The Salon: The Graphic Story Hugo

This month on The Salon Cheryl Morgan and her guests discuss which 2010 graphic stories might be good candidates for the Hugo Award. With Cheryl in The Salon are writer Maura McHugh, retailer and blogger Joe Gordon, and podcaster David Monteith.

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During the show we made mention of the following:

Here are some links to works we discussed.

  • The Unwritten #2: The Inside Man, Mike Carey & Peter Gross (Vertigo) [Purchase]
  • Air #3, G. Willow Wilson & M. K. Perker (Vertigo) [Purchase]
  • Grandville Mon Amour, Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape) [Purchase]
  • Sleepyheads, Randall C. (Blank Slate) [Purchase]
  • At the Mountains of Madness, Ian Culbard & H.P. Lovecraft (Self-Made Hero) [Purchase]
  • Batwoman Elegy, Greg Rucka & JH Williams III (DC Comics) [Purchase]
  • Fables: Witches, Bill Willingham & Mark Buckingham (Vertigo) [Purchase]
  • iZombie: Dead to the World, Chris Roberson & Mike Allred (Vertigo) [Purchase]
  • Dust to Dust, Chris Roberson, Philip K. Dick & Robert Adler (Boom! Studios) [Purchase]
  • Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick, Tony Parker & Bill Sienkiewicz (Boom! Studios) [Purchase]
  • Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn, Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely & Philip Tan (DC Comics) [Purchase]
  • Batman: Return of Bruce Wayne, Grant Morrison and various artists (DC Comics) [Purchase]
  • X’ed Out, Charles Burns (CCV) [Purchase]
  • Irredeemable 3, 4 & 5, Mark Waid & Peter Krause (Boom! Studios) [Purchase]
  • Incorruptible, Mark Waid & Jean Diaz (Boom! Studios) [Purchase]
  • Shadoweyes, Ross Campbell (SLG) [Purchase]
  • Duncan the Wonder Dog, Adam Hines (AdHouse Books) [Purchase]
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 6: Retreat, Jane Espenson, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Andy Owens, Jo Chen (Dark Horse) [Purchase]
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight Volume 7: Twilight, Brad Meltzer, Joss Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Karl Moline, Andy Owens, Michelle Madsen (Dark Horse) [Purchase]
  • The Wormworld Saga, Daniel Lieske
  • Red Light Properties, Dan Goldman (
  • Particle Fiction, David Wynne
  • Freakangels Vol 4, Warren Ellis & Paul Duffield (Avatar Press) [Purchase]
  • The Abominable Charles Christopher, Karl Kerschl
  • Harker, Roger Gibson & Vince Danks
  • Cancertown (2009), Cy Dethan & Stephen Downey (Insomnia Publications) [Purchase]
  • Forty-Five, Andi Ewington
  • Foiled, Jane Yolen & Mike Cavallaro (Roaring Brook Press) [Purchase]
  • Turf, Jonathan Ross & Tommy Lee Edwards (Titan Books) [Purchase]
  • Elephantmen Vol. 4, Richard Starkings (Image)
  • Mercury, Hope Larson (Atheneum) [Purchase]
  • Louis: Night Salad, Sandra Marrs & John Chalmers (Metaphrog) [Purchase]
  • Hellboy: The Wild Hunt (2009), Mike Mignola & Duncan Fegredo (Dark Horse) [Purchase]
  • Atomic Robo: Other Strangeness, Scott Wegener & Brian Clevinger (Red 5) [Purchase]
  • Karakuri Odette, Julietta Suzuki (Tokyopop) [Purchase]
  • Pluto, Naoki Urasawa (Viz Media) [Purchase]
  • 20th Century Boys Vols 7-12, Naoki Urasawa (Viz Media) [Purchase]
  • 7 Billion Needles Vols 1 & 2, Nobuaki Tadano (Vertical) [Purchase]
  • Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour (volume 6), Brian Lee O’Malley (Oni) [Purchase]
  • The Walking Dead Vols 12 & 13, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard & Tony Moore (Image) [Purchase]
  • The Chimpanzee Complex Vols 2 & 3, Richard Marazano (Cinebook) [Purchase]

Other comics-related suggestions for the Hugos made during the podcast were:


  • Shelly Bond


You may also find the following links useful:

About the Guests

Maura McHugh

Maura McHugh lives in Galway, Ireland and her short stories and poetry have appeared in publications such as Black Static, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2010, Shroud Magazine and Goblin Fruit, and one her screenplays has been shot as a short film. She’s written the scripts for the graphic novel Róisín Dubh, coming this year from Atomic Diner in Ireland, and is working on her second graphic novel, also from Atomic Diner. She co-juried the Campaign for Real Fear with author Christopher Fowler in 2010. She also works as the blogger/newsletter editor/web content manager for the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.


Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is a Scottish bookseller, reviewer and web editor of the Forbidden Planet International blog; he has also written for The Alien Online, Emerald City and the Waterstone’s Guide to Science Fiction & Fantasy and set up the Edinburgh Science Fiction Book Group which meets on the last Tuesday of each month. He spends too much time telling people about good comics and books in between supporting his local brewery.


David Monteith

David Monteith is a first generation Brit of Jamaican origin with a very diverse portfolio. David is an actor, percussionist, opera director and acting teacher. David was nost recently on stage in Poland as Pericles at the 14th Gdansk Shakespeare festival. He was also the subject of a documentary that took him to Nigeria and Jamaica following the journey of his Great great great grandfather.

David is one half of Geek Syndicate, a podcast and website that deals with all things genre. Amongst the 2 co-hosts generally insulting each other, the Syndicate has managed to interview some impressive guests and preview many books, tv shows and movies. Geek syndicate has developed into a network of podcasts each specialising in a particular element of geekery. Check out for more details. David can aslo be heard on his new podcast Timelore where he and his team review Dr Who from the very beginning (1963) onwards. David is tentatively testing his writing ability and will have his first short story published online in Febuary at