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“What have you got there?" asked Kiki.  "It looks like something you’d peel radishes with.” “Very astute,” said Darl.  “Actually, it's something I found top-side that was thrown away.  It’s what my fellow Silly Creatures use for peeling potatoes, but it will do as well for radishes.  You won't nick your finger with a peeler.” Kiki examined the rickety old tool, turning it end over end, and managed to prove she could nick her finger – twice – before getting the knack of it. “You were up in Outer Space again?  Don’t you ever worry about dangerous animals … like squ
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SF FANS, HUGO VOTERS, & OTHER ALIENS

Why do I belong to DeviantArt? On Monday, Apr 7, 2008, 2:36 AM I was advised in strong terms to create a website where I could show my art to SF fans. Of course, even with free webspace available, I have no idea how to create a website, anyway, so I joined DeviantArt instead. I already belonged to FurAffinity, but the material posted there is oriented to furry and erotic art. What I needed was a place to show art to the “straights,” viewers who are not entirely comfortable with fur, fetishes, anime and semi-literacy…

Not that you won’t find a little of that in my DeviantArt presence. But the emphasis here is on fanzine covers, science fiction, fantasy and humour.

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THE HUGO AND I

Let me start something like 40 years ago... I've been deeply involved with Science Fiction fandom since the early 1970's, and after that much time it would be surprising if I hadn’t left some sort of impression. For one thing, I was the Fan Guest of Honour at the worldcon in Montreal, in 2009. As of this year, I've also been nominated 11 times for the Hugo award as Best Fanartist. I haven’t won yet, but they say that miracles happen. I was awarded the Rotsler prize for fanart in 2008, which at least comes with cash.

The key to winning is probably reaching outside of the small fanzine community, which while not strictly closed, isn't well known to SF fandom as a whole. Most of the winners in recent years seem to have had presences in spin-off fandoms such as Trek or gaming or costuming. More recently, on-line activity seems to have been pushing aside traditional media. The winners were also able to attend conventions where they could display their work in the art show. I don't really have those options, but there was one way I could match other artists. An on-line presence. Let my work speak for itself. Of course, I’m not naïve enough to think that good work will win out over networking and popularity, but I can always dream.

The problem with my page on FurAffinity is as I’ve said. It’s a pretty mixed bag, with a heavy emphasis on furry art, and much of it is too erotic or too kinky for a general audience. Friends urged me to find a different site for a showcase.

After a little thought, Deviant Art seemed the best option. Here I am. Browse thoroughly. Don't miss any folders regardless what I called them. And vote often...

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MY LIFE IN THE BUSH OF GHOST-WRITING

If you don't mind, rather than rewrite the same boring old details about myself, I'll quite from FurAffinity.

Artist Profile:
I've been drawing almost before TV's were common, let alone computers and the internet. I was drawing furry characters before there was such a fandom. I might have been the first to use a computer to cut mimeograph stencils to publish an SF fanzine. But it's almost an entirely different world now, and I tend to be a bit slow keeping up. I don't carry a cell phone, own an iPod, known how to ICQ, use PayPal, or know how to operate my digital camera yet. But I try to hang in there.

What I have done (before middle age began to slow me down) includes some magazine and book illustration, a short and obscure career in b/w comics, private commissions, dealer at cons, and too many years as an active science fiction fan to care to number.

Because of the internet, making a living has become a lot trickier, it seems. It's multiplied the number of artists a hundredfold, but the audience is accustomed to 99% of the art being free. It's hard to know if there's a net gain. At the same time travel has gotten more expensive, and the border a paranoid free-fire zone. Cons are a memory. The final insult, a Canadian dollar is over par with the buck. If I take $100 US to the bank, it appears as a two figure entry in my bankbook now. Maybe I should just get a real job, like I had when I was 25. On the other hand, if I hold out another decade, I can 'retire' on welfare, and enjoy the first real prosperity I've ever known, and finally draw what I want!

Ambition is a cruel master.

