Sunday, April 30, 2017

2016 Bram Stoker Awards - Winners



The Horror Writers Association have announced the winners of the 2016 Bram Stoker® Awards at StokerCon on April 29, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • Elizabeth Hand – Hard Light: A Cass Neary Crime Novel (Minotaur Books)
  • Stephen Graham Jones – Mongrels (William Morrow)
  • John Langan – The Fisherman (Word Horde)
  • Bracken MacLeod  – Stranded: A Novel (Tor Books)
  • Paul Trembley – Disappearance at Devil’s Rock (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
  • Barbara Barnett – The Apothecary’s Curse (Pyr Books)
  • Greg Chapman – Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • Tom Deady – Haven (Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason – Mayan Blue (Sinister Grin Press)
  • Stephanie Wytovich  – The Eighth (Dark Regions Press)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
  • Alexander, Maria – Snowed (Raw Dog Screaming Press)
  • Jennifer Brozek  – Last Days of Salton Academy (Ragnarok Publishing)
  • Elle Cosimano – Holding Smoke (Hyperion-Disney)
  • Jeyn Roberts – When They Fade (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Alexandra Sirowy  – The Telling (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
  • Cullen Bunn – Blood Feud (Oni Press)
  • James Chambers – Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe (Moonstone)
  • Alex de Campi – No Mercy, Vol. 2 (Image Comics)
  • Robert Kirkman – Outcast by Kirkman&Azaceta, Vol 3 This Little Light (Image Comics)
  • Mark Alan Miller and Joe R. Lansdale –The Steam Man (Dark Horse Books)
  • Alan Moore – Providence, Act 1 (Avatar Press)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
  • Nicole Cushing – The Sadist’s Bible (01Publishing)
  • Scott Edelman – That Perilous Stuff (Chiral Mad 3) (Written Backwards)
  • Victor LaValle – The Ballad of Black Tom (Tor.com)
  • Josh Malerman – The Jupiter Drop (You, Human) (Dark Regions Press)
  • Tim Waggoner – The Winter Box (DarkFuse)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
  • Michael Bailey – Time is a Face on the Water (Borderlands 6) (Borderlands Press)
  • Hal Bodner – A Rift in Reflection (Chiral Mad 3) (Written Backwards)
  • Christopher Golden – The Bad Hour (What the #@&% is That?) (Saga Press)
  • Lisa Mannetti – ArbeitMacht Frei(Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories) (Crystal Lake Publishing)
  • Joyce Carol Oates – The Crawl Space (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Volume #2016/Issue#8) (Dell Magazines)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
  • Laird Barron – Swift to Chase (JournalStone)
  • Richard Chizmar – A Long December (Subterranean Press)
  • Joyce Carol Oates – The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror (Mysterious Press)
  • Gene O’Neill – Lethal Birds (Omnium Gatherum Media)
  • Hank Schwaeble – American Nocturne (Cohesion Press)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
  • Josh Campbell, Damien Chazelle, and Matthew Stuecken – 10 Cloverfield Lane (Paramount Pictures)
  • Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer – Stranger Things: The Vanishing of Will Byers (Episode 01: Chapter One) (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)
  • Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer – Stranger Things: The Upside Down (Episode 01: Chapter Eight) (21 Laps Entertainment, Monkey Massacre)
  • Robert Eggers – The Witch (Parts and Labor, RT Features, Rooks Nest Entertainment, Code Red Productions, Scythia Films, Maiden Voyage Pictures, Mott Street Pictures, Pulse Films, and Very Special Projects)
  • John Logan – Penny Dreadful: A Blade of Grass (Episode 03:04) Showtime Presents in association with SKY, Desert Wolf Productions, Neal Street Productions)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
  • Michael Bailey – Chiral Mad 3 (Written Backwards)
  • Alessandro Manzetti  – The Beauty of Death (Independent Legions Publishing)
  • Thomas F. Monteleone and Oliva F. Monteleone – Borderlands 6 (Samhain Publishing, Ltd.)
  • Billie Sue Mosiman – Fright Mare-Women Write Horror (DM Publishing)
  • Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward – Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
  • Leo Braudy – Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural(Yale University Press)
  • Ruth Franklin – Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (Liveright Publishing Corporation)
  • Danel P. Olson – Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”: Studies in the Horror Film (Centipede Press)
  • W. Scott Poole – In the Mountains of Madness: The Life, Death and Extraordinary Afterlife of H. P. Lovecraft (Soft Skull Press)
  • David J. Skal – Something in the Blood: The Untold Story of Bram Stoker, the Man Who Wrote
  • John Tibbetts, – The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub (McFarland)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
  • Bruce Boston and Alessandro Manzetti – Sacrificial Nights (KippleOfficinaLibraria)
  • Michael R. Collings – Corona Obscura: Poems Dark and Elemental (self-published)
  • Jeannine Hall Gailey – Field Guide to the End of the World: Poems (Moon City Press)
  • Marge Simon – Small Spirits (Midnight Town Media)
  • Stephanie M. WytovichBrothel (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Seven to Eternity New Story Arc Back to Print

