- April, 1998
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give her a Yah! And a Hi-Yah..."
- The spring is bouncing, and it's
time for another ConFurence Aftermath Report! ConFurence Nine brought
us back to the Buena Park hotel, brought us our first Guest of Honor
from overseas, and brought 1,200 furries together for a weekend
of fun! Read on for more details about the wonderful time had by
But first, here's some recent news:
- Whether or not Foxs attempt to enter the
big-time feature animation market with the film Anastasia
was successful or not depends on how you decide to count. [This
is, after all, Hollywood were talking about.] The film drew
$60 million in its initial domestic release, roughly half again
what it cost to make. Thats one of the highest takes ever
for a fully-animated film not produced by Disney. However, Fox had
already spent another $25 million to set up their feature animation
department in the first place, which Anastasia did not make
back. Regardless, the film will be available on video April 27th.
In the meantime, Anastasia received two Academy Award nominations;
for Best Score (Comedy or Musical) and Best Song (for "Journey
to the Past"). It lost both to Titanic but then,
- Currently in movie theaters is A
Rats Tale, brought to the screen from Tor Seidlers
book. Trouble comes to the rats of the New York sewer system when
a greedy land developer threatens to poison the lot of them. Through
it all, a young artistic loner named Monty Mad-Rat Jr. courts the
daughter of the leader-rat. Interestingly, this German film (shot
in English) was made using The Ausburger Puppenkinste (a marionette
troupe) as the rats, with several live actors (Lauren Hutton,
Jerry Stiller, and others) filling in as the humans in the cast.
- Tickets for the
stage show version of Disneys The Lion King continue
to be one of the most sought-after things on Broadway. At the moment,
were told, the best (i.e. most available) tickets are for
performances to be held in 1999. The ticket hotline in the New York/New
Jersey/Connecticut area is (212) 307-4747. Outside that area, call
(800) 755-4000, or you may order tickets on line at www.ticketmaster.com
. Groups of 20 or more may call (800) 223-7565 for group ticket
- The American Repertory
Ballet will be presenting its live version of Maurice Sendaks
1963 childrens book Where the Wild Things Are at several
east coast (U.S.A.) venues through May. In mid-may, the Georgia
Ballet (Ballet South) will present its own version in Atlanta.
- Last January, the
original nation-wide childrens radio network, Radio AAHS,
went off the air permanently. It seems that the Childrens
Broadcasting Corporation (RAs parent company) was unable to
generate enough advertising revenue to remain in business. Sponsors
(especially large corporate ones) are hard to sell to for a radio
station without high Arbitron ratings, and the Arbitron service
does not cover childrens music or radio. In many market regions,
Radio AAHS has been replaced by Radio Disney, which is trying to
perform a similar service around the country. (Radio Disney, needless
to say, doesnt need to worry much about raising revenue!)
- Newly released on
video from Universal Cartoons is The Chipmunk Adventure,
featuring Ross Bagdasarians boys (and the Chipettes)
in their first animated feature. The video package also includes
a CD-ROM which features an interactive coloring book and a soundtrack
of songs from the film.
Also out on video
(from Fox Home Video) is Fern Gully 2: The Magical Rescue.
Each tape comes with an order form for a free Batty Cody
plush toy. Also coming direct to video this fall (from MGM Animation)
are The Secret of NIMH 2 and The All Dogs Christmas
animation division) is looking to complete Marco Polo: Return
to Xanadu this spring. Its not clear whether this new
animated feature is slated for theatrical or DTV release, but
it does feature a large, purple dragon in the cast
Coming soon direct
to video (we think) from Bayouth Entertainment is A Howl in
One. In this live-action comedy, a gypsy moves in next to
a posh country club, and accidentally passes on the curse of lycanthropy.
again, things are looking mighty furry for next falls new
Saturday morning line-up. ABC is adding a new TV series based
on Disneys animated feature Hercules, which follows
him in his teenage years. (Hey, at least its got furries
in it!) At CBS, look for The Dumb Bunnies and Guardians
of the Legend (both based on popular childrens book
series), Franklin (a turtle), Anatole (a mouse and
his six offspring living in Paris), Birdz (a family of
birds and their son, a budding film-maker), and From the Files
of the Flying Rhinocerous (?!). Over at Fox Kids Network,
new shows include Mr. Potato Head, Woody Woodpecker, and
Godzilla. (Fox will also feature the new shows Spy Dogs
and Oggy and the Cockroaches on weekdays). At the Kids
WB, The Further Adventures of Pinky and the Brain finds
our heroes now living under the care of none other than Elmyra
from Tiny Toons Also look for Channel Umptee-3 and
Speaking of Fox,
they have recently announced the line-up for the new Fox Family
Channel, including the half-day devoted to childrens programming.
Animated programs of furry note include Little Mouse on the
Prairie, Eek!Stravaganza, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Bad Dog, Heathcliff,
and Monster Farm.
From the recent
NAPTE show comes a slew of animated programs which are fishing
around for syndication deals
many of them furry. Lionhearts
(from MGM animation) follows the adventures of the MGM lion and
his offspring. Lions seem to be a popular thing, if Simba,
The King Lion and Simba Jr. to the Soccer World Cup
(both from Ideal Family Entertainment) are any indication. Also
look for The Fabulous Adventures of Jacques Cousteau from
Marina Productions, Monkey Magic (based on the Chinese
legends) from Sachs Entertainment, and Sonic Underground
color from Acclaim Comics, look for The Goat: H.A.E.D.U.S,
a special event one-shot. The Goat (aka Vincent Van Goat, or Heavily
Armored Espionage Deadly Uber-Sheep), official mascot of Quantam
and Woody (the worlds worst superhero team) befriends an
autistic child who carries a deadly genetic virus and tries
to help protect him from the government, super villains, and everything
else. At the same time, look for the new Vincent Van Goat Inaction
Figure, available at your local comic book store.
Also from Acclaim Comics is Concrete Jungle: Legend of the
Black Lion, in color from Priest, Fry, and Pepoy.
A community activist in New York City accepts a gift from a strange
African cleric, and becomes heir to the power of the Black Lion
Gon, the miniature
tyrannosaur-with-attitude created by Masashi Tanaka, returns
in an all-new format: Color! The Gon Color Spectacular
premiers this month from Paradox Press (distributed by DC comics).
Stories include "Gon Gets Electrocuted" and "Gon
Has Big Antlers", among others.
New and available
now from Arclight Press is Associated Student Bodies by
Lance Rund (story) and Chris McKinley (art). This
black & white quarterly comic tells the somewhat humorous
story of Daniel, a young male lion whos trying to get through
his first year of college. Bye mistake, hes given a dorm
room in the Senior dorm
in the gay wing. Issue
#1 premiered at ConFurence Nine, and the next should be out this
month. For more information on the comic and related products,
make sure to check out their web site at www.arclight.net/asb.
from DC Comics Vertigo imprint is a new 6-issue miniseries,
Nevada. In this odd pulp/adventure/fantasy series, we follow
the exploits of a Las Vegas dancer (from the Nile Hotel and Casino)
and her pet/dancing partner, an ostrich named
Coming soon from
Radio Comix is Havoc, Inc. by Mark Barnard and Terrie
Smith. This bimonthly black & white follows the adventures
of Chris Deck (wolf) and his friend (?) Chester (ringtail
yes, that one!) as they try to make a living and survive in the
aftermath of a galactic war. Also from Radio, look for the special
full-color Ben Dunn Hit the Beach poster (originally
from the deluxe-edition HTB). Write to them for information
on the new Furrlough T-shirt, featuring red-and-white-on-black
art by Michael Vega.
At Shanda Fantasy
Arts, Christina Hanson (aka Smudge) takes over
as lead artist on Shanda the Panda, beginning with issue
#23. Meanwhile, Shawntae Howard and Malcolm Earle
continue their furry science fiction adventure Extinctioners
with issue #2.
From Dark Horse
Comics, check out Stan Sakais Usagi Yojimbo: Shades
of Death trade paperback. This 200 page black & white
compendium, which includes the first six issues of Usagi
as printed by Mirage (out of print since 1993) also features a
guest appearance by the time-travelling Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
While youre at it, look for the Usagi action figure, premiering
soon from Antarctic Press.
In Dragon Wars,
a new black & white manga from Rhukihei and Ironcat
Comics, a beautiful treasure hunter and her dragon companion are
on the run from the Royal Guard with an ancient artifact
that could destroy the world. Also, if youre looking for
original Japanese manga of a furry sort, look for Hyper Police
Manga #1 and Tezuka Osamu Manga Chronicle (both with
are you into cows? [Now calm down, you know what I mean!] Check
out The Moosletters Cow-Buying Guide. Its a
listing of more than 500 merchants who sell cow-oriented merchandize.
You heard it here. Available for $5.00 from Cowtree Collector,
240 Wahl Avenue, Evans City, PA 16033
hardcover books of furry note are now available form Warner Brothers
Books, under the Aspect Imprint. The Book of Night with Moon
by Diane Duane follows the adventures of four wizards trying
to save the world from an evil force
the wizards just happen
to be cats. Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear is a continuation
of concepts originally present in Sir Arthur Conan Doyles
Lost World books: A secret valley in South America where
dinosaurs still survive. In this new book, a group of adventurers
attempt to take an unruly bunch of used-up dinosaurs from a dinosaur
circus back to the Lost Valley.
and SF author Douglas Preston now returns with Jennie
from Tor Books. A group of biologists and anthropologists use
new techniques to enhance the brain of a young chimpanzee named
Jennie. Shes then take home to be raised just like a normal
with amusing, interesting and, eventually, tragic
results. In paperback.
Guest of Honor Mercedes Lackey has a new collection of
short stories (both fantasy and science fiction) available at
your local book store. The collection is called Fiddler Fair,
and its published by Baen Books.
Ace Science Fiction
and Ace Fantasy have several books of furry note on the shelves
currently. ConFurence Five Guest of Honor A.C. Crispin,
along with Ru Emerson, has produced Voices of Chaos,
the latest novel in Crispins Starbridge series. In
hardcover (currently), fantasy author Elizabeth A. Lynn
returns after several years away from writing with a new book:
Dragons Winter, in which a newly crowned king must
battle his brother (an evil sorcerer) to reclaim a magic talisman
which will enable him to take on his true form a dragon.
In Top Dog by Jerry J. Carrol (paperback), a high-powered
executive awakens one morning to discover that hes become
and Madison Avenue has been replaced by a world of
magic and monsters. Meanwhile, the trilogy Lucasfilms
Alien Chronicles premiers with The Golden One by Deborah
Chester. As an ancient and once proud reptilian empire crumbles
in its age, the proud emperor buys his heir a golden feline as
unaware that she is really a conqueror in the offing.
From Tiger Mountain
Press comes The Enchanted World of Rankin/Bass: A Portfolio
by Rick Goldschmidt. This large book details the background
of every television special, animated series, and feature film
created by Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass, including Rudolph
the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Year Without Santa Claus, and
Mad Monster Party. Along similar lines, check out Pufnstuf
& Other Stuff: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sid &
Marty Krofft (from St. Martins Press).
A new comic strip
collection/trade paperback from Andrews and McMeel features Mark
OHaras Citizen Dog. A guy named Mel and
his talking dog Fergus live together, and try to reach an understanding
If youre looking
to enter the animation field as a job, its likely you should
pick up a copy of the 1998 Animation Industry Directory.
Created by the publishers of Animation magazine, it features
contact names, addresses, and company profiles for nearly every
animation company currently working. Its available for $75.00
from: Animation, 30101 Agoura Ct., Suite 110, Agoura Hills, CA
Found on the Internet:
Art Mawhinney will be producing three tie-in books for
Simba's Pride, scheduled to appear [from Disney] in the
fall: a storybook, a large-format coloring book, and a "shapes"
book. Mawhinney will also be working on storyboarding an "adult"
animated series to air on Nickelodeon, as well as doing a second
season of storyboarding for Life with Louie on Fox. He
also continues to do artwork for the Sonic the Hedgehog
comics published by Archie (which makes sense as he was also a
storyboard artist for the Sonic TV series). [Thanks to
Dan Drazen <email@example.com>]
Get ready for the
outside the theaters! With the much-anticipated
release of Tristar Pictures Godzilla this May, the
marketing and merchandizing people await with a cornucopia of
tie-in products, including books like The Making of Godzilla,
Godzilla: The Novel, and The Godzilla Movie Postcard Book.
Already out on shelves (though not officially a tie-in to the
movie, the timing is obvious) is The Official Godzilla Compendium
from Random House. Compliled by J.D. Lees and Marc Cerasini,
with illustrations by Monkeyman and OBrien creator
Arthur Adams, this volume presents background information
and black & white photos from every film in which Godzilla
himself has appeared, in both the U.S. and Japan. Also, coming
on video: Re-releases of many of the best Godzilla movies, and
premieres of several which have never been official released on
video before! Titles include Godzilla: King of the Monsters,
Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzillas
Revenge, Terror of Mechagodzilla, and Destroy All Monsters.
Following soon after: DVD versions of many of these titles.
The Prince &
The Pauper is a specialty book store in the Normal Heights area
of San Diego, California, at 3201 Adams Avenue. (Near the 805
fwy.) Their stock in trade is rare, hard-to-find used books for
children, and their selection (from around the world) is extensive.
Drop by if youre ever in the neighborhood
open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. Phone (619) 283-4380
for more information.
From the CF Mailbox
Richard Hallock firstname.lastname@example.org:
NEW! Virtual Vikki:
Unplugged! [The Second Virtual Vikki Digi-Voop CD-ROM]
You get a deluxe slide
show of all Vikki's finished art, along with previously unreleased
pictures and pre-production test pictures. Contains a special trailer
for Dandy's new animated CGI project in which Virtual Vikki makes
a cameo appearance.
The Macintosh version
features the expanded and updated 6 part narrated documentary "The
Tragical History Tour" featuring the voice of Tami Arens as Virtual
Vikki. Also many Bryce 2, Ray Dream Studio, and other 3-D clip models.
The PC version features
a web based interface to the same content via the Quick Time Plugin.
(3-D models not included)
For more information
and sample pictures you can visit the Virtual Vikki Projects web page
Mac Version: $27.00. [Requirements: Color Mac, 2x CD, 5mb ram free,
16 or 24 bit color recommended, Quick Time 2.0 or higher recommended.]
PC Version $31.00 postpaid
** (CD is in ISO 9600 format) [Requirements: a fast 486 (pentium recommended),
4x CD, 24mb ram, A web browser with Quick Time plug in installed,
16 or 24 bit color recommended.]
Make checks and money
orders payable to: Richard M. Hallock, 1440 Garryana Dr., Red Bluff,
CA 96080. [If you want to see the current Virtual Vikki pictures send
me an e-mail and I'll stick you on the VV picture e-mail list ! (about
1 picture every 2 weeks, 100-200k in size)]
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!)
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
Seven ("Furries in Force"), Eight ("Music & Mirth"/"Scalies"),
and Nine ("Furries in Love"/"Furries Down Under")
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), CF8 (by Michele Light) and CF9
(by Cataroo) 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.
-- The ConFurence Seven and Eight Highlights Videos!
again thanks to the skills of David Bliss and the rest of our
highly skilled video crew, were proud to offer you our newest
videos, Highlights from ConFurence Seven, 1996 (Furries in Force)
and ConFurence Eight, 1997 (Music & Mirth/Scalies). Both feature
highlights from that years Costume Presentation, Pet Auction,
Club Tekno-Fur, and Cabaret Fur le Dance (tasteful, but tasty), as
well as a look at what the furries were doing around the con. And
much more! Each video is 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. Pick up one of each today! (Coming soon: Our special
combination CF5/CF6 Highlights Video!) [Also! Write to us for
details about ordering the ConFurence Eight Cabaret Fur le Dance souvenir
video (for adults!).]
I kick ker." (Bartok, from Anastasia)
And here's a look at Coming Attractions...
May 1 3, 1998
Francisco Grande Hotel and Resort
26000 Gila Bend Highway, Casa Grande, Arizona
Call (800) 237-4238 for hotel information (mention ZonieCon!)
Guests of Honor include Simon Hawke, Steve
Addlesee, and Richard Bartrop.
Attending membership is $35.00 by mail
now. Supporting memberships are $15.00, which can be
converted to Attending at the door for another $15.00. For hotel
rates, art show information, dealer information and so forth,
write to them (needless to say, write quickly!) at: ZonieCon,
P.O. Box 44285 Tucson, ZA 85733-4285. Also check out their web
site at: www.geocities.com/area51/rampart/4608
June 12-14, 1998
Ramada Inn Rosemont/O'Hare in Rosemont, IL
Great $79 basic room rate. (847) 827-5131
FURRY GOH: Terrie Smith
MORE UNIQUE FURRY PROGRAMMING:
Duckon's Furry track has expanded to include a LARGE furry artists
den (2600 sq. feet), a furry lounge, a furry programming track,
and furry special events, including the infamous Furry Variety
Show. We feature furry specific activities in the areas of art
technique, costuming, gaming, video, animation, performance,
and full support of furry special interest groups.
Contact Robert King for more info (email@example.com
or write to the PO Box).
If you have something to contribute to the
furry track, talk to us--we LOVE volunteers!
(for the main con)
(for the Furry track)
Registration: $30 each until April
30, 1998; $40 at the door.
Short on Cash? Not sure?? Supporting memberships
are $10 until May 1, 1998. Supporting memberships upgrade to
attending for $20 at the door.
Mail to: Duckon Registration, PO Box
4843, Wheaton IL 60189
July 3-5, 1998 (Early Registration starting 6 pm on Thursday
Albany Anthrocon returns to the Omni Albany
Hotel, and welcomes three special guests: Artist Jim Groat,
writer Jeffrey Carver, and fannish guest Dr. Samuel
Conway (aka Kagemushi). The con will also feature
fundraising for a special charity: Whiskers, a local no-kill
animal shelter specializing in helping stray cats.
Registration is $30.00 for attending membership
in advance, and $35.00 at the door. Supporting memberships are
$15.00. They also have Contributor memberships for $40.00, Sponsorships
for $75.00, and several other levels you can buy
to them for details!
Omni Albany Hotel Ten Eyck Plaza, Albany,
(518) 462-6611 or (800) THE OMNI
Fax: (518) 462-2901
Room Rates are $75.00 single/double, and $95.00 triple/quad.
Send registration, or requests for more information
(Art Show, Dealer Room, Events and Programming, etc.), to:
Albany Anthrocon, P.O. Box 234, Watervliet,
Make sure to check out their web page too,
Conifur Northwest '98
"Furries In Seattle"
September 4-6, 1998, Clarion Hotel by the Sea-Tac Airport
$82 basic room rate; call (206) 242-0200 or 1-800-CLARION and
be sure to mention Conifur Northwest.
GOH: Diana Vick
Conifur Northwest's goal in our first year
is to be a relatively small and relaxed con, yet with all the
usual amenities: Dealer's room (Mel. White, Michele Light,
Terrie Smith, and many others have already confirmed that
they will attend!), art show, artist's alley, video room, and
programming with a twist. As much as possible, the programming
will consist of interactive workshops and "how-to's"
on subjects such as drawing, short-story writing, and publishing
-- although Mel. White and Glen Wooten will be reprising their
excellent panel on copyrights.
