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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Artist Richard Powers has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Powers was a major science fiction artist with work appearing on book covers throughout the 1950s and 1960s. The Society of Illustrators has been inducted artists into the Hall of Fame since 1958 and powers joins other SF artists Virgil Finlay, Will Eisner, and Kinuko Craft in the hall.
Graphic designer Michael C. Gross (b.1945) died on November 16. Gross is best known for his design of the logo for Ghostbusters. He also designed the National Lampoon cover which featured the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross also produced both Ghostbusters films as well as Heavy Metal. He received Emmy nominations for his work on SCTV Network, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, and The Real Ghostbusters.
Chicago area artist David Lee Pancake was in an accident on Saturday, November 14 as he was driving home from Windycon 42 for the evening. Pancake was injured and his car totaled. Pancake won Best in Show at the Windycon 42 art show earlier in the evening.
MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.
Author T. M. Wright (b.1947) died on October 31. Terry Wright began publishing fiction in 1978 with the novel Strange Seed, although in 1968 he published the non-fiction The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers. His short fiction appeared in Twilight Zone, Brutarian, and Cemetery Dance among other places. Wright occasionally used the pseudonym F. W. Armstrong and painted book and magazine covers.
Japanese artist Noriyoshi Ohrai (b.1935) died on October 27. Ohrai created the Japanese posters for the original Star Wars trilogy as well as poster art for Godzilla films and other movies. He was an artist for the Metal Gear video game series as well.
Comic book artist Murphy Anderson (b.1926) died on October 23. Anderson co-created the characters the Atomic Knight and Zatanna and helped create the look for Adam Strange. He worked on both Hawkman and the 1960s version of The Spectre. Prior to working for DC, Anderson drew the Buck Rogers comic for two years.
Fan artist D. West (b.1945) died on September 25 shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. West’s work appeared in numerous fanzines and he won the Nova Award for Best Fan Artist eleven times between 1984 and 2014 as well as the Nova for Best Fan Writer in 1987. In 2011, he declined the Rotsler Award. West was also twice nominated for the Hugo for Best Fan Writer and once for Best Fan Artist. He also won 4 FAAN Awards. In the 1970s, he created the Astral Leauge (sic) in Leeds. His work appeared in Chunga, Izzard, Banana Wings, and other ‘zines.