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Anybody want some End Bac? [26 Mar 2011|12:19am]

I am the proud owner of 17 cans of End Bac II(that wonderful stuff you spray the insides of fursuits with). Oddly enough I bought them at the local Borders that is closing down.

Quasi already claimed 2
DBruin claimed 3
I'm gonna keep 1

That leaves 11 cans

The end price was 1.18 per can.
I can make delivery on the 20th of April. I will be in Lisle then.
Of course keep an eye out for closing Borders bookstores near you as they are selling off everything apparently and the End Bac was part of their Cafe sell off. 
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LAFF Ren Faire Trip RSVPs [23 Feb 2011|02:22pm]

A few months ago, I sent out the announcement for this year’s Bristol Ren Faire Trip. I figure that after 6 previous years of running the event, I could try and get discounted tickets for those who are attending. Here’s the catch, though. I need at least 13 other people outside of my partner and I to commit to going before I can call and ask the cost. I’m still aiming to do the trip as a free-form even where you do your own thing, but I want to at least get cheaper admission for us.

If you’re interested, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2T7HRTT and let me know. On Saturday, March 5th, I’ll email those of you who have responded with confirmation, then again in May before I purchase the tickets.

Thanks in advance,
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2011 LAFFSoftball Dates! [19 Feb 2011|03:20pm]

Drumroll please.....

This year, we'll have 7 games again. HOWEVER, there will be NO MFF sponsored game this year. So all of the games will be played at the usual ball diamond(s) at Madison Meadows, in Lombard. Game time is 2 PM...practice will start at Noon. Details can be found here:

The dates:

April 23
May 21 (SoftBowl)
June 18 (SoftBowl) (DucKon)
July 16 (SoftBowl)
Aug 20 (SoftBowl)
Sept 17 (SoftBowl)
Oct 1

Note that the last games are only 2 weeks apart.

As in the past, if there's a rain out, I'll see if there's enough
interest to have it the next weekend, but there are many more local
events, so there's something to keep in mind. The exception is the April
game: April 30 is the rain date for that one.

As of today, there are NO scheduled events (other than bowling) on the
days picked. Please keep that in mind, as I've looked thru all the
calendars to pick these dates. And most of the dates are LAFFBowl dates,
so you can come to both events.

LaffSoftball also has a Twitter account now, for last minute announcements, reminders, etc.:
If possible, I wil post the last second announcements in the LaffSoftball LJ community as well.

So, start hunting down your cleats and gloves, and we'll see ya in April!

Softball Skunkie
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Chicago Furs Drawing Club? [09 Feb 2011|07:23am]

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(cross posted from chicago_furs and my own LJ)

Hey Chicago furs!

Now, this is entirely hypothetical at this point, but I was curious to see if anyone would be interested in perhaps starting a drawing club with me once the weather gets warmer. I used to do scientific illustration stuff at the Field Museum of Natural History for about a year, and now that I've got a full-time job I've been missing it horribly. (I'm also hoping to gain some teaching/group management skills from this, as I'm currently toying with the idea of becoming a part time art instructor. =\)

Ideally the group would meet up at a predetermined location once a month or so depending on demand, and we'd just spend the entire day drawing. The idea behind the club would be improving drawing skills by designating a set amount of time for practicing technical skills. I have a BFA, so I don't mind giving technical drawing tips to anyone who wants them. At the end of the day we would regroup and see what everyone has been working on. We'd all be each others' peers and help each other improve.
The club would be open to all skill levels and to anyone who wishes to learn technical drawing skills in a semi-professional environment. Think of this as a pretty liberal class. We won't have assignments, but you will be expected to show up prepared to work on something during the club meetings and to be able to learn how to give and receive constructive critique. I'm a pretty firm believer in the idea that you cannot draw believable cartoons unless you have a solid understanding of drawing from life. (Don't worry, I'm not going to make anyone draw realistically if they don't want to.)

Right now I'm thinking about holding the club at the Lincoln Park Zoo, since it's not only free, but I imagine everyone here would be more interested in drawing animals. There's also the arbor/botanical garden there for people more interested in non-moving subjects or landscape. Heck, maybe we can have "field trips" every now and then to museums (ideally planned around museum free days.) We would meet up at a set location at the zoo for a brief meeting before I would release everyone to go find something they want to draw. Then we'd meet up again at a set time to share what we've been working on. This could be anything from sketches, gesture drawings, caricatures, character designs, technical drawings, to full finished pieces. We'd give each other constructive critique and discuss...whatever. Again, I expect everyone to be somewhat professional in their behavior. Think of this as a sort of class.

