On Fandom: Valentine's/Blogiversary Contest

By | Friday, February 14, 2014 2 comments
Today is Valentine's Day. And exactly one week from today marks the eighth anniversary of my comics blogging. Because I love you guys, I thought it was high time I had a contest to give away some books. I'm a big fan of comics contests, and have gotten many comics and graphic novels for my own collection. But it's time I gave something back.

In getting my library in order, I discovered that I've got a few duplicate copies of some books I can use as a prize package. So one lucky winner will walk away with ALL of the following books:
  • Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot
  • Bakuman vol. 18 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  • Beyond Wonderland by Raven Gregory and Daniel Leister
  • Kirby Five-Oh! edited by John Morrow (and featuring a piece by me!)
  • Never As Bad As You Think by Kathryn and Stuart Immonen
  • Snarked! vol. 2 by Roger Langridge
  • Triton of the Sea vol. 1 by Osamu Tezuka
It's a bit of an ecclectic mix of styles, certainly, but it reflects my personal interests. I figure it you're a regular reader of mine, then you might well have some interest in these types of things too.

So, what are the rules? All I need you to do is leave a comment here that provides:
  1. A suggestion for me and/or my writing. That can be topics you think I should cover (or avoid), improvements to my writing style, other venues besides my blog you'd like to see my work in... In short, what would make me better and/or more successful writer of comics related stuff?
  2. An email address where I can get a hold of you if you win. If you're concerned about spam bots scraping the comments, feel free to write it out however you like as long as I can figure out how I can contact you.
I will choose one of the comments randomly and then contact that person for a snail mail address. The contest will be open for exactly one week -- from Valentine's Day through my Blogiversary -- so you've got until February 21, 2014 at 9:00 am ET to enter. At that time, I'll select a winner and try contacting them. If I don't hear back by Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9:00 am ET, I'll draw another name.

Now, because of the number of books I've got here (which are heavy) I can only afford to open this up to U.S. residents. Sorry to all my non-U.S. readers.

So throw me some suggestions, and you might walk away with a nice pile of comics for yourself! Happy Valentine's Day!
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Matt K said...

Two or three suggestions come to mind; you've probably addressed all of these at times, but they are areas that I think I would enjoy reading about a bit more often.

1. Technical notes. Making comics: tools, processes, production. (Maybe even distribution?) Possibly related to this: comics as physical artifacts. (What's the history of paper choice at the big publishers? Is there maybe, after all, something worthy of study in 90s gimmicks?)

2. Personalities. You definitely do some of this, but I think it could be worth profiling a person in comics a bit more often. Give it the Kleefeld trademark and shine a light on some people who don't receive much notice in anglophone comics coverage, or maybe don't receive much notice at all.


Alden Ash said...

Here are some ramblings that may, or may not make sense, which you may, or may not, have covered before.

I would agree with Matt K on the technical notes. I would be interested in learning what those who have made transition from print to digital have done. What tools do artists, colorists, inkers, and letters use now? Are different tools used for digital versus print?

How about the history of comics. For instance, how did pamphlet comics end up the size and number of pages they did in the US as compared with other countries?

I am always curious about the impact cross-media applications have on comics. From newspaper, to pamphlet, to trade collections. From print to radio, TV, and film. How does one affect the other now or historically? This could be on the way the stories are told, their tone, and the effect these other medias have on the print cannon.

As comic characters (mostly superhero) become more prevalent in society, how does that change things like the perception of comics as a story telling medium?

I like spotlights on lesser known creators and workers in the industry, and "where are they now" type entries can be fun.

If possible, feedback from creators who do one task (IE: write or draw) as opposed to many (write & draw, draw & color, etc.) How do they approach each type of project?

Anyway, there are a few thoughts.