Spectrum Live Remains in KC

Despite an earlier announcement that Spectrum Fantastic Art Live would move to San Francisco in 2017, Arnie Fenner has now stated that the art and illustration would remain in Kansas City, taking place on April 21-23.
For more information…

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 winners will be announced September 24, 2016 in a ceremony at Fantasycon.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Dread Wyrm, by Miles Cameron
  • Son of the Black Sword, by Larry Correia
  • Gotrek & Felix: Slayer, by David Guymer
  • Ruin, by John Gwynne
  • The Liar’s Key, by Mark Lawrence

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Battlemage,, by Stephen Aryan
  • The Traitor Baru Cormorant, by Seth Dickinson
  • The Fire Sermon,, by Francesca Haig
  • Starborn, by Lucy Hounsom
  • The Vagrant, by Peter Newman
  • An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Kerem Beyit for the cover of The Dread Wyrm, by Miles Cameron
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence
  • Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for the cover of Son of the Black Sword, by Larry Correia
  • Raymond Swanland for the cover of Archaon: Lord of Chaos, by Rob Sanders
  • Paul Young for the cover of Ruin, by John Gwynne

For more information…

Simmons Designed Retro-Hugo Base

Brent Simmons has been announced as the designer for the Retro-Hugo Award base by MidAmeriCon II. The base will be revealed on August 17 at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies. Simmons is an architectural designer from Kansas City.
For more information…

Felix Designs Hugo Base

Sara Felix, the current president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), has been announced as the designer of this year’s Hugo Award bases, which will be revealed at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies on August 17 in Kansas City.
For more information…

Chesley Nominees

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, which will be presented at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, in Kansas City, MO the week of August 17-21.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover Book

  • Richard Anderson for The Dinosaur Lords, by Victor Milan
  • Lius Lasahido for Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Todd Lockwood for Voyage of the Basilisk, by Marie Brennan
  • Cynthia Sheppard for Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear
  • Sam Weber for Dune, by Frank Herbert

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Julie Dillon for The Very Best of Kate Elliott, by Kate Elliott
  • Tyler Jacobson for Beyond the Pool of Stars, by Howard Andrew Jones
  • Jeffery Alan Love for Wolfhound Century, by Peter Higgins
  • David Palumbo for Binti, by Nnedi Okorafer
  • John Picacio for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Maurizio Manzieri for Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 2015
  • Reiko Murakami for Lightspeed #63
  • Tran Nguyen for Uncanny #4
  • Greg Ruth for Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1
  • shichigoro-shingo for Clarkesworld #109

Best Interior Illustration

  • Galen Dara for “Tuesdays with Molakesh The Destroyer,” by Megan Grey
  • Marcel Mercado for Southlands RPG
  • Peter Mohrbacher for Angelarium: Book of Emanations, by Peter Mohrbacher & Eli Minaya
  • Tran Nguyen for “Transition Management Survey”
  • Sam Weber for Dune, by Frank Herbert

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Joseph Bellofatto for Star Ship, Oil
  • Donato Giancola for Beron and Luthien in the Court of Thingal and Melian, Oil
  • Wayne Haag for Desert Wreck, Oil
  • Jessica TC Lee for Enchanted, Digital
  • Elizabeth Leggett for After Hours, Digital
  • Mark Poole for Memories, Oil
  • Eric Velhagen for Felines, Oil

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Rovina Cai for Cold Wind
  • Jeremy Enecio for Progeny, Graphite on Moleskin
  • Travis Lewis for Symbiosis, Graphite
  • Mark Molchan for Return, Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson for Invoking the Dragon, Ink/Scratchboard
  • Chris Seaman for Family Portraithausen, Acrylic
  • Allen Williams for Bound, Graphite & Gold leaf accent

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity for Flight of the Merrow, Clay & Bronze
  • Thomas Kuebler for Adelpha and Her Sister, Mixed
  • Stelios Mousarris for Inception Coffee Table, Wood
  • Forest Rogers for The Morrigan, Mixed
  • Virginie Ropars for Okunoshima, Mixed
  • Vincent Villafranca for Dark Day for the Metal Heads, Bronze

