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.
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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.
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Comics artist Janice Valleau Winkleman (b.1923) died on December 15. Winkleman was one of the first female artists to work in the comics field, working on Archie Comics as well as detective Toni Gayle. She began working in comics in the late 1930s and her last work appeared in Nyoka the Jungle Girl in 1955. Winkleman was also credited as Ginger Valleau, Janice Valleau, and Janice Winkleman.
Scottish fan Jim Barker has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Barker has previously been nominated for the Hugo Award and won the Checkpoint newszine poll for Best Fanartist. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300.
The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held the Metropole Hotel in Brighton in conjunction with the World Fantasy Con on October 31.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for the cover of Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
2013 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Malice, by John Gwynne
2013 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
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Comic artist Nick Cardy (b. 1920) died on November 3. Cardy was best known for working on Aquaman and Teen Titans for DC. He began working for Eisner and Iger in 1938, when he was 18 and, after serving in World War II, he joined DC in 1950. In the mid-1970s, Cardy left the comics field for commercial art and film posters. Cardy was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.
Fan artist delphyne woods (a.k.a Joan Hanke-Woods, b.1945) died in early September. Woods won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist in 1986 and was a Guest of Honor at Windycon in 1984. Her artwork not only graced fanzines and appeared in convention art shows, but also appeared in Galaxy, Fantastic Films, and The Comics Journal. In recent years, she had become more active in creating art for fanzines again and was slowly scanning some of her older art into electronic formats.
The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has announced this year’s winners for the Chesley Awards. The awards were presented at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Worldcon, in San Antonio, Texas on August 30.
- Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book: John Picacio for The Creative Fire, by Brenda Cooper
- Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book: Todd Lockwood for The Wild Road, by Jennifer Roberson
- Best Cover Illustration: Magazine: Ken Barthelmey for Clarkesworld #74, November 2012
- Best Interior Illustration: Sam Burley for “Brother. Prince. Snake.,” by Cecil Castellucci
- Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished: Raoul Vitale for “Last of His Kind,” pencil
- Best Color Work: Unpublished: Julie Bell for “A Passion for the Future,” oil
- Best Three-Dimensional Art: James Shoop for “Ramataur,” bronze
- Best Gaming-Related Illustration: David Palumbo for “Ereshkigal, Death Mistress”
- Best Product Illustration: John Picacio for La Sirena, (Lotera card)
- Best Art Director: Irene Gallo for Tor
- Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement: Gerald Brom
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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.