Recommendations for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards for excellence in the furry arts
by Patch O'Furr
College Humor’s “Furry Force” cracked up watchers with a grossout Furries parody that struck Youtube gold in April. “Yiff mode activate!” probably won’t be heard in a big time superhero movie soon, but the two animated shorts were popular enough to get 3.5 million views up to now. Even many targets couldn’t hate it, because it’s not outsider derision. It’s laugh-with-you comedy from personal experience, according to my interview with the writer, Adam.
I sent Furry Force to the Ursa Majors Recommended Anthropomorphics list, for best “Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work” of 2014. In April, I asked Adam how he’d like one. He said:
I’d be incredibly honored to be nominated for an Ursa Major award! The furry community knows what they want and what they like, so I’d consider that a real honor as a writer.
Speaking of that list… a little blog like Dogpatch Press, which only reaches a handful of highly attractive readers, couldn’t compare to publications with real audiences. But if you feel like it, I can’t stop you from sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org for “Recommended Anthropomorphic Magazine”. (They don’t want “detrimental” material, so ask if they take bribes to allow scurrilous gossip anyways.)
Fred Patten, Furry’s favorite historian fan, submits this:
“There are less than two months left to recommend titles for the ALAA’s 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List. See the Ursa Major Awards website for the current 2014 Recommended List. The next update will be on November 30. If you have read, seen, or played anything furry that was first published or released during 2014, and it is not already on the Recommended List, please recommend it yourself before the end of the year.
Nominations for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards will open on January 15, 2015 (the first day of Further Confusion 2015), and will remain open until February 28, 2015. Fans often use the Recommended Anthropomorphics List as a guide to what is worth nominating. If there is anything that you consider worth recommending, don’t wait for someone else to do it. Speak up!” – Fred Patten
Address again: email@example.com – I have hugs for anyone who sends anything, because furries are cool and sharing their stuff is cool.
Readers may value this tip that Fred posted at Flayrah:
I have not seen any mention of next year’s Ursa Major Awards presentations anywhere. This was announced at this year’s presentations at CaliFur X, but it has not been publicized anywhere.
The presentation of the 2014 Awards will be at Morphicon 2015, in May 2015.
The presentation of the 2015 Awards will be at What The Fur 2016, in May 2016.
The November 30 update to the 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics List is now online, and Dogpatch Press is included among the year’s Recommended Anthro Magazines. If you know of something good released during 2014 and it isn’t recommended yet, hurry up and recommend it!
There will be a new update on December 20, maybe final unless there are any more recommendations after December 20 and before the 2014 UMA nominations open on January 15, 2015. Some publishers release new books, magazines, games, etc. between December 20 and December 31.