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For Your Consideration: Hugo Award Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The deadline for nominating works for the Hugo Awards is March 10, 2013. Members (as of January 31, 2013) of Chicon 7, LoneStarCon 3, or Loncon 3 are eligible to nominate.

It’s pretty much a given that at least three episodes of Doctor Who will be nominated, and that one of those will win. While Doctor Who is certainly an outstanding series, there are a multitude of other science fiction and fantasy TV shows, as well as a few theatrical shorts and Internet productions that are worthy of consideration.

A multi-part production such as Game of Thrones, Season 2 will undoubtedly be nominated in the Long Form category as Season 1 was last year. So my advice is to not waste your nomination votes in the Short Form category for individual episodes, as they will be disqualified.

For the Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category, I have compiled a list of productions that are eligible to be nominated this year. It is a long list, and undoubtedly not comprehensive. I’ve listed the titles of individual episodes because the Hugo rules require individual episodes to be nominated. The dividing line between Short Form and Long Form is 90 minutes running time, but may be adjusted slightly one way or another if a majority of nominators place a borderline work in the other category.

For your consideration:jakethedog

  • “Jake the Dog”, Adventure Time
  • “Prehistoric Peril!”, The Adventures of the League of S.T.E.A.M.
  • “Tommy Madsen”, Alcatraz
  • “God’s Eye”, Alphas
  • “I Am Anne Frank”, Parts 1 and 2, American Horror Story: AsylumArcher Space Race
  • “Space Race”, Parts 1 and 2, Archer
  • “Betrayal”, Arrow
  • “Secret Invasion”, The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest HeroesAWAKE
  • “Say Hello to My Little Friend”, Awake
  • “Blood & Chrome”, Battlestar Galactica
  • “Bridesmaid Up!”, Beauty and the Beast
  • “Trust”, Before Orel
  • “The War Child”, Being Human
  • “The Ultimate Enemy”, Parts 1 and 2, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
  • “Time Slime”, Bravest Warriors
  • “The Final Frontier”, Castle
  • “Digital Estate Planning”, Community
  • “End Times”, Continuumdarkknightreturnspart1
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, DC Entertainment
  • Justice League: Doom, DC Entertainment
  • Superman vs. The Elite, DC Entertainment
  • “The Angels Take Manhattan”, Doctor Who
  • “When Lightning Strikes”, Dragons: Riders of Berk
  • “Just Another Day”, Eureka
  • “A More Perfect Union”, Falling Skies
  • “Yug Ylimaf”, Family GuyFringe
  • “Letters of Transit”, Fringe
  • “The Bots and the Bees”, Futurama
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, Gracie Films
  • “Homecoming”, Green Lantern: The Animated Series
  • “Season of the Hexenbiest”, Grimm
  • “Thanks for the Memories”, HavenIron-Man
  • “Control-Alt-Delete”, Iron Man: Armored Adventures
  • “Cinderella Liberty”, Last Resort
  • “Endgame”, The Legend of Korra
  • “Midnight Lamp”, Lost Girlmerlin
  • “The Diamond of the Day”, Parts 1 and 2, Merlin
  • Episode #4.3, Misfits
  • Head over Heels, National Film and Television School (NFTS)
  • Mockingbird Lane, NBC
  • “Queen of Hearts”, Once Upon a Time
  • “The Contingency”, Person of Interestreddwarf
  • “Trojan”, Red Dwarf
  • “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, Revolution
  • “DC Comics Special”, Robot Chicken
  • “Bill Plympton Couch Gag”, The Simpsons
  • “Wrath of the Gods”, Spartacus: War of the Damned
  • “Revenge”, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • “Citizen Fang”, Supernatural
  • “Fury”, Teen Wolf
  • “Birth of the Blades”, Thundercats
  • “Pilot”, Touch
  • “Darkest Hour”, Transformers Prime
  • “Scars”, Parts 1 and 2, TRON: Uprising
  • “Save Yourself”, True Blood
  • “Freaky”, Ultimate Spider-Man
  • “The Departed”, The Vampire Diaries
  • “A Very Venture Halloween”, The Venture Bros.
  • “Parting Shots”, The Walking DeadPaperman
  • Paperman, Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • “The Ones You Love”, Warehouse 13
  • “Depths”, Young Justice
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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Lost in the Andes”

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: “Lost in the Andes” by Carl Barks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fantagraphics Books has obtained the rights to republish the body of work of Carl Barks, regarded as one of the greatest cartoonists in history. Barks worked in obscurity for most of his career because comic book policy throughout his tenure precluded creators from being acknowledged with bylines. Only after his retirement in 1966 did most fans realize the “good duck artist” was Carl Barks.

Although Barks didn’t create Donald Duck, it is his interpretation that probably resides in most people’s memories. Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, where Barks’ duck stories were primarily told, was the top-selling comic book in its heyday. Donald in the animated shorts was a hot-headed buffoon. Barks’ Donald was an actor called upon to play whatever role Barks needed: from exasperated parent to worldly adventurer.

It was Barks’ duck comics that spurred my early interest in sequential storytelling, and probably my love of reading in general.

The first volume from Fantagraphics presents one of Barks’ favorite stories, “Lost in the Andes,” three other long stories from 1948-1949, “The Golden Christmas Tree,” “Race to the South Seas!,” and “Voodoo Hoodoo,” plus nine 10-pagers and assorted one-page gag strips. This is the beginning of Barks’ strongest storytelling period, just after he had created Scrooge McDuck and Gladstone Gander. Along with the stories, the book includes introductory text and detailed story notes that broaden the appreciation for Barks’s background and what he accomplished in each story.

Barks got his start as an artist and story man on dozens of Donald Duck cartoons. He and his animation partner Jack Hannah wrote and drew the 1942 story “Donald Duck finds Pirate Gold,” and soon Barks was writing and drawing the ducks on a monthly basis, having almost complete autonomy to produce what he wanted without interference from the comic book publisher or from Disney.

Fantagraphics has gone back to the clean original drawings and recolored them in a way that closely matches Barks’ original intents. “Race to the South Seas!” is seeing its first pristine reprint from recently re-discovered originals.

“Lost in the Andes” concerns Donald’s quest to find the source of rare square eggs. Donald and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie eventually find a hidden Peruvian culture that speaks English with a heavy Southern accent as a result of a previous visitor’s influence, one Professor Rhutt Betlah. Donald and the boys figure out in a few minutes what the natives haven’t in centuries, that the square eggs come from square chickens that look like rocks.

The other notable story is “Voodoo Hoodoo,” where an African witch doctor sends Bombie the Zombie to kill Scrooge. However, it took something like 70 years for the zombie to reach Duckburg, so it mistakes Donald for the young Scrooge it remembered, and hijinks ensue as Donald and the boys valiantly try to set things straight.

All of the other stories are well worth reading, although the very best duck stories are yet to come. I am eagerly awaiting future volumes in this series.