THE HUGO AWARDS announced their 2013 nominees over the weekend, and especially noteworthy is that Paul Cornell will serve as toastmaster — when he’s not waiting on his fate as a nominee.
Cornell is nominated for Vertigo’s “Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run,” which was illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka.
In the Best Graphic Story category, “Saucer Country” will be up against four other stellar finalists:
Dark Horse’s “Grandville Bête Noire” by Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape); IDW’s “Locke & Key, Volume 5: Clockworks,” by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez; Image Comics’ “Saga, Volume One,” by writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples; and Hypernode Media’s ”Shlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, by Howard Tayler, with colorist Travis Walton.
Elsewhere, Mad Norwegian Press’s “Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them,” edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis, is nominated in the Best Related Work category.
And Josh Whedon is a double nominee in the Best Dramatic Presentation [Long Form] category — for writing and directing “The Avengers” (Marvel/Disney/Paramount) and for co-writing the screenplay for “The Cabin in the Woods” (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate). (The other nominees in that category are “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “The Hunger Games” and “Looper.”)
The Hugo Awards, presented by the World Science Fiction Society, honor the best in science fiction and fantasy achievements. There were more than 1,300 valid nominating ballots.
The 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award winners will be announced Sept. 1 at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio.
For the full list of Hugo nominees, check out the Hugo Awards page.