- June, 1999
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"Heddo! Me-sa name-a Jah Jah
- ConFurence Ten came and went - and despite adversity, a good collection
of furry fans came along for the ride! Much more on our past and
our future later in this issue. But first, here's the newts...
- How successful George Lucas and his film Star
Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace were at taking over the world
on opening weekend sort of depends on what your measure is. The
film set a records for a one-day box office take ($28.7 million)
and made more than $100 million during it's first five days, but
it did not beat the $90 million record for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday
period, which was set by The Lost World: Jurassic Park. However,
it did beat Jurassic to the $100 million mark by one day (doing
it in five and setting another new record). It then went on to set
a record for reaching the $200 million mark. What's it all mean?
Ask the bean counters! Critical reviews have been decidedly mixed,
but not so the mouth of fandom
for the most part, fans have
been ecstatic that the film series they waited years for Lucas to
return to (and weeks in line to get tickets for!) has finally come
to theaters. Along with a huge marketing campaign of books, CD's,
games, toys, and product tie-ins, of course. Interestingly, there
are several characters in The Phantom Menace who are completely
computer-generated alien characters, including Watto the flying
junk dealer and Sebulba the champion pod-racer. But by far the most
screen time is given to Jar Jar Binks, a Gungan (an amphibious species
with very long ears!). He stumbles across our friends the heroic
Jedi Knights, and proceeds to provide comic relief for much of the
film. Since the film's release, Jar Jar has become something of
a flash point on the internet - with folks espousing everything
from 'Jar Jar Must Die!' to 'Jar Jar Rules!' all starting up their
own web pages. He's even gathered so much attention they put him
on the cover of Rolling Stone this month.
- Another film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream
debuted in theatres this past May. (That's the
play in which one of the human characters, Bottom, is turned into
a jackass.) The cast includes Kevin Kline, Calista (Ally McBeal)
Flockhart, and Stanley Tucci (as Puck). Unfortunately it's not doing
the best at the box office, so if you want to see it, hit the theaters
while you can!
- Miramax has acquired the rights to produce a remake of the Jimmy
Stewart classic comedy Harvey, the story of a casual drunkard, whose
only friend is a six-foot tall invisible rabbit. Casting and production
info has not been divulged as of yet.
- Due out in theatres later this year will be a new live-action
version of the George Orwell classic Animal Farm, which will have
all the animals talking to each other, a la "Babe". (The
last time "Animal Farm" was made into a movie was in the
1950s, when Halas & Bachelor Studios made a feature-length animated
version.) This new version will make its world premiere at the Cannes
Film Festival in France.
- Geena Davis heads an all-star cast in a feature-length film version
of the E.B. White children's story Stuart Little, the adventures
of a mouse with some human qualities, who resides with a family
of people. (TRIVIA FACTOID: Many years ago, NBC had broadcasted
a one-hour, made-for-TV version of Stuart Little, narrated by [then]
Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.) The voice of Stuart is none other
than Michael J. Fox.
- Besides the full-animation fare Disney will be turning out within
the next 12 months (e.g. Tarzan, Toy Story II, and Fantasia 2000),
its international television animation studios are hard at work
on a sequel to A Goofy Movie. Its tentative title: Max Goes To College.
- Actor Jim Carrey has his hands full, as he'll be two 'morphic
characters in two films in the works: He'll have the title role
in a remake of The Incredible Mr. Limpet (the tale of a man who
turns into a fish; Don Knotts starred in the original version) and
he'll also have the title role in the Dr. Seuss holiday classic
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, adapted for the big screen.
- Another piece of family fare worth checking out is Muppets in
Space (just in time to compete with Star Wars I: The
Phantom Menace), as Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, and the rest of the
gang go where no other massive pieces of felt have gone before (if
you don't count all those "Pigs in Space" segments from
The Muppet Show back in the 1970s). It's due out this summer.
- AND THE WINNER IS: Computer animator Chris Wedge of NYC picked
up the 1999 Academy Award for 'Best Animated Short' for his unique
(and sometimes funny) CGI work Bunny. The Prayer, one of the tunes
from last year's Quest for Camelot, earned a Golden Globe Award
in the 'Best Original Song' category. It was also nominated for
an Academy Award, but it lost out to When You Believe from The Prince
- In the "Everything Old Is New Again"
Department, watch for all-new TV cartoons with some familiar characters
from the past. ABC will debut (later this spring) Mouse Works, an
array of new stories with Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald
Duck, Goofy, Pluto, et al. FOX Kids Network will offer all-new shorts
starring Walter Lantz' red-headed hellion Woody Woodpecker. And
later this fall, Sonic Underground presents all-new adventures of
the world's fastest hedgehog (once again voiced by Jaleel White).
