doth drag-on through the long, hot days of summer. Look ahead and
find out more about preparations for ConFurences to the and to the
right! But first, hear now the newts...
- Disney Studio's 34th animated feature, The Hunchback
of Notre Dame, opened nationwide on June 21st after an even bigger
international advertising and merchandising campaign than that which
proceeded (let alone followed) the premiere of some of Disney's
recent features! This is the first Disney animated feature to be
fully completed following last year's departure of motion picture
head Jeffrey Katzenberg to Dreamworks Studios. During it's first
weekend of full release, Hunchback earned roughly $21 million, placing
second for the weekend behind Arnold Schwarzenegger's new action/adventure
film Eraser. The songs for this new Disney film were once again
composed by Oscar-winners Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Of note
to furry fans is the pet of the gypsy heroine Esmeralda: A goat
named Djali, who's quite a character onto himself, if a non-speaking
one. Getting more press are the hunchback Quasimodo's three imaginary
companions, a trio of living gargoyles (from the waist up) named
Victor, Hugo, and Laverne. Once again, the official comic book adaption
of Hunchback is available now from Marvel Comics.
- Coming this August is a new feature-film version
of H.G. Wells' well-known Island of Dr. Moreau, starring none other
than Marlon Brando as the Doctor himself. Also starring in the film
are Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Ron Perlman (TV's Beauty &
The Beast), Fairuza Balk (The Craft), and David Thewlis (Dragonheart).
- Another summer film of note is the new live-action
version of Pinocchio, starring Johnathan Taylor Thomas (The Lion
King), Martin Landau as Gephetto, and Bebe Neuwirth and Rob Schnieder
as, respectively, the fox and the cat.
- The current Universal Pictures release Dragonheart
will make the move to television this fall as a new animated series.
Other new animated furry TV shows (Saturday morning and syndicated)
include The New Adventures of Oliver Twist (with a canine Oliver
this time), Samurai Pizza Cats (again), Tex Avery Theatre (new cartoons
in the Tex Avery style), Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, Arthur
(based on the popular children's books by Marc Brown), and Little
Mouse on the Prairie.
- The new Disney TV Animation series Duck Daze
has changed its name to Quack Pack. Thirty-nine original episodes
will begin airing Tuesdays through Thursdays this fall, as the newest
segment of the Disney Afternoon. The series follows the adventures
of Donald Duck, now a cameraman for an entertainment news show called
'What In The World?', as his travels and adventures get him and
the now-teenaged Huey, Dewey, and Louie into trouble and adventure.
Also along is Daisy Duck as a tough-as-nails reporter.
- Also coming soon from Disney on TV is Jungle
Cubs, which will feature adventures with younger versions of Baloo,
Bagheera, Shere Kahn, Louie, and other characters from The Jungle
Book. Meanwhile, Gargoyles returns with 13 new episodes on ABC Saturday
mornings, now in a series called The Goliath Chronicles. Interestingly,
this new series will be animated by Nelvana Studios.
- According to ads on the Discovery Channel, a
new cable channel is on its way: Animal Planet, "All Animals
All The Time". Speaking of television: Stan Sakai's well-known
furry comic Usagi Yojimbo was mentioned prominently in the dialogue
during a recent episode of Fox's The X-Files.
- Out now from Caliber Comics is the first issue
of a new comic series that chronicles the beginnings of the controversial
activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
Titled Animal Rights Comics, this full- color series features a
script by Joyce Brabner and artwork by Mark Badger.
- Mike Halbleib's comic mini-series Vortex the
Wonder Mule has returned, now self-published through Black Peke
Comics and retitled Vortech. The new black- and-white science fiction
adventure series features many of the same characters as the original
from 1992, but now with a brand new story line carrying Vortech
out into the human world. Look for it starting this July.
- ACG Comics presents the return of Atomic Rabbit,
the original funny animal series that well-known comic creator Al
Fago made for Charlton Comics way back when. This new black-and-white
series is shot from the original Charlton proofs. Meanwhile, Vincent
Fago's classic newspaper strip Peter Rabbit from the 50's, formatted
into 16 black-and-white 2-page adventures. (Related Fagos? We dunno!)
