- July, 1997
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Mister Kitty-Cat, listen to me...
ConFurence doth drag-on through the long, hot days of summer. Look
ahead and find out more about preparations for our next big gathering
here in California. But first, here's the newts...
Another furry-friendly convention! Check out Steve
Addlesee's notes below to find out more about Zonie Con, coming next
May to Casa Grande, Arizona.
After a disappointing run at the movie theaters,
Fox's animated feature Cats Don't Dance (starring the voices of Scott
Bakula and Jasmine Guy, with songs by Randy Newman) will be available
in video stores on August 19th from Warner Brothers Home Video.
Also out on video is the Happy Birthday Carl collection.
This video scrapbook features highlights from the 95th and 96th birthday
parties thrown for Carl 'Duckman' Barks over the last two years. Also
on hand is an overview of the career of the well-known creator of
the Disney Ducks.
Disney TV's animated series Jungle Cubs has been
picked up for a second season on ABC, Saturday mornings, according
Two new animated TV series which were featured at
this year's NAPTE show include Happy Ness: The Secret of Loch Ness
and The Littlest Pet Shop. In Happy Ness, three American children
who accidentally stumble across a city full of talking magical 'nessies'
hidden beneath an ancient Scottish castle. Pet Shop meanwhile follows
the adventures of a miniaturized group of talking animals (cat, dog,
horse, rabbit, and monkey) who secretly live inside a pet shop's tree-house
Two comic books starring characters from Disney's
new animated feature Hercules will be released in July from Acclaim
Comics. Disney's Enchanting Stories, starring Megara and Pegasus,
also features new comic stories featuring Beauty and the Beast, the
101 dalmatians, Pocahontas, Snow White, and the Hunchback. While Disney's
Action Club, starring Herc himself and his mentor Phil, also features
new stories with characters from The Lion King, Aladdin, Hunchback,
Toy Story, and the Mighty Ducks TV series.
New from Dark Horse Comics is the Usagi Yojimbo Color
Special: Green Persimmon. This full-color stand-alone story by creator
and artist Stan Sakai follows Usagi as he tries to keep a promise
to a dying man - and survive! Also from Dark Horse is the second What's
Michael? compilation, called Living Together. This well-known manga
series (black and white) follows the adventures of a number of domestic
cats, all named Michael.
Archie Comics presents two new adventure collections
for friends of Sonic the Hedgehog. In the Sonic Super Special #1:
Brave New World, Sonic and his compatriots must deal with rebuilding
their world following the defeat of Dr. Robotnik. The Sonic Blast
Special #1 is based on the Sonic 3-D Blast game for Sega Genesis and
Game Gear, and follows the adventures of Sonic and his friends on
the dangerous Flicky Island.
The stars of last year's Pakkins' Land return in
an all new series, Quest for Kings #1. The animals and their young
human friend fight to rescue a long-lost king in this black &
white adventure from Caliber Comics. The story and art are by Gary
and Rhonda Shipman, and issue #1 features a special cover by Bone
creator Jeff Smith.
New from Amaze Ink is Spin World #1 by Brett Anderson
and Eric Vinicoff. A black & white series of short comic stories
revolving around an orbiting space station called The Spacing Dutchman,
among the inhabitants are a human woman and a male dolphin who are
More new black & whites... the Huja Brothers
bring us Rat Bastard from Crucial Comics, where a mutant rat in a
wasteland future searches for a killer. Or how about Fishkar by Veronica
Sloane, a human-fish mutant who seeks revenge on the industrial polluters
who lead to her condition. (From Dewlap Divers Productions) Meanwhile,
East Willis Productions welcomes the return of Captain Jack creator
Mike Kazaleh with Line the Dustbin Funnies, a collection of short
humor stories. From Gallant Studios, Alberto and Luis Antonio Melendez
bring us two action-packed insectoid adventure comics, Ant Farm and
La Cucaracha. The Book of Lore is a collection of fantasy short stories
in comic book form, following at adventures of dragons, goblins, ogres,
and other creatures fantastic and real. From Peregrin Arts and Entertainment,
with art by The Dark One and others.