Press Release


NEW STORY ARC PREMIER ISSUE OF SEVEN
TO ETERNITY BURNS THROUGH INVENTORY,
BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, OR, 04/28/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 of the bestselling series written by Rick Remender, drawn by Jerome Opeña, and colored by Matt Hollingsworth has gone back to print again in order to keep up with ongoing growth in customer demand.

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5 marks the beginning of an all-new story arc for the hot sci-fi western series. Here, Adam Osidis and the Mosak come to a crossroads. The choices they make here will echo throughout the lands of Zhal for all eternity.

The bestselling series SEVEN TO ETERNITY introduced readers to the chilling villain known as, The God of Whispers—a dark tyrant who has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal. The God of Whispers’ spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or submitting to the evil God for the opportunity to gain everything Adam's heart desires.

SEVEN TO ETERNITY remains available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.

The following will all be available on Wednesday, May 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 1st:
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #5, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAR178501)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6 Cover A Jerome Opeña & Matt Hollingsworth (Diamond Code MAR170780)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6 Cover B James Harren (Diamond Code MAR170781)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6 Cover C SPAWN (Diamond Code FEB178671)
  • SEVEN TO ETERNITY #6 Cover D SPAWN B&W (Diamond Code MAR178017)
Select praise for SEVEN TO ETERNITY:

Seven to Eternity by Remender & Jerome Opeña is f*cking awesome! Amazing world building, just really dense, smart stuff. Don't miss it!” —Robert Kirkman

Seven to Eternity has a compelling opening, a vivid (and vividly rendered) setting and a quietly mysterious central character—all of which make for a terrific narrative hook.” —Paste Magazine

“Very much the opulent fantasy you'd expect.” —Kieron Gillen

“Will suck you in, chew you up, and spit you out” —Nerdist 

“Gorgeous.” —UPROXX

“Has the potential to be thrilling and strange, and we need more of that in comics.” —Comics Alliance

“The kind of book Image Comics was made for. It’s unapologetically deep, gorgeously illustrated, and as inviting as it is complex. The brisk pacing and lack of clear cut direction can mar initial comprehension, but the excellent early focus on family, coupled with the ridiculous amount of beautiful imagery, carries it on through.” —IGN

“Starts with a bang and doesn’t let up.” —Fangoria


Chesley Award Finalists


The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists gives out the Chesley Awards, which are named for the artist Chesley Bonestell and were first given in 1985. The Chesley Awards recognize individual works and achievements during the previous year. The winners will be announced at NorthAmeriCon 17, to be held July 6-9 2017 at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Artwork may be found in the linked albums.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover

Album https://goo.gl/photos/Ms1RqFpsTQp6Pdpy6
  • Dan dos Santos -  Fables: Cubs in Toyland by Bill Willingham - Vertigo, September 2016
  • Todd Lockwood -Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood - DAW, May 2016
  • Tran Nguyen - Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey - Subterranean Press, October 2016
  • Cliff Nielsen - Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare - McElderry Books, March 2016
  • David Palumbo - Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson - Tor, November 2016
  • John Picacio - In the House of the Worm by George R.R. Martin - Baltimore Science Fiction Society, May 2016