- Original creator, writer, and artist James Dean
Smith brings back Boris the Bear in Boris' Adventure Magazine, a
new black-and-white from Nicotat Comics. Boris returns as his crime-fighting
alter-ego, BlackBear, and issue #2 introduces us to Barney Farkwarkle
and the furry crew of the Avenging Eagle in outer space adventure.
- Crusade Comics brings you the latest issue of
The Dogs O' War from Tom Sniegoski and Mark Masztal. Dog-recom Shar-Pei
(who previously had his own mini-series) stars in the black-and-white
adventure as the leader of a group of recom 'dog soldiers' who battle
to free a castle from an evil being known as Doctor Dusk.
- In the first issue of Steviebear from Belfax
Studio, three teenage friends find themselves accidentally transported
to a magical fantasy realm... and one of them finds himself transformed
into a large ursine furry. Comedy and adventure ensue.
- Warcat moves from Alliance Comics to Coconut
Comics, and Warcat #1 returns as a reprint. In his second black-and-white
issue, the battle-cat returns to his fight against evil forces,
and The Sophisticats are also featured in their own self-contained
- From Custom Comics of America comes Rooter:
Sweatin' Bullets #1, featuring the story of Rooter "and his
metamorphic band of misfits" -- a group of musical furries
trying to make it in Memphis. Full color fun from Kelly Campbell,
John Powell, and Jim Zeman.
- The anthropomorphic super-hero team The Hy-Breed
returns from Division Comics. Issue #6 of this black-and-white comics
features "the most shocking ending you'll find in comics this
year". You heard it here.
- Tina Piazza is the daughter of rock drummer
Sammy Piazza (Hot Tuna, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc) who spent much of
her life on the road with her dad. She's decided to chronicle those
years, as well as the adventures of her own 'funky/ pun band', in
an anthropomorphic comic called The Screamin' Bunny Butts. Black-and-white
strangeness from Rock Snot Comics.
- A new black-and-white comic from Sick Mind Press
(a warning?) is Sheba #1 by Wally Crane. Sheba the cat mummy is
awakened in 641 AD, and enlists the aid of Anubis to help her rid
Egypt of that new invading religion, Islam. Controversial? Nawww!
- Antarctic Press now has Furrlough and Warrior
Nun Areala t-shirts available, designed by Shon Howell and Ben Dunn
respectively. Available for $17.95 (plus shipping) each, in L and
XL sizes. Meanwhile, keep your eyes out for issues three and four
of Tank Vixens, once more brought to you by Paul Kidd and Mike Sagara.
- A new anthology of lycanthropic short stories
has arrived from Ace/Berkley: Otherwere, edited by Laura Anne Gilman.
This collection of "stories of transformation" contains
shorts by R.A. Salvatore, Josepha Sherman, Jody Lynn Nye, Craig
Shaw Gardner, and others.
- Ballantine/Del Ray presents the fourth novel
in Tara K. Harper's popular "Wolfwalker" series, Greyheart.
Once more, a young woman must use her telepathic connection with
a wolf to solve a nasty problem in this fantasy/ adventure novel.
- Working from a story by Star Wars creator George
Lucas, comic writer Chris Claremont brings us Shadow Dawn, the second
hard-cover novel in a new fantasy series concerned with the last
storing place of magic in the world -- namely, the entire race of
dragons. From Bantam Books.
- Speaking of Paul Kidd as we were, his new book
for TSR is The Council of Blades, to be released this December.
A semi-spoof of the Forgotten Realms novels, this story includes
one Tekoriikii, a somewhat ditzy firebird (lesser phoenix) who's
central to the plot.
- In Thor, a new novel by Wayne Smith and available
from Ballantine Books, a family's faithful German Sheppard discovers
that a visiting uncle is in fact a deadly werewolf. Interesting
note: The story is told from Thor's point of view.
- New from Fantasma Books is Godzilla: King of
the Movie Monsters, An Illustrated Guide to Japanese Monster Movies
(got all that?). Compiled by Robert Marrero, the focus here is on
Godzilla (aka Gojira in his homeland) but many favorite giant monsters
are covered, "from Atragon to Zigra". 144 pages with over
- Disney archivist Dave Smith has compiled the
Disney A to Z, an encyclopedia of all things Disney. With over 6,500
entries here, items covered include movies, TV shows, park attractions,
corporate people, songs and composers, and much more. Perfect-bound,
from Hyperion Books. Also available in trade- paperback from Da
Capo Press is Tex Avery, King of Cartoons by Joe Adamson, profiling
the career of the famous MGM and Looney Toons director with interviews
- A new card-based game from Steve Jackson Games
is Dino Hunt, where players collect cards representing any number
of dinosaur species -- the idea is to "bring 'em back alive".
The main game set features 109 cards, enough for a complete game,
and booster packs with additional and specialty cards are also available.
The cards feature detailed drawings of dinosaurs and other prehistoric
life from several well-known artists.
- From Richard Lowman (Condensed by Rod O'Riley):
- This is your anonymous ("Fox-Cub")
reporter from the "Electronic Entertainment Expo" ("E-3")
that took place back around May 16-18 in Los Angeles. It seems that
there hasn't been that much going on in the Cyberspace world of
"Furries" these days (excluding the MUCKs of course),
but on the gaming side, this will change between the time that this
gets to you and sometime by the end of this year.
- Now under development at Broderbund Software
is Koala Lumpur: Journey To The Edge. Think of Rocky And Bullwinkle,
The Wizard Of Oz, and Ren & Stimpy on acid. You play a common
fly who is teamed up with a marsupial wizard and his sidekick "Dr.
- For the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn:
From Capcom is Werewolf: The Apocalypse, based on the RPG game [from
White Wolf]. Remember Ken Maklin's character Bubsy The Bobcat? Accolade
and a new company called Eidetic Software have joined forces and
put him in a new adventure called Bubsy 3D. Then, from Crystal Dynamics
and the warped mind of Monty Python veteran Terry Jones, comes Blazing
Dragons. It features over 40 characters, and celebrity voices from
Cheech Marin and Harry Shearer to Jessica Hahn [!!]
and of course Terry Jones. Also, the game features animation from
- Over at Disney Interactive they are readying
The Hunchback Of Notre Dame: Topsy Turvy Games for release on Aug.
14th. (The Mac version is due out later in the fall.) The second
release in the "Game Break!" series, it includes five
fast-paced games where you can interact with more than 50 characters.
And for you "Duck" fans out there there's Maui Mallard
in Cold Shadow. This game introduces a new original character, "Maui
Mallard", a washed-up quack detective who has to "Morph"
into his alter-ego, "The Ninja".
- The gang from Nintendo is planning the return
of StarFox Fox McCloud in StarFox-64, along with new silicon graphics.
This time, McCloud and his team go against a ruthless and powerful
bounty hunter called StarWolf.
- At Playmates Interactive they are working on
Duckman: The Legend Of The Fall. The politically incorrect character
from the USA Network hit show will be coming to CD-ROM in January
- And over at Sega, we should be seeing the introduction
of Sonic X-Treme (Starting for the Sega Saturn.) in the fall, and
a few new characters too.
- Meanwhile over at Sony, they now have a mascot
of sorts for the game division over there: A large rat by the name
of Crash Bandicoot, and he's showing up in a game of the same name,
for the Playstation.
- And lastly (Somehow fitting...), the folks from
Virgin Interactive are coming out with what must be the most strange
and delightfully twisted title on three CD ROMs called Toonstruck
starring Christopher Lloyd as harried animator "Drew Blank".
Somehow, Drew is thrown headlong into the cartoon world, and it's
up to the player, assisted a sarcastic purple thingy called "Flux
Wildly" (Dan Castellaneta) to try and get him home again.
- As always, some of the release dates and game specifics may change.
So, that's about it for the report. Until next time then....
I was very busy from March to May, working on four assignments, with
three of them being furry-related:
- I co-inked Storm Rider #1 by Azure Press.
- I inked and lettered "A Private Place" episode for Katmandu
#7 by Vision Comics.
- I inked Shanda the Panda #15 by Vision Comics.
- I wrote an article on how I networked for assignments #2 and #3
for the July issue of Cartoonist And Comic Artist (formerly The
Aspiring Cartoonist) by Yendie Boox Publishing.
The assignments I mentioned should be semi-regular to regular series
assignments. Also, I should soon be inking Chris Grant's Empire series
for Central Empire Productions.
