when i posted a contest for art to make bookmark/sticker for Neil's All Hallow's Read holiday tradition of giving a scary book for Halloween, I got bowled over by responses... There were zombies and ghosties and ghoulies and witches, skeletons camping out & creepies galore. (you can see the submissions HERE if you scroll through my archives.)
I had to refrain from "judging" just by the art, I needed the whole thing to convey the spirit of the holiday.
The ink master Sean Von Gorman dazzled me and the rest of the fine people paying attention to this little contest. Even as people entered their submissions, I heard over and over, we can't beat that trick-or-treating lil' Neil!
We printed the bookmarks and I started sending them out to independent bookstores via twitter nominations. Many people asked if they could just buy them, and I offered them up free with any purchase from Neverwear. (yes, i got many orders for three dollar stickers-- & that's fine!)
Sean sketched up a full size print for me, and so we are doing a very small run of 500 of these. (I am sending Sean 100 of them, to have for his conventions etc.) They are on heavy point recycled stock, sized at 8" x 10" with a little snip of Neil's video explaining All Hallow's Read.
These will be presale priced at $18.95 for the next three days, and then they will go up to $28.00 on Saturday Oct.26th at midnight PST time. (*eighteen bucks is cheaper than an IMAX movie ticket!)
These will ship in a super protective sleeve, like the almost-gone, dearly beloved David Mack: I WILL WRITE IN WORDS OF FIRE prints did.
Sean sent me this prelim sketch, he knew I love to see the behind-the-scenes.
So! for anyone that buys the AHR print, (CLICK HERE to buy one!) we will throw in an All Hallow's Read bookmark:
and the Ayesha Rubio scared-skeletons-at-a-campfire-with-a-kittycat 4" x 6" full color sticker!
Spook yourself silly this All Hallow's! We plan on going to the Magic Castle...stay tuned for photos.
ps. edited to add the text that Sean lifted out of Neil's video description of the holiday:
The idea of it is incredibly simple this Halloween give somebody a scary book, to read. That’s the idea.
We're not saying don't give candy, candy is important, fake blood is important, Zombie teeth incredibly important… Err do they have Zombie teeth? If they have Zombie Teeth, they would be incredibly important.
The point is, give somebody a scary book. Give kids scary books that kids would like. Give adults scary books that adults would like. If you have friends give them scary book that friends would like.
Buy scary books for them, borrow scary books for them.
Get them second hand. Check them out of the library…
Spread the joy…
and the terror.