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SOUTHERN TAILS
The official newsletter of Furry Weekend Atlanta
October 2005

In this issue...
- Meet our Guests of Honor
- Submit Your Ideas
- Conbook Submissions
- Art Show
- Attention Dealers
- Reserve Your Room Online
- Volunteers Needed
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MEET OUR GUESTS OF HONOR: MATT BURT

A couple decades ago, inside some hospital, there was born to the Burt family a big baby. The doctor was quoted as saying, "Woah! Looks like we have a football player here!" The eyes of his parents lit up in joy, as dreams of their little future millionare sport's star danced in their heads. Twenty-six years later, their dreams were beaten, trampled, eaten and then laughed at as if they were a visually-amusing, yet awful and overrated summer movie lineup.

Some people today would still call Matt Burt a big baby, and although he looks a lot like someone who looks big enough (and dumb enough) to be on a defense line, he's really just some creepy, hairy guy who translates his odd imagination onto paper more often than he probably should. He somehow managed to bungle his way through his courses at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and now resides inside a lonely house upon a mountain in Pennsylvania.

Matt can be found in random places, mashing a pencil upon pieces of paper and selling them to random strangers that dare to approach him. At any other given moment, he can be seen at his computer doing the exact same thing, only with a keyboard and mouse (he tried using the pencil and paper on the computer, but since the raging housefire that ensued afterward, he seems to have learned his lesson).

For the past few years, Matt Burt has been muttering the words "me want job" and "getting job in field, good", so it is believed that his recent scribblings are some sort of strange effort to acctually obtain a career in his chosen field of work, CHARACTER DESIGNING. One can only hope that he does acquire such a job, and that very few people get hurt if he does.

Matt will be delighted to meet with all those who attend Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006. He may also attempt to make conversation with those who care to listen to his strange rantings about both his good and bad times. Whatever happens, hopefully everyone will enjoy his presance... or at least tolerate it for the duration of the convention.

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SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS

For a limited time only, you can tell us what you'd like to see at Furry Weekend Atlanta this year. Have an idea for an event? Want to see that special panel at the con? E-mail programming@furryweekend.com with your requests.

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CONBOOK SUBMISSIONS

The deadline for submissions to the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 Convention Book will be January 1st, 2006. You don't have to abide by the Valentine's Day theme, but you may if you'd like. We will not accept any work above a PG-13 rating, but there are no other restrictions on content. If you are one of the chosen ones, we'll let you know by January 14th.

Artists and Photographers:

Please send a high-resolution (300dpi or better) scan or the original for publication in the con book in TIFF or Photoshop to conbook@furryweekend.com. Please include pertinent information like your website, contact information and the like that we can print with the picture so members can
find more. Optionally, you may also include a description.

Writers:

Please send your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry to conbook@furryweekend.com in Word, RTF, or raw text format. Also be sure to include your website, contact information, and the like.

Advertisers:

Furry Weekend Atlanta is accepting advertising into the convention book. Limited space available. The advertising rates for the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2005 Convention book are as follows:

Page Size Price
Full Page 7.5 x 10 no bleed $50.00
Half Page 7.5 x 5 no bleed $30.00
Quarter Page 3.75 x 5 no bleed $20.00
Inside Covers 7.5 x 10 no bleed $100.00
Back Cover 7.5 x 10 no bleed $140.00

Please send a high-resolution (300dpi or better) scan of the advertisement in TIFF or Photoshop format to conbook@furryweekend.com.

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ART SHOW

The Art Show is now accepting submissions. The Art Show features an area for general artwork as well as a separate area for mature artwork not viewable by minors. Artwork is sold by written bid, with pieces receiving five or more bids automatically going to voice auction. The auction will take place on the Sunday of the
convention, February 19, 2006.

Even if you cannot attend the con, we will still accept your mailed-in submissions. The deadline for submissions for the Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 Art Show will be February 3rd, 2006. Any pieces being mailed must be received by February 10th, 2006.

Furry Weekend Atlanta will take a 10% commission from the sale of your piece as it's fee for acting as sales agent. The artist will also have the option of retaining profits from the sale, donating the profits to charity, or donating the profits to Furry Weekend Atlanta.

For more information, visit www.furryweekend.com/artshow.

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DEALER'S DEN

Prices on tables will be $70 per table. The full-table price includes one Attending-level membership to the convention. Only one free membership will be given for each dealer registration. You may sub-divide your table
however you choose.

First pick of tables for Furry Weekend Atlanta 2006 will be given to dealers that attended the 2005 convention. General dealer registration will begin September 15th, 2006. At that time, table reservations will be handled on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of three tables per vendor unless special accommodations have been arranged with Furry Weekend Atlanta. After all available tables are gone, a waiting list will be established. Electricity, telephone, high-speed internet, and wall space are available in the Dealers' Den, however we will need to know in advance if you need these. If you have any questions, please contact dealersden@furryweekend.com.

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RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE

Make sure you have a place to den for the con by booking your room early! Thanks to an arrangement with the Holiday Inn, you can book your room for FWA online, through our website. Just visit our hotel page and click on the "Book Online" link!

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Interested in lending a paw at Furry Weekend Atlanta? Let our volunteering director know! Contact him at volunteers@furryweekend.com.

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WANT MORE?

Have a question? THe answer is 42. And if you want to stay up to date on FWA news and events, you can check the message boards at our website, sign up for our open and unmoderated mailing list, or join the Furry Weekend Atlanta Livejournal Community.

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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
www.furryweekend.com

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