The Legend Of Yore role-playing game by Galileo Games has just been
released. I was one of the illustrators for the 240-plus-page book.
It retails at gaming stores for $25.99. If you're unable to locate
the game, you can write to Brennan Taylor at Galileo Games, Inc.,
3630 Capitol Dr., Ft. Collins, CO 80526. Tell him I sent you.
Furry editors and/or publishers: If you need an inker or illustrator,
please look me up.
Steven R. Addlesee
852 East 8475 South
Sandy, UT 84094
New furry artist seeking feedback! http://www.nwlink.com/~teknoboy/fr.html
Over 40 downloadable images and other fun stuff.
Foxtailz #4...Acetylene $6.00 US a copy! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
for more info..!! - Dean L. Norton
Howdy once again. I have a much better computer system and network
server and would like to announce that I'm collecting anthropomorphic
TV commercials to show at ConFurence 8. Presently the tape is about
half an hour long and I'd like to fill it to an hour. That seems to
be a convenient length; we could show it more than once, and anything
longer than that might be too complicated. Please let me know what
you think. Thanks!
Matt J. McCullar
From C.K. Penchant:
The first issue of Freebop: New Furry Cartoon Fiction is going to
press and will be available in July of 1996. This anthology is devoted
to slice-of-life comics and features work by Bob Drake, Bill Fitts,
Shon Howell, Gordon Spurlock, Mercy Van Vlack, and C.K. Penchant.
This book contains adult material and will not be sold to minors.
For ordering information, contact (SASE):
Running Dog Press
P.O. Box 3442
Oakland, CA 94609-0442
A Request to Our Readers:
Hey, got a favorite comic or book store that carries your favorite
furry titles, or that you wish would carry more? Give us their address!
We'll send them a copy of In-Fur-Nation each quarter, and keep them
abreast of the kind of comics and media that you would like to see
on their shelves! Remember, they can't order it if they don't know
it's out there!
Advertising in In-Fur-Nation: For those who've been asking, ads in
In-Fur- Nation come in these sizes: 1/8-page "business card"
size for $5.00 per issue, and 1/4-page size (4 1/2" tall by 3
1/4" wide) for $10.00 per issue. Full-page inclusions can also
be arranged for $50.00 an issue. Check should be made out to ConFurence.
Send camera-ready art and text to P.O. Box 1958, Garden Grove, CA
92642-1958. (Only for non-internet version)
Department of Corrections Department: Needless to say, the mast-head
for last issue should have read, April 1996, not 1997!
(Many thanks to the people who helped provide information for this
issue, both by mail and via Internet!)
...and YOU can die! [Draco, the dragon, from Dragonheart]
Once Again, The Winning Words!
Here we go (I'll say)! ConFurence proudly presents the winning song
from the ConFurence Seven Furry Filk Song Contest -- Tears of Rain,
original words and music by Shannon McGuire. Interestingly, this song
is based on a previous winning song, Gently Falling Rain by Michael
Payne. That song told the human's story: This one tells the furry's.
I watch you through the window at the station
And see you try to wipe away your tears
You have to hide your pain; you're only human
Lost in a world of human dreams and fears.
Wherever I may go, please know I love you
Wherever they may send me, don't forget
Please remember all we swore
Those nights behind the bedroom door
No matter where I am, I love you yet.
I hope you understand that I don't blame you
You can't control the things that people do
You can't make them change the way they see me
They can't admit that I'm a person too.
I only wish we could have one more moment
Just an hour, alone, to say goodbye
To feel your skin against my fur
To say 'I love you' just once more
To ask you, just once, gently, not to cry.
What is rain compared to sorrow?
There is no way for me to ease the pain.
And though I know I may have no tomorrow
My tears will fall for you, a gentle rain.
Why did humans have to dream of hatred?
Who decided different must be wrong?
And now the hates of others come between us
You must suffer longer, please be strong.
And now the train begins to leave the station
You try to run beside, but it's too fast
I try to smile, and then you're gone
And still the train keeps going on
Leaving all our dreams that couldn't last.
I have to pray that we will be together
I have to keep believing this will end
But still I feel my heart break and I crumble
For I know we may never meet again.
