- October, 1996
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is an illusion..."
Fall has arrived! Read on for some helpful information on ConFurence
Eight (and other furry stuff around the country), after a brief update
from our intrepid reporters...
- Expectations are running high for the upcoming
live action/animated feature Space Jam, starring Chicago
Bulls star Michael Jordan as a basketball star (what else?),
captured by aliens, who enlists the aid of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,
Tweety Bird, and other Warner Brothers well-known toons to defeat
an invading army of aliens. This will be the first feature released
by Warner Brothers' new Feature Animation division. Look for it
in theaters this fall
- Also coming to theaters, but probably receiving
much less fanfare, is Frank & Ollie, a new biographical
documentary about two of the more well-known members of Walt Disney's
original animation team (the 'Nine Old Men'), that being Frank
Thomas and Ollie Johnston. Again, look for it this fall.
- Along that line, now on video from Gladstone
is Duck Man: An Interview with Carl Barks. This 90-minute
interview and duck-umentary from 1975 features the creative mind
behind Disney's Uncle Scrooge comics and many other favorites how
and why he did what he did.
- Word is out that comic Arsenio Hall will
be starring in a new film version of Francis the Talking Mule.
Meanwhile, Christina Ricci (Adams Family Values) and
Doug E. Doug (Operation Dumbo Drop) star in a new
film version of the classic Disney live action film That Darn
- News from TV Land: Universal Cartoons is producing
thirteen more episodes of Earthworm Jim for the WB Network.
From the same creative team as EJ comes the new Saturday
morning show Project Geeker. In it, we follow the futuristic
adventures of Geeker, a super-powered mutant lifeform, as he tries
to escape from his creator (a morphic mastodon) with the help of
his friends, who include a talking tyrannosaurus rex. Got that?
Also now on the Saturday morning scene is a new computer-animated
series, Transformers: Beast Wars, which features robots who
transform into various animal-forms to do battle with evil counterparts.
- The Cartoon Network will be releasing another
spin-off from Hanna-Barbera's World Premiere Toons, Cow and Chicken,
as well as a new cartoon mini-talkshow, featuring a computer-generated
version of Top Cat as host. Other new cartoon shows of furry
interest coming to cable include Wing Commander Academy (USA
Network), Angry Beavers (Nickelodeon), Fantomcat, The
Flying Little Bears, and Seadogs (unknown at this point).
- Update on the Gargoyles feature: A recent
article in Variety indicated that Independence Day
writer and producer Dean Devlin has been given the go-ahead
to create a script for a live-action feature film based on the Gargoyles
animated series from Disney. The same article noted that director
Roland Emmerich, Devlin's frequent partner and the director
of ID4 and Stargate, has been given the first option
- New from Bardic Press is a quarterly black &
white comic anthology, Mythography, featuring fantasy stories
by Teri S. Wood (Rhudiprrt), Carla Speed McNeil,
- A new black & white comic from Canada is
Mechanimals by Rakitic, Lane, and Halasz. A
young boy, an old tinkerer, and four mechanical anthropomorphic
pets search for the secret of the Mechanimals' creation. Published
by Nouvelle, Box 2, Station LaSalle, LaSalle, Quebec H8R 2X3.
- If you're into the legend of the sasquatch,
or Bigfoot, check out The Bigfoot Book from Mojo Press. This
black & white anthology looks at the bigfoot legend from a variety
of angles, with stories and art by Philip Hester, Neal Barrett
Jr., and many others.
- If you're into furries-as-villains, check out
Human Heart, a new black & white by Steven Henry
from Red Phoenix Comics. A teen boy fights to protect his new friend,
a female mutant, from a group of human-animals sent to silence her.
- New from Tapestry Comics is a black & white
called Pakkins' Land by Gary and Rhonda Shipman.
A young boy named Paul finds himself transported to a magical land,
where an eagle made of light introduces him to a group of talking
animals, looking to find their lost king. Also from Tapestry look
for Boondoggle by Stephen Stegelin. Shades of Bloom
County: In the small town of Boondoggle, a young boy named Bump
and his anthropomorphic friends must learn to deal with live, love,
the world, and grown-ups.
- From Moonstone Comics comes Mr. Nightmare's
Wonderful World, a black & white horror/humor comic (humor/horror?)
from Dave Ulanski. The guardian of nightmares and his hench-creatures,
a manticore and two bats, attempt to keep the balance of the universe
with their adversary, the Guardian of Reality. Yes that's right.
