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Declining a Hugo Nom

Snoopy

The deadline for Hugo Award nominations is March 10. (Which reminds me, I’ve got to finish getting my list of stuff-I-think-deserves-shiny-rocketships together.)

Last week, a friend mentioned that they were seeing posts on Twitter encouraging folks to nominate me for Best Fan Artist, based on the cover poses I’ve done.

I wasn’t expecting that. Thank you so much. It means a great deal to see how much people appreciate the whole cover pose project.

But I’m conflicted. The cover pics certainly seem to qualify as fan art, and they were done in 2012, so to my mind this would be a perfectly valid nomination. And I’ve got to say, winning a Hugo last year was amazing. It was one of the best moments of my life, and something I’d love to do again someday.

At the same time, even though the Hugo I received in Chicago was technically for my blog work in 2011, I’d be deluding myself to think the popularity of the cover poses wasn’t a factor. Accepting a nomination for Fan Artist would feel like I was trying to cash in twice for the same project.

Basically, the idea makes me uncomfortable. I won’t tell you who to nominate, but I will say that in the unlikely chance that I made the ballot for Best Fan Artist, I would decline the nomination.

Of course, if you wanted to nominate Libriomancer for Best Novel, that would be awesome and I’d love you forever. But when it comes to Best Fan Artist, it just doesn’t feel right. You honored me last year for my fan writing, and I can’t thank you enough for that. But there are are too many skilled, hard-working artists who deserve to be on that ballot this year.

In fact, if you have any thoughts on who should get a nod for Best Fan Artist or Writer this year, please share names and links in the comments.

Thank you.

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mtlawson
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
/applause
deborahblakehps
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
As always, you are a class act.

You just do it to make everyone else look bad, don't you :-)
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:27 pm (UTC)
What other motivation is there???
deborahblakehps
Feb. 25th, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
Pie?
idancewithlife
Feb. 25th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
Ideas about best fan writer:
I'm joining the nominate "Mark Reads" bandwagon: http://markreads.net

I started reading/watching his review of Mira Grant's books, and was impressed with his insight and desire to share a variety of sf/f works.

It's also been pointed out that Seanan McGuire's posts last year about issues in fandom show how great a fan writer she is, and, since we can nominate up to five people...
kay_gmd
Feb. 25th, 2013 05:12 pm (UTC)
Waiting eagerly for your eligible list.
stormsdotter
Feb. 25th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
/cheers Jim for general awesomeness.

I'm debating actually attending to WorldCon this year. Upgrading my membership will likely hinge on my story being accepted to Glitter and Mayhem. (It's in re-writes and I have 3 weeks to submit and I'm kinda not thinking about much else right now.)

Ack, I'm babbling. But I really would like to meet you one of these years!
jimhines
Feb. 26th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
That would be cool! I don't know if I'll be making it to Worldcon this year myself, though.

Good luck on the rewrite!!!
cathschaffstump
Feb. 25th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Sure. Do the classy thing.

Catherine
jimhines
Feb. 25th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Total accident. Won't happen again!
memphismaniac
Feb. 25th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
For Fan Artist, I suggest:
Galen Dara
Christina Hess
Melissa Gay
salzara_tirwen
Feb. 26th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
Kimberly Swan for artist. http://kimberlyswan.deviantart.com/

Mostly she's been painting World of Warcraft stuff but I hope that still qualifies. She's amazing.
fjm
Feb. 28th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
Please don't decline a nomination if received.

I intend to nominate you. I intend to nominate you because you said something very, very important *about art in the field*. For me, it would be a real victory if we got your name on that ballot. I understand what you are feeling, but in this case I think you are making the mistake of assuming all Hugos are for the people who win them. They are also for the people who voted.

All the best
Farah
jimhines
Feb. 28th, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
Hi Farah,

Okay, that's an excellent point, and now I'm back to feeling torn. On one level, I agree with you. If a bunch of people decided they wanted to nominate me, who am I to tell them they're wrong?

At the same time, while I very much appreciate and tend to agree that the conversation about sexism in art is an important conversation, do you feel like that was already recognized and honored last year with the Fan Writer Hugo?

Thanks,
Jim
fjm
Feb. 28th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
A different honour for a different thing. One is for writing, the other is for the best conceptual art and staging of that art I have seen in a long time. And I *am* nominating it as art, not just because it's a statement.

Anyone wants to give me a Hugo for fiction* I'm not going to turn it down because I won one for non-ficton.


*I'd have to publish some first of course.
fjm
Feb. 28th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
ps, by which I mean you didn't just do it (which is cool) but you did it *well (which is nomination worthy).

And I'm a Hugo winning critic :-) I get to say these things without blushing.
jimhines
Mar. 6th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)
All right, I've got a follow-up coming in tomorrow's blog post that references this thread and acknowledges the points you make. I'm still conflicted, but I'm reconsidering what you've said.
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