On Saturday, April 19, during a livestream event hosted by Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”) announced the finalists for this year’s Hugo Awards. The number of nomination ballots received this year hit a new response record. Nominations were held earlier this year, and members of the 2013, 2014, and/or 2015 Worldcons prior to January 31, 2014 were eligible to vote. As a literary award, comic book fans may be surprised to hear that the medium is represented in the Best Graphic Story category, one of sixteen categories represented.
The Hugo Awards are one of science fiction’s and fantasy’s most prestigious awards. Presented annually since 1955, the Hugo Awards are decided by popular vote by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. Unlike the Nebula Awards, where only members of the professional organization the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America can vote, the Hugo Award ballots are open to anyone who has a paid membership to one of the qualifying Worldcons.
For comics and graphic novels, the Best Graphic Story category was added in 2009. This year’s category received a total of 552 nominating ballots compared to the 1595 votes cast for the Best Novel category. Of the five finalists, three have creative teams that include women.
- Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
- “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who”, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013, IDW)
- The Meathouse Man, adapted from the story by George R.R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden (Jet City Comics)
- Saga, Volume 2, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics )
- “Time”, Randall Munroe (XKCD)
To see the entire list of this year’s finalists, visit the 2014 Hugo Awards webpage. The final awards will be presented during this year’s Worldcon in London on Sunday August 17.