Disney’s favorite dragon (well, unless you count Malificent) returns later this month when Figment (the on-again/off-again mascot of Disney’s EPCOT Center in Florida) comes back in his second full-color comic book miniseries, appropriately titled Figment 2. From Comic Book Resources: “Critically acclaimed writer Jim Zub returns alongside artist Ramon Bachs for the next chapter in the lives of the enigmatic inventor Dreamfinder and the legendary Figment! Thrust forward into the present day, these two time-travelling explorers must brave a modern world as new and unexpected dangers lie before them. Gone over 100 years, our imaginative duo are known the world over, and must struggle to live up to their own legend. But with their greatest challenges still ahead, can they embody their own legacy, or will it ultimately be their undoing?” Marvel.com also has an extensive write-up of the new series.
Crush...Yiff...Destroy is a half-satirical, half-serious look at furry fandom through the filter of 'furry is all about fetish sex'. One article of note is their depiction of Mitch Beiro's 'wedding' to Minerva Mink, as viewed by several Disney animators.
A student at the University of Toronto recently interviewed several local furries. The article which she wrote from those interviews was published in UofT's student newspaper, The Varsity. It can be found here
Please note that you might have to subscribe to The Varsity to view the article; their "unsubscribe" feature seems to work correctly.
Yesterday (7th November), the Sun reported that a "vampire squirrel" had been terrorising the residents of Knutsford, Cheshire.
The "ghastly grey fiend" attacked six people before fleeing to the safety of a fence. "You don't expect that from a squirrel," said one victim, whose ankle was "lacerated".
However, Today's edition updates the story. The squirrel has been shot dead while attacking the grandfather of one of his victims.
CNN reports here that a squirrel is violently attacking children and adults in the British town of Knutsford (yes, that is the actual name of the city). Many parents are keeping their children indoors as a safety precaution.
The most recent attack was a bite-grapple from the squirrel on a toddler's forehead. The child lost quite a bit of blood and the bite required immediate hospital attention.
Some correlational data suggest that exotic animals endangered by the lethal harvest of profitable folk aphrodesiacs may be getting a lucky break due to the success of Pfizer's Viagra. Hunting of a few key species (including Canadian harp seals) used in treating impotence has dropped considerably over the past decade, though this link is still questionable.
The full story by CNN appears here.
While (re)writing the review of _Life of Pi_ that I promised the kind readers of Flayrah, I was suprised to come across this news story. Martel's story of a hindu boy trapped on a lifeboat with a tiger has been acused of blatently lifting from Brazilian Moacyr Scliar's _Max And the Cats_ which is about... Er... A jewish boy trapped on a lifeboat with a panther.
Martel's reply, "why put up with a brilliant premise ruined by a lesser writer?".
Great news for those of us who tend to put things off until the last minute! Midwest Furfest's hotel, the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL, has agreed to accept reservations at the con rate past the October 31st deadline for as long as there are rooms left in our block. The downside is that there really aren't a whole lot of rooms left, so get them while you can!
Call the hotel to make your reservations at (847) 605-1234, or toll free (800) 233-1234. If you have any questions, please send an
email to email@example.com.
See you in a little under three weeks!
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that many hobby farmers in western states are forming a network to preserve endangered livestock -- breeds which have fallen out of favor for one reason or another. The article includes pictures of several rare Jacob Sheep, once much prized for its multi-colored wool
CBC news is reporting that raccoons are invading Manitoba in significant numbers. One person is quoted in the article as coining a new phrase to describe the raccoon: "The zebra mussel of the prairies."
Further Confusion's hotel room block ran out of rooms for the 22nd, 26th, and 27th of January last week. Many thanks, it looks like we are expecting a big crowd this year. We have expanded the block once more giving us an additional 40 rooms on each of the nights where we were low.
This evening's Simpsons Halloween Special (the thirteenth and final edition) featured as its final tale of horror a take-off on the Island of Dr. Moreau, called "The Island of Dr. Hibbert". In a reverse twist on the original plot by H. G. Wells, instead of animals turning into people it featured the extended Simpsons cast turning into animals.
Plot highlights: Homer has a romantic encounter with his wife after she turns bestial, and then at the conclusion of the tale he tries to convince the tribe of townie therianthropes to convert back to human, with an impassioned speech. "But all you do is eat! and sleep! And mate! And roll around in your own filth! And mate! And... Umm... Where do I sign up?" Homer joins the pack (as a walrus hominid, aptly), and they all live happily ever after.
The Canadian Anthro & Cartooning Expo (CACE) returns again next year in a new time slot (May 30 to June 1, 2003) and a new hotel, but don't worry ... we're still keeping the friendly atmosphere and the comfortable vibe! Also returning will be our great selection of workshops, classes and panels, the focus on the creative aspects of the fandom, the Art Show and Dealers Room, and our popular Friday Night Chocolate Social, amongst other attractions.
This second annual Recommended Furry Reading List has two purposes. Firstly, it is open for all Furry fans to recommend the best anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, artwork, games, etc. that they found during 2002. It is for fans who want to know what anthropomorphic movies, TV series, novels, etc. are worth looking for.
We are planning a re-launch of the FurNation System on November 1st, 2002. The new co-location will give FN a much needed boost in bandwidth and capacity, and should satisify the system requirements well into next year.
You may now bounce around in complete joy!
"The Sight" is a 500+ page British horror fantasy by David Clement-Davies about the supernatural struggle between good and evil among a pack of talking Transylvanian wolves. There are both hardcover and paperback editions. A plot synopsis and cover picture are online at Amazon.co.uk.
(mwalimu adds: Also has a listing at amazon.com.)