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Last call for 2012 Anthropomorphic Recommended List; UMA nominations open January 17

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Ursa Major Awards banner by EosFoxxThe ALAA’s 2012 Anthropomorphic Recommended List will close on January 15, 2013, to allow for last-minute recommendations of last-week-of-2012 releases. The 2012 Ursa Major Awards nominations will open on January 17, the first day of Further Confusion 2013.

Go to the Ursa Major Awards website on January 17 to register for an online nomination form. You may cast up to five nominations in each of eleven categories: Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture, Best Dramatic Short Work or Series, Best Novel, Best Short Fiction, Best Other Literary Work, Best Graphic Story, Best Comic Strip, Best Magazine, Best Published Illustration, Best Website, and Best Game. If you do not have five nominees in any category, you may nominate less. To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2012; must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination.

If you cannot think of anything to nominate, you may refer to the 2012 Recommended List. That has at least five titles in each category, recommended by Furry fans. Remember, 2012 Recommendations are not nominations for the awards. Nominations of a work are separate. You may nominate a work that has not been recommended if it meets the eligibility criteria.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2013. The final ballot will be published, and voting will open, on March 15. The finalists will be the top five nominees in each category, except when there has been a tie for fifth place. Nominating will automatically register you for the final ballot and for voting. Anyone may vote, and you are encouraged to ask your friends to vote also – help spread the word!

Voting will close on May 15 to allow voting from Morphicon 2013. The winners will be announced at a presentation at Anthrocon 2013, on July 5.

More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Awards, the Ursa Major Awards are presented annually for excellence in the furry arts. They are intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalent of the Hugo Awards presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth.

The Ursa Major Awards are administered by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts. Discussions are ongoing to improve their effectiveness and expand their presence throughout furry fandom. All suggestions are invited via the Ursa Major Awards website. The Ursa Major Awards are now on Facebook.


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Here are some of the submissions I've sent in at the last minute in the past couple of weeks; I'm not sure if all of them qualify though as 2012 releases. Haven't seen them on the list yet.

Motion Picture:
Ernest & Celestine

Dramatic Short Work or Series:
Ben Folds Five Do it anyway, with The Fraggles
The Bear, an ad for Canal+
The Last Bus / Posledny autobus (link is an excerpt only)
Pingu's The Thing, by Lee Hardcastle
Narnia Dogs Can't Stand
In Between

Short Fiction:
Iron Eyes and the Watered-Down World (scroll down to read), by Saladin Ahmed (audio version)
Plonqmas 2012

Other Literary Work:
The Ursa Major Awards Anthology, ed. by Fred Patten
Already Among Us, ed. by Fred Patten
Roar, vol. 4
The Chronicles of Loquacious, Centaur, of Rhodes, by Rob S. Rice
Draw More Furries: How to Create Anthropomorphic Fantasy Creatures
Flight Explorer, vol. 1, ed. by Kazu Kibuishi
Prydwen: Gods and Monsters

Graphic Story:
Aesop's Ark
Battle Beasts, IDW Publishing
Carnal: Pride of the Lions, vol. 1, by Jason Bergenstock and John Connell
The Dawn Chapel
Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland
Kingdom: Call of the Wild, by Dan Abnett, Richard Elson
World of Warcraft: Pearl of Pandaria, by Micky Nelson

Comic Strip:
Peter and Company

Fuzzy Logic podcast
ActFur On Air podcast
Fur What it's Worth podcast


Published Illustration:
The Werewolf Calendar, 2012
Rare 2012: A Mythical Anthro Calendar

Dust: An Elysian Tail
Hatoful Boyfriend
Puppy Love, by Nai-chan's Studio Knockout
Owlboy (Demo only), by D-Pad Studio

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Bad list is bad. Having said that, was a bad year for this.

>Draw More Furries: How to Create Anthropomorphic Fantasy Creatures
How to Sparkledog OC DO NOT STEAL ver 0.2*

Following books like that to learn art is beyond stupid.

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I got them, Dronon - thanks for the post, though; backup is always useful and the mail doesn't ALWAYS work. Please do develop the habit of sending in recommendations at the time you encounter them, though. It gives other people more time to find about them from the list, and it gives ME more time to check, format, and enter them in the list. Getting a pile at the last minute slows the process. (Even when I'm NOT still recovering from a nasty cold. I think most of the country has this one at the moment, judging by other peoples' comments...)

For the record, there is only one more update scheduled, and it's in a few days. Back to the salt mines...

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Sorry about the glut... I was extremely busy from August through December, and fandom participation suffered. I should've known about the English translation of Blacksad 4 released back in the summer, but nope, seeing that on the list caught me completely by surprise! Fred waited months to get his two book reviews from me. :(

And I still haven't finished my English subtitles for The Rabbi's Cat. Someone else beat me to it, but dammit, it's a project I'm going to finish! I'll post a review here too, when I'm done. I'm close. Last 7 minutes of the film to go.

Anyway, when December was drawing to a close, I did a frantic series of web-searches, combed through the old Flayrah and InFurNation posts, and sent you what I could. That's why there's some repetition of entries. On top of that, my ISP sometimes gets blocked due to spammers, and I get paranoid that my e-mails might vanish. In any case, I hope you feel better soon!

And... arrgh, here's another one for you. Found it completely by accident tonight while searching for something else. Animated film. Niko 2 - Little Brother, Big Trouble. Although according to IMDB it's originally called Niko 2: Lentäjäveljekset. I've never even heard of the first Niko movie.

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OK, I'll add the film, you tell me which edition of Puppy Love was released in 2012, and WHEN? I've found the page but there doesn't seem to be any dating of the dating sim... :) Hint - the later you send it the closer the entry should be to the final format it should be, with range of eligible comic strips, or date of publication or the like. See the List for details - just try and match what you see.

Tell ya what - I'll try and remember to start bugging you in April - howzat?

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Don't go through that much trouble; I get the hint. :) Tonight, I'll try and dig up the dates for you and edit my above reply; it'll be at a late hour though; I've got company coming over.

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I managed to track down the rest - I just need the date for Puppy Love (I'm assuming this is Puppy Love I, as listed for download on the site.) The deadline is January 15 and the website is located on the other side of the International Date Line, so I've already sent off the update, but I can add one more date with no problems. No more Recommendations for 2012 though; it will soon be time for Nominations.

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Okay; Puppy Love was released on September 28 or 29, 2012, based on their advance announcements, the date of the executable file inside the online zip file, and the source html of this page. Puppy Love 2: The Spacening was released on December 8th, 2012, judging by the source of this page, although I also found a reference to December 7th and another to the 10th.

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To the entire world of Furry writers, artists etc etc etc. If you want your creation in the Recommended List, please mention somewhere on your website what the DATE was that you published it! Just had two dating sims in a ROW that I had no clue, and a third game which after much searching and googling and whatnot I finally discovered to have been published in 2011...

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According to Wikipedia, Niko 1 was a 2008 Finnish-Danish-Irish-German co-production released in the U.S. as The Flight Before Christmas. It was made by the same consortium of companies responsible for the Icelandic feature Thor: Legends of Valhalla, getting a Direct to Video release in the U.S. tomorrow. (And if anybody recommends it, I will kill them.)

Fred Patten

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Damn and I just learned of this cool looking game that came out in 2012 that flew under the radar for me and it seems like a bunch of furries called "Tokyo Jungle".

It's not entirely furry, but you play as animals surviving in a world after man has vanished. You can also have them wear gear for stat boosts... hey if Avatar could get nominated why not?

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It's too late to get it onto the 2012 Recommended List, but you can still nominate it for the 2012 Ursa Major Award as one of your five nominees in the Best Game category.

Fred Patten

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