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Hugo Thoughts: Best Professional Artist

Hugo nominations are now open. You will have until mid March to make your nominations... however, if you were not a member of MidAmericon II, you have only today and tomorrow left to sign up for either That Finnish Convention (this year's worldcon) and/or ConJose II (next year's worldcon) to earn the right to nominate. Act now, or forever hold your peace.

A few days ago I posted a few recommendations for the two Dramatic Presentation categories. Today I'd like to offer a couple of artists for your consideration, staggering talents who did some outstanding work in 2016, and are more than worthy of nomination.

The first of them is MICHAEL KOMARCK, who has been painting our Wild Cards covers ever since Tor revived the series. He's done a bunch of other things too... check out his website... and he is doing the artwork for a Wild Cards graphic novel that is just going to blow your mind, but it's his recent Wild Cards covers that make me want to get up and dance. Here's some of his recent work.

Komarck has been nominated for the Hugo once before, but has never won. Here's some of his older Wild Cards covers. Amazing work.

I had the honor to work with another wonderfully talented artist this year as well: the French artist DIDER GRAFFET, who illustrated the 2017 Ice & Fire calendar from Random House.

There's lots more art in the calendar just as good. Grab and copy and see for yourself.

Of course, SF and fantasy are blessed with all sorts of extraordinary artists, many of whom have been Hugo winners or nominees in years past. John Picacio, Julie Dillon, Donato Giancola, Stephan Martiniere, and many more are worthy of your consideration as well. But any list of recommendations that does not include Komarck and Graffet is woefully incomplete, imnsho.


Jan. 30th, 2017 10:27 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about the Hugo awards to be honest, but I cannot help but think of Alan Lee and John Howe (and Ted Nasmith). I think their work is absolutely amazing.
Jan. 31st, 2017 12:49 pm (UTC)
Hugo's are for current year work (for a given value of "current").

I'm kind of surprised that Alan Lee has never been nominated.
Jan. 31st, 2017 08:32 pm (UTC)
I may be wrong, but I think Alan Lee was nominated at least once, and maybe twice, when the worldcon was in the United Kingdom.

Your general point is right on, though: he is an AMAZING artist, and he should rightly have won a rocket or two by this point.
Jan. 31st, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
I must confess, I only checked Wikipedia, who show the 5 short-listed nominees. Alan didn't make that short-list, but he's there lower down on the lists in several years that I can see. As you say, a fantastic artist (and a stand-up guy).
Jan. 31st, 2017 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation, only heard about the Hugo's through this blog (and sometimes it's nicer to start a conversation than to simply use google :)

I really hope Alan Lee has been nominated, he is such a gift to fantasy literature (and film). Do hope to see his take on the ASoIaF universe at some point.
Jan. 31st, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
I would love that too.


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