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Four-Time Hugo Award Winner

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EARTH 2.0: PRISON PLANET

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KLINGON GIRL


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GUIDOLON

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CORY DOCTOROW'S HEAD IN SPACE

BEING ASSEMBLED BY DINOSAURS

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TIME-TRAVELLING DINOSAURS PLAYING GUITAR,  EPISODE 2

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ROCK 'N' ROLL ROMANCE

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ROCK BAND UNITY BONUS

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ORLANDO IN 2015 WORLDCON BID

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ORLANDO IN 2015 WORLDCON BID

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LIKE ABU GHRAIB BUT WITH DINOSAURS

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MELANIE (Realms of Fantasy)

anuman

HANUMAN'S BRIDGE

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SEATTLE IN 2011 WORLDCON BID

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SEATTLE IN 2011 WORLDCON BID

ast a cold eye

CAST A COLD EYE

ragon City

DRAGON CITY

alaxy

GALAXY DRAGON

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ROUNDABOUT

ampire squid

VAMPIRE SQUID

airy Girl

FAIRY GIRL

onsistency

CONSISTENCY IS THE KEY

(Worm Free Society)

Collect the Whole Set! (Arisia)

Zombie Lincoln on the Moon (Radcon)

Dinosaurs Playing Guitar (for In a Prior Lifetime)

The Big Gun

Iron Horse (for Fantastic Stories magazine)

Cloud Dragon Skies (for Strange Horizons ezine)

Stolen Car (for Baycon 2005)

Worldcon inflight magazine ION TRAILS

Cthulhu Senryu (Nick Mamatas chapbook)

How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series (Harper Scott memoir)

Portrait of Caralyn

Derelict (SFWA Bulletin)

Paradise Passed (Jerry Oltion novel)

Heroes

ELVISSAURUS (For San Diego in 2006 Westercon bid)

EMERALD CITY

(for Cheryl Morgan's fanzine)

Gothic Wine (Darren Speegle novel)

 

RED BARON v. RED DRAGON

(for Guy Lillian III's Challenger fanzine)

BASFA (Bay Area SF Association)

BREAKDOWN (for Nth Degree fanzine)

AD ASTRA (for Talebones)

SMS KONIG v. SEA DRAGON

FUNDAMENTALLY CHALLENGED (anthology edited by Jeffrey Turner)

INTRACITIES

TRICK OF DISASTER (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

SCENT OF ROTTING ROSES (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

GOD (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

EGLANTINE's TIME (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

 JACK's HOUSE (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

GLASS (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

THE COURTESY OF GUESTS (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

DRAGON v. SPINOSAURUS

COVER IMAGE for Greetings from Lake Wu

ANGLE OF MY DREAMS (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

THE PASSING OF GUESTS (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

GORDY TABER (for Talebones magazine)

FOREVER SLEEP (for Talebones magazine)

TALL SPIRITS (for Greetings from Lake Wu)

WITCHING HOUR (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

STORED DREAMS (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

SYSOP (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

ROOTS OF CLOUDS, TAKING WING

VESSEL OF HEAVEN (for Eggplant Prods.)

THE WHITE HOTEL (for Fantastic Stories magazine)

EVENT HORIZON (for Talebones magazine)

 COMETARY BLISS

 

GRAVESEND (for Fantastic Stories)

SPECULATIONS.com

ECHO & NARCISSUS (Book cover)

WHEN THE EARTH WAS RED

GUNS IN THE GROUND

  

CHAIRMAN MAO GOES TO MARS (for a story by James Terman)

BUILD ME (for Talebones magazine)

  

HAMLET DREAMS (cover for the novel by Jennifer Barlow)

  

THE GOOD DAUGHTER (for Talebones magazine)

  

SILENCE BEFORE STARLIGHT (for Talebones magazine)

LIFEFORCE (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

  

JOEY'S MACHINE (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

 

KARUNA, INC. (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

    

SLUGBALL (for the Hugo-nominated Strange Horizons magazine)

  

BEST-KNOWN MAN IN THE WORLD (Cover for Daniel Pearlman book)

  

CLONING JESUS (for Fantastic Stories magazine) 

  

The Evil Fairy Godmother from the story CINDY (for Fantastic Stories magazine)

  

GIRLS/GUNS: WILLYCON 2001 CONVENTION POSTER (Artist Guest of Honor)

  

LOSING MEMORIES (for Darkling Plain magazine)

 

THE TOWER (OF BABEL) (for Darkling Plain magazine)

  

GUILDMASTER  (Grand Prize Winner/Illustrators of the Future)

  

THE SAD GIRL (for Talebones magazine)

With poetry by Christina Sng

  

RESURRECTION MAN (for E-scape ezine)

With poetry by Christina Sng

 

HAUNTING MIRANDA (for E-scape ezine)

  

COLORS OF PAIN (for Altair magazine, Spring 2000 - My first print publication!)