- Now showing on the HBO Family Network is George and Martha, an
animated series based on the children's books by James Marshall
(with production by Maurice Sendak). The pair of lead hippos in
George and Martha are voiced by Nathan Lane (The Lion King) and
Andrea Martin (SCTV). An interesting point in this show, as mentioned
in Entertainment Weekly: It features as back-up players two male
crocodiles, who live together, named Oscar and Wilde. The whole
lot of them are all big fans of Broadway shows.
- Currently on the drawing board for Nickelodeon is Fat Dog Mendoza
(scheduled for a fall debut), being worked on (in part) by Mike
(Captain Jack) Kazaleh. Mike has also worked on episodes of The
Brothers Flub for Nickelodeon, as well
as some episodes of The Lionhearts (MGM) for syndicated TV.
- Several items of furry interest turned up recently
at the Licensing '99 International trade show in New York. ITV (in
Britain) and YTV (in Canada) are jointly planning to release 26
episodes of a new TV series based on the animated film version of
Watership Down, this coming fall. The ASPCA (American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has a new line of mascot animals
(a pig, a dog, a cat, a horse, and an owl) which they are planning
on releasing on a wide variety of promotional products. Meanwhile
in 3D furries, look for Kanga Roddy, a fursuit kung-fu kangaroo
who (along with his singing puppet friends) teaches children the
value of physical fitness and good citizenship. The producer is
none other than Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers. And, on
a very different note is Between the Lions, which appears to be
a cooking show staring two puppet lions named Theo and Cleo. You
heard it here, furs.
- Animation Magazine had a recent article on animation companies
in France, and several of the projects mentioned are of furry interest.
Transylvania Pet Shop is currently a top-rated cartoon in Great
Britain. Other recent shows include Inspector Mouse, Archibald the
Koala, Pablo the Little Red Fox, 64 Zoo Lane, and an animated TV
series based on Brian Jacques' well-known book series Redwall. Feature
films to look for in the near future include A Monkey's Tale and
a Babar feature.
- From Canada, look for D'Myna Leagues, a comedy cartoon series
about an all-bird baseball team and their adventures on the road.
Currently in production.
- Just in time to tie in with Disney's animated
Tarzan movie comes the Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes
trade paperback from Dark Horse Comics. Some thirty years ago, illustrator
Russ Manning adapted many of the most well known Tarzan adventures
into full-color comic book stories. Here they are collected for
the first time, with digital color enhancement. Meanwhile, the comic
book adaptation of Disney's Tarzan, also from Dark Horse (and Greg
Ehrbar and Mario Cortes) hits the shelves on June 16.
- New from the DC Comics title Wetworks comes the Night Tribes one-shot
by Golden, Sniegoski, Chin, and Scott. All the tribes of the world's
monsters must come together and join forces with the humans of 'Wetworks'
to help fight off a demonic invasion. In full color, 48 pages.
- In Tellos, new from Image Comics, the world is again threatened
by dark magic - but this world is a fantasy, filled with magical
creatures, adventures, and peril. And one of our heroes is a 6-foot
tall tiger with a sword! Monthly, in full color, from Mike Weiringo
and Todd Dezago.
- New in black & white from Avatar Comics is Quantum Mechanics.
In a violent future, a lady human adventurer battles the mysterious
Church of the Acarine with the help of a renegade warrior mechanic
- specifically, a giant reptilian basilisk she refers to as 'Uncle
Munhgo'. With the release of this new comic by Barry Gregory and
Jacen Burrows comes the new 8-inch tall Uncle Munhgo action figure
- Getting a lot of buzz already is The Adventures of Browser Sequoia,
which goes by the under-title Action Heroes from the Ice Age. Richard
de Montebello and Gene Gonzales have created this non-violent (and
often very funny) black & white adventure comic for the young
and the young at heart. A boy in early North America must come to
grips with his tribe, a pet wooly mammoth, and an infant saber-toothed
cat. From SaberCat Comics, by the way.
- Shanda Fantasy Arts has several new black & white comic titles
on the shelves, most of them through the S.F.A. International line.
Issure #2 features the return of Diane Sasse and Frenchie Doudou
in a new adventure, Grove of Evil. Issue #4 collects the Tales of
the Morphing Period stories of Richard Thatcher, as well as introducing
some new stories (and featuring a new cover by Mary Hanson-Roberts).
And issue #5, Zebra, is the first collection of works by writer,
illustrator, and humorist Carl Gafford. Also look for the long-awaited
premier of Nautilus, a furry science-fiction adventure by Curtis,
Frank, and Garcia (with a cover by Carla Speed McNeil).
- For a more humorous take on the Quantum Mechanics idea, check
out Mojo Mechanics. (In black & white, from Tait, Matt, and
Syndicate Publishing.) This comic of 'science fiction INSANITY'
features the adventures of Ajax Sterling and Bippy - a roving galactic
mechanic and his friend, a hippo. Yes.
