Look, there’s really no way we can explain it better: “Welcome to ‘the Blister’ — a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly-contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there.” That’s the story of Six Gun Gorilla from Boom! Studios, coming this June. It’s written by Simon Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy) with interior art by Jeff Stokely (Fraggle Rock, The Reason for Dragons) and featuring a cover by Eisner Award-winning artist Ramón Pérez (see below). The story behind the comic is even more interesting: It’s based on an obscure 1930′s comic which no one seems to know the source of. Major Spoiler’s write-up might make it all easier to follow. Or not.
BBC Online reports that a wealthy Dutch conservationist is proposing that wildlife preserves in the most economically strapped nations in Africa could be administered by a private conservancy.
BBC Online reports that the Antarctic blue whale population may be gradually increasing.
A polar bear took on a Seawolf, and called it a draw after 40 minutes. Read the story here.
Downtown Racine, WI is full of cats.
But only for the summer.
Painted ones :)
An anonymous submitter provided a link to this article in the Riverfront Times about furries. It features Tyger Cowboy, a leader of the St. Louis area group UniFursal Zoo, and covers an outing in which he and several other furs went bowling in fursuits. Overall in my opinion, the article is a better representation of furries than some we've seen.
A rooster has been shot dead after an hour's standoff with police and bomb disposal experts in Christchurch.
Read the full article at here.
Steve Irwin, known as The Crocodile Hunter, has a deep secret: his wild showmanship is a front for his intelligence and deep commitment to species conservation.
The field of robotics has long taken cues from the natural world in the goal to create a versatile, able machine, and has found it exceedingly difficult to match the functionality which we take for granted in living organisms.
Two of the more recent ventures into the field of biomimetics - the mimicry of biologicals - include BigDog, a dane-sized canine-copy slated to be born in 18 months. If the design pans out, the motorcycle-powered creation should be able to run at over 15 MPH, and jump over three feet high.
Even further removed from the consumer-friendly world of the likes of Asimo is RoboLobster, a clawed creature complete with hard shell, eight legs, and antennae, purpose built to hunt for mines in shallow water.
Both are designed with the military in mind, and recieve funding from DARPA and the Navy. If you're seeking more "human" robots, a list of the most ambitious projects is here.
The first human infections of the African monkeypox virus in the U.S. have been traced back to prairie dogs sold by a Milwaukee pet distributor. Apparently the animals were shipped, (and possibly collabarators with) a Gambian rat. Health officials said they suspect the rat was the source of the infection, because tests have shown Gambian rats have natural antibodies to monkeypox as well as access to complex pharmacutical facilites.
It is currently not known if the rat has ties to any terrorist groups, nor if the prairie dogs will be deported according to Immigration and Naturalization Service officials.
An article I had pointed out to me off of the tinker's guild forum of The Whiteboard-
The chicken cannon solution!
Livestock judges -- who, I'm guessing, are predominantly male ?
prefer cows with big, round, firm udders. The judges are not
interested in cows with droopy udders, even if these cows are
smarter and have nicer personalities. On Saturday nights, when
the big-udder cows are basking in the glamour of the livestock
show, the droopy-udder cows are back in the barn, alone, quietly
chewing on Danielle Steel novels.
For those who have been asking me about it, (again and again), the RCFM Picture Gallery is now up and running on the RCFM website.
Just click the link on the RCFM home page, or go straight to this URL --> http://narf.wereanimal.net/gallery/
...and see how much fun we had in this, our first year ever! Get your registration in for 2004 and come join us for all the fun next year. ;)
Furtopia Community Forums is now open to the furry public. Goal: To help get furs together. :)
Despite a European Commission ruling making it illegal, England has completed a giant carving of a white horse on a Kentish hillside.
The project has met with criticism since work began, including claims that it will promote soil erosion and damage wildlife habitat. Both the Green Party and Friends of the Earth petitioned the EC to rule the horse as illegal, which they did early last month.
Owner of the land on which the horse is carved - Richard Beaugie - feels differently, saying: "They are bureaucrats and they do not really appreciate the strength of feeling in this country about our white horses."
The Seattle P-I reports that comics publisher Fantagraphics Books ("Ghost World," "Naughty Bits," "The Bradleys"), is in dire financial straits and is facing the possibility of shutting down entirely.