Rowrbrazzle

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Rowrbrazzle is an Amateur Press Association magazine devoted to funny animal cartoon illustration.

History[edit]

Rowrbrazzle was founded in 1983 by Marc Schirmeister, who published the first issue in February 1984, and was editor for the first fourteen quarterly mailings.[1] Fred Patten was then editor from February 1989 through February 2005 when he retired due to poor health.[citation needed] Since then, the mailings have been produced by interim editors. As of issue 94, William Earl Haskell is editor.[2]

The first Rowrbrazzle was distributed to the association membership in February 1984.[3]

Number 121 was distributed in April 2014, in a continuing uninterrupted run of 30 years.

Significance[edit]

Fred Patten, onetime editor of Rowrbrazzle, had this view of Rowrbrazzle's significance:

"My thesis is that furry fandom coalesced out of sf fandom and comics fandom, blending elements from both of them and achieving its own critical mass in 1983/1984. The first clear signs of the independent furry fandom were the creation of its first apa, Rowrbrazzle, and the decision by some fans to self-publish furry comic books because there seemed to be enough fans of stories with talking animals to support them (as distinct from earlier attempts to self-publish comics which had to hope for sufficient sales from the general public alone.)
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"Rowrbrazzle started in February 1984. Since it was specifically an apa for writing and drawing funny animals as a genre and discussing the new fandom that was forming about them, it is a handy landmark to say that 'furry fandom existed at this time.'"[1]

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