ASFA is a non-profit, educational 5Ol(c)(3) association made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with an interest the genre.


Mitchell Bentley

Alan Beck

Sara Felix

Laura Domitz

Cary A. Conder

West Coast Director:
Spring Schoenhuth

Mountain Director:
Maurine Starkey

Central Director:
Samantha Haney Press

East Coast Director:
Joni Brill Dashoff

ASFA Mailing Address:
Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists
PO Box 60933
Harrisburg, PA  17106  USA





August 2015

Mission Statement

ASFA is organized for artistic, literary, educational and charitable purposes concerning the visual arts of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology and related topics. We are dedicated to providing a communications link among our members, as well as providing helpful information and technical assistance.

ASFA's purpose is to encourage and help develop amateur artistic talent, support the efforts and needs of working artists, educate the public, connect with and encourage publishers, patrons of the arts and anyone interested in works of the genre. We are also here to stimulate the public's interest in these areas of art.

Additionally, each year ASFA gives out the Chesley Awards, which are named for the great astronomical artist, Chesley Bonestell. The Chesleys were started in 1985 as a means for the SF and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during the previous year.

2010 was the 25th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

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The ASFA Community Network is our organization's payment gateway now. In order to join ASFA, choose "Sign Up" in the box on the left. A pop-up will guide you through the process.

We still have a few Lifetime members who need to get their memberships updated through the ASFA Community Network. Please Email the ASFA President for assistance with that.

The Chesley Awards Process - This year the Chesleys turn 30!

The 2015 Chesley Awards will be held at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, Spokane, Washington, USA on August 19-23, 2015. Ceremony will take place Thursday, August 20th at 7PM in Room 300D.

Nominees for this year are: 

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014
Jon Foster, Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi; Subterranean Press, 2014
Todd Lockwood, The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan; Tor, March 2014
John Picacio, Endymion by Dan Simmons; Limited Edition, Subterranean Press, December 2014
Michael Whelan, Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson; Tor, March 2014

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
John Harris, Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie; Orbit October 2014
Jon Sullivan, The Return of the Discounted Man by Mark Hodder; Pyr, July 2014
Raymond Swanland, The Lady by K.V. Johansen; Pyr, December 2014
Danielle Tunstall, Unseaming by Mike Allen; Antimatter Press, October 2014
Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014 edited by Kij Johnson; Prometheus/Pyr

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine
Julie Dillon Analog April 2014
Matt Dixon, Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
Wayne Haag, Interzone #253 July/August 2014
Patrick Jones, Analog March 2014
Jae Lee, Batman/Superman #14 DC Comics October 2014
Peter Mohrbacher, Lightspeed #48 May 2014
Dan Dos Santos, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 Dark Horse, March 2014

Best Interior Illustration
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe;, January 2014
Galen Dara, “A City of Its Tentacles” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
Julie Dillon, Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August; Kickstarter December 2014
Scott Gustafson, Classic Bedtime Stories; Artisan, September 2014
Karla Ortiz, “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour; May 2014
John Picacio, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza; October 2014

Best Gaming Related Illustration
Noah Bradley, Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
Eric Deschamps, Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC, Feb. 2014
Michael Komarck, D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC, Oct. 2014
Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
Karla Ortiz, Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WotC, Nov. 2014
Chris Rahn, Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WotC, July 2014

Best Product Illustration
Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
Patrick Jones, Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
John Picacio, La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
Raymond Swanland, One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished
Linda Adair, Dragonsbride oil
Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
Reiko Murakami, Giving Name Photoshop
Mark Poole, Omens oils
Dorian Vallejo, Crossing oil on canvas
Annie Stegg Gerard, The Lady of Lorien oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished
Kristina Carroll, “Dragonslayer” charcoal
Sean Murray, “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
John Picacio, El Venado, graphite
Olivier Villoingt, “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
Rebecca Yanovskaya, “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art
Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
David Meng, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
Michael Parkes, Meditation, bronze
Forest Rogers, A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
Virginie Ropars, Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
Vincent Villafranca, Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director
Lou Anders, Pyr
Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
Irene Gallo, Tor &
Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
Kinuko Craft
John Harris
Gregory Manchess
Iain McCaig

Voting is NOW CLOSED

The Chesley Awards are a 3 part process: suggestions, nominations and final voting.
You are not required to adhere to the nominations suggestion list - that is only a list for your consideration; works vetted as eligible and deemed worthy entrants by the nominations & voting committee. The final voting is a ranked style vote and will require careful consideration as you go through the categories.

Voting is now closed.  Please join us at Sasquan for the Chesley ceremony!

Check out out tri-weekly ASFA Art eNews Paper

For a little over a year now, we have been offering a means of providing relevant industry news and content. Based upon our Twitter feed and folks we follow, we are proud to produce the ASFA Art eNews, a tri-weekly e-newspaper for your edification (members - see tab above).

As part of our mission to provide educational resources, the ASFA Art eNews brings you current trending happenings in the field of science fiction and fantasy publishing as well as topics of interest by editors, writers and artists in the field.


