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Nominees announced for 2012 Hugo Awards

Finalists have been announced for the 2011 Hugo Awards, which recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy. Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo is among science fiction’s most prestigious awards.

This year’s winners will be presented Sept. 2 in Chicago during Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention.

The nominees for best graphic story are:

Digger, by Ursula Vernon (Sofawolf Press)
Fables, Vol. 15: Rose Red, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Locke & Key, Vol. 4: Keys to the Kingdom, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing)
Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (The Tayler Corporation)
The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan, created by Mike Carey and Peter Gross, written by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

This is the fourth year for the graphic story category. Girl Genius, which won the first three years, was not included on the ballot at the request of creators Phil and Kaja Foglio.

Nominees of note in other categories include Dan dos Santos for best professional artist, xkcd creator Randall Munroe for best fan artist, and Captain America: The First Avenger and Hugo for best dramatic presentation-long form. See the full list of nominees on the Hugo Awards website.

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Simon DelMonte

April 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

Show of hands: how many of you out there have heard of Digger or Schlock Mercenary? I only know the latter because it keeps getting Hugo nominations.

I love the Hugos. The ballot is always wild and fun, and cool people like my friend Seanan McGuire and Paul Cornell and io9′s Charlie Jane Anders are nominated. And because Hugo can win a Hugo. But the “graphic story” category seems determined to ignore the vast array of comics that are out there. Not that The Unwritten and Locke and Key aren’t widely acclaimed. But Fables? Ten years ago, yes. Today? It’s not one of the five best comics Vertigo publishes, let alone one of the five best comics anywhere. And yet here is it, again. Doesn’t make sense to me.

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