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Toot! Toot!

The end of 2009 brought all sorts of artistic recognition to the (extended) house of Rebcake.

  1. A consortium of arts funders, led by the Ford Foundation, presented the 2009 United States Artists fellowships in December, and one of the eight literature grant recipients was one of my esteemed brothers-in-law. The *ahem* cash grant was not insubstantial, and was a huge help to B-I-L, who has been working exclusively as a groundbreaking artist for almost 30 years, and whose arms are no doubt tired from breaking up all that ground. He is downplaying the whole thing, but it’s the kind of recognition that doesn’t come around very often, especially for toilers in our great American art form, comics.
  1. Close on the heels of that, word came that MiAmor’s mini-series has been selected for reprint in Houghton Mifflin’s “Best American Comics of 2010” by guest editor Neil Gaiman. It also made a few other “best of 2009” lists, which was very gratifying to MiAmor, lemme tell ya. It had been a couple of years since his last project, and this was his biggest yet. He wrote it and did cover designs, while B-I-L drew it. The folks at Dark Horse have been consistently wonderful, but we had no idea if the book was doing well, either in sales or critically, so it’s nice to have the last question answered.
  1. Round Seven of the Running With Scissors Awards brought me a shiny Bloody Colonials [Alternative Universe/Human] win for Violet Eyes Are Smiling, a Joyce story that I keep explaining to people is totally canon. Nobody seems to believe me. Angearia even listed it on buffyversetop5 as one of her favorite crack!fics of 2009! I just don’t get it…but I am thrilled that people are enjoying the story.
  1. Round 25 of the Shades of Grey Awards brought me a runner-up award for the little fic that could, With This Ring. Golly! I guess I should have known that semi-angsty adventure with a happy ending would resonate with people, but I honestly did not anticipate it being such an award magnet. And in the Best Het category, no less. Since there isn’t any sex in the story, I do wonder why it ended up there (with its rating mysteriously changed to an R from the original PG13). There is some shocking language, so maybe that’s it. (Does anybody else laugh and laugh when movie warnings state: Language. Or better still: Pervasive Language.?!?) In any case, I’m delighted to be included, despite fruitless attempts to understand categorization. A theme which spills out into my everyday life, as well.
  1. My f-list was well represented on both the RWSA and SOGA winners lists, so congratulations to the lot of you, you talented little so-and-sos. You’re fun to hang with, and you do fine work. Carry on.


( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really impressive!

I have to say that I still love your crack-fic Mary-Sue. And with this ring rocks! Congrats!
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, thanks! I'm glad you like my (totally canon!) crack!fic. *iz confused why nobody sees how canon it iz* Heh. Anyway, it was a nice end to a weird year.
Jan. 7th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Wow!! Huge congrats on all those things, especially the big RL accolades for BIL and SuAmor. Comics don't seem to be an narrative medium that I relate to very well, but I'm terribly impressed by folk that do. And yeesh, Neil Gaiman...
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
And yeesh, Neil Gaiman...

I know, right? MiAmor now says he has to stop ragging on the guy, since he's being so nice. (I always liked his work, but MiAmor might've been a tad jealous of his success. It's a thing. I think he's actually said "Too many words" which reminded me of Salieri in Amadeus. *snerk*)

Thanks for the kind words!
Jan. 8th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
MiAmor’s mini-series has been selected for reprint in Houghton Mifflin’s “Best Comics of 2010” by guest editor Neil Gaiman.

You know this means I now have six degrees of separation from Neil Gaiman, right? :) Someone I know online has their significant other who wrote something that Neil Gaiman selected.

Also, congrats!
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
You know he posts on LJ, right? You can have just one degree of separation, plus you can see pictures of his stunning dog, which is just as handsome as slaymesoftly's exceedingly handsome animals. Why not?
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read his blog.... :)
Jan. 8th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
It's not the same, is it?
Jan. 8th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Congrats and yays all around! \o/
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! All that good news certainly put a different spin on 2010.
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Congrats on all the achievements!! I've bookmarked With This Ring, and hope that RL will loosen up some so I can get to it :D
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks, sweetie! You've got quite a few achievements and life milestones coming up yourself, so enjoy them!
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
Congratulations to you and yours! That's really brill, regarding the art achievements, especially right now when certain avenues of the art world can seem so bleak at times!
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm trying to remember the last time I heard of comics winning major recognition as "literature", but I'm having trouble thinking of anything since Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer, long ago. It's all very interesting.
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