Want to enter the Tokyopop “X-treme X-mas Gift Giveaway” sweepstakes (link no longer available)? Here are the requirements:
-Participants must be a member of TOKYOPOP.com
-Members must have the “Newsblast” box check on their profile
-Cast your vote for the nominated TOKYOPOP titles for the Nickelodeon Magazine Comic Awards.
In other words, you must
- Increase their site membership so their figures look better to advertisers.
- Allow them to send you advertisements for whatever the latest Princess Ai merchandise is.
- Raise their standings in the first-ever Nickelodeon Magazine Comic Awards.
Nothing like bribing your readers to stuff the ballot box, hmmm? I went and voted in the awards just to vote against Tokyopop.
That’s one weird awards, too. It starts off simply with Best Graphic Novel and Best Comic Book Series (Archie, Batman, Simpsons, Spider-Man, or Star Wars comics), and I guess there’s nothing wrong with the “Cutest Character” category, but the fifth category is Best Hair in Comics, for which were nominated Calvin, Kakashi Hatake from Naruto, Storm, and Veronica. Wow, diversity! Something old, something new, something icy, and something blue (blood).
There’s also “Grossest Thing in Comics”, Best Comic Strip, Best Manga, and Favorite Fantasy Graphic Novel (why call that genre out separate unless it’s to make more publishers happy?). Based on the nominations, someone really liked reading Bone. Winners are announced on March 17 on the website.