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Ursa Major Awards voting underway - closes June 10

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Nominations for the 2004 Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of that year have been tabulated, and the final ballot has been prepared. Voting closes June 10, and the Awards will be presented at Anthrocon 2005 in Philadelphia in July.

Voting is open to everyone, and you are encouraged to ask your friends to vote also. Visit the Ursa Major Awards web site at for full details on the voting procedure.

Please help support the Ursa Majors. They are a people's choice award, so it requires as many participants as possible to make them a success.The final Nominees are (in alphabetical order) ....

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
* Anonymous Rex (The Sci-Fi Channel, broadcast December 4, 2004)
* Home on the Range (Disney, April 2, 2004)
* The Lion King 1 1/2 (Disney, February 10, 2004)
* Shark Tale (DreamWorks, October 1, 2004)
* Shrek 2 (DreamWorks, May 21, 2004)

Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series
* Everyone Else Has Had More Sex Than Me (Music video performed by TISM, animation by Bernard Derriman, October 2004)
* Father of the Pride (DreamWorks SKG & Imagi International Holdings for NBC; 2004 episodes, #1 [August 31] through #11 [December 28])
* Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends (Cartoon Network Studios for The Cartoon Network; 2004 episodes, #1 [August 20] through #10 [October 22])
* Kaze, Ghost Warrior (Timothy Albee Animation for direct-to-DVD release, June 25, 2004)
* Wolf's Rain [English-language release] (BONES, Inc. for Fuji Television; 2003 episodes, #1 [January 7] through #26 [July 28]; [English-language release] (The Cartoon Network; 2004 episodes, #1 [April 24] through #30 [October 16])

Best Anthropomorphic Novel
* Blasingame, Ted R. Hoenix. (Dennier Publishing/Lulu, August 2004)
* Foster, Alan Dean. Lost and Found: A Novel. (Ballantine Books, July 2004)
* Matthias, Charles. Never Again a Man. (The Matthias Zone website, posted August 13, 2004)
* Winter Assault authors. Winter Assault. (The Metamor Keep Archives website, posted December 2, 2004}

Best Anthropomorphic Short Story
* E. O. Costello, "Telephone Inspector Stagg!: The Gambit", on the Spontoon Island website, posted October 2004.
* Naomi Kritzer, "St. Ailbe's Hall", in Strange Horizons, January 19 (Part 1) and January 26 (Part 2), 2004.
* Charles P. A. Melville, "Felicia and the Dreaded Book of Un", (CafePress, February 2004) [22,500 words]
* Charles P. A. Melville, "Felicia and the Tailcutter's Curse", (CafePress, June 2004) [24,500 words]
* Michael H. Payne, "Three Ladies", on the Claw & Quill website, posted October 17, 2004.
* Shannon Stuart, "Princess Bracelet Snap!" (Fauxpaw Publications, July 2004)

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
* Arctic Nation, by Juan Diaz Canales (story) & Juanjo Guarnido (art) [English translation]. (Blacksad vol. 2) (iBooks, March 2004; graphic art novel)
* The RHJunior 2004 Super CD, by Ralph Hayes, Jr. (RHJunior Productions, August 2004; CD collection of Internet comic strips)
* Associated Student Bodies Yearbook, by Lance Rund & Chris McKinley. (Rabbit Valley Comics, April 2004; graphic art novel)
* The Art of Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai. (Dark Horse Books, December 2004; graphic art collection)
* Bone [One Volume Edition], by Jeff Smith. (Cartoon Books, July 2004; graphic art novel)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book
* Furrlough, by various. (Radio Comix, monthly, 2004 issues from #132, December 2003 [January 2004] to #141, September 2004 [December])
* Prince of Fur, by Teri S. Wood & Jatina Challender. (MU Press, quarterly, 2004 issues include #11, February to #12, May [final])
* Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai. (Dark Horse, monthly, 2004 issues from v. III #72, January to v.III #80, November)
* WE3, by Grant Morrison (story) & Frank Quitely (art). (DC Comics/Vertigo, 3-issue limited series, 2004 issues include #1,October to #2, December)
* Wild Girl, by Leah Moore & John Reppion (story) & Shawn McManus & Andrew Pepoy with J. H. Williams III (art). (WildStorm Productions, 6-issue monthly mini-series, 2004 issues include #1, January 2005 [November 2004] to #2, February 2005 [December 2004])

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
* Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken. (Internet, thrice-weekly, 2004 strips from January 1 to December 31 [#534])
* Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook. (Internet, daily, 2004 strips from January 1 to December 31)
* Namir Deiter, by Isabel Marks. (Internet, daily, 2004 strips from January 1 [#595] to December 31 [#896])
* Ozy and Millie, by David Craig Simpson. (Internet, semi-weekly, 2004 strips from January 2 to December 29; reprints with extensive new commentary from January 2 to January 21; new strips from January 22 to December 29)
* The Suburban Jungle, starring Tiffany Tiger, by John Robey. (Internet, thrice-weekly, 2004 strips from January 5 to December 31)

Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine
* Claw & Quill (Internet; 2004 updates from startup, October 17, to December 6)
* Fur Plus (2004 issues from #20, January, to #22, September)
* South Fur Lands (2004 issues from #32, March, to #35, December)
* Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe (2004 issues from #35 [March], to #37 [December])
* TSAT (Transformation Stories, Art, Talk) (Internet; 2004 issues from #31, December 2003-January 2004, to #37, December 2004-January 2005)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
* Anderson, Jennifer. Cover illustration for Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe, #36, August 2004.
* Maltzman, Kacey. Cover painting ("Vienna's Jacuzzi") for South Fur Lands #33, June 2004.
* Maltzman, Kacey. Cover painting for Fur Plus #22, September 2004.
* Meyer, Susan. Cover painting for Furrlough #133, January 2004.
* Wieringo, Mike. Cover painting for Tales of Tellos #2, November 2004.
* Wong, Conrad "Lynx". Interior illustration for "Three Ladies", by Michael H. Payne, in Claw & Quill, October 17, 2004.

Best Anthropomorphic Game
* Albedo: Platinum Catalyst (Developers: Steve Gallacci, Pieter van Hiel & Jason Holmgren; Publisher: Sanguine Productions, August 18, 2004)
* Donky Konga (Developer: Namco Ltd.; Publisher: Nintendo, September 27, 2004)
* Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal (Developer: Insomniac Games, Inc.; Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc.; November 2, 2004)
* Sly 2: Band of Thieves (Developer: Sucker Punch Productions; Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., September 14, 2004)


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an anthrocon art show director from Syracuse, NY

Intrigued by the late-80s CBS series "Beauty and the Beast," PeterCat discovered SF conventions and began helping out at art shows. On the Internet, he created the Furry InfoPage and in his FurryMUCK persona as Rhal, maintains a list of furry-themed MU*s.