- An independent comic book landmark is reached as Fred Perry's
well-known Gold Digger reaches its 50th issue. To celebrate, Antarctic
Press will be releasing it in two editions: One with a regular cover,
and one with a special multi-character splash poster included inside.
And, don't forget about issue #1 of Gold Digger Volume 2, now appearing
- Randy Zimmerman returns with his loud-mouth, sarcastic, politically
opinionated (but never correct) character Spank the Monkey, now
in his own solo comic book. (Though Spank's wild-haired brother
Shock does show up now and then). In black & white, from Arrow
Comics. While you're at it, check out these new titles from Arrow
as well: Dr. Goyle is a scholar, detective, and monster fighter,
who just happens to be made of stone. He and his loyal (if inept)
assistant are on the case of giant insects who're eating a town's
prize sheep. You heard it. In black & white, from Mike Stegbauer
and Mike Norton. Meanwhile, in Miss Chevious by Steph Graves, the
galaxy's greatest bounty hunter (who also happens to be an anthro
black cat) faces much more than she bargained for. This four-issue
miniseries is also in black & white.
- Dark One returns to the world of Animal Mystic with Klor, a new
3-issue limited series from Sirius Comics. It features Dark One's
well-known gray-tone painting style, and tells the story of Klor
(an equine centaur warrior/priest) in his early days as a barbaric
- Two new manga of furry interest are available now in the U.S.
In Kajika by Dragonball Z creator Akira Toriyama, a young hero must
seek help to find the legendary last egg of the dragon in order
to lift the Curse of the Fox - which has left him with pointed ears
and a tail. In Inu-Yasha by Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½), a
high school girl is spirited back to feudal Japan, where she attempts
to locate the pieces of a missing soul-gem with the help of (among
others) a canine-like monster.
- Speaking of furries of a Japanese sort
the new Usagi Yojimbo
trade paperback by Stan Sakai hits the shelves in August (from Dark
Horse comics). The featured storyline is called Grasscutter, and
finds our lapine hero in possession of the legendary lost sword
of the Gods.
- Starting in July, DC Comics begins a truly unusual story-arch
-- JL-Ape: Gorilla Warfare. Try to follow this, okay? Beginning
in July's JLA Annual #3, Flash adversary Gorilla Grodd hatches a
plot to not only kill the benevolent ruler of the hidden Ape City,
but to turn first the Justice League of America, and then the rest
of the human race, one by one into mind-controlled apes! One by
one the super-heroes are transformed into gorillas, through the
pages of the annuals for Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, The Flash,
Superman, Green Lantern, and finally Martian Manhunter. Who's behind
all this? A host of DC writers and artists, lead by editor Dan Raspler.
Each annual features a full-color cover (and the series features
a full-color poster) by Monkeyman & O'Brien creator Art Adams.
- Speak of gorillas in comics (July seems to be a month for them!),
you'll want to watch for the premiere of Cy-Gor from Image Comics.
Straight from the pages of Spawn and artist Joel Thomas / writer
Rick Veitch comes the tale of half-simian, half-machine, all-dangerous
monster, and what happens when he escapes from the secret government
lab that created him. Appearing monthly in full-color.
- Peanutbutter is an office cat, on the run after ruining some important
paperwork. He meets up with an obnoxious crow named Jeremy, and
together they search for buried treasure. In Peanutbutter &
Jeremy by James Kochalka, what seems like a children's story actually
turns out to be a biting critique of modern society, in disguise.
In black & white, from Alternative Comics.
- New from Bare Bones Studios (in black & white) comes Garou:
The Lone Wolf by Purcell, Moya, and Leveaux. In the time of the
Spanish Inquisition, a Jesuit priest is bitten by a werewolf
and must struggle against the temptation to join the night beasts
- From Mprints Publishing comes the premiere of Ernor by Patrick
and Vicky-Morgan Keith. In a primitive world inhabited by sentient
wolf-like creatures who call themselves the Fenrae, a young cub
must the help of strangers to help avoid the deadly ant-like Chic'tr
as he searches for his pack throughout the world of Ernor. In black
- Back again from Radio Comix is a new Hit The Beach for 1999. The
newest issue of this well-known black & white portfolio of furries
in swimsuits features art by the likes of Joe Rosales, Terrie Smith,
Kevin Muranaka, Kjartan Arnorsson, Norman Scott, Mark Moore, Michael
Vega, Daphne Lage, Ryan Burke, Nami Jarret, Yusaka Toyoshima, Shon
Howell, Diana Vick, Louis Frank, Marc Schirmeister, and many more.
