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Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced this year's nominations for the Chesley Awards.

I was very pleased to see that Magali Villenueve was nominated for her extraordinary and beautiful work on this year's Ice & Fire calendar.





My congratulations to Magali. She faces some formidable competition, but we'll be rooting for her. She's a very talented young artist, and I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of her work in the years and decades to come.

Also, I see that Richard Anderson is up for best hardcover cover for his cover for my friend Vic Milan's novel DINOSAUR LORDS. Well deserved. It's a stunning cover.

FILE 770 has the whole list here:

http://file770.com/?p=29364

((I do wish that the Hugo Awards would get rid of the 'Best Professional Artist' category, and go with a Best Cover award instead, like the Chesleys. Reward the work, not the person)).

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jain
Jun. 12th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Best Professional Artwork/Day 5 Business Meeting
There is no point in structuring the category to include interior art if no interior art is ever going to win or be considered.

They didn't win, but Phil Foglio and Fiona Staples were both finalists in recent years. And Shaun Tan (twice a winner, twice a runner-up) is, I think, more popular for his picture books than for his covers; I really wouldn't conclude that his nominations were on the strength of the latter rather than the former.

Even discounting the past two years for obvious reasons, I see the Hugos as having become friendlier to non-cover art within the past decade. I also think that--in the absence of interference by bad actors--this would be an upward trend, partly due to the internet, and partly due to Hugo voters' growing interest in comics.
grrm
Jun. 12th, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Best Professional Artwork/Day 5 Business Meeting
Phil Foglio and Fiona Staples were finalists in Graphic Novel, not Professional Artist, unless I am misremembering.
jain
Jun. 13th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Best Professional Artwork/Day 5 Business Meeting
It's true that Girl Genius and Saga have both been Best Graphic Story finalists and/or winners multiple years, but Phil Foglio was also a Best Professional Artist finalist in 2008 and Fiona Staples was one in 2014.

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