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April 23, 2014

Your 2014 Hugo Award Graphic Story Category Nominees

This year's nominees for the World Science Fiction Society's Hugo Awards were announced several days ago in a flurry of blog posts and e-mails and postings. As John Scalzi explains here, about 2000 nominating ballots were received.

imageOf direct and perhaps primary interest to comics fans is the "Best Graphic Story" category, which has been in place since 2009. The nominees are:

Best Graphic Story

* Girl Genius, Volume Thirteen: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City, Phil Foglio and Kaja Foglio and Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
* "The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who" in Doctor Who Special 2013, Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton (IDW)
* The Meathouse Man, Raya Golden, adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin (Jet City Comics)
* Saga Volume 2, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
* "Time" in XKCD, Randall Munroe (Self-Published)

There are certainly other items of interests throughout the ballot, including a professional artist nomination for Fiona Staples, and one of the superhero-movie scripts being nominated in the appropriate category. I'm sure I'm missing something obvious.

I do know that the nominations process has come with a two-headed controversy around the organization of campaigning on behalf of certain potential nominees and the fact that this year the recipient of one such successful campaign holds noxious political views. I haven't gone too deeply into that, and it doesn't seem to have an impact on the comics category at all, but if you're looking for parallel incidents through which to perhaps gain insight into recent comics culture controversies, that might be something you want to track down.

The Hugos take that appellation after the all-time wonderfully-named writer, editor and publisher Hugo Gernsback, which I will never get sick of typing.
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