Clawcast is at it again with an interview to hold you over until the infamously anticipated "What is Furry?" episode to be released next week.
Join Clawcast in the second episode, an extensive interview with artists Midori and Daria McGrain from the pay site Club Stripes. Includes a discussion of what kind of work goes into a pay site, a brief history of the site's creation, opinions on online art piracy, and advice for those interested in starting their own pay sites.
One of three story threads involves lead characters Vincent "Vince" Chase (a movie star) and his brother Johnny "Drama" Chase make a $5,000 bet that leads to Vince's best friend and manager Eric competing with driver/gopher "Turtle" for sex.
One thousand years before the cartoon character Mickey Mouse was even a glint in Walt Disney's eye, a French artist created a bronze brooch that looks remarkably like the famous rodent, according to archaeologists at Sweden's Lund Historical Museum, which houses the recent find.
Visit the Discovery article, Iron Age "Mickey Mouse" Found for more.
First is Kim Deitch's mostly-human Alias, which starts out biographical, then goes whacko as Waldo the cartoon-cat id-monster, who he's been drawing for forty years, comes into his life and becomes an obsession.
More to the point are reviews of two books in Lewis Trondheim and Johann Sfar's Dungeon series: Dungeon Parade, vol. 1: A Dungeon Too Many (NBM, paper, $9.95) and the start of the whole phenomenon, Dungeon, vol. 1: Duck Heart (NBM, paper, $14.95). As I noted in my Previews post in May, these and all the earlier Dungeon trade paperbacks are offered again in the current Previews, along with the latest one. Each comprises the contents of two or three of the original French albums.
His review begins: 'I could begin by telling you that the "Dungeon" series is an ambitious, surprising epic, its two dozen or so existing episodes scattered over three generations of characters, with the promise of possibly hundreds more episodes to come. But eventually I'm going to just have to come out and say it: "Dungeon" is about a duck and a dragon going on adventures in a Dungeons & Dragons-style fantasy realm called Terra Amata. . . . This is pure funny-animal stuff. . . . And precisely because it is so light and warmhearted, the moments of melancholy and actual profundity reach into your chest, pull out your heart and keep it hostage.'
Out of over 2,690 national entries, The sold-out DreamKeepers book has won a bronze award in the '11th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards'! Professional reviewers agree -
"This is a fun series that is like no other I have read. It’s high adventure. It’s fun. And most importantly, it’s an original concept from a new voice in independent comics. I can’t wait to read more of DREAMKEEPERS and I can’t recommend it enough."
The winners of the sixth annual Ursa Major Awards (formally the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Awards), for the best in anthropomorphic/"funny animal" literature and art first published during the calendar year 2006, were announced at a presentation ceremony on Friday, May 4, 2007 at CaliFur III, held at the the Costa Mesa Holiday Inn, Costa Mesa, California.
Voting took place between March 10 and April 14 over the Internet and was open ot all of furry fandom, drawing votes from countries as diverse as Germany, Finland, Russia, the Philippines, Australia, and Trinidad & Tobago.
Next year’s Awards will be announced at Morphicon 2008, held in Columbus Ohio in May 16-19, 2008.
The Ursa Major Awards are Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalents of s-f fandom's Hugo Awards, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth. The Ursa Majors are administered and presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), an organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts both within and outside of the fandom. Nominations and voting for the awards are open to all furry fandom. The physical award consists of an illustrated trophy certificate or plaque, designed by the artist Heather Bruton.
Eligibility in ten categories is for works featuring intelligent &/or talking animals first published during the calendar year 2006. This can include new compilations of older works, such as a new collection of previously-published separate works. The winners are chosen by popular vote among those participating in Anthropomorphic Fandom who, first, submitted their nominations for the winners, and then voted upon a final ballot consisting of the five finalists (those receiving the most nominations) in each category.
The envelope, please...
This is Quentin 'Cubist' Long, making the Official (albeit belated) Announcement -- ANTHRO #11 is live and online for your reading pleasure! What can I say, I lapsed into a coma *immediately* after I uploaded the files... but I'm awake now, and here's the straight dope on what ANTHRO #11 has to offer.
Item: The website's gotten a facelift. The former design had certain problems, and hopefully I've solved them. I've put in some new features which will hopefully be of some use to you...
* Search engine. It's always available, 24/7, just waiting for you to type in whatever search-terms you want and give you a list of everything that fits your terms from *anywhere* in *any* issue of ANTHRO!
