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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.

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Alejandra Alcal
Feb. 1st, 2017 01:41 am (UTC)
Fevre Dream
Hello Mr. Martin,
I recently read, enjoyed and was extremely disturbed by Fevre Dream, which I believe was part of your intent when writing deeply disturbing images that have stuck to my mind.

One thing I believe I need to know, in order to appropriately mourn the character, is whether that tiny Baby whose fate so shocked me was a baby girl or a baby boy, and any other backstory he or she may have.

It might be trivial but I have not been able to stop thinking about it...

Thank you for all your work.

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