Obituary: Lou Scarborough

Animator Lou Scarborough (b.1953) died on August 5. Scarborough worked on the animated Godzilla in the 1970s and went on to work as either animator or storyboard director on several other shows, including InHumanoids, BraveStarr, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Batman: The Animated Series.

Gemmell Nominations

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 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
  • The Gathering of the Lost, by Helen Lowe
  • The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
  • The Red Knight, by Miles Cameron
  • Malice, by John Gwynne
  • Irenicon, by Aidan Harte
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Didier Graffet & Dave Senior for the cover of The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Dominic Harman for the cover of Legion of Shadow, by Michael J. Ward
  • Clint Langley for the cover of Besieged, by Rowena Cory Daniells
  • Silas Manhood for the cover of The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
  • Colin Thomas for the cover of Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Stephen Youll for the cover of The Black Mausoleum, by Stephen Deas

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Obituary: J. C. Suares

Artist J. C. Suares (b. Jean-Claude Suares, 1942) died on July 30. Suares wrote and illustrated more than 100 books, most of them outside the genre. His in-genre work included covers for Galaxy. In 1977, he published the illustrated book Rocketship: An Incredible Voyage through Science Fiction and Science Fact. He followed it up with Alien Creatures and Fantastic Planets.

Eisner Award Winners

The Eisner Award winners were announced at the San Diego Comic Con on July 19.

  • Best Short Story: “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch,” by Michael Kupperman
  • Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): The Mire, by Becky Cloonan
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best New Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7): Babymouse for President, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 8–12): Adventure Time, by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13–17): A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson
  • Best Humor Publication: Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown
  • Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson
  • Best Reality-Based Work (tie): Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller, by Joseph Lambert and The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song, by Frank M. Young and David Lasky
  • Best Graphic Album—New: Building Stories, by Chris Ware
  • Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score, adapted by Darwyn Cooke
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: King City, by Brandon Graham
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Pogo, vol. 2: Bona Fide Balderdash, by Walt Kelly, edited by Carolyn Kelly and Kim Thompson
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: David Mazzucchelli’s Daredevil Born Again: Artist’s Edition, edited by Scott Dunbier
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Silent Hell, by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, by Naoki Urasawa
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Saga
  • Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Building Stories
  • Best Penciler/Inker (tie): David Aja, Hawkeye and Chris Samnee, Daredevil, Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Juanjo Guarnido, Blacksad
  • Best Cover Artist: David Aja, Hawkeye
  • Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Batwoman, Fatale, BPRD, Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy in Hell, Lobster Johnson, The Massive
  • Best Lettering: Chris Ware, Building Stories
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The Comics Reporter, edited by Tom Spurgeon
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe
  • Best Educational/Academic Work: Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass, by Susan E. Kirtley
  • Best Publication Design: Building Stories, designed by Chris Ware
  • Hall of Fame: Lee Falk, Al Jaffee, Mort Meskin, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, and Joe Sinnott
  • Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award: Russel Roehling
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Chris Sparks and Team Cul deSac
  • Bill Finger Excellence in Comic Book Writing Award: Steve Gerber, Don Rosa
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago, IL

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Chesley Nominations

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has announced this year’s nominees for the Chesley Awards. The awards will be presented at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Worldcon, in San Antonio, Texas the weekend of August 29-September 2.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Deshong He for Lance of Earth and Sky, by Erin Hoffman
  • Todd Lockwood for The Dusk Watchman, by Tom Lloyd
  • John Jude Palencar for The Palencar Project, edited by David G. Hartwell
  • John Picacio for The Creative Fire, by Brenda Cooper
  • Elena Vizerskaya for Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille, by James van Pelt

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • J. K. Drummond for Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson
  • Bob Eggleton for Gods of Opar, by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey
  • Donato Giancola for Range of Ghosts, by Elizabeth Bear
  • Todd Lockwood for The Wild Road, by Jennifer Roberson
  • John Picacio for Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
  • Sam Weber for Quantum Coin, by E. C. Myers

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Ken Barthelmey for Clarkesworld #74, November 2012
  • Julie Dillon for Clarkesworld #73, October 2012
  • Bob Eggleton for Famous Monsters of Filmland #262, July/August 2012
  • Martin Faragasso for Clarkesworld #71, August 2012
  • David Palumbo for Creepy #9, July 2012
  • Crag J. Spearling for Dragon #418, December 2012

Best Interior Illustration

  • Brom for Krampus, by Brom
  • Sam Burley for “Brother. Prince. Snake.,” by Cecil Castellucci
  • J. K. Drummond for Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson
  • Bob Eggleton for Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • William O’Connor for Dracopedia The Great Dragons: An Artist’s Field Guide and Drawing Journal , by William O’Connor

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Larry Elmore for “By the River,” oil
  • Travis Lewis for “Deep,” oil & mixed Media
  • Joāo Ruas for “Sides,” graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
  • Raoul Vitale for “Last of His Kind,” pencil
  • Allen Williams for “Faun,” graphite