Current Residence: Toronto
Favourite genre of music: Anything but rap, gospel, or country.
Operating System: Window XP Pro
Personal Quote: "Great men are rarely good men" -- Lord Acton

Favourite Visual Artist
Carl Barks, Rene Uderzo, David Low, Herge, others...
Favourite Movies
Pleasantville, To Kill a Mockingbird, Spirited Away, Ed Wood, Ratatouillle, Gettysberg
Favourite TV Shows
WKRP, Dick Van Dyke Show, Newhart, Red Dwarf, Yes Minister, Blackadder, Star Trek, Night Court, Fawlty Towers
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Yes, Gentle Giant, Kate Bush, Lene Lovich, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Beatles, lots more...
Favourite Books
Lord of the Rings, I Claudius, The Long Goodbye, Adam of the Road, Wind in the Willows, Shogan, Huckleberry Finn, Alice in Wonderland
Favourite Writers
Lindsey Davis, Mark Twain, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Chandler
Favourite Games
The Neverhood,
Tools of the Trade
Ball point pen, mechanical pencil, eraser, six inch rule, and paper.
Other Interests
Coin collecting, die-cast cars, Roman history, too many other things to list, but those are current.

Well this is a hell of a how-do-you-do!

Well this is a hell of a how-do-you-do!

I just tried to upload some new art, only to discover that there seems no way to organize it as I want it.  Instead, new posts go to a "new" folder, or to "all", but I can no longer organize them into theme folders or a featured folder.  I've searced until I've poked and pressed everything twice, but I cut can't seem to find to add stuff.  Deviant Art hasn't worked quite right for at least a year, and I'm more than a little cheesed off about it.
This is about the largest lump of expository writing I’ve done since the stroke.  The second largest bit of writing recently has been  a number of emails sent to and shared by Walt Wentz and Eric Mayer.  In particular I need to thank Walt’s help in p...
This is about the largest lump of expository writing I’ve done since the stroke.  The second largest bit of writing recently has been  a number of emails sent to and shared by Walt Wentz and Eric Mayer.  In particular I need to thank Walt’s help in p...

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EmmetEarwaxHobbyist Writer
I,too, had dallied a while on FurAffinity. BUT three times now, the website forgot my username & password. Each time I suddenly could not log on, as  no passwprd was being accepted. I used a password restore facility, but it has never worked. I'd key in the requested data and my phone would ring, i'd pick up and get a code to enter in the computer. It has never worked or I don't get all 4 digits. I finally opened a new account and accessed the old one as if it was by a different person.

The 3rd time this crap happened, I just gave up on FurAffinity and walked away. Haven't been back. 
TaralWayneProfessional General Artist
I haven't had much problem with FA ... but I almost daily curse some of the inefficiencies and poorly working details of DA.
EmmetEarwaxHobbyist Writer
Well, Oscar O'scare wno lives in a garbage can and is nasty to all.

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TaralWayneProfessional General Artist
Oscar is from Sesame Street and only exists in Fraggle Rock in a sort of hyper-dimensional way, as in the Muppet Christmas Special.
EmmetEarwaxHobbyist Writer
I am reading some Fraggle fan-fics, esp. one very promising one where an explorer named Nevada Nesmith stumbles into their realm. Literally stumbles. Due to an injured ankle, he has to spend some days there until he's up to climbing out.

A few items were a waste of space. In one, Marjory is killed. In another Boober is born, but has deformities (such as no eyeballs) and the doctor doubted he'd live a day. In yet another, one of the Five is autistic. Seems that lots of people on this website brag that they are autistic. That tires me.

At the mo, Wembley is in "Outer Space" looking for Nevada Nesmith.  
TaralWayneProfessional General Artist
I'm afraid I have not contact with anything in the fan universe.  Apart from a few members of Negaducks DA group, I have no idea even if there is a fandom!  The DA site seems to be almost deserted, and no new art is being posted.
Hey Taral, what do you think? lol.
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