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Furry artist in finals of San Francisco Public Library card design contest

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Library card designWalter Ringtail's comic strip Paw Valley features a gang of cartoon animal friends who often end up in ticklish situations.

Now, patrons of San Francisco's Public Library may be tickled to have his art work in their pockets.

According to this cartoon illustrated tour, seven million people a year pass through SFPL's main branch alone (one of 27 branches in the city). Library membership is over 350,000, with over nine million loans circulated per year. That's a lot of patrons who could become card-carrying appreciators of furry art!

3,000 submissions were received for the SFPL card design contest. Judges selected ten finalists in each of five age-based categories. The top vote-winners will be printed on SFPL library cards in 2013.

Walter Ringtail's submission "The Bedtime Story" was chosen for the adult level finals. Now, it's up to the public to vote for the winner.

According to Walter:

My library card design is a traditional drawing of my main character, Walter, a silver furred raccoon, reading to his best friend Rusty, a large, friendly reddish brown furred grizzly bear, who is laying in his bed in Paw Valley. It was created with ink, marker, and colored pencils.

If you are interested in voting for my library card design, first register here, then go to the finalists and look for the entry titled "The Bedtime Story." You can view it by clicking on the title of the drawing and it would help a lot if you pushed the "love it" button! This would be a great favor to me and put a great design on San Francisco's library cards too, plus giving the local furry community greater recognition!

While browsing for story connections, I noticed that Watership Down is listed as a bestseller for 1974 on the history timeline about the SFPL, and the library's special collections include early illustrated children's books, indie zines, and a wit and humor collection. Will there ever be a dedicated library collection for furry fandom?

If Paw Valley is a place for ticklish humor, San Francisco is cited by USA Today as having the highest per-capita consumption of both alcohol and books. I wouldn't mind a little more recognition as a place for furries, too. (It's already well past "weird", so why not?)

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Will there ever be a dedicated library collection for furry fandom?

As far as I know, the closest we've come is the deposition of Fred Patten's collection of sci-fi, manga, anime and furry fandom material at the UCR's Eaton Collection. AAE also has the Anthropomorphic Fandom Repository, though I've not seen it at FC.

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I didn't know about UCR. That's super cool!

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Dr. Melissa Conway, the curator of the University of California at Riverside Library's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, says that she would really like to get donations of Fursuits or Fursuit materials to add to my donation of Furry books, fanzines, conbooks, con badges, artwork, and just about every aspect of Furry fandom except Fursuits, which I have never been into. Unfortunately, most Fursuiters don't discard their old Fursuits; they recycle the materials. Still, if any Fursuiters do decide to get rid of their old costumes, keep the UCR and the Eaton Collection in mind.

Fred Patten

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It should be noted that Walter Ringtail's design isn't the only one in the "Adult" section with a furry theme. "Storyteller" and "I Love SFPL" also feature anthro characters:

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I guess the difference is in who made them (not members of furry fandom, it might be assumed)- take that as you want. :)

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I support creators, dreamers, individualists, and anything fabulous and furry. Expect assertive stories with bold claims and jaunty opinions. I call fursuiting "the theatrical soul of furriness" and it's most original product, that liberates expression by playing with identity and absurdity. Street fursuiting is where the magic is.

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."
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