Taral Wayne MacDonald, a life-long resident of the Toronto area, is one of Canada's best known science fiction fan artists, and has been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist eleven times in 1987-1990, 2000, 2001, and 2008-2011. In recognition of his contributions to science fiction fandom, particularly Canadian fandom, Taral was named Fan Guest of Honor by the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation.
The pen name "Taral" originated from a fictional synthetic language, Siroihin, that he described in one of his early fanzines.
Wayne began his involvement in science fiction fandom in 1971 when he joined the local Ontario Science Fiction Club (OSFiC) for which he has been an officer multiple times. He helped run Ditto 1. He was one of the organizers of Chromecon and ran the first four Torques. He chaired Fan Fair III in 1975.
Over the years he contributed art and writing to a wide variety of amateur and semi-professional fanzines, as well as publishing his own — Broken Toys, Delta Psi, The Great White Zine, If I Say So Myself, Ishue, Lost Toys, New Toy, Red Shift (for FAPA), The Slan of Baker Street, State of the Art, Synapse, To Walk the Moon, Toronto the Ghood, and others. Other apas he has been a member of include AZAPA, OASIS, ROWRBRAZZLE and VOOTIE.
In the late 1980s he made the jump to professional illustration, by necessity working mainly outside the science fiction genre.
During the 1990s Taral focused more on comic book work. His major achievement was the Furry comic title Tales of Beatrix (Mu Press & Vision Comics). Taral also created many back covers for Gremlin Trouble, a comic published by AB Pixilations.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1987 — Toastmaster at Corflu 4
- 1988 — CUFF
- 1991 — Wilfcon VII
- 1995 — Ditto 8
- 2008 — Rotsler Award.
- 2011 — Best Fan Writer award by the Fanzine Fanac Awards Society
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