Announcing the ConGlomeration 2018 Artist Guest of Honor Stephen Hickman

Stephen HickmanConGlomeration is excited to announce that legendary illustrator Stephen Hickman will be our 2018 Artist Guest of Honor. Stephen will anchor our sci-fi & fantasy arts program, as well as exhibit his own work in our Art Show & Print Shop, throughout ConGlomeration 2018, which will be held Easter weekend — Mar. 30 to April 1 — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville, KY.

Stephen has been illustrating science fiction and fantasy for over four decades. You’ll recognize his art, even if you don’t recognize his name. His illustrations have been used as cover work for many contemporary writers, including: Stephen Brust, David Drake, Harlan Ellison, Robert Heinlein, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, Jerry Pournelle, and Steve Stirling, among others.

Perhaps Stephen’s best-known cover art adorned Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars novels. He also designed the dragons for Steven Brust’s Dragaera series, as well as the 1993 commemorative science fiction stamps for the United States Postal Service —  the first official recognition by the US government of the sci-fi genre.

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Man-Kzin Wars 6 by Stephen HickmanStephen’s work has earned him critical acclaim, including a World Science Fiction Convention’s Hugo Award, six Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, and two Spectrum Gold Awards.

Since 1976, Stephen has illustrated over 425 covers for Ace, Baen, Ballantine, Bantam, Berkeley, Dell, Del Rey, Doubleday, Phage Press, Tor, Warren Publications, and others. His work is inspired by the masters of fantasy and science fiction writing — J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, A. Merritt, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Clark Ashton Smith.

In 1988, Stephen wrote The Lemurian Stone (Ace Books), which formed the basis for his Pharazar Mythos illustrations. The Lion Pavillion is one example and is also reproduced, along with The Archers, in the 1994 edition of Spectrum.

1993 USPS Science Fantasy Stamps by Stephen Hickman

Cthulhu Statue by Stephen HickmanIn 1994, he was presented a Hugo Award from the World Science Fiction Convention for the USPS’s Space Fantasy Commemorative Booklet of stamps.

In 1996, Stephen created the Cthulhu statuette inspired by an earlier cover illustration done for H.P. Lovecraft’s story The Call of Cthulhu (Baen Books). The statuette was produced and distributed by Bowen Designs. A second edition is now available, as well as a bust of H.P. Lovecraft himself.

A collection of Stephen’s works — Empyrean, The Art of Stephen Hickman — is available from Titan Books.

You can learn more about Stephen via his Wikipedia entry, his Facebook page, or at his website,

20 Questions with Stephen Hickman

Stephen has over 40 years of experience as a professional illustrator, designer, and sculptor of sci-fi and fantasy art. (He’s so good, the US government paid him to draw rocket ships and jetpacks.) Stephen knows things. He’s seen things. He has the knowledge.

What would you want to ask a man like that? What war stories and/or professional advice would want him to share? Now’s your chance to ask.

We’ll collect the 20 best, most interesting and intriguing questions for Stephen sent to Then, we’ll collect and share Stephen’s responses. If you want to know what’s scarier, sculpting Cthulhu or making government art, he’s the man to ask.

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Guests of Honor questions?
Contact John Hickman & Lexi Taylor, Programming Chairs []