Two creators of well-known semi-furry comics join
forces, as Trent Kaniuga and Ethan Van Sciver bring us CyberFrog Vs.
CreeD #1, from Harris Comics. The young lord of Dreamworld accepts
an offer for power and control out in the real world... unaware that
his enemies have set the mad cybernetic frog against him.
Having made its premiere at ConFurence Eight, Matt
Henry and Freddy A-Son's new black & white comic Milikardo Knights
#1 is now available from Mad Badger Studios. Furries and a group of
hermaphroditic aliens join forces to fight against the armies of a
ruthless mercenary corporation bent on their extinction.
MU Press's sister imprint, Aeon, presents a new
black & white mini-series from Magic: The Gathering artist Justin
Hampton. Called simply Rat, it follows the adventures of a disillusioned
young man trying to emulate his hero, Ricky Rat.
Upcoming this summer, now from Radio Comix, is a
new edition of the ever-popular Hit the Beach collection. Dozens of
well-known and lesser-known furry artists present pin-ups and short
stories in this annual, which is also available in a deluxe edition
with a full-color pull-out poster by Ben Dunn. Also from Radio, look
for Filthy Animals #1, a new adult comic from Stan Jink and Cindy
Crowell bring us the adventures of a group porn-star toons... poons,
as they're called.
Tales of Suburbia City, starring Eagle Man is a
new mini-comic available (for $1.00 plus an SASE) from Lancelot Johnson,
1571 41st Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122. Also check out the Eagle
Man web site at http://members.aol.com/EagleMan22/index.html .
Nate Van Dyke is an illustrator/inker, just graduated
from high school, who is looking for work in the comic book field.
Check out the ashcan for his new black & white comic Drifted by
sending $1.00 plus an SASA to Nate at: 15 Madera Avenue San Anselmo,
Dragonriders of Pern creator Anne McCaffery now
brings us A Diversity of Dragons, an illustrated study guide for dragons
historical and literary, big and small, evil and virtuous. In hardcover,
from Harper Collins. Speaking of dragons, look for a new illustrated
graphic novel, Testament of the Dragon, available soon from Big Entertainment.
Based on a work by well-known fantasy author Margaret Weis, the story
follows a group of powerful sorcerers called The Disciples of the
Dragon - and the creatures they worship.
World-famous voice actor June Foray has a new audio
book available, called Tall and Small Tales. This collection of June's
original short stories and fairy tales for children features many
of her famous vocalizations. Available from your local audio book
dealer, or contact: Helion Audio Books, 859 N. Hollywood Way, Ste.
281, Burbank, CA 91505.
For those with access to the World Wide Web, and
an interest in upcoming animated feature films (From Disney, and many
others), check out these sites:
Miguel's site at www.geocities.com/Hollywood/7691/
Peter's more Disney-oriented site at www.rahul.net/pacmedia/dis
The 'Mulan FAQ' at www.geocities.com/Hollywood/5082/mulanfaq.html
is specifically dedicated to Mulan, Disney's new animated feature
which premieres in the summer of 1998.
Speaking of the Web, furry author and frequent furry-filker Michael
Payne will have his short story Rat's Reputation (formerly seen in
Furversion) published soon on Tomorrow Science Fiction's Web Site
at www.tomorrowsf.com. Also,
starting in January of 1998, Michael's Ottersgate novel The Blood
Jaguar (set in the same universe as Rat's Reputation and the filk
song Cotillion) will be serialized at the same Web Site.
Troubles with the Hotel at ConFurence Eight? Did
you experience a problem with missing rooms or reservations at the
Buena Park Hotel or the Colony Inn at ConFurence Eight? We're attempting
to determine if there is a pattern to what happened to some folks,
an get it corrected ahead of time before CF9. If you would, please
send us a note (snail mail only, sorry) to the ConFurence P.O. box,
and try to describe what happened - including any and all pertinent
dates, times, and names. Also, if you wrote a letter of complaint
to your credit card company, or the City of Buena Park, or any such
group, please describe to us what the result was. Thanks!