MORE ART

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These images may contain hidden messages.  Or not.

I commissioned Christina Sng to write poems for The Sad Girl, Resurrection Man, and Indifference and Keep the Universe Beautiful


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Images (c) 1998-2006 Frank Wu


SHORT BIO

Frank Wu is an award-winning artist, writer and animator.  His animated film project Guidolon is a Godzilla parody featuring a giant space chicken.  His Hugo award-winning fantasy and science fiction art has materialized in many magazines and fanzines, including Realsm of Fantasy, The SFWA Bulletin, Strange Horizons, On Spec, Fantastic Stories, Talebones, Darkling Plain, Altair, E-scape, and Nth Degree, plus the fanzines The Drink Tank, Emerald City, Argentus, Corrupt Marquee, and Challenger.  His work has appeared in films such as Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (a documentary on Klingon) and the short Worm Free Society.  He’s also painted science fiction and fantasy art covers for books by Cory Doctorow, Jerry Oltion, Mark Siegel, Jennifer Barlow, Daniel Pearlman, and Jamie Rosen. 2003 saw the release of a small press book of stories by Jay Lake, illustrated by Wu; the collection is entitled Greetings from Lake Wu.  Frank won the Illustrators of the Future Grand Prize and the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist. (Thus Frank is the only Grand Prize winner in either the Writers or Illustrators of the Future contest who's also won a Hugo.)  He also has four scientific papers on DNA replication to his credit, along with humor published in The Journal of Irreproducible Results and The Annals of Improbable Research.  When not creating stuff, Frank can be found hanging out with monks, hunting for mastodon bones in New Mexico and dinosaur bones and fish fossils in Wyoming, holding Laura Palmer's diary, riding in banana-shaped mopeds, touching art when the museum guards aren’t looking, searching for a river of molten lava to drop keys into, or walking the earth, meeting people, getting into adventures, you know, like Caine in Kung Fu.  For a full list of his publications, click here.

 

EARLIER PUBLICATIONS (COMPLETE LIST)

 

2007

Just released is the new, Director's cut of our short animated film, The Tragical Historie of Guidolon the Giant Space Chicken.  This is a film about a giant space chicken making a film about a giant space chicken.  ...  Also this year will see the publication of a short story I wrote for the anthology Visual Journeys, edited by Eric Reynolds.  Instead of artwork done to illustrate stories, in this antho, existing artwork was "literated" by various authors, including me, in my first published story, "Worlds in Collusion: A Planetary Romance."  Also in this book, authors literate four of my previously published pieces of artwork. ... I am also still doing art, including a piece for the Westercon progress report.

 

2006

SPECIAL SUPER-LUXURY EDITION of the book Greetings from Lake Wu (stories by Campbell Award for Best New Writer winner Jay Lake and art by me)! This beautiful artifact from the haute biblio press Traife Buffet has FULL-COLOR repros of the sixteen illos I did for this book (plus the stories, of course).  It comes in a slipcase covered and lined with iridescent Thai silk, and the book is bound with twenty-four signatures so each page will lay flat.  The pages themselves are 180g archival acid-free Japanese paper.  This edition is limited to only 250 hand-crafted copies, each one signed by Jay Lake and me.   Unlike the first edition from Wheatland Press, this is hard-cover, has full-color, is on acid-free paper, and includes three new stories and illos, in addition to artist and author introductions to each story!  Even if this weren't a book with my art, I'd still think it's absolutely gorgeous - buy one now 'cos they're going fast!

 

 

 

The big project these days is an animated version of Guidolon, the Giant Space Chicken, which I am creating with a team of artists.  I hope to sell this as a weekly animated TV show.  ... Happy news!  Two of my paintings - "Derelict" (for the SFWA Bulletin) and "Welcome Aboard" (for the 2005 Worldcon inflight magazine ION TRAILS) - are now in the collection of the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle! ... I started off this year being Artist Guest of Honor at Arisia in Boston. The highlight of that con for me was doing "Dueling Easels" with Bob Eggleton.  I wore a T-shirt that said, "Bob, you're going down."  We painted to a soundtrack Bob had brought, pausing in the middle of our alotted hour to play air guitar to "Stairway to Heaven." ...  One of my dragon paintings - which I had painted in one day during a writers/artists retreat at the house of my pal Rebecca Inch-Partridge - appeared on the cover of Steve Upham's ezine Estronomicon. ... After that I did the cover art for the RadCon science fiction convention, in Pasco, WA, where I was artist guest of honor, Feb. 17-19.  The theme was "alternative history," and I suggested to Jay Lake, the writer Guest of Honor, what if we did Lincoln on the moon?  He said, OK, but only if the South wins and Lincoln's a zombie. Thus, "Sweet Zombie Lincoln on the Moon."...  After that, among other projects, I'll be doing the cover art for Miscon, a sci-fi convention in Missoula, where I'll be Guest of Honor in May. ... In June, I went to the Licensing International Show in New York, pushing my Guidolon, the Giant Space Chicken project. 

