John Picacio

John Picacio


John Picacio is an American artist specializing in science fiction, fantasy and horror illustration. Picacio has since 1996 produced design work and – particularly – cover art for many notable SF, fantasy and horror books printed by many different publishers, from some of the longest-established and largest American SF&F imprints to more recent, independent publishers. Picacio’s illustrations have been selected numerous times for Cathy and Arnie Fenner’s prestigious Spectrum Annual, the yearly “Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” showcase for fantasy and science fiction art, which both honours established artists and provides a resource for art directors and illustrators to refer to. In 2001 and 2006, he was awarded the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist, and was Artist Guest of Honor at the 2003 ArmadilloCon.

In 2005, he won both the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist and the Chesley Award for Best Paperback Cover (for James Tiptree Jr.’s Her Smoke Rose Up Forever). In 2006 he won the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement and in 2007 the Locus Award for Best Artist He has also received Hugo Award nominations for Best Professional Artist in 2005 through 2010, and won in 2012. He has received 5 World Fantasy Award nominations since 2002.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring John Picacio

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 04:00PM The Art of John Picacio
Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio has created bestselling book cover art for works by George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, Sheri Tepper, Joe R. Lansdale, and many more. He'll answer questions from the audience and present a brand-new slideshow of his work and process. He'll reveal his latest covers and product artworks, and share a few super-secret sneak peeks into what he's currently working on.
CC: Meeting Room 5
(60 min)
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies

Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff

CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
Fri 09:00PM Artist Meet & Greet

Did something catch your eye in the Art Show? This is a chance to meet the Artist and let them tell you about it. Don't forget to bid!

Sat 11:00AM Artist Guest of Honor Walk Through

Stroll among the wondrous works of art in our Art Show with the Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio. All artists are encouraged to attend.

Sat 12:00PM Hollywood Science Fiction Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches

Hollywood Science Fiction themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!

Sat 04:00PM Autograph Session (Ayres, Carpenter, Picacio, Rinehart)

Autograph sessions will be located in the Dealer's Room. Authors will cycle through hourly, except for the author's that have their own tables who will be available when they are not scheduled in the program. Limit 5 books (if you bring more, get 5 signed and go to the back of the line.)

Dealer's Room (M: Plaza A/B/C Ballroom)
(60 min)
Sun 11:00AM LOTERIA! (AKA Mexican Bingo!)
LOTERIA! Win fabulous prizes and join Hugo Award-winning artist John Picacio, as he hosts several rounds of this fun, easy-to-learn, fast-moving game of Mexican Bingo -- and presents his latest sf/f art visions of these classic icons.
CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
Sun 01:00PM All Things Game of Thrones

John Picacio moderates this discussion on the art, literature, media and cultural phenomena "Game of Thrones."

CC: Ballroom E
(60 min)
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