From the CF Mailbox
From Steve Addlesee firstname.lastname@example.org:
Greetings good furries. My name is Tam Man. You could be my assistant.
Would you like that? Would you like to assist Tam Man? Well, it was
funny when the quarterback in the Snickers commercial said the same
thing to the hulking linebacker. Of course, the quarterback thought
he was Batman.
I'm taking a moment from inking SHANDA THE PANDA #19 and the "Werelocks"
WebMovie to update you on the furry portion of my comics career. SHANDA
THE PANDA #18 has just been released, which I've inked and lettered.
I'm doing the same for SHANDA THE PANDA #19, written by Mike Curtis;
the lead story is pencilled by Michele Light, the back feature pencilled
by Carla Speed McNeil. NEW HORIZONS #2 will include the first episode
of my "Fawn" series, written by Michael Wolff and pencilled
by Dann Phillips, which I inked and lettered. I've inked an 8-page
episode of SCOTMAN & ICELAD, written by Scott Malcomson and pencilled
and lettered by Kjartan Arnorsson. I drew an illustration for Matt
McCullar's "Grasslands' Tale," which should be available
at Albany Anthro Con. I'm inking "cels" for the "Werelocks"
WebMovie that will be released on the Web in a couple of months. My
other assignments and credits are non-furry. If you're interested
in knowing about them, you can contact me via email.
I've been invited as Artist Guest of Honor for ZonieCon. It'll be
held May 1-3, 1998 at the Francisco Grande Hotel and Resort in Casa
Grande, Arizona. With all this going for me, I hope to eventually
get more notice and respect than Rodney Dangerfield. That covers it
for now. 'Til then.
Steven R. Addlesee AKA Tam Man email@example.com 7919 Thornton Circle
Sandy, UT 84093 (801) 942-9266
Advertising in In-Fur-Nation: As before,
ads in In-Fur-Nation come in two 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. Check should be made out to
ConFurence. Send camera-ready art and text to P.O. Box 1958, Garden
Grove, CA 92642-1958. Write to us for information about full-page
ads and inclusions. Getting just a mention in In-Fur-Nation is easy:
Send us information, and we'll reprint it in our blurbs section verbatim,
with minor corrections for spelling and grammar.
(Thanks again to Previews magazine, and to all the folks on Internet,
who contributed some of the information used in this issue!)
.. would name their team 'The Ducks'? (Bugs Bunny, in Space Jam)
ConFurence has stuff available! That's
right, The General Store is open for mail-order business! (And, maybe,
coming to an SF con near you! ) We have copies of our Convention Souvenir
Books (featuring black & white furry artwork, plus articles of
furry interest) from ConFurence One ("Coming Out of the Burrow")
or Three ("Furries Around the World") available for $3.00
each; and from ConFurence Six ("Magic and Transformation"),
Seven ("Furries in Force"), and Eight (Music & Mirth/Scalies)
available for $5.00 each. Please include $1.00 for shipping with each
book ordered. Also, we still have copies of the following full-color
prints from ConFurence: The magical "Discovery" print by
Terrie Smith for only $2.00 (11 x 17", tube-shipped); the Five
Fur color prints by Michele Light (along with the "TV show's"
background) for $5.00 a set; Daphne Lage's two full-color prints from
CF6 for $5.00 a set; plus the "Sydney Wants YOU" poster
by David Bliss from CF7 and the "Dragon Song" print by Brian
Harp from CF8, both available for $3.00 each. And, don't forget the
Furry Japan guide, first issue in a planned series of guides to furry-oriented
manga -- yours for only $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Such deals! Order
yours today! T-SHIRTS AND STUFF! ConFurence has our t-shirt designs
from CF7 (by Eric Schwartz) and from CF8 (by Michele Light) available
in sizes M - XXXL for $15.00 each. Include $3.00 per shirt for domestic
North American orders, or $5.00 U.S. for overseas post.
And Now -- The ConFurence Seven Highlights Video!