Best Product Illustration

  • Linda Adair for Adolescence – Promo art for IlluXcon 2016
  • Mitchell Bentley for Mitchell Davidson Bentley 2015 Calendar
  • Rovina Cai for Black Hole – card for Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck
  • Jacob Murray for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game – 2nd edition box art
  • John Picacio for El Arbol – Loteria card
  • Magali Villeneuve for George R.R. Martin: Song of Ice and Fire – 2016 calendar

Best Gaming – Related Illustration

  • Clint Cearley for Mind Rot, Dragons of Tarkir Magic Card
  • Vincent Proce for Guardian Automaton, Magic Origins Magic Card
  • Anna Steinbauer for Blessed Spirits, Magic Origins Magic Card
  • Ryan Yee for Fruit of the First Tree, Fate Reforged Magic Card,
  • Min Yum for Sandblast, Fate Reforged Magic Card

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld magazine
  • Irene Gallo for Tor Books & Tor.com
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed magazine
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wolheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • David A. Hardy
  • Greg Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan

For more information…

Obituary: Darwyn Cooke

Comic book writer and artist Darwyn Cooke (b.1962) died on May 14. Cooke was best known for his work on Catwoman, DC: The New Frontier, The Spirit, and Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter. Following the publication of his first comic in 1985, he didn’t work in comics again until 2000, although he was involved as an story boarder on Batman: The Animated Series and Superman: The Animated Series. In 2006, he won an Eisner Award.

Spectrum Winners

The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO on May 7.

  • Gold Advertising: “The Blessing of Athena,” by Nico Delort
  • Silver Advertising: “24 Hour Movie Marathon,” by Joseph Qui
  • Gold Books: Tom, Thom, by Rovina Cai
  • Silver Book: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Karla Ortiz
  • Gold Comics: Tribes of Kai, page 41, by Daren Bader
  • Silver Comics: Drifter, by Nic Klein
  • Gold Concept Art: “King Louie’s Court,” by Vance Kovacs
  • Silver Concept Art: “Journey to West,” by Te Hu
  • Gold Dimensional: “The Morrigan,” by Forest Rogers
  • Silver Dimensional: “Adelpha and Her Sister,” by Thomas Kuebler
  • Gold Editorial: “Traveling To a Distant Day,” by Tran Nguyen
  • Silver Editorial: “Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen,” by Chris Seaman
  • Gold Institutional: “Exalted Angel,” by Tyler Jacobson
  • Silver Institutional: “Behind the Veil,” by Julie Bell
  • Gold Unpublished: “Bioluminescence,” by Rob Rey
  • Silver Unpublished: “Dust Devil,” by Wayne Haag
  • Rising Star Award: Victor Maury
  • Grand Master Award: Mike Mignola

For more information…

Obituary: Kim Kincaid

Artist Kim Kincaid (b.1953) died on April 27. Kincaid began showing her art as a student at Cerritos College in California and continued to exhibit and take classes throughout her life. She did work for Sony DVD, Rezolution Productions, the Echoes of Heaven RPG, and other fantasy works.

Obituary: Peggy Ranson

New Orleans fan Peggy Ranson (b.1948) died on March 19 after fighting cancer. Ranson was a 9 time Hugo nominee for Best Fan Artist, winning in 1993. She was the guest of honor at numerous conventions including DeepSouthCon 34. Ranson began her fannish career in 1988 working on the NolaCon II Program book.

Obituary: Paul Ryan

Illustrator Paul Ryan (b.1949) died on March 6. Ryan began working in comics in 1984 and got a job working for Marvel, working on The Thing, Squadron Supreme, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual. He also created D.P. 7. In 1996, he moved to DC and worked on several of their titles. In 1999, he also took on the daily comic “The Phantom,” which he inked until his death. Ryan has the distinction of working on the comics in which Spider-Man married Mary Jane and in which Superman married Lois Lane.