Anthro is a bimonthly furry online fanzine which started with its September/October 2005 issue. The work carries a number of regular features, and a complement of stories, poems, interviews, and factual articles.
Anthro's editor/webmaster is Quentin 'Cubist' Long, who performed similar duties for his other (now dead) fanzine TSAT. Michael W. Bard -- Long's partner-in-crime -- initially performed associate-editorial duties as he'd previously fulfilled for TSAT, but stepped down after Anthro #6 (July/August 2006). Neither Long nor Bard considered themselves to be furries when they started Anthro; Bard later came out of the closet, but Long still maintains his distance.
Long's primary goal for Anthro is to make it a known source of high-quality furry material, including stories, art, columns, fact articles, poetry, webcomics and reviews. Long hopes that the zine's readers will enjoy it enough that they choose to support it in a concrete manner (for example, by buying posters/t-shirts/books/etc; donating money; or by purchasing a subscription), thereby providing enough revenue that he can afford to pay his contributors.
Anthro went on an unplanned hiatus from October 2010 to October 2011 due to the editor's personal issues. A Google search for 'anthro' puts the zine in the top five results (and often in the top three).
- Through the Looking-Glass. Michael Bard's column (formerly editorial) about how furdom looks to one who is new to it.
- Down the Rabbit Hole, by Phil Geusz, which focuses on the relationship and interactions between furdom and mundane society.
- Reality Soundbites, by Keith Morrison; this column, whose first installments appeared in TSAT, addresses the question of how to make stories believable.
- The Red King's Dream, by Wanderer Werewolf, which touches on (among other things) the more-furry aspects of roleplaying games.
- Zebra Girl, Joe England's excellent webcomic about a woman transformed (by random magickal mishap) into a horned, hooved, three-eyed demon. Anthro presents the comic with England's permission, at a rate of about 8 strips per issue, starting from the very beginning.
- Castle Horsetooth, Oren Otter's and Eala Dubh's comic strip (currently on hiatus) about the fairy-tale adventures of valiant Sir Fluren and his noble steed Briarwood in the kingdom of Jaywardia. The events of the first storyline, The Case of the Six-Cent Song, bore a curious resemblance to Sing a Song of Sixpence; the second storyline is entitled Plague and the Pilfered Posies.
- Sandusky, John Pergaman Jr.'s webcomic about the misadventures of a boy and his cougar. As with Zebra Girl, this comic is presented in multiple-strip packages, with its creator's permission, starting from its first strip.
- From the Editor's Maw, in which Long explores whatever topic strikes his fancy.
Anthro offers four levels of subscriptions, with increasingly great benefits to the subscriber
- Bronze (USD $12/year): A Bronze subscription helps ensure that Long can pay his contributors as they deserve.
- Silver (USD $24/year): Silver subscribers support Anthro's creators; they also get an exclusive mini-CD of Brothers Under the Skin (excerpt available here), an original song commissioned from noted filker Tom Smith.
- Gold (USD $48/year): Gold subscribers support furry creators; they get the Brothers Under the Skin mini-CD; and every year, they receive a complimentary copy of that year's ANTHROlogy paperback, autographed by Long.
- Platinum (USD $96/year): Platinum subscribers get all the benefits of Gold, and then some; supporting furry artists and writers, the Brothers Under the Skin mini-CD, and each year, they get three complementary ANTHRO Press books -- an autographed copy of that year's ANTHROlogy, and any two other ANTHRO Press titles of their choice.
In addition to the zine's online presence, Anthro is also a source of actual ink-on-paper books. Long produces an annual collection, ANTHROlogy, whose raison d'etre is to be an 'analog' version of the zine; he also works on other volumes of interest to the furry community. As of this writing (29 June 2009), the ANTHRO Press catalog consists of:
- ANTHROlogy ONE: 602-page collection of virtually everything that appeared in Anthro's first year, issues 1 through 6. Cover by Lucius Appaloosius
- ANTHROlogy TWO: 638-page collection of the lion's share of everything from issues 7 through 12, Anthro's second year.
- The Human Memoirs, G. Howell's Anthro-serialized novel of a man who finds himself trapped in a parallel world where humans never evolved sentience... but felines did.
- The First Book of Lapism, an omnibus edition of four of Phil Geusz' Lapist stories, with introductions by Kris Schnee.
Select examples of Anthro's art are available as posters, T-shirts, and a variety of other forms. These include Leomorphic Da Vinci, by Cubist (cover of #1); Straightaway, by Lucius Appaloosius (cover of #2); Wanted: Dead and Alive, the cover of Anthro #7 and Zoomin', by Ian Williams (illustration for the Michael W. Bard story Zoo'm'in Along in Anthro #10).
- ↑ Comment to The state of furry zines - Quentin Long, (19 July 2006)
- ↑ 'Anthro' comeback is announced - Fred Patten, Flayrah (18 August 2011)
- ↑ The return of the revenge of ANTHRO! - Quentin Long, Flayrah (1 Oct 2011)
- Anthro - home page
- ANTHROlogy One -- buy the collection here, or just view the whole thing online
- ANTHROlogy Two -- buy the collection here, or just view the whole thing online
- The Human Memoirs, by G. Howell -- buy the novel here, or just view the whole thing online
- The First Book of Lapism, by Phil Geusz (intros by Kris Schnee) -- buy the collection here, or just view the whole thing online
- Graphic Descriptions -- The only legitimate source of Anthro art
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