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2010 Ursa Major Award nominations open

Author: GreenReaper

Nominations are open for the 2010 Ursa Major Awards, intended to recognize the best works published in the field of anthropomorphics.

Nominations close on February 28; voting starts March 13 and closes April 17. Furry fans may nominate up to five works in each category.

Available awards include Best Motion Picture, Dramatic Short Work or Series, Novel, Short Fiction, Other Literary Work, Graphic Story, Comic Strip, Magazine, Published Illustration, and Game.

Read more: Coverage of last year’s rule changes and award winners. Consider Flayrah’s 2010 articles for Other Literary Work!

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Anthrocon fills Westin doubles, entire Courtyard hotel

Author: GreenReaper

If you hoped to be in the Westin for Anthrocon 2011, you may be in for a surprise. Booking opened today at 9AM ET, and double bedrooms sold out online by 9:25AM.

Anthrocon also reports that the Courtyard hotel is completely booked for Sunday. The next closest with doubles – and also the most expensive – is the Omni William Penn. Meanwhile, the DoubleTree is cheaper but twice as far, and the flood of fans broke their online booking system.

Want to beat the crowds in 2012? Attend the charity auction and bid on a room for next year. You might get a good deal and help out the ToonSeum.

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Last chance to see: Anthropomorphic Taxidermy at the Museum of Everything

Author: Higgs Raccoon

WalterPotterUpperTen.jpgAn exhibition of the works of Walter Potter, Victorian taxidermist and collector, is being extended at London’s Museum of Everything.

Walter Potter (1835-1918) was a self-taught English taxidermist who created elaborate anthropomorphic tableaux of small mammals and birds. These dioramas, along with various other odd items, were put on display in Potter’s museum in Bramber, Sussex.

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Groundhog Day: Shubenacadie Sam predicts early Spring for Nova Scotia

Author: Higgs Raccoon

It is February 2, the day celebrated in the United States and Canada as Groundhog Day. On this day, at several sites in both countries, local celebrations are had whilst groundhogs are observed in order to predict the weather of the next few weeks.

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Chris Hart to publish 'Drawing Fantastic Furries'

Author: Higgs Raccoon

ChrisHartDrawingFantasticFurries.jpgChris Hart, author of several art-instruction books, is to publish Drawing Fantastic Furries: The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Anthropomorphic Characters. The book runs to 144 pages and will be available from March 15, 2011.

Hart’s previous instruction books have dealt with such subjects as manga, cartooning, comics, fantasy art, and anatomy, and have included such titles as How to Draw Cartoon Animals and Manga Mania: Chibi and Furry Characters: How to Draw the Adorable Mini-characters and Cool Cat-girls of Japanese Comics.

This is not the first how-to book for “furry” art to be written. Drawing Fantastic Furries is preceded by Freaks!: How to Draw Fantastic Fantasy Creatures (2004), and Draw Furries: How to Create Anthropomorphic and Fantasy Animals (2009).

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KSU's gay magazine interviews furry students

Author: GreenReaper

Fusion coverFusion Magazine, published by Kent State University students for the LGBTQ community, has based its latest issue on furries.

The coverage begins with a six-page profile of the fandom featuring Robby Conte (Robbyfox) and other NE Ohio furs.

Robbyfox describes his introduction to the fandom, his trip to Anthrocon 2010, and favourably compares furry fandom to the gay community, which he describes as ‘more intimidating’.

The article then gives an overview of fursuiting and a dismissive mention of Vanity Fair, before diving into quotes from sociological researcher Dr. Kathy Gerbasi, a description of a local furmeet and a sub-interview with ObliviousAlly.

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WildCritters divided by policy changes

Author: GreenReaper

WildCrittersWhat is the nature of a critter? And when the community provides content, who should determine policy – the owner, or the users?

Such questions split WildCritters, an imageboard known for cute feral erotica.

The site distinguished itself from furry competitors like e621 and Fchan by restricting its content to high-quality artwork of ‘critters‘ – minimally anthropomorphic, chibi-like animals.

Now there are two sites: WildCritters.ws and WildCritters.net, both running Danbooru, sharing similar themes and content. How did this come about?

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Cartoonist J.P. Morgan passes away

Author: dronon

Sad news from Roy Calbeck: J.P. Morgan, creator of Fission Chicken, has passed away at 53.

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Was the fox prehistoric man's best friend?

Author: Allicorn

A recently published paper, covered in an article on PhysOrg, discusses the discovery of foxes buried along with humans in ancient graves, and moots the possibility that foxes – not dogs – may have been the animal first domesticated as pets by humankind.

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Egyptian Jackal is actually a wolf

Author: GreenReaper

North African jackalResearchers have found that Egyptian Jackal is actually a member of the Grey Wolf species complex. [thesaprophelite/a.f.f]

Phylogenetic testing confirmed that the species – previously classified as a sub-species of the Golden Jackal – is most closely related to the Indian and Himalayan Wolf, confirming long-held suspicions over its heriatige.

The paper also notes discovery of individuals in the Ethiopian highlands, and suggests the taxon be renamed the African Wolf.

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