The whole 48-page collection is wrapped in a full-color cover by
- Finally on the stands from Shanda Fantasy Arts is Nautilus, the
long-awaited science fiction miniseries from Curtis, Frank, Garcia,
and Fender. Furries and aliens interact on a far-flung spaceship
in this combination of adventure, intrigue, and slice-of-life. Also
look for New Horizons #6, this time featuring the return of Phantom
Bunny by Chuck Fiala, plus more stories and art by Richard Thatcher,
Tanamin, Ken Asche, Kevin Mulder, Dann Phillips, Steve Addlesee,
- Newly collected in University - The Angry Years is 80 pages
of Frank Cho's well-received collegiate comic strip Liberty Meadows.
Beginning in the Washington Post, it has since gone on to newspapers
all around the country. This collection features nearly eight weeks
of dailies and Sunday color strips, all featuring Brandy and her
- Here are some new recordings based on traditional
stories and fables with various talking animals: Coyote Tales (from
Newport Classics) is a magical American Opera, depicting the Creation
of the World by Coyote (based on Native American legend). Recorded
live at its world premiere performance by the Lyric Opera of Kansas
City (Russell Patterson, conducting), this two-act production spans
over 100 minutes, with a unique musical score by Henry Mollicone
(and a libretto by Sheldon Harnick). For more info on this 2-CD
set, write to Newport Classics, 11 Willow St., Newport, RI 02840;
or phone 401.848.2442; or fax 401.848.0060 . Also look for Four-Legged
Tales (from Lyrichord Discs, Inc.), which offers a variety of animal
folktales from Europe, Asia and Africa -- all of which are narrated
by Laura Simms.
From the CF Mailbox
From: Robert King < firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Folks. Just to make it a bit more official, we are planning for
1999 to be the last year that Duckon's furry track will be part of
Duckon. The furry track has gotten too big to just be a "track"
any more. For the year 2000, we will split off from Duckon to become
the Midwest Fur Fest. At this time we are exploring a timeslot at
the end of July.
From: Matt Henry < Madbadger2@aol.com >:
Although the fandom has lost a valuable resource, in the form of Mailbox
Books' closure, Bronzebear Media Distribution is now up and open for
business. To view our web-based catalog and ordering process, point
your browsers to:
The catalog has a large assortment of comics, fanzines and portfolios
by the top names in the fandom (Terrie Smith, Eric Schwartz, Tygger,
and Michele Light, to name a few), and the hottest comic and 'zine
titles out (Associated Student Bodies, Yarf, Genus, Gallery, Furrlough,
the Shanda Fantasy Arts line, Huzzah!, Havoc Inc...), and is promising
to grow tremendously in the future!
To ease in making choices, the catalog contains a single sample cover
for each item available, as well as full information on pages, format
and cost. Make your choices by comic titles, fanzine titles, artist
names, or portfolio
names. An easy to follow order form is ready to be printed out for
Didn't make it to CF10? We did, and we've got the lion's share of
the new material (forgive the pun, had to be said *grins*) available
in the catalog, at the click of a mouse, or a few strokes of the pen
and the lick of a stamp!
Got something you think we'd be intersted in selling? Take a look
at the "Vendor Guidelines" section. No web browser? No problem!
Send a letter to our address, and we'll get you a FREE catalog out,
for your old-fashioned browsing pleasures! Bronzebear Media Distribution
can be contacted by either conventional mail:
Bronzebear Media Distribution
P.O. Box 770742
Orlando, Fl 32877-0742
Or by email: Harry@bronzebear.com
Welcome to Bronzebear Media Distribution!
Bronzebear Media Distribution
Anthropomorphic supplier for the new century!
From: Shyravas Snowdawn" snowdragon@BonBon.net
Hi all. Thought y'all might like to know about this news I picked
"ABC Orders Dinotopia Miniseries"
ABC plans to air a six-part miniseries in May 2001 based on the first
two books in James Gurney's illustrated series Dinotopia, according
to Variety. The books center around a utopian island where talking
dinosaurs and humans live in peace and harmony.
The ABC series is being developed by Hallmark Entertainment, which
has signed Gulliver's Travels writer Simon Moore to pen the screenplay.
The project will be executive produced by Robert Halmi Sr. and Robert
with a reported price tag of $50 million.
The miniseries will likely be shot in Australia, New Zealand, the
Gobi Desert and Mongolia, with a mixture of computer-generated effects
and animatronics used to bring the dinosaurs to life. To date the
Dinotopia books have sold more than 2 million copies, and HarperCollins
plans to publish the third installment in the series, Dinotopia: First
Flight, in October.
A Request to Our Readers:
Hey, got a favorite comic or book store that carries
your favorite furry titles, or that you wish would carry more? Give
us their address! We'll send them a copy of In-Fur-Nation each quarter,
and keep them abreast of the kind of comics and media that you would
like to see on their shelves! Remember, they can't order it if they
don't know it's out there! As an alternate: Know of any good comic
review zines or web sites that might be looking to trade issues?
In-Fur-Nation still wants Reporters! As an on-going feature, we're
going to present profiles of furry creators and furry-oriented companies
that are helping to promote products and media of interest to funny
animal fans all over. So, like to help out? Know a comic book creator,
animator, publisher, or other such person in the field who'd like
to discuss what furries mean to them, or to the world? Talk to them,
write down what they say
then give us a write-up, about 300-500
words, and we'll include it as a blurb in an upcoming INF, and give
you credit for it. [We do maintain the right to edit for clarity and
length, mind you.] Send hard copies to the ConFurence address, or,
you can e-mail your submission to Rod O'Riley at email@example.com
Advertising in In-Fur-Nation: For those
who've been asking, ads in In-Fur-Nation come in these sizes: 1/8-page
"business card" size for $5.00 per issue, and 1/4-page size
(4 1/2" tall by 3 1/4" wide) for $10.00 per issue. Full-page
inclusions can also be arranged for $50.00 an issue. Check should
be made out to ConFurence. Send camera-ready art and text to P.O.
Box 1958, Garden Grove, CA 92642-1958.
(Many thanks to Darrel Exline, Mark Merlino, Jed Martinez, and all
the people who helped provide information for this issue both by mail
and via Internet!)
How wude! Jar Jar Binks, Gungan, from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
original Furry Convention and Seminar is proud to present the ConFurence
General Store. Three of our popular T-Shirt designs are still available
for a limited time: "Furries in Force" (black on honey-color)
by Eric Schwartz from CF7, "Furries in Love" (black and
pink on grey) by Rachael Cawley from CF9, "ConFurence, the
International Furry Con" by Ken Sample and Crassus from CF10.
Plus, we still offer our Highlights Videos from ConFurence Seven,
ConFurence Eight (Music and Mirth), and ConFurence Nine; plus coming
soon - our special ConFurence Five/ConFurence Six combo tape! (Watch
this space for an announcement!) Not to mention many cool prints
and extra Souvenir Books! Look for the order form from The General
Store attached to the back of this very issue of In-Fur-Nation -
or, be sure to check out the detailed list on our web site! Hey,
remember, look for our NEW addresses - by snail-mail is P.O. Box
84721, San Diego, CA 92138-4721, e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org , on
the web you'll want www.confurence.net .
Conventions All Around!
More Furry Conventions All Around!
Here's a quick look at some of the many furry gatherings popping
up around the country, and around the world
meet YOU at some of them ourselves!
August 14 - 19, 1999. Kinark Outdoor Centre, Ontario, Canada
Those with net access can visit the Feral! web site ( http://www.FurNation.com/Feral/
) for the latest details. You can also send email to email@example.com
, or write to: Feral!, Box 47008, Sheridan Mall P.O., Mississauga
ON, L5K 1T9, Canada.
Mephit Furmeet 1999
September 3 - 6, 1999, Holiday Inn Memphis East in Memphis,
Your special Guests are Elin Winkler and Pat Duke of Radio
Comix (publishers of Furrlough, Genus, Havoc Inc., and many
more furry and anime titles) and artist Joe Rosales.
Room rates at the Holiday Inn Memphis East are $80.00 for a
single, $90.00 for a double, and $100.00 for a triple/quad.
Call 1-800-HOLIDAY for reservations, and make sure to mention
the Mephit Furmeet at the Memphis Holiday Inn East.
Events and stuff at the Furmeet include a Dealer Den, a Con
Suite, a Video Room, a Dance, and Special Interest Groups. Membership
Registration is currently $30.00, which includes a free T-shirt.
Supporting memberships are $15.00, which also includes a free
T-shirt. Want to find out more? Check out their web-site at
www.mephitfurmeet.org , or snail-mail them at: P.O. Box 771803,
Memphis, TN 38177-1803.
Furries in Seattle! October 1st - 3rd, 1999
Looking for something fun and furry to do this fall? Care to
go out and meet new friends, socialize with old chums and even
see some nifty furry artwork? Does a furry costume masquerade,
pizza feed, Saturday Morning Cartoons, and a Dealer's Den with
47 tables sound like something worth checking out? If so, then
you want to make tracks for CONIFUR NORTHWEST, the Pacfic Northwest's
very own funny animal convention.
ConiFur is dedicated to fans of 'furries' or anthropomorphic
animals in art and story forms. This three day convention is
held in Fife, Washington, just 15 miles south of SeaTac International
Airport at the Best Western Executive Inn.
TIME: October 1-3, 1999
PLACE: Fife, Washington (south of Seattle about 30 miles or
HOTEL: Best Western Executive Inn
GUEST OF HONOR: Jimmy Chin
Our Guest Of Honor is the furry costumer and artist, Jimmy
'Yippee!' Chin. His zany antics in and out of costume have earned
him a place in this strange and wonderful genre. Meet him at
the convention and learn more about his experiences as a professional
mascot for sports teams as well as checking out his nifty artwork.
