Chris M Barkley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cincinnati, OH - Thursday, January 1 2009 17:58:36
HEY! Best Graphic Story Hugo Nominations Needed...Like RIGHT NOW!
Happy New Year to All Weberlanders!
If you will cast your mass-mind memory back to early August 2008, you will recall that Steve Barber and I successfully lobbied for and won a chance to establish a Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.
An overwhelming majority at the Business Meeting at Denvention III voted to establish the award. A second ratifying vote at this year's Worldcon in Montreal is needed to make the award an annual feature on a trial basis (until 2012, it's along story and if you're really interested, you can google the details.)
(BTW, Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Montréal, Québec, Canada, from 6 to 10 August 2009. Guests of Honor include Neil Gaiman, Élisabeth Vonarburg, Ralph Bakshi, Taral Wayne, Tom Doherty, David Hartwell, and Julie Czerneda. You're all invited. Really.)
The Chair of Anticipation, Rene Walling, and his convention committee voted to use their special provision under the World Science Fiction Society constitution, to try out the Best Graphic Story Hugo on for size.
Very soon now, nomination ballots will be in the mail to all the members of Denvention III and current members of Anticipation.
The text of the amendment reads as follows:
Any science fiction or fantasy story told in graphic form appearing for the first time in the previous calendar year.
This means that any graphic novel that tells a complete story OR any outstanding individual story published in 2008, is eligible.
(And yes friends, that includes stories from our host's latest edition of Dream Corridor!)
I could use your help; I am writing an editorial for Comics Journal about this and since I am not a regular reader of comics, I am sorely in need recommendations to research and cite.
I'm on a one weeks deadline so please, either email me at my email address above or discuss them here. I'd appreciate ANY help I can get on this...Thank You; Now hit those keyboards!
We really could use the help in getting some nominations submitted. Anything, anything? Beuhler?