Comic artist Carmine Infantino (b.1925) died on April 4. Infantino helped create many of the Silver Age heroes for DC, including the Barry Allen Flash and Black Canary. He also worked on the classic “Flash of Two Worlds” storyline. He took on editorial tasks at DC as well. Later, he developed the Star Wars comic.
Artist Mitchell Hooks (b.1923) died on March 18. Although Hooks was best known for his non-sf work, including book covers and movie posters, he also provided covers for Daniel Galouye’s Dark Universe, Richard Matheson’s The Shores of Space, Piers Anthony’s Var the Stick, and others. He also painted the movie poster for Dr. No.
Belgian comics artist Didier Comès (b.1958, Dieter Hermann Comès) died on March 7. Comès debuted the comic strip “Hermann” in 1969 in the newspaper Le Soir. He began publishing the story Ergün l’errant in 1973 in the French magazine Pilote and went on to create Silence, about a mute and deaf boy’s adventures in World War I. He received the Prix Saint-Miche twice.
The finalists for the twentieth Spectrum Awards for speculative fiction art have been announced. The winnerswill be announced during Spectrum Live the weekend of May 17-19 in Kansas City. This year’s jury is comprised of Tim Bruckner, Irene Gallo, Tim Kirk, Mark A. Nelson, and Michael R. Whelan.
- Craig Elliott: Forest Awakening
- Michael C. Hayes: Procession
- Android Jones: Ganeshatron
- Greg Ruth: Three Outlaw Samurai
- Dan Dos Santos: Dragon Empress
- Brom: Wipi
- William O’Connor: Wargriffin
- David Palumbo: Fed
- Shaun Tan: Never Leave a Red Sock on the Clothesline
- Charles Vess: Tanglewood: I Didn’t Know She Was a Bottle Witch
- Jennifer L. Meyer: Aesop’s Ark, Ch. 2, P2
- David Petersen: Mouse Guard Black Axe #4, Page 19
- Paolo Rivera: Daredevil #10
- Paolo Rivera: Captain America #1
- João Ruas: Fables #121
- Daniel Dociu: Guild Wars 2, Norn Lodge
- Theo Prins: Southsun Cove
- Paul Sullivan: Franken-animal
- Justin Sweet: Marauders 2
- Allen Willams: Tree of Tales
- Dan Chudzinski: Turbulence
- David Meng: Sashimi
- Virginie Ropars: Mothra
- Virginie Ropars: Acanthopis III
- Katya Tal: Blanket Fairy
- Sam Bosma: Stability
- Chris Buzelli: Book Monster
- Sean Andrew Murray: He’s Gone Full-Bird
- Victo Ngai: Best of the Best
- Sam Weber: Cancer Monster
- Ed Binkley: A Cob of Chiseldon-Brimble
- Lucas Graciano: Dragon Swarm
- Tyler Jacobson: Ruric Thar, The Unbowed
- Kekai Kotaki: Stampede
- David Palumbo: Taken
- Cory Godbey: The Fish Master
- Lucas Graciano: Guardianship
- Kekai Kotaki: Ride
- Andrew Mar: Tell-Tale Heart
- Tohru Patrick Awa: Sudden Shower
Comics artist Scott Clark (b.1969) died the week of February 18. Clark entered the field in the 1990s and worked for WildStorm studio as a penciller on StormWatch. More recently, he worked as an artist on Justice League: Cry For Justice and Brightest Day. In the New 52 relaunch period, Clark has worked on Grifter and I, Vampire.
C. Ross Chamberlain has been awarded the 2012 Rotsler Award for long-time fannish artistic achievement in science fiction at Loscon 39 on November 24. The Rotsler was established in 1998 and includes a $300 honorarium. Sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, the award is named for William Rotsler. The current judges include Claire Brialey, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz.
Artist David Grove (b.1940) died on October 25 from emphysema. Grove began working on covers for a wide variety of publishers in the 1970s. In addition to covers, Grove also painted movie posters, including one of the Ray Bradbury-based Something Wicked This Way Comes, and artwork for advertising. He won his first art award before he was 7 and was inducted into the Illustration Hall of Fame in 2007 and had a retrospective show at the Society of Illustrators in New York earlier in 2012.
British fan Alan Hunter (b.1923) died on August 1. Hunter was a fan artist whose work graced the cover of fanzines including Graveside Grope, an adult-themed Star Trek zine (as well as interior art for other issues of Grope. His art also appeared in It Goes on the Shelf, Science Fantasy Bulletin, and The Zone.
Comic artist Marcus Swayze (b.1913) died on October 14. Swayze began working for Fawcett Comics in 1941, where he worked on Captain Marvel (SHAZAM) and co-created Mary Marvel. His other titles included The Phantom Eagle and The Flyin’ Jenny. He remained there until 1953, when Fawcett folded its main comic line. He worked for Charlton for a short time after Fawcett sold its business to them. While serving during World War II, he was called upon to accompany Bing Crosby for two USO performances.
The Chesley Awards were presented at Chicon 7 by ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists. The awards presentation was followed by a reception in the Chicon 7 art show, which included a representation of the H. Rider Haggard Room of the Jane and Howard Frank House.
- Best Cover Illustration, Hardback Book: Deathbird Stories, by Tom Kidd
- Best Cover Illustration, Paperback Book: The Cloud Roads, by Matthew Stewart
- Best Cover Illustration, Magazine: Weird Tales #357, by Lee Moyer
- Best Interior Illustration: The Dala Horse, by Julie Dillon
- Best Gaming-Related Illustration: Distress (2012 core set Magic card, by Michael C. Hayes
- Best Product Illustration: George R. R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar, by John Picacio
- Best Three-Dimensional Art: (tie) Moonstruck, by Michael Parkes;Robobike, by Vincent Villafranca
- Best Color Work, Unpublished: The Dragon and the Nightingale, by Omar Rayyan
- Best Monochrome Work, Unpublished: The Yeti, by Raoul Vitale
- Best Art Director: Irene Gallo
- Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Jean “Moebius” Giraud