I thought that I would have to leave you
Still I hope you can live past the pain
I only pray we'll meet again
That love will win, but until then
My tears will fall for you, a gentle rain.
Twenty Minutes Into The Future...
ConFurence East Update
Preparations are still under way for another furry good time
in Cleveland this November! In addition to their Guests of Honor
Susan Van Camp, Paul Kidd, and White Wolf Studios, the list
of well-known furries attending includes Mitchell Biero, Jeremy
Bernal, Mike & Carole Curtis, Charles Davies, Steve Gallacci,
Roz Gibson, Tygger Graf, Jim Groat, Michele Light, Steve Martin,
Lex Nakashima, Eric Schwartz, Ted Sheppard, Terrie Smith, Taral
Wayne, Wells & Clarke, Mel. White, Elin Winkler, and Tommy
Yune, as well as your favorite publishers and distributors (Antarctic,
MU Press, Mailbox Books, et al) and lots of well-known fanzine-furries
too. Programming and workshops include pagan animal spiritualism
(with Barry Needleman), furry make-up and costuming (Dave Burkhart),
The Storytellers' Circle (Brent Edwards), Copyrights for artists
(Glen Wooten, Mel. White), animation (Eric Schwartz, Mike Higgs),
new furry MUDs (Mark Merlino, George Nemeyer), and artistic
how-to workshops (Susan Van Camp and G. Raymond Eddy). Also
on hand will be Gary L. Kyrouac, associate director of ConFurence
East's official Charity, Wolf Park. Gary will preside over several
discussions on wolf ecology and preservation.
- On Friday night, CF East presents a special, unique, furry
version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show's audience participation
act! Instructions and sign-ups will be available from email@example.com,
for those with e-mail access. Once again, CF East will host
a 'Pet' Auction, with proceeds to benefit Wolf Park. Volunteer
'pets' are needed for this charity event! There will also
be a Masquerade Dance and Costume Competition, as well as
several costuming how-to presentations from the FurSuit group.
- The Art Show is sure to be a major draw at ConFurence East
once again! Artist Registration Packs will be available shortly,
and must be requested by mail or e-mail. Remember, Art Registration
forms must be received by CF East no later than August 31st,
1996 in order to reserve your space. So write to receive your
info packet right away!
- ConFurence East will have a fully stocked Dealers' Room
with comics, books, fanzines, art portfolios, and much more
furry stuff from some of your favorite faces, and interesting
- Sponsors and Special Sponsors: Sponsors are furries willing
to help ConFurence East cover its expenses by contributing
$50.00 or more toward the con. In return they're afforded
guest privileges, including a deli luncheon on Sunday and
other goodies. Special Sponsors help out even more by ear-
marking contributions of $125.00 or more toward travel and
housing expenses for specific guests of the convention (your
check or money order must say 'Special Sponsorship Program'
on it, and name a specific guest it's for). Special Sponsors
have their own program of incentives too! Guests who've requested
Special Sponsorship help include Steve Corbett, Mike and Carole
Curtis, Terrie Smith and Glen Wooten, Roz Gibson, and Richard
Bartrop. Write to CF East for more information on Sponsorship
- When It All Is: November 15, 16, and 17, 1996.
- Where It All Is: Holiday Inn Independence,6001 Rockside
Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44131. Remember though, all reservations
must be made through ConFurence East! Be sure to mention the
'party floor' if you plan to have a party or want to be near
the action. All reservations must be made by 10/10/96. Rooms
are $77.00/night (plus tax) for single, double, triple, or
quad. Send today for your registration packet from CFE!
- Membership Rates: For all three days of the con are $25.00
by mail until 10/30/96. After that and at-the-door, memberships
are $35.00. Supporting memberships are available for $15.00,
and convertible to full memberships at the door for $10.00
more. You can also become a Sponsor for $50.00 or more and
receive full guest privileges! Make checks or money orders
(U.S. funds only please!) out to Susan P. Ny. You can also
order your membership by credit card -- write to them for
- For more information about the con itself or any of the
items mentioned above, write to: Trish Ny, ConFURence East,
11037 Henning Drive, Chardon, OH 44024. Or, send e-mail on
InterNet to firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
ConFurence Eight --
Music and Mirth!