Registration: $20 until July 1st, then $25
until the con, and $30 at the door.
Our contact address is firstname.lastname@example.org,
but the best way to find out about Conifur Northwest at our
web page, http://www.picarefy.com/conifur
. We also have a mailing list for announcements; to subscribe,
send email to email@example.com with "SUBSCRIBE conifur"
in the body.
The Mephit Furmeet 98
September 4-7, 1998
Holiday Inn Memphis East, Memphis, Tennessee
Special Guest: Bill Holbrook, creator
of Kevin & Kell
Registration is $25.00 for attending
and $15.00 for supporting. Dealer tables are only $10.00
but supplies are limited!
Hotel rates are $75.00 for 1-4 furs. Call (800)
Holiday, ask for the Memphis HI, and mention Mephit Furmeet.
For more information on events and other stuff,
check out their web page: www.mfm.home.ml.org
The head tiger in charge can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nine -- Aftermath Report
This time, the hotel had a better idea
what they were in for! About 1,200 furry fen (and other interested
people) joined us at the Buena Park Hotel and Convention Center
in Buena Park for a weekend of fun, fur, and falling-for-the-right-fur.
Those Special Guests
This year we welcomed our very first
Guest of Honor from overseas (Great Britain) to her very first con
in the U.S.: SF author Lisanne Norman. Despite being wheel-chair
bound much of the time, Lisanne managed to get around enough to
meet up with many fans of her Sholan Alliance SF series,
and she even read them several un-published short stories. Artist
GOH Michele Light and comic book GOHs Mike and Carole
Curtis spent much of their time behind their tables in the Den
of Dealers, but still managed to get out and participate in several
interesting SIGs and workshops. And special GOHs the FurryMUCK
Wizards were all over the con, needless to say!
It seems like every year more well-known types decide to join us
at ConFurence, from a wealth of backgrounds in comics, science fiction
novels, movies, computers, TV, and many other forms of media where
furries can be found.
Among them this year were Steve Addlesee, Darrel Benvenuto, Mitchell
Biero, E.T. and Elizabeth Bryan, Ben Camacho, John and Rachel Cawley,
Richard Chandler, Jimmy Chin, Kishma Daniele, Pat Duke, Jeff Ferris,
Leslie Fish, Steven Gallacci, Roz Gibson, Jim Groat (and family),
Shon Howell, Lance Ikegawa, Pat Kelly, Robert C. King,
Ed Kline, David Koenig, Kris Kreutzman, Jymn Magon, Steven Martin,
Chuck Melville, John Nunnemacher, Fred Patten, Michael Payne, Steve
Plunkett, Mike Raabe, Joe Rosales, Lance Rund, Dan Seneres, Mark
Allan Sheppard, Ted Sheppard, Terrie Smith, Brian Sutton, Diana
Vick, Edd Vick, Elin Winkler, and Tommy Yune. Not to
mention a host of artists, small-press publishers, and other folks
whose names you know -- or should, sometime soon! [And if theres
anyone whos name we left out mia culpa!] Those
This year marked several important changes in our programming for
creators of furry costumes (dubbed fursuits by many)
at ConFurence. First and foremost was the premier of The FurSuit
Lounge, where most of our costuming how-to workshops took place,
and the fursuit makers had a chance to relax and unwind (hey, it
gets hot inside those things!) Secondly, we expanded the awards
for costumes (shown off at our big Costume Event on Saturday) to
include not only the traditional ConFurence popular-vote awards
(chosen by the entire membership), but also a new selection of Peer
Awards in various categories, letting the fursuit makers pat
each other on the back for good craftsmanship. Both types of awards
were divided up into the Intro Division (those whove never
won a costuming award before, here or elsewhere), and the Advanced
Division (those with more experience and awards under their fur).
Here then is a complete list of all the costumes honored at ConFurence
Popular Vote: Intro Division
1st place: Zooma (designed, built, and worn by Jim Brining)
2nd place: Stanley D. Lion (designed and worn by Reggie Jensen,
built by International Costumes, Inc.)
