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Mar. 2nd, 2011 @ 04:00 pm Califur 2011 Newsletter!
Califur 2011: Post Apocalypse!
June 3rd-5th 2011

Greetings Everyone!

As we move closer to Califur I thought it was time for your single yearly
information e-mail. In this informational e-mail you will find; sneaks
peeks, information on our Guests of Honor, Hotel information, Charity,
convention high lights and what we would love to see from you guys this

Guests of Honor:

Our Guests of Honor this year are quite amazing if I do say so myself.
Mitti (aka Touch my Badger) has been working hard on the Califur shirts,
conbook art and badges. Rumor has it there is a something special about the
shirts this year, but you didn't hear that from me. If you want to check
out her amazing style see the links below:


Matrices is our Fursuit Guest of Honor coming all the way down from
Washington State! You can peek at her fursuits and art via a few of the
links below. I'm excited to see her coming to Califur, and I know the
suiters will have a blast talking to her.


Special Guest:

Our Special Guest Alflor is by far one of the best furry writers I have
seen in the fandom. Rumor also has it that he will have a few pages in the
conbook this year. make sure you check out his work! If you want a quick
sneak peak at his writing style make sure you check him out!


Hotel Information:

Irvine Marriott
1800 Von Karman Ave.
Irvine, California 92612

Califur is once again back at the Irvine Marriott! Located mere blocks from
John Wayne Airport, access to the airport and local venues is quite easy.
Convention Rate is $129/night+tax, including parking. When booking online,
use code cfucfua or if you are calling to book a room please make sure that
you request the Califur rate.



With your help and enthusiasm for fun, our charity will be the beneficiary
of all proceeds collected during the event. This year, we are excited to
work with The Cathouse on the Kings.

The Cat House on the Kings is California’s largest no-cage, no-kill,
lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Our mission is to place rescued
cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and
healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility;
to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate
the public about responsible pet ownership.

Lynea Lattanzio, who founded and runs The Cat House on the Kings, talks
about how it came about and gives you a peek into our unique environment in this video created by Jack Perez.

The Cat House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, receives no government
or public funding, and relies entirely on donations from the public to
carry out its mission.

Since its founding 19 years ago, The Cat House on the Kings has saved over 18,000 cats and 5,000 dogs (not counting the 40,000 animals we have spayed and neutered!) and currently cares for more than 700 cats and kittens, a dozen or so dogs and a handful of goats, who earn their keep as lawnmowers.


Highlights and Theme:

*Running towards the dim yellow light emitting from the shelter, "the
others" were close on her heals. Deep growls and lamenting moans came from the mutated and furious creatures, Oggy making a last ditch effort leap for the safe room, barely making it inside in time. Her wings opened just before she hit the ground sending her tumbling into a box of Califur Elixir. The glass rattled violently, as she groaned and rolled over. Scrambling she managed to get on all fours and press herself against the heavy steel door. The rotting and mutated appendages of "the others" scraped at the door, digits attempting to pry it open as she forced the steel door shut with all of her weight. A single digit curling under
the steel and falling free from its long dead owner twitched haphazardly on
the floor.*


Now that I have a moment of peace maybe I can explain what we are looking for this year from you guys! With such an amazing theme, we hope to see Califur attendees dressed to the gills... or fins.... or whiskers... in bad
ass attire. This can be anything, from reference to Post Apocalyptic movies
to video games. Even books like The Road are amazing for reference.

We want you to be the theme! With a theme this wide open, I hope to see
everything from robots to zombies and even mutant ninja cow weasels from
outer space! Ok maybe that's a bit too far, but you get the idea. Show us
the furry future, be it nomming on people's brains or racing each other
down the hallways flailing like you have over 9000 rads. ( Just make sure
you don't trip on any mutated baby furs, that might not end well.)

If at any point you have questions about the convention or just want
someone to help you figure out how to rig a cardboard box into an oven to
cook radiated fish.... visit the following links:


*Picking up a chain saw, Oggy kicks the door open.*

See you at Califur 2011!

<3 OggyWolf Califur Wolf/Raven thingy.
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Feb. 11th, 2011 @ 11:34 pm ZonieCon Returns for 2011!

It's true!

The Rootin'est Tootin'est Shootin'est Furry Convention North, South, East & West o' th' Pecos is back, in Tucson, Arizona, from September 30th to October 2nd, 2011.

Con membership for all 3 days is $30 prepay, and $35 at the door.
Single-day passes are available for $15 each.
Dealer's tables are $50 each and include one 3-day con membership.
We accept payments through PayPal at zoniecon@yahoo.com

This year's theme is "Camaraderie", and in that spirit, we have three guests of honor.

"Three Amigos", if you will:

* inker extraordinaire and Maytag Repairman of Fandom - Steve "Mr. A" Addlesee
* legendary tall person and ribald cartoonist from Iceland - Kjartan "Karno" Arnorsson
* legendary furry artist and husband of Minerva Mink - Mitch "Bojo" Beiro

We have a fantastic new hotel with excellent room rates and lots of perks: the Hotel Tucson, at 475 N. Granada Ave., Tucson, Arizona, 85701!

Room Accommodations:
* $69 - Studio King or Studio Double Queen
* $89 - Two-Room Suite
* $99 - Presidential Jacuzzi Suite (based on availability)
* Room rates do not include room tax, currently at 13.05%, or $2.00 city tax

Complimentary Perks (Free Stuff!):
* Healthy Hot Breakfast Buffet
* Daily Social Hour (includes two free alcoholic drinks, i.e., beer and such),
* Free bottle of water
* Free Internet and WiFi
* Free Airport Shuttle
* Free 1-800 and Local Calls.

For Reservations:
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Feb. 11th, 2011 @ 03:10 pm Califur Reg-Special Price!
In honor of the website going live, and because YOU guys asked for a discounted reg price: Here you go! Register now and get the silver rate! (Gold reg ended 07/31 Silver: 02/04/11)

This special promotion ends on Valentines day, and it's our way to show how much we LOVE you! Silver Pre-Reg for only 40 dollars! Beats at the door price and wait!


Please note, this rate only applies if you register AND pay in full! If you are not paid by the 14th, your rate will go back up!

If you preregistered in the last week, contact Hellfyre (Our Co-Chair) for review of your registration/process your payment. AIM: LordHellfyre YIM: HellfyreDrgn
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Feb. 10th, 2011 @ 06:28 am Califur 2011: Post Apocalypse Now Live!
Greetings Everyone!

This is an update on just what's happening here at Califur Headquarters:

We have an amazing Califur in store for you this year! Since our website is finally
up I can give you a nice formal update!

I have seen a few sneak peeks of concepts for both FNL and the Cabaret that are
going to knock your socks off. Both shows with be quite amazing this year! I
really don't know how they can fit that much awesome into these shows, both
staffs work so hard!If you love to laugh, and see a bit of murr.... then I say
go to both.

The Apocalypse Dinner is something that I will FOR SURE book this year. The menu
looks amazing, and I know that our GOH Mitti ( Touch My Badger) will be
attending as well. These dinners are well worth attending as the Hotel's formal
dining is quite amazing.

THE CONBOOK AND SHIRTS! Let me just start by saying HOLY COW! Mitti has been
creating some amazing works for all of these and I love the way they are coming
out. Creepy... amazing and full of awesome!I'm quite happy to be working with
her this year, as her art is out of this world and she is quite the awesome

Ladies and Gentlefurs, this is a con were we encourage people to dress up! Post
Apocalypse is all about using what you can find to make what you need. I want to
see people come up with ideas that will blow my mind. Suiters and non suiters a
like. :D

Make sure you register soon! Prices for con are always on the rise and it is
important to reg as soon as possible!
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Jan. 2nd, 2011 @ 09:06 pm ZonieCon Returns!
Arizona's original furcon is back for another run, with guests of honor Steve Addlesee, Kjartan Arnorsson and Mitch Beiro!

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Dec. 17th, 2010 @ 12:02 am Morphicon Miscellanea - December 2010 Edition!
-= That Time of the Year =-
Yep, Winter is here again in Columbus. The snow's blowing, folks are travelling, and everything's just plain cold. For you thinner furred among us, there is no better time to use the weather as an excuse to cuddle up next to your other half. For those with thicker coats, see you on the snowball field!

-= This Year's Theme - An Interview =-
Just because we're huddled in our homes trying to keep warm doesn't mean your dedicated staff isn't diligently working on Morphicon 2011. This month, your publicity fox cornered, *ahem*, sat down with our Con Chair Jewel and asked a few questions about this year's theme.

Why Furries in Wonderland?
The movie coming out was definitely a consideration, it adds a bit of timeliness to the choice. Another factor was that Alice In Wonderland is an excellent source to mine for inspiration. I think it's important for a convention theme to be visible to the con attendees. The theme should manifest itself in many ways throughout the convention. It should add a noticeable flair to aspects of the convention, things like decorations, content of performance events, t-shirts, etc. Alice in Wonderland is a great source for inspiration. There's so many iconic characters, places, and things from it. Everyone recognizes the phrase "Off with their heads" and understands the context that it comes from. In that sense Alice in Wonderland adds a lot of symbols that we can draw from to communicate the theme to the attendees.

Hasn't it been done before at other cons?
It has, but that shouldn't stop us from revisiting a good theme. Besides, we at Morphicon are going to do the theme in our own special way. Hopefully even better than when it was done in the past! There's also the issue of the sheer number of conventions now, it's practically impossible to avoid repeats. I believe the year before we did Inner City Critters that another nearby convention did Urban Furs.

Any ideas on what special events (outside the norm) we may have?
Well Morphicon always has the Atomic Battle of Doom, which is a nerf and foam boffer melee like none other. It's really kind of crazy to watch, and every year it gets bigger. There's also the free food which is always popular, and we might do something with an 'unbirthday' event, but there's nothing set in stone for that yet. We are still quite a ways out from the convention proper.

Is there anything else you'd like to add while I have you here?
I would definitely recommend the Spectacle of Doom to anyone who likes adult humor. It's a bit raunchy, but always a ton of laughs. Trickster does the writing every year, and I honestly think it only gets better each time. I'd also like to point out the charity quiz show that Trickster hosted last year. We'll be doing that again, and it was a big smash, so I'd encourage everyone to attend. Even if you don't get selected to play the audience can participate in the game. Besides, there's nothing more funny than seeing some poor confused fur try to remember what species Zig-Zag is.

As a last bit, and we haven't 100% finalized this yet, we should be having Frozen Oasis as an official convention event in place of the Friday dance. There's still some scheduling considerations that we need to figure out, but chances are they'll have the entire Adam's room (yes the far one near the lobby that nobody can find) for the party.

-= Tips for Travel =-
Seeing as more than a few of us will be on the move this season, and don't have a pack of sled dogs living next to us, we would like to offer a few tips for travelling. Please don't use this as a comprehensive list, this should just be used as a heads-up. To see a complete list of recommendations, please see www.TSA.gov if you plan to fly or www.Ohio.gov for trips by auto.

If travelling by plane, please arrive at the ticket counter at least 90 minutes early. The closer we get to Christmas, the longer the wait to pass through security. Also, you will need to remove your shoes and empty your pockets before passing through to the boarding area. If you plan on bringing a laptop it will need to be separate from other carry-on baggage. Lastly, you will not be able to bring your own beverages past the screening area. Bottled water and other refreshments should be available on the other side.

If travelling by car or truck is more your thing, keep in mind any, and every, thing can happen. In addition to your usual gear (jack, properly inflated spare tire, etc), you'll also want to add a nice, warm blanket to the list. A warm set of sock and waterproof boots aren't a bad idea if you have the room. A small amount of food and water is recommended in the event you're in less travelled areas. Lastly, if you have one, make sure your cell phone is properly charged.

Hopefully these recommendations will all be unnecessary. In the event they are not, however, we hope they will help to ensure you and yours have a safe and happy holiday season.

-= Panels, Here! Get Your Hot Panels! =-
With Morphicon only being a three day event, and with the large number of panels to choose from, we, your staff, would love to have your opinion on what you would like to see or attend at this year's con. We want to make Morphicon 2011 the best we can and, for that, we require your input. Art and gaming panels will again be present, as will writing and crafting panels. Spirituality and SIG's are both good bets, also. The question is, what would you like to see? Give us your raves and rants for panels past and tell us what you would like to include if we don't have it already. Until the new website is up and running, feel free to send your comments and ideas to programming @ morphicon.org and we'll make sure they get to the correct Track Head.

-= Frozen Fur Balls Con't =-
We are still working on having a fursuit bowling event. Though we would like to have it in January, it appears we will be shooting for sometime in February. A poll will be posted online soon so a date can be decided and registration will be necessary so we can get an accurate number for a group rate. Unlike the picnic, this will not be a free event. That's not to say something special might not be done, however. Stay tuned for more information or contact publicity @ morphicon.org? if you have any questions or ideas.

-= Still Searching for Artists - Now With Incentives! =-
Woohoo! We're getting art! But a few pictures doth not a conbook make. As always, we are looking for art for the various publications we put out and would love to see what you can come up with. Any donated art will have that artist's name put into a random drawing for a Morphicon t-shirt from years past! Your contribution will be appreciated and mentioned, but now you could also get some cool swag! Send any and all submissions to publicity @ morphicon.org!


Want to see additional content or have something to say about the latest newsletter? Please visit the enhanced HTML version at Morphicon.org and let us know what you think!
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Aug. 1st, 2010 @ 02:17 pm Morphicon August 2010 Newsletter Now Available!
Morphicon Miscellanea - August 2010 Edition

-= Morphicon End-of-Summer Picnic =-
Yes, fellow furs, it is that time of year to once again look forward to the Morphicon picnic. As in previous years, the picnic will be held at Sharon Woods Metro Park, just north-east of Columbus, and on September 4th. While we understand this is Labour Day weekend, we also know it'll be a great excuse for having to take off Friday from work if "necessary"!
Food, of course, will be gratis, however, if there is anything in particular you would like or want to share with the group please feel free to bring it along. Food donations will also be happily accepted. Activities will include all the amenities the park has to offer, with the addition of horseshoes, frisbee, wiffle ball, and Pictionary. Should you have any events you would like to see please let us know.
With the date still a month away we have plenty of time for flexibility. If you would like to bring any food or something else to do, please send an e-mail to publicity @ morphicon.org and we will get back to you. Information and directions to the park can be found here: Sharon Woods Metro Park. See you there!

-= The Woollybear Festival is Coming! =-
Vermilion, Ohio is once again preparing for the 38th Annual Woollybear Festival & Parade, the largest one-day gathering in the state! On September 26th, thousands will flock the quaint town of Vermilion, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Events will include the parade, music, games, fair food, and more! For more information on the festival, please see the Woollybear Festival home page.
Morphicon has traditionally played a part in the festivities and would like to do so again this year. If you would like to participate, please send a e-mail to publicity @ morphicon.org so we can get in touch with you and coordinate. Please note, this is a family festival and while ears, tails, and fursuits are welcome, anything stronger than G-rated is highly discouraged.

-= Calling All Artists =-
We are always looking for art for various publications we put out. If you have anything you would like to donate, please don't hesitate to let us know. Submissions can always be sent to publicity @ morphicon.org at anytime.

Right now, we are requesting art for our Furry Trackers Guide, a booklet for con-goers, showing various locations were one might procure food, access an ATM, etc. The art should reflect this year's theme of Furries in Wonderland, with a focus on a specific section. Please feel free to send any questions and artwork to Lightpaws. We can't guarantee we can use all the art but your contribution will be mentioned nonetheless.

Want to see additional content or have something to say about the latest newsletter? Please visit the enhanced HTML version at Morphicon.org and let us know what you think!
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Jul. 13th, 2010 @ 07:42 am Just incase for those who dont go on the yahoo group..
I am in serious need of extra cash flow.. I have had a huge problem arise
for me... Its bigger than big and I need as many peeps help as possible.. I was
stupid and got a very huge 800 dollar ticket and lost the ticket info so I
missed my court time by 7 hours (i was going to try and fight it).. I now am
being faced with having my license suspended until this ticket is paid off :c...
due to car expenses im shit broke.. I am asking for help to spread the word or
get commissions.. I will do as many commissions as possible and even possibly
pawning off some of my belongings to pay for this huge error... Please spread
the word!

If you are on FA please link my journal and help me advertise myself so I
can fix this ugly mess :c

> > > http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/1548622/
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Jun. 13th, 2010 @ 12:52 pm Attention Poker Players!
Current Location: United States, Arizona, Phoenix
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
As some of you know, there is a small group of Arizona furries who semi-regularly play low-stakes poker. We are seeking new players for an upcoming game.

Details: The game takes place at a furry residence in the West Valley. We usually play $0.05/$0.10 stakes, with a first buy in anywhere between $2 and $10. We usually play No Limit Hold'Em, with occassional Stud games and Omaha thrown into the mix. If you don't know how to play the other games, don't worry! We'd be happy to teach you!

Sound like something you'd like to try? Comment here for more details. :)
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Jun. 7th, 2010 @ 06:08 pm I'm Heading up to NAU in August, I think...
I know I haven't been active down here in the valley (because of various reasons), However I am going up to NAU for college, so long as my funding goes through.. which it should; which means I should be able to become active, but in my search online I have yet to find anything, except for one empty livejournal, and a journal entry on a deviant art page.. and as I half expected, there is nothing for furries listed in the NAU club listing online, Can somefur point me in the right direction?
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