- Our main theme for ConFurence Eight: Songs about furries, as well
as the music of our favorite movies and TV shows. Plus our secondary
theme: Scalies! Dragons, dinosaurs, and reptiles of all sorts get
- Since last April we've confirmed more Special Guests for ConFurence
Eight, giving us yet another interesting line-up! In addition
to authors Peter S. Beagle and Robert J. Sawyer, and filksinger
Jane Robinson, we now welcome comic book and animation artist
Ricardo Delgado to our fold. Ricardo has worked for years in artistic
development, most notably for Disney Studios. Recently he's become
known for a wordless graphic series which fits right in with our
secondary theme: The Age of Reptiles, from Dark Horse Press. This
exciting and popular dinosaur adventure series has now been collected
into a trade paperback, and even spawned a sequel series, The
Age of Reptiles: The Hunters. Look for Ricardo to join up with
some of our other special guests for some lively discussion on
prehistoric life -- and no, we don't mean First Fandom!
So, our Guest-of-Honor roster is rounded out, and our list of
other guests continues to grow. So who's on it? Names like Steve
Addlesee, Jeremy Bernal, Mitchell Biero, E.T. Bryan, John Cawley,
Jimmy Chin, Mike and Carol Curtis, Steve Gallacci, Roz Gibson,
Tygger Graf, Jim Groat, Daphne Lage, Michele Light, Monika Livingstone,
Jymn Magon, Michael-Scot McMurry, Chuck Melville, Lex Nakashima,
John Nunnemacher, Joe and Trish Ny, Fred Patten, Dusty Rhodes,
Ted Sheppard, Terrie Smith, Taral Wayne, Mel. White, Elin Winkler,
Tommy Yune, Ed Zolna, and numerous well-known artists and writers
from YARF!, MU Press, Vision, and Antarctic! And many more! We
even have Leslie Fish, one of the premiere filk singer/songwriters
in America. But remember, the face we always most want to see
there most is yours! So don't disappoint us!
The NEW Hotel
- ConFurence has settled down for 1997 in a new environment --
namely, the Buena Park Hotel, right in the parking lot of Knott's
Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. The great news is that we've
made a deal for you: Rooms are only $64.00 a night for single,
double, triple, or quad! Suites are also available (and wait until
you see what we have in store for our sponsors and super sponsors!).
For reservations, call (800) 422-4444, or the local number (714)
995-1111. Important: Make sure to call during business hours (M-F
9 am - 5 pm, pacific time), and make sure to mention ConFurence!
Reservations are already coming in steadily, so think about getting
yours in soon!
- Other Accommodations
- For those fans of less means, there are also a trio of cheaper
motels right across the street from our host hotel -- more on
them next issue!
- Other Activities
- There will be some sort of group-ticket sales available for
Disneyland at ConFurence 8 -- watch this space for more details
next issue. Other local fun- places-to-go near ConFurence include
Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Movieland Wax Museum, Ripley's
Believe It or Not Museum, and Wild Bill's Western Show. Please
write us and let us know which of these you might be interested
in getting group discount tickets for!
The Den of Dealers:
- By the time you read this, we will most likely have sold the
very last tables in the Den of Dealers for ConFurence 8. That's
more than 80 tables worth of stuff for the discerning furry collector!
Want your last chance to get involved? Please write us and let
us know if you want to be placed on the Waiting List for the Den
of Dealers 1997. Otherwise, just show up, and be prepared to be
blown away by the variety of comics, books, music tapes, portfolios,
fanzines, prints, puppets, t-shirts, and other just-plain-neat-
stuff you'll find at our furry trade show! If a table opens up
at the last minute, and you're on the Waiting List -- we'll let
you know first!
The Artists' Alley:
- One of the most popular and populated areas of any ConFurence,
and ConFurence Eight is going to carry on that tradition for sure!
These tables in our hotel's pre-convene area (right above the
Main Lobby) are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served
basis at the con itself, and need to be signed up for each morning.
Write to Rod O'Riley at the ConFurence address for any information
on table space.
The Art Show:
- Until you see it, you are not going to believe the size of the
space we've taken out for this year's Art Show. But even still,
our experience tells us that the ConFurence Eight Art Show will
fill up -- again! Trust us, if you do art of funny animals, furries,
monsters, aliens, toons, or even real animals, you want to be
in this art show! Your first art show space (4 ft. by 4 ft., horizontal
or vertical) is still available free with your paid supporting
or attending membership -- all you have to do is claim it, in
writing. Additional art show spaces are available for a low $5.00
each. We also have an extensive Print Shop available for selling
copies of your work. So get your reservations in today! What,
you can't make it to ConFurence? No problem! Reserve your space,
and mail us your art before the con -- we'll set it up, send you
back what may not sell, and get you off a check for your sold
items! We have an extensive registration 'instruction sheet' available
that explains all the ins and outs of displaying and selling art,
sculpture, prints, or whatever at ConFurence, so write to Jazmyn
Concolor at the ConFurence address (or e-mail her at Jazmyn@netcom.com)
and we'll send it off to you right away! Don't delay! Write today!
The Video Program
- The ConFurence Video Program returns to a single space for CF8.
In 1997, in addition to many new items and some old favorites,
we're going to be celebrating several well-known furry features
that are having special anniversaries, including Dark Crystal,
The Secret of NIMH, Wizards, Twice Upon A Time, and Charlotte's
Web. In fact, we have enough to show you that video is going to
be running round the clock, 24 hours, through the con! So we've
got lots of room if you have suggestions for us -- write to the
P.O. Box or e-mail address, and be sure to put Attn: Video on
Let The Games Begin!
- ConFurence Eight will feature not one, but two rooms dedicated
to Gaming: Card Games (Magic Spoken Here), and more traditional
Role-Playing Games (Magic Free Zone). Interested in setting up
a specific game or tournament? Write to us ASAP, at the ConFurence
address (put Attn: Games on the envelope or subject line). We'll
help you find people interested in playing!
The Cabaret Fur le Dance:
- Once again, we can promise you another magical evening of furry
entertainment at our famous charity stage show, high atop the
Buena Park Hotel. What kind of entertainment will there be? The
kind to get you howling, that's for sure! And perhaps you have
an idea for an act yourself? Why not try it out on the ConFurence
staff -- you just might find yourself on stage! Write to Mark
Merlino at the ConFurence address for all the de-tails! Or, you
can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Just remember, once again
all performers in the Cabaret must be able to first attend a special
pre-planning meeting on Friday night, January 17, at ConFurence!)
Club Tekno-Fur Returns!
- It's back! Swirling lights and magical sounds! Fractals and
videos galore! And above it all, beats to make you move your feets!
It's Club Techno-Fur, back for you on Friday night atop the Buena
Park Hotel -- and it's included free with your membership!
- The ever-loonier Nitrocoon Improv Theatre Show makes another
go at your sanity on Friday Night. Admission is included with
your membership, so be there or be -- missing!
- We've brought along with us one of our great traditions, the
Friday night Ice Cream Social, our annual frozen-food munchie-fest!
Next night, it's the Saturday Night Furry Feed, where for a small
price, you can indulge in some finely crafted lasagna -- at venue
which, appropriately enough, we call Garfield's. Speaking of food,
the Buena Park Hotel features a full-service coffee shop, a fancy
bar with a 50's theme, and a fancy steak house restaurant -- all
under one roof! (Don't worry, we'll have Restaurant Guides printed
up if you want to check out what else is in the neighborhood!)
More Furries, More Films, More Bang For Your... oh, you know!
ConFurence Eight! What's happening?
- Still more of what we're famous for, of course: Meetings, discussions,
rap sessions and round-tables on dozens of furry topics, from
art and writing to animation, computers, games, and even meeting
other fans of your favorite animal species -- plus some special
new gatherings you're bound to enjoy! Presentations, lectures,
and how-to sessions on writing, art, publishing, and other aspects
of the creative furry. And yes, more life-drawing workshops, and
a special new session for life-photography! Autographs from your
favorite well-known lit and media furries. The Saturday afternoon
Costume Presentation returns, with voting for the best costume
-- and helpful how-to sessions with costume makers and designers.
Computer networking, art, animation, and technical innovations.
Filking through the night, including our popular Furry Filksong
Contest on Friday again (right before the Friday Night Concert!).
Sketching by literally dozens of artists of every size, shape,
and style, anyplace they can find unoccupied horizontal space.
Plus a whole lot more! No problem keeping track of it all: Once
again ConFurence will have its own daily newsletter, The Scent
Post, keeping you on top of all the newest developments, twice
daily. All the rest, as always, is what you bring to the con!
- Registration to ConFurence Five is on a sliding scale -- All
memberships are $20.00 for a full three-days Attending, from now
until December 1st, 1996. From December 2nd, 1996 until January
10th, 1996, three-day Attending memberships are available for
$30.00, and after that, at-the-door for $30.00 also. Plus, a full
year of In-Fur-Nation, and our special annual ConFurence Souvenir
Collection Book, are all included in the price of your membership!
A single art show display space is also included free with your
membership -- if you write us and claim it!
And remember, we'd love to have you join us, but if you cannot
make it out to our environs, feel free to join ConFurence as a
Supporting member! Supporting members get a full year's subscription
to In-Fur-Nation, the Souvenir Collection Book, and one free art
show display space for the taking, all for the low price of just
$12.00! And, if your fortunes change, you can convert your supporting
to a full attending membership at the door for only $15.00. Such
a deal, spiders and snakes!
We heartily recommend that you get your memberships now. That
provides us with the best means to keep you in touch with ConFurence
over the whole year -- and if past history holds true, we'll have
a lot of exciting stuff to tell you between now and the con itself!
THE Needs of ConFurence...
- Our Sponsors
- Sponsors are the excellent people who help keep ConFurence going
by giving just a little extra bit (or a lot extra bit!) of financial
help. This is money for transporting, lodging, and feeding our
special guests, as well as off-setting complimentary memberships.
To become a sponsor, contribute a minimum of $50.00 (up to $99.00),
which includes your initial membership fee. Remember: Indicate
which of our special guests this money is to help toward, or just
mark it "general fund" -- we'll split it among all of
them. And what do you get for being a sponsor? Sponsors are the
only folks (besides staff and guests) allowed in the Guest Lounge,
a special place set aside where folks can relax away from the
hubbub of the con. Guests and sponsors can attend a free sandwich-feast
on Sunday evening, after the con. And, sponsors get some special
prices on materials from the ConFurence store. And, sponsors get
-- our unending gratitude! (And, recognition by name in the souvenir
- Super Sponsors are the awesomely excellent furry folk who really
want to help out ConFurence -- and who think they deserve something
special in return. Super Sponsors are crazy, er, wonderful people
willing to contribute $100.00 or more (which includes their initial
memberships) toward a special guest of their choice, or just toward
the guests in general. Super Sponsors get all the same neat stuff
as other Sponsors, plus an added bonus of a chance to obtain a
customized art piece from a famous furry artist! (Write for a
list of participating artists.) Don't have $100.00 sitting around
handy? Make installments! That's right, we'll take two payments
of $50.00, or four payments of $25.00 -- it still counts you as
a Super Sponsor, as long as it totals $100.00 by the time of the
Once again at ConFurence Eight for Sponsors and Supers: We're
setting up a special 'Express Registration' just for our pre-registered
sponsors and super -sponsors. You can bi-pass the line-up at Con
Reg, get your badges and other con stuff right away, and get out
there first to get those sketches in your books started!
ConFurence Wants YOU...
- ... to join our staff and help put on one of the fastest growing
fannish conventions on the West Coast! Join our team! We need
volunteers to help out with all areas of the convention, from
registration to art show to helping keep the fans well-fed! No
experience necessary -- we will train! For as little as 12 hours
of work over the length of CF8 (though we won't stop you from
helping more!), you can get access to our exclusive Staff Lounge,
as well as use of our available crash space -- plus, some other
special goodies, and the knowledge that you've helped us pull
this thing off for another year! Write to Volunteers care of the
ConFurence address, or send e-mail to Rod O'Riley at email@example.com,
and we'll send you our staff sign-up sheet and information right
Fly! Fly, my pretties!
- For those who haven't heard yet, ConFurence has its own official
travel agency, Ladera Travel of Southern California. They've specialized
for years in getting good rates for travel to and from SF cons
all over the world, including ours! Contact Rick Foss or Robin
(his trusty assistant) at (800) 624-6679 from outside California,
or (310) 640-0527 inside California.