Yes, it's done! Thanks to the skills of David Bliss and the rest of
our highly skilled video crew, we're proud to bring you our newest
video, Highlights from ConFurence Seven, 1996 (Furries in Force).
See the Opening Ceremonies, christening Check Point Furry! See interviews
with our Guests of Honor S. Andrew Swann and Eric Schwartz! See Jymn
Magon receive the very first Golden Sydney Award! See Jim Groat eat
a Smurf! See highlights from the Costume Presentation, the Pet Auction,
Club Tekno-Fur, and the Cabaret Fur le Dance (tasteful, but tasty)!
See Gumbies invade ConFurence! And much more! All yours for only $12.00,
plus $3.00 shipping and handling ($5.00 U.S. outside of North America).
Available in VHS Hi-Fi NTSC -- write to us for information about other
available formats. Get yours today!
Department of Corrections Department:
Due to pure over-sight on the part of our editor, several important
facts were left out of the April issue of In-Fur-Nation with regards
to ConFurence Eight. 1) In discussing the Costume Presentation winners,
we neglected to note that there were TWO runners-up: 'Yippy the Coyote',
made and worn by Jimmy Chin, and 'Sir Karl', made and worn by Kevin
Kelm. (Both received certificates in honor of their status.) 2) Among
the guest of the convention, we neglected to mention Architects of
Sleep author Steven R. Boyett, who stopped in briefly on Saturday.
3) ConFurence staff member Gary Renaud was somehow left off the list
of Super Sponsors, even though he was one. So was Super Sponsor Pete
Glaskowsky. Our sincerest apologies to all the folk we neglected to
mention - we'll try harder next time!
(Many thanks to the people who helped provide information for this
issue, both by mail and via Internet!)
Here We Go With The Other Winning Words!
As described in our last issue, the ConFurence Eight Furry Filk Song
contest had so many entries, the folk who listened just couldn't decide
on a single winner! So, this issue we proudly present the second of
two first-place songs, this one brought to you by none other than
multi-time winner Michael Payne. [By the way, this song presents aspects
of a story series that Michael has had published in Furversion, and
will soon have published again in other science fiction magazines
Words and music c. 1996 by Michael Payne
I never thought I'd see the day that I'd be standing next to you The
music's starting 'cross the way, you turn to me, your fur so gray,
Your eyes so blue, you ask me to dance with you. I know that I should
be prepared - we've practiced all these steps before - But I had never
hoped or dared to dream you'd think of me or care To tread the floor.
I stare, and you ask once more. Then I bow, you curtsy, your smile
so warm and bright, all the ice in my stomach gets thawed Then my
arms 'round your waist, the music swings and sways, out we step, my
heart light as air 'Till I stomp on your paw. It's one and two and
three and four, this dance was never meant for rats The snickers I
try to ignore from other couples on the floor Those mousy brats in
their silk scarves and bowler hats. Just 'cause I'm a foundling here,
adopted what, ten years ago? I grew up with them, still they jeer
- except for you, you're always near When I feel low, showing me what
I need to know. Then you squeeze my shoulder and tell me to relax:
It's a dance, not a march off to jail Your laugh's contagious, I can't
help joining in; and we glide, two leaves on the breeze Till I stomp
my own tail. Why do I pretend? I'm a rat, pure and simple, the other
mice don't want me here I'm a freak, the butt of jokes for everyone
in town. But the music swells, and your paws gently guide me Your
whispers all encouragement; your dark eyes, full of smiles Just won't
let me frown. The music slows and softens now; I draw you close, or
you draw me. I breathe a silent, solemn vow to see this through: I
won't allow Their hate to be a wedge between you and me. And if they
ever push me out with all their little snaps and sneers No matter
what I say or shout, it's not at you, and have no doubt I'll still
be near if you need me at all, my dear. Then the music's ending, the
band stands up and bows, as the chaperones all start to applaud My
eyes meet yours and I stumble after words, till you smile, put a paw
to my lips You give a sigh and a nod. I just blink and stare; do you
feel what I'm feeling? Has the spark inside my heart Struck a matching
spark in yours, or do I just pretend? But you hold my gaze as applause
rolls around us, then quick and light you kiss my cheek Saying that,
no matter what, you'll always be my friend. Then the dance floor's
clearing, folks move to their seats. I bow to you and offer my arm
You smile and take it, we step down from the floor, and when we pass
him bye I don't even crack Pol All that hard on the head when he calls
me an oaf; I just say that some folks I could name Have a lot more
to learn about charm 'Cause I danced with you.
...you don't have to be good, but you had better be... [Darla
Dimple, cute villain, from Cats Don't Dance]
And here's a look at Coming Attractions...
May 1-3, 1998 at the Francisco Grande Hotel and Resort in Casa
And finally, you gotta get right back where you started from...
- ConFurence Nine -- Furries in Love
Our main theme for ConFurence Nine: Furry romance, furry couples,
love songs, and all that pretty stuff we remember some of our favorite
stories and movies for. Plus this year's secondary theme: Furries
Down Under! Not just the 'roos, but the wombats, the platypi, and
all the rest of the unusual ones from Australia!
At last, ConFurence Nine has a literary Guest of Honor! What's more,
she's our first Guest from a whole other continent! ConFurence Nine
is pleased and proud to welcome Lisanne Norman to our shores. Ms.
Norman already has a trio of well-received (not to mention rather
large!) science fiction novels from Daw Books, The Sholan Series:
Turning Point, Fortune's Wheel, and the recent Fire Margins. The
story follows two telepaths, she a human and he from the Sholan
(a cat-like alien race) who fall in love, suffer through numerous
political intrigues and adventures, and eventually help to sire
a new hybrid species. What's more, Lisanne informs us that she has
even more furry stories in the works, some coming out very soon!
At the request and advice of some of our Guests themselves, we've
expanded the group of FurryMUCK wizards we'll be inviting as Guests
of Honor. (Hey, we knew it was a group effort getting that thing
started and - even more important - keeping it going!) All of them
are important programmers in this (still) new virtual furry role-playing
system. Come and hear their story of the how's, the why's, and the
And who else is joining us at Nine? Folks like Larry Adams, Steve
Addlesee, Mitchell Biero, E.T. Bryan, John and Rachel Cawley, Jimmy
Chin, Steve Gallacci, Roz Gibson, Jim Groat, James Hardiman, Daphne
Lage, Monika Livingstone, 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 Radio Comix! And many
more! But remember, the face we always most want to see there most
is yours! So drop on in and make us happy!
Our New Old Hotel
ConFurence returns once again to the Buena Park Hotel, right in
the parking lot of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California
- after some tweaking, painting, and re-tooling on their part. Word
from them is that they're even working on a new room-key system!
The really great news is that we've made a deal for you: Once again,
rooms are only $64.00 a night for single, double, triple, or quad!
Suites are also available; call the hotel for more details. For
reservations, call (800) 422-4444, or the local number (714) 995-1111
in Orange County. Always Important: Make sure to call during business
hours (M-F 9 am - 5 pm, pacific time only), and make sure to mention
ConFurence! Reservations tend to fill up months before the con,
so think about getting yours in soon!
For those fans of less means, there are also a trio of cheaper motels
right across the street from our host hotel. They include:
The Colony Inn The Covered Wagon Motel The Crescent Inn
These will be serving as our 'overflow' hotels, and might even have
some activities take place in them. We'll tell you more about them
Other Things About O.C.
Besides the seemingly endless stream of folks making trips to Disneyland
before and after a ConFurence, other local fun-places-to-go near
our host hotel 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 if any of these interest you,
and we might be able to see about discount group tickets! At the
con itself, just stop by the Hotel's Concierge and feel free to
ask what you need to know about local fun spots.
Getting TO The Hotel
The Buena Park Hotel is located at the south end of Knotts
Berry Farm, on Crescent Avenue, just west of Beach Boulevard. From
either the 405 or 22 Freeways (from the south) or the 5 or 91 Freeways
(from the north), proceed to Knotts Berry Farm on Beach Boulevard.
