Mistigris (pronounced "misty-gree") was an artscene group founded in late 1994 by Cthulu of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The group primarily operated out of BBSes within the city's area code of 604 (with a significant outpost in Quebec's 418 area code) joined across suburbs and provinces by the group's echomail network known as KiTSCHNet. In addition to numerous music disks and issues of their house diskmag KiTHE, among other one-off projects, Mistigris released thirty-five artpacks between October 1994 and June 1998.
The group emerged to fill a vacuum left by the collapse of local supergroup Imperial in September 1994, immediately striving against the similar efforts of competing local groups RAiD and Wild Buffalo Tamerz (WBT). While these competitors ceased operations in fairly short order, in RAiD the foundations were laid for the January 1995 founding of ANSI-only supergroup Integrity -- an immensely popular project which would serve to be an ongoing slow leak deflating MiST of its upper-level ANSI artists, leaving it primarily known for its specialty focus on tracked music and "lit", mediums generally overlooked or passed over by the artscene's text-graphics enthusiasts but leading Mistigris to its highest achievements in domination of the 1997 "Blender" IRC competitions.
In an attempt to address the rash of defections to Integrity, Mistigris experienced a tentative, abortive and ultimately unsuccessful merger with American group Fire in March of 1995, and later a far more successful wholesale incorporation of local group kRAP. Mist's history was also rife with borrowings from postings and material created by members of the local TABNet (The Adopted Bastards Network) community.
Thinking outside of the box, in 1997 Mistigris engaged in what they called the "Mistigris World Tour", where instead of releasing their members' art within their own packs, the artists released en masse in other groups as a virtual tour of sorts. Groups who cooperated in this tour concept included Blade, Fire, Dark and Fistful of Steel (FOS). Cthulu had plans to tour with several smaller groups as well (Ophidiac, Teklordz), to help mutually raise each others' profiles, but as he put it, "the groups kept dying" before tour arrangements could be finalized.
Mistigris itself ultimately came to a close in mid-1998 due to numerous factors, among them mass graduation by its membership from high school into a world of distractions, disagreements between department heads regarding quality control, and an ongoing inability to retain the membership of its most talented active textmode artists. Proving most lethal, however, was the undermining and final collapse of the 604 area code's bizarrely long-lived BBS scene due to the new local availability of affordable dial-up internet access — when Mist's first world headquarters The Screaming Tomato BBS (TST) went down, it was replaced in short order by The Jade Monkey (TJM), but when TJM went offline there was no longer anywhere relevant for the local members to call in to.
In its wake several former stalwart Mistigris members soldiered on as Hallucigenia; Cthulu, seeking a real-world equivalent to the dynamic and creative artscene, began working for The Living Closet, lurking at the Vancouver Poetry Slam, and started a long career in event production.
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