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February 2009

Wallace and Gromit win BAFTA

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The latest Wallace and Gromit film, A Matter of Loaf and Death, has won the BAFTA for "Best Short Animation".

The film, which premiered to British audiences on Christmas Day last year and was watched more than any programme in 2008, saw it defeat rival shorts Varmints and Codswallop to win the honour.

A week on FurSpace: a look at furry social networking

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A screen grab of The Chained Wolf's FurSpace page

In a fandom which mainly rose from the internet, it seems to be expected that furries should embrace social networking.

Of course, there are the main social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook. However, you could argue that there are some problems. One is that MySpace is owned by NewsCorp and I for one really, really hate Rupert Murdoch. The other is that if you are afraid of coming out as a furry, then you dare not join a furry group for fear of your other friends from knowing.

So, there are social networking websites just for furries. There are lots of different such sites such as FURiends, MyFursona and However, I decided to join FurSpace, because I was aware of a few furries on it.

Media Husky! Strike 1!

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On a grey filled Sunday afternoon, I went over to the [Adult Swim] website to watch Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Little did I know of the perils that await me. The episode in question is 'Hoppy Bunny' where Carl (the fat guy in the vest) buys a Rock Recorder Kit off a shopping channel and then the fun begins, go watch the episode in full, NAO!!!

/EDIT/ Due to Adult Swim always updating their episodes of their shows, the link is now defunct. If i can find the clip on Youtube, I shall link it to here, so watch this space! —noodleshusky

Scotland to get its first furry convention

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The current Scotiacon logo

We interview Ixis, the vice-chairwoman of Scotland's first furry convention - ScotiaCon.

ScotiaCon is to be held some time during Easter 2010 in Inverness. I interviewed the vice-chairwoman Ixis about the forthcoming event.

TCW: First question, pure and simple - What is ScotiaCon (or Scotiacon - which is the correct spelling)?

Ixis: ScotiaCon is our attempt to create Scotland's first furry convention, simply, but it means a lot more to all those involved. We feel Scotland has been left out a little bit when it comes to UK furry events and we want to put that right.

Furp killed in motorcycle accident

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Furp at Dorsai Thing 31

Long-time fandom member and convention volunteer Furp (Patrick Reed) died yesterday in an accident on the roads close to his work at the Twentynine Palms Marine Corps base in California.[1]

Furp was riding his motorcycle on Highway 62 when a Marine turned left in front of him.[1][2][3][4] He was pronounced dead on the scene. He was 29.[5]

Furp was a regular member of Anthrocon operations staff, as well other conventions such as Califur, FurFright, Midwest FurFest and Rocket City FurMeet, and provided expertise in first-aid.

The report of Furp's death resulted in an outpouring of emotion from friends and well-wishers. A LiveJournal community,   remember_furp, has been set up in his memory.[6]

Furp's memorial service will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 16880 National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151 (262-901-1140), likely on February 28.[7][8]

Two arrested for conspiracy to murder

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Two furs have been arrested by Chorley Magistrates Court, UK, for conspiracy to murder.

Christopher Monks of Clayton-le-Woods and Shaun Skarnes of Ellesmere Port, known in the fandom as Rox Yin and Kyra respectively, have been held on two counts of conspiracy to murder.

Skarnes has additionally been charged with attempted murder following an incident in Clayton-le-Woods where a man suffered multiple knife wounds.

Furp killed in collision with drunk driver

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Furp, who was recently killed in a collision with a drunk driver

Furp, known outside the fandom as Patrick Reed, 29, was killed on the evening of February 18th, 2009, when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a vehicle being driven by an intoxicated Marine.

Furp was an Iraq war veteran and regular staff member at Anthrocon, Califur, FurFright, Midwest FurFest and the Rocket City FurMeet; regularly providing operations and first-aid assistance. He was travelling on Highway 62 in southern California when he was struck by a vehicle moving at 65mph (104 kph), he was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hundreds of memorials have since been left on news articles and his LiveJournal account. A memorial community has also been set up for people to mourn the loss of Furp.

Upcoming furry comics for April 2009 (Previews only)

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Another busy month, including some kids' stuff like *Joey Fly, Private Eye: Creepy Crawly Crime*, and the brief *Benny and Penny: the Big No-no!*, which I pass over in silence below. And everyone will *love* the last item this month.

About Furp

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"Patrick "Furp" Reed was a veteran of the Iraq War where he served
with the US Navy. In the course of his duties he made life better for
many a brave Marine. Furp lost his life in a tragic accident outside
of a military base in California when he was struck by another vehicle
while riding his beloved motorcycle. Ironically, the other driver was
himself a Marine. Early reports indicated that the other driver was
intoxicated, although later information suggested that the collision
was simply a tragic accident.

2008 Ursa Major Award nominations close today

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Voting for nominations for this year's Ursa Major Awards close today, with The Furtean Times hoping for a nomination in the "Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine" category.

The Ursa Major Awards are presented each year and celebrate the best works of the furry fandom. The first round of voting will decided who will be shortlisted for this year’s prizes. Voting in the next round will start on 14 March.

Suggestions for the 2009 Recommended Anthropomorphic List are also open, for those who wish to suggest pieces of furry work that this year deserve an award, to be given in 2010.