Off Topic

Fox here with an off topic post about my involvement in the furry fandom. It was a co-worker during my dish washing days at McManus who introduced me to the UseNet News Groups, in particular the furry themed groups which introduced me to Furry MUCK. From there it was just a hop & leap to where furry artwork and stories where stored, mostly on BBS servers.

Some of the first furry published works I enjoyed include Takes of the Tai Pan Universe, Yarf!, Wild Life, and more. Some of these titles from the 1990s are still available for purchase at Rabbit Valley® Comics.

Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe – Founded in 1988 as an artist’ and writers’ cooperative, the Tai-Pan Literary & Arts project has benefited from the talents of many contributors over the years. The project has published a wide range of stories from space opera to hard science fiction and from mystery to romance. The project’s publication was recognized twice as Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine of the Year by the Ursa Major Awards. While Individual stories stand on their own, contributors have taken advantage of the shared nature of the universe to write stories that build on a theme or character arch started by another writer. Tai-Pan’s first issues were published in the winter of 1991-1992 introducing the trader ship Tai-Pan, and laying groundwork for concepts and characters that are still be written about today.

Yarf! – The Journal of Applied Anthropomorphics was started by Jeff Ferris in January 1990 and ran through 2003. YARF! was one of the most popular and well-known furry print ‘zines for many years. Other people involved editorially during its early years were Lance Rund, Dave Bryant and Kris Kreutzman. It published comics, book reviews, text stories and pin-ups from dozens of artists.

Wild Life and Wildlifers – a humorous slice-of-life anthology edited by Elin Winkler (who runs Radio Comix producing Genus, Genus Male, and Furlough) which ran February 1993-April 1995 for twelve issues. Included Joe Rosales’ Wildlifers and John Nunnemacher’s Buffalo Wings.

Tall Tails – Tall Tails was published by Golden Realm Unlimited from 1993 to 1995 for 3 issues. Tall Tails: Thieves’ Quest were published by Vision Comics for 4 issues starting in 1998, and #5-13 were published by Dream Weaver Press. For 1999 to 2002, it ran in Radio Comix’s Furlough (Issues #78 – 109) as a monthly serial. Tall Tails was originally intended to be a parody of Monty Python’s Holy Grail using Disney-ish Robin Hood characters.

Furkinde Prozine – A collection of artwork from 1996-1998 by many talented fandom artists.

Associated Student Bodies – Abbreviated as ASB, was a series of eight adult comic books produced by Lance Rund and Chris McKinley in the 1990’s. It has become a staple comic of the Furry fandom and most every furry art aficionado is familiar with it on some level.

The story of ASB revolves around a young lion, Daniel, who goes off to college to share a dorm with a wolf, Marcus, and an entire floor of predominantly homosexual roommates of various species. The series accounts Daniel’s discovery of his own same-sex feelings for Marcus, dealing with being gay in a hostile environment, and reconciling his feelings with his family and faith.

There are other comics, magazines, fanzines, graphic novels, and more from the 90s that I enjoyed that are not available anymore, yes I still have my copies.

The American Journal of Anthropomorphics  was a series of furry art books edited by Darrell Benvenuto and published by his Med Systems Company, with four issues released between 1993 and 1997. The mainstay of the series were its artist sections, typically a half dozen pages each of illustrations by various artists. The intent of the Journal was to present furry artists in as professional a light as possible, and for it to be used as a talent catalogue for publishers seeking artists in the field of anthropomorphics or funny animals.

Tales of Beatrix – 1996 – 1998, Vision Comics. The story of Beatrix Farmer, an ordinary rabbit girl in the wrong place, at the wrong time when she was fatally wounded in from a drive-by shooting. Rescued by omnipotent beings only she can see, they ensure her future safety by wrapping her in a suit that confers invulnerability. Only later does she discover it is also completely safe from bodily needs — food, drink, sleep, sex, and in fact she has no sense of touch, taste, or smell. Forced into the role of superhero for hire, Beatrix yearns to be ordinary again or at least have the option of removing the suit when desired.

Xanadu is a fantasy comic book created by cartoonist Vicky Wyman which first appeared in 1988.


Much of the information has been sourced from WikiFur, which can be a lovely trip down memory lane for us gray muzzles.