The Best Western Executive Inn located in Fife, Washington,
is a much larger hotel than last year's Clarion Inn at SeaTac.
We have once more reserved every bit of display space available
and hope to add a lot more great events to 1999's convention.
Not only will we have the Art Show & Auction, old favorites
including the Pizza Feed & Movie, the Cartoons & Cereal,
and interactive Clinics will be making their appearance. New
to this year will be a *MUCH* larger Dealer's Den (early predictions
are around 40 tables, possibly more), plus a real costume masquerade,
a dance, and a few events we can't announce >quite< yet.
Check this space out for more information as it happens!
At the Best Western Executive Inn, rooms are $80 a night for
up to four people. Be sure to mention ConiFur NorthWest when
reserving. This 1-800 number is just for the convention hotel
so there won't be any confusion about which city you're in.
Fife is about 15 miles south of SEA-TAC International Airport
and the hotel has a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
The Best Western Executive Inn website is a wonderful one at:
Information regarding membership registration may be had from:
Conifur NorthWest, 2406 SW 308TH Place, Federal Way, WA 98023.
If you wish to pay by credit card, please contact us directly
at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
October 29 - 31, 1999. Best Western Executive Inn, Tucson,
Arizona. Call (520) 791-7551 for hotel reservations
Author Guest of Honor: Pete Manly
Artist Guest of Honor: Mitch Beiro
Chief Coyote Wrangler: Michael-Scot McMurry
Memberships available for $20.00 until October 1st, and $25.00
after. Supporting memberships (convertible at the door) are
For more detailed information, check out ZonieCon's web site
at http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Rampart/4608/ . For information
on the art show, dealers' tables, and other such matters send
them snail-mail: ZonieCon, 2000 E. Roger (#F25), Tucson, AZ
Where? The San Mateo Marriott, San Mateo, California. When?
January 27th - 30th, 2000
What? Further Confusion is a convention centered in the San
Francisco Bay Area for fans of animals and anthropomorphics.
In addition to providing a forum for organized and informational
events, convention is designed to promote a sense of community
among "furries". The four-day convention will feature
workshops and presentations representing the broad range of
interests within Furry Fandom. Events will include costuming
("fursuit") presentations and a masquerade, an art
show and dealers' area, writing presentations, and evening dances.
Registration: Further Confusion is pre-registering attendees
for a discount price of $30 for a full membership, good for
the length of the convention. This price will be available to
people registering before November 1st, 1999, and $35 after
that date. For details and a pre-registration form, see our
Further Confusion will be held at the beautiful Marriott of
San Mateo. More information about the hotel, in addition to
a map for those driving, is available on our Hotel Page. The
Marriott now accepting reservations for the convention. The
rates are as follows: $90 for doubles and $109 for quads. But
wait, there's more! You can get a Regency Suite for $109, and
a Rotunda Suite for $129. The suites are limited and available
on a first come, first served basis, but there are quite a few
suites available. Along with our new hotel, we've got even more
space for dealers, the art show, and programming. We are occupying
almost all of the hotel's event space, so it should make for
an enjoyable atmosphere for all.
If you want to reach us, you can write to us at:
P.O. Box 1299
You can also reach us by email at email@example.com
Ten -- Aftermath Report
Long before the event
itself, Mark Merlino and Rod O'Riley had decided that ConFurence
Ten (actually the 11th such furry gathering, if you remember your
furry history) would likely be their last go-round as co-directors
of ConFurence, at least for a while. Simply put, it takes a lot
out of you to run such an event for 12 years, in your spare time
and besides, they've been saying for a while that, since rumor has
it ConFurence can be a pretty neat convention, they'd actually like
to attend one or two! So what happened at this, their final bow?
Those Special Guests
This year we welcomed one of the premier fantasy authors in America,
Patricia C. Wrede as our writer Guest of Honor. She actually admitted
what many of us had suspected: Her comic fantasy novels were often
inspired by none other than Jay Ward's Fractured Fairytales! She
also found time to sit in the Den of Dealers at a bookseller's booth
(our first!), meeting many of her fans and signing autographs. (She
was also, I might ad, one very sweet and courteous person - Ye Ed-Otter).
Artist GOH Mary Hanson-Roberts was celebrating her birthday during
ConFurence 10, and spent much of her time letting folks celebrate
with her (when she wasn't at the Shanda Fantasy Arts Table with
CF9's Guests of Honor). Filk GOH Cynthia McQuillin was kind enough
to join us for what she says may be one of her last cons away from
home - her back is just getting too sore to travel. Given that,
she was very kind to join us for our special Filk Concert on Friday
nights (more on that later!). And special GOHs Robert & Margaret
Carspecken were all over the con, participating in discussion groups
and SIGs, and even running some of our art workshops.
