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July 2005

Morphicon July 2005 Newsletter

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Morphicon 2006: "The Food Chain"
May 5-7 at the Radisson Columbus-Worthington
In this report:


Paul Lucas' novel "CREATURA" Published

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CREATURA, a novel featuring anthropomorphic characters, was published in June by mainstream ebook Publisher Hard Shell Word Factory. Paul Lucas has been active in the fandom for a number of years as an artist.

A science fiction novel, Creatura takes place three hundred years after the human race is killed by a Global Pandemic, the only survivors the races of the half-human half-animal Creatura. But as they attempt to rebuild their shattered world, a deadly secret is uncovered...

For more information, just follow the link below.

FC2006: Announcing our 2nd Guest of Honor, and Film Festival

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Further Confusion 2006
is proud to announce our second Guest of Honor, Jane Lindskold.

Jane is the author of
Wolf's Eyes
Head, Wolf's Heart
and many other works of fantasy. Further Confusion is excited to
have this most wonderful author join us in January 2006.

More information about Jane can be found on her website at

We would also like the announce that we are sponsoring a Film
, which will showcast animated and live-action short films
with anthropomorphic themes submitted by both fans and film-makers. All
films shown will be judged by a select panel for a 1st place cash

For further inquiries, or to submit a film, please contact

On average, how many panels at a convention do you attend?

None at all
26% (65 votes)
Just one or two
31% (78 votes)
3 to 5
28% (70 votes)
6 to 10
9% (24 votes)
11 to 15
2% (4 votes)
More than 16 - I just can''t get enough!
5% (12 votes)
Votes: 253

Parrot Counts... To Zero

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An African Grey is numeralogically smarter than most birds--and some people. He understands a variant on the abstract concept of "none", something very difficult to teach animals.

The teaching techniques used with the parrot may prove useful for instructing learning disabled children. The full story is available here from Science Daily.



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"Shrek 2" - Dreamworks

"Father of the Pride" - Dreamworks & Imagi International Holdings for NBC

"Never Again A Man" - Charles Matthias

"Felicia and the Tailcutter's Curse" - Charles P. A. Melville

"The Art of Usago Yojimbo" - Stan Sakai

"Usagi Yojimbo" - Stan Sakai

"Kevin & Kell" - Bill Holbrook

"Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe"

Cover Painting for "Fur Plus #22" - Kacey Maltzman

"Sly 2 : Band of Thieves" - Sucker Punch Productions

(2004 Ursa Major Awards)

Byron Preiss Killed in Auto Accident

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S-f & graphic novel publisher Byron Preiss was killed in a traffic accident on July 9th. Several obituaries hae been posted, one of the longest and most detailed by comics artist Jim Steranko.

Aside from whatever else he published and wrote since the 1970s, Preiss was the first major (or semi-major) publisher to show serious interest in anthropomorphic s-f. Preiss' company iBooks had published the American edition of the French award-winning “Blacksad” anthropomorphic graphic novels, and has just begun reprinting Alan Dean Foster's out-of-print “Spellsinger” novels. iBooks has been negotiating with Sofawolf Press to publish a mass-market paperback edition of its 2003 short story anthology "Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction", edited by Fred Patten, retitled "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Stories Ever!", early in 2006. But with Preiss dead, what will happen to iBooks and its plans for further anihropomorphic books?

Midwest FurFest 2005 Newsletter

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Midwest FurFest
November 18-20, 2005
Schaumburg, Illinois

The official newsletter of Midwest FurFest
July, 2005 edition

It was a dark and stormy night when suddenly, a wolf howled! Why did he howl? He was trying to get to the bottom of the mystery of course! The mystery of how so many people have such a great time in Chicago every November at Midwest FurFest! Is it our great hotel? Is it our terrific programming? Maybe it's our bountiful con suite Or maybe it's a little bit of all of those, plus all of our great friends who join us every year! Read on to find out more about Midwest FurFest and our theme this year: WHODUNNIT? IT'S A MYSTERY!

Error On Ursa Major Listing

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The listing of the Ursa Major Awards for this year as posted to Flayrah was taken from an inacurate one I goofed and posted to rmf. The winner of the Comic Strip award this year was:

Faux Pas by Robert & Margaret Carspecken. (Internet, thrice-weekly, 2004 strips from January 1 to December 31 [#534])

See the official Ursa Major Awards site at for the full listing.

--Kay Shapero
for the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association

The Trail of the Great Rose

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"The Trail of the Great Rose," by Fara Shimbo, a story about three different intelligent species and their quest to find two others, is currently being posted on her live journal. Shimbo is the author of the Klysadel stories, including The Perfect Crime. New chapters are typically posted on Sundays and Wednesdays. The first 20 chapters are available in PDF format, but the pictures are better on LJ.

Further Confusion 2006 - July Newsletter

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Hearken to the call, one and all! Be ye scaled or furred, earth-treader
or bird, sound the call and spread the word: Further Confusion shall
soon come to be; join us for five days of fine revelry. An artist has
been named as our first honored guest; and now with a fair scribe we've
been blessed. And even long before our gathering shall begin, we shall
hold camp -- and a feast!

1.  Picnic & Campout Information
2.  Our Second Guest of Honor
3.  Staff Needed
4.  Pre-Registering for FC
5.  Furry Night Live! returns
6.  Furry Marketplace
7.  FC Film Festival
8.  Conbook Submissions Needed
9.  Membership Badge Art Needed
10. Hotel FAQ for Booking Rooms
11. Further Confusion Masquerade
12. Next Public Meeting

New issue of Tai-Pan available

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Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe issue #39 is now available!

Issue #39 features front cover by Sky Rigdon, back cover by Chuck Melville, stories by Kristin Fontaine and Mark Allen Davis with story illustrations by C.D. Woodbury and Chuck Melville. Plus additional artwork by Kathy R. Coleman, Gary Fletcher, and Sheryl Schopfer.

You can get a peek at the cover at our web site, just go to and click on "Available Issues."