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Ursa Major Awards for 2002: Final ballot

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Nominations for the second annual Ursa Major Awards, for the best in Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of the calendar year 2002, closed on January 7. Here is the final ballot, consisting of the five titles receiving the highest number of nominations in each category.

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This final ballot is being printed and will be mailed to all preregistered members of ConFurence 2003. Copies with a ConFurence membership form, so that fans may join and vote at the same time, will be available beginning at Further Confusion 2003 on January 23, and may be requested from the ConFurence address. The final deadline for voting is March 1, 2003. The second annual Ursa Major Awards will be presented at ConFurence 2003 on Friday, April 26.

A panel on the Ursa Major Awards is scheduled for Further Confusion 2003. One of the topics to be discussed is opening the voting on the final ballot to fans who are not members of the ConFurence, if security measures can be worked out to prevent fraudulent ballot-box stuffing.

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture

1. Ice Age (20th Century Fox, March 15, 2002)
2. Lilo & Stitch (Disney, June 21, 2002)
3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (DreamWorks SKG, May 24, 2002)
4. Spirited Away (Disney, September 20, 2002)
5. Stuart Little 2 (Columbia Pictures, July 19, 2002)

Best Anthropomorphic TV Series

1. Between the Lions (WGBH Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd. for PBS syndication; 2002 new episodes, 3rd season, #56 - #65, September 16 - November 18)
2. Dinotopia (Hallmark Entertainment and MAT I Production for ABC; 3 episode mini-series, May 12 - May 14). Dinotopia: The Series (Hallmark Entertainment and MAT I Production for ABC; 2002 new episodes, 1st season, #1 - #6, November 28 - December 26)
3. Greg the Bunny (Steven Levitan Productions for 20th Century Fox Television; 13 episodes, March 27 - August 25, 2002)
4. Redwall; a.k.a. Brian Jacques' Martin the Warrior: A Tale of Redwall (Nelvana Ltd. for Teletoon in Canada, December 2001 and PBS syndication in the U.S., 2002; 2002 U.S. new episodes, Redwall 3rd season #27 - #39; a.k.a. Martin the Warrior 1st season #1 - #13, April 14 - July 28))
5. Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (CineGroupe, in association with Children's Television Workshop and IF/X Productions for PBS syndication; 2002 new episodes, #21 (February 13) to #40 (October 5))

Best Anthropomorphic Novel

1. Rescue Ferrets at Sea, by Richard Bach. (The Ferret Chronicles #1) Scribner/Ferret House Press, June 2002.
2. Ecce Femina, by Raven Blackmane, in TSAT (Transformation Stories, Art, Talk) #25, December 2002-January 2003. (
3. Changespell Legacy, by Doranna Durgin. Baen Books, June 2002.
4. Scars: An Ironclaw Novel, by Ted MacKinnon. Sanguine Productions, Ltd., January 2002.
5. Doom's Break: The Third Book of Arna, by Christopher Rowley. ROC Books, December 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Short Story

1. "Six", by Samuel C. Conway, in Anthrolations #5, July 2002.
2. "Ailoura", by Paul Di Filippo, in Once Upon a Galaxy, edited by Wil McCarthy, Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers. DAW Books, September 2002.
3. "Milk Run", by Jim Hayden, in Yarf! #65, July 2002.
4. "Familiars", by Michael H. Payne, in Sword and Sorceress XIX, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. DAW Books, January 2002.
5. "A Prison of Clouds", by Tim Susman, in Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman. Sofawolf Press, January 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work

1. Fornax: Outtakes from a Recording Studio, by Gary Akins, Jr. Fauxpaw Productions, July 2002.
2. A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex, color edition, by Michel Gagne. Gagne International Press, May 2002. (Children's picture book.)
3. Three Fingers, by Rich Koslowski. Top Shelf Productions, July 2002. (Cartoon art novel)
4. Ozy and Millie IV: Authentic Banana Dye, by David Simpson. Plan Nine Publishing, November 2002. (Comic strip collection)
5. Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman. Sofawolf Press, January 2002. (Collection of short stories)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book or Strip

1. Under the Lemon Tree, by Ralph E. Hayes, Jr. (Comic strip, Internet, tri-weekly, 2002 strips from January 2 to December 30)
2. Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook. (Comic strip, Internet, daily, 2002 strips from January 1 to December 31)
3. Scrued, by Melissa Jewel. (Comic strip, Internet, irregular, 2002 strips from March 13 to December 23)
4. Herobear and the Kid, by Mike Kunkel. (Comic book, Astonish Comics, irregular, 2002 issues from #4, undated but published in January, to #5, undated but published in November)
5. Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai. (Comic book, Dark Horse, monthly, 2002 issues from v. III #54, January to #62, November)

Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine

1. Anthrolations (2002 issues from #5, July, to #6, November)
2. Huzzah! (2002 issues from #45, February, to #48, November)
3. South Fur Lands (2002 issues from #24, March, to #27, December)
4. Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe (2002 issues from #29, March, to #31, December)
5. Yarf! (2002 issues from #63, January, to #65, July)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration

1. Heather Bruton. Cover painting for Anubis: Dark Desire #1, June 2002.
2. Heather Bruton. Cover painting for Furrlough #112, April 2002.
3. Odis Holcomb. Cover painting for Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman, January 2002.
4. Chuck Melville. Cover painting for Wild Kingdom #13, April 2002.
5. Natasha "Dark Natasha" Mleynek. Cover of Furrlough #109, January 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Game

1. JADECLAW: The Anthropomorphic Fantasy Role-Playing Game! Developer & Publisher: Sanguine Productions, Ltd., January 2002.
2. Kingdom Hearts. Developer: SquareSoft; Publisher: Square Electronic Arts, September 17, 2002.
3. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Developer: Sucker Punch; Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, September 24, 2002.
4. Star Fox Adventures. Designer: Rare, Ltd.; Publisher: Nintendo, September 23, 2002.
5. Tank Vixens: The Card Game, by Paul Kidd (writer) & Greg Panovich (artist). United Publications, November 2002.

For memberships in ConFurence 2003, see, or write to:

ConFurence Group
P. O. Box 84721
San Diego, California 92138-4721

"ConFurence" is a registered Service Mark of The ConFurence Group.


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A few corrections:

Visit ConFurence.NET for more information about The ConFurence Group and the Ursa Major awards.
The older and .org addresses are not part of The ConFurence Group, they are still run by the people who ran CF before and up to April of 1999 and do not have current information about ConFurence events

The awards will be issued on Friday, April 25 at ConFurence 2003 (The 26th is a saturday)

Ballots will be mailed to pre-registered members right after Further Confusion. If you are pre-registered to CF2003 and stop by our dealers room table at Further Confusion, you can save us the postage.

We will also have a ballot online in the next couple weeks that must accompany a ConFurence pre-registration to be valid. Visit ConFurence.NET to download the ballot.

The Deadline for voting on the Ursa Major awards is the same as the Deadline for pre-registration to ConFurence 2003: March 1, 2003.


The ConFurence Group is a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic fandom related events. The term "ConFurence" is a federally registered service mark of The ConFurence Group. ConFurence 2003: "The Furry West" takes place at the Hilton Burbank Airport and Convention Center, April 25-27, 2003.

ConFurence will again be at the Burbank Hilton, April 25-27, 2003.  Visit for more details on this and other events being hosted by The ConFurence Group.

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