2017 Ursa Major Award winners announced at FurDU 2018
The winners and runners-up (in descending preference) are…
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
- Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 (Directed by James Gunn; May 5)
- My Little Pony: The Movie (Directed by Jayson Thiessen; October 6)
- Rock Dog (Directed by Ash Brannon; February 24)
- Ferdinand (Directed by Carlos Saldanha; December 15)
- War for the Planet of the Apes (Directed by Matt Reeves; July 14)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
- Duck Tales [2017 reboot] (Directed by John Aoshima, Dana Terrace; Season 1, August 12 to December 2)
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by Jim Miller, Tim Stuby, Denny Lu, Mike Myhre; Season 7, episodes 1 to 26)
- OK KO! Let's Be Heroes (Directed by Hwang Ki-hoo, Chang-woo Shin, Sunjae Lee, Byungjae Oh, Eunyung Byun, Sunhung Kim; S. 1, Ep. 1–42)
- Here's the Plan (Directed by Fernanda Frick; April 27)
- Mascot Fur Life (Directed by Jens Wernstedt; December 23)
- Doodle Toons (Directed by Jack C; Pilot episode to "Deleted Scene: Fast Food Follies")
- Kouka and Bibi (by Dan Variano; January 8)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
- The Wayward Astronomer, by Geoffrey Thomas (Corvus Publishing; May 9)
- Always Gray in Winter, by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
- Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions; June 30)
- Kismet, by Watts Martin (Argyll Productions, FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- Black Friday, by Jan Stryvant (CreateSpace; September 8)
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry, and other short written works.
- "Lieutenant Kruger and the Mistress Jade Trophy Game", by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (in The Cross Time Cafe; October 5)
- "Behesht", by Dwale (in ROAR volume 8; June 30)
- "Beyond the Great Divide", by S.H. Mansouri (in Cirsova Heroic Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine #5; Spring 2017)
- "The Moon Like an Unhatched Egg", by Mary E. Lowd (in Symbol of a Nation; June 30)
- "Rickety V", by Rechan (in Intimate Little Secrets; March 24)
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, and serialized online stories.
- Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten (anthology; FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- ROAR volume 8, edited by Mary E. Lowd (anthology; Bad Dog Books; June 30)
- Arcana: A Tarot Anthology, edited by Intimate Little Secrets, by Rechan (collection; FurPlanet Productions; March 24)
- Symbol of a Nation, edited by Fred Patten (anthology; Goal Publications; June 30)
Best Non-Fiction Work
Includes art books, documentaries, opinion pieces, and news articles.
- Furry Nation, by Joe Strike (Cleis Press; October 10 - Flayrah review)
- Furries Among Us 2; More Essays On Furries By Furries, edited by Thurston Howl (Thurston Howl Productions; August 18)
- Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015, by Fred Patten (McFarland & Co.; January 3 - Flayrah reviews: Joe Strike, Huskyteer)
- 3 Ursa Major-ly Painful Victories, by Rooview (on YouTube; April 23)
- The Shocking Furry Fandom Conversation. Yes, Really! (on YouTube, featuring Stefan Molyneux; October 16)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books, and serialized online stories.
- DreamKeepers, by David & Liz Lillie (Internet; January 2 [#340] to December 18 [#385])
- Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler (Internet; Lackadaisy Gimmickry to Lackadaisy Deliria)
- TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet; January 5 to December 28)
- A&H Club, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 7 to November 25)
- Endtown, by Aaron Neathery (Internet; January 2 to December 25)
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
- Housepets!, by Rick Griffin (Internet; January 2 to December 29)
- DreamKeepers Prelude, by David & Liz Lillie (Internet; January 6 [#350] to December 28 [#393])
- Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet; January 2 to December 29)
- Carry On, by Kathy Garrison Kellogg (Internet; January 1 to December 29)
- Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet; January 4 to December 29)
Edited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.
- Dogpatch Press, ed. by Patch Packrat (Internet; January 5 to December 25)
- Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper, Sonious, and Dronon (Internet; January 1 to December 30)
- InFurNation, ed. by Rod O'Riley (Internet; January 1 to December 31)
- FurryFandom.es, edited by Mike Retriever (Internet; February 19 to October 9)
- Typewriter Emergencies: A Journal of Furry Lit, edited by Weasel (Weasel Press; May)
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee-table portfolios.
- David Lillie, cover for The Wayward Astronomer, by Geoffrey Thomas (Corvus Publishing; May 9)
- Bone, cover for Always Gray in Winter by Mark J. Engels (Thurston Howl Publications; August 10)
- Teagan Gavet, cover for Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten (FurPlanet Productions; January 12)
- Teagan Gavet, cover for ROAR vol. 8, edited by Mary E. Lowd (Bad Dog Books; June 30)
- Baron Engel, Prepare to Engage the Enemy, cover for A Different Perspective by Bernard Doove (June 8)
- Idess, cover for Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd (FurPlanet Productions,; June 30)
- Ashley Foy, "Valentine's Gifts" (February 14)
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
- Night in the Woods (Developer: Infinite Fall, Publisher: Finji; February 21)
- Cuphead (Developer and Publisher: StudioMDHR Entertainment; September 29)
- Star Fox 2 (Developer: Nintendo and Argonaut Games, Publisher: Nintendo; September 29)
- Sonic Mania (Developer: PagodaWest Games and Headcannon, Publisher: Sega; August 15)
- Yooka-Laylee (Developers: Playtonic Games; April 11)
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
- Inkbunny (furry art community)
- e621.net (art, discussions, etc.)
- WikiFur (furry fandom encyclopedia)
- Furry Writers' Guild (Supporting, informing, elevating, and promoting quality anthropomorphic fiction and its creators)
- The Cross Time Cafe (forum for comic discussions, including many on the Recommended List)
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees - as well as those who took the time to nominate and vote!
Those who have something to recommend for this year are welcome to submit entries to the 2018 Recommended Anthropomorphics List.
Such submissions are especially important for 2018's new category, Best Fursuit, as only those previously suggested to this list will be eligible for nomination in the next year's Awards. This award will be credited to the maker; performances are considered separately under Best Short Work.
The Ursa Major Awards are supported by fans; its organizers are seeking funding to upgrade its trophies and cover its running costs.
As of publication this year's GoFundMe campaign has raised $1,028 of its $1,100 goal. Donations are also accepted via PayPal.