- 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. This year we welcomed Steve Addlesee,
Darrel Benvenuto, Mitchell Biero, David Bliss, E.T. and Elizabeth
Bryan, Jose Calderon, Jack Cavanaugh, John and Rachel Cawley, Richard
Chandler, Jimmy Chin, Mike and Carole Curtis, Pat Duke, Baron Engel,
Tim Fay, Jeff Ferris, Leslie Fish, Steven Gallacci, Frank Gembeck
Jr., Roz Gibson, Dr. Jay D. Glass, D.A. and Tygger Graf, Jim Groat,
Christina Hanson (Smudge), James Hardiman, Harvo, Matt Henry, Shawntae
Howard, Lance Ikegawa, Pat Kelly, Robert C. King, Kris Kreutzman,
Daphne Lage, Michele Light, James Lomax, Ed Luena, Steven Martin,
Michael-Scot McMurry, Carla Speed McNeil, Phil Morrissey, Kevin
Andrew Murphy, John Nunnemacher, Joseph and Trish Ny, Tim O'Roarke
(Tor), Fred Patten, Michael Payne, C.K. Penchant, Mike Raabe, Dr.
Jane Robinson, Lance Rund, Eric Schwartz, Gary Lee Seto, Ted Sheppard,
Terrie Smith, Gordon Spurlock, Pete Stoller, Brian Sutton, Jefferson
P. Swycaffer, Trump, Susan Van Camp, Diana Vick, Edd Vick, Taral
Wayne, Mel. White, Elin Winkler, and Tommy Yune. Not to mention
a host of artists, small-press publishers, and other folks whose
names you know -- or will, soon enough! [And if there's anyone who's
name we passed over - please forgive us!]
Those Costume Events [NEEDS TO BE UPDATED FOR CF10]
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 who've 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 Nine:
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: Zooma
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
- Best Presentation
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
This year, the furry filk contest was won by perhaps the most famous
person to enter: Leslie Fish, for her song Invasion. Kitty cats
versus space aliens - and the results aren't pretty. Watch this
space in September: We'll print the winning song lyrics!
We Had Events!
Thursday night once again featured two dances; our ever-popular
Club Techno-Fur, and that gothic dance happening, Nevermore. Meanwhile,
monkeys and apes got their very own species SIG for the first time.
During the day Friday we had several new and interesting presenetations,
including Kevin Andrew Murphy helping out Patricia Wrede in several
writing workshops; Dr. Jay D. Glass discussing his book The Animal
Within Us and his theories on animal/human behavior (to an enthusiastic
crowd that wanted more); and the folks from Linker Systems giving
a demonstration of their famous Animation Stand software. And once
again, Walksfar was gracious enough to lead the Paw-Fasting Ceremony
for furry couples who wanted the world to know their lives are now
one. Friday night after the Furry Filk Contest was the return of
the ConFurence Filk Concert, featuring not only Mid-Life Crisis
(i.e. Guest of Honor Cynthia McQuillin and her partner Dr. Jane
Robinson) and local folk/filk talent Windbourne, but also fan favorite
Leslie Fish and a special (rare!) live performance by filker and
furry author Michael Payne. Meanwhile, once again it was time to
dance till the walls shake at The Purple Nurple Live. Many thanks
to the tech crew, dj's, and volunteers for all of our night-time
events. (Special thanks again to Cargo and Digital Panther!)
Come the busy Saturday, it was time for another colorful and varied
Costume Presentation; and a special lecture by folks from the Exotic
Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, California, about their important
efforts to save endangered big cats. That afternoon, professional
hypnotist Terry Brussel-Gibbons lead a Guided Imagery seminar to
help folks imagine themselves in the body of their favorite animal.
It was so popular they had to turn folks away at the door. Saturday
night it was time again for the Cabaret Fur le Dance, to bring in
another capacity crowd and raise important funds for the Deal Whitley
Scholarship at the Du Cret School. This year's show once again featured
a grand spectacle of talented dancers and singers, hosted for the
first time by the dastardly and alluring T.J. Once again this year
our lighting and effects were provided us by Digital Panthers, and
the whole shebang was organized 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 O'Riley (and his Band of Skilled Hands). You've all
given us another great one to take home! Special thanks to the folks
of the ConFurence Choir, who got together and practiced a special
song from Simba's Pride just in time for the con!
