2016 Best Graphic Story

And following up on Art Week is Graphic Story week. Although, please feel free to look back at any past week and add your thoughts. Still almost 2 months left to review these works.

Our finalists are:

  • The Divine written by Boaz Lavie, art by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka (First Second, 161 page PDF in the packet)
  • Erin Dies Alone written by Grey Carter, art by Cory Rydell (dyingalone.net – webcomic with 75 pages in 2015)
  • Full Frontal Nerdity by Aaron Williams (ffn.nodwick.com – webcomic with 80 strips in 2015)
  • Invisible Republic Vol 1 written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, art by Gabriel Hardman (Image Comics, 149 page PDF in the packet)
  • The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo, 85 page PDF 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!

1941 Best Professional Artist

Now onto the Retro artists

I couldn’t find them on Deviant Art (ha! I crack myself up), but I did find a nice Pulp Artists site that has works for each of them. It doesn’t have many for the specific year in question, but it at least provides some clear examples of their style and talent until we hopefully get some examples in the Retro 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!

Update: Hat tips to Bartimaeus, for the link to Amazing Stories’ cover gallery and Steve J Wright for the link to many of Frank R. Paul’s works.

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!

2016 Best Editor (Long Form)

Well, my posts didn’t go up – sorry. I will roll them out the next couple days.

But here are the long form editors for 2016! This is always a tricky one since it’s not always clear who edited what. I was hoping the packet would be available now, but even if we don’t know their specific works yet, all of them are well known.

But a couple potential misconceptions to clear up first,many see “editor” and simply think of someone editing the text. In which case, it’s kinda impossible to know who did the best job unless we try counting typos or compare against first drafts. But that isn’t really the most important part of these editor’s jobs (and in many or all cases, it might not even be part of their job at all – those are proofers/copyeditors/etc.) The concept, at least for me, is clearer in the newspaper world – these people are the J. Jonah Jamesons, the Perry Whites. They aren’t necessarily going through a stack of papers with a red pen (especially since it’s electronic, but you get the point), they are deciding what stories should or shouldn’t be published. They are taking the fledgling ideas for stories from writers and saying “What about coming at it form this angle?” or “Isn’t this really person X’s story and not person Y’s?” or “Nice background, but the real story starts in chapter 5, delete the rest.”

So judging best Editor Long Form even without a listing in the voter packet, is to look at their publishers and see if they were putting out interesting stories last year. Were they enjoyable? Original? Whatever-works-for-you-able? That’s at least a good starting point for consideration, but if anyone has some solid lists of which works they were specifically responsible for last year, that’d be awesome. I know George R.R. Martin had a series of posts a while back listing editors and their works. Haven’t dug back into those yet.

  • Vox Day (Castalia House)
  • Sheila E. Gilbert (DAW)
  • Liz Gorinsky (Tor)
  • Jim Minz (Baen)
  • Toni Weisskopf (Baen)

So, who is at the top of your list?

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

1941 Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

And now, our first category of Retros!! I haven’t paid much attention to past Retro Hugos, but I’m hoping to change that this year. It is an interesting look into the past of the genre, as well as interesting to view these with the hindsight of knowing their impact. Do you consider them as a voter in 1941 might have, looking only at the work? (If that’s even possible.) Or do you take into account the cultural impact the work may or may not have had? Or do you take this opportunity to lift up a neglected work that deserves to be better remembered than it was?

 

When looking for these, make sure to watch out for other versions from different years. Look for the 1940 version.

1941 Finalist Netflix Hulu iTunes Amazon YouTube
Dr. Cyclops No no no DVD/VHS Yes
Fantasia Yes no no DVD/Blu-Ray no
Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe no no no Rent, Free with CONtv? (free trial), DVD Yes
One Million B.C.  no no no used VHS Yes
The Thief of Bagdad no Yes no DVD/Blu-Ray no

Any thoughts on which are worthy for the Hugo Award?

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

2016 Best Related Work

Ok, sorry, a bit behind, I will try to schedule next week’s ahead of time.

Although the title is relatively clear, it’s not as obvious of a category as “Best Novel.” So here is the description fro the Hugo Awards site:

Awarded to a work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year. The type of works eligible include, but are not limited to, collections of art, works of literary criticism, books about the making of a film or TV series, biographies and so on, provided that they do not qualify for another category. Nonfiction collections are eligible here, but fiction anthologies generally are not because all of the individual works within the anthology are eligible in one of the “story” categories. There is no category for “Best Anthology.”

And the finalists are:

Any thoughts on which are worthy for the Hugo Award?

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

2016 John W. Campbell Award for New Writer

When looking at getting 15-20 threads going each week, I decided to take a different approach and instead do a single discussion thread for each category. Sorry this is coming up on Wednesday, but let’s start discussion these fine writers!

Since it is early in the process and we don’t have voter packets yet, if anyone is familiar with any of their qualifying work, it would be great to hear about it so that the rest of us can hunt it down and get familiar with it. I definitely see a high chance of thread necromancy towards the end of the voting period for this one (which is why I included right at the beginning).

As always, keep in mind the Comment Rules, and let’s get to discussing this year’s Hugo finalists!

 

Pierce Brown * – Personal siteGoodreads

Sebastien de Castell * – Personal siteGoodreads

Brian NiemeierPersonal siteGoodreads

Andy Weir * – Personal siteGoodreads

Alyssa Wong * – Personal siteGoodreads

* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.