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Who we are & What we do

  • Build Community
  • Share Information
  • Provide Resources
  • Recognize Excellence

ASFA provides support services for artists, publishers, fans, and literary science fiction and fantasy conventions (cons) around the globe. Our members often assist in the running of art shows, mediating disputes and assisting in charity auctions. ASFA provides member suites at large conventions such as the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) , North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), and occasionally at Archon, Lunacon, Philcon, Westercon and other regional cons to name a few.

In accordance with our Bylaws and Mission Statement, ASFA has set up the ASFA Community Network for our members in order to provide the services and information mentioned. The community contains forums, galleries, links and a calendar of events. We provide feedback to artists, information on convention art shows and a place to gain assistance from experienced professionals in the field. There are ongoing developments of content that will include typical art show rules, forms, updates and locations, assistance with press releases, places to find art supplies, and a workshop forum for community feedback. There is even an area for artists and publishers to seek out one another and make arrangements for work.

ASFA holds its annual meeting at the Worldcon every year unless Worldcon is held outside of North America, when the meeting is held at NASFiC.

ASFA also gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA's peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards (or other literary & art awards), during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were  renamed a year after their conception to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention and sometimes at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.

2015 is the 30th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

Interested in becoming involved?

None of the goals and aspirations mentioned above can come to fruition without an engaged and vibrant membership. Membership in ASFA is open to anyone with an interest in the genre (not just artists), and includes artists, collectors, art directors, publishers, educators and fans from around the world.

Join ASFA today - sign up for only $35.00 per year, or get a discount at $60.00 for 2 years.
We also offer a lifetime membership for just $600.00

Latest Activity

Scott Zrubek replied to Scott Zrubek's discussion ArmadilloCon 2015 summary
"This year we had 6.5 tables sold and 46 panels.  Last year we had 13 tables and 44 panels."
9 hours ago
Sara Felix replied to Scott Zrubek's discussion ArmadilloCon 2015 summary
"This is great Scott.  And not just because I was in the show, I love to see this kind of info.  What is the ratio of panels to tables?  Is it pretty consistent? "
14 hours ago
Sara Felix posted an event

Sasquan at Spokane Washington

August 19, 2015 to August 23, 2015
The 73rd World Science Fiction Convention.  Chesleys! Reception! ASFA Suite!  Art Show with ASFA members!  Meetings!  Come join us!See More
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Hey everyone.  Lots of activities coming up with Sasquan happening in less than three weeks.  First, the Chesley ceremony will be on Thursday August 20th at 7PM in room 300D. The Artist reception will take place after the awards in the art show.  We will have a ASFA suite at the Davenport which will be ran by our awesome Director at Large, Cary Conder.   (Rooms have changed so will update with room number)  We have a number of ASFA members in the art show this year so check them out!  Finally…See More
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Scott Zrubek posted a discussion

ArmadilloCon 2015 summary

I wanted to pass along a few tidbits after last weekend’s ArmadilloCon:Total sales: $4400 give or take a bitMail-in art: was mailed back out Monday morning after the convention by 9 a.m.Check information: Was submitted to the treasurer on Monday, so checks should be coming soonAwards: Best Black and White : “High Water” Maria J. WilliamsBest Color: “ Mirror, Mirror” Rocky KelleyBest 3-D: “Unexpected Traveler” Sara FelixBest in Show: “El Arbol” John PicacioBest Artist: Rocky KelleySales…See More
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ArmadilloCon 2015 summary

Started by Scott Zrubek in Convention Reports & Feedback. Last reply by Scott Zrubek 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

I wanted to pass along a few tidbits after last weekend’s ArmadilloCon:Total sales: $4400 give or take a bitMail-in art: was mailed back out Monday morning after the convention by 9 a.m.Check…Continue

2015 Hugo Award Base Design Competition

Started by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. in Convention Notifications Jan 22. 0 Replies

2015 Hugo Award Base Design CompetitionSasquan is hosting an open competition to determine the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards.Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for the design and production of…Continue

Almost time to register for Spectrum 2015

Started by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. in Convention Reports & Feedback Sep 26, 2014. 0 Replies

Received this today from the people at Spectrum:Hello!I just wanted to send a quick reminder to everyone that exhibitor registration will open on Monday, September 29th, at noon (CST). At that time,…Continue

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Self Publishing

Started by Jeffrey McDonald in Publishing. Last reply by Juliana Coles Jul 30, 2014. 3 Replies

A friend of mine and I are creating an independant graphic novel. Although we are in the infancy of the project I am looking toward the finished product. My question here is, has anyone ever self…Continue

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Posted by Sara Felix on August 1, 2015 at 11:29am 0 Comments

Hey everyone.  Lots of activities coming up with Sasquan happening in less than three weeks.  First, the Chesley ceremony will be on Thursday August 20th at 7PM in room 300D. The Artist reception will take place after the awards in the art show.…


ASFA Activities at 2014 Worldcon in London

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on August 12, 2014 at 11:18am 0 Comments

From our Illustrious and proactive secretary, Sara Felix (who unfortunately cannot attend Loncon):

Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know what is going on in Loncon related to ASFA.  

First of all, The Chesleys are…


2014 Chesley Awards Nominations online

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on May 19, 2014 at 11:02am 0 Comments

Chesley nominations are now open for the 2014…


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