Muddy Colors Scholarship Available

Two scholarships to attend the Illustration Master Class at Muddy Colors is available to fantasy artists. Scholarships cover tuition, meal plan, and housing for the entire 7 day workshop. The workshop will take place in Amherst, MA from June 11-17.
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Obituary: Fred Crippen

Animator Fred Crippen (b.1928) died on March 22. Crippen formed Pantomime Studios in 1958 and went on to create the cartoon Roger Ramjet, which aired for 5 seasons. Crippen later worked on Men in Black: The Series, Yogi’s Space Race, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other cartoons. He also taught art at a variety of colleges in southern California.

Obituary: William O’Connor

Artist William O’Connor (b.1951) died on February 2. Connor worked on interior illustrations for TSR in the 1990s and produced artwork for other game publishers as well. He wrote instructional art books including Dracopedia and was nominated for a Chesley Award in 2002.

Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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Gomoll Wins Rotsler

Jeanne Gomoll has been named the winner of the 2017 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. 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.

Wonders and Visions Crowdsourcing

Adam Roberts and Graham Sleight are running a crowdsourcing event at Unbound to publish the book Wonders and Visions: A Visual History of Science Fiction. The book will look at the history of science fiction through 350 pieces of art and 50,000 words of text.

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Musecon Announces Closure

MuseCon, a Chicago area convention focusing on art, maker-space, and filk, has announced that MuseCon 7, held August 4-6, was the final convention. The Board of Directors is discussing ways to continue to support MuseCon’s mission of supporting creativity.
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Design a Creature: Dark Crystal

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is giving artists a chance to design an original creature for the world of The Dark Crystal, to be featured in the upcoming Netflix Original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Concepts, created by hand or digitally, shoudl include front and side views, along with 50-100 words about the creature, including name, backstory and characteristics. The winner will receive $500 and the concept will be turned into a creature for possible inclusion in the show. Submissions are due by November 22.
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Obituary: Kim Poor

Artist Kim Poor (b.1952) died on August 16. Poor’s space art appeared in Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, Omni, and other astronomy-focused magazines. He was commissioned to produce art for the National Air & Space Museum. In 1987, he led a delegation of space artists who displayed their work in Moscow to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sputnik, which led to a series of joint workshops between US and Soviet space artists. Poor served as the first president of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA), which he co-founded with Michael Carroll and Rick Sternbach. He ran Novaspace Galleries.

Picacio and Hayes to GOH at Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76, scheduled to be held in 2018 in San Jose, California, has announced the additions of artist John Picacio musician Frank Hayes to their list of Guests of Honor. Picacio and Hayes join previously announced guests Spider Robinson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Pierre & Sandy Pettinger. Worldcon 76 is also honoring tow “GOHsts of Honor,” Edgar Pangborn and Bob Wilkins. Worldcon 76 will take place in San Jose, California from August 16-20, 2018.
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