* Directory. Also available 24/7, this popup menu gives you one-click access to all of ANTHRO's major goodies -- including a few items that were previously known to only those few intrepid souls who went spelunking thru the zine's link structure.
Items of Interest:
1) RSS News Feed
2) New Product: Inherit the Earth Comic Book #1
3) New Product: Inherit the Earth: Quest for the Orb for Pocket PC
4) Milestone: Inherit the Earth Webcomic Reaches 100
5) Sequel News
6) Upcoming Conventions
It was once upon a daytime dreary did Mosey announce to the ukFur community that there was a television producer in our midst. Who was she? What was she doing here? And was she even real?
Only the next day did the one known as RachC4 introduce herself. Rachael Hardie of RDF Media, working on a new Channel 4 documentary series about family life... and one of the shows is going to be about – you guessed it – furries.
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here once again, bringing you word of a new ANTHRO issue -- in this case, #10! This time around, the zine comes to you with a distinctly feline cover that's so good, a confirmed rabbit like Phil Geusz asked for a signed copy the moment he laid eyes on it! Talk about your pleasant surprises...
Item: Moving right along, the highlight of the issue might be the YARF! Reviews section of the ANTHRO Library. We got this started last issue, with every Patten review from YARF! #s 1-10; for the current issue, we added another *12* issues' worth of reviews, bringing us up to YARF! #22.
Furry fandom's longest running puppeteering show is celebrating its 24th anniversary this Wednesday, and the show's host is hoping for a big turnout. Rapid T. Rabbit and Friends has been running since President's Day 1983. Featuring live pawpet action along with prerecorded coverage of local and regional events, the show's history spans 572 regular 30-minute episodes, as well as almost 100 specials.
Rapid T. Rabbit himself has participated in several furry conventions in the past, the first being ConFurence East 1995. Of late, though, increased transportation and studio costs and the move of Anthrocon to Pittsburgh in 2006 have forced the wandering lapine to stick closer to home. He does plan to attend United!, scheduled to be held this August in Newark, New Jersey.
Rapid T. Rabbit has had many guests in the past, from T.H.E. Fox to Dr. Demento, Tenderheart Bear, Chuck E. Cheese and even Big Bird himself. The show reached a high point in September 1999 with an interview on The Daily Show.. Since then, ever-rising housing rates have led to restricted time for filming, which often has to take place in co-host Cuppy's mixing room.
Lessthanthreemusic (www.lt3m.com) needs your help! We are an up-and-coming furry internet radio station founded on the simple ideal of bringing the music we love to you. We are currently in the process of beginning a massive donation drive to help cover server costs -- we need to raise $2,800 by February 28th! If you're a seasoned listener, please consider making a donation (http://www.lt3m.com/donate.htm) to help keep us on the air! And if you've never heard of us, hop on over to the website and try our music, and see what you think!
Thank you, everyone!
-- THE HUMAN MEMOIRS, 582 pp. of furry goodness for only USD $19.99
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here. I was a bit dismayed to learn that Mr. Howell, author of THE HUMAN MEMOIRS, was less than enthused about the cover I'd created for his book; but I swallowed my price and asked if he had any better ideas for the cover.
Jesu Kriste, did he ever have a better idea! And you can see Howell's excellent art at this URL:
I've junked the original cover; from now on, I am happy to state that all copies of HUMAN MEMOIRS will proudly bear this work of art.
The new furry graphic novel series, DreamKeepers, is now available from the website www.dreamkeeperscomic.com.
The initial reaction is in from the readers, and the feedback is unanimously positive! More reviews are posted at the website on the series page, and will continue to be posted as they come in.
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here with a most welcome sign of the new year: ANTHRO #9 is online for your reading pleasure! What with the holidays and all, we've got a bit less new material than usual. Even so, we think you're going to like this issue's lineup, from the cover -- Ursula Vernon's excellently sleazy DJINNSELLER -- on down.
Item: ANTHRO's Library has a new wing: The YARF! reviews. Yes, that's the legendary printed furzine, YARF!, whose reviewer was our own Fred Patten. With Mr. Patten's active cooperation, we are presenting every one of the reviews he wrote for YARF!; we've started with all the reviews from YARF! #s 1 through 10, and we will add a minimum of ten more YARF-columns' worth of reviews with each new issue of ANTHRO until we've got all 70 of Mr. Patten's review columns. "Hold it," some of you are saying. "What do you mean, '70'? YARF!'s latest issue was #69!" Well, that's true -- but Mr. Patten wrote some reviews for the never-printed YARF! #70, and we're going to present that previously unseen column here in ANTHRO!