2013 Hugo Awards announced, no webcomic wins
The 2013 Hugo Awards — the Oscars for the science fiction community — were announced two days ago at LoneStarCon 3 in the lovely city of San Antonio, Texas. Among the winners were The Avengers (for “Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form” … what?!?!? This qualifies as sci-fi now? WHAT?!?!?!?!) and the Game of Thrones TV show. Something called Redshirts won the Best Novel award. Also, for the first time ever the “Best Graphic Story” award did NOT go to a webcomic. This time around, it went to Brian K. Vaughn’s Saga.
The Best Graphic Story award was introduced in 2009, and Girl Genius its inaugural winner. The comic went on to win the next two awards (2010, 2011).
The Foglios then recused themselves, hoping to spread the joy to other nominees. The next year, Ursula Vernon’s Digger was up for nomination right as the saga was coming to a close. It won in 2012.
This somewhat momentous streak of webcomics being recognized in a field that’s not primarily about sequential art comes to an end, though. Saga, that comic with the demon lady breast-feeding her baby on the cover of Issue One, puts the ball back into the court of the print-media types (though with same-day-digital being such a big thing these days, even that distinction is incredibly blurry). Always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride Schlock Mercenary was on the list of nominees, but missed out on the big award again this year.
Let’s take this meaningless award and extremely phallic trophy back in 2014, webcomics!