Happy Saturday Friends and Fans of Rabbit Valley® Comics,

Thank you everyone who visited WhiteWolf Creations at Furry Fiesta and hope that all those attending FWA and Furthermore visit our friends at M&T Comics and The Jersey Foxes respectively. You can find our stuff at upcoming conventions at the following vendor tables:

  • Furry Weekend Atlanta
    Atlanta, Georgia
    March 31 – April 3, 2016
    M&T Comics for Rabbit Valley Comics
  • Motor City Fur Con
    Novi, Michigan
    April 8-10, 2016
    Rabbit Valley Comics
  • Furthemore
    Tysons Corner VA
    April 8-10, 2016
    The Jersey Foxes (TheMattFox &TheRedFoxCamio) for Rabbit Valley Comics

We will also be at BABSCon again this year.

Top Shipped Items This Past Week:

RankTitle & LinkPrice
1Circles Volume 2: No Straight Lines Make Up My Life$16.95
2Circles Volume 3: The Years Keep Rolling By$16.95
3Circles Volume 1: It Seems Like I’ve Been Here Before$16.95
4Knot University Volume 4 – Teacher’s Pets by Sunitai Reij$20.00
5Webz Magazine Issue 5 – One Way or Another: Ice Roads Part 1 by Kaput Otter$7.50
6Hatching Dragons by Tojo$25.00
7Over Time by Kyell Gold (Soft Cover Version)$19.95
8Buy It By The Box – Help Clear The Warehouse$25.00
9North American Fur #33 – NAF #33$19.98
10Genus Male Issue #9$5.95

Interesting Items Available for Sale:

And the bunny says he needs me… More next week!

From the Official Panda Pause Website:

Welcome everyone to Panda Pause. Panda Pause is a podcast where we take a moment and pause to interview a artist or writer from various communities, interests and backgrounds with an emphasis, but not limited to, the furry community. We upload every Sunday with round-table discussion every Thursday. I’m your host Mickey Bamboo and join me as we listen to everyone’s stories. 

Today, in lieu of a round table, I had the honor to speak with the co-owner of Rabbit Valley. Andrew Rabbit, who isn’t actually a rabbit, talks to us about how he joined the team, met the love of his life, and became co-owner in this highly successful furry publishing and distribution business. Working with many other furry companies, Rabbit Valley has been in business for years starting with Associated Student Bodies and growing into a premier furry publishing company. They are committed to providing the best in furry and anthropomoprhic artwork, books, comics, fan magazines (fanzines), games and more.

 

February 17, 2016Fur What It’s Worth is pleased to announce it is being joined by well-known comedienne and activist Margaret Cho for its next recording session of the current season. The episode’s topic, based on Ms. Cho’s humanitarian/activist work and comedy routines, is “Giving Back While Laughing (with Margaret Cho)”. The show would like to invite any and all furries at large to participate in the episode by sending their questions, comments, and relevant stories to the show by 12:01 A.M. Mountain Time (GMT-7) on February 24, 2016. Submissions are encouraged to be related to the episode topic, but are not required to be. The show cast is committed to sharing as many submissions as possible with Ms. Cho.

“We would like to have the [furry] fandom come out and really show some love for Ms Cho. She’s been supportive of our fandom and a wonderful ambassador when the need has arisen. This is our chance to show her how much of a difference she’s made in everyone’s individual lives, furry or not, just by having tons of submissions. Email or even better, a voice clip, will really make this a memorable show!” – Roo, show host, in a recent show recording session.

Listeners can catch the episode on release day through the Fur What It’s Worth website at www.furwhatitsworth.com, iTunes, Stitcher, and other major podcatchers. The episode is scheduled for release on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Those wishing to submit an email or voice clip to the episode should send their submission to cast@furwhatitsworth.com.

About Fur What It’s Worth
Fur What It’s Worth is a podcast based in the furry fandom, focused on introducing and exploring the numerous facets of this science fiction fandom offshoot. The show was established in 2011 and is currently in its fifth season. FWIW focuses on exploring how fans express different parts of their personalities through their characters (both sexual and non-sexual), how their daily lives are affected by it, trends/fads of the fandom at large, personalities of interest to the fandom, and much more. Prominent personalities who have been on the show include Cathy Weseluck (My Little Pony, Death Note, InuYasha, ReBoot), Jason David Frank (Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, My Morphin’ Life), Barbara Eden (I Dream of Jeannie), Pat Cashman (Bill Nye the Science Guy, Super Smash Bros Brawl, the 206). The show has also visited Further Confusion, Rainfurrest, the Bay Area Brony Spectacular, and Salt Lake Comic Con.