Popular Vote: Advanced Division
1st place: Triggur & V'ril (designed, built, and worn by
Kevin Kelm and Kit Struthers, respectively)
2nd place: Royal Ice - Frost & Fire (worn by Lance Ikegawa
and Heather Riesen; designed by Lance Ikegawa; and built by Lance
Ikegawa, Kathy Sanders, and Lynnette Johnson)
Peer Review Voting: Intro Division
Best in Show:
1st place: Twinkle Foozle
2nd place (tie): Sly Fox
2nd place (tie): Stanley D. Lion
Best Original Design
1st place: Zooma
2nd place: Trax
3rd place (tie): Twinkle Foozle
3rd place (tie): Stanley D. Lion
1st place: Minnie Mouse
Best Use of Materials
1st place: Zooma
2nd place: Trax
3rd place (tie): Chairo
3rd place (tie): Stanley D. Lion
Best in Show: Royal Ice - Frost & Fire
1st place: Triggur & V'ril
2nd place: Royal Ice - Frost & Fire
3rd place: Vickey Rabbit
Best Original Design
1st place: Royal Ice - Frost & Fire
2nd place: Triggur & V'ril
3rd place: Big Bad Wolf
Best Use of Materials
1st place: Royal Ice - Frost & Fire
2nd place: Triggur & V'ril
3rd place: Big Bad Wolf
That Furry Filk Contest
For the second time, a previous filk
contest winner had the winning entry for this years songwriting
contest: Kay Shapero, for her song The Hollow Hills.
Watch this space in July: Well print the winning song lyrics!
We Had Events!
Thursday night again featured two dances;
our ever-popular Club Techno-Fur, and that gothic dance happening,
Nevermore. Meanwhile, our Guest of Honor Lisanne Norman
read stories to the furries in the Pearl Possum. Friday night
after the Furry Filk Contest came the return of the ethno-folk-exotic-jazz
band Thoth, followed by the popular charity Pet Auction.
Then it was time to dance till the walls came down at The Purple
Nurple Live. Many thanks to the tech crew, djs, and volunteers
for all of our night-time events. (Special thanks again to Cargo!)
Come Saturday, time
for another colorful and varied Costume Presentation, followed by
our first ever Pawfasting Celebration: Lots of people
have asked about getting married or otherwise hitched at ConFurence,
so we got them all together at once! (Our thanks to Walksfar
for his gracious leadership of the ceremony.) Saturday night, after
Kagemushi entertained quite a crowd with his storytelling
skills, once again it was time for the Cabaret Fur le Dance,
to bring in another capacity crowd and raise important funds for
the Deal Whitley Scholarship. This years show featured a grand
spectacle of talented dancers and singers, hosted for the
first time by talented comedian Fox Jeffworthy (with plenty
of help from the ever-popular Omaha Sternberg, of course!).
Once again this year our lighting and effects were provided us by
John and Amanda Geyer and their helpers. Our heartfelt
thanks go out to all the show crew, all the instant help, and most
especially to our dancers Spark (and his lady friend),
Kameo, Shontar, Pandora, Louis P. Looks-Twice, Leslie Fish,
and Rod ORiley (and his Band of Skilled Hands). You've
all given us another fond memory to take home! And extra special
thanks to John Geyer and Omaha Sternberg for organizing
the entire show, again -- and to the tireless stage crew and extra
We Had Our Sponsors...
Our sponsors are the special folks
who help us see that ConFurence takes place, that it has special
guests, and that it has a place to be! They do this just by contributing
a bit extra above their membership fees, which we apply to transporting,
housing, and feeding our special guests. A partial list of our Sponsors
for ConFurence Nine: Earl P. Bacon, Walt Bakes, David Buttenshaw,
Jeff D. Castle, Keven Dong, Romano Eberwein, Anthony Ferro, Richard
Foley, Sean A. Foltz, Eric Foster, Deen Foxx, Stacey Frankovich,
Guy Garnett, Heiko Gemming, Douglas Graen, Michael Hackett, Johnathan
Hammar, Eli Harvey, Ed Holowell, Erin Hurst, Alan M. Jones, Karl
Xydexx Jorgensen, Brian Kimmes, Jonathan Lang, Steven Lang, Louis
LeClerc, Richard Messer, Eric Miyoda, Peter A. Murphy, Michael ODonnell,
Freddy E. Praul, Nick Radonich, Eric Raschka, Jim Rauscher, Bruce
Richman, Stephen Roy, Mark Ryerson, Jonah E. Safar, William A. Sanborn,
Robert E. Sanders, Martin Shotzberger, Stacey Wenkel, Sarah Wheeler,
Robert Whiteman, Richard Williams, and Robert Yates.
Thank you! [More to come next issue!]
We Had Our Super Sponsors!
