ANTHRO #8 is online!
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here, letting you know that the wait is over -- ANTHRO #8 is online for your reading pleasure! The cover image is a bit unusual, in that it's a kind of collaboration between myself and Lucius Appaloosius. The esteemed Mr. A did some art for a Secret Project (which should see the light of day in the next week or so)... and I Photoshopped on said art. Without mercy.
I think you'll enjoy the end result.
Item: As some of you will recall, my other 'zine (TSAT) was running a couple of serials (RUNNING WILD and THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL) when it died; rather than let them die with the zine, I decided to transfer them over here to ANTHRO. As well, Keith Morrison's column, REALITY SOUNDBITES, made the jump to its new home! Since the two serials are being presented to a new audience, I've chosen to start each one over from the beginning, rather than pick up where they left off.
Item: I've tweaked the Support pages a bit. Specifically, if you see a book that you're interested in buying, you now have a choice between Amazon.com, Alibris, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's Bookstore! Since not everybody is comfortable with Amazon.com, I figured it might be a good idea to offer alternative sources...
Item: For the fans of CASTLE HORSETOOTH the webcomic by Oren Otter and EalaDubh, I have bad news and good news. The bad news is, there *still* isn't a new installment. The *good* news is, we've got some new strips anyway, filling in some of the backstory! Check it out!
Item: ART CONTEST! As it happens, the "TSAT refugee" serials (like virtually everything else in that zine) were *not* accompanied by any art. This is, of course, in sharp contrast to ANTHRO. So if you've been thinking about doing some art for ANTHRO... here's your chance! Surf on over to TSAT [ http://tsat.transform.to ]; read the existing chapters of THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL and/or RUNNING WILD, as you prefer; create illustrations for at least one of their episodes; and when you're done, submit your illustrations to me. I'll look them over, and if yours is the best art for its chapter, I'll present it alongside the text. In addition, there will be special prizes for the *very* best art I receive!
Item: During the month of October, ANTHRO recieved its first donations of cash... *and* its first subscriptions! Believe me, this generosity is appreciated -- and if it keeps going, it won't be just *me* who appreciates it! An ANTHRO subscription amounts to less than a penny a day, or, roughly speaking, one Big Mac sandwich over the course of a year. Do you enjoy ANTHRO at least that much? If so, please subscribe. Or offer your support in another way, such as by buying books or t-shirts or posters. I want to pay ANTHRO's contributors, but cannot afford to do so out of my own pocket. Therefore I'm asking you, the zine's appreciative readers, to step up and make it possible. And seeing as how the Christmas season is almost upon us, wouldn't it make sense to support ANTHRO by purchasing nifty (and furry!) gifts for your friends?
= STORIES =
RUNNING WILD, Day 0: Entrèe, by Duncan Cougar & Quentin Long (illustrated by... you?) First chapter in this TBP serial. Can any SCAB counselor help the most demon-driven of all the Pig's regulars?
The fourth installment of A TALE OF SAND AND ICE, the Metamor Keep serial by Charles Matthias: In which first blood is drawn in an unusual manner.
DESTINY, by Kris Schnee (illustrated by Cubist): What good is a dream-come-true if you have to work at it?
THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL, by The TBPRR Collective (illustrated by... you?): Chapter 1 of this TBP serial. No matter how ugly bigotry gets, it can always be worse…
FIDELITY, by Pavelle Wesser (illustrated by Cubist): Maybe you don’t *want *to be true to your nature?
= COMICS =
ZEBRA GIRL, by Joe England: Standing on Broad Shoulders
CASTLE HORSETOOTH, by Oren Otter & Eala Dubh: And life goes on…
= POETRY =
FOR THOSE WHO STAND APART, by Slyford T. Rabbit (illustrated by Cubist): Outsider—insider—does it *really* matter?
= COLUMNS =
DOWN thE RABBIT HOLE, by substitute rabbit Kris Schnee: So where are the furry faithful?
REALITY SOUNDBITES, by Keith Morrison: ANTHRO's newest columnist expounds on the care and feeding of villains.
THE RED KING'S DREAM, by Wanderer Werewolf: A few words on an unjustly-feared setting -- Metamor Keep.
= REVIEWS =
SEEN WHILE PROWLING, by Fred Patten: The CFO's founder reviews GENE CATLOW, by Albert Temple; DIGGER, vols. 1 & 2, by Ursula Vernon; TAILS OF THE CITY, by R. S. Pylman; CURIOUS LIVES, by Richard Bach; VARJAK PAW and THE OUTLAW VARJAK PAW, by S. F. Said; and CAT BREAKING FREE, by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.
= EDITORIALS =
FROM THE EDITOR'S MAW, by Quentin Long: What would *real* furry politics look like?
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, by Michæl W. Bard: The assimilation begins…