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Brief History of Rabbit Valley® Comics

Back in the late 90s Sean Rabbitt was in college and started Another Rabco Disaster™ as a means to distribute Associated Student Bodies. By 1998 he had added titles form Arclight Press, Antarctic Press, Vision Comics, Jarlidium Press, SofaWolf Press, and many more. By the end of 2001 Sean acquired MBB, BronzeBear, and Furlando Comics, incorporating everything furry under Rabbit Valley (there is a much longer story behind the name, but that’s only told over drinks at a convention bar).

Over the years the Rabbit Valley Comics catalog grew and new publishers came into the fandom. From independent authors to the largest furry publishing houses, Rabbit Valley has a vast catalog of other good stuff™.

In 2013 Rabbit Valley became the first of the furry publisher / distributors to offer its titles digitally. This is one of the many firsts from Rabbit Valley. We were the first to accept major credit cards in a furry convention dealers room – even before cell phones were a handheld item.

The oldest company brought into the HARVI family of companies was started in 1987 as a mail order furry book distributor. We still maintain that tradition of a print catalog and still receive several mail orders per week.

We’re proud to continue to serve the furry fandom going back to 1987 That’s the before time mentioned in the title, Ed did an amazing job of laying the groundwork of what ultimately became Rabbit Valley Comics. Sean and his spouse Andrew spend a few hours each day picking and packing orders and laying out new titles. It’s a labor of love. We hope to carry on the tradition of publishing and distributing furry works for the next 30+ years.

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – Rhode Island for short – is the smallest state by land area in the United States, and the state with the longest official name.

Patriots’ Day! Patriots’ Day is an official commonwealth holiday in Massachusetts commemorating the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. The holiday was originally celebrated on April 19, the actual anniversary of the battles (fought in 1775).

Since 1969, it has been observed on the third Monday in April in Massachusetts and in Maine (where it’s called Patriot’s Day – notice the change in location of apostrophe ). (Bonus Fact, until 1820 Maine was part of Massachusetts, hence their celebration of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts holiday). The Monday holiday creates a three-day long weekend. It is also the first day of a vacation week for public schools in both states and a school holiday for many local colleges and universities, both public and private.

Observances and re-enactments of the battles occur annually at Lexington Green in Lexington, Massachusetts (around 6:00 am) and the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts (around 9:00 am). In the morning, mounted re-enactors with state police escorts retrace the Midnight Rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes, calling out warnings the whole way.

Commonwealth vs State? From 1776 to 1780 the words State of Massachusetts Bay appeared on the top of all acts and resolves. In 1780, the Massachusetts Constitution went into effect. Part Two of the Constitution, under the heading Frame of Government states: “that the people … form themselves into a free, sovereign, and independent body politic, or state by the name of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.” Commonwealths are states, but the reverse is not true – States are not Commonewalths. The term Commonwealth does not describe or provide for any specific political status or legal relationship when used by a state. Those that do use it are equal to those that do not.

Legally, Massachusetts is a commonwealth because the term is contained in the Constitution.

Three other states are also commonwealths:

  • Virginia (June 29, 1776)
  • Pennsylvania (September 25, 1776)
  • Kentucky (Commonwealth added in the Third Kentucky Constitution of 1850)

Seeing as Rabbit Valley was located in Massachusetts for a great number of years, we will not be shipping orders today in observance of this holiday.

Today our Chief Bunny and Crafty Fox headed down to Bonnie Springs to entertain the guests dressed as giant Nevada Rabbits. The theme of Bonnie Springs is old west, so Reno and Sparks fit right in. Photos by QBLion.

The train conductor got a huge kick out of the rabbits as did the entire staff.