Artist Christopher Rush (b.1965) died on February 10. Much of Rush’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned many early Magic: The Gathering card. Rush also helped market early versions of the game. Rush was one of the few non-Japanese artist to work on Pokémon cards.
Artist Wayne England died on February 9. Much of England’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned works for Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering.
Tor Creative Director Irene Gallo has received the Richard Gangel Art Director Award from the Society of Illustrators. The Richard Gangel Award was established in 2005 to honor art directors currently working in the field. The Society will be honoring Gallo at the Book and Editorial Opening Reception on Friday, February 5th.
Artist Carson van Osten (b.1945) died on December 22. Van Osten began drawing for Disney in 1970 and over the years worked on comic books and animation for Disney and other studios. He created the Disney Comic Strip Artist’s Kit, a primer on perspective. In 1980, he moved into management at Disney and was named a Disney Legend earlier this year.
Comic artist Don Perlin has undergone several surgeries recently. Clifford Meth has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help Perlin cover costs. Perlin has worked on Werewolf by Night, The Defenders, and Ghost Rider for Marvel and has also worked for Valiant Comics.
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British artist Gerard Quinn (b.1927) died on November 30. Quinn’s work began appearing in New Worlds in 1951 and he became quite prolific over the next decade, contributing covers to magazines and books.
Artist Jon Arfstrom (b.1928) died on December 2. Arfstrom is believed to have been the last of the classic Weird Tales cover artists to be alive. He began contributing covers to fanzines in the 1940s and collaborated at the time with Jack Gaughan. His work appeared on the cover of Weird Tales beginning in 1951 until the magazine folded in 1954. He came out of retirement in the 1990s to do covers for Haffner Press, Fedogan & Bremer, and Tales of the Unanticipated.
Teddy Harvia has been named the winner of the 2015 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Harvia has previously been won the Hugo Award four times as well as the Rebel Award. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.
Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki (b.1922) died on November 30. Mizuki was best known for GeGeGe no Kitarō. Mizuki lost his left arm in World War II in Papua Ne Guinea and was the sole survivor of his unit. He published his first work, Rocketman, in 1957. Mizuki has won the Kodansha Jido Manga Award, the Kodansha Manga Award, and the Eisner Award, among others.
Two Tiptree Fellowships have been announced. The Fellowships, established earlier this year, are to recognize writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. They are given for work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative. The first two Fellows are Walidah Imarisha and Elizabeth LaPensée. Imarisha is an educator, editor, writer, organizer and spoken word artist. LaPensée expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, comics, and animation. The jury included Tiptree Motherboard members Alexis Lothian and Debbie Notkin, Tiptree Award winner Nisi Shawl, and inaugural Tiptree Fellow micha cárdenas.
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