Jon Foster (above) and Aleksi Briclot (below) won the Gold and Silver, respectively, in the Spectrum Awards Comics division. The Awards honor the best in fantasy art each year in a number of categories, including Illustration, Concept Art, Comics, and Books. The complete list of winners is in the jump.


The jury for the sixteenth annual Spectrum competition convened in Kansas City, MO on the weekend February 27, 2009 to make their selections from over 5000 works of fantastic-themed art for this year’s book. Spectrum is the only art annual with specific categories devoted to Comics and Concept Art and was the first to feature an Unpublished category.

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 recipient¹s name. The jury consisted of Kevin Brimmer [artist/art director Muller Bressler Brown], David Dorman [artist], Donato Giancola [artist/instructor School of Visual Arts], Steven Sanders [artist], and Robert Self [publisher: Baby Tattoo Books].

Works created by the judges (or created under their direction) were excluded from consideration for awards. All of the art selected by the judges will be included in Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art to be published by Underwood Books of Nevada City, CA in October, 2009. 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 congratulating these exceptional talents!

Gold Award: RYOHEI HASE (“Go Forward and Forward²/ client: FIGHTSTAR/Raw
Power Management)

Silver Award: YUKO SHIMIZU (“Little Red Polka Dots and Other Stories” /
client: Microsoft UltimatePC)

client: Zmaj, Novi Sad)

Silver Award: JEAN-BAPTISTE MONGE (“Dunlee Darnan” / client: Au Bord des

Gold Award: JON FOSTER (cover to BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #14 / client: Dark
Horse Comics)

Silver Award: ALEKSI BRICLOT (“Annihilation: Conquest #5” / client: Marvel
Entertainment, Inc.)

Gold Award: DANIEL DOCIU (³Mole Tunnels² / client: ArenaNet/Guildwars)

Silver Award: KEKAI KOTAKI (³Snow Battle² / client: ArenaNet/Guildwars)

Gold Award: AKHITO (“Elegant Medusa” / resin)

Silver Award: DAVID MENG (“Satyr’s Head” / polymer clay)

Gold Award: CRAIG ELLIOTT (“Damali Richards² / client: Devil’s Candy Store

Silver Award: NATE VAN DYKE (“Pool Hall Brawl² / client: Juxtapoz Magazine)

Gold Award: JAMES GURNEY (“Song In the Garden² / client: Maison D’Ailleurs)

Silver Award: JAIME JONES (“Progenitus” / client: Wizards of the Coast)

Gold Award: JEREMY ENECIO (“Koi”)

Silver Award: DAVID LAUB (“She’s Back²)

The Spectrum Grand Master Award is presented to a living artist for career excellence: this year’s honoree will be announced at a future date.

The next Spectrum (#17) will open for entries in October 2009: information will be available through the mail and the official Spectrum website: