Hugo Award noms for Best Graphic Story announced
The Hugo Awards have announced their 2011 nominees, which include the one for Best
Girl Genius Graphic Story:
- The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross (Vertigo)
- Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio (Airship Entertainment)
- Grandville Mon Amour, Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
- Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, Howard Tayler (Hypernode)
- Fables: Witches, Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Girl Genius (reviewed here) has won the award twice already, which is also how long this category has existed. It has steamrolled Neil Gaiman, Brian K. Vaughan, Bill Willingham, Joss Whedon, and Paul Cornell. Is there any reason to doubt that the Foglios aren’t going to snag the hat-trick here? Other than that Girl Genius‘ 2010 run was pretty underwhelming?
Another question: are the Hugo Awards still about sci-fi anymore? Browsing through the nominees list, I noticed the nominees for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, are Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, Inception, Toy Story 3, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and How To Train Your Dragon. Out of those, Inception is the only one that’s even vaguely sci-fi. I remember when there was a big stink raised by sci-fi fans when J. K. Rowling won the Best Novel Award in 2001 for Goblet of Fire. (Even J. K. Rowling was a little upset about that one.) I bet those same critics are rolling around in their graves seeing this year’s nominees.
(Wait…. those critics are probably still around and fuming. My apologies, still-living critics.)