- Posted by Johanna on May 14, 2008 at 8:26 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
For Essex County, volumes 1-2: Tales from the Farm/Ghost Stories, by Jeff Lemire, nominated for Best Graphic Album–New and Best Writer/Artist, the box contained a pack of hockey trading cards and a promotional postcard. (Am I the only one who thinks it’s odd to nominate two books for that award? Even if you want to make the case that they add up to one big story, they’re parts 1 and 2 of a trilogy, with book 3 not out yet.)
For Super Spy, by Matt Kindt, though, there was a cornucopia of goodies. (The book is up for Best Graphic Album–Reprint.) Clockwise from top, we have:
- A faux-distressed paper toy gun with comics coming out of its beam
- A vial labeled “Mint Flavored Cyanide Capsules” with some kind of tablets inside
- A set of 72 stamp-sized pieces of art, which came out of
- A box labeled “The Treasure” (and numbered 24 out of 181) that also contained a “treasure map” that tells you in which order to arrange the cards to discover the secret story
- And last, what appears to be a small original painting in ink and wash.
I was flabbergasted. I really can’t capture how neat it is to hold these items and examine their detail. It makes me wish Kindt’s storytelling resonated better with me, because his design sense is astounding. I thought the fake cigarette they sent out for Pistolwhip was impressive; this is terrific.
Maybe it is a bribe, but I prefer to consider it a clever, creative way to bring works to voters’ attention. And it’s the kind of handmade, individual promotion that good small publishers can do to gain mindshare. And mention on sites like this one.