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Hugo Recommendations - BEST PRO ARTIST

So... as I was saying back before the Golden Globes, our trip to LA, various other awards, and all the exciting football stuff distracted me... nominations for this year's Hugo Awards are now open. The Hugos are the field's oldest award, and to my mind the most important... not that the others aren't swell, but the Hugos are chosen by you, the fans and readers.

To nominate, you do need to be a member of this year's worldcon (Chicon 7), last year's (Renovation) or next year's (LoneStarCon). Any of the three will do. You can find the ballot here: https://chicon.org/hugo/nominate.php

Lots of categories on the Hugo ballot (too many, maybe, and more being added all the time, which I think is a bad idea that cheapens the awards, but that's a discussion for another time and place). I have work eligible in three or four of 'em, and I will mention my own stuff here where appropriate, since it now seems to have become de rigeur to plug your own writing on the internet. But I also have some great work by other folks that I would like to draw to your attention, for your consideration when filling out your ballot.

Let me start with the category BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST. I can't draw a stick figure myself, but I have had the pleasure of working with some sensational talents this past year, and there are three of them who are more than worthy of your nomination.

To start, there's JOHN PICACIO, who really needs no introduction to regular Hugo nominator. John has become one of the regulars who appears on the ballot every year, though he has yet to actually WIN a Hugo. Now, it's a honor to be nominated and all, but being the annual bridesmaid does get wearisome. Maybe this should be the year when Picacio actually takes home the rocket. Along with his usual assortment of awesome book covers, this year John devoted much of his talent to the 2012 Ice & Fire calendar, and I think it contains some of his best work to date. Go ye and buy one and see for yourself.

You can see a lot more of John Picacio's artwork on his website at http://www.johnpicacio.com/index2.html

And as long as we are talking calendars, let me also suggest that it is long past time that TED NASMITH received a nomination. Nasmith has long been one of the "big three" of Tolkien artists, right up there with Alan Lee and John Howe, but he's done a lot of other magnificent work as well, including the thirteen gorgeous fantasy landscapes he painted for the 2011 Ice & Fire calendar from Random House.

((EDITED TO ADD)) Yes, the castles below are mislabeled, but it's the only jpeg I have that shows all of the paintings, so I'll keep it up here.

I love Nasmith's work, and I'm thrilled to be working with him again on the Subterranean Press limited edition of A GAME OF THRONES. He's just started that one, but from what I have seen so far, it is going to be a feast for the eyes. To the best of my knowledge, this insanely gifted Canadian artist has never appeared on a Hugo ballot, and it is way past time we changed that.

You can see more of Ted's work on his website at http://www.tednasmith.com/

Last, but most assuredly not least, let me once again make my annual impassioned plea on behalf of MICHAEL KOMARCK. I've worked with Komarck on a number of projects, and his work has always been nothing short of stunning. He painted the very FIRST Ice & Fire calendar, the ill-fated but beautiful (and now, I am told, rare and valuable) 2009 calendar from the Dabel Brothers. He has done great Ice & Fire paintings for Fantasy Flight Games, for Green Ronin, and will be doing some great variant covers for the GAME OF THRONES comic from Dynamite and Random House.

Komarck has also been the cover artist for all of Wild Cards books, both new and old, from Tor, and his work there has been eye-popping as well.

Check out Komarck's website at http://www.komarckart.com/

Like Nasmith, Komarck has never been nominated for a Hugo... though last year he came within shouting distance. This year, let us put him on the ballot. The guy has earned it.

There are lots and lots of great SF and fantasy artists out there, I know. Including the "usual suspects," the small group of illustrators who seem to appear on the Hugo ballot year after year after year. I have no problem with any of them... but when it comes time to make nominations, I do sometimes fear that some voters never look beyond last year's ballot.

Let's not do that this year. I recommended Best Pro Artist nominations for John Picacio, Ted Nasmith, and Michael Komarck.


