British artist Patrick Woodroffe (b.1940) died on May 12. Woodroffe painted nearly 100 covers for Corgi between 1973 and 1976. He collaborated with David Greenslade of The Pentateuch, a joint book and recording project which was displayed at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton and went on to create numerous record covers.
Artist Dick Ayers (b.1924) died on May 4. Ayers started inking comics in the 1940s and in 1949 co-created Ghost Rider with Ray Krank. After the copyright expired, he re-created a less horror-inspired Ghost Rider for Marvel along side Roy Thomas and Gary Friedrich. He went on to ink several covers for Marvel and won the Alley Award for Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandoes. Ayers was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2007.
Editor Al Feldstein (b.1925) died on April 29. Feldstein is best known as the editor of MAD Magazine from 1956-1985. He got his start freelancing artwork for Fox Comics before being hired by EC Comics in 1948, where he began as an artist, started writing, and became and editor, publishing work by Otto Binder, Daniel Keyes, and Harlan Ellison. He was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2003 and received a Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
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 June 13, 2014 in a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- The Daylight War, by Peter V Brett
- Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
- A Memory of Light, by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan
- War Master’s Gate, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
- The Garden of Stones, by Mark T Barnes
- Headtaker, by David Guymer
- Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
- The Path of Anger, by Antoine Rouaud
- The Grim Company, by Luke Scull
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:
- Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
- Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik, by Guy Haley
- Gene Mollica & Michael Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood, by Brian McClellan
- Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits, by Daniel Polansky
Artist Dave Trampier (b.1954) died on March 24. Trampier came to prominence working for TSR Games in the 1980s, illustrating the original Dungeon Master Screen, working on Star Frontiers and Gamma World, and drawing the “Wormy” comic that appeared in Dragon magazine. He frequently signed his artwork with his initials, DAT. After leaving TSR in the late 1980s, Trampier turned his back on the gaming world, although he was recently in talks about the possibility of publishing a collection of “Wormy” comics.
The finalists for this year’s Spectrum Awards for art have been announced. The gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO the weekend of May 9-11.
- “Little Monsters,” by Anita Kunz
- “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year,” by Victo Ngai
- “Hiversaires”, Gabriel Verdon
- “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies,” by Kent Williams
- “Go Into the Gate,” by Shu Yan
- The End of the Road, by Nicolas Delort
- Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, by Scott Gustafson
- Fire: the Road Beside the Wall, by John Harris
- The Golden Apple Tree 1, by Petar Meseldzija
- Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao, by Kirsti Wakelin
- The Red Door, by Thomas Campi
- All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4, by He Jie Mona
- Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6, by Goni Montes
- Seasons, page 1, by Mark A. Nelson
- Aliens #1, cover by David Palumbo
- “Ackzero Interior,” by Jamie Jones
- “John Carter Punches a Thark,” by Vance Kovacs
- “Messenger Girl,” by Brian Matyas
- “Kite City 2,” by Theo Prins
- “Refugees,” by Theo Prins
- “Don’t Mind Me,” by Jessica Dalvo
- “Hot Diggety Dog,” by Colin & Kristine Poole
- “Goblin Spider,” by Forest Rogers
- “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892,” by The Shiflett Bros.
- “Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs,” by Shaun Tan
- “Rumor of Angels,” by Nicolas Delort
- “Fragile Planet,” by Bill Mayer
- “The Insects of Love,” by Tran Nguyen
- “Hair Tree,” by Yuko Shimizu
- “Recall,” by Luo Xin
- “The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit,” by Ed Binkley
- “Shared Eyewear,” by Bill Carman
- “Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin,” by Donato Giancola
- “Blacksea,” by Justin Sweet
- “Ascent of Man,” by Rebecca Yanovskaya
- “Lady of Light,” by Audrey Benjaminsen
- “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day,” by Yukari Masuike
- “Ode to the Moon,” by Jean-Baptiste Monge
- “The Long Walk Home,” by Omar Rayyan
- “Lilaia the Naiad,” by Annie Stegg
Bhob Stewart (b.1937) died on February 24. Stewart published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. Corcoran also wrote comics for several different publishers, developed the Wacky Pack line of trading cards, and co-authored Scream Queens.
Author and illustrator Mark E. Rogers (b.1952) died of an apparent heart attack on February 2 while hiking. Rogers was best known for the Samurai Cat books, which began with The Adventures of Samurai Cat. Other novels included The Dead, Zorachus, and the Zancharthus trilogy. His novella “The Runestone” was adapted into a film of the same title starring Peter Riegert and Samurai Cat was made into the video game The Bridge of Catzad-Dum. Rogers appeared on trading card 31 issued by the Chicago in 2000 Worldcon bid. Rogers is survived by his wife Kate, his children, Sophia, Jeanette, Patrick and Nicholas, his granddaughter Indigo Dahlia, and his sister, Lois.
ETA: apparent cause of death and survivors.
Animator Hal Sutherland (b.1929) died on January 16. Sutherland got his start working on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty before he co-founded Filmation in the early 1960s and worked as the new company’s Director of Animation. His animation at Filmation included work on Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and several DC titles.
Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced a photography contest, open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographers can enter their works in three different categories: Alien Earth, Future Cities Today, or a Junior category open to anyone under 16. The junior category has a £2 entry fee and the other categories have a £10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with winners who are not members of Loncon 3 receiving a day pass to the convention as well. Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.