It's the time of year where my friends (mostly the incredible Michi Trota) remind everyone to pipe up and let people know if anything I worked on this year is eligible to be nominated for a Hugo Award.
Category: Best Fanzine
I've been participating in Ladies' Night Anthology since it launched in early 2013 as an editor, later as a participant, and as the treasurer/webmaster/inventory clerk ever since we've had inventory to clerk. I can't really articulate what an amazing group of women this is. Over 60 women from all around the world have been involved over the course of the last four years, most of them making comics for the very first time. LNA is all about teaching people the process of creative collaboration, and I'm proud to say that several women have leveraged their experiences with LNA to get paying jobs as inkers, colorists, artists, writers, and storyboarders. For more information, check out our website.
In 2016, LNA published Volume 3: How to Magic. We received 60 pitches to fill just 10 slots. Over twenty women were paired up and created an anthology of unique, never before seen comics, all based on the theme of magic. I'm biased, but I love it, and I think it's like nothing else out there. Please contact me if you'd like a PDF copy to check it out for nominations.
Category: Best Fan Writer
I'm going to be perfectly upfront: between global, national, and personal (I got married!) events, 2016 had a lot less long form writing than 2015, which is something I'd like to change this year. I did contribute to several pieces that I think do showcase what my work and I are all about. (Please note my work for The Learned Fangirl qualifies for this category, I'm including these pieces from The A.V. Club to show more examples.) You can find my other work here.
January 2016 The Learned Fangirl: We’re Just Getting Started: Merely Existing in Comics Isn’t the Same as Being Represented
May 2016 The Learned Fangirl: Review - The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics
August 2016 The A.V. Club: Akira kicked open the door for manga’s rise to popularity in the U.S.
November 2016 The A.V. Club: 15 years ago, the prescient X-Force used mutants to explore the dangers of fame