Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fan Artists of the 1980's

It's time for another round of Hugo winning fan artists. Again, the images selected to represent them are not tied to the voting period. In one of those odd coincidences most of these artists have done work with different RPG lines which I had the books for but were displaced in various ways (some day my agents will hunt down the person who has my copy of GURPS Illuminati...).

Alexis Gilliland
1980, 1983, 1984, and 1985 Hugo Winner for Best Fan Artist

Gilliland is better known as an author than a cartoonist. He won the John W. Campbell award in 1982 for best new author. Oddly enough for someone who won four times there wasn't a lot of examples of his work online. The cartoon above comes from a recent issue of File 770, regular winner of the best fanzine Hugo.

Victoria Poyser
1981 and 1982 Hugo Winner for Best Fan Artist

Poyser transitioned from fan to professional shortly after winning the Hugo award. She specializes in this similar kind of fantasy art

Joan Hanke-Woods
1986 Hugo Winner for Best Fan Artist

The only information that I could find on Hanke-Woods was his biography at the recent Worldcon site. Apparently he dropped off the face of the earth after winning his Hugo only to recently re-emerge.

Brad Foster
1987, 1988, Tied for 1989, 1992, 1994, and 2008 Hugo Winner for Best Fan Artist

The most recent fan artist winner took the award for the first time two decades ago. He's also the first of the winners this time who has a website. He holds the record for the most fan artist Hugo awards.

Diana Gallagher Wu
Tied for 1989 Hugo Winner for Best Fan Artist

She's better known as Diana G. Gallagher and writes licensed novels under that name. Currently her novels are based on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed. I aknowledge that is not a very good picture but that is the only picture I have been able to find by her online. Her website is only about her writing and there is another Diana Gallagher who is a professional photographer which made searching difficult.