2014 World Fantasy Award Nominee!
I'm grateful to the WF jury and voters for selecting my past year's labors as being amongst some of the very best books, works, and makers in fantasy.
I owe this honor to the work I did on Loteria in 2013. It's been a learning experience as I slowly evolve from the status of a creative, into a creator. The journey is ongoing, and it's filled with peril and challenge. I'm committed to this work, body and soul.
The first Loteria art was unveiled last year, via my Kickstarter campaign for the 2014 Calendar. This ongoing series will eventually be fifty-four new artworks inspired by Loteria -- the classic Mexican game of chance played much like Bingo. This is only the tip of an amazing rhizome that keeps surprising me, as the series unfolds, with more works to be unveiled before the end of this year.
Pictured here, clockwise from top left: the cover of my 2014 Calendar (featuring 'La Sirena'); the pencils for 'La Luna'; 'El Paraguas' and 'El Arpa', as seen on their limited-release Loteria Grande prototype cards.
Of the completed Loteria works, 'La Sirena' has already scored a Chesley Award, and 'El Arpa' and 'La Luna' were recently announced as finalists for this year's Chesley Awards. I'm extremely grateful that these individual works are connecting so quickly with so many, and I think this World Fantasy nom is especially meaningful because it acknowledges the first glimpses of my creator-owned body of work.
To Julie, Zelda, Galen, and Charles -- huge congrats! Pictured here are works from all four of my fellow Artist nominees (clockwise from top left -- Galen Dara, Julie Dillon, Charles Vess, Zelda Devon):
Irene Gallo though. As most know, she's Tor's queen of Art Direction, and the Associate Publisher of Tor.com. She's a tireless champion of art and artists. She pours herself into the field, and this is her first World Fantasy Award nomination. I'm really thrilled for her.
Back to work here for me. Again -- huge thanks to the World Fantasy Awards jury, and to the voters. I'll see you in Washington D.C. for the 40th World Fantasy Convention!