Joe Strike

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Joe Strike, also known as Professor Myron J. Comus (or just Comus) and Komos (born April 22nd 1950), is a writer and artist who is a longtime participant in furry fandom,[1]. He grew up in Brooklyn and remains a resident of New York, USA.

As Comus, he is best known as the creator of the animal transformation website Circe's Funhouse. For many years, Joe kept his Comus pseudonym something of a secret, but since July 2015 has been open about it[2].

Fandom involvement[edit]

Joe Strike first became fascinated by animal transformation as a child, watching Disney films like The Shaggy Dog and The Sword in the Stone, and by learning about Circe [3] and Greek Mythology in elementary school. He began drawing and saving his own transformation pictures at this time, developing over years into a collection of art with a common setting and theme, which eventually went online as the Funhouse.

From 1999 to 2007 the Funhouse was online at the web address http://www.circesfunhouse.com, hosted first by TransFur and then by TF Central. In late 2007 TF Central ceased hosting the site without explanation, but all subsequent Funhouse artwork is available at Fur Affinity.

The Funhouse was finally able to come back online at the end of 2009. However, a combination of computer problems and lack of time prevented Comus from keeping the website up-to-date, so the vast majority of his subsequent transformation art is only available at Fur Affinity even after the return of his Funhouse site.

As well as Circe herself, recurring characters in the Funhouse include Saurina, a lascivious female alligator granted sapience by Circe's magic; Mr. Airwick, an anthropomorphic skunk (inspired by Pepe Le Pew) who was formerly a gay human; and Komos, a sinister anthropomorphic komodo dragon who undertakes various missions on behalf of his mistress; all of whom Circe has endowed with transformative abilities of their own.

Komos is the co-star of a mini-comic co-written by Joe and drawn by Karno, Komos & Goldie, available online and informally previewed at Anthrocon 2016. It was also at this convention that Joe Strike / Comus debuted his Komos fursuit, constructed by Artslave.

Joe is a former contributor to Rowrbrazzle, and his anthropomorphic art appears on the website Fur Affinity. As a freelance writer, he reports on animated TV shows and movies for the New York Daily News and the entertainment industry website Animation World Network. His 2013 Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to self-publish his children's novel 'The Incredible Hare' was unsuccessful, but as of August 2015 he is seeking a literary agent to present his book to mainstream publishers. He is also writing Furry Nation, a non-fiction book tracing the birth and growth of furry fandom and its relationship to the various forms of anthropomorphic representation that have been part of civilization throughout human history. In March 2015 he secured a literary agent to seek a publisher for the book; in June 2016 he signed a contract with Cleis Press who will publish the book in the fall of 2017.

The Incredible Hare[edit]

The Incredible Hare is the story of shy teenaged lab assistant Harold Hopper and his unpredictable and unwanted transformations into "Harry," an anthropomorphic, human-sized rabbit - an irrepressible trickster and mischief-maker. Thanks to his live-on-TV rescue of Harold's boss Professor Burnside from a hazardous bungee jump on the reality series America's Most Dangerous Amateur Stunts, Harry quickly becomes a world-wide celebrity.

Thanks to his rescue, the self-important Burnside now sees himself as Harry's 'confidant and partner in adventure,' while Harold's kid sister Cindy wants that role for herself. Meanwhile, Nicky Nesbitt, Stunt's venal host, sets out to exploit Harry's fame - but Harry has other ideas...

Inspiration[edit]

Joe describes The Incredible Hare as "The Nutty Professor meets Bugs Bunny by way of The Incredible Hulk." While those three fictional characters are the basis of the book's premise, the inspiration for the concept originated with an advertising poster for Rabbit Test, a 1978 movie starring Billy Crystal. The poster's rabbit-themed parodies sparked the idea of a similar parody of The Incredible Hulk TV series.

References[edit]

  1. http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/6916577/
  2. https://www.furaffinity.net/journal/6916577/

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