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 guest speakers. Our list of Sponsors for ConFurence Ten included:
Rob "Cinderwolf" Alston, Christopher Wendell "WolfWings"
Armstrong, Andrew "Loxorion Trypnotk" Beaudoin, Steven
Butler, Tim "Talin" Collier, Erik "Schnookums"
Dominick, Romano Eberwein, Kay "Wolf" Exenberger, Deen
Foxx, Aaron "Delynth" Goulding, Gerrit "Tes-Tui-H'ar"
Heitsch, Andrew "Rasta Da Pantha " Hicks Beach, Ed Hollowell,
James "Sardonyx Fox" Hrubos, Michael "Tres Pendel
Unicorn" Jacobsen, William "Brombear" Koonts, Matt
"Foxlord" Koush, Chris Kuminecz, Doyle Lawson, Kevin "Rott"
Lewchuk, Jeffrey "Sylffor" Lind, Oscar Marcus, Eric "Black
Wold" Miyoda, Peter A. Murphy, Brian "Tarka" Myers,
Barry "Rafflin" Needleman, Kevin Nose, Robert W O'Connor,
J M "Porsupah" Paxton, Freddy E. Praul, Orion "Rors"
Rainy, Jim "FoxTail55" Rauscher, William D. "Aronel"
Ringland, Stephen "Polecat" Roy, Michael "Flafox"
Russell, Robert "Sandy Claws" Sanders, Bob "Marauder"
Schumacher, Matt "Underdog" Shaw, Jason Short, Lee "T.F.
Rabbit" Strom, Jefferson P. Swycaffer, Sven "Cheetah"
Tegethoff, Conrad "Kzorith" Thonger, Richard Williams,
and Shannon "Shan'slox" Wilson. Thank you one and all!
... and We Had Our Super Sponsors!
These extra-special folks gave some real extra help for our guest
speakers' needs by contributing more than $100.00 each for the care
and keeping of our big-name furries. Super Sponsors for ConFurence
Ten included Ralph "Rexel" Atwood, James K. Augur, Terry
S. "NightGecko" Austin, Stephan "Jumpy" Bartels,
Richard Brocaw, Clark "Ferret" Broslin, Michael "VulpesRex"
Burlake, Andrew "Renkill" Burt, Jim "Perriloux"
Cansdale, Lyon Castro, Caleb "Kymri" Corey, David "Spino"
Cotelessa, Andrew "Hercule" Cullen, Dee Davison, Jeff
Davison, David "G.I. Joe" Ewell, Tony Ferro, Sydney Fisher,
Hanno "Hurga" Foest, Patrick "YiffyFox" Garvey,
Heiko "Mran" Gemming, Peter N. "Lochiel" Glaskowsky,
Michael "Aiyeska" Grodemaw, Michael "Lionman"
Hackett, Brock Hoagland, Masaki "W.Crow" Iwahara, Andreas
"Tabalon" Jaekel, Ron Johnson, James P "Krin"
Kelley, Boyce Gerald "Admiral Kline" Kline Jr., Chris
"Remington Fox" Ladusky, Robert A , "Blars Blarson"
Larson, Gary Leasia, Lee Leduc, Shane "Ferian" Longo,
Jake McDermott, James McMelhan, Krystian "Melburik" Misztela,
Judy "Jwyldragon" Oxford, John "Edward Fox"
Pennington, Norbert "Bigwig" Peschel, Christopher Pesl,
Timothy "Jurann Foxtail" Rea, Michael R. "Old Husky"
Reed, Gary "Sleepy Jackal" Renaud, Herb "Furry Felon"
Rickards, Charles E. "Foxiekins" Roe, D.W. "Goat"
Souther, Eric "Oskar" Stout, Richard F. "Treerat"
Thatchr, Brian "Cinnamon" Thomas, Peter "Whitefire"
Torkelson, Kyle "Hartree Fox" Webb, Gary L. Whalen, Terry
"Terrybear" Whittier, John "Omega" Williams,
and Dave "T'Chall" Wilson. Extra special thanks to all
of you once again!
The ConFurence Ten Staff [NEEDS TO BE UPDATED FOR CF10]
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,
David Bliss, Steven Bornstein, Michael C. Braunshasen, Dawn Britt,
James P. Callicott, 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, 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,
Allen P. Mixson, Lea Mixson, Sheryl Mount, James P. Mullen, Charles
Nezzer, Ken Nielsen, Rod O'Riley, Aneke Pachen, David T. Parenteau,
Dennis T. Peterson, Don Post, Natalie Powell, Rob Powell, Regan,
Ryan X. Saenz, Cari Sandvig, Kay Shapero, Vicky Shapero, DeWayne
Stewart, Shannon 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 then, again, we welcome you back where you started
us to a place we enjoyed!
ConFurence 11 - Furries in Asia
It's a brand new day at ConFurence, with a whole new crew in charge,
and lots of great new ideas we'll be giving a whirl - not to mention,
lots of great old stuff we'll be bringing back! Right now, we'd
like you all to welcome the We've been at this for a while, and
after ten years of gathering furry fandom together, we thought we'd
step back and take a look at where we've been - and where we're
going! We'd love you to come along and help us.
Please join us in welcoming the brand-new co-directors for ConFurence
11, Darrel Exline and Zsanene Klinkler.