Info on Moonstone Comics can be found on the World Wide Web at http://members.aol.com/mnstone.
- In color, from Homage Comics comes Leave
It To Chance by James Robinson and Paul Smith.
A girl named Chance Falconer is learning the family business, protecting
a shadowy city called Devil's Echo from an array of occult forces
and monsters. In the second issue we meet St. George, Chance's companion
and "the bravest dragon in comics". More fantasy from
Homage is The Wizard's Tale, a fully-painted graphic novel
by Kurt Busiek and David Wenzel. Plenty of dragons,
toads, and monsters in this one too.
- More black & whites, this time from Cartoony
Comics. Rumf Adventures #1 follows a feline funny-animal
adventurer named Rumfus as he struggles through a jungle war. From
- Hip TV magician Rudy Coby now has his
own comic book adventure series (in full color) from Image Comics:
Labman, the magical scientific superhero. One of the super-villains
hounding Labman is a sequin-suited reptilian dandy known as 'The
Lounge Lizard'. You heard it right.
- The creator of Space Bananas,Barry
Kraus, has branched out. The Bananas and friends are now available
in a full-color anthology from Karl Art Comics called Mighty
Cartoon Heroes, along with back-up features Chameleon Kat
and The Aquahounds.
- In merchandized comics, we have Cyboars
from Vintage Comics and Imaginary Limitz. In the premiere issue
of the full-color comic, six interplanetary boars crash-land on
Earth, where a secret scientific organization transforms them into
cybernetic super-beings to battle the evil being they were escaping,
who's also landed on Earth. At the same time, a line of full-color
action figures will be released to toy stores to supplement the
comic book. Both should be available now.
- Coconut Comics Group brings us Totally Horses!
Comic Adventure Magazine, in full color. Issue #1 features "thrilling
tales of English show jumping, western action with the classic Charlton
character Black Fury, and horsey hijinx with the wacky Chomper!"
- What if humankind's evolution was guided by
super-intelligent primates from another world? Well, that's just
what four teens from New York discover is the truth in Urban
Primates, a new full-color comic created by VanHook, Izquierdo,
and Dixon and brought to you by Dark Star Studios.
- Artist Dave Ross will be personally signing
issue #1 of Thrax, a new full-color comic from Dynamic Forces.
In it we follow the adventures of John Hancock, an unwilling subject
in a genetic experiment who's transformed into an 8-foot armor-plated
- John Mueller's dark anthropomorphic tale of
Oink: Heaven's Butcher will soon be available as a softcover
graphic novel collection from Kitchen Sink Press. This collection
features a new color cover, original sketches, and a preview of
the new Oink series, Blood and Circuses, due out in early
1997. A limited edition signed and numbered hardcover version of
Heaven's Butcher will be available from Kitchen Sink in December.
- More shades of Bloom County or Calvin
& Hobbes:Frank Cho'sUniversity2: The
Angry Years is an 80-page black & white comic strip collection
from 12 Angry Monkeys Press. It featuring the adventures of a group
of misplaced lab animals living in a college fraternity, and the
charming love story of a shy duck and a beautiful brunette named
Brandy. You read it here. In trade paperbacks, look for the new
collection of Over The Hedge comic strips by M. Fry
and T. Lewis. Watch as a sarcastic raccoon and a philosophical
turtle attempt to coexist in modern suburbia. From Andrews &
- Over at Antarctic Press, the long-running furry
anthology Furrlough celebrates its 5th anniversary with #47,
a special 48-page issue featuring stories and art by Steve Murphy,
Chris Allan, Ben Dunn, Shon Howell, Elin Winkler, Bryant Velez,
Brian Sutton, and Jerry Collins. Star Trekker
writer/artist Atelier Lana now brings us The Amazing Adventures
of Professor Jones, a black & white anime-style adventure
in which the intrepid archeologist must contend with "the cutest
little demoness you've ever seen" [Previews], whom he unearths
in an ancient city. Innovative packaging: Hepcats #0, 32
pages in full color, will be available in a special Radio Hepcats
Soundtrack Edition, which includes a 70+ minute CD of alternative
rock and "dreampop" selected by Hepcats creator
- From MU Press, look for the new issue (#3) of
Beauty of the Beasts. This black & white collection features
the theme 'At The Movies' this time, with familiar movie posters
and stars done furry style by the likes of Mike Kazaleh, Terrie
Smith, Richard Bartrop, Marc Schirmeister, Conrad Wong, and
others. Issue #11 of Zu features a special preview of the
upcoming Fangs of K'aath comic created by Paul Kidd,
which will premiere in January.
