ANTHRO 13 is online!
Quentin 'Cubist' Long here, welcoming you all to the latest (and, perhaps, *last*) issue of ANTHRO -- lucky Number 13! Why did I mention "last" just now? Because it's true: This issue *could* be ANTHRO's last. Let me get the bad news out of the way right now, and then go on to the *good* news of ANTHRO 13... Here's the problem: I've been unemployed since 2001. None of the businesses I've applied at have chosen to hire me; most of them don't even bother to acknowledge that they've recieved my job application. I've tried to make my netzines an income source, much as webcomics like SLUGGY FREELANCE and THE WOTCH are for their respective creators, but that hasn't worked out so well. During the five years I spent doing TSAT, that zine yielded a net profit of $50, which works out to $10 a *year*; ANTHRO has been a bit more successful in this regard, to the tune of $10-$20 per *month*. But while my income is basically nonexistent, my *expenses* are very real indeed. At this point, assuming nothing changes, I'm going to run out of money within the next six weeks or so. And after *that*... well, does the word "homeless" ring any bells? Somehow, I suspect it's going to be *real* tough for me to create and upload new issues of ANTHRO if I'm living on the street.
That's a worst-case scenario, of course. It's entirely possible that I might get a Real Job (TM) tomorrow, and that would change everything. But given the existing track record, I'd really rather have a Plan B... and that's where *you*, ANTHRO's readers, come in.
I've always tried to make it easy for you guys to support the zine financially. But it's all strictly voluntary, and, well, *most* of you *don't* volunteer. And according to the web traffic stats, ANTHRO gets about 150-200 visitors per day. This works out to 4,500-6,000 visitors *per month*, and 9,000-12,000 *per issue*. If I could get $1 per issue from every reader, I would *not* be worrying about homelessness, okay? And on your end of the deal, $1 every two months is so small that pretty much *anybody* should be able to handle it, provided they've got a mind to.
Do you enjoy reading ANTHRO?
Would you miss ANTHRO if it went away?
If at least one of your answers is "no", well, fair enough; you may as well skip on down to the next message.
On the other hand, if your answers are "yes" and "yes", I invite you to show some support of the financial kind. In no particular order, here's your options...
Donate or subscribe:
Buy copies of ANTHROlogy ONE and/or THE HUMAN MEMOIRS and/or the FREEDOM CITY typeface:
Buy ANTHRO ad space in two-month blocs:
Buy ANTHRO ad space in arbitrarily small chunks:
Buy furry fiction (with ANTHRO getting a small cut of the purchase price):
Buy T-shirts, posters, and other things with ANTHRO art on them:
Check out a wide range of furry-type goods selected from Amazon.com's vast inventory:
Buy other art-type things I've created (not necessarily furry, but still good):
And now that all *that* is out of the way, let's get to the *fun* part: Announcing ANTHRO #13!
Item: With this issue, ANTHRO celebrates its second anniversary! This time around we've got *six* stories (as compared to the usual *five*); an interview with David "DREAMKEEPERS" Lillie; a new addition to ANTHRO's Comcs section; and who knows what-all else?
Item: You're probably wondering about that "new addition" I referred to just now. Well, it's the story of a boy and his cougar, and it's called -- SANDUSKY! All thanks and respect to John Prengamen, Jr.; first, for creating the strip, and second, for allowing ANTHRO to 'reprint' it.
Item: This being the September/October issue, it includes both the beginning of the school year and Hallowe'en... so the cover proudly displays the logo of the sports program of Miskatonic University: The mighty FIGHTING CEPHALOPODS!!!!!
Item: As you may recall, we've been taking all the reviews Fred Patten wrote for the late furzine YARF!, and putting 'em online as part of the ANTHRO Library. With this issue, *we're done*! We've got every Patten review column that ever appeared in the 69 issues of YARF,*and THEN some*! How is this possible, you ask? Sorry, but I ain't telling; you'll just have to surf on over to see it for yourself.
= STORIES =
FIGHTING THE CHANGE, by Michael W. Bard: When the world changes, some things remain the same. (a story in the WoC shared-world setting)
FORK IN THE ROAD, by Michael W. Bard: (part 2 of 3) Transfer of power is a dirty business.
RUNNING WILD, Day 5: Feline 101, by Duncan Cougar & Quentin Long: Sixth chapter in this TBP serial. “This above all: To thine own self be true”—but what if you don’t know your own self?
WITHIN THE WHEEL OF WICKEDNESS, by Sean M. Foster: Pity the truly *superior *person in a land of degenerates.
BANK ROBBERY, by Bret Jordan: Bleakwood, Texas is a town full of mighty fine people, it surely is.
FOXTAILS, by Slyford T. Rabbit: Life was never what Austin made it… until now...
= COMICS =
Say "hello" to SANDUSKY, by John Prengamen, Jr.! Enter: The Cougar...
ZEBRA GIRL, by Joe England: Why, yes, it *is* an intermission.
= POETRY =
TERRY NEVER CAME BACK, by Slyford T. Rabbit: He's not missing -- *you* are.
= COLUMNS =
THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS, by Michael W. Bard: The next stage of the Bard’s quest.
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, by Phi Geusz: Big or small, it’s all good—but not in the same way.
REALITY SOUNDBITES, by Keith Morrison: On myth, Marx, and magic. Part 5 of Morrison's series on worldbuilding.
THE RED KING's DREAM, by Wanderer Werewolf: Adding a bit of Reality to a common schema.
= REVIEWS =
SEEN WHILE PROWLING, by Fred Patten: The CFO's founder reviews Watership Down, the furry classic by Richard Adams; DreamKeepers. Vol. 1, by Lillie with Thomas and Higginbotham; Travels of Thelonious, Book 1, by Schade and Jon Buller; Three Bags Full, by Leonie Swann; Black Dogs—Part One, by Ursula Vernon; We the Underpeople, by Cordwainer Smith; Joined in Mind and Body, by Kenneth Fox; and Cat Pay the Devil, by Shirley Rouseau Murphy.
SEEN BY ANOTHER SENTIENT: Dronon reviews Yobi, the Five-Tailed Fox, furry animation from Korea. Craig Hilton reviews Dreamscape, by fellow Aussie Paul Kidd.
= EDITORIALS =
FROM THE EDITOR'S MAW, by Quentin Long: What do you mean, "the narrator was wrong">
See you next issue (he said, optimistically)!