Obiituary: Robert Kinoshita

Designer Robert Kinoshita (b.1914) died on December 9. Kinoshita began working in Hollywood in 1937, but his family was put into Japanese internment camps during World War II. In 1956, he returned to Hollywood when he was hired to design and build Robby the Robot for the film Forbidden Planet. He went on to design the robot used in the television series Lost in Space. Kinoshita has been inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame.

Sasquan Hugo Base Contest

Sasquan has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Sasquan is looking for designs which highlight either Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, and the winner will be selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. 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.

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Obituary: Roy Scarfo

Artist Roy Scarfo (b.1926) died on December 8 from pancreatic cancer. Scarfo worked as the creative art director for GE’s Space Technology Center and also was a space art consultant for NASA, Sun, the Department of Defense, and other organizations. His own art focused on interplanetary travel and space colonization. In 1978, 35 of his paintings were exhibited at the International Space Hall of Fame as “Beyond Tomorrow.”

Rotsler Goes to Mason

English fan Sue Mason has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Mason has previously been won the Hugo Award twice and has been active in Plokta, She has won the Nova seven times. Some of her work may be seen in the chapbook I Want to Be a Celtic Death Goddess When I Grow Up. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Claire Brialey, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.

Obituary: Stu Shiffman

Fan artist Stu Shiffman (b.1954) died on November 26. Shiffman won a Best Fan Artist Hugo in 1990. From 1999 until 2014, he served as a judge for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History. Shiffman suffered a stroke two years ago and had been recovering before a fall earlier this year. Earlier this year, he married long-time companion Andi Schechter.

Bhob Stewart Scholarship Fund

The New England School Of Art & Design has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in the name of Bhob Stewart. Stewart, who published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, taught at the school from 1970-1984.

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Dillons at Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators in New York will be hosting an exhibit of the worlds of Leo and Diane Dillon from October 21 through December 20. The Dillons worked as a team, winning the Hugo Award, two Caldecott Medals, two Coretta Scott King Awards, and the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. The Society is located at 128 East 63rd Street.

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Marvel Settles with Kirby

Marvel has settled a long-running rights battle with the heirs of Jack Kirby. Kirby worked with Stan Lee in the 1960s to develop many of the iconic characters of the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and others. Over the years Kirby’s heirs and Marvel have each sued each other over the creator credit and the Supreme Court was considering whether they should take up the case when the settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount and for undisclosed terms.

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Chesley Winners

The Chesley Awards, for artwork produced in 2013, were presented at Loncon 3 on the evening on August 15. The awards are presented by ASFA.

  • Best Cover (Hardback): A Natural History of Dragons, by Todd Lockwood
  • Best Cover (Paperback): The Scroll of Years, by Kerem Beyit
  • Best Cover (Magazine): Fables #136, by Dan Dos Santos
  • Best Interior Illustration: “Walking Your Octopus,” by Brian Kessinger
  • Best Color Unpublished: “Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin,” by Donato Giancola
  • Best Monochrome Unpublished: “The Descent of Persephone,” by Ruth Sanderson
  • Best Three Dimensional Art: “Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean,” by Devin Dorrity
  • Best Gaming Related Illustration: “The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield,” by Lucas Graciano
  • Best Product Illustration: “Jeannie’s Kitten,” by Julie Bell/Boris Vallejo
  • Best Art Director: Irene Gallo
  • Lifetime Achievement: Jim Burns

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Chesley Nominees

The nominees for the Chesley Awards, given out by ASFA for best speculative fiction art, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Loncon 3, the weekend of August 14-18 August 2014.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Jason Chan for Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure, by Ari Marmell
  • Kekai Kotaki for Quintessence, by David Walton
  • Maurizio Manzieri for Book of Ironfor , by Elizabeth Bear;
  • Todd Lockwood for A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan
  • Michael Whelan for A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Allen Williams for Light Reading, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Kerem Beyit for The Scroll of Years, by Chris Willrich
  • Jason Chan for Harbinger, by Phillippa Ballantine
  • Julie Dillon for Ancient Discovery
  • Justin Gerard for Power Under Pressure, by Andrew P. Mayer
  • Dehong He for Shield of Sea and Space, by Erin Hoffman

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Julie Dillon for “Elliptic,” Clarkesworld, December 2013
  • Dan Dos Santos for Fables #136
  • Maurizio Manzieri for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013
  • Cynthia Sheppard for Bull Spec, Spring 2013

Best Interior Illustration

  • Robert Hunt for “Fire Above, Fire Below,” by Garth Nix, Tor.com,
  • Brian Kesinger for “Walking Your Octopus,” July 2013
  • John Jude Palencar for “A Terror,” by Jeffrey Ford, Tor.com
  • John Picacio for “The Button Man and the Murder Tree,” by Cherie Priest, Tor.com
  • John Picacio For “The Good Life,” Popular Science Magazine, June 2013
  • Greg Ruth for “Dragonkin,” by Lavie Tidhar, Tor.com
  • Greg Ruth for “The Running of the Bulls,” by Harry Turtledove, Tor.com

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity for “Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean,” clay
  • Thomas Kuebler for “Krampus the Yule Lord,” mixed
  • David Meng for “Leatherback,” resin
  • Michael Parkes for “Goddess of the Hunt,” 1/2 life-size bronze
  • Forest Rogers for “Goblin Spider,” Kato polyclay
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Star Smith,” bronze

Best Unpublished: Color Work

  • Rhea Ewing for “Ancestor Series”
  • Donato Giancola for “Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin,” oil on linen
  • Stephanie Pui-Mun Law for “Ships Passing in the Night,” watercolor
  • Dave Leri for “Death Squealer,” oil on masonite
  • Annie Stegg for “Lilaia the Naiad,” oil on paper

Best Unpublished: Monochrome Work

  • Justin Gerard for “The Fox Princess,” pencil
  • Rebecca Guay for “Tender Morsels,” graphite
  • John Picacio for “La Luna”
  • Travis Lewis for “Bone Collector,” graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson for “The Descent of Persephone,” scratchboard

Best Product Illustration

  • Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo for “Jeannie’s Kitten,” IlluXCon 6 promotional art
  • Mitchell Bentley for 2014 Space Art Calendar
  • Julie Dillon for 2014 Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar
  • Justin Gerrard for “Morzag! Lord of Destruction” poster
  • Iain McCaig for “Call of the Muse,” Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster
  • John Picacio for “El Arpa” (Loteria Card Illustration)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano for “The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield” for The Battle of Five Armies Board Game
  • Tyler Jacobson for “Ruric: Thar the Unbowed” (2014 Core Set Magic card)
  • Todd Lockwood for “Observant Alseid” (“Theros” Magic card)
  • David Palumbo for “Serene Rememberance” (“Gatecrash” Magic card)
  • Steve Prescott for “Prognostic Sphinx” (“Theros” Magic card)
  • Chris Rahn for “Ashen Rider” (“Theros” Magic card)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders at Pyr
  • Irene Gallo at Tor & Tor.com
  • Lauren Panepinto at Orbit Books
  • William Schafer at Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette at Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Jim Burns
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Diane Dillon
  • Drew Struzan

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