Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

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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
First awarded 2009
Official website thehugoawards.org

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.[1] It has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5] Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.[1][6]

In the five years that the award has been active, twenty-six works from fourteen 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, 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).[7] 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, has been nominated in all five years, while Fables, created by writer Bill Willingham, was nominated for the first four years. Additionally, The Unwritten, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Peter Gross, Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill and drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez, and Grandville, created by Bryan Talbot, have been nominated twice.

Winners and nominees[edit]

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

Year Work Creator(s) Publisher(s) Ref
2009 Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones* Kaja Foglio (writer), Phil Foglio (writer, artist), Cheyenne Wright (colorist) Airship Entertainment [8]
2009 The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle Jim Butcher (writer), Ardian Syaf (artist) Del Rey Books/Dabel Brothers Productions [8]
2009 Fables: War and Pieces Bill Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciller), Steve Leialoha (artist), Andrew Peopy (artist), Lee Loughridge (colorist), Todd Klein (letterist) Vertigo [8]
2009 Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic Howard Tayler (writer, artist) The Tayler Corporation [8]
2009 Serenity: Better Days Joss Whedon (writer), Brett Matthews (writer), Will Conrad (artist), Michelle Madsen (colorist), Jo Chen (cover) Dark Horse Comics [8]
2009 Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Pia Guerra (penciller), Jose Marzan, Jr. (inker) Vertigo [8]
2010 Girl Genius, Volume 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm* Kaja Foglio (writer), Phil Foglio (writer, artist), Cheyenne Wright (colorist) Airship Entertainment [9]
2010 Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? Neil Gaiman (writer), Andy Kubert (penciller), Scott Williams (inker) DC Comics [9]
2010 Captain Britain and MI13. Volume 3: Vampire State Paul Cornell (writer), Leonard Kirk (penciller), Mike Collins (penciller), Adrian Alphona (penciller), Ardian Syaf (penciller) Marvel Comics [9]
2010 Fables: The Dark Ages Bill Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (penciller), Steve Leialoha (artist), Peter Gross (artist), Andrew Peopy (artist), Mike Allred (artist), David Hahn (artist), Lee Loughridge (colorist), Laura Allred (colorist), Todd Klein (letterist) Vertigo [9]
2010 Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse Howard Tayler (writer, artist) The Tayler Corporation [9]
2011 Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse* Kaja Foglio (writer), Phil Foglio (writer, artist), Cheyenne Wright (colorist) Airship Entertainment [10]
2011 Fables: Witches Bill Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (artist) Vertigo [10]
2011 Grandville Mon Amour Bryan Talbot (writer, artist) Dark Horse Comics [10]
2011 Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel Howard Tayler (writer, artist) Hypernode [10]
2011 The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross (artist) Vertigo [10]
2012 Digger* Ursula Vernon (writer, artist) Sofawolf Press [11]
2012 Fables: Rose Red Bill Willingham (writer), Mark Buckingham (artist) Vertigo [11]
2012 Locke & Key Volume 4: Keys To The Kingdom Joe Hill (writer), Gabriel Rodriguez (artist) IDW Publishing [11]
2012 Schlock Mercenary: Force Multiplication Howard Tayler (writer, artist) The Tayler Corporation [11]
2012 The Unwritten, Volume 4: Leviathan Mike Carey (writer), Peter Gross (artist) Vertigo [11]
2013 Saga, Volume One* Brian K. Vaughn (writer), Fiona Staples (artist) Image Comics [12]
2013 Grandville Bête Noire Bryan Talbot (writer, artist) Dark Horse Comics [12]
2013 Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks Joe Hill (writer), Gabriel Rodriguez (artist) IDW Publishing [12]
2013 Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia Howard Tayler (writer, artist) The Tayler Corporation [12]
2013 Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run Paul Cornell (writer), Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton, and Goran Sudžuka (artist) Vertigo [12]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ "The Hugo Awards: Introduction". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  6. ^ "World Science Fiction Society / Worldcon". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2010-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Hugo Acceptance Speech #3". Girl Genius Online Comics!. Airship Entertainment. 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
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  9. ^ a b c d e "2010 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2011-05-07. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "2011 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "2012 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Archived from the original on 2012-04-09. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
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