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Taxes, travels and getting weird with Big Nazo Lab

by Patch O'Furr

Whee, it’s tax season! You know what they say about death and taxes. Even dogs can’t avoid ’em. As you may (not) know, I run a business and have an awfully big job to sort a few million bones worth of transactions. (This update is getting written in a bank lobby while waiting to pull records, multitasking fur the win). Shortly after that I’m leaving on vacation. It’s been a while… furry news may be weird and irregular for a bit.

It leads me to mention the fun of dealing with the IRS. Speaking in canine, if we rank government employees, these ones are tastier than those super-chaseable mail carriers (those are too spicy with their pepper spray). It’s fun to talk to the IRS about furry business, like about how deducting the cost of a service dog includes yourself, or just about writing off con expenses. And if you pass an audit, they may even call you a good boy and find extra refunds for you. These civil servants aren’t as monstrous as pop culture says.

Speaking of monsters… I can’t wait to travel to the same town as this amazing lab I just discovered, Big Nazo. They grow mutant creatures. Hopefully they’ll let a stray dog in to sniff around and maybe write about it.

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Between The Crow and Dark City, movie maker Alex Proyas had a lost project, revealed here.

by Patch O'Furr

Do those titles perk your ears up?  They had major impact on cult movies from the 1990’s to now.  The Crow won a new level of respect for comic-based movies, which had never been so dark before.  (The soundtrack alone was a gateway for countless black-clad kids.)  Then, Dark City created a visionary sci-fi dystopia world with only a handful to compare: like Brazil, The City of Lost Children, or Blade Runner.  It was stellar work from director Alex Proyas.  1994-1998 may have been his peak (so far.)download (2)

There was supposed to be a movie in between: an adaptation of Freak’s Amour, an obscure but highly praised cult novel by Tom De Haven.  It was optioned and scripted for Proyas.  The project fell by the wayside for two sad reasons.  One was aftershocks from the tragic death of Brandon Lee on set of The Crow. The other was critical success but financial failure for Dark City. Even though it’s called the best movie by Proyas, it hurt his career.  It was triumph and tragedy.  A year later, The Matrix came along (sharing studio and style) and won all the attention. Dark City has continued to influence movies like Inception.

Proyas followed up with 3 features that got mixed reviews.  There’s mentions of a number of projects in development.  The next one for sure is Gods of Egypt in 2016. (Hey furries, I wonder if there will be characters like Anubis?)

As far as I can tell, almost nobody in the fan world has talked about this lost movie project. (As a fan of the novel, I’d never known about it until now!) Stories like this are why I blog.

It’s an indirect topic for a Furry blog.  The anthropomorphism is Monster Movie style – not funny animals.  This is for sci-fi fans in general, especially ones for the niche called Body Horror. But it’s inspired by comics, and it’s relevant.

“…The story of Freak’s Amour is, in it’s own way, a story of body dysphoria.” – Dana Marie Andra, artist for the comic.

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More about the underappreciated “Freak’s Amour”, by Tom De Haven- and what Tom told me about the movie project.

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