- Small-Press mini-comics with furries to look
for include Solar Duck, a superhero spoof by Kenney McCulloch.
Copies can be ordered from Kenney for $1.00 plus 50 cents postage
at: 1021 Scandia Avenue, #97, Ventura, CA 93001.
- A new magazine of note is Mythic Heroes:
The Serialized Superhero Prose Alternative. Advertized as "a
pulp magazine for the 90's", this zine features a continuing
story called Werelocks by Peg Fisher, in which a werepanther
attempts to find and rescue a kidnapped child. Issue #1 is out now.
- If you found Barlowe's Guide to Extraterrestrials
a useful tool in starting out a life of reading science fiction,
you'll want to check out Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy, available
now from Harper Collins. Creatures illustrated by Barlowe this time
include Peter S. Beagle's unicorn and Clive Barker's
gek-a-gek. Available in both trade paperback and hardcover. While
you're at it, why not check out The Encyclopedia of Fantasy,
a companion volume to the Hugo-winning Encyclopedia of Science
Fiction. By John Clute and John Grant.
- Several interesting trade books on animation
topics are out now. Look for The Wallace & Gromit Postcard
Book, featuring Nick Park's characters from The Wrong
Trousers et al. Also there's The Rocky and Bullwinkle Book,
a hardcover collection of memorabilia, behind-the-scenes stories,
and illustrations from not only the moose and squirrel but Boris
and Natasha, and the rest! Animator and film historian John Canemaker
brings us no less than three illustrated cartoon history books,
Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat, (trade
paperback), Tex Avery (hardcover), and Before The Animation
Begins: The Art and Lives of Disney Inspirational Sketch Artists
- Two illustrated fantasy story-and-art books
of note include The Discovery of Dragons by Australian artist
Graeme Base (Animalia), and The Voyage of The Basset,
illustrated by James Christiansen. This fantasy adventure,
in the spirit of Dinotopia or Gulliver's Travels,
features text by Renwick St. James and Alan Dean Foster.
- A slew of notable furry science fiction and
fantasy books is on its way from Daw Books. Fire Margins
is the third and newest novel in Lisanne Norman's science
fiction series about a human telepath in love with a cat-like alien.
Anne McCaffrey brings us No One Noticed The Cat, in
which a young prince in a fantasy realm is helped through a time
of danger by his "remarkable four-legged friend". Also
look for Storm Breaking, the third and final volume in the
"Mage Storms" series by ConFurence Four Guest of Honor
- From Tor Books, look for Nadya -- The Wolf
Chronicles. Author Pat Murphy describes this lycanthropic
adventure as a novel "for good girls who wanted to grow up
and be bad girls -- or wolves."
- From Dragonlance books, published through TSR,
we have The Dragons by Douglas Niles. Two rival dragons
ultimately face each other in a showdown that could determine the
fate of their world.
- A new subtitled anime video of furry interest:
Ushio & Tora. A young boy accidentally frees a load of
minor demons, and must enlist the aid of a major demon, the tiger-like
being Tora, to hunt them all down.
- In FRP games, look for a new game based on Stan
Sakai's well-known comic Usagi Yojimbo, from Gold Rush
Games (reachable on the net via GoldRushG@aol.com). Also, Web Games
has announced a new module based on its 'Webs Basic Gaming System',
this time featuring the characters and world from Reed Waller
and Kate Worley's famous Omaha the Cat Dancer (the
early days of the story).
- A new and very furry computer game is TerraTopia
from Virgin Sound and Vision. Players become Terra-Troopers, granted
special totems which allow them to transform themselves into their
animal totems. But other Terra-troopers are vanishing, and the villain
seems to be a certain trickster spirit named Coyote... on CD-ROM,
for Windows or Macintosh.
From the CF Mailbox
Clairyce Dolson <firstname.lastname@example.org> is a trainer
of prize golden retrievers in California. She is offering her services
as a consultant in dog behavior and training for people who are currently
working on stories, comics, scripts and etc that incorporate canines,
real or imagined. If you'd like to find out more about canine body
language and interactions for your story, why not e-mail her? Or,
look at ConFurence Eight... Clairyce might be giving a presentation
on writing about canines there!
