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Conventions | The organizers of Salt Lake Comic Con next month hope to break the Guinness World Record for largest gathering of people dressed as comic book characters. The current record of 1,530 was set April 2011 at the opening of World Joyland theme park in China. Since then, several conventions have sought to seize that crown, but none has succeeded. It’s not as easy as it may sound, as to be counted for the record, the character must’ve first appeared in a comic book. And that’s just for starters. Salt Lake Comic Con has a rundown of the rules on its website. [KSL]
Creators | Imprisoned Iranian political cartoonist Atena Farghadani is grateful she received the Cartoonist Rights Network International Courage in Cartooning Award, her father said after a visit to her in Evin Prison, and she’s hoping an appeals court will reduce her sentence. Farghadani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for drawing a cartoon showing the members of the Iranian parliament with animal heads. [International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran]
Amid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of “liberal bias.” As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy’s slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)
However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies’ plan, as five categories that were identical to the group’s nominations slate –Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form — ended up being given “No Award.” According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com’s full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.
Fandom | Rob Salkowitz writes about the controversy over this year’s Hugo Awards nominations and the “Sad Puppies” slate, and how skirmishes such as this are further fueled by the media: “The net effect of this, as observed by commentator Ezra Klein, is the politicization of just about everything, dragging a lot of randomly hostile and belligerent people into conflicts that don’t really concern them, but in whose outcome they have been persuaded they have a stake. Media outlets profit, but fan culture, which at its best unites people from all demographics across the political spectrum in their enthusiasm for creative works and community, is the victim.” [ICv2]
The nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards have been announced amid controversy over a fan campaign organized in response to last year’s winners, which some felt overlooked certain creators and works. The result is several categories that look virtually identical to the slate put forward by campaign organizers (which is all within the awards rules). You can find commentary and analysis from io9.com, Andrew Wheeler and Torsten Adair.
As just one nominee was suggested by the “Sad Puppies” campaign for Best Graphic Story, the rest of the category is unlikely to cause much head-scratching:
• Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt (Marvel)
• Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch (Image Comics)
• Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate by Carter Reid (The Zombie Nation)
• Saga, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
• Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image Comics)
Also likely of interest to ROBOT 6 readers are the dramatic presentation categories:
Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo is among science fiction’s most prestigious awards.
Author Cory Doctorow accepted on the award on Munroe’s behalf, and donned a cape and goggles at the cartoonist’s request. According to io9.com, Munroe’s speech indicated he’d asked Doctorow to read it as one word per hour, reflecting the pace of the animated comic, which updated initially ever half-hour and then every hour over the course of 123 days. (The story has its own Wikipedia entry.)
The finalists were announced today for the 2014 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. The winners will be presented Aug. 17 in London during Loncon 3. The nominees for best graphic story are:
• Girl Genius, Vol. 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City, by Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio and Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
• “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who,” by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW Publishing)
• The Meathouse Man, adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
• Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
• “Time,” Randall Munroe (xkcd)
In addition, Staples and Daniel Dos Santos, whose work includes covers for Fables, Serenity: Leaves in the Wind and Tomb Raider, were nominated for best professional artist.
The first volume of Saga won the best graphic story category last year.
Saga, Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story, presented over the weekend at LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas. Paul Cornell served as the toastmaster.
Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the prestigious Hugo Awards recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy.
Published by Image Comics, the bestselling Saga follows two soldiers from opposite sides of an intergalactic war who fall in love and risk everything for their newborn daughter, and in the process become fugitives on the run from their own governments. The title was one of the big winners at this year’s Eisner Awards, earning nods for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series, and Best Writer.
Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6′s guide to the week ahead. Even as we try to catch our breaths from the flurry of announcements from WonderCon in Anaheim — not to mention the Hugo Awards nominations — we turn our attention to the East Coast and the MoCCA Arts Festival.
Meanwhile, our contributors rattle off their picks for the best comics going on sale Wednesday, from the end of Glory to the debut of Thanos Rising.
Nominees for the 2013 Hugo Awards have been released, with five comics competing in the “Best Graphic Story” category. In addition, Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them was nominated in the “Best Related Work” category, while The Avengers film was nominated in the “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” category.
Nominees for the “Best Graphic Story” category include:
• Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
• Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
• Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
• Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
• Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)
The awards will be presented at LoneStarCon 3, in San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, where Cornell will serve as the toastmaster. You can find the complete list of nominees on the Hugo Awards site.
Business | In a surprise announcement, Kevin Tsujihara was announced Monday to succeed Barry Meyer as CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, the parent company of DC Entertainment. The 48-year-old Tsujihara, who has been with Warner Bros. since 1994, was named in 2005 as president of the Home Entertainment Group, overseeing the company’s home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy and emerging technology operations. He was chosen as CEO over Bruce Rosenbaum, president of Warner Bros. Television, and Jeff Robinov, president of Warner Bros. Pictures (under which DC Entertainment is placed in the corporate structure). [The Hollywood Reporter]
Legal | Writer Scott Henry details the lengthy attempt to prosecute Dragon*Con co-founder Ed Kramer on charges of child molestation. The case began in 2000 and has yet to go to trial. [Atlanta Magazine]
Publishing | Bandai Entertainment will discontinue sales of manga, novels and anime, with the final shipment of manga going out at the end of October. The company, a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Entertainment, had stopped publishing new work in January and was focusing on sales of its existing properties. [Anime News Network]
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.
The Hugo Awards for excellence in science fiction were presented Saturday night in a ceremony in Reno, Nevada, during the sci-fi convention Renovation, and the winner in the Best Graphic Story category was Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse. This is the third year that comics have been included in the Hugo categories, and it is also the third year in a row that Girl Genius has won the award, volumes 8 and 9 having taken the honors in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
The Foglios weren’t the only sequential artists to win an award, however; Shaun Tan, creator of The Arrival and The Lost Thing, won the award for Best Artist. Tan’s mantelpiece must be getting crowded; earlier this year he won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for excellence in children’s literature, and the film version of The Lost Thing, which he directed, won an Oscar.
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 winner will be presented Aug. 20 in Reno, Nevada, during Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention.
The nominees for best graphic story are:
• Fables, Vol. 14: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Jim Fern, Craig Hamilton and David Lapham (Vertigo)
• Girl Genius, Vol. 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
• Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
• Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
• The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
This is the third year for the graphic story category. Girl Genius won the award the two previous years.
The full list of nominees can be found on the Renovation website.
The ninth volume of Girl Genius, the popular fantasy-adventure series by Kaja and Phil Foglio and Cheyenne Wright, has won the prestigious 2010 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. This marks the second win for the comic in the two-year-old category.
Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo is among science fiction’s most prestigious awards. This year’s winners were announced today in Melbourne, Australia, at AussieCon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention.
Described as a “gaslamp fantasy,” Girl Genius follows the adventures of Agatha Heterodyne, a student at Transylvania Polygnostic University who inherited the Spark, the element in the comic’s world that makes mad scientists what they are. The series debuted in print in January 2001, and made the move online in April 2005. There Girl Genius has flourished, with storylines appearing in webcomic form before being released in print collections.
The other nominees for Best Graphic Story were: Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?, by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert and Scott Williams (DC Comics); Captain Britain and MI13, Vol. 3: Vampire State, by Paul Cornell, Leonard Kirk, Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel); Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages, by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred, David Hahn, Lee Loughridge, Laura Allred and Todd Klein (Vertigo); and Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse, by Howard Tayler.