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Six comics have been nominated as Best Graphic Story in the 2009 Hugo Awards, which honor work in science fiction and fantasy.
This is the first year the World Science Fiction Society has included a category specifically for comics. In 1988, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen received a Hugo in the Other Forms division.
The nominees for Best Graphic Story are:
• The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, written by Jim Butcher and illustrated by Ardian Syaf (Del Rey/Dabel Brothers Publishing)
• Girl Genius, Vol. 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, illustrated by Phil Foglio, and colored by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
• Fables, Vol. 11: War and Pieces, written by Bill Willingham, illustrated by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha and Andrew Pepoy, colored by Lee Loughridge, and lettered by Todd Klein (DC Comics/Vertigo)
• Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic, Written and illustrated by Howard Tayler (The Tayler Corporation)
• Serenity: Better Days, written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, illustrated by Will Conrad, colored by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen (Dark Horse Comics)
• Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores, written by Brian K. Vaughan, and illustrated by Pia Guerra and Jose Marzan Jr. (DC Comics/Vertigo)
The 2009 Hugo Awards will be presented Aug. 9 in Montreal at Anticipation, the 67th annual World Science Fiction Convention. Neil Gaiman is the convention’s guest of honor.