Girl Genius wins the Hugo Award
The Hugo Awards got awarded last night in Montreal, and two of webcomicdom’s finest were up for (I believe the first ever) award for Best Graphic Story: Phil and Kaja Foglio for Girl Genius (specifically book 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, starting online here), and Howard Tayler for Schlock Mercenary (specifically, The Body Politic story arc, starting online here). The Foglios won, and Fleen congratulates them; unfortunately that means Tayler lost, and we at Fleen extend our sympathies along with the comfort that at least he lost to some wonderful people with terrific work.
A very impressive accomplishment when you consider what Girl Genius was up against. The other comics vying for the title included the following heavyweights:
- The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, written by Jim Butcher, art by Ardian Syaf
- Fables; War and Pieces, Written by Bill Willingham, pencilled by Mark Buckingham, art by Steve Leialoha and Andrew Peopy, color by Lee Loughridge, letters by Todd Klein
- Schlock Mercenary: The Body Politic, Story and art by Howard Tayler
- Serenity: Better Days, Written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, art by Will Conrad, color by Michelle Madsen, cover by Jo Chen
- Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores, Written/created by Brian K. Vaughan, pencilled/created by Pia Guerra, inked by Jose Marzan, Jr.
Yes, the Foglios beat the immensely popular Fables, the last volume of the critically acclaimed Y: The Last Man, and geek favorite Joss Whedon. A great accomplishment!
And don’t forget to say “Hi” to them when they’re down in Portland LATER THIS WEEK at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center!