Best Cover Illustration: Paperback or Ebook

Album https://goo.gl/photos/n7rLm6WRQx8oE56h6
  • Tommy Arnold - A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson - Tor.com Publishing, October 2016
  • Julie Dillon - Beyond the Stars: At Galaxy's Edge by Assorted Authors - Astral books Amazon Digital Services, August 2016
  • Sarah Anne Langton - Central Station by Lavie Tidhar - Tachyon Publications, May 2016
  • Gene Mollica - Breath of Earth by Beth Cato Harper - Voyager, August 2016
  • Victo Ngai - Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal - Tor, March 2016


Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

Album https://goo.gl/photos/eTTAWtG7V4f8TLY68
  • Galen Dara - Uncanny Issue 10, May/June 2016
  • Elizabeth Leggett - LIGHTSPEED #69, February 2016
  • David Palumbo - Swallowed Whole, Aliens - Life and Death #1 Dark Horse, September 2016
  • Paolo Rivera - Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953 Dark Horse, February 2016
  • Jeremy Wilson Chimera - Brigade #1 By Serge Lehman and Fabrice Colin Titan Comics, October 2016


Best Interior Illustration

Album https://goo.gl/photos/7vJkVu63StdPWVqEA
  • Rovina Cai - "Tom, Thom" by K.M. Ferebee - Tor.com, February 2016
  • Kari Christensen Gethsemoni - Court of the Dead: Chronicle of the Underworld by Tom Gilliland - Sideshow Collectibles 2016
  • Tran Nguyen - Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey - Subterranean Press 2016
  • Greg Ruth - "Freedom is Space for the Spirit" by Glen Hirshberg - Tor.com, April 2016
  • Ivica Stevanovic - The Bestiary edited by Ann Vandermeer - Centipede Press, March 2016


Best Gaming Related Illustration

Album https://goo.gl/photos/1VqM4odHaXVHEmTt6
  • Mauricio Calle - Encounter at Stygeon Prime- Star Wars: The Card Game Fantasy Flight Games 2016
  • Cliff Childs - Long-Finned Skywhale Kaladesh card set WotC, Sept. 2016
  • Ryan Pancoast - Inventor's Apprentice Kaladesh card set WotC, Sept. 2016
  • Matthew Stewart - Mastertrinketeer Kaladesh card set WotC, Sept. 2016
  • Ryan Yee - Die Young Kaladesh card set WotC, Sept. 2016


Best Product Illustration

Album https://goo.gl/photos/DkxYUiB5ASL4fnQy9
  • Donato Giancola - Portal Promotional art for Illuxcon
  • Clark Huggins - Advertisement for RECKLESS DECK Imagine FX, February 2016
  • John Picacio - La Corona (The Crown) Loteria Lone Boy
  • Cynthia Sheppard - 2017 Llewellyn's Astrological Calendar
  • Greg Spalenka - banner art to promote Roxana Illuminated Perfume 2016


Best Color Work: Unpublished

Album https://goo.gl/photos/1wF16zG6GU9EE61P9
  • John Harris - The Ark, Oil
  • Vanessa Lemen - Holding On and Letting Go, Oil on canvas
  • Miranda Meeks - December, Digital
  • Shreya Shetty - The Dragon Charmer, Digital
  • Michael Whelan - In a World of Her Own, Acrylic


Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

Album https://goo.gl/photos/VVrMNjUUgdFwRKtZ8
  • Marcela Bolivar - White Crown, Photoshop
  • Jana Heidersdorf - Darkness Acrylics, pencil and digital
  • Travis Lewis - Soul Engine, Graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson - Luna, Scratchboard
  • Allen Williams - The Fall of Night, Pencil


