Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story
|Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story|
|Awarded for||The best science fiction or fantasy story told in graphic form and published in the prior calendar year|
|Presented by||World Science Fiction Society|
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. It has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing". The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story is given each year for science fiction or fantasy stories told in graphic form and published in English or translated into English during the previous calendar year. The Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story has been awarded annually since 2009. It was started then with the requirement that it would only continue as an official award if approved again by the World Science Fiction Society after that year. It was, and was again awarded in 2010; it was ratified as a permanent category after the 2012 awards.
Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with five nominees, except in the case of a tie as happened in 2009. These five graphic stories on the ballot are the five most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of stories that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of five nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.
In the six years that the award has been active, thirty-one works from seventeen series have been nominated. Girl Genius, written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, drawn by Phil Foglio, and colored by Cheyenne Wright, won the first three awards. After their third straight win in 2011, the Girl Genius team announced that, in order to show that the category was a "viable award", they were refusing nomination for the following year (after which the award was up for re-ratification); Girl Genius was nominated for a fourth time in 2014. The award was won the fourth year by Ursula Vernon's Digger, and the fifth by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples's Saga. Schlock Mercenary, written and drawn by Howard Tayler, was nominated the first five years, while Fables, created by writer Bill Willingham, was nominated for the first four. Additionally, The Unwritten, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Peter Gross, Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, Grandville, created by Bryan Talbot, and Saga have been nominated twice.
Winners and nominees
In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the story was first published. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominated works.
Winners and joint winners
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