2014 Ursa Major Award winners announced at Morphicon 2015
The 2014 Ursa Major Awards, for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of the calendar year in eleven categories, were announced and presented at an awards ceremony at the Morphicon 2015 convention, in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 1 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. EST.
The Ursa Major Awards are a popular-vote award. 2,851 ballots were cast in eleven categories between March 15 and April 15, 2015. Not everyone voted in all categories, although there were fewer single-category votes than usual. All voters were required to state what country they were voting from, and about 90 countries were named. Some, such as Care-A-Lot, were obviously fictitious, but those that appeared to be genuine by e-mail domain names included Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan (Republic of China), Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The most votes came from the United States, followed by Taiwan (the Republic of China).
Winners and runners-up after the break:
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
Guardians of the Galaxy
(Directed by James Gunn; Marvel Studios; July 31)
- 2. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (directed by Dean DeBlois, June 5)
- 3. The LEGO Movie (directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, February 7)
- 4. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (directed by Matt Reeves, July 11)
- 5. Mr. Peabody and Sherman (directed by Paul Grimalt, March 7)
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short or Series
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
(College Humor, parts 1 and 2)
- 2. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (Directed by James Thiessen and Jim Miller for Hasbro, Season 4 Episode 8 to Season 4 Episode 26)
- 3. Bojack Horseman (created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg for Netflix, August 22)
- 4. Littlest Pet Shop (supervising director Dallas Parker and directed by Joel Dickie, Season 2 Episode 11 to Season 3 Episode 16)
- 5. The Beach Bears (by MaxGoof, "The Trip to Alberta" chapter 137-170)
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
Off the Beaten Path
By Rukis (FurPlanet Productions, July 4)
- 2. Huntress, by Renee Carter Hall (in Five Forturnes, edited by Fred Patten, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
- 3. Chakat in the Alley, by James R. Jordan (CreateSpace, June 17)
- 4. The Forges of Dawn, by E.M. Kinsey (CreateSpace, September 15)
- 5. Impossible Magic, by J.F.R. Coates (Jaffa Books, August 18)
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
"When a Cat Loves a Dog"
By Mary E. Lowd (in Five Fortunes, FurPlanet Productions, January 16)
- 2. "A Real Stand-Up Guy", by Daniel & Mary E. Lowd (in Allasso volume 3: Storge, edited by Brian Lee Cook; Pink Fox Publications; April 23)
- 3. "The Best Puppy Ever", by Mary E. Lowd (in AE: The Canadian Science Fiction Review; May 5)
- 4. "The Wharf Cat's Mermaid", by Mary E. Lowd (in ROAR volume 5, edited by Buck C. Turner; Bad Dog Books; July 3)
- 5. "The Carousel of Spirits", by Mary E. Lowd (in Sorcerous Signals, February-April)
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.
By Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido (Dark Horse Press, graphic novel, October 8)
- 2. Abandoned Places, edited by Tarl Hoch (FurPlanet, December)
- 3. The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo, by various (Dark Horse Books, July 23)
- 4. Five Fortunes, edited by Fred Patten. (FurPlanet Productions, anthology, January 16)
- 5. Tales from the Guild: Music to Your Ears, edited by AnthroAquatic (Rabbit Valley Books, anthology, September)
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
IDW Publishing, issue 15 to 26
- 2. TwoKinds, by Tom Fischbach (Internet, January 8 to December 23)
- 3. Slightly Damned, by Sarah “Chu” Wilson (Internet, page 626 to 674)
- 4. Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake. (Internet, from page 364 to 381)
- 5. Endtown, by Aaron Neathery. (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
For newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
By Rick Griffin (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
- 2. Freefall, by Mark Stanley (Internet, January 2 to December 30)
- 3. Savestate, by Tim Weeks (Internet, February 5 to December 31)
- 4. Carry On, Kathryn Garrison (January 1 to December 31)
- 5. Doc Rat, by Jenner (Internet, January 1 to December 31)
Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
Edited collections of creative and/or informational works by various people, professional or amateur, published in print or online in written, pictorial or audio-visual form.
Edited by Rod O’Riley (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
- 2. Flayrah, edited by Laurence “GreenReaper” Parry (Internet magazine; January 1 to December 31)
- 3. Fursday, edited by Stuart Otterson (Internet magazine; October 3 to December 31)
- 4. Dogpatch Press, by Patch Packrat (Internet, April 11)
- 5. Allasso, Volume 3: Storge edited by Brian Cook. (Pink Fox Productions, April 23)
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
Midwest Furfest 2014 convention book wraparound cover
By Sabretoothed Ermine (December 4)
- 2. Off the Beaten Path wraparound cover, by Rukis (FurPlanet Productions; July 4)
- 3. Chakat in the Alley wraparound cover, by ABlueDeer (CreateSpace; July 17)
- 4. "I Won't Die Here" animated drawing, by WhiteMantis (FurAffinity; May 8)
- 5. Five Fortunes wraparound cover, by Terrie Smith (FurPlanet Productions; January 16)
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Developed by Game Freak, published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company, November 21
- 2. Five Nights at Freddy's (developed by Scott Cawthon, published by Steam, August 8th)
- 3. Five Nights at Freddy's 2 (developed by Scott Cawthon, published by Steam, November 11th)
- 4. Octodad: Dadliest Catch (developed and published by Young Horses, January 30)
- 5. Freedom Planet (developed and published by GalaxyTrail, July 21st)
Best Anthropomorphic Website
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works; galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
Furry art specialty site; January 1 to December 31