About Margaret Cho
Margaret Cho is an American comedienne, actress, fashion designer, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially regarding race and sexuality. Cho has also frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community. As an actress, she has acted in such roles as Charlene Lee in It’s My Party and John Travolta’s FBI colleague in the action movie Face/Off. Cho was part of the cast of the TV series Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime Television, in which she appeared as Teri Lee, a paralegal assistant. Cho has also visited Further Confusion and Furry Unlocked.

For further information contact Tugs at tugs@furwhatitsworth.com.

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Rabbit Valley® Comics’s site was originally launched back in 1998, it was very different back then – even had a different name. Here’s a snapshot from 1999 – the second iteration of the site.Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 4.22.53 PM  Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 4.26.13 PM

We’ve come a long way since then for sure! Even back in the 90’s, before Confinity became PayPal Rabbit Valley was accepting credit card payments on-line. But that’s not what I’m writing about today. The current incarnation of the site came about in 2001. Sure we’ve kept up to date with all the security, upgraded hardware and software to keep with the times, moved the servers cross country, and changed the look and feel every few years. All that said we have a mountain of history to look back on and review. Today’s thought is the top selling items of all time!

Here you have the top shipped 30 items from the last 15 years of company history. That’s a lot of packages – that’s a lot of furry books!

RankTitle
1Associated Student Bodies Yearbook Hardcover Collection
2Circles Issue #5
3Circles Issue #6
4Circles Volume 1: It Seems Like I’ve Been Here Before – Collects Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4 by Andrew French, Scott Fabianek, Steve Domanski
5Genus Male Issue #3
6Spooo Presents Issue #1 – Coyote River Episode 1
7Circles Issue #4
8Circles Issue #7
9Circles Issue #8
10Spooo Presents Issue #4 – Coyote River Episode 2
11Genus Male Issue #4
12Rocketship Rodents Issue #1
13Genus: Male Issue #2
14Circles Issue #3
15Circles Issue #2
16Rare Breed Issue #2
17Rare Breed Issue #1
18Spooo Presents Issue #5 – Mark Wulfgar’s The Legacy of Celune’s Werewolves and Souls of the Past Episode 1
19Spooo Presents Issue #3 – Big Bad Wolf Club and Service with a Smile
20Anubis Dark Desire Issue #2
21By the Pound Promotion – Adult Readers
22Spooo Presents Issue #10 – Coyote River Episode 3
23Spooo Presents Issue #2 – Rocketship Rodents and Professor Chronofur Episode 2
24Genus Male Issue #5
25Spooo Presents Issue #7 – The Adventures of Queerman
26Buddy Christ Dashboard Statue
27Spooo Presents Issue #6 – Rocketship Rodents and Professor Chronofur Episode 3
28Spooo Presents Issue #9 – Mark Wulfgar Presents The Legacy of Celune’s Werewolves and Souls of the Past Episode 2
29Dragon’s Hoard Volume 1
30The Ups and Downs #1

We couldn’t have done any of this without you – our customers. Thank you for the continued support. Let’s see if we can change this list by the end of the year!

It’s also interesting to see how the postal rates have increased over the last 15 years – but that’s a chart for another day.

New Items:

Upcoming Travel and Conventions:

  • Fur Squared
    Brookfield, WI
    February 26-28, 2015, 2015
    Kurst Hyperyote (Attending Only, Email Rabbit Valley a picture of his pursuit for a prize.)
  • EXHBITORLIVE!
    Las Vegas, NV
    February 28 – March 3, 2016
    Fox from Rabbit Valley Comics
  • NordicFuzzCon
    Nynäshamn / Stockholm, Schweden
    March 3-6 , 2016
    FUSSELSCHWARM / Charlotte for Rabbit Valley
  • PittCon
    Atlanta, GA
    March 5-11, 2016
    Sean and Andrew Rabbitt
  • Visual Studio Live
    Las Vegas, NV
    March 7-13, 2016
    Friends Visiting

Books Published By Rabbit Valley® Comics:

Additionally, we have a host of awesome furry products by these fine creative suppliers:

All In-Stock items will ship within 24-48 hours of being ordered. Digital items will ship within 24 hours being ordered – except when the order is placed on an observed holiday, these orders will ship on the next business day.