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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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