Finalists were announced today for the 2010 Hugo Awards, which recognize the best in science fiction and fantasy.
Presented annually since 1955 by the World Science Fiction Society, the Hugo is among science fiction’s most prestigious awards. This year’s winners will be announced in September in Melbourne at AussieCon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention.
Nominees for Best Graphic Story are:
• Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? — Written by Neil Gaiman, penciled by Andy Kubert and inked by Scott Williams (DC Comics)
• Captain Britain and MI13, Vol. 3: Vampire State — Written by Paul Cornell, penciled by Leonard Kirk with Mike Collins, Adrian Alphona and Ardian Syaf (Marvel)
• Fables, Vol. 12: The Dark Ages — Written by Bill Willingham, penciled by Mark Buckingham, Peter Gross, Andrew Pepoy, Michael Allred and David Hahn, colored by Lee Loughridge and Laura Allred, and lettered by Todd Klein (Vertigo)
• Girl Genius, Vol. 9: Agatha Heterodyne and the Heirs of the Storm — Written by Kaja and Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
• Schlock Mercenary: The Longshoreman of the Apocalypse — Written and illustrated by Howard Tayler
This is only the second year for the Best Graphic Story category. Girl Genius, Vol. 8, won last year’s award.
The full list of nominees can be found at the Hugo Awards website.