Jan. 24th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Obviously i'm a fan of John's work, everything in that calendar was beyond amazing. He's a very talented man.
Jan. 24th, 2012 11:09 pm (UTC)
And if you're going to be in Seattle over Easter weekend (April 5-8), you can see John Picacio's work up close and personal. He's this year's Artist Guest of Honor at Norwescon 35.
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
Are the castles supposed to be mislabeled?
Jan. 25th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Um
I was so confused at first too! I think I figured most of them out, but... yeah...
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:13 am (UTC)
Re: Um
yeah this. The castles seem to be mislabeled. :/
Jan. 25th, 2012 06:31 am (UTC)
Re: Um
I was wondering the same thing? I've managed to match all the labels to their correct illustrations except for #7 (lower left)... can't figure out what it's supposed to be. Of course I'll slap my forehead when someone tells me.
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Um
It is Herrenhal.

Edited at 2012-01-25 12:05 pm (UTC)
Jan. 25th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Um
7 is Harrenhal
Jan. 25th, 2012 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Um
#7 is Harrenhall
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
Done, done, and done.
Jan. 25th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Jetboy instead of Dr. Tachyon for the first Wild Card book cover? Interesting...
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:49 am (UTC)
Done. :)
Love the Sandor/Sansa art and the castles! ♥
Jan. 25th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
Titles and pictures on the calendar incorrect =(
Jan. 25th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
A preview to the calendar is a kind of game "Match picture to word" :)

Wonderfull painting

Jan. 25th, 2012 07:05 am (UTC)
WOW!! Both Priestess and Hound are gorgeous!
Jan. 25th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
I don't think the Hound is very gorgeous at all! haha

Look out Sansa, it looks like Sandor has ill intentions!
Jan. 25th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
But he is! :) Oneof my fav characters. Neither white and fluffy idealist, nor complete bastard like his brother or Joff.
Jan. 25th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
OK, he might be gorgeous on the inside but he's not too pretty on the outside! Just look at the picture!

I like that picture because I've always felt like Sansa and Sandor were destined to be together. That just seems right to me and I hope George writes it that way! (Wink Wink Nudge Nudge, George!) I'm hoping George is taking requests from readers here! lol
Jan. 25th, 2012 12:26 pm (UTC)
Technical note: If you are not a member of any of the three Worldcons George mentioned, you must join either Chicon 7 or LoneStarCon by January 31, 2012 to be eligible to nominate for the Hugos (and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer) this year.

And you must be a member of Chicon 7 to vote for the awards.
Jan. 25th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I gotta say, my favorite piece of art from the calendars is turning out to be this month's piece of Bran, I'm not going to want to flip to February next week. I need to register for Chicon so I can vote...

Any idea how valuable that 2009 calendar is? I've been looking on the web but haven't really been finding anything. (not that I'm looking to sell mine, just curious)
Jan. 25th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
I've heard reports of copies of the 2009 calendar going for a hundred bucks on ebay, but I can't swear to the truth of that. Never checked it out personally.
Jan. 25th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC)
These wild cards mosaic novels seems really great. And the pictures are enchantingly charming.

It is a pity that my English is not so good because (without counting already published books from the worlds most famous fantasy series ASOIAF) we have only “Sandkings” and “Hunter`s run” translated into my native language. And I read them both in less than a day time each. Then I am rereading these from time to time. However I am seriously trying to improve my language skills and I do hope that I will be able to read my favorite fantasy author (and why not TWOW) in original soon. I promise to myself I will…

Jan. 26th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
John Picacio's work on the 2012 calendar is fantastic, but I'd love to see Michael Komarck get up there, maybe there could be a tie and they could both win, because they both deserve it.
Jan. 26th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
A Bounty of Talent
George, you are certainly blessed to be able to have your work illustrated by so many talented artists! Individually, I've admired all of these works, but until seeing them all together, i'm overwhelmed by the sheer weight of the collection. ALL of them are top notch! Congrats, George!
Jan. 26th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
Comments on Today's NAB
Ser Martin:
Just a comment on today's blog. First no worries on the "plug" for your own work. The people have been heard - DWD is a tremendous success so you aren't telling us something we don't already know!!
Now onward to the HUGO.
Jan. 30th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC)
Just picked up the 2012 calendar...amazing!
as soon as I sign up for Chicon, I'll vote.


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