The Spectrum Awards, which are presented for the best in fantastic art in several categories, including comics, advertising and book covers, were judged this weekend, and some familiar names are in the winners circle. James Jean won Gold Medals in both Advertising and Editorial, and the Silver in Comics. Pictureed: the judges.

The jury for the fourteenth annual Spectrum competition convened in Kansas City, MO on the weekend February 23, 2007 to make their selections from over 5000 works of fantastic-themed art for this year’s book. A new category— Concept Art— was added this year. The jury has given special recognition for superior achievement to the following artists in each of eight categories. The artists receive a Spectrum Award sculpted by Joseph DeVito which rests on a base sculpted by Tom Banwell with either a gold or silver engraved plate bearing the recipient’s name. The jury consisted of Mark Chiarello [artist/editor & art director for DC Comics], Dan dos Santos [artist], Marc Gabbana [artist/concept artist Ice Blink Studio], Brandon Ragnar Johnson [artist/concept artist], Dawn Murin [art director for Dungeons & Dragons/Wizards of the Coast], and Adam Rex [artist]. Art works created by jurors or created under their direction were excluded from consideration for awards. All of the art selected by the judges will be included in Spectrum 14: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art to be published by Underwood Books of Nevada City, CA in October, 2007. Spectrum is distributed to the trade by Perseus, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Diamond Comic Distributors. The series’ editors are Cathy and Arnie Fenner. Please join us in applauding these exceptional talents!

Gold Award: JAMES JEAN (“Spacerace 2020”/ client: Nike / art director: Mark Thede)
Silver Award: DONATO GIANCOLA (“Vanguard: Saga of Heroes” / client: Sigil Games Online / art director: David Glibertson)

Gold Award: JON FOSTER (cover to 9Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood / client: Night Shade Books / art director: Jeremy Lassen)
Silver Award: SHAUN TAN (“The Giants” from The Arrival by Shaun Tan / client: Lothian Books, Melbourne/ art director: Shaun Tan)

Gold Award: ADAM HUGHES (“Wanda—Lost” / client: Marvel Entertainment-Upper Deck / art director: Mark Irwin)
Silver Award: JAMES JEAN (FABLES: 1001 Nights of Snowfall cover / client: Vertigo/DC Comics / art director: Shelly Bond)

Gold Award: DANIEL DOCIU (“Crescent City” / client: ArenaNet/Guildwars / art director: Daniel Dociu)
Silver Award: JONNY DUDDLE (“The Circus Freako” / client: Future Publishing Ltd.)

Gold Award: CAM DE LEON (“Not Tested On” / client: Happy Pencil / art director: Cam de Leon )
Silver Award: RICH KLINK (“Cinnamon”)

Gold Award: JAMES JEAN (“Crowdsourcing” / client: Wired Magazine / art director: Jeremy Lacroix)
Silver Award: JOAO RUAS (“Downtown” / client: Future Publishing Ltd. / art director: Rob Carney)

Gold Award: WILLIAM BASSO (“October Shadows” / client: Creatures Features / art director: William Basso)
Silver Award: TODD LOCKWOOD (“War of Angels” / client: Bullseye Tattoos / art director: Rhyan Scorpio-Rhys)

Gold Award: JOAO RUAS (“Haunted #3”)
Silver Award: JOHNNY YANOK (“Postmort-mmmms”)

GRAND MASTER AWARD (presented by the Spectrum Advisory Board)
The Spectrum Grand Master Award is presented to a living artist for career excellence.


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