I’m finally back from Worldcon. Had a great time, but it was exhausting and a day longer than anticipated. (Most Sunday flights to the NJ area were canceled due to a big storm blowing through.) A lot happened, but let’s just start with Thursday and skip right to Thursday night.

I attended the Chesley Award ceremony as a presentor for the Best Cover Paperback category and the acceptor for shichigoro-shingo, whose cover for Clarkesworld #109 was up for Best Magazine Cover.


I was also a first-time finalist for best art director. Given who I was up against:

  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wollheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW

I was more than thrilled just to be in their company and had no expectations of winning.

They sat the presenters in the front two rows. My category placed me between two amazing artists: Kinuko Y. Craft (who would later win the Lifetime Achievement Award) and John Picacio (who would later win in Best Product Illustration for a Loteria card featuring Jay Lake). Best Magazine Cover went to Tran Nguyen’s beautiful cover for Uncanny, so I figured I was done for the evening.

Then my category was announced and the unthinkable happened:


I had to scramble for something to say. Yep, completely unprepared. Never do that.

So thank you to all the incredible artists I’ve worked with and ASFA for this incredible honor. I never consider this part of my job work because it’s always so much fun. Days later, I still can’t believe it.

The award itself will arrive sometime later. A prototype was on display, but in the rush for nominee/winner pictures at the end, I completely forgot to grab a shot. I did, however, get this pin that features one of Chesley Bonestell’s paintings: