2015 Chesley Award Shortlist

The complete list of 2015 Chesley Award Finalists has been posted by John Picacio. (The official ASFA page requires membership to access.)

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover

  • Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014
  • Jon Foster, Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Subterranean Press, 2014
  • Todd Lockwood, The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan; Tor, March 2014
  • John Picacio, Endymion by Dan Simmons; Limited Edition, Subterranean Press, December 2014
  • Michael Whelan, Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson; Tor, March 2014

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback

  • John Harris, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie; Orbit October 2014
  • Jon Sullivan, The Return of the Discounted Man by Mark Hodder; Pyr, July 2014
  • Raymond Swanland, The Lady by K.V. Johansen; Pyr, December 2014
  • Danielle Tunstall, Unseaming by Mike Allen; Antimatter Press, October 2014
  • Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon Analog April 2014
  • Matt Dixon, Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
  • Wayne Haag, Interzone #253 July/August 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Analog March 2014
  • Jae Lee, Batman/Superman #14 DC Comics October 2014
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Lightspeed #48 May 2014
  • Dan Dos Santos, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 Dark Horse, March 2014

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014
  • Galen Dara, “A City of Its Tentacles” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
  • Julie Dillon, Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August; Kickstarter December 2014
  • Scott Gustafson, Classic Bedtime Stories; Artisan, September 2014
  • Karla Ortiz, “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour; Tor.com May 2014
  • John Picacio, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza; Tor.com October 2014

Best Gaming Related Illustration

  • Noah Bradley, Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
  • Eric Deschamps, Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
  • Michael Komarck, D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC, Oct. 2014
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
  • Karla Ortiz, Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WotC, Nov. 2014
  • Chris Rahn, Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WotC, July 2014

Best Product Illustration

  • Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
  • Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
  • John Picacio, La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
  • Raymond Swanland, One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Linda Adair, Dragonsbride oil
  • Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Reiko Murakami, Giving Name Photoshop
  • Mark Poole, Omens oils
  • Dorian Vallejo, Crossing oil on canvas
  • Annie Stegg Gerard, The Lady of Lorien oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Kristina Carroll, “Dragonslayer” charcoal
  • Sean Murray, “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
  • John Picacio, El Venado, graphite
  • Olivier Villoingt, “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
  • Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya, “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • David Meng, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
  • Michael Parkes, Meditation, bronze
  • Forest Rogers, A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
  • Virginie Ropars, Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, Pyr
  • Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
  • Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
  • Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Kinuko Craft
  • John Harris
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig

The awards ceremony will be held at Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, on August 19-23.

ASFA members have until June 30 at 11:45 p.m. (Eastern) to submit a final ballot. According to Picacio, “If you’re not currently an ASFA member, join! It only costs a measly $35 and you gain full voting privileges.”


15 thoughts on “2015 Chesley Award Shortlist

  1. That’s IT, we’re boycotting the Chelsey Awards! I don’t know how someone might boycott an award, but we’ll figure it out! Fire up the email spambots, Warrant Officer Brad!

  2. Congrats to Shelly Bond, eic of my longest- running series!

    And to Irene Gallo and all the nominees.

  3. Nick, you seriously have some issues. Can’t you at least TRY to be an adult and congratulate the nominees and leave out the BS? If not, you’re simply showing yourself to be someone who is duly ignorable. Then again, I suppose for most trolls, that is your goal.

  4. Michael,

    I think I missed your comment where you congratulated the nominees.

  5. “Can’t you at least TRY to be an adult and congratulate the nominees and leave out the BS?”

    If Brad had managed that, this whole mess wouldn’t exist for Nick to troll about.

  6. Congrats to all the nominees, and IIRC Tor.com usually has a roundup/ preview of the nominated material. They may put some up later today.

  7. Congratulations to all the nominees! I’m particularly delighted to see Julie Dillon’s name. She’s a favourite of mine. I’m also pleased for Irene Gallo, since after all the fuss she could probably do with something nice happening.

  8. According to Picacio, “If you’re not currently an ASFA member, join! It only costs a measly $35 and you gain full voting privileges.”


  9. Unless the members vote for the Chesley Award nominees, and I don’t think they do, there’s nothing for ASFA to worry about. Of course, they could always use the money… 😉

  10. If Irene Gallo wins I hope she will be allowed to discuss it on her personal Facebook page without her boss shaking his finger at her.

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