Win a Copy of The Broadcast

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Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast took place on October 30, 1938. To commemorate the anniversary of that event later this week, I have a copy of The Broadcast, signed by writer Eric Hobbs, to give away. Illustrated by Noel Tuazon, the graphic novel takes place on that fateful night. Here’s the description:

A rural Indiana town loses power halfway through Orson Welles’ WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast having never learned the infamous radio play is a hoax. Now, fearing the worst is upon them, four diverse families band together in an effort to make it through the night. But tensions build as differences surface, and it isn’t long before everyone involved begins to realize they have as much to fear from each other as they do the “alien invasion” heading their way.

I particularly liked one of the plotlines, about an aspiring writer who wants to move to New York and marry against her father’s wishes, but I found the ink wash art didn’t work for my reading as I had hoped. While some of the panels are individually lovely and moody, I sometimes found myself stopping to puzzle out what I was seeing. You can check it out for yourself, since Hobbs has posted a 21-page preview at his website. Here’s a better review at Broken Frontier.

Anyway, to win your very own signed copy, post a comment here telling us your favorite Halloween costume. What did you dress up as previously that was cool or geeky or creative or made you happy? Winner will be picked randomly from all contest entries at 3 PM East Coast time on Thursday, October 28. (U.S. and Canada entries only, please. Winners will be emailed for their physical mailing address. If email is not answered within 24 hours or a valid email address is not provided, a replacement winner will be selected. Your email won’t be used for any other purpose.)


16 Responses to “Win a Copy of The Broadcast”

  1. Jenn Says:

    One of my favorite costumes recently (and likely geekiest) was Death from The Sandman. I raided my closet, haunted thrift stores, and raked through lots of Halloween merchandise to find the perfect outfit. Then I had to find some good gothic make-up, which I did at Hot Topic. Add a large black umbrella and it was complete. Sadly, no one at the library I work at knew who I was, but it was a great opportunity to show them the books!

  2. Chris Collins Says:

    When my son was less than a year old, my wife and I dressed up like cows and dressed him up as a giraffe. Then we told everyone we had adopted him from Africa. (This was around the time that Madonna, et al. were making headlines with their African adoptions.)

  3. Chris Howard Says:

    When I was about 8 I had an awesome scratch built Tatooine Luke costume. What’s really great is my son wore it last year.

  4. SKleefeld Says:

    I think my favorite Halloween costume was from when I was in kindergarten and went as Batman. It was just one of those cheesey, store-bought Ben Cooper costumes that were essentially a plastic trash bag with a character logo printed on the chest, and an uncomfortable hard plastic mask.

    But it was a favorite because I showed up at school for their Halloween party, only to discover that my best friend at the time was wearing the exact same costume! I was thrilled to make a connection with somebody like that. “Wow! You like Batman, too?”

    For good or ill, that’s never happened since then.

  5. Brian Says:

    One of my recent favorite costumes was going as Billy Mays last year. Not a real difficult costume to do, just had to color my beard black, but I got a lot of compliments on it.

  6. Argo Plummer Says:

    My favorite Halloween costumes are not my own, but those of my 5 year old son. At age 3, he decided he wanted to be Static–mind you, he is 1/4 hispanic, 3/4 anglo with thin, light brown hair. Didn’t matter to him–we put together a static costume and though no one knew who he was, he was happy to tell everyone that he was his favorite super hero, Static. At age 4, he decided to go as James, Captain America’s son from the movie Next Avengers. Again, we put together a costume, complete with a Captain America shield and he spent all evening explaining to people that he wasn’t Captain America, he was his son. This year, he’s going as Luke Skywalker from Episode 5.

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  8. SKFK Says:

    Thanks for yet another great contest! My favorite costume is something that takes very little preparation and effort. I dressed up as Asian Clark Kent, which only requires wearing a Superman T-shirt under a suit and tie. Just keep a couple of buttons open under the tie, and take off my glasses and pull open the shirt to reveal the logo.

  9. Scott Says:

    Favorite costume ever, and probably the first one I did all the work on myself, was my first year in college. There was a Halloween costume dance with prizes. I bought jumbo-sized pumpkin, hollowed it out from the bottom instead of the top, carved a face in it, and wore the whole thing as a mask. Wore a suit and tie to go with it — probably looked like an early version of Jack Skellington…

  10. James Schee Says:

    When I was a kid I had to be a lion for a boy scouts play my troop was putting on, it was just weeks before Halloween and we were strapped for cash so it doubled as my costume for it.

    I was a little bummed at first, but then I discovered the Narnia books and it suddenly seemed very cool to be a lion