2016 Best Fan Artist

It’s (shortened) Art Week at Hugo Rec! So let’s start with the fans before moving onto the Pros.

The 2016 Best Fan Artist finalists are:

Unfortunately, only 3 have works in the packet, but I did some searching and turned up sites for all of them. However, all the work on those sites aren’t necessarily eligible. I haven’t taken the time to sort through and see what is from last year and is fan rather than professional work, but it’s at least a good starting point especially for the two who aren’t in the packet.

So, who is at the top of your list?

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s discuss the Hugo finalists!

Last Recommendations!

Well, we’re to the end of my little project for this year. I cannot thank all of you enough for sending in recommendations and offering to help – it’s been great! When I started this, I had no idea if anyone at all would even come to the site, let alone send in recommendations. For a first year effort, in many ways it went better than I had hoped, and in others (me keeping up on the schedule) it was much rougher.

I’m hoping to do this again next year, and with having a better idea of the rough spots and ideas on running things better, I’m pretty excited about it (I should be only working 1 full time job next year, so that will help). 🙂 I’m also taking a realistic look at my schedule the rest of Spring and early Summer to consider doing a Phase 2 and posting link rounds up of discussions about the nominees after they are announced. With some short lists, I think it might actually be easier to get a lot of discussion around particular focus categories and not just have 90% of the discussion be about Best Novel (although that’s still better than 99% of the discussion being arguments about the process and how terrible people are like it was last year with extremely little about the works themselves – please, please, let there be more discussion about the works themselves this time!!)

So if you think that would be useful, feel free to speak up. We will see how it goes. Either way, get your nominations in!!!

And now, the final recommendations that have come in both for the final categories as well as late arrivals for past focus weeks.

Thank you.

Best Fancast

Sequential Fiction – Sequential Fiction is a weekly comics and pop culture podcast that has a focus on comics, sci-fi and fantasy.Brian and Liam talk about what interests them in comics and pop culture, and interview guests from time to time.

Other – The Retro Hugos

The Retro Hugos – Not a specific recommendation, or a specific category – but the Retro Hugos for 1941 are also up for consideration this year, and I have considered them, probably not very well, and I’ve written down my thoughts.

Best Graphic Story

Avengers, Time Runs Out Vol 4 – Hickman took years to set up this endgame, and manages to have it live up to that setup. It’s a story about the end of the world that, rather than being depressing is about survival. It’s about not giving in, and clawing and scraping, and using all of your wit to find a way to keep going somehow, someway.

Best Fan Artist

D. West – A call for a final fond farewell to UK fannish landmark D. West (1945-2015).

Best Novelette

And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead – Every bit as cheerful as it sounds – a piece of bloody, visceral, intense cyberpunk by Brooke Bolander.

Best Novel

Cursed: Black Swan – A Fixer Novel – Cursed: Black Swan – A Fixer Novel is the debut novel from Ryan T. McFadden. Nathaniel is a fixer, if there is a job you need done, he is the one to do it. When he gets mixed up in the case of the Black Swan, he finds that everyone is out to get him. It’s a thrill ride in the vein of Raymond E Feist meets Eric Van Lustbader.

The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild – Catherynne M. Valente’s picaresque, fairy-tale quest across a psychedelic landscape of colours.

Merman’s Mark – This book was so rich in detail and story I was gripped from start to finish. Tara Omar creates and populates two intricate worlds with dynamic characters, cultures, and a plot that keeps the reader turning the page. The next book can’t come soon enough!

The Ticket Taker of Cenote Zací – Benjamin Parzybok’s story of a tourist attraction where the number of visitors… doesn’t quite add up.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

Da Vinci’s Demons “The Labrys” (Writer/Will Pascoe and Director/Alex Pillai) – Leonardo Da Vinci has been captured by the secretive Labyrinth cult who are attempting to brainwash to convert him to their cause. As a form of resistance, Da Vinci escapes to an alternate reality/parallel universe inside his mind where the choices he’s made in his life turn out to have their own dark consequences.

Best Fan Artist Recommendations

Quiet week, but we have a few recommendations, plus some great lists to review and judge on your own. Now, let’s get some recommendations flowing in for Best Novel! I KNOW everyone has several opinions on that one. Plus with nominations open now, recommendations are on plenty of our minds.

From Eric Wong:

Here are five I liked. The links point to work they did in 2015 and to their websites.
Antonio Caparo
Feliks Grzesiczek
Sam Burley
Tyler Edlin
Xiao Ran

From Leah:

I would ask that Richard Man be considered for Best Fan Artist.

Richard is a photographer who has been documenting fandom as a labor of love. I believe many of the portraits in his “Worldbuilders of Science Fiction and Fantasy” were taken in 2015, as were many of the photos in “Transformations: Cosplay”.

From me:

My family can’t get enough of Karen Hallion’s work. Her mash-ups are the epitome of online fandom art, and are often emotionally moving in simple pictures.

As for some lists to check:

RocketStackRank has an excellent directory of artists based upon their fan and semiprozine collections and rankings. Check it out. Now. We will wait for you to come back.

The Hugo Eligible Art(ists) Tumblr has had a focus on Fan Artists this year. Another awesome resource you should go check.

I haven’t had a chance to read through the Sad Puppy 4 thread for this category, but there’s 21 comments, so unless there’s 1 artists listed and 20 people responding, I’m guessing there’s plenty to consider there as well. 🙂

So go enjoy some art!!!

And then recommend some novels! I’m eager to hear both people’s opinions of the novels that had a lot of award buzz leading up to their release as well as lesser hyped novels that I might not have heard about before. So post and submit links to those recommendations!


Submit Best Fan Artist Recommendations

Alrighty, 2016 is off to a very rocky start with my family (it’s not a good week that starts with your teenage daughter attending the funeral of one of her friends), but to be grandiose for a moment, there are still amazing things out there that make being a human being experiencing the universe at this point in history a grand and wonderful thing, and art is very high among them.

So let’s get some Best Fan Artist recommendations in, and share the amazing work that has been created this past year. I’m eager to be entertained, distracted, awed, touched, and inspired and I hope the rest of you are as well.

So post recommendations on your blogs or Facebook, or if you don’t have a place, SP4 has their open threads, and then please submit links to the recommendations with our form. I will also leave this post open for recommendation comments.

I know some artists aren’t always clear on what year their work is from, or sometimes whether it is professional or fan work, but just use your best guess and when in doubt, recommend anyway! Just note you aren’t sure about eligibility and maybe someone else more familiar (or the artists themselves) can clarify.

Lastly, it looks like nominations are opening any day now, and we are still well behind schedule. So I may group a few items up (like novella and novelette perhaps since both are rarer and sometime people are unsure of which category a work belongs), but we will see. I don’t want to shortchange any category, but this first year is working out the kinks and seeing what works and what doesn’t. I can rethink things for next year.

However, next week I will be on point with posting for one of the biggies – Best Novel. So get ready to start recommending those!

Thank you and take care.