Sunday, October 13, 2013

the All Hallow's Read contest results are in!

this judging business was not easy.

It brought me back to January of this year (lo, those 10 months ago) when Neil was doing his Calendar of Tales Blackberry stories, there was so much creativity and wit, he had some difficulty choosing the "best" when they were all splendid entries.

I put "best" in quotes, because these are apples and oranges, ladies & gentlemen.

With that in mind, I tried to go with what most conveyed the actual intended All Hallow's Read holiday tradition of giving scary books as candy. (or in an ideal world, along with)

i had initially put up three prizes for offer in the Neverwear contest rules blog. now, in no particular order) I wish to add four runner ups.

because-of-the-slippers, Nora Thompson:

the studious bride, Christina Clemins:

the ghost holding the "How to Spook" book by Tina Modugno:

Matthew Sheppard's raven on book:

runners up! You will each get a signed-by-Neil Anansi Boys bookmark and some other Neverwear goodies.

Please email me for details here: neverwear@gaiman.net

now the envelopes please:

third prize goes to the haunted skeleton babies of Ayesha Rubio:

second prize goes to the bewitching art of Kate Laird:

This should come as no real surprise. We announce Sean Von Gorman as the first prize winner. Not only did Sean nail the essence of what All Hallow's Read is about, he did it with humor and gorgeous lines. Look at that cartoon Neil Gaiman!

Plus everyone was sending me messages about it.

A Halloween home run, buddy!

i love this so much, i want to marry it.

Sincere thanks to everyone who entered. I stand humbled by your talents, all.

The entries are up on my tumblr page, if you wish to see them all, here's a link to the archives.

next contest (should I announce it now?? nah, maybe next week) will have more lead time and I will get a second judge.

Maybe even Neil himself will be kicking around.

I also wanted to leave with this piece, it doesn't really convey All Hallow's Read (to me, anyway) as it's really hard to read while hanging upside down (especially with no book) but i can't stop thinking about it. It reminds me of my Alfred Hitchcock book from when I was a kid...

special mention goes to Nathan Szerdy:

6 comments:

Beez said...

Lovely stuff! I want that last piece hanging on my wall.

Nikki said...

Did you post all of the entries you received to the archive page? I sent my entry in by e-mail on October 9th, but I don't see it there.
I don't mind not winning, because there are some amazing entries, I'm just wondering if you got it?

Nikki said...

Did you post all of the entries you received to the archive page? I sent my entry in by e-mail on October 9th, but I don't see it there.
I don't mind not winning, because there are some amazing entries, I'm just wondering if you got it?

Puddingbat said...

Same as Nikki, I posted but can't see mine.

Stjernetåge said...

Yeah, I also entered a bit ahead of time (by email, btw) and mine isn't there either. It involved a demonic kitty and a very dead bird, did you get it?

Kitty Cat said...

Hi all--
i am sorry that some of the entries may have been lost in my email spam folder--
i learned how to make things better and hope you beautiful artists keep making good art.
thanks for entering, sorry that I missed yours.
:(