Scott Malcomson

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Scott Malcomson

Scott Alan Malcomson,[1] also known as Roy Calbeck, and Roy Kerensky in Second Life, is a furry artist, MilFur, former Burned Fur, and a perennial candidate for governor of Arizona under the Reform Party ticket, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


Scott served with the United States Army's 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment as an M1A1 tank crewman during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.[citation needed]

US Politics[edit]

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Scott obtained 8,371 votes in running for governor in 1998 Arizona general election[1] on a $1,000 Reform Party campaign by participating in numerous debate forums including the final televised debates. Arizona's biggest newspaper, The Arizona Republic, lauded Scott's straightforward approach to politics, stating that:

Scott Malcomson
...his inability to obfuscate does not portend a bright political future". His campaign motto was, and is, "Ethics, Economy, Education
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His no-budget campaign failed, but proved to party members his commitment and debating skills. When Pat Buchanan and his followers took over the Reform Party in 2000, Scott became an outspoken opponent of Buchanan, conducting research and writing articles denouncing the conduct of the Buchanan campaign, such as the attempt to stuff the primary ballot box with 500,000 non-qualifying ballots. He served as a Delegate to the 2000 National Convention, representing Arizona.

In 2001, Scott was elected Secretary of the Arizona Reform Party. He represented the state when the party's anti-Buchanan leadership met in Kansas City on the St. Patrick's Day weekend, and was one of the key contributors to the "Drive Out the Snakes" resolution which united the party's normally-fractious factions in opposition to the remaining Buchanan forces.

When the party held its National Convention in 2002, Scott once again represented Arizona as a Delegate, speaking out several times on the floor to denounce Buchananist rule-breaking, and call for a return to the party's original ideals of streamlined government and fiscal responsibility. The Convention ousted the last of the Buchanan holdouts at the national level.

He wrote that he voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 United States presidential election.[2]

Fandom involvement[edit]

Roy Calbeck

The discovery of a wealth of anthropomorphic comics in the quarter bins of an El Paso, Texas, comic book shop was Scott's introduction to furry fandom in early 1989. As this was during his tour of duty in the Army, he found the extra cash needed to amass a truly impressive comic collection from the bins, but found that virtually none of the books were still being published, as their creators called it quits when the black-and-white comics market went bust in the late 1990s.

A horse fan at heart, Scott was gratified to find that Jim Groat's GraphXPress, publisher of Red Shetland, was still up and running, still putting out issues, and decided to help the enterprise.[citation needed]

He struck up a correspondence with Jim, eventually meeting at the 1990 San Diego Comic Con where he pledged $1,000 to the Red Shetland Animation Project, a project to port the comic series into a possible animated series. Eventually he was invited to Jim's home in Tucson, where Scott became a regular visitor to (and over the years, a member of) the Arizona Tucson Mob.[citation needed]

Scott Malcomson was the founder and chairman of the furry convention ZonieCon[citation needed] during its short-lived run from 1998-2002. He attempted to resurrect the convention for 2011, but the event was finally cancelled in May of that year.[citation needed]


Scott's choice of character, and unicorn named Roy Calbeck, was directly meant to be a foil to Joy Riddle's "Harry Horsemage". Where Harry was genteel, self-deprecating, and a clove-smoker, Roy was an ex-military roustabout alcoholic who enjoyed the odd cigar and a hot game of poker.

Roy has served for over a decade as Scott's preferred role-playing alter-ego, both in and out of furry fandom. Scott's fursona on Second Life is named Roy Kerensky.

Convention attendance[edit]


Joy Riddle is the person to blame for Scott becoming a furry artist. Joy had already become involved in interactive storytelling on the BBSes of the day, and at one point demanded that Scott join the Dallas Brawl, home to some fifty cartoonists. It was at the Brawl where all their characters all interacted, usually to the effect of throwing pies or nuclear warheads at each other.

Scott protested, citing his lousy art skills, at which Joy scoffed, remarking that not only did Scott's even lousier puns belong in the Brawl, but that one of the major players drew a stick figure as a main persona.[citation needed] Excuses exhausted, Scott submitted an introductory cartoon to Mel. White, the editor. At some point he became a member of Rowrbrazzle, and for a brief period contributed to the fandom's original interactive zap'zine,[clarify] Bizarre Wars.

Rising Phoenix Comics Group[edit]

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Throughout his Army tour, and four years of college following his discharge, Scott continued to assist GraphXpress financially, going so far once as to attempt to create an umbrella corporation backed by "angel capital" in order to give a hand up to not only GraphXpress, but also dozens of other independent artists and small-press publishers.

This attempt, under the working title of Rising Phoenix Comics Group, came close to succeeding: every group of venture capitalists he made his pitch to liked the idea and wanted to see it developed. However, none of them was willing to be the first investor, and Scott was not able to raise the necessary minimum initial capital needed to trigger larger investments. "RPCG" was ultimately shelved when his financial ability to pursue further contacts ran dry.


In 2017, Scott sent a cease and desist letter to Fur Affinity for the latter's alleged TOS violations and defamation relating to the September 2017 banning of hate groups from the website.[3]

In May 2018, days after several Fur Affinity accounts associated with the Furry Raiders and Alt Furry were banned under the rule, Scott filed a civil lawsuit against Fur Affinity's parent company, IMVU,[4] for defamation and breach of contract in the state of Arizona. Scott argued that Fur Affinity's associating Alt Furry members with white supremacism, while simultaneously failing to consider Antifa a terrorist group,[5] amounted to defamation per se. Scott represented himself in this case.[4]

IMVU filed a motion to dismiss the complaint on June 22, 2018,[4][6] and on August 27, 2018, the court granted the motion without prejudice, finding that Arizona did not have jurisdiction in the case.[6]

On May 30, 2019, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One affirmed the dismissal of Malcomson's suit, agreeing with the superior court that the Arizona courts lacked jurisdiction over the matter.[7]

As recently as August 30, 2018, Scott intended to either file the case in California,[8] or appeal the case to a higher court in a bid for it to remain in Arizona, where Calbeck lives.[9] He ultimately decided to appeal the case to the Arizona Supreme Court,[10] He also announced, in December 2018, that he is considering filing a second, federal lawsuit related to copyright.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Elections | Arizona Secretary of State website > Historical Election Information > 1998 > 1998 General Election (pdf), page 2. "(RPA) Scott Alan Malcomson" "TOTAL" "8,371". (via ). Retrieved 2017 May 17.
  2. My Last Post About Trump -- Calbeck's Journal posted 2017 January 20 at Fur Affinity website. Retrieved 2017 May 17.
  3. "...I was banned in September for sending FA a cease-and-desist regarding defamation and rules violations by their staff." - Roy Calbeck on Twitter, dated May 19, 2018. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Case number CV2018-092198 docket on the Maricopa County court's website. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  5. Bombs away. - Roy Calbeck on Twitter. Dated May 18, 2018, archived May 19, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Minute Entry". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  7. [ Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One ruling, Scott Alan Malcomson v. IMVU, Inc., No. 1 CA-CV 18-0596, filed May 30, 2019, retrieved May 30, 2019.
  8. "I'm now going to look into whether or not filing electronically from Arizona is allowed by California. If so, I may be able to continue pursuing this matter without need of financial support." - Roy Calbeck on Twitter. Dated and retrieved August 30, 2018.
  9. "Spend last night and this morning going over the Judgment, and it looks like I'll be able to appeal the case to keep it in Arizona. TL;DR: IMVU misled the court by claiming standards that don't apply to a site like FurAffinity." - Roy Calbeck on Twitter. Dated and retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. "#FurAffinityPurge Lawsuit Update: my newest filing is now before the Arizona Supreme Court." Tweet by @RoyCalbeck, dated December 15, 2018, retrieved December 22, 2018;
  11. Tweet by @RoyCalbeck. Dated December 15, 2018, retrieved December 22, 2018.

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