2005

For the final 2005 project, I finished up artwork for Arisia, the science fiction convention in Boston, Jan 13-15, where I'll be Artist Guest of Honor.  That image has a dragon in a British Redcoat outfit, with tri-corner hat, destroying Boston. ... Another current project includes a cover and a set of interior art for Fantastic Stories. The stories include "Increments" by Robert Frazier, "The Case of the Haunted City" by Josepha Sherman, "Through the Looking Glass" by Terry McGarry, "Iron Horse" by Shariann Lewitt, and "Cast a Cold Eye" by William Barton. ... I finished up an illo for the story "Cloud Dragon Skies" by N. K. Jemisin for Strange Horizons. ... The previous project was a space scene featuring the SECC (Scottish Exhibition Centre) "Armadillo" building with rockets launching behind it.  This is for the Worldcon this August. ... Earlier I finished up a space station painting for the upcoming hardcover novel How I Helped the Chicago Cubs (Finally!) Win the World Series, by Harper Scott. ... In May, I was Artist Guest of Honor at Baycon, and painted a program book cover  for them, with a girl and a T-rex, along with T-shirt and badge art. ... I painted the cover for Nick Mamatas' chapbook of humor Lovecraftian poems called Cthulhu Senryu. ... I finished up a sci-fi painting I submitted to SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) for use as the cover for the next issue of the Bulletin. I use the term "painting" loosely, because the canvas board I used was made three-dimensional with bumps of glue, wood bits, etc.  The image is a derelict alien spaceship orbiting a nebula (get it?). ...   I started out the year with a little cartoon for Steve Silver's fanzine ArgentusHe was doing a special edition on gameshows, and I contributed my take on less-than-perfect robots competing on Jeopardy! ... In 2006, I'll have a piece of interior artwork included in the anthology The Exquisite Corpuscle. This anthology is being edited by yours truly and Jay Lake and is essentially a literary game of telephone. ... At Corflu in February I did half a dozen sci-fi cartoons, for the Forman's upcoming fanzine "Corrupt Marquee," for Chris Garcia's fanzine "The Drink Tank", for BayCon (where I was Artist GOH) in May, for Chaz Baden's "The Bear Went Over the Mountain" fanzine, and I thought it would be fun to submit a piece for Pat and Dick Lupoff's fanzine "Xero," which hasn't been published in 40 years.

2004

I capped off the year with the cover for the Jerry Oltion book Paradise Passed, published by Wheatland Press. ... I also had a piece of sci-fi art on the LA Con IV (worldcon in L.A., 2006) website splash page, called "Heroes." ... My artwork of a Klingon spacegirl (sorry, grrl) rising from the water is being used for poster artwork for the film Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water. This was my first movie poster. ... Earlier this year I did a cover for Nth Degree magazine for the story "Breakdown".  ... I recently submitted an illo for Steven Silver's fanzine Argentus called "Killfish".  ... Earlier this year I completed the cover for the Fundamentally Challenged anthology edited by Jeff Turner.  The antho has stories wherein something we all believe to be true - like gravity working or the earth revolving around the sun - stops being true.  In the cover illo, trees grow upsidedown.  It's called "Mama, Put My Trees in the Ground." ... I've been a Star Trek fan my whole life, and I finally got to do a sanctioned Trek piece.  I did a variation of the "I Want You" theme, with a killer Klingon spacebabe (girls are always fun to draw), for Lawrence Schoen's Klingon Language Institute journal. ...  I also painted the girl on the cover of Gothic Wine, the latest book from Aardwolf Press. ... Star*Line poetry magazine no. 27.2 reprinted my image "The Sad Girl", which had earlier appeared in Talebones magazine.  ... Talebones itself finally gave me a cover assignment (Thanks, Patrick and Honna!), so I did the illo "Ad Astra" for them. ... Over the Christmas holiday, I did a piece of fantasy art for the San Diego in 2006 Westercon bid, called "The Lounge Lizard, Elvissaurus, or Dino Marino".  This is intended to appear on book bags.  That sums up to about 19 pubs this year.

 


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