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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.



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...



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.
How did it happen? Another two months have gone by, and what have I got to show for it? Not much. There has been a little news, but not much of it good. For instance, I saved up my pension for a number of months, meaning to order some interesting new coins. One was from medieval Florence, two from medieval Venice, one from the reign of Edward IV in the 15th. century, a fourth that was struck by the second son of Pompey the Great, after Caesar’s assassination, that would have completed my collection of both sons, and the end of the Pompeian dynasty. There were other, lesser coins as well, but what did it matter? Everyone of them was lost in the mail! The dealer mailed them and the coins never arrived in my mail box! The “good” news is that I’m not on the hook. My dealer and I have a good relationship, and – trusting me -- he unfortunately mailed the goods before I authorized payment. When they never arrived, he began a postal investigation that he said would never likely
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It's mid-winter 2022, about 8 months since my last journal post. Surprisingly, little has happened since then. The pandemic goes on, and I'm beginning to think it will never truly end ... just fizzled into another "flu" that kills mostly seniors (like myself) on a seasonal basis, adding another half-million unnecessary deaths every year. But everyone is determined to lift preventative measures, blithely assuming that the last peak of the virus will not simply revisit with another peak... possibly a worse one than Omicron. There is the war in Ukraine to liven things up, of course, and as the world's autocrats grown bolder and more evil, there's no guarantee that, as soon as next week, events in Europe (or over Taiwan or South Korean belligerency) won't result in the end of civilization as we know it. So maybe Alfred E. Nieman had it right ... "What, me worry?" In the meantime my life plods on. I draw very little, without reviving my interest. I read a little, muck around the
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It Is This What the End Feels Like? I was beginning to feel as though it was time to update my journal. Then I realized that the last entry I made was as long ago as the end of March! That meant that it had been about three months since I wrote for my journal, a record that was unnecessary to check for accuracy. What happened to result in such procrastination? I don't really know where the time has gone, despite so little having been accomplished in the last weeks. If anything, I feel as though my activity rates have in fact improved somewhat since the end of winter. Yet it is hard to account for how three entire months slipped by so easily. What I can account for seems to focus on the day-to-day, such as being able to travel more widely with the arrival of better weather. For instance, rather than having to rely on supermarket brands, I recently stocked up on fresh coffee beans from the Farmer's Market. If nothing else, beans from the market are cheaper as well as fresher.
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Merry Christmas 🎄

A stoke? OMG, when did it happened and what caused it? I've lost enough friends in the past three years, and for you to suffer through this?

I still have all the letters we sent back and forth since the late 1980's when I was getting interested in wanting to write a story set in your 'Willow Run' world. Even paid you to include three different businesses in the towns there! Still want to do that tale!

And I still thank you for steering me towards the Spontoon Island website. Have a few stories posted there with two more about half finished. Then Ken Fletcher started having computer problems.

I recall you had quit drawing to concentrate on writing. Had started on a book early in 2018 and got it published as an eBook last summer. Working on a Star Wars tale to follow suit.

Take care and keep up the good fight.

Richard Messer

I had a stroke around February in 2017. It was a mild stroke, but I was one of those unlucky patients who did not respond to the usual drugs, and had a second stroke about a month later. I'm on a different medication that has me stabilized. It took some effort, but by April I was able to write with some difficulty, and published a zine for practice! After three years I felt I had recovered my faculties entirely, though sometimes I wonder if I will ever be entirely normal. Then again, was I ever? I haven't worked on Willowrun for quite a long time, not finding it useful for story telling. However, I have been writing an awful lot since around 2005. This was mostly for fanzines, but a little of it was fiction after a fashion. Then about four or five years ago I began writing fiction more consciously, including a few short pieces that might be professionally published. I wasn't paid anything, but the work did appear in a magazine or book. With desktop publishing, however, definitions have been fatally blurred. Most of the fiction I write lately has been Fraggle Rock related, and exists mainly to please myself.

I had two seizures brought on my Sleep Apnea back in 2014. I would stop breathing every 6 to 7 minutes. Always wondered why my wife would wake me up int the middle of the night and tell me to breathe!

Was off my job for six months on Short Term Disability Convalescence, but the suits at the corporation's office sent me a letter saying that being off longer than twelve weeks made me subject to termination. Tried getting my job back but no dice. Finally applied for my Social Security payments the following year. Had a couple of other jobs since then, some full-time while other were part-time.

Finally working as a part-time custodian at my local public library. Quite happy to be working again. I have a friend who is a few years younger than me (I'm 67 now) who had two light strokes, to moderate heart attacks and had triple bypass surgery.

Got into the writing kick back in December of 2018 when I got a kick to watch old sci-fi movies, both American and Japanese, from the 1950's. And things started to fall into place the following Spring. Finally got my eBook published this last summer, but only one sale. At least someone took a chance on it. Working on a Star Wars tale that has nothing to do with the Skywalker canon.

Had watched most of the episodes of 'Star Wars: Rebels' on the Cartoon Network. Loved it better than the Clone Wars. Filled that niche between the Clone Wars and the original Star Wars movie. Offered a better understanding of what a small group of rebels were trying to do in their part of the galaxy. And they left the end opened enough to add on a follow-up to it.

I still want to do that Willow Run story, but a lot depends on whether or not I get your blessing for it. Just hope you're getting better now.

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. 
I haven't had much problem with FA ... but I almost daily curse some of the inefficiencies and poorly working details of DA.
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