Ursa Major Winners

The winners of the tenth annual Ursa Major Awards for the best in anthropomorphic/”funny animal” literature and art first published during 2011 were announced at CaliFur VIII In Irvine, California on Saturday, June 2.

    Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture: Kung Fu Panda 2, directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
    Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series or Short Work: My Little Pony: “Friendship is Magic,” directed by James Wottoon
    Best Anthropomorphic Novel: Isolation Play, by Kyell Gold
    Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction: “How to Get Through the Day,” by Kyell Gold
    Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work: Nordguard, Book One, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet
    Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story: Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake
    Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip: Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
    Best Anthropomorphic Magazine: Flayrah, edited by GreenReaper
    Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration: Cover of Nordguard, Book One, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet
    Best Anthropomorphic Game: Pokémon: Black and White
    Best Anthropomorphic Website: Equestria Daily

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Obituary: Richard Dawson

Actor Richard Dawson (b.1932) died on June 2. Dawson is best known for his role on Hogan’s Heroes and as the host of the game show Family Feud. He spoofed himself as a game show host in the SF film The Running Man. His other genre credits include an fantasy version of Oliver Twist and episodes Fantasy Island and The Other Limits.

Obituary: Kathryn Joosten

Actress Kathryn Joosten (b.1939) died on June 2. Perhaps best known for her roles on The West Wing and Desperate Housewives, Joosten appeared in genre work included Breaking Dawn, Hellraiser: Inferno, and Bedtime Stories, as well as episodes of Joan of Arcadia, The X-Files, and Third Rock from the Sun. Prior to becoming an actress at age 42, she worked as a nurse.

DUFF Held Over

Hold Over Funds won this year’s DUFF contents, meaning nobody will travel to Australia later this month for the National Convention. When DUFF administrators John Hertz and David Cake announced a call for candidates, many fans expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough time between the voting deadline and the beginning of the Australian con to make plans for a trip and advocated voting for Hold Over Funds. One of the two candidates, Murray Moore announced that he desired to have his votes counted for Hold Over Funds.

The final tally was
Hold Over Funds: 38 NA votes + 19 ANZ
Juanita Coulson: 24 NA votes + 1 ANZ
Murray Moore: 11 NA votes + 2 ANZ