Friday, June 20, 2008
Nominations for ASFA's 23rd Annual Chesley Awards are due June 30. As of yesterday, Science Fiction Awards Watch offers illustrators a comment forum to inform voters where their 2007 art can be seen for consideration. I'm filling out my own Chesley ballot right now and admittedly, I'm straining for ideas in categories such as Unpublished Illustration/Monochrome, Product Illustration, and Gaming Illustration. A ton of terrific work out there, but it's a little unwieldy to find eligible work by cruising tons of websites. SPECTRUM is a phenomenal print resource, but it's one glorious slice of a bigger pie. The current available volume, SPECTRUM 14, contains works published or created in 2006, so unfortunately, a lot of it isn't eligible for current Chesley consideration. Mark Kelly does a terrific job at Locus Online with this database of book covers from '07. Hopefully, illustrators will drop comments at SFAW and let voters know where to find their eligible work. FYI: A glance at my 2007 published work can be found in the sidebar at right and here. Big thanks to SFAW for giving illustrators this opportunity.