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Julie Bell for “A Passion for the Future,” oil
  • Donato Giancola for “Joan of Arc,” oil
  • Lucas Graciano for “Guardianship,” oil
  • Michael C. Hayesfor “Procession,” oil
  • Mark Poole for “Waiting on a Memory,” oil
  • Soutchay Sougpradith for “Peacock Prophecy,” oil
  • Raoul Vitale for “Safe,” oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski for “Gus Gets a Jetpack,” mixed
  • Michael Defeo for “Octopu,” resin
  • David Meng for “Sashimi,” mixed
  • Michael Parkes for “Startled Sky Nymph,” half life-size bronze
  • James Shoop for “Ramataur,” bronze
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Spaceman on the Verge,” bronze
  • Cindy Wynn for “Alien Chair,” steel

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano for “Dragon Swarm”
  • D. Alexander Gregoryfor “Chandra the Firebrand”
  • David Palumbo for “Ereshkigal, Death Mistress”
  • James Ryman for “Princess of the Underworld”
  • Sverlin Velinov for “Thundermaw Kellkite”

Best Product Illustration

  • Jim Burns for The Wanderers, (IlluXCon 5 promotional art)
  • Dan dos Santos for The Dragon Empress, (Dragon*Con promotional poster)
  • John Harris for The Search, (Illuxcon 5 promotional art)
  • Iain McCaig for concept and character design for John Carter
  • John Picacio for La Sirena, (Lotera card)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders for Pyr Books
  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books
  • William Schafer for Subterranean Books
  • Jon Schindehette for WotC

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Gerald Brom
  • Larry Elmore
  • David Hardy
  • John Harris
  • Gary Lippincott

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Obituary: Leonard P. Leone, Sr.

Art director Leonard P. Leone, Sr. (b.1921) died on July 1. Leone served as art director for Bantam Books from 1955 through 1984. During his tenure there, he hired artist James Bama to create a new look for the classic character Doc Savage, which resulted in Savage’s now-iconic widow’s peak. Leone took an active role in his work with artists who included, in addition to Bama, Boris Vallejo, John Berkely, and Vincent DiFate.

Obituary: Dan Adkins

Artist Dan Adkins (b.1937) died during the first week of May. When serving in the Air Force in the 1950s, he started the fanzine Sata as a way of getting rid of surplus funds each month. He later turned the zine over to his co-editor, Bill Pearson, but continued to provide illustrations for Amra, Vega, and Xero. In 1964, he got a job as Wally Wood’s assistant and went on to work on Doctor Strange, Aquaman, Batman, and numerous other titles for a variety of publishers, including more than 130 covers for Marvel.

Inkwell Nominees

The Inkwell Awards have announced the nominees for this year’s awards to honor inkers in Comic books. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professional peers. The winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC June 7-9.

Favorite Inker: favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist from 2012 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Klaus Janson (Captain America, Amazing Spider-man)
  • Art Thibert (Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke)
  • Brian Thies (Winter Soldier)
  • Scott Williams (Justice League)

Most-adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in 2012 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Sal Buscema (G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Forgotten Realms)
  • Wayne Faucher (Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E, Green Arrow, Mr. Terrific)
  • Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Aquaman, JLA)
  • Scott Hanna (A vs. X, Avengers, Avengers Academy, Green Lantern Corp, Suicide Squad)
  • Scott Koblish (World’s Finest, OMAC, Deadpool)
  • Jay Leisten (Avenging Spider-man, Captain America, Uncanny X-men, Captain America & Iron Man, X-factor)
  • Tom Palmer (Hitgirl, Daredevil)

Props award: ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencilers from ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Eber Ferreira (Nightwing, Aquaman, Detective Comics, Superman, Stormwatch)
  • Cory Hamscher (Avengers Academy, Supreme)
  • Scott Hanna (A vs. X, Avengers)
  • Gary Martin (New Crusaders, Megaman)
  • Joe Rivera (Daredevil)
  • Brian Thies (Winter Soldier)

The S.P.A.M.I: for favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work).

  • Sal Buscema (G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Forgotten Realms)
  • Gary Erskine (G.I. Joe)
  • Stefano Gaudiano (X-O Manowar)

All-in-one award: for favorite artist known for inking his/ her own pencil work in ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • David Aja (Hawkeye)
  • Francis Manapul (Flash, 7 Warriors)
  • Moritat AKA Justin Norman (All-Star Western)
  • Chris Samnee (Daredevil)
  • Dave Sim (Glamourpuss)
  • James Stokoe (Godzilla)
  • Skottie Young (Road to Oz, Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz)

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Obituary: Quentin Hoover

Artist Quentin Hoover (b.1964) died on April 20. Hoover created numerous cards for Magic: The Gathering as well as other collectible games. In addition to his work in the gaming industry, he also was one of the co-creators of the comic Morgana X.

Obituary: Carmine Infantino

Comic artist Carmine Infantino (b.1925) died on April 4. Infantino helped create many of the Silver Age heroes for DC, including the Barry Allen Flash and Black Canary. He also worked on the classic “Flash of Two Worlds” storyline. He took on editorial tasks at DC as well. Later, he developed the Star Wars comic.