ICG Lifetime Achievement Awards

The International Costumers’ Guild announced the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients at Costume-Con 35 is Mississauga, Ontario on April 22. Eric Cannon and Sue Kulinyi were honored for their work in filming masquerades and providing DVDs of the events for participants as well as archiving records of past masquerades.
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Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, which will be presented at Worldcon 75, in Helsinki, Finland the week of August 9-13.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover Book

  • Dan dos Santos for Fables: Cubs in Toyland, by Bill Willingham
  • Todd Lockwood for Summer Dragon, by Todd Lockwood
  • Tran Nguyen for Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Cliff Nielsen for Lady Midnight, by Cassandra Clare
  • David Palumbo for Arcanum Unbounded, by Brandon Sanderson
  • John Picacio for In the House of the Worm, by George R.R. Martin

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book


  • Tommy Arnold for A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • Julie Dillon for Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy’s Edge, by Assorted Authors
  • Sarah Anne Langton for Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Gene Mollica for Breath of Earth, by Beth Cato
  • Victo Ngai for Forest of Memory, by Mary Robinette Kowal

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Galen Dara for Uncanny Issue 10, May/June 2016
  • Elizabeth Leggett for LIGHTSPEED #69, February 2016
  • David Palumbo for Swallowed Whole, Aliens – Life and Death #1 Dark Horse, September 2016
  • Paolo Rivera for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953 Dark Horse, February 2016
  • Jeremy Wilson for Chimera Brigade #1 By Serge Lehman and Fabrice Colin Titan Comics, October 2016

Best Interior Illustration

  • Rovina Cai for “Tom, Thom,” by K.M. Ferebee
  • Kari Christensen Gethsemoni for Court of the Dead: Chronicle of the Underworld, by Tom Gilliland
  • Tran Nguyen for Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
  • Greg Ruth for “Freedom is Space for the Spirit,” by Glen Hirshberg
  • Ivica Stevanovic for The Bestiary, edited by Ann Vandermeer

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • John Harris for The Ark, Oil
  • Vanessa Lemen for Holding On and Letting Go, Oil on canvas
  • Miranda Meeks for December, Digital
  • Shreya Shetty for The Dragon Charmer, Digital
  • Michael Whelan for In a World of Her Own, Acrylic

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Marcela Bolivar for White Crown, Photoshop
  • Jana Heidersdorf for Darkness Acrylics, pencil and digital
  • Travis Lewis for Soul Engine, Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson for Luna, Scratchboard
  • Allen Williams for The Fall of Night, Pencil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Akihito Ikeda for Nephila, Mixed media
  • Thomas Kuebler for Medusa, Mixed media
  • Forest Rogers for La Belle Crustace, premier air-dry clay & washi paper
  • Virginie Ropars for The Evil Eye, Mixed media
  • Lee Shamel for “The Scepter of the Crystal Flame,” Mixed media

Best Product Illustration

  • Donato Giancola for Portal Promotional art for Illuxcon
  • Clark Huggins for Advertisement for RECKLESS DECK Imagine FX
  • John Picacio for La Corona (The Crown) Loteria Lone Boy
  • Cynthia Sheppard for 2017 Llewellyn’s Astrological Calendar
  • Greg Spalenka for banner art to promote Roxana Illuminated Perfume

Best Gaming – Related Illustration

  • Mauricio Calle for Encounter at Stygeon Prime- Star Wars: The Card Game
  • Cliff Childs for Long-Finned Skywhale Kaladesh card set
  • Ryan Pancoast for Inventor’s Apprentice Kaladesh card set
  • Matthew Stewart for Mastertrinketeer Kaladesh card set
  • Ryan Yee for Die Young Kaladesh card set

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld magazine
  • Irene Gallo for Tor Books & Tor.com
  • Sheila Gilbert & Betsy Wollheim for DAW Books
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Cynthia Sheppardfor Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Greg Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan
  • Berni Wrightson

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Christian & Allie McGurie

Los Angeles fan Christian McGuire got married on April 22. McGuire chaired LACon IV, several Loscons, Conucopia, and the 2010 Westercon.

DeCandido Marries Simms

Keith R.A. DeCandido married Wrenn Simms on April 22 in New York, with Glenn Haumann serving as the officiant.

Hugo Ballot Change

Worldcon 75 has announced that Alex Gamer has indicated that he is ineligible for his nomination for Best Fan Artist. Gamer’s entire 2016 publication was professional with no fan art published during that period. Worldcon 75 has replaced him on the ballot with Steve Stiles. New printed ballots are being produced and the on-line ballot will reflect the change when it goes live.

Best Fan Artist

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Mansik Yang

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Filk Hall of Fame Inductees

Three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario. The Filk Hall of Fame honors performers and organizers. It was founded in 1995. Nominees are suggested by members of fandom and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from a variety of filk conventions.

The 2017 inductees are

  • Gary Hanak
  • Judy Miller
  • Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff

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Obituary: Waldemar Kumming

German fan Waldemar Kumming (b.1924) died on April 5. Kumming was the editor of the Munich Roundup, a fanzine focused on European fandom. In 1984, he received the European SF Award for services to fandom. He won the Big Heart Award at Interaction in 2005. Some of his writing appearing in Vector, Heyne Science Fiction Magazin, and Das Science Fiction Jahr Ausgabe.

GUFF Winner

Australian fan Donna Maree Hanson was named the GUFF winner in a field that included Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce. Originally, Alisa Krasnostein was running with Pierce, but she dropped out after the race began. Hanson won in the fourth round of vote tabulation and will travel to Helsinki for Worldcon 75, to be held August 9-13, 2017.
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Odyssey Con Books Replacements Guests

With all three original Guests of Honor cancelling their appearances at Odyssey Con, the convention has announced a new slate of guests just over a week before the convention is scheduled to take place in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael Butts will appear as a Media Guest and Brent Chumley will appear as an Artist Guest.
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Anathema Launches

Anathema, an on-line magazine spotlighting science fiction by queer people of color, has published its first issue. The magazine aims to publish three times a year. The first issue contains stories by S. Qiouyi Lu, Tony Pi, Ayodele Olofintuade, Brent Lambert, and Stephanie Chan.

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