FURthest North Crew seeks new recruits for 20th anniversary
The FURthest North Crew (FNC), Canada’s oldest Furry amateur press association, celebrates its twentieth anniversary next July. That may seem far in the future, but the FNC has started a recruiting drive to fill its 18 membership openings by then.
If you can write – articles, fiction, Furry con reports, or just social chatter – or draw, and you can print your own fanzine of at least three pages every six months (with neighborhood photocopy shops today, anyone can), send 38 copies to the Official Editor, and pay a small membership fee to help cover expenses, you can join the FNC. Contact Jenora or see the FNC website for more information, and read on for a little history.
The FURthest North Crew was founded in July 1992 by Paul Groulx (Growl), then of Frankford, Ontario. While intended primarily for Canadian Furry fans, it has always been international, with members from Australia, Britain, Iceland, the USA, and other places – some of those from French-speaking Montréal have made the FNC feel very European.
Two of the FNC’s earliest stories, Todd Sutherland’s “Wings” and Mick Collins’ “A Snapshot from Fayetteville”, were selected for publication in Best in Show (Sofawolf Press, 2003), the first anthology dedicated solely to Furry fiction. The FNC’s 79th quarterly mailing was in December 2011, and the 81st will be at an open party at the What The Fur convention in Montréal in June 2012.
The current Official Editors of the FNC are Bryan Feir (Jenora; production) of Toronto, and Niall MacConaill (Serval; finances) of Ottawa. Members send their fanzines to an Official Editor – currently Jenora – for group mailings in March, June, September, and December.
The OE usually hosts a pizza party to separate fanzines into a pile for each member and prepare them for mailing. There are often larger open parties at the Furry conventions where several members are in attendance, and there have sometimes been been FNC SHOWCASEs published with reprints from the mailings to recruit new members.
Full disclosure: I have been a happy member of the FNC since 1992.