Anthro (magazine)

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Anthro was a bimonthly furry online fanzine which started with its September/October 2005 issue. The work carried a number of regular features, and a complement of stories, poems, interviews, and factual articles.

Anthro's editor/webmaster was 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.

The inspiration for Anthro was a conversation between Quentin and Phil Geusz at the 2005 TSA-Bash about the lack of online furry publications focussing on quality written work.[1] Long's primary goal for Anthro was to make it a known source of high-quality furry material, including stories, art, columns, fact articles, poetry, webcomics and reviews. The intent was for it to turn into a reader-supported paying market.

Anthro went on "unplanned hiatus" in October 2010. A comeback was announced in August 2011, and the magazine produced two more issues at the end of that year.[2][3] While no formal notice of the magazine's end has been published, no issues have been produced since December 2011.



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.

Other Publications[edit]

In addition to Anthro online, the magazine produced both print and electronic books available through Lulu. As of January 2015, the catalog was still available, and included:


  1. Comment to The state of furry zines - Quentin Long,   chipotle (19 July 2006)
  2. 'Anthro' comeback is announced - Fred Patten, Flayrah (18 August 2011)
  3. The return of the revenge of ANTHRO! - Quentin Long, Flayrah (1 Oct 2011)

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