Our Art Director, Galen Dara, is nominated for a Hugo Award!

This year’s Hugo Award nominations have been announced, and Galen Dara – who not only volunteers as our Art Director but whose work has graced Cthulhurotica, FISH, and Bibliotheca Fantastica – is up for Best Fan Artist! This is, in part, because of the work that she has done for us at Dagan Books, and we are so very proud.

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Galen first drew for Cthulhurotica in 2010, creating black-and-white images to fit with our stories. She came back in 2011 to do color versions (see above) and in 2012 she drew new art for our revised edition:

Galen Dara's illustration for “Le Ciél Ouvert”

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When KV Taylor and I put together FISH in 2012, we knew exactly who we wanted to create our cover. Galen worked with us on a couple of designs before we all decided we wanted something personal, something truly special. Galen immortalized my mother in an amazing piece of art that looks as good as a book cover as it does hanging on a wall:

FISH by Galen Dara

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She also created five original pieces of interior art, lending her bold, energetic style to the pages of FISH, just as she did for Cthulhurotica.

For the cover of our next anthology, Bibliotheca Fantastica, editor Don Pizarro asked us to use Galen again. After discussing what he wanted, Galen and I talked through the elements we wanted to capture: a woman, books, the magic of learning, the beauty of science & math … and look what she came up with:

Bibliotheca Fantastica, by Galen Dara

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In addition to working with us, Galen has created amazing images for the covers of Lightspeed and Fireside magazines, as well as others. See her online portfolio here.

Through the years, we’ve come to rely on Galen as a consummate professional who not only listens to our needs but creates gorgeous artwork that combines what we want with her own special vision. Though the publishing industry is often slow to move forward, suffers from delays, and – as a small, independent company – we can’t afford to pay her what we know she’s worth, Galen has always answered emails and questions, been open to suggestions, and turned her work in on time. We will continue to buy her art for our future projects, and consider ourselves very lucky.

We love Galen, as a person and as an artist. She came into our lives when Dagan Books was just beginning, on our very first project, and she has worked tirelessly to make sure that we are making beautiful books. We could never thank her enough.

If you like her work, or you want to support Dagan Books by supporting the artist who’s helped shape our style, please vote for her. You need to be a member of LoneStarCon 3 (the 71st WorldCon), but Supporting memberships are only $60 US. That’s a small price to pay for being one of the people who decides which novelists, short story writers, magazines, editors, and artists are recognized as the best our community has to offer. Get your membership here.

Thank you.

– Carrie Cuinn, Publisher

Tentacled Love, Galen Dara, 2011

BIBLIOTHECA FANTASTICA: Cover and List of Contributors

Stories within stories … twenty new fabulous tales of bibliophilic wonder, enchantment, terror, romance, mystery, and adventure…

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Edited by Don Pizarro; cover by Hugo award-winning artist Galen Dara.

Contributing Authors (in alphabetical order)

Colleen Anderson
Megan Arkenberg
Jesse Bangs
Todd T. Castillo
Tina Connolly
Michael J. DeLuca
Andrew S. Fuller
Lidya S. Gray
S.J. Hirons
Garry Kilworth
Yarrow Paisley
Amber Polo
Ursula Pflug
Gord Sellar
Trevor Shikaze
Michael Skeet
David Sklar
Ray Vukcevich
George S. Walker
A.C. Wise

We are so pleased to be able to show off another beautiful cover, designed and illustrated by our Art Director, Galen Dara. Be sure to click on the cover image to see a larger version!

FISH Cover Revealed!

Thanks to the talented Galen Dara, we are pleased to present the cover for our upcoming FISH anthology. Isn’t it lovely?

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If you’re interested in submitting to this anthology, please read our guidelines here.