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I'm four years into college working towards a Computer Science degree and I really don't enjoy my studies or feel that I'm anywhere near where I need to be in understanding what I've been supposed to be learning. I don't enjoy the problem solving aspects of programming. I like just knowing how to do something and then doing it, and most of the time I feel lost and/or don't know what to do or how to get from point A to point B when working on a program. I'll likely have to do a 5th year, pos

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The Ursa Major Awards are a fandom institution, but can we fund them?

Co-written by Thurston Howl and Patch O’Furr. Full disclosure – Howl and Patch have received Ursa Major awards by community vote. Even in non-writing communities in the furry fandom, many furries are aware of the Ursa Major Awards. They’ve been around for about 17 years, have presence at cons, and each year they receive many voters. However, for all their legacy, Thurston Howl – (a furry publisher who assisted with social media and marketing for the UMAs in 2017) – has come forward with conce

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Prepping for a Furry Convention – guest post by Rune.

Rune’s Furry Blog showcases “people within the Furry Community… their characters, life, thoughts, and beliefs”. It also covers furry issues and media. Welcome Rune! – Patch This week I will be attending Texas Furry Fiesta 2018. This is my 3rd convention that I have been to, and while I wrote about going to the conventions, fursuiting, and things to do at a convention (etc), I never got around to talking about the ‘prepping’. Going to a convention takes a lot of planning and preparation. It’s

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Mascot Fur Life – movie reviews by Rex Masters and Flash Hound

Thanks to Rex and Flash for their reviews! Dogpatch Press welcomes community access writers – get in touch. – Patch A review of Mascot Fur Life I have just watched a film titled Mascot Fur Life (2016 German with English subtitles). To be honest I was a bit apprehensive to watch another “furry film/ documentary” – the last one I watched left me feeling betrayed and hollow inside. Anyway, on to this film. The main character is a Lion named Willion Richards.  Willion’s dream is to be the mascot

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Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, by John Crowley – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, by John Crowley. Illustrated by Melody Newcomb. NYC, Saga Press, October 2017, hardcover $28.99 ([4 +] 442 [+2] pages), trade paperback $16.99, Kindle $7.99. This is the story of Dar Oakley, “the first Crow in all of history with a name of his own” (blurb). It is told by a nameless human narrator in the time of death, when both humans and Crows are all dying. The narrator’s wife Debra has jus

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A present from furry fandom to Fred Patten.

Guess how many furries there are in the world? I’d say at least the population of a medium-to-large city. That’s a lot of members to remember for the holidays. Santa Claws couldn’t deliver all the plushies and bones you need with just one trip on Christmas Eve. Of course instead of Christmas dinner, some of you might be having lox or falafel (or fruitcake pizza). Anyways, whether this is your holiday or not, it’s a good time to look back at 2017 and appreciate things shared in common. I’ve been

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Scurry: The Doomed Colony, by Mac Smith – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Scurry: [Book 1] The Doomed Colony, by Mac Smith. Illustrated. Vancouver, WA, Easy Prey Entertainment, November 2017, hardcover $30.00 (unpaged [104 pages]), softcover $20.00, Kindle $11.99. This is the first collection of one of the best, largest (13.7” x 8.3”), and most beautiful anthropomorphic-animal comic strips on the Internet. Mac Smith, a graphic designer in Portland, Oregon, began Scurry: A Post-Apocalyptic Mouse Tale

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“We’d forgotten what it was like to be kings”- Emily Rose Lambert’s ‘Dreamscape’

Welcome to Bessie, of Marfedblog, a comics review and criticism site. There’s furry stuff there, and much more, with devoted curation by a fan doing exactly what they love. If you like this, give it a follow. And expect more syndicated content reposted here. (- Patch) Emily Rose Lambert, is an illustrator and first class graduate from Loughborough University who works as a greetings card designer. Her work encompasses comics, design and illustration, often featuring repeating patterns, showca

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Marking Territory, by Daniel Potter – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Marking Territory, by Daniel Potter. Illustrated by Johanna T. El Cerrito, CA, Fallen Kitten Productions, November 2017, trade paperback, $14.99 (381 pages), Kindle $4.99. Marking Territory is Book Two in Potter’s Freelance Familiars fantasy series. There is no Synopsis or What Has Gone Before of the events of Book One, Off Leash. The Freelance Familiars series is recommended, but if you aren’t familiar with Off Leash, you won

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Mist, by Amy Fontaine – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Mist, by Amy Fontaine Knoxville, TN, Thurston Howl Publications, September 2017, trade paperback, $10.99 (168 [+ 1] pages), Kindle $2.99. Mist is more like a traditional fairy tale than a usual furry novel. “‘Where am I?’ said the five children. They startled all at once at the sound of each other’s voices. They peered at each other through the swirling mist, slowly piecing together each other’s appearance. A broad-shouldere

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Classism in the Furry Fandom: An Opinion by Nightf0x

Guest post by Nightf0x with a response by Patch. Flying out to Pittsburgh this past June for Anthrocon was a fantastic experience. I got to spend time with my friends and see this convention for the first time. However there was something that felt a bit off to me. It took a different experience at Anthro Weekend Utah to make me aware of what exactly I was feeling at Anthrocon. I had never noticed before, but there is a sense of classism in the furry community. (I didn’t experience any of t

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Sonic Memes & Magic the Gathering – latest episodes from Culturally F’d

Guest post by Arrkay from Culturally F’d, the furry youtube channel. See their tag on Dogpatch Press for more. This week Culturally F’d returns from our brief hiatus to talk about internet memes inspired by the titular Blue Hedgehog. We wanted to talk about the franchise, without talking about topics that have already been covered at great length on YouTube (like the general history of the franchise.) This was a bit more fun. It’s everything from Sonic OC’s to Knuckles Knuckles & Knuckle

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The Book of Dust. Volume 1, La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman – review by Fred Patten.

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. The Book of Dust. Volume 1, La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman. Illustrated by Chris Wormell. NYC, Alfred A. Knopf, October 2017, hardcover, $22.99 (449 [+ 1] pages), Kindle $11.99. The Book of Dust. Volume 1, La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman. Illustrated by Chris Wormell. London, Penguin Random House Children’s/David Fickling, October 2017, hardcover, £20.00 (560 pages), Kindle £9.99. This is Pullman’s long-awaited foll

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Mark of the Tiger’s Stripe, by Joshua Yoder – book review by Fred Patten.

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Mark of the Tiger’s Stripe, by Joshua Yoder. Maps by the author. Seattle, WA, CreateSpace, August 2017, trade paperback, $15.00 ([3 +] 397 pages), Kindle $4.99. Reading Mark of the Tiger’s Stripe is an exercise in frustration. There is a detailed map of the world of Amarthia, but it’s so reduced as to be illegible. There is considerable exciting action, but it’s wrapped in such extensive descriptions as to become almost boring

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Calling all furries: FurScience / IARP launches international furry survey.

Paws in the air if you like science! The newest, international FurScience survey needs your participation. They will use the data to help the fandom and those outside it to learn more about it. They have been doing surveys for years, and this is their largest and most ambitious one yet. They’re hoping to blow previous records out of the water by getting 10,000 furries worldwide. At the end, results will be available to all, and it’s sure to prove fascinating for anyone curious about what goes o

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“Confederate fursuiter” Magnus Diridian arrested at Midwest Furfest – what’s the story?

Magnus Diridian on Wikifur Midwest Furfest 2017 broke the attendance record of all furry cons by the margin of a small con itself. It raised an eye-popping $86,000 for an animal charity that was previously in the red and is now funded for years. Twitter was on fire about the smashing success for the fandom. Among many ecstatic posts by attendees, of course there had to be some kind of drama too. It came with a fursuiter being arrested. Here’s the story pieced together by claims on twitter: Sc

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“You can only carry so much”- Kristyna Baczynski’s ‘Vessel’

Welcome to Bessie, of Marfedblog, a comics review and criticism site. There’s furry stuff there, and much more, with devoted curation by a fan doing exactly what they love. If you like this, give it a follow. And expect more syndicated content reposted here.  (- Patch) Being of modest means, in the past I have shamefully bought comics due to page count alone. Quantity counts when strapped for cash and I’d usually choose comics with a bit more meat on their bones. Although I’m slowly collecting

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“You let your ghosties get the best of you”- Chatting with comics creator Mark Kalesniko

Welcome to Bessie, of Marfedblog, a comics review and criticism site. There’s furry stuff there, and much more, with devoted curation by a fan doing exactly what they love. If you like this, give it a follow. And expect more syndicated content reposted here.  (- Patch) “You can either stay and rot, or you can escape and burn. That’s OK; he’s a songwriter, after all, and he needs simple choices like that in his songs. But nobody ever writes about how it is possible to escape and rot, how escap

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Furries invited to a charity livestream for the It’s Your Haven Foundation, December 8-9

@HavenFusky of @HavenCon has a 24+ hour livestream for his charitable foundation. Check out the schedule, and here’s @KalTorathen to tell you more, with hope to see our community come together to support a Very Good Boy!  Have you ever wondered where the money to host and support a convention comes from? In particular, how do smaller or startup cons get funded? One might argue that larger, long-running cons can gather money for next year’s convention during this year’s convention. But that isn

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Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Otters in Space III: Octopus Ascending, by Mary E. Lowd Dallas, TX, FurPlanet Productions, July 2017, trade paperback, $9.95 (227 pages), Kindle $6.99. Otters in Space III follows right after Otters in Space II, published four years ago. There’s not even a brief What Has Gone Before. Unless you have a really good memory, you had better reread the first two books before starting this. The series is set in the far future, after

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, by David A. Bossert – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons, by David A. Bossert. Introduction by J. B. Kaufman. Illustrated. Glendale, CA, Disney Editions, August 2017, hardcover $40.00 (176 pages). I can’t say that I have been waiting all my life for this book, but it seems like it. As an animation fan during the 1970s and 1980s, everyone knew the Walt Disney story from the creation of Mickey Mouse onward, but nobody se

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The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, by Margaret Killjoy – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, by Margaret Killjoy NYC, Tom Doherty Associates/TOR Books, August 2017, trade paperback, $14.99 (127 pages), Kindle $3.99. The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion is the first novella in the new Danielle Cain horror series, “a dropkick-in-the-mouth anarcho-punk fantasy that pits traveling anarchist Danielle Cain against vengeful demons, hypocritical ideologues, and brutal, unfeeling officers of the l

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Imperium Lupi, by Adam Browne – Book Review by Fred Patten

Submitted by Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian and reviewer. Imperium Lupi, by Adam Browne. Illustrations, maps by the author. Kent, England, U.K., Dayfly Publications, July 2017, trade paperback, £15.99, $20.99 (724 pages), Kindle £3.99, $5.99. The book starts off with three complex full-page maps and several insignia. One map is of the walled city of Lupa, captioned “The capital of Wolfkind”. The insignia are of such things as “Buttle Skyways”, showing a dirigible, and “Lupan Laws”, t

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