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Monday, December 11, 2017

Story: Waking Death

Art by gistech
[Rating T13][Suspense][Crime][Sequel][Incomplete]

The follow-up to gistech's "Grief's Reunion" is every bit as engrossing as its predecessor, with an added flair for thawing and slow-building romance, mysterious plotlines and a deeper exploration of its many characters than ever before. Told from multiple POVs and in a riveting blend of internal monologues and third-person narration chapter by chapter, "Waking Death" thrillingly pushes forward what has become a must-read series in the world of Zootopia fanfiction. ~YFWE

Author: gistech
Description : Doug Ramses and Dawn Bellwether escape from Mountainside. Nick and Judy are put on the case to uncover the origins of a mysterious new drug called Waking Death while working on mending their relationship. Meanwhile, a new adversary plots to bring down Zootopia. Set one year after the events of Grief's Reunion and 19 years after the film. Part 2 of the "Reconciliation" series.
Waking Death
Also on FF.net
and on DeviantArt

Additional Tags: ok but doug is actually one bad dude

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I Will Survive... The Memes!


It's rare you get to see a meme grow from the very start.  On Wednesday, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (@Hello_Tailor), a writer at The Daily Dot, tweeted that they'd just discovered Borba's comic "I Will Survive".  Since then, that tweet has gained over 6,000 likes and over 2,500 retweets.  Other online news organizations like The AV Club have picked up on the story. 

Then both the Twitter and Tumblr communities at large got their hands on it, and it has escalated to the point of being officially recognized by Know Your Meme.  Even the youtube channel Behind The Meme has covered it.  And Dorkly.  More and more people keep reporting on this.

As I pointed out in our initial post featuring I Will Survive, this is undoubtedly the most controversial comic to have ever come out of the fandom, so for it to suddenly gain the attention of the internet at large has been... well, things have been mixed.  On the one hand, it's great that so many people are discovering that there even is a sizable and dedicated Zootopia fandom that's separate from general Furry culture.  We welcome those people and invite them to take a look at some of the other magnificent things we have created.  In fact, here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • Music: When Can I Try Everything Again? - a Mashup of "Try Everything" and "When Can I See You Again" from Wreck-it-Ralph.  It works WAY too well, and set the stage for Mashin' Jams slow mixing of Try Everything with pretty much every pop song ever.  And they all work amazingly.  Alternatively, check out Dance Every Feeling!
  • Comics: Sunderance - A HUGE Alternate-Universe take on Zootopia set in a version of the city where Foxes are actually dominant, rather than being the underdogs we see in the movie.  It's dark, gritty, and packed full of action and political intrigue.  This is one of many examples where Artists and Authors come together to make a truly masterful comic.
  • Fanfics: Fallout Zootopia - a crossover that makes no sense on the surface, and uses almost exclusively original characters, but blends the two franchises together beautifully until it becomes one of the greatest stories that the fandom has produced.  Also comes in audiobook form, which is higher quality than most things I've heard from Audible.
  • News: Exclusive Interview with Byron Howard - The title says it all.  Byron Howard, the Director of Zootopia, gave us an exclusive interview to celebrate the one-year anniversary of ZNN.  It's one of the coolest things that we've ever featured, in my opinion.
And we have a LOT more where that came from!

On the downside, due to the controversial nature of the comic, its sudden meme status has sparked some rather heated discussions.  I'm glad to say that for the most part people have kept it civil, but there are those who have taken to attacking Borba directly for his work.  That's not cool.  Give criticism of the comic all you like, but don't attack the artist over it.  Please keep things constructive.  And please don't judge the zootopia fandom as a whole by a single work.  We have so much more to offer than that.

ZNN does not endorse Borba's views on abortion or any other topic that was brought up in I Will Survive (we are neutral on all topics of a controversial or political nature) but we do support artists who take risks.  Borba took a big risk with the subject matter of IWS, and I feel that deserves some recognition in general- especially considering the massive backlash against it by fans and non-fans of Zootopia alike.  Did his risk pay off?  That's ultimately for Borba to decide.  The Zootopia Fandom has already had these discussions months ago when the comic first released, so this is old news to us.

In the meantime, we live in a reality where I Will Survive has become a meme.  And as is the case with all memes, some people have shown a real aptitude for creative and entertaining transformations of the original.  Here at ZNN we focus on the good, so check after the break for some of the better edits we've seen the past few days.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Story: Who Writes This?!

Art by Alps Sarsis
[Rating T13][Humor][Hurt/Comfort][Drama][Friendship][Fluff][Complete]

It doesn't get any more meta than this: a Zootopia fanfiction about reading Zootopia fanfiction. No joke, that's literally what this story is about. However, as silly of a premise as that sounds, Alps Sarsis capably manages to turn it on its head, resulting in a stirring story that catches you off guard – in a good way, that is. Surprisingly emotive and deftly told, "Who Writes This?!" is an excellent, thought-provoking read that doesn't skimp on the emotion, and gives Nick and Judy another thorny issue to take care of in their ever-growing friendship. Check it out and see what causes Judy to get so flustered. ~DrummerMax64

Author: Alps Sarsis
Description : When Judy finds herself irritated about being placed on low-risk assignments due to some media attention and increased celebrity at the close of a big case, Nick decides to tease her about her unwanted fame, pointing out that there's probably even a fan club online, or even fan fiction. Eager to prove her smug partner wrong, Judy looks online and finds that he's actually right, at least about the stories. Nick desperately pleads with Judy to leave it alone and not to read any of those stories. The bunny is offended that her partner feels she lacks the emotional maturity to objectively read a story about herself and decides to read them anyway. What could go wrong?
Who Writes This?!
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Read it and weep.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Zootopia is STILL one of the top ten movie fandoms on Tumblr!

Try Everything Chief by Jowybean
The annual Fandometrics report has released, where Tumblr makes big lists of the most active fandoms on the site based on various categories.  Well, despite the film being out for what's getting close to two years now (can you believe it?), Zootopia still soars above the rest.  In fact, there has only ever been one week that we didn't make it into the weekly top 20.

As a result of the fandoms unrivaled activity, Zootopia once again finds itself in the Top 10 Movie Fandoms across all of Tumblr, claiming the #7 spot!  The only other two films that appeared in the top 10 that were on also last year's list are Beauty and the Beast (which hadn't even released at the time of last year's annual review) and Moana (which had been out for about a week at that time).

All in all, this is some metric proof of the Zootopia fandom's dedication and longevity.  Your passion and loyalty are unrivaled among film fandoms, and I'm so glad to be a part of this.  Here's to another successful year of Zootopia!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Art of the Day #146

zootopia by 卜尔Q
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Hi everyone! Christopher Guará here!

This month may not be the Academy season for obvious reasons, but they look good dressed as "Penguins" for any fancy event.

Am I the only one who would love to see Nick or Judy or any popular Zootopia character to announce the nominees and the winner for a certain category? Cause I know I'm not.

Let's have another season of artworks for now. Don't forget to check the link below the pictures. Enjoy!

Get your art after the break!

Story: Lost

Art by badneko
[Rating K9][Drama][Hurt][Trauma][One-Shot]

The moments after young Nick Wilde's traumatic Junior Ranger Scouts experience are explored with an introspective, gently written one-shot that provides a satisfying link to one of the film universe's minor characters, with a glimmer of hope at the end of an altogether sad tale. "Lost" is a heartfelt, emotional and gratifying entry into the Nick-as-a-kid canon. ~YFWE

Author: Blenderguy15
Description : We all cope with pain differently. Some of us strive to overcome it or let it build them up to be better people. Some of us just let it happen and don't do anything about it. Others run away from it and let it crush them from the inside out. Nick Wilde has always been one to run away, and it all started on that fateful night at the Junior Ranger Scouts meeting.
Lost
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: you never know who may reach out a helping hand

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Story Updates 5 December 2017

Is it just me, or are fics that haven't been updated in a long time starting to come back in full force? That's case with kaligos's crime-thriller "Families" and the veritable fluff-fest that is RedPen's "Fluff Pieces." Might just be a coincidence, or it could also have to do with the festive time of year.

Regardless, here's a great batch of stories for you all to enjoy. The authors in the fandom have been on fire lately! Not literally, of course. That would be very, very bad.

Updated Stories:
Families by kaligos
Roses are Red and Violence is Cool by IronicSnap
Fluff Pieces by RedPen (GardenVatiety)
Zootopia - In the Days That Followed by ayziks
Zootopian Vice by Lothar Hex
...And All That Jazz by WANMWAD
Take A Stand: Star of Ceartais by Garouge Faux/Crewefox

New chapters after the break!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Comic: Confession, Chapters 10 - 12 (Finale!) (By Peanut.K)

It's been a good... almost 6 months... since we last featured this comic.  Sorry about that!  To make up for it, here are the last three parts all in one.  The artist has already started a sequel, so we're really behind here...

I always love to see artists grow and progress as time goes on.  Peanut.K's art started out a bit rough, but as Confession has progressed you can see their style begin to fully develop into something quite charming to look at!  Support it with a good story and you've got me hooked.

You can find all the previous parts here:
Now then, let's wrap this series up with the last three parts: Recovering, Being Honest, and New Day!
Check them out on Tumblr, or after the break!

Even More Zootopia Ornaments!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, would you please put a penny in the meter maid's hat...

That's right, there are other Zootopia Christmas ornaments like the ones from Lenox we showed you last week!  Brought to us by Hallmark, this one seems to use a similar base to the gilded one from Lenox, but if you can't find the shiny one then this one is a great alternative.  It even appears to be hand-painted, according to Paquero, who sent us the info about both of these ornaments (keep the submissions coming folks, we can't be expected to know everything that happens instantaneously!).

Check it out over at Hallmark.com and pick one up today if you haven't already!

Story: Zootopia and Earth: Gotterdammerung

Art by Saber-Cow
[Rating T13][Adventure][Romance][Sci-Fi]

Wew, this one is different. Most human-in-Zootopia stories have the humans transform through scientific or magical means, but this fic delves into the sociopolitical ramifications of an actual alternate universe. When the Chinese government discovers a massive energy reserve in their country is actually a portal to another world, a battle for power ensues, and a select few flee from the chaos into the portal itself. How would Zootopians react to actual humans, and vice versa? This is a dense one, and not your typical Zootopia story. ~Mordecai

Author: Pudong
Description : In this story set 2 years after the movie, a bureau of the Zootopian Government finds themselves in contact with an unworldly entity known as the "humans". Wicked intentions among those in power rise with their arrival, but will the truth be too much for them to bear? Nick and Judy are soon caught up in the chaos, but will they be able to save the city they love with new friends?
Zootopia and Earth: Gotterdammerung

Additional Tags: Geopolitical speeches from the Chinese government in a zootopia fanficiton. What a world.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Comic: Nick Shenanigans 3 (by TheBlueberryCarrots)

...Nick?  What the heck are you doing?  That's not how arrests work.  Unless you're a-resting on the hood or something.

Puns and lame jokes are my bread and butter, ladies and gentlemammals. And today, we've got another stellar one for you in short comic form!  Brought to us by TheBlueberryCarrots, I couldn't stop laughing for about 5 minutes straight after I first saw it.  It's wonderful.  And that's all I'm going to say, since I don't want to ruin the punchline.

Check it out over on TheBlueberryCarrots' Tumblr, or after the break!

Art of the Day #145- Disney Afternoon Special!

Best Furry Movie by grrrwolf
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Disney.  A studio that's not only survived for 94 years, but thrived.  They're a global powerhouse in media entertainment.  Sure, they've had their dips and breaks, and their future isn't always certain, but they've managed time and time again to pick themselves back up and keep going.  Now they make billions in the box office every year, sometimes from a single film like Zootopia.  And it all started with a mouse.

Every so often it's great to see how you all imagine interactions between the cast of Zootopia and that of other Disney films would interact, and so today we've got just that- Disney crossovers!

Get your art after the break, and show the artists some love over by following the source links!

Band arrangement of Try Everything! (by Matt Conaway)

La Guitarrista by TheWinterBunny
Who else would love to hear Try Everything performed at a large band or symphony concert?  I know I would!

The Hal Leonard Company (who make a lot of sheet music for school bands and other music books), with an arrangement by Matt Conaway, have put together just such a thing.  You can purchase the sheet music from their website, (though in my opinion it's seriously overpriced) and listen to this arrangement after the break!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Comic AND Dub: Looks kinda Muggy

Oh Nick.  You shouldn't be ashamed.  A joke is worth a thousand stitches, after all.

...wait, that's not the right phrase.

This hilarious comic comes to us from Lucky13Spirits, and a dubbed version comes to us from CasVoiceActs and MickelPickleVA!  I'm not going to ruin the punchline, so that's all I can really say.

Check out the comic over on Deviantart, and get the comic and dub after the break!

Story: By The Seat Of Her Pants

Art by Mancoin
[Rating T13][Humor][Action][Friendship][One-shot]

This... is a quirky one. Let's just cut to the chase: due to some less than fortunate circumstances, Judy is forced to catch a perp while in her panties. Yep, it's a silly scenario, but Cloperella succeeds in making it a wildly entertaining one. Fair warning: this one-shot does contain some suggestive content, including several descriptions pertaining to one of Judy's, ahem, assets. Regardless, "By The Seat Of Her Pants" is a diverting, frenzied piece of action and comedy that revels in its ridiculousness and provides a jaw-dropping foot chase to boot – in more ways than one. ~DrummerMax64

Author: Cloperella
Description : While Judy Hopps enjoys her day off shopping for clothes alongside her best friend Nick Wilde, she encounters a petty shoplifter trying to leave with an unpaid item. Even on her day off, no crime is too small for Officer Hopps, and she gives chase to the thief all the way to the outer rim of the Rainforest. The uncultivated thicket of trees and bramble take a toll on her outfit, and after a daring leap through the air, the rabbit finds herself snagged by her pants on a tree branch. She's not letting a lawbreaker get away though -- even if it means she has to chase him all the way to Savanna Central in her underwear.
By The Seat Of Her Pants
Also on FF.net

Additional Tags: Run, Judy, run! Indecent exposure be damned!