The Hugo Award nominations, which honor the best in science fiction, were announced over the weekend, and the graphic story nominees are
BEST GRAPHIC STORY (552 ballots)
Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
“The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who” written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
The Meathouse Man adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
Saga, Volume 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
“Time” by Randall Munroe (XKCD)
This is a little interesting, since The Foglio book won the first few times this category was added to the Hugos and I think they had informally pulled out or something – but no, they are back! Saga Volume 1 won the award last year. I’m glad to see Munroe’s immense Time nominated as it is one of the most daring and unique comics-related achievements of the last 12 months.
Some other comics germane categories:
BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST (624 ballots)
Daniel Dos Santos
BEST FAN ARTIST (316 ballots)
Brad W. Foster
BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION (LONG FORM) (995 ballots)
Frozen screenplay by Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Walt Disney Studios)
Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films; Warner Bros.)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire screenplay by Simon Beaufoy & Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence (Color Force; Lionsgate)
Iron Man 3 screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black, directed by Shane Black (Marvel Studios; DMG Entertainment; Paramount Pictures)
Pacific Rim screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro (Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney Double Dare You)
And in the Hugo Controversy category, after avowed feminist Jonathan Ross was publically bounced as host of the Hugos (held this year in London), the avowed racist/misogynist Vox Day was nominated for best short story. You win some, you lose some.
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