Turn west on Crescent -- that's right if heading south or left if
heading north. From the north you can also cut right through the
Knott's parking lot and shopping area. The hotel is right there
on your right. The Colony Inn, Covered Wagon Motel, and Crescent
Motel are all across Crescent, on the south side, just east of our
main Hotel. What, still confused?? Why, just use the handy-dandy
maps included in this issue!
A Word Or Two About Parking...
Parking in the Hotel lot at the Buena Park Hotel is primarily reserved
for folks actually staying in rooms at the hotel. If you're coming
to ConFurence from a local town and not staying overnight, please
consider parking in one of the adjacent Knott's Berry Farm lots
-- they're not expensive; in fact one of them is free for up to
Let's Den Up!
If you're coming to ConFurence on a tight budget, why not split
the room costs? (And meet some nice people in the bargain!) If you
are interested in sharing a room, or if you have a room and
could use some extra bodies, please give us a call at the ConFurence
phone number. (Or, if you can, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) We'll ask
you some pertinent questions, and pass along the information to
other interested furries. Also look for the Room Sharing info on
the Scent Post bulletin boards at the convention.
A Furry's Gotta Eat!
The Buena Park Hotel comes equipped with its own deluxe coffee shop,
a fancy steak house, and a 50's-themed bar! But there are
plenty of other places to feed your muzzle or beak in the environs
of ConFurence! Immediately to the north of the main hotel are several
eateries just outside of Knott's Berry Farm, and Goodie's Coffee
Shop is located at Beach and Crescent. Plus, numerous eating places
of all sorts are found up and down along Beach Boulevard in the
area. Maps and lists (with hours) will be available at ConFurence
Information, or else, look to any hotel staff person with that hungry
look in your eyes!
The Den of Dealers:
As of this June, we sold the very last tables in the Den of Dealers
for ConFurence 9. 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 1998. 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:
The Artists' Alley is always 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. And remember, tables in Artists'
Alley are for selling original art, prints, and print portfolios
only. Write to Steve Gattuso at the ConFurence address for any information
on table space and Den of Dealers issues. (Steve can also be e-mailed
via email@example.com .)
The Art Show:
Once again, we're taking up a huge space for next year's Art Show.
But once again, experience tells us that the ConFurence Nine Art
Show will fill up -- again! Trust us, if you do art of funny animals,
furries, monsters, aliens, toons, or even real animals, you do 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! Trust us...
In 1998, Things Will Happen...
The Video Program
The ConFurence Video Program once again will run for 24 hours,
day and night, all through CF9. Once again we're accepting submissions
of both ideas and video tapes of furry things to show. With four
days and 24 hours, that's a lot of room for ideas! If you have something
we should know about in furry video, write to the P.O. Box or e-mail
address, and be sure to put Attn: Video on your letter!
Get Ahead in the Game!
ConFurence Nine 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. What kind of entertainment
will there be this year? More of the same, and hopefully lots of
new stuff! We'd love to expand on the variety angle of our famous
show, and of course see more acts with furries in mind. Perhaps
you have an idea for an act yourself? Dance, singing, music, comedy?
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 16, at ConFurence!)
Fur Goes Dancing!
Once again, ConFurence is happy to bring you not one, but three
high-energy dances for your enjoyment! Whether it's the high-tech
buzz of Club Tekno-Fur, the dark gothic charms of Nevermore, or
the exotic and sexy sounds of The Purple Nurple Live, you're sure
to find something to get your feet, tail, and booty moving! And
remember, all three of them are included free with your membership!
We continue with our great feeding traditions, the Friday night
Ice Cream Social, our annual frozen-food munchie-fest; and the Saturday
Night Furry Feed, where for a small price, you can indulge in some
finely crafted lasagna -- at venue which we like to call Garfield's.
And remember, the Buena Park Hotel features a full-service coffee
shop, a fancy bar with a 50's theme, and (newly renovated) a Japanese
restaurant and sushi bar -- all under one roof! (Don't worry, once
again we'll have our Restaurant Guides printed up if you want to
check out what else is in the neighborhood!)
