Monday, June 18, 2012

2012 Chesley Award Finalist!

Congrats to all of the 2012 Chesley Award finalists!

I'm honored to be a finalist this year in the Best Product Illustration category for my 2012 George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar work. :)

Here's the complete list. Voting by ASFA members ends July 7th. Winners will be announced at Chicon 7.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

* Mitchell D. Bentley for The Alamo and Zombies by Jean A. Stuntz (Yard Dog Press, Dec. 2011)

* Dan Dos Santos for My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland (DAW, July 2011)

* Justin Gerard for Heart of Smoke & Steam by Andrew P. Mayer (Pyr, November 2011)

* Lucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell (Pyr, July 2011)

* David Palumbo for God's War by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade, January 2011)

* Matthew Stewart for The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells (Night Shade, February 2011)

* Jon Sullivan for The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Holder (Pyr, March 2011)

* J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow (Ben Bella Books, May 2011)

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

* Tom Kidd for Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison (Subterranean Press, March 2011)

* Stephan Martiniere for Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter (Tor, September 2011)

* Lee Moyer for Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kieran (Subterranean Press, Sept. 2011)

* Cliff Nielsen for The Tempering of Men by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear (Tor, August 2011)

* Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard (Subterranean Press, Feb. 2011)

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

* Facundo Diaz for Clarkesworld #57, July 2011
* Laura Diehl for Fantasy #53, August 2011
* Lee Moyer for Weird Tales #357, Winter 2010/2011
* Carly B. Sorge for Apex Magazine #28, September 2011
* Dariusz Zawadski for Fantasy #50, May 2011

Best Interior Illustration

* Julie Dillon for “The Dala Horse” by Michael Swanwick (, July 2011)

* Scott Gustafson for Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson (Simon & Schuster, Aug. 2011)

* Ryohei Hase for “Narco Americano” by T. J. English (Playboy, February 2011)

* Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard (Subterranean Press, Feb. 2011)

* J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow (BenBella Books, May 2011)

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

* Justin Gerard for St. George and the Dragon, pencil
* Stephen Hickman for Siegfried, ink on toned paper
* Joāo Ruas for Migration, graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
* Raoul Vitale for The Yeti, pencil
* Allen Williams for Wood Nymph, pencil

Best Color Work: Unpublished

* Stephen Hickman for The Hero of the Apotheosis, acrylic
* David Palumbo for Through a Blood Red Veil, oil
* Omar Rayyan for The Dragon and the Nightingale, watercolor
* Eric Velhagen for Fantasy Feast, oil
* Raoul Vitale for Turin and Glaurang, oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

* Gil Bruvel for Dichotomy, cupro nickel
* Thomas S. Kuebler for Baba Yaga, mixed
* Michael Parkes for Moonstruck, bronze
* Virginie Ropars for Autumnnalis Venenata, mixed
* Vincent Villafranca for Robobike, bronze

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

* E.M. Gist for Wandering Elf (Magic the Gathering: Tactics), Sony Online, January 2011

* Lucas Graciano for Pathfinder Player Companion: The Humans of Golarian, Paizo Publishing, July 2011

* Michael C. Hayes for Distress (2012 Core Set Magic card), WotC, July 2011

* Chris Rahn for Glissa, the Traitor (“Mirrodin Beseiged” Magic card), WotC, Jan./Feb. 2011

* Matt Stewart for Creepy Doll (“Innistrad” Magic card), WotC, September 2011

Best Product Illustration

* Stuart Craig for production design for the Harry Potter films, Warner Brothers, 2011

* Lee Moyer for Check These Out, 2012 Literary Pin-up calendar, Worldbuilders, 2011

* John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012 Calendar, Random House, July 2011

* William Stout for Zombies 2012, calendar, Andrews McMeel, 2011

* Michael Whelan for Gift from the Sea, Dragon*Con 2011 promo art & program book, 2011

* Michael Zug for IlluXCon 2011 promo poster, 2011

Best Art Director

* Matt Adelsperger for WotC
* Lou Anders for Pyr Books
* Irene Gallo for Tor
* David Palumbo for Night Shade Books
* Jon Schindehette for WotC

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

* Jim Burns
* Jean Giraud (“Moebius”)
* Charles Vess


Blogger Carl V. said...

Man, that is some stellar company you are keeping! Congrats on being a finalist, will wait with crossed fingers for the results.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Shsilver said...

Just wondering, what is the reason for separate categories for hardcover and paperback cover illustrations?

10:42 AM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Thanks, Carl! 'Appreciated! :)

Steve -- I don't know the answer to that but my guess is that ASFA felt that because some books are released as first-edition hardcovers and others as first-edition trades, it allows more art to be recognized than if both were combined into one category. There's a lot of great sf/f cover art every year, and even with two categories, it's still tough to whittle down to a handful.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Charles Vess said...

Well cool (Re: life time achievement award), but I'm not dead yet!

4:27 PM  
Blogger John Picacio said...

Congrats, Charles. :)

Look at this way -- better to be appreciated while you're alive and still in your prime, than after you're gone, or not at all. ;)

4:31 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...


9:59 AM  
Anonymous Charles Vess said...

And, least I forget, a hearty congratulations to your own fine self for your nomination!

1:14 PM  

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