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September 23rd, 2008
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SF artists grows as artists write to me
Yesterday Vincent Chong sent me a list of book covers he's done. The list includes Polish and Japanese editions - books that don't show up in English speaking book lists, generally.

This is part of the reason why the SFeditors and SFartists wikis are (unlike Wikipedia) permitting artists and editors to edit their own articles and send us material for them, without recourse to 3rd person references. I'm not going to assume and assert that 1st person references are infallible - we're all fallible - but I think it's useful to the community to allow as how an individual may have information about the work they've done, and encourage it to be shared directly.

John Picacio and Aleta Rafton also sent me CVs of their work, which served among other things to illustrate to me how many publishers (and artworks) the Locus Covers index is missing. I really appreciate the covers index, and I hope it expands in scope in years to come, but I also hope award nominators and voters realize it's only a sample of the field. John's CV also includes many nonfiction books about science fiction, which still seem like science fiction illustration to me.

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From:encorecrazay
Date:September 23rd, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
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John Picacio is a really cool guy, he just lives down the road in San Antonio so I see him quite often. I have the print #1 of the limited edition that won for best paper back cover in Glasgow a few years ago, and print #2 of the set for the cover that was nominated this year - actually bought it last year, well before the nominations just because I liked it (Chesley Awards). I've got his book on his cover illustrations when it came out. We've talked about drawing a bit over the years, and maybe I'll start again. Plus a bunch more of his work. Wish I could afford buying originals.
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From:netmouse
Date:September 23rd, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
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So far I have not listed the Japanese titles at all. I wonder if I have to turn a character set on in wikimedia to do that, or just use unicode...
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From:cherylmmorgan
Date:September 23rd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
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It is running UTF8 at the moment. The Mediawiki installation instructions specifically warned against installing unicode.
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