Time to nominate the 2016 Ursa Major Awards!
From January 12 to February 28, 2017, it's time to nominate your favorite furry creations for the 2016 Ursa Major Awards!
Is there a furry comic, story, movie, video, podcast, or anything else with furry content that brightened your day last year? Nominate it – don't put it off until the last minute!
You can nominate up to five things in each of twelve categories. If you're unsure what to nominate, check out the 2016 Recommendations… and you can nominate titles that aren't on that list! It's there to give ideas, to help you find furry stuff that you might not have heard of.
Sometimes, a Nomination or a Recommendation feels like it fits into more than one category. You can browse previous years (like the 2015 Recommendations) to see where something should go. As of 2016 there's a new category: Best Anthropomorphic Non-Fiction Work.
Here's a quick list of this year's categories. (If I'm mistaken in my interpretation of any of the categories, please correct me.)
- Website. This can include YouTube channels.
- Magazine. Venues where the content has been created, edited and collected together. This includes print zines, online news sources (like this one) and podcasts. If it's more of a collection of links, chances are it fits better under the Website category.
- Motion Picture. Usually, but not always, animated.
- Dramatic Short Work or Series. Fictional television and YouTube series. Advertisements. Short entertainment videos of any sort.
- Novel. Works of 40,000 words or more. (Kyell Gold withdrew himself from this category because lots of people kept voting for him, and he wanted to give other authors a chance.)
- Short Fiction. Works of less than 40,000 words, including poetry.
- Other Literary Work. This is for story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, and convention program books.
- Non-Fiction Work. This is the new category! It includes news articles, essays, documentaries, informational videos, and non-fiction art books.
- Comic Strip. Short newspaper-style strips, online or otherwise. Lots of these can be found through The Belfry WebComics Index.
- Graphic Story. Comics presented in longer formats, including comic books. Although I think (?) that if a comic series gets bound together and published in book form, that bounces it into the Other Literary Work category.
- Published Illustration. Furry art that's appeared in a published venue. Cover or interior illustrations in books and magazines, convention programs, etc.
- Game. Computer or tabletop!
By the way, if you really like furry fiction, I recommend The Cóyotl Awards. It's not an open vote like the Ursas, but it's a great way to find out about things coming from the fandom's literary side.
Also, if you're in the mood to send in 2016 Nominations... why not also start making a list of your personal 2017 Recommendations? Okay, so it's only January, but what webcomics are you reading? If the 2016 list makes you go, "Pffft, what a joke, they didn't even bother to mention (insert cool thing here)" – well, it's because no one bothered to send it in. Or left it until the last minute (like me…) and missed the deadline.
I realize we're all pretty busy, but still, if at any time over the course of 2017 you find something furry that you like, send in a Recommendation. That way, it'll get better coverage, and people will have more time to discover it. Plus, the admins won't get deluged by last-minute requests.
Don't be shy - Nominate and recommend your favorite furry stuff! What are some of the works that didn't get mentioned in the 2016 Recommendations? Post in the comments below!
Here are some of the things that didn't get onto the 2016 Recommendations list. I'm not saying all of these should be nominated; I'm putting this here for the sake of completion!
Sheep & Wolves (IMDB info).
Big Fish & Begonia (IMDB info).
Rudolph the Black Cat (IMDB info).
Mascots (IMDB info).
Dramatic Short Work or Series: (Also check out the recent Culturally F'd article on Dogpatch Press about videos!)
A Fox in Space - S01E01 - "Don't Call Me Star Fox".
Thatch & Dial, episode 1.
Just Like You, web video series.
No Evil, episodes 18-23.
John Lewis' 2016 Christmas ad, Buster the Boxer.
Christmas Squirrels on Channel One.
VivziePop's fan animation of Owl City's "Silhouette".
Mata Hari, by DreamSong.
Spirit Chaser, by Karl Pajak.
Mascot Fur Life: teaser trailer.
Studio Ghibli's animated shorts for Marubeni Shin Denryoku (also this one and this one).
BBC Sport's Rio 2016 Olympic Games ad.
Star Fox Zero: The Battle Begins.
Zabivaka, the mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Invisible, by Michael Trikosko and Andrew Wilson.
Poilus, by Isart Digital.
BoJack Horseman, season 3.
Dogtor, by Rhea Dadoo.
The Amazing World of Gumball.
Kulipari: An Army of Frogs.
Grizzly and the Lemmings.
Animals, on HBO.
Other Literary Work:
Klaw: The First Cycle.
Love: The Lion.
Non Fiction Work:
Furries: A Documentary, by Eric Risher.
FurScience! A Summary of Five Years of Research from the International Anthropomorphic Research Project.
Our Fuzzy Neighbors: Further Confusion 2016, Part 1 and Part 2.
5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Furries, by Nuka.
Cosplay Dossier: Why I Love Furries, by Liana Kerzner.
Twenty Years Later, A Furry MMO Fights To Stay Alive, by Cecilia D'Anastasio.
Syrian Refugees Get Put Up in Same Hotel As Furries. Kids LOVE It, by Jesse Ferreras.
Furry Fandom, by Kyell Gold.
Furry Fandom Conventions, 1989-2015, by Fred Patten.
The Art and Evolution of Twokinds, by Thomas Fischbach.
The Abominable Charles Christopher. (May 9 to Oct. 4)
MULP: Sceptre of the Sun, #1.
Wild's End: The Enemy Within, #5-6.
The Raccoon's Den, also on YouTube.
Two Old Furry Fans.
Furry Times blog.
Furry Times: The Newsletter for South African Furs, issue #1.
South Afrifur Pawdcast.
The Last Guardian.
Fur vs Scale.
Paws: A Shelter 2.
Earthlock: Festival of Magic.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan.
Gaming Furever, its main site has been shaky, but their Twitter has been active.
Furry News Network.
FurMedia, also on Twitter.
I've sent an e-mail, but somehow this novel didn't end up in the list:
Summer in Orcus, by Ursula Vernon (Internet; September 20 to December 27)
It's great. And features several anthropomorphic characters.
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