All The Stuff Goin' On... At The Local Furry Con!
Con-Fur-ence Number Nine! 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, costume design and
construction, publishing, and other aspects of the creative furry.
And yes, more life-drawing workshops. Autographs from your favorite
well-known lit and media furries. The Saturday afternoon Costume
Presentation returns, with voting for the best costume - and yet
more helpful how-to sessions with costume makers and designers.
Plenty of room for all this time! Computer networking, art, animation,
and technical innovations. Filking through the night, including
our popular Furry Filksong Contest on Friday again. Sketching by
literally dozens of artists of every size, shape, and style, anyplace
they can find unoccupied horizontal space. Plus a whole lot more,
including (we hope) the return of the popular Fur-Suit Dance Party!
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!
A Few Important Policy Notes for ConFurence
- For the length of ConFurence Eight, all real, realistic, or simulated
weapons must be peace-bonded with ribbon. This includes any sort
of gun, knife (above 4" total), sword, whip, or other such
item which could cause damage. ConFurence security will be
-- Some Words on Dress and Behavior
- We've said it before, but it's time to ask it again: Hey folks,
all sorts of people from all over the world, from many walks of
life, come to a ConFurence. And we really want to make a good impression
on as many of them as we can. Since not everyone who shows up is
going to be into or not into the same things, please try to be discreet
with things like leather shock-gear, okay? At very least in the
Lobby and main Convention Area, try to think about how you're dressed,
and try to make sure that you are dressed! Secondly, be careful
about getting over-energetic with horseplay! If a bit of fooling
around damages hotel property, it's gone way too far. Okay? Thank
you from all of us.
Registration to ConFurence Nine is on a sliding scale -- All memberships
are $25.00 for a full three-days Attending, from now until December
1st, 1997. From December 2nd, 1997 until January 8th, 1998, 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 $15.00! And, if your
fortunes change, you can convert your supporting to a full attending
membership at the door for only $15.00 more. Such a deal, me lads
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 Our
.... And Now A Word About 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. And dine on some complimentary gourmet snacks,
too. Plus, sponsors get some special prices on materials from
the ConFurence store. And, sponsors get -- our unending gratitude!
(And, recognition by name in the souvenir book!)
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 nuts, 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 some
special art prints made just for Super's. Super Sponsors and Guests
have their very own V.I.P. only Lounge -- and wait until you see
it! What? 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 con itself. And remember
- it's okay to ear-mark your sponsorship for the general fund,
but it's really great when people tag it for specific guests -
it helps us keep tabs on who furries would like to see at ConFurence!
Once again at ConFurence Nine for Sponsors and Supers: We're setting
up a special 'Express Registration' just for our pre-registered
sponsors and super-sponsors (New and Improved this time!). 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!
The ConFurence Souvenir Book
One of the coolest parts of any ConFurence is the annual Souvenir
Book, a collection of black & white furry sketches and interesting
articles on each year's convention theme. How do we put this together?
YOU folks help out! With your art, your writing, your mini-sketches,
and other furry tidbits. Here's a note from the editor of the
ConFurence Nine souvenir book, John Cawley:
There is still some space available in the ConFurence 9 souvenir
book. We are looking for black and white illustrations, black
and white photos (fur-suits, 3D art, etc), and text. Preference
will be given to those items that follow one, or both, of the
themes - Furries in Love, or Furries Down Under. Send materials
[camera-ready black & white copies; not originals] to THE
CAWLEYS, PO BOX 5432, BLUE JAY, CA 92317. E-mail can be sent to
email@example.com. Deadline for submissions is October 1st,
ConFurence Needs 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 16 hours
of work over the length of CF9 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
and we'll send you our staff sign-up sheet and information right
Fly! Be Free!
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 at (800)
624-6679 from outside California, or (310) 640-0527 inside California.
Don't be left with the herd! Keep in touch with the world of Anthropomorphics!
Join ConFurence Today! See Ya in the Movies!