These extra-special folks gave some
real extra help for our guests' needs by contributing more than
$100.00 each for the care and keeping of our big-name furries. Super
Sponsors for ConFurence Nine [a partial list] included Ralph
Atwood, David Bliss, Clark Breslin, Gary Breukman, Michael Burlake,
Changa, Caleb Corey, Michael T. Danaher, David DeSimone, Darrel
Exline, Mark Fried, D. Patrick Garvey Jr., Gabriel Gentile, Matthias
Giwer, Pete Glaskowsky, William Haskell, Brock Hoagland, Ron Johnson,
Boyce Gerald Kline Jr., James Lenigk, John Ludlin Jr., Drew Maxwell,
James McMechan, Paul P. McNutt, Brad Metzler, David Miller, Matthew
R. Muench, Charles Nezzer, Robert Parrish, John Pennington III,
Christopher L. Pesl, John W. Pharr, Gary Renaud, Charles E. Roe,
Matt Roush, Aaron A. Taylor, Richard F. Thatcher, David Wescott,
Bruce Wilhite, Linda Woeltjen, and Jason Wolf. Extra
special thanks to all of you! [The rest of you well list next
The ConFurence Nine Staff
They put up with it all through the
year, then during the con itself, and they put up with even more
to make it all happen! ConFurence salutes our staff and helpers
for ConFurence Nine, 1998 (in alphabetical order): Andrea Adams,
Rod Basler, Greg Bilan, Eric-Alexander Bitten, Dwayne Blackman,
David Bliss, Steven Bornstein, Michael C. Braunshasen, Dawn Britt,
James P. Callicott, Changa, John Cawley, Rachel Cawley, George
E. Chaney III, Andrew Clark, Moroni Clawson, L. Grant Cleveland,
Gabriel Collazo, Raymond Collazo, Steve Corbett, Brenda Marie DiAntonis,
Robert Droz, Darrel Exline, Andrea L. Fiedler, Tim Fitelson, Mark
Freid, Kim Gardner, Steve Gattuso, Amanda Geyer, John Geyer, Jonathan
Hartman, Eli Harvey, Tim Helphrey, Carol Higuchi, Erin Hurst, Lisa
Iennaco, Warren Johnson, Zsanene Klinkler, Kele Kravelin, Lynn Kurtz,
Karl Maurer, Paul P. McNutt, David Meacham, Mark Merlino, James
Miles, Kurt Miller, Allen P. Mixson, Lea Mixson, Sheryl Mount, James
P. Mullen, Charles Nezzer, Ken Nielsen, Rod O'Riley, David T. Parenteau,
Dennis T. Peterson, Don Post, Natalie Powell, Rob Powell, Regan
Pylman, Gary Renaud, Ryan X. Saenz, Cari Sandvig, Kay Shapero, Omaha
Sternberg, DeWayne Stewart, Shawn Strobel, Michael Underwood, Jennifer
Vancil, Neil Welchel, Tank Winters, and Mike Yust. (There
are other folks whose names we're liable to forget -- plus some
non-staff people who stepped in when things got 'hairy'. Thank you
to all of you too!)
And finally, you gotta get right back
where ya started from...
Ten A Look Back
Can you believe it? Ten years and ten
ConFurences since Mark Merlino and Rod ORiley first looked
at each other and said, "Well, think its time furry fandom
had its own convention?" Little did we realize what we were
starting! And now, a full decade after 65 furries came to Costa
Mesa, California to join us for our little experiment, its
time for A Look Back
our main theme for ConFurence
Ten. Where have we been since 1989? What was cool then, versus now
and all the years in between? Where has furry fandom brought
us from, and two? All these things will be looked at, discussed,
and remembered throughout ConFurence Ten. Big
changes in store for ConFurence, if youve been following
us for the past few years. Were making a big move in time
and in space: In time to Easter Weekend (April 1-4, 1999)
and in space to the city of San Diego, California
Home of the world-famous San Diego Comic Convention. Our
sub-theme for CF10 is very appropriate, given that the weekend is
Easter, and that 1999 is The Year of the Rabbit. Thats
right, bunnies take center stage at the first springtime
ConFurence! Well have
other fun themes and slogans to play around with at ConFurence Ten,
too. How about: ConFurence
more SPACE in 1999! Or maybe
Fur is Out There!
Our New Guests
Two of our special Guests of Honor
have already been confirmed for ConFurence Ten, and more are on
the way well have more to tell you next issue!
From Radio Comix and Shanda Fantasy
Arts we welcome artist, illustrator, and comic-book writer Mary
Hanson-Roberts. Mary had already become known at SF cons throughout
America for her gentle pictures and prints of various fantasy creatures.
More recently though, shes made a name for herself in independent
comic books, both for her series (such as Here Comes A Candle
from Furrlough) and for her illustrations and covers (such
as SFAs Women in Fur). ConFurence
is also proud and happy to welcome back filk-singer Cynthia McQuillin.
Last time, she was the other half of filk guest Dr.
Jane Robinson at CF8. This time, she gets to be the headliner! Dont
worry, Dr. Jane will be right along with her! And what else is Cyndi
bringing along? Her long history of vampire songs, womens
issue songs, and lots and lots of cat songs! Okay,
that's two Guests of Honor -- so far! We'll be adding a few more
names to our Guests of Honor list soon stay tooned!
Where? The Town
& Country Hotel and Resort, San Diego, California
The Town & Country Resort, part
of San Diegos Hotel Circle in Mission Valley, is no stranger
to SF conventions or to furries. In July of 1986 (at that
years WesterCon), the T & C was the site of the very first
official Furry Party. Since then, for several years it has been
the home base for ConDor, San Diegos local SF gathering. And
how its going to try out an honest-to-goodness furry convention!
