- Comics' #1 Fan
- Frankenstein Mobster Made Man Art Contest
- Sin City Art Contest
- Blogaround Challenge 2007
- Get Your Civil War On!
Oh, there are plenty of comic-related contests I haven't won! Dark Horse has run been running one a month for the past few months, CBR had its famous Comic Book Idol, Newsarama recently interviewed the winner of Atomic Comics' Marvel Editor-in-Chief For A Day Contest, MarvelMasterworks.com seems to have something running all the time... I even hosted one based on last year's Who Wants To Be A Superhero? television show.
I complained some time back about there not being more comic contests out there, but the truth appears that the contests are out there, but people just aren't participating in large numbers. (Which, on a purely selfish level, I'm thankful for!) Is that a marketing issue? Do people simply not know about these contests? Or are the prizes really so uninteresting that people don't care to enter? I'd prefer to think the former, but I'm not always the best judge of these things.
Either way, it strikes me as a business failure to some degree. Either the person running the contest hasn't properly marketed the contest (and, therefore, his/her own backing of said contest) or they've failed to read their market sufficiently to provide an appropriate and warranted prize. Maybe we need more MBAs in the comic industry.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to come up with something for my latest entry for Patriot Factor.