Artist Robert McCall (b.1919) died on February 26. McCall learned he was colorblind when trying to become a pilot in World War II. FOllowing the war, he worked as an illustrator for Bielefelt Studios and Charles Cooper Studios. Long an avid fan of aviation, in the 1960s, he worked for NASA to help create illustrations for NASA and in 1967 he began working on the promotional art for Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: a space odyssey. Other science fiction film posters he created include Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Meteor, and The Black Hole.
Only three days after a copy of Action Comics #1 sold for $1,000,000, a copy of Detective Comics #27 from 1939 was sold for $1,075,500. This issue, one of fewer than 200 in existance and possibly the only one in “very fine” condition, is the comic that introduced the character Batman.
Actor Andrew Koenig (b.1968) was found dead in a Vancouver, Canada park on February 25. Koenig, who had a recurring role on the television series Growing Pains also appeared in the film InAlienable, the fan film Batman: Dead End, and an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, was the son of Walter Koenig, who portrayed Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek and Bester in Babylon 5. Koenig, who had been missing since February 14, committed suicide according to his father.
The winners of the International Aeon Award have been announced. The Aeon Award is presented for unpublished speculative fiction with the winner receiving €1000 and publication in Albedo One. The winner has traditionally been selected by Ian Watson. For next year’s contest, Watson will be joined by Anne McCaffrey, Mike Resnick, and Sam Millar.
Winner: “Frogs on My Doorstep,” by Annette Reader
Second Place: “Bridges,” by Nick Wood
Third Place: “Canis Lupus, Rosa Canina,” by Judith Brown
Ballots for CUFF, the Canadian Unity Fan Fund, are now available on-line. CUFF is a means to promote fannish ties between eastern and western Canadian fans. Voting is open to any Canadian fan for a $5 donation to the fund. This year’s candidates are Diane Lacey and Rob Uhrig. The winner will travel to Canvention 30 (KeyCon 27) in Winnipeg over Victoria Day weekend. Votes must be received by March 13.
The first annual Lumiere Awards were presented on February 23 to honor the use of #D technology in film. The Awards were presented by the newly formed International 3D Society.
Live-Action Feature: Avatar
Animated Feature: Up
Short: Partly Cloudy
Documentary: Under the Sea 3D
Live-Action Stereography: Avatar
Animated 3D Stereography: Coraline
3D Character: Neytiri in Avatar
3D Scene: Avatar
Visual Effects: Avatar
Achievement for Marketing 3D Content: Avatar
Converting Film from 2D to 3D: G-Force
3D Talent Award: Brendan Frasier for Journey to the Center of the Earth
Vision Award: Jeffrey Katzenberg
People’s Choice for 3D Live-Action Film: Avatar
People’s Choice for 3D Animated Film: Coraline
Actress Caroline McWilliams (b.1945) died on February 11. McWilliams is best known for her roles on the television series Benson and Beverly Hills, 90210, but also had several genre appearances to her credit, including Dr. Vita Duetsen on Lois and Clark, the made-for-tv movie The Aliens are Coming, Project U.F.O., and The Incredible Hulk.
An issue of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman has sold for $1,000,000, setting a new record for individual comic sale price. The previous record was set last year when an iassue of Action Comics #1 sold for $317,000. Action Comics was published in 1938 and was originally sold for a dime. About 100 copies are known to exist.
Actor Andrew Koenig, whose father Walter Koenig played Checkov of Star Trek and Bester on Babylon 5 has been missing since February 14. Koenig was scheduled to fly home from Vancouver, BC on February 16, but never boarded his flight. The last time his father spoke to him was February 9. Koenig has appeared in several genre films and television shows.
The Phoenix Desert Rose Chapter of the Romance Writers of America is sponsoring the Desert Dreams Conference, a three day writers’ conference with workshops and networking opportunities from April 16-18 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Authors in attendance will include keynote speaker Linda Lael Miller and Diana Gabaldon, Robin Lee Hatcher, Sharon Sala, Toni McGee Causey, Vicki Lewis Thompson, and Carla Neggers.