Were taking up a substantial amount of their various convention
facilities and well still have room to grow in the
future! Cool stuff about the
Town & Country:
Room rates for ConFurence Ten are $85.00
per night, single or double; and $95.00 per night, triple
or quad. For reservations, call (800) 854-2608, or the local number
- Fashion Valley Mall, just a quarter
mile to the north.
- San Diegos famous red trolley
stops right next door.
- No less than six different
places to eat, right on site!
- Three separate pools.
- Beautiful grounds with tropical
palm trees and rose gardens.
- Lots of smaller, cheaper hotels
just across the freeway.
Important As Ever:
- Make sure to call during business
hours (M-F 9 am - 5 pm, pacific time), and make sure to mention
Den of Dealers
- As of right now, the Den of Dealers
for ConFurence Ten is nearly Sold Out! And once theyre
gone, theyre gone! So please, write us if youre looking
for a dealer table, or if you want to be placed on the Waiting List
for the Den of Dealers 1999. Tables (8 x 3) are available
for $60.00 (which includes two attending memberships), with
an additional table (max of 2) costing $40.00 more. If youve
already reserved a Den of Dealers table, keep your eyes on the mail
-- Your information packet, asking you questions about your specific
needs at your table(s), will be coming around soon. The
Artists' Alley remains one of the most popular and populated features
of any ConFurence, and the Alley at ConFurence Ten will be just
plain huge! These tables in the pre-convene area 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. Trust us theres
a lot of room, but they will fill up! Write to Rod O'Riley
at the ConFurence address (or e-mail to email@example.com) for more
information about table space.
The Art Show
ConFurences art show remains
consistently one of the largest SF/fantasy art displays in the world!
Believe us, if you do art of funny animals, furries, monsters, aliens,
toons, or even real animals, you want to be in this art show!
But our show will fill up -- so get in your reservations
as soon as you can! 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! Important -- We have an extensive Art Show 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 Donald Poe at the ConFurence address (or e-mail
him at the ConFurence web page, www.confurence.com
) and we'll send it off to you right away! Don't delay! Write today!
In 1999, we
take stock of where weve been... and bring our Traditions
The Cabaret Fur le Dance
Once again we shall bring you another
truly magical evening of furry entertainment at our famous charity
stage show. What kind of entertainment? The kind to make your fur
stand up! Dancers, singers, costumes, comedians, magicians -- we've
seen them all, and we want to see more! Maybe you have an idea for
an act yourself? Why not try it out on the ConFurence staff -- you
just might find yourself on stage in front of a few hundred screaming
friends! Write to Michael Underwood at the ConFurence address
for all the de-tails! (Remember, all performers in the Cabaret must
be able to first attend a special pre-planning meeting on Friday
night, April 2, at ConFurence!)
More Furries, More Films, More Bang
For Your... oh, you know!
ConFurence Ten! What's happening? More
of what we're famous for, that's what:
Meetings, discussions, how-to
workshops 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. The Saturday afternoon Costume
Presentation, with everyone voting for the best costumes --
and more helpful how-to sessions with the costume makers and designers.
Plus, the return of the FurSuit Lounge and the popular Furry Dance
outside on Saturday night! Food, including our Ice Cream
Social and Saturday Night Furry Feed, right next to the pool! Computer
networking, art, and animation on display, plus the return of the
Internet Room. Games, both paper and electronic, cards and
role-playing, and everywhere in-between. Dances, no less
than three of them! Filking through the night, including
our popular Furry Filksong Contest, and another special filk/folk
concert. Sketching by literally dozens of artists of every
size, shape, and style. And a whole lot more! All the rest, as always,
is what you bring to the con!
Whats The Price?
Registration to ConFurence Ten is on a sliding scale -- All memberships
are $25.00 for a full three-days Attending, from now
until January 1st, 1999. From January 2nd, 1999 until
March 15th, 1999, three-day Attending memberships
are available for $30.00, and after that, at-the-door for
$35.00. 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 nest, please 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, amigos! 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!
ConFurence Needs... Our
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 and hotel rooms. 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 special food events too, and
get special seating at some of our shows (with purchase of a ticket,
in some cases). And, sponsors get -- our unending gratitude! (Not
to mention recognition by name in the souvenir book!)
Our Super Sponsors!
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 special VIP Lounge at ConFurence, preferred seating
at several events (with ticket purchase), and other special perks
including some special gifts direct from our Guests of Honor.
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.
... 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 CF8 (though we won't
stop you from helping more!), you can get access to our exclusive
Staff and Sponsor 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 away!
flies... are YOU going to?
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,
including ours! Contact Rick Foss at (800) 624-6679 from
outside California, or (310) 640-0527 inside California.
Don't be left in the burrow! Keep
in touch with the world of Anthropomorphics! Join ConFurence Today!