From Major Matt Mason <email@example.com>:
Lord willing and the crick don't rise, TaliVisions #4 will be out
by Philcon. Featured artists include Reed Waller, Gahan Wilson, Chris
Berdoz, Susan Pfeiffer, Ted Sheppard, Zephery Hughes, Dean Lee Norton,
Sean Wilkinson, Keith Wilson, Steve Corbett, Jimmy Chin, Brigitte
Sleiertin, Genesis Eve Cook, Doug Winger, Jason Jensen, Simon Barber,
Dutch, Arik and Mercy Van Vlack. The book will be able to be had from
Yers Truly at Philcon, and from Mailbox Books shortly thereafter.
Speaking of Philcon, we WILL be having a furry panel as part of the
regular programming and a furry party will be held. The Philcon info
can be found under Other Conventions.:
From Matt J. McCullar <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
I am still looking for contributions to the Anthropomorphic TV Commercial
video collection that will be shown at ConFurence 8. If you've got
something to add, please e-mail me!
From Steve Addlesee <email@example.com>:
1996 has been another good year in my career with four published credits
thus far. Two of the four are furry titles which are Katmandu
#7 and Shanda The Panda #15 by Vision Comics. In Katmandu,
I had inked the "A Private Place" episode pencilled by Dann
Phillips. In Shanda The Panda, I had inked the lead story pencilled
by Michele Light.
As far as I know, here are my next assignments in the furry genre:
CENTRAL EMPIRE PRODUCTIONS -- I'm slated to ink the Empires
series. VISION COMICS -- I'm slated to ink a story in Katmandu
#9 and the lead story in Shanda The Panda #17.
I hope to attend ConFurence 8 and see you there. I've had a great
time at the two previous gatherings.
Steven R. Addlesee
From Mark D. Ashworth <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
1997 ANTHROPOMORPHIC BEAUTY CONTEST
Open to All Furry Artists!
A Contest in Rowrbrazzle #52, January 1997 -- Winners to be published
in MU Press' BEAUTY OF THE BEASTS #4, Summer 1997!
Practically every Furry publication has a summer Beach/Swimsuit Issue.
Rowrbrazzle's will be a bit special. It is a contest, not just a theme
issue, and it is open to all artists, not just Rowrbrazzle's regular
members. The contest's theme is the traditional Summer Beach and/or
Swimsuit art. It will be published in a special section of Rowrbrazzle
#52, January 1997.
The categories are still being finalized, but there will be at least
six, plus a Grand Prize. The winners will be announced in Rowrbrazzle
#53, April 1997. The prizes are publication in MU Press' Beauty
of the Beasts #4 comic book, to be published in Summer 1997, at
MU's standard rates for full-page art for Beauty of the Beasts.
The Grand Prize winner will be invited to draw/paint the full-color
cover for that issue (at the standard rate for cover art for that
title, as well). Beauty of the Beasts requires from 25 to 32
pages for each issue. The winners in each category will be assured
of publication; further, MU will have the option of selecting additional
good drawings among the runners-up. If Rowrbrazzle receives enough
high-quality entries, Beauty of the Beasts #4 may be filled
entirely with art from this contest. The entry fee for artists who
are not Rowrbrazzle members is $5.00 per drawing. This will cover
the costs of photocopying, and of mailing the contest to the artist.
All entrants will receive a complete copy of Rowrbrazzle's contest
supplement. The deadline for submissions is SATURDAY 4, JANUARY 1997.
Rowrbrazzle #52 will be published a week later. Rowrbrazzle's members
will be the judges, voting during the next couple of months. The winners
will be announced in Rowrbrazzle #53, April 1997. Winners who are
not Rowrbrazzle members will be notified by mail at that time. The
masters of the winning drawings and others selected by MU's editors
will be turned over to MU Press. For the purposes of this contest,
"Beach" shall include any scenario in which swimsuits or
water sports are appropriate, including swimming pools, mountain lakes,
or scuba diving. Categories of entry will be announced in Rowrbrazzle
#51, October 1996, and published in the final announcement/entry form
at that time.
ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS:
All entries must be of master drawings 8 1/2" x 11", or
reducible to that size. The entries should be of camera-ready copies
which do not have to be returned. Dark but clear photocopies will
do. It is recommended (but not required) that the art should have
a border from the edge of the page of 1/2" from the short sides
with 1" from the long sides. This will help your entry to fit
on the final comic-sized page that much better. All entries must be
of original artwork; that is, drawings which have not been previously
published. Since the winners will be published in a commercial comic
book, the submissions should not include copyrighted characters, especially
those belonging to major corporations whose legal departments do not
have a sense of humor. Beauty of the Beasts is not an Adults-Only
title, so submissions should be no stronger than PG or mildly R-rated.
See previous issues for examples. Each entry should be accompanied
by a $5.00 entry fee. For three or more entries, the fee will drop
to $3.00 for the third and subsequent entries, but the first two will
still be $5.00 each. Make cheques or money orders payable to Fred
Patten, not Rowrbrazzle. The editor reserves the right to reject entries
of obviously poor quality. Similarly, when Rowrbrazzle's members judge
the contest, "No Award" will be an option in each category
in case the members feel that none of the entries in a category is
deserving of an award.
11863 West Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, California
For some--but not all--matters relating to this contest which may
require a simple reply (that is, they don't require thought or a decision)
Mark "Th' Mole" D. Ashworth can attempt an answer as the
Internet Presence for Rowrbrazzle (email@example.com, no web-page).
... an illusion that really, really hurts!(Mighty Ducks,
The Animated Series)
The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society presents -- PHILCON
November 22-24, 1996
Guests of Honor: Frederik Pohl, Tom Kidd, Joan Vinge, Terry
Please E-Mail us if you have any questions. Thanks!
Philcon Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dealers Information: email@example.com
Art Show Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
For snail-mail information, write to:
P.O. Box 8303
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8303
You may also register by e-mail with Mastercard or Visa.
The WWW address for Philcon is http://www.netaxs.com/~philcon
ConFurence East -- The Second Go-Round!
Down-to-the-wire time for ConFurence East this
November! Here, once again, are the pertinent facts you need
- The Guests of Honor
- Susan Van Camp, Paul Kidd, and White Wolf Studios.
Well-known furries attending or participating in programming
include Mitchell Biero, Jeremy Bernal, Mike & Carole
Curtis, Charles Davies, Steve Gallacci, Roz Gibson, Jim Groat,
Michele Light, Steve Martin, Lex Nakashima, Eric Schwartz,
Ted Sheppard, Terrie Smith, Taral Wayne, Wells & Clarke,
Mel. White, Elin Winkler, Tommy Yune, Barry Needleman, Dave
Burkhart, Brent Edwards, Glen Wooten, Mike Higgs, Mark
Merlino, George Nemeyer, G. Raymond Eddy, and Gary
- 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! At this point, any remaining
rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
- 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 more details, quickly!
- 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 today!
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
ConFurence Eight --
Music and Mirth!
- ConFurence Eight -- Music and Mirth! Lend us an ear... Right here
and now we'll tell you more about our guests, our show, our presentations,
and lots of other reasons why you should be a part of ConFurence
Eight -- Furries old or new, all are welcome! And remember, that
includes scalies too!
- These folks you've heard about! In addition to our Guests of
Honor Robert J. Sawyer, Mel. White, and Dr. Jane Robinson,
you'll be seeing such well-known names as Leslie Fish, Steve
Gallacci, Daphne Lage, Jose Calderon, Mike and Carole Curtis,
Mike Sagara, Jim Groat, Brian Sutton, Mitchell Beiro, Ed Kline,
Steven Martin, Ted Sheppard, Chuck Melville, Edd Vick, Fred Patten,
Tygger and Dean Graf, Mike Raabe, Diana Vick, Tommy Yune, Michelle
Light, Monika Livingstone, Tim Fay, Trump, Yuusaka Toyoshima,
John Cawley, Terrie Smith, Lex Nakashima, Jefferson Swycaffer,
Roz Gibson, Jimmy Chin, John Nunnemacher, Jane Mailander, Cynthia
McQuillan, KellyandLaura Freas, and the crew from Yarf!.
Now, as to our fourth Guest of Honor... we've had a switch! On
the one hand, we're sorry to announce that, due to scheduling
conflicts, comic artist and creator Ricardo Delgado will
not be able to join us at ConFurence Eight as announced last issue.
However, we're pleased as anything to announce that we will
be joined by none other than Bill Holbrook. Who? Bill is
well-known in comic strip circles for his 'Far Side' style strip
Life in the Fast Lane, but he is also well known for his
very furry comic strip on the World Wide Web, Kevin and Kell.
