Matthew Paul Finnigan (26), also known as Starblade Enkai, died 22 September 2010 – apparently after being stabbed in a friend's apartment. The suspect, James Torrey Hill, has plead not guilty to murder and is being held in custody.
Update (20 Feb 2011): More news has emerged on the killer, who apparently had a preoccupation with the idea of killing someone, and stabbed Starblade because he was "sick of his life", "sick of school", and "might as well go to jail." [tip: rodox_video]
I will be curt: I’m tired of Concession.
I’m tired of the mess I’ve made of its plot. It’s very convoluted and, in the long-run, almost entirely nonsensical. I’m tired of the archives being as they are – not the art, I can get over that, but the plots involving pedophilia, rape… I now see them as tasteless and ultimately unwise. I’m tired of the complicated “plan” Joel has constructed. I’m tired of pretending that I’ve had all this as planned as it may look.
Over the past few months, several hundred old episodes have been detailed and put online for download, but the risk of five-figure licensing fees has led show lead Yappy Slyfox to threaten to pull the plug.
Originally, only each week's previous broadcast was available for download, although several "old tapes" that might just happen to contain early episodes were auctioned off several years ago.
In this issue:
1. Fairmont sold out, overflow hotel opening soon
2. Furry Market Place already at 55% capacity!
3. Dealer Room Waiting List
4. Still accepting Con Book submissions
5. Badge Art Wanted!
6. Fursuit Badge submissions
7. Travel Assistance
8. Pre Registration Deadline, December 30th, 2010
10. Next Public Meeting
Security flaws in a feature introduced to Fur Affinity this week have led to the indiscriminate hiding of comments throughout the site, after an attacker exploited flaws in the comment system.
The attacker said their intention was to raise awareness of the issues, after being initially rebuffed by site coders. However, their actions hurt innocent users, including artists who found their commission references hidden.
Creating a feline character? You might want to decide on their habitat before picking a coat.
[...] cats living in dense habitats, in the trees, and active at low light levels, are the most likely to be patterned.
The researchers admitted that this rule did not explain the coat of cheetahs, who have evolved spots despite a preference for open plains.
The team discounted suggestions that coat patterns in big cats were linked to social hierarchy or gender, as they did not differ significantly between such individuals. Their paper, Why the leopard got its spots, was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Fans of Shanda The Panda face a bittersweet celebration next year, as its creators plan the 50th – and last – issue.
Still to be published by Anthrocon 2011 or MFM 15 are Katmandu #37, a new issue of Tales of the Morphing Period, adult title Shanda's Bedtime Blowout (possibly in 100-page squarebound format), and Shanda #49 and #50.
Shanda first appeared in A Very MU Christmas, published in 1992 by MU Press. The last issue will feature her marriage, with cover art by Michele Light, a story by Benjamin 'BAR-1' Rodriguez, and a second story illustrated by original Shanda artist Mike Sagara.
These beings appeared to be human in most respects, except that they had the heads of dogs. The question was, did they have the souls of humans?