Best Three Dimensional Art

Album https://goo.gl/photos/tVmpAewdX2bLbTS26
  • Akihito Ikeda - Nephila, Mixed media
  • Thomas Kuebler - Medusa, Mixed media
  • Forest Rogers - La Belle Crustace, premier air-dry clay & washi paper
  • Virginie Ropars - The Evil Eye, Mixed media
  • Lee Shamel - "The Scepter of the Crystal Flame", Mixed media


Best Art Director
  • Neil Clarke - Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Irene Gallo - Tor/tor.com
  • Sheila Gilbert & Betsy Wollheim - DAW Books
  • Lauren Panepinto - Orbit Books
  • Cynthia Sheppard - Wizards of the Coast


Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
  • Iain McCaig
  • Greg Manchess
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan
  • Berni Wrightson

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Guest Blog by Titus Chalk - A World of Graphic Novels


Please welcome Titus Chalk to The Qwillery. Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Magic: The Gathering was published by Solaris on April 11th.






A World of Graphic Novels

Author Titus Chalk picks five of his favourite graphic novels with a twist – none of them originated in English, but all of them are now available in translation for readers who enjoy something out of the ordinary.


My new book Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Magic: The Gathering is not only about a fantasy card game, but also a memoir of my peripatetic life. In fact, I learned to play Magic in rural New Zealand as an awkward teenager, desperate to make friends after a move from England. I’m currently living in my fourth or fifth different country (depending on how you count Scotland!) and along the way, I’ve learned different languages and had my horizons widened by all manner of cultural clutter. I’ve especially come to appreciate graphic novels from international creators – a healthy antidote to Marvel’s sprawling omnipresence. Nothing against American comics or graphic novels – I read them too – but I was raised on Britain’s 2000AD, as well as Tintin and Asterix. I’m sure those early influences helped make my taste in graphic story-telling as cosmopolitan as it is, and for that I’m grateful. So without further ado, I thought I would recommend five graphic novels that all originated in a non-English language – but which are available in translation. This list is completely biased and in no way definitive!



First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson by Stefan Schwarz
The first German graphic novel I read and still amongst my favourites. First Man (or Packeis in German) is a fictionalised account of Matthew Henson’s ground-breaking journey to the geographic North Pole in1909. Henson was an African-American and became the first person to reach what was considered the Pole at the time. Schwarz spins a stunning yarn around Henson – and portrays both his friendship with the Inuits involved in the race to the Pole, as well as his shunning by the American scientific establishment because of his race. The volume is illustrated in a frosty black and blue palette and tugs at the heartstrings in the best way. It also includes an historical appendix so anyone curious about the real Henson can read up on him – and decide for themselves where the story-teller has used his artistic license. Wherever you stand on that issue though, there’s no denying Schwarz is an expert creator and perhaps Germany’s best in the medium.



A Distant Neighbourhood by Jiro Taniguchi
The world lost a gifted story-teller in February, when Jiro Taniguhi died at the age of just 69. Still, he did at least leave us with a vast treasure trove of work, including this masterpiece. In it, a Japanese salaryman takes an unexpected journey back to his home town, where he is transported back in time and into the body of his 14-year-old self. As you might expect, it’s a chance for Taniguchi to mine the nostalgia we all have for childhood. To ponder how the choices we made went on to affect our lives. To paint friendships and family ties, relationships we may have left behind, for better or worse. A Distant Neighbourhood is exquisitely melancholy and captures that seemingly omnipresent tension in Japanese culture between the quotidian and the spiritual. Taniguchi’s artwork is beautiful, too, capturing mid-century Japan in clean, uncluttered detail.



Blast by Manu Larcenent
An epic and surreal four-parter from France, about a grotesque outcast called Polza Mancini. Interviewed by police about an attempted murder Mancini tells his side of the story – an account that takes in his broken home, his fleeing ordinary life to live like a vagrant and the his discovery of a strange power he calls his “blast”. It’s a trip, an epiphany, an addictive spiritual high, and Mancini dedicates his life to triggering it, in the hope he might escape the body he despises and which is regularly brutalised by other miscreants he encounters. It’s a dark and despairing tale – one brilliantly rendered by Larcenent in brooding black and white, a palette which gives way to delirious, childish Technicolour whenever Mancini blasts. Inventive and poetic.



Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guardnido
A hugely popular series of anthropomorphic noir tales by a brilliant Spanish double act. Blacksad is the archetypal private Dick, expect here he’s a black Tom cat in a world of reptilian gangsters, canine cops and, well, molls of all species. The writing wanes in the latest instalments but the first few volumes are packed with wit and the hard-bitten first person narrative we all want out of a good PI. The art is fantastic, packed with period detail and the light-hearted characterisation that casting animals in your work tends to allow. Definitely amongst the best European comic work of the 21st century.



Aya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie
A riotous account of life in 1970s Ivory Coast, as told by 19-year-old Aya – part of a sprawling family in the Yop City neighbourhood of the capital Abidjan. Aya is going through all the trials and tribulations of adolescence, well-known to readers wherever they may come from. She’s desperate to avoid the well-trodden path being beaten by her girlfriends – towards some knight in shining armour and a marriage her parents will approve of. She’s a natural rebel and quickly finds herself in all manner of scrapes. It’s impossible not to root for her, as she blazes a trail through Oubrerie’s sun-kissed panels, all scorched oranges and browns, or petrol blues when the characters find respite from the sun. Aya is over-flowing with charm and an essential addition to your bookshelf, if you too like your graphic novels packed with stories from around the world.





Generation Decks: The Unofficial History of Magic: The Gathering
Solaris, April 11, 2017
Trade Paperback and eBook, 356 pages

The incredible true story behind the global gaming phenomenon!

Generation Decks tells the story of the mould-breaking fantasy card game Magic: The Gathering.

The brainchild of misfit maths genius Richard Garfield, Magic combines fiendishly complex gameplay with collectability. When it came out in the early '90s it transformed the lives of gamers who had longed for a game that combined challenging mechanics and kick-ass artwork with a chance to connect and compete with likeminded people.

Titus Chalk's tale is part biography, charting the author's own relationship with the game, part history, and part love letter to the card game that made it cool to be a geek.





About Titus

Titus Chalk is a freelance journalist based in Berlin, Germany. He writes and broadcasts about sport, culture, and games for outlets including Deutsche Welle, Tagesspiegel, and FourFourTwo. He has been playing Magic since Revised Edition and even occasionally wins. He is on the wrong side of 30, but coping, thank you.




Twitter @tituschalk


Image Comics Announces Slew of Creators Attending 25th Anniversary RCCC Homecoming Dance



IMAGE COMICS ANNOUNCES SLEW OF
CREATORS ATTENDING 25TH ANNIVERSARY
RCCC HOMECOMING DANCE

Fan-favorite Image Comics creators Chip Zdarsky (SEX CRIMINALS, KAPTARA), Babs Tarr (MOTOR CRUSH), Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, ODY-C), and Kelly Sue DeConnick (BITCH PLANET, PRETTY DEADLY) have all RSVP’d to participate in the Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming dance! Don’t miss your chance to rub elbows with your favorite comics creators and celebrate Image Comics’ 25th anniversary with dancing, refreshments, and a photobooth.

Back by popular demand, Image Comics is pleased to host a very special formal Fall Homecoming dance for the comics community during the Rose City Comic Con festivities. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 9th from 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. at The Evergreen. This event will be 21+ only. IDs will be checked at the door.

Tickets to the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance are on sale now.

Image Comics’ Fall Homecoming will be in the style and spirit of a traditional high school dance and all comics fans and industry members are encouraged to come mix, mingle, and dance the night away.

Image Comics Fall Homecoming ticket tiers:
  • $20: Entry ticket
  • $45: Add-on pack, including an Image t-shirt, variant cover comic, commemorative pint glass, and enamel pin
  • $79: VIP pack—ticket to the party, add-on pack items, and access to special VIP area at the venue (limited quantity, only 100 VIP tickets available)
Check back at imagecomics.com for more details to come about the Image Comics Fall Homecoming Dance, we hope to see you there!




ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.