Bill is very excited about joining us at his first furry con...
and we're more than excited about having him out! (If you're on
the Web, you can check out K & K at http://www.gmcclel.bossnt.com
The NEW Hotel
- ConFurence has settled down for 1997 in new digs -- 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 coming in steadily, so
think about getting yours in soon!
- Other Accommodations
- For those fans of less means, we're happy to report that we
have three less expensive facilities (less than $50.00 a night!)
for you to stay in, right across the street from our host hotel!
They are, in order of closeness:
- The Colony Inn -- (800) 98-COLONY
- The Covered Wagon Motel -- (714) 995-0033
- The Crescent Motel -- (714) 828-3483
Call the individual motels for room reservations, and be sure to
mention both ConFurence and the Buena Park Hotel, as they've
made arrangements for special room blocks at each hotel.
- Your Den or Mine?
- Between our main hotel and the smaller motels, ConFurence has
some of the lowest per-night room rates for an SF/media convention...
but, if you find that room costs are still crimping your budget,
why not split them? If you are interested in sharing a room at any
of the ConFurence facilities, please write us as soon as possible!
Include which hotel you'll be staying at (or would like to), the
dates you'll be in town, your arrival and departure times, and those
all-important preferences (non-smoker, non-snorer, party/no party,
etc). Please write Room Share on the envelope, and remember
to include a phone number or e-mail! Then we'll pass along the information
to other interested furries.
The Den of Dealers:
- As of last month the Den of Dealers is sold out for ConFurence
Eight! Remember, if you're on our waiting list, please, bring
your stuff! We'll find room for you in our Artists' Alley, or
perhaps in the Den of Dealers itself -- cancellations do happen,
sometimes at the last minute!
The Artists' Alley:
- Remains one of the most popular features of any ConFurence!
Tables on the mezzanine at the Buena Park Hotel are available
free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, with
sign-ups each morning. Once again, by special request, the Artists'
Alley will also feature Publishers' Row, where comic book, video,
and other production houses can show you their wares and scout
out new talent. Publishers' Row tables may be reserved via special
arrangement with ConFurence -- but there's not many left! Write
to Rod O'Riley at the ConFurence address for any information.
The Art Show:
- Believe us, if you do art of funny animals, furries, monsters,
toons, or even real animals, you want to be in this art show --
on of the largest SF/fantasy art shows on the West Coast! But
our show will fill up, and soon -- so get in your reservations
right away! Your first art show space (4 ft. by 4 ft.) 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. Get yours reserved
today! What, can't make it to ConFurence? No problem! Reserve
your space, then mail us your art before the con -- we'll set
it up, send you back any unsold items, and get you off a check
for what does sell, soon as we can! Write to Jazmyn at
the ConFurence address for any and all information -- right away
we'll send you a detailed mailer with lots of advice and hints
on mailing, paperwork, the all-important matting, and other stuff
that will make our job that much easier -- and your art sell that
It'll Be Events Heaven In 1997!
- Hey, look what's on the horizon. It's our ever-expanding line-up
of events! Including some old favorites, some new ideas, and some
new twists! Back again are the Cabaret Fur le Dance, The Friday
Dance Party (Club Tekno-Fur), The Saturday Night Furry Feed, The
Ice Cream Social, The Filk-Writing Contest, The Costume Presentation
and How-To Discussion, the Species SIGs -- More of what you've
come to know and love! Keep watching this space for more details,
and be on the lookout for some special presentations and lectures.
And more! How about a Filk Concert with several of our Guests
of Honor, not to mention extra special guests? How about another
charity 'Pet Auction'? How about meeting with the creators of
some of your favorite furry TV shows? You see all that and more!
- Farther, Faster, Furrier!
- What's to be going on at ConFurence Eight? Meetings and
round-tables (Special Interest Groups or 'SIGs') on dozens of
furry topics, from art and writing to animation, computers, games,
or even meeting other fans of your favorite animal species. Plus
workshops, how-to's, networking, and tons of valuable ideas. Videos
from around the world, both animated and live-action -- the beautiful,
the new, the controversial, the strange, and even the truly awful!
The Saturday afternoon Costume Presentation, with voting
for the best costume -- and a parade of costumes in the hall!
Computer art, animation, and attitude -- with how-to tips
from real experts. Games, on the table, on the screen,
and with the cards. Filking through the night, including
our popular Furry Filksong Contest and a special Filk Concert.
Sketching by dozens of furry artists of every description
and style. And so much more! The rest? That's up to you
and your enthusiasm to see to!
- Keep Your Claws Sheathed In Public,
- A word about our Weapons Policy at ConFurence. For the
length of the convention and seminar (Thursday through Sunday)
we are requiring that all realistic or simulated weapons be piece-bonded,
by yourselves or a member of our Con Security team. That includes
anything that looks like guns, swords, knives, whips and cat-o-nine-tails,
etc. Let's make this a safe and happy con for all who'd like to
come, furries! [Note: For special items that need to be displayed
as part of the Costume SIG or the Cabaret, write to us!]
- Registration to ConFurence Eight 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, 1997, 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 neck of the woods, 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, dinos and dragons!
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!
We Get By With A Little Help From
And Now A Word About Our Sponsors
- 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!
- Keep It, It's Right In Tune!
- The ConFurence Eight Souvenir Book collection is now accepting!
We need black & white art, and short articles, in a furry
frame of mind to give our members and supporters. Subjects should
reflect our main con theme this year (music and comedy), our sub-theme
(reptiles; real, ancient, or mythical), or the works of one of
our Guests of Honor. No pay, and the rights return to you immediately
after the con, but here's a chance to get your visions or ideas
out in front of a thousand or more furry fen! Interested? Write
or call for more information, or send your articles (up to 500
words) or copies only of your black-and-white artwork to
the ConFurence P.O. Box, Attn: Souvenir Book. Remember
-- The deadline for submissions to the Souvenir Book is October
31st, 1994 -- so get your scaley tails a'moving!
- Our Gophers Are REALLY Gophers!
- Conventions like ours cannot be pulled off without a dedicated
team of volunteers. Trust us, we can always use more help! What's
it take? Twelve hours (minimum) of your time over the length of
the con (though more is always appreciated!) helping out with
Registration, Art Show shuffling and paperwork, sound and lighting,
and all kinds of stuff it takes to do this. What do you get for
your efforts? Well first and foremost, a free space to
crash in and cheap (if not free) munchies for the length of the
con! Plus a chance for a free membership to the following ConFurence,
transferable to certain 'stuff' at the ConFurence General Store.
Want more info on ConFurence volunteering? Just send a note to
Rod O'Riley at the ConFurence address (or his e-mail address)
and he'll send you out a Volunteer Information Packet right away!
If you'd like to volunteer at the Con itself, just head up to
the desk with the sign in nice big friendly letters that says
Furries on the Wing -- We Can't Get
You A Dragon, But...
- ConFurence's own official travel agency is Ladera Travel
of Southern California. They've specialized for years in getting
good rates for travel to and from SF cons, including ours! Contact
Rick Foss or Robin (his trusty assistant) at (800)
624-6679 from outside California, or (310) 640-0527 inside California.
Okay I've Landed. Now How Far Do I Have to
The Buena Park Hotel has shuttle-bus services available from
both Los Angeles International and John Wayne / Orange County
Airports. Round-Trip Prices are: $32.00 for adults and $16.00
for children 12 and under from LAX. $16.00 for adults and $12.00
for children from OC/JW. For more information, call (800)
772-5299. Group rates are available if you're arriving with
a herd, but they need at least 24 hours notice, so best to call
The Great Furry Migration of Mid-Winter
Road Trip! Looking for an easier way to get to ConFurence Eight?
How about a carpool or caravan! Get to spend some 'quality time'
with some old or brand new friends! ConFurence will assist furries
interested in ride-sharing to CF8. Write to us with your schedule,
whether or not you have a vehicle or can help drive, and other
pertinent info (like where you're coming from!). We'll pass
the info along to others in your area (or path) who'd like to
ride share. Put Ride Share on the envelope, and make
sure to include a phone number!
Coming in the next In-Fur-Nation (early January 1997) will
be some vital information for dealers, artists, and just plain
furries who will be joining us. Happy Holidays, everyone! Don't
be left in the burrow! Keep in touch with the world of Anthropomorphics!
Join ConFurence Eight Today! K-O-O-L!
Last Minute Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, we are sorry
to announce that Last Unicorn author Peter S. Beagle
will not be able to join us at ConFurence Eight.