Shaun Tan – more award nominations

Shaun Tan

Shaun Tan

I am a Shaun Tan fan. I have been since I saw The Rabbits, the John Marsden book he illustrated.

I love all the different styles he uses in his illustrations and I greatly enjoyed listening to him speak about his latest publication, Tales from Outer Suburbia earlier this year. This book had some wonderful short stories he had written as well as illustrated. My favourite, Alert but not alarmed, involves the  storage of ballistic missiles in suburbia.

Tales from outer suburbia

Tales from outer suburbia

From the CMIS site I have learnt that Shaun has been nominated for two Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, for Tales from Outer Suburbia.

The Chesley Awards were established in 1985 as ASFA’s peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were later renamed to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention(Worldcon).

Shaun has alreadybeen acknowledged on the international stage when he was named Best Artist at the World Fantasy Awards in 2001 in Montreal and in 2005 his book, The Arrival, which was a universal story about migration, told in a series of wordless images, became an international best-seller.

This time Shaun has been nominated for Best Interior Illustration and Artistic Achievement. The winners will be announced in Montreal on the 6-10 August at the 67th World Science Fiction Convention.

It is wonderful to see a really talented Australian author/illustrator acknowledged on the world stage. If you want to hear some of Shaun’s views on illustration, in March this year he gave the Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture. You can visit this site to hear his lecture and/or read the transcript. He spoke with great insight about using illustration as a narrative device and I summarised his lecture in a post earlier.


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