, so stop by and say hello to him. We are also
very happy to be welcoming the extremely talented and very friendly
Matt Burt, the anthropomorphic artist GunMOUTH, as a guest of honor as
well.

We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again in 2006!

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MEET OUR GUESTS OF HONOR: BILL HOLBROOK

Bill Holbrook is the comic strip artist behind Kevin and Kell, Safe
Havens, and On The Fast Track. He was born in Los Angeles in 1958 and
grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, after his father was transferred to
work in the space program. He graduated from Randolph High School in
1976 and Auburn University in 1980, majoring in Illustration and
Visual Design.

While at Auburn, he became art director of the Auburn Plainsman where
he produced editorial cartoons and a comic strip called "Fenton
Farnsworth." He was also having editorial cartoons published in The
Huntsville Times and The Monroe (Alabama) Journal.

After graduation, he was hired in 1981 by The Atlanta Constitution as
an editorial staff artist, producing maps, charts, and spot
illustration. In 1982 he resumed my focus on comic strips, inspired in
part by an unexpected meeting with Charles Schulz on a trip to
California.

A first attempt at syndication failed, but in 1983 he began developing
a strip about office politics called "On the Fastrack." That was
picked up by King Features Syndicate and debuted in 150 papers on
March 19, 1984.

Eleven days before that he had met Teri Peitso on a blind date. They
were married on Pearl Harbor Day, 1985, and now have two daughters.
They've also given birth to a second strip about kids called "Safe
Havens." The four of them live in the Atlanta area.

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PRE-REGISTER NOW!

If you enjoyed Furry Weekend Atlanta last year, we have even more in store for you this year! You may have missed the chance for a Legacy Membership, but you still have time to pre-register! If you pre-register before February 3rd, 2006, you can get an attending membership for $35.00, a sponsoring membership for $75.00, or a god-level membership for $120.00. Remember, we don't accept credit cards at the door.

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HOTEL UPDATE

After extensive negotiations with local hotels, FWA is back at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport-North. The single / double / triple / quad rate this year is $67.00 per night. Call the hotel at 404-762-8411 to make reservations, and be sure to mention Furry Weekend Atlanta to get the special rate!

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SUBMIT

We are now accepting submissions for the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 Art Show! Artists will be assimilated. The deadline for submissions will be February 3rd, 2006. If you are mailing in artwork for the show, it must be received by February 10th, 2006. There is no set theme for pieces featured in the art show, and there will be separate sections for general audiences and mature audiences.

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VOLUNTEERS

If you enjoy Furry Weekend Atlanta and want to help us make it even better, come join us as a volunteer. For more information on how you can lend a paw, contact
volunteers@furryweekend.com
!

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MORE INFORMATION

Have a question? The answer is 42. You might also want to check the message boards at the website, sign up for our open and unmoderated mailing list, or join the Furry Weekend Atlanta Livejournal Community at http://www.livejournal.com/community/furryweekend.

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Furry Weekend Atlanta - Come South for the Winter
February 17-19, 2006 @ the Holiday Inn Atlanta Airport-North, Atlanta, GA, USA
http://www.furryweekend.com/

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