Anyone interested? Suggestions?

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[06 Feb 2011|09:39pm]


Yo, Furfolks! Reposting this from my journal because war has been declared. Bailey Mannix (AKA Pawnce Puma) is in the running for sexiest wrestler in the midwest! But now there's a challenge from Brandon Aarons. And that kid's a homophobe. (Like, for serious.)

So, let's show what the furry fandom can do and keep one of our own on top!

Vote Bailey Mannix!

(And here's a little fan service!)
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Announcing MNFurs: Snowpocalypse Winter Event! [21 Jan 2011|10:36pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Snowpocalypse a MNFurs Event

A cold wind has blown through the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The fish huddle under two feet of snow and four feet of ice. Wolves play in the snow while bears sleep peacefully in their dens; and all the furries are coming out in packs to the Snowpocalypse!

Last year MNFurs put on their first winter hotel event. It was a smashing success.

This year we are going to put on a new one-day winter event at a bigger venue and with the fun cranked up to a snowy 11.

  • When is it: Saturday March 12th, events start at 2pm.

  • Where is it: Country Inn & Suites - 6003 Hudson Road, Woodbury MN 55125. Right off of Highway 94 near the Eastern 494/94 interchange.

  • Who can go: Anyone willing to drive to Minnesota during the winter.

  • How much: Registration for "The Den", Ice cream social, and badge $10 at the door.

  • Can I Get A Room: If you plan on staying late our hotel the Country Inn & Suites will have rooms at a special MNFurs rate. To find out more about the hotel and the room rate go to http://www.mnfurs.org/snowpocalypse/snowpocalypse-lodging/.

  • What Can I Do There: This event will have a little bit of everything. Including a dance, fursuit games, card games, and so much more. We have enough ample room to keep areas free to draw and socialize in. The schedule will be available soon on the mnfurs website!

  • Where can I learn more: We have an ever evolving site at http://www.mnfurs.org/snowpocalypse/ that will have the latest information about the event.

Snowpocalypse is going to be a great time and lets hope you can come too!


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NakamaCon Artist Alley [20 Jan 2011|08:57pm]

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I'm the coordinatrix for the Artist Alley at NakamaCon 2 in Madison, Wisconsin on Memorial Day weekend (http://www.nakamacon.com). Now that the holidays have passed, I need to gear up and find artists to fill that alley!

Since we’re a young convention, we’re trying some new and exciting things in various departments of the con, but most notably in our Artist Alley.


$25.00* - Artist Package - Guarantees you a three foot space at a table, and not only that, but your membership is also included in this package! Break times are very flexible, and we take zero of your hard earned money past the initial $25.00* fee. NO lotteries. NO waiting to see if you get a table each day. It's yours throughout the convention!

Of course there would be some that would ask why pay the $25.00* if I'm not going to be at the convention all the time or in artist alley for more then a few hours at a time? NakamaCon will have a couple of tables set aside in a "free-for-all" fashion for those who only want to do art for short periods of time. However, as an artist you would be missing out on a great deal by not going the $25.00* approach and those "free-for-all" tables would be on a first-come-first-claimed basis.

Eventbrite registration information will be given to you once you e-mail your inquiries to artists[at]nakamacon.com.

Artists will be allocated a (3x3) space on a (3x6) table. You will be sharing a table with a fellow artist. Each artist will have the space for the duration of the convention and will not have to give up said area if they need to go to panels or for any other reason for vacancy. We do ask that if you are gone longer than 15 minutes you do let patrons know by using a sign that will let them know when you are to return.

Adult material must be bound in a non-see through folder, and your name plate must show that you have adult material (nameplates will be provided). The transaction between you the artist and the buyer is between the artist and buyer only. NakamaCon will not become involved in any disputes over payments or property rights. However, we will be glad to hand out forms to the artist upon arrival that will help with orders and commissions. If you have your own materials we suggest using what you are comfortable with.

Finally, your name and a link to your website will be listed on our website and other promotion as artists who will be in the artist alley, providing you with some great exposure and opportunity for art sales both before and after the convention.

Interested? Know of an artist who might be interested? Please feel free to pass this info on. Though the con isn't until May, spots are filling up!

NakamaCon 2 Artist Alley Coordinator

* - Price plus eventbrite ticket fee of $1.81
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