Obituary: John Packer

Australian fan artist John Packer died the weekend of January 7. Packer was a two-time Ditmar Award winner in 1983 and 1984. In 1983, he also won the Golden Caterpillar Award for services to “triffids” and for redefining the word “vermin.” His cartoon appeared in numerous Australian fanzines. In 1984, he stood for DUFF.

Obituary: James C. Christiansen

Artist James C. Christiansen (b.1942) died on January 8. Christiansen’s work has appeared on the covers of many magazines and books and he published the art book Voyage of the Basset. Christianson has won three Chesley Awards, for the cover the Leading Edge #41 and for two of his sculptures. His Court of the Fairies received a Silver Award for Book from the Spectrum Awards and he was a two-time World Fantasy Award nominee.

Obituary: Tyrus Wong

Animator Tyrus Wong (b.1910) died on December 30. Wong immigrated to the US when he was 9 and eventually got a job with Disney, where his artwork inspired the film Bambi and he served as Bambi’s principal animator. He was fired from Disney after the Animator’s Strike and worked on backgrounds for Warner Brothers and eventually served as Assistant Art Director for the 1956 film Around the World in Eighty Days. In 2001, he was named a Disney Legend.

Ditmar Wins Rotsler

Martin James Ditmar (“Dick”) Jenssen has been named the winner of the 2016 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.

Obituary: David Delamare

Artist David Delamare (b.1951) died on September 19. Delamare illustrated numerous children’s books and also created his own picture books and art books, including Cinderella and Mermaids & Magic Shows. His Animerotics: A Forbidden Cabaret in 26 Acts was more adult in nature.

Obituary: Sarah Powers

Sarah Powers (b.1955) died on August 4 after a seven year struggle with breast cancer. Powers was a special education teacher who helped promote the artwork of her father Richard Powers at conventions and exhibits.

Chesley Awards

The Chesley Awards, for artwork produced in 2015, were presented at Sasquan on the afternoon of August 18. The awards are presented by ASFA.

  • Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover Book: Todd Lockwood for Voyage of the Basilisk, by Marie Brennan
  • Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book: Tyler Jacobson for Beyond the Pool of Stars, by Howard Andrew Jones
  • Best Cover Illustration: Magazine: Tran Nguyen for Uncanny #4
  • Best Interior Illustration: Peter Mohrbacher for Angelarium: Book of Emanations, by Peter Mohrbacher & Eli Minaya
  • Best Color Work: Unpublished: Donato Giancola for Beron and Luthien in the Court of Thingal and Melian, Oil
  • Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished: Travis Lewis for Symbiosis, Graphite
  • Best Three-Dimensional Art: Forest Rogers for The Morrigan, Mixed
  • Best Product Illustration: John Picacio for El Arbol – Loteria card
  • Best Gaming – Related Illustration: Ryan Yee for Fruit of the First Tree, Fate Reforged Magic Card,
  • Best Art Director: Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld magazine
  • Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Kinuko Y. Craft

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Obituary: Gaspar Saladino

Letterer Gaspar Saladino (b.c.1926) died on August 3. Saladino tried to get a job with DC as an illustrator, but was hired by Julius Schwartz as a letterer instead. Beginning in 1966, Saladino did most of the cover lettering, logo design, and house advertising. he created the iconic title font for Swamp Thing.

Obtiuary: Richard Thompson

Cartoonist Richard Thompson (b.1957) died on July 27. Thompsons, who won the Reuben Award in 2010, was best known for his comic strip “Cul-de-Sac.” He also created a weekly comic for the Washington Post entitled “Richard’s Poor Almanac.” Thompson succumbed to Parkinson’s Disease, which he had been diagnosed with in 2009.

Obituary: Jack Davis

Artist Jack Davis (b.1924) died on July 27. Davis is best known for his work at MAD Magazine and for EC Comics, but also had a successful career creating movie posters, including the poster for the film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. His comic work including Tales from the Crypt, Incredible Science Fiction, and Vault of Horror.