The autumn season means it is time for the annual British Fantasy Society‘s convention and the BFS Awards. The second volume of Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda‘s rather glorious Monstress (published by Image) won the Best Comic / Graphic Novel category on Sunday at Fantasycon.
This follows another major science fiction and fantasy con, Worldcon, where Monstress scored the prestigious Hugo Award in the graphic category, on top of numerous comics gongs (including the Eisner).
A compelling and hugely imaginative fantasy with some quite stunning artwork, it’s terrific to see it making a splash outside of the comics awards circles too.
Away from the comics folks, other winners included New Fears (edited by Mark Morris, published Titan Books – a second volume was released last month) taking Best Anthology, Jeffrey Alan Love taking Best Artist, Neil Gaiman‘s Anansi Boys, adapted by Dirk Maggs for BBC Radio 4, took Best Audio, Joe Hill won Best Collection for Strange Weather (published Gollancz), Jen Williams scored the coveted Best Fantasy Novel for The Ninth Rain (published Headline), Jordan Peele‘s Get Out won Best Film / Television Production, while Victor LaValle‘s The Changeling (published Spiegel & Grau) took Best Horror Novel.
London-based publisher Unsung Stories won Best Independent Press, Jeanette Ng took Best Newcomer for Under the Pendulum Sun (published Angry Robot), Gender Identity and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by FT Barbini (Luna Press) won the Best Non-Fiction category, Ellen Klages won Best Novella for Passing Strange (Tor), Looking for Laika by Laura Mauro (published in Interzone #273, still going strong, still paying writers properly for short fiction – back issues available here) took best Short Story and NK Jemisin won the Special Award (Karl Edgar Wagner Award).
And on a personal note I’m delighted to see my chums at Edinburgh-based SF&F journal Shoreline of Infinity, which publishes new writing, poetry and comics, win the Best Magazine /Periodical.