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Just how dominant is “Girl Genius” at the Hugo Awards? Well, put it this way: No other comic has ever won the Hugo for Best Graphic Story.
Granted, the Hugo Awards created the category as recently as 2009, but the “gaslamp fantasy” series by Phil and Kaja Foglio maintained its stranglehold on the statuette by pulling off the three-peat over the weekend.
The comic’s competition Saturday night included the two other three-time nominees: Bill Willingham’s “Fables” and Howard Tayler’s “Schlock Mercenary.”
Elsewhere, Shaun Tan won the Hugo for Best Professional Artist. The author/illustrator’s work includes “The Lost Thing,” a book-turned-film that earlier this year won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short. That film was also a finalist for the Hugo. And Batman director Christopher Nolan won a Best Dramatic Presentation (long form) Hugo for “Inception.”
The Hugos — named for pioneering sci-fi magazine editor Hugo Gernsback — honors the best science fiction and fantasy works of the previous year.
To view all the winners, check out the Hugos site.
DISNEY ON PARADE:
Disney staged its in-house consumer convention D23 over the weekend in Anaheim, and among the featured jewels in the Mouse House’s crown were Marvel’s “The Avengers” (due in May 2012) and Pixar’s first “princess” film, “Brave”(slated for next June), featuring a Scottish archer voiced by Glasgow native Kelly Macdonald.
But perhaps no film emerged with greater buzz than the videogame-inspired “Wreck-It Ralph,” an animated set-for-2012 movie featuring the voices of John C. Reilly, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman and Jack McBrayer. The Hero Complex blog said optimistically that “Wreck-It Ralph” “may do for gaming what ‘Incredibles’ did for superheroes.”
FAMOUS LAST WORDS:
“Conan the Barbarian” star Jason Momoa may have let his swagger get too far ahead of his sword.
“Conan [is] going to give me star status,” Momoa told Reuters the other day. “It’s going to put me in leading-man roles.”
Now, Momoa might go on to a perfectly fine action-star career, but his bid to fill Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hollywood sandals just took a significant step backward.
The 3D “Conan” grossed just $10-million in its domestic debut over the weekend, according to Box Office Mojo.to finish fourth — its take doubled by box-office champ “The Help.”
“Conan,” based on Robert E. Howard’s Depression-era fantasy stories, has a reported production budget of $90-million.