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Best Color Work – Unpublished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 & Tor.com
  • 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.

Obituary: Glen Orbik

Artist Glen Orbik (b.1963) died on May 11 following a battle with cancer. Orbik studied art at the California Art Institute and later with Fred Fixler. His artwork adorned video games, novels, and comics, including works by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Joe Lansdale, and Barbara Hambly.

Finlay Inducted Into Society of Illustrators

Virgil Finlay has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Finlay was one of the per-eminent illustrators in the science fiction field, his work appearing in Weird Tales, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder, Captain Future, Strange Stories, and other magazines. In 1953, Finlay won the first Hugo Award for Interior Illustrator and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012. Last year, in honor of the centennial of his birth, The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay was published by American Fantasy Press.

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Obituary: Herb Trimpe

Artist Herb Trimpe (b.1939) died on April 13. Trimpe worked on The Incredible Hulk in the 1960s and 70s and became the first person to draw Wolverine for publication. He drew for several other Marvel publications, including Captain America and The Defenders. In 2002, he won an Inkpot Award as well as a The Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award for work he did as a chaplain at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks.

Peri Charlifu in Hospital

Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.

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Norman Lee Missing

Comic artist Norman Lee disappeared while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands on March 5. Local authorities began to search for him although the search was quickly reclassified as a search and recovery mission rather than a rescue. According to an official announcement, “The currents in that area are strong and it is unlikely that we will make any recovery at this stage.” Lee, who was snorkeling with his wife, has drawn comics for DC and Marvel, including X-Men, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and Supergirl.