Disney was really on to something when they brought Foxglove into our lives.
When I first released the Foxglove Feature, Roy Neal Grissom pointed me to an organization called Bat Conservation International, or BCI. Its purpose is to promote awareness of bats as well as debunking myths and fears that some people have about them. In truth, most bats species are quite friendly and gentle. It's often hard to convince those that are used to seeing bats in horror films, especially children.
Roy Neal mentioned in the Fall 1999 issue of Bats, the official quarterly publication of Bat Conservation International, was an article highlighting contributions to bat conservation and education by young people and teenagers. This feature also displayed drawings and poems that put bats in a positive light. Alas, he said that Foxglove was nowhere in this feature, and asked fellow Foxglove artists to send pictures to the BCI. That sole request got me thinking...
A short time later, artist Charles Williams arrived, gracing Rangerphiles and Foxyphiles alike with extremely talented drawings of the RR characters. One picture that always stuck with me was the BCI logo he designed. Many said that Foxy would make a perfect children's mascot for them, and Charles' cute logo, pictured above, really shows its potential. Since then, I wanted the BCI to know hot we felt about this particular bat. It's time to get started.
First is to gather the goodies for a package. For that, I ask your favorite Feature artists for permission to send a color print of their artwork. So far, quite a few have graciously allowed me to print and send their pieces :). If you're not an artist or haven't submitted a drawing before, not to worry. I'll gladly accept any new artwork and will soon have a place that you can post a message to send to BCI. Any budding artists are welcome to join!
Second is to contact BCI and introduce them to the Feature and this project. From this point, without going too far, I can find out their feelings of this project and whether they would even consider giving Foxglove a look. There may be some issues that would prevent them from doing this (such as copyrights). I'll find this out early into the project.
Third, depending on the concent of BCI, is to gather everything you sent into one big package. I'll have more details on this as soon as they arrive.
Why not simply show them the Feature?
More coming soon!
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For those that would like to send a message to BCI, you'll soon have a guestbook to post them!
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