Obituary: Dave Arneson

Dave Arneson (b.1947) died on April 7. Arneson was one of the creators of Dungeons and Dragons, along with Gary Gygax. His Blackmoor campaign, which he continued to run throughout his life, formed the basis for the game and was used in official materials for many years. After leaving TSR, Arneson published Adventures in Fantasy and founded his own company, Adventure Games.

Eisner Award Nominations

The nominees for the Eisner Awards, to recognize excellence in comics, have been announced. The winners will be announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego during the weekend of July 23.

Best Short Story

  • Actual Size, by Chris Ware, in Kramers Ergot 7

  • Chechen War, Chechen Women, by Joe Sacco, in I Live Here
  • Freaks, by Laura Park, in Superior Showcase #3
  • Glenn Ganges in Pulverize, by Kevin Huizenga, in Ganges #2
  • Murder He Wrote, by Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto, and Andrew Pepoy, in The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #14

Best Continuing Series

  • All Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  • Fables, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Niko Henrichon, Andrew Pepoy, and Peter Gross
  • Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, by Naoki Urasawa
  • Thor, by J. Michael Straczynski, Olivier Coipel, Mark Morales, and various
  • Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai

Best Limited Series

  • Groo: Hell on Earth, by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
  • Hellboy: The Crooked Man, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben
  • Locke & Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Omega the Unknown, by Jonathan Lethem, Karl Rusnak, and Farel Dalrymple
  • The Twelve, by J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Weston

Best New Series

  • Air, by G. Willow Wilson and M. K. Perker
  • Echo, by Terry Moore
  • Invincible Iron Man, by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca
  • Madame Xanadu, by Matt Wagner, Amy Reeder Hadley, and Richard Friend
  • Unknown Soldier, by Joshua Dysart and Alberto Ponticelli

Best Publication for Kids

  • Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper, by Kazu Kabuishi
  • Cowa! , by Akira Toriyama
  • Princess at Midnight, by Andi Watson
  • Stinky, by Eleanor Davis
  • Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco

Best Publication for Teens/Tweens

  • Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell
  • Crogan’s Vengeance, by Chris Schweizer
  • The Good Neighbors, Book 1: Kin, by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
  • Rapunzel’s Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
  • Skim, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Best Humor Publication

  • Arsenic Lullaby Pulp Edition No. Zero, by Douglas Paszkiewicz
  • Chumble Spuzz, by Ethan Nicolle
  • Herbie Archives, by “Sean O’Shea” (Richard E. Hughes) and Ogden Whitney
  • Petey and Pussy, by John Kerschbaum
  • Wondermark: Beards of Our Forefathers, by David Malki

Best Anthology

  • An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories, Vol. 2, edited by Ivan Brunetti
  • Best American Comics 2008, edited by Lynda Barry
  • Comic Book Tattoo: Narrative Art Inspired by the Lyrics and Music of Tori Amos, edited by Rantz Hoseley
  • Kramers Ergot 7, edited by Sammy Harkham
  • MySpace Dark Horse Presents, edited by Scott Allie and Sierra Hahn

Best Digital Comic

  • Bodyworld, by Dash Shaw
  • Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil
  • The Lady’s Murder, by Eliza Frye
  • Speak No Evil: Melancholy of a Space Mexican, by Elan Trinidad
  • Vs. , by Alexis Sottile & Joe Infurnari

Best Reality-Based Work

  • Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert
  • Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story, by Frederik Peeters
  • Fishtown, by Kevin Colden
  • A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child, by Rick Geary
  • What It Is, by Lynda Barry

Best Graphic Album — New

  • Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert
  • Paul Goes Fishing, by Michel Rabagliati
  • Skim, by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
  • Swallow Me Whole, by Nate Powell
  • Three Shadows, by Cyril Pedrosa

Best Graphic Album — Reprint

  • Berlin Book 2: City of Smoke, by Jason Lutes
  • Hellboy Library Edition, Vols. 1-2, by Mike Mignola
  • Sam & Max Surfin’ the Highway Anniversary Edition HC, by Steve Purcell
  • Skyscrapers of the Midwest, by Joshua W. Cotter
  • The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite, deluxe edition, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba

Best Archival Collection/Project — Strips

  • The Complete Little Orphan Annie, by Harold Gray
  • Explainers, by Jules Feiffer
  • Little Nemo in Slumberland, Many More Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay
  • Scorchy Smith and the Art of Noel Sickles
  • Willie & Joe, by Bill Mauldin

Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books

  • Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, by Art Spiegelman
  • Creepy Archives, by Various
  • Elektra Omnibus, by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz
  • Good-Bye, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
  • Herbie Archives, by “Sean O’Shea” (Richard E. Hughes) and Ogden Whitney

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

  • Alan’s War, by Emmanuel Guibert
  • Gus and His Gang, by Chris Blain
  • The Last Musketeer, by Jason
  • The Rabbi’s Cat 2, by Joann Sfar
  • Tamara Drewe, by Posy Simmonds (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material — Japan

  • Cat Eyed Boy, by Kazuo Umezu
  • Dororo, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
  • Naoki Urasawa’s Monster, by Naoki Urasawa
  • The Quest for the Missing Girl, by Jiro Taniguchi (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)
  • Solanin, by Inio Asano

Best Writer

  • Joe Hill, Lock & Key
  • J. Michael Straczynski, Thor, The Twelve
  • Mariko Tamaki, Skim
  • Matt Wagner, Zorro; Madame Xanadu
  • Bill Willingham, Fables, House of Mystery

Best Writer/Artist

  • Rick Geary, A Treasury of XXth Century Murder: The Lindbergh Child; J. Edgar Hoover
  • Emmanuel Guibert, Alan’s War
  • Jason Lutes, Berlin
  • Cyril Pedrosa, Three Shadows
  • Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole
  • Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team

  • Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy
  • Mark Buckingham/Steve Leialoha, Fables
  • Olivier Coipel/Mark Morales, Thor
  • Guy Davis, BPRD
  • Amy Reeder Hadley/Richard Friend, Madame Xanadu
  • Jillian Tamaki, Skim

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist

  • Lynda Barry, What It Is
  • Eddie Campbell, The Amazing Remarkable Monsieur Leotard
  • Enrico Casarosa, The Venice Chronicles
  • Scott Morse, Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!
  • Jill Thompson, Magic Trixie, Magic Trixie Sleeps Over

Best Cover Artist

  • Gabriel Ba, Casanova; The Umbrella Academy
  • Jo Chen, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity; Runaways
  • Amy Reeder Hadley, Madame Xanadu
  • James Jean, Fables; The Umbrella Academy
  • Matt Wagner, Zorro; Grendel: Behold the Devil

Best Coloring

  • Steve Hamaker, Bone: Ghost Circles, Bone: Treasure Hunters
  • Trish Mulvihill, Joker, 100 Bullets
  • Val Staples, Criminal, Incognito
  • Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien: The Drowning, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, The Umbrella Academy; Body Bags; Captain America: White
  • Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #19

Best Lettering

  • Faryl Dalrymple, Omega: The Unknown
  • Jimmy Gownley, Amelia Rules!
  • Scott Morse, Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!
  • Nate Powell, Swallow Me Whole
  • Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #19

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism

  • Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland
  • The Comics Journal, edited by Gary Groth, Michael Dean, and Kristy Valenti
  • The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon and Jordan Raphael
  • Comics Comics, edited by Timothy Hodler and Dan Nadel

Best Comics-Related Book

  • Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front, by Todd DePastino
  • Brush with Passion: The Art and Life of Dave Stevens, edited by Arnie and Cathy Fenner
  • Drawing Words and Writing Pictures, by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden
  • Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu

Best Publication Design

  • Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, designed by Art Spiegelman
  • Comic Book Tattoo, designed by Tom Muller, art direction by Rantz Hoseley
  • Hellboy Library Editions, designed by Cary Grazzini and Mike Mignola
  • What It Is, designed by Lynda Barry
  • Willie and Joe, designed by Jacob Covey

Design a Hugo Logo

WSFS is holding a contest to come up with an official logo to be used for the Hugo Award. Currently, the Hugo has the iconic rocket given out as an award, but there is no graphic logo which can be used to help promote the award on books, websites, flyers, etc. The winner will receive $500, a membership to an upcoming Worldcon, a glass trophy representing the design, and a collection of autographed Neil Gaiman books. The cash award is sponsored by SCIFI. The entry deadline is May 31.

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Collecting Wein Comics

Mark Evanier is asking comic book collectors who have duplicates or who were considering selling or giving away copies of their collection to consider donating books that Len Wein worked on to replenish Wein’s collection, lost in a fire earlier this week. Although Evanier is not yet ready to begin accepting donations, he is asking people to keep Wein in mind.

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Orcus Moon Named

Mike Brown has announced the winner of his Name-the-Moon-of-Orcus contest. Noting several suggested names were pulled from D&D, Tolkien, or Disney, he finally decided to suggest the name Vanth, who is traditionally paired with Orcus in Etruscan society.

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Chronic Rift Awards Announced

Chronic Rift Roundtable Awards

The winners of the 2009 Chronic Rift Roundtable Awards were announced on the April 7 podcast of The Chronic Rift.

Best Writer of a Novel, Short Story, or Comic Book: Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book
Best Editor of a Magazine, Anthology, or Comic Book: Stanley Schmidt for Analog Science Fiction & Fact
Best Artist of a Comic Book: Alex Ross – Avengers/Invaders Sketchbook, Project Superpowers
Best Cover Artist of a Book, Magazine, or Comic Book: Alex Ross for Kurt Busiek’s Astro City: Beautie, Justice Society of America, Avengers/Invaders, Superman, Batman, Captain America, Project Superpowers, Red Sonja, Black Adam: The Dark Age
Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
Best Short Story: “Good Queen, Bad Queen, I Queen, You Queen” by Terri Osborne in Doctor Who: Short Trips 24: The Quality of Leadership
Best Anthology of Short Stories: I Remember the Future: The Award-Nominated Stories of Michael A. Burstein
Best Nonfiction Book: Up Til Now: The Autobiography, by William Shatner
Best Comic Book: All Star Superman
Best Manga: StarCraft: Frontline Volume 1
Best Web Comic: Sheldon
Best Fiction Magazine: Analog
Best Nonfiction Magazine: New Scientist
Best Fanzine: Argentus
Best TV Episode: “Forest of the Dead,” Doctor Who
Best Movie: Iron Man
Best Special Effects in a Movie or TV Series: Iron Man
Best Podcast: Doctor Who: Podshock
Best Website: SF Scope
Best Director of a TV Show or Movie: Jon Favreau for Iron Man
Best Performer in a TV Show or Movie: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
Best Writer of a TV Show or Movie: Steven Moffatt for Doctor Who
Best Animation: Wall-E
Best Character: The Joker (Heath Ledger) in The Dark Knight
Best Thing of 2008: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
Hall of Fame: Arthur C. Clarke

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Star Trek Film “Mix-Up”

At a special screening on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, following a preview of the new Star Trek film, a damaged version of Wrath of Khan was stopped about ten minutes into the movie. Without warning, Leonard Nimoy appeared on stage and announced that to make up for the disappointment, they would show the forthcoming Star Trek in its entirety.

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Constellation Awards Ballot

The ballot for the 2009 Constellation Awards, given by TCON Promotional Society to recognize excellence in science fiction films and television, has been released. Any citizen of Canada or member of Polaris 2008 or 2009 may vote. Voting is open between April 7 and June 8 and can be done either on-line or via paper ballot.

Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode

  • David Hewlett, for Stargate: Atlantis, Episode “The Shrine”
  • David Tennant, for Doctor Who, episode “Midnight”
  • Jensen Ackles, for Supernatural, episode “In The Beginning”
  • John Noble, for Fringe, episode “Pilot”
  • Michael Hogan, for Battlestar Galactica, episode “Revelations”
  • Robin Dunne, for Sanctuary, episode “Requiem”

Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode

  • Allison Mack, for Smallville, episode “Bride”
  • Amanda Tapping, for Sanctuary, episode “Requiem”
  • Catherine Tate, for Doctor Who, episode “Turn Left”
  • Eve Myles, for Torchwood, episode “Something Borrowed”
  • Summer Glau, for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, episode “Allison From Palmdale”

Best Science Fiction Television Series Of 2008

  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Doctor Who
  • Sanctuary
  • Stargate: Atlantis
  • Supernatural
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Best Male Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV-Movie, or Mini-Series

  • Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
  • Neil Patrick Harris, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate: Continuum”
  • Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man
  • Ron Perlman, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV-Movie, or Mini-Series

  • Amanda Tapping, Stargate: Continuum
  • Claudia Black, Stargate: Continuum
  • Gillian Anderson, The X-Files: I Want To Believe
  • Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man
  • Lina Leandersson, Let The Right One In
  • Rachel Bilson, Jumper
  • Selma Blair, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army

Best Science Fiction Film, TV-Movie, or Mini-Series of 2008

  • The Dark Knight
  • Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
  • Iron Man
  • Let The Right One In
  • Stargate: Continuum
  • Wall-E

Best Technical Accomplishment In A 2008 Science Fiction Film Or Television Production

  • Murray Gold, for the music in Doctor Who
  • Anthem Visual Effects, for special effects in Sanctuary
  • Rainmaker Digital Pictures, for special effects in Stargate: Continuum
  • Serge Ladouceur, for cinematography in Supernatural, episode “Monster Movie”
  • Pixar Animation Studios, for the animation in Wall-E

Best Overall 2008 Science Fiction Film or Television Script

  • Doctor Who “Silence In The Library,” written by Steven Moffat
  • Stargate: Continuum, written by Brad Wright
  • Supernatural “In The Beginning,” written by Jeremy Carver
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles “Queen’s Gambit,” written by Natalie Chaidez
  • Wall-E, written by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, and Pete Docter

Outstanding Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television In 2008

  • Actress and Producer Amanda Tapping
  • Produced in Canada, the series “Sanctuary
  • Produced in Canada, the Stargate franchise, including the series Stargate Atlantis and the two films Stargate: Continuum, and Stargate: The Ark Of Truth
  • Produced in Canada, the series Supernatural

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Wein & Valada House Fire

Len Wein and Christine Valada suffered a house fire that has destroyed everything. Wein, Valada, and Valada’s son escaped the house and are safe, although their dog ran back into the house and did not survive. According to Harlan Ellison, several hundred thousand dollars worth of art was destroyed in the fire.

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Obituary: Joan McCowan

Librarian Joan McCowan died on April 4 in Cross Plains, Texas. McCowan was a librarian who realized the importance for Cross Plains to embrace its native son, Robert E. Howard. In addition to building a collection of his works at the Cross Plains library, McCowan was also instrumental in coordinating REH festivals in Cross Plains