Obituary: D. West

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.

Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Moves Towns, Dates

After originating in Kansas City, MO, Spectrum Fantastic Art Live has announced that they will move to San Francisco, CA for their 2016 show. Furthermore, rather than hold the show in May, the event will now be held in October. At its new location, SFAL will partner with the Academy of Art University.
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Rosny-Aîné Award Winners

The winners of the Rosny-Aîné Award were announced at Nemo 2014, the French National Science Fiction Convention, in Amiens, the weekend of August 21.

  • Novel: Bastard, by Yal Ayerdhal
  • Short Story: “L’Opéra de Shaya, by Sylvie Lainé
  • Prix Cyrano:Philippe Caza (pseudonym of Philippe Cazaumayou) for his work as an artist

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Chesley Award Winners

The Chesley Awards, for artwork produced in 2014, were presented at Sasquan on the afternoon of August 20. The awards are presented by ASFA.

  • Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
: Julie Dillon for Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, edited by Brandon Sanderson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
: Raoul Vitale for Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, edited by Kij Johnson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Magazine: Julie Dillon for Analog, April 2014
  • Best Interior Illustration: 
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso for “Ekaterina and the Firebird,” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe;, January 2014
  • Best Color Work – Unpublished
: Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished: 
Allen Williams for “Sphynx” graphite
  • Best Three-Dimensional Art
: Dan Chudzinski for The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • Best Gaming Related Illustration: Peter Mohrbacher for Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
  • Best Product Illustration: 
Donato Giancola for George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar, Bantam, 2014
  • Best Art Director
: Irene Gallo, Tor &
  • Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
: John Harris

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Obituary: Alan Kupperberg

Artist Alan Kupperberg (b.1953) died on July 16. Kupperberg worked as an artist on many Marvel comics in the 1970s and 80s, including The Invaders, Thor, Defenders, and Spider-Man.

Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, which will be presented at Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, in Spokane, WA the week of August 19-23.

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover

  • Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, edited by Brandon Sanderson
  • Jon Foster, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Todd Lockwood, The Tropic of Serpents, by Marie Brennan
  • John Picacio, Endymion, by Dan Simmons
  • Michael Whelan, Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback

  • John Harris, Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • Jon Sullivan, The Return of the Discounted Man, by Mark Hodder
  • Raymond Swanland, The Lady, by K.V. Johansen
  • Danielle Tunstall, Unseaming, by Mike Allen
  • Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, edited by Kij Johnson

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon Analog April 2014
  • Matt Dixon, Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
  • Wayne Haag, Interzone #253 July/August 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Analog March 2014
  • Jae Lee, Batman/Superman #14
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Lightspeed #48
  • Dan Dos Santos, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird,” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe
  • Galen Dara, “A City of Its Tentacles,” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
  • Julie Dillon, Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August
  • Scott Gustafson, Classic Bedtime Stories
  • Karla Ortiz, “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour
  • John Picacio, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza

Best Gaming Related Illustration

  • Noah Bradley, Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC
  • Eric Deschamps, Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC
  • Michael Komarck, D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WOTC
  • Karla Ortiz, Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WOTC
  • Chris Rahn, Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WOTC

Best Product Illustration

  • Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
  • Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
  • John Picacio, La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
  • Raymond Swanland, One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Linda Adair, Dragonsbride oil
  • Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Reiko Murakami, Giving Name Photoshop
  • Mark Poole, Omens oils
  • Dorian Vallejo, Crossing oil on canvas
  • Annie Stegg Gerard, The Lady of Lorien oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Kristina Carroll, “Dragonslayer” charcoal
  • Sean Murray, “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
  • John Picacio, El Venado, graphite
  • Olivier Villoingt, “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
  • Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya, “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • David Meng, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
  • Michael Parkes, Meditation, bronze
  • Forest Rogers, A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
  • Virginie Ropars, Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, Pyr
  • Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
  • Irene Gallo, Tor &
  • Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Kinuko Craft
  • John Harris
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig

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Obituary: Paul Bacon

Paul Bacon (b.1923) died on June 8. Bacon was a book jacket designer perhaps best known for the cover of Joeph Heller’s Catch-22 and Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Some of his genre works included the covers for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Ellen Datlow’s Alien Sex, and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.

Gemmell Ballots Available

The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced August 8, 2015 in a ceremony at Nine Worlds Geekfest.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel:

  • Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Valour, by John Gwynne
  • Prince of Fools, by Mark Lawrence
  • Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer:

  • Traitor’s Blade, by Sebastien de Castell
  • The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
  • The Godless, by Ben Peek
  • The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley
  • Age of Iron, by Angus Watson

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Laura Brett for The Slow Regard of Silent Things
  • Mike Bryan for Half a King
  • Jason Chan for Prince of Fools
  • Sam Green for Words of Radiance
  • Jackie Morris for The Fool’s Assassin

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Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards were presented at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 23. The winners are listed below.

  • Rising Star Award: Wylie Beckert
  • Grand Master Award: Scott Gustafson
  • Advertisting Gold Award: Taylor Wessling for “Barbarians: Faust”
  • Book Gold Award: Dan dos Santos for Taking Flight
  • Comics Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen for Bernadette, page 1
  • Concept Art Gold Award: Sung Choi for “The Parade”
  • Dimension Gold Award: Forest Rogers for “Venetian Harpy”
  • Editorial Gold Award: Tran Nguyen for “A Distressed Damsel”
  • Institutional Gold Award: Rovina Cai for “Fake It”
  • Unpublished Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard for “Momentum”

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Obituary: James Powell

Artist James R. Powell (b.1972) died in a car accident on May 13. Powell painted the cover for the anthology Denizens of Darkness, several Joe Lansdale novels, as well as works by Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Brian Hodge. He created the badge art for the 2015 World Horror Con, which was held the weekend before his death.