Once again Drawn & Quarterly bring us something interesting: Birds of Maine, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Michael DeForge. “Long after the demise of humankind, birds roam freely around the Moon complete with fruitful trees, sophisticated fungal networks, and an enviable socialist order. The universal worm feeds all, there are no weekends, and economics is as fantastical a study as unicorn psychology. No concept of money or wealth plagues the thoughts of these free-minded birds. Instead, there are angsty teens who form bands to show off their best bird song and other youngsters who yearn to become clothing designers even though clothes are only necessary during war. (The truly honorable professions for most birds are historian or librarian.) These birds are free to crush on hot pelicans and live their best lives… until a crash-landed human from Earth threatens to change everything.” Available now in hardcover. [And with that, we’ll see you after Midwest Fur Fest!]
Michael Scott McMurry, longtime furry fan and founder of ZonieCon was diagnosed with stomach cancer last year. Despite an aggressive treatment, he is currently in a coma, and is not expected to recover. The following update was recieved through Mel. White via the Curtis family.
Paul Levinson, president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), has announced the the National Public Radio series, 2000X - Tales of the Next Millennia will be this year's recipient of the Bradbury award.
Not much information is available about the cancellation of the Pern show, but what there is can be found at SF Wire.
Brian Jacques, author of the popular Redwall series, has debuted a new series of books aimed at the young adult reader called "Castaways of the Flying Dutchman". The series follows the adventures of Ben, the only survivor of the cursed Flying Dutchman. Aided by his telepathic dog Ned and directed by divine intervention, he travels across the world and through time helping those in need.
Diehard fans of the Redwall books will also be pleased to hear that an animated Redwall television series is slated to run on a number of U.S. public television stations beginning in April.
Read the full article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here.
From Steven 'Shaterri' Stadniki, a FurryMuck Wizard as posted on alt.fan.furry: "Hello there. This is Steven Stadnicki, a.k.a. Shaterri; for those
folks who don't know me, I'm one of the long-time wizards on
FurryMUCK. Since I've been one of the people driving the
furrymuck.com domain issue from the wizards' side, I've decided to
be the one to respond to the various issues that have been raised
publically in the matter. While some wizards' opinions may differ
from mine -- we're a diverse group with a fairly diverse range of
viewpoints -- I've shared this letter with the rest of the wizcorps
and can safely say that my statements reflect the consensus view of
the FurryMUCK wizards. The tone is likely to get unfortunately
legalistic in spots, but I think it's important to express our view
of the facts as we see them, as objectively as possible." Click below for the whole statement.
Those of you who submitted entries for the Name That Artist Contest, mentioned here two weeks ago, or who are simply interested in the answers, can now view the answers and the results, and some of the other sketches not used in the contest.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 — At a time when well-tended American dogs get braces for their teeth and Antidepressants for anxiety and attend the church of their owners' choice, it may come as no surprise
that a powerful political constituency has developed around a species once known mainly for chasing tennis balls in the backyard.
Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe issue #26 has been released. Issue #26 contains stories by Gene Breshears, Chas P.A. Melville, Mark Allen Davis, Edd Vick, Sky Rigdon, and Amy Norman with story illustrations by Tom Milliorn, Andrew Laverdiere, and David Zawitaj. The front cover is drawn by Tom Milliorn. The back cover is by Kathy R. Coleman.
Some of you who have been following the news may have noticed that the Ebay auction for the furrymuck.org, .com and .net domains has disappeared. Read on for Darrel's Exline's post to AFF in regards to what happened:
This article on Animation World Network reports the passing of the 90-year old Bill Hanna after a lengthy illness. Hanna and his partner, Joseph Barbera created such beloved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound and Scooby-Doo.
After experiencing some trouble with their current DNS provider, Sofawolf Press has finally moved to sofawolf.com (from sofawolf.org). There's a new website design and more information on current projects, submissions and advertising... so check it out and pester Eddy with questions. *grin*
CNN put up an article about emergency vets. It's a short, fairly light read but interesting none the less. A few vets are interviewed about what some of their more memorable patients, how their days normally progress and why they do it. Alongside the article is a sidebar of various schools and colleges that teach vetinary medicine. If you're interested in going into the vetinary field give it a skim and then check out some of the schools that are listed. Some, such as the University of Minnesota, are very well known for their courses. Others might come as a surprise. There's also an online survey, which I found to be very oddly worded, that you might like to take.
This article on Animation World Network reports that Norma Macmillan, the voice of UNDERDOG's Sweet Polly Purebread, passed away last Friday at the age of 79. She was also the voice of Goo and other characters on THE GUMBY SHOW, Davey's sister Sally on DAVEY & GOLIATH and Kokette on MEAN MOE.
The 1947 film Bill and Coo, which won an Academy Award for novel use of the medium of motion pictures, is now available at Movies Unlimited.com. I own a copy of this film and have to say it's a real treat for the animal lover, especially if you're a fan of avians. The cast is composed entirely of trained birds, with two love birds as the stars and a crow as the villian. It has a cute storyline, a nifty setting built to scale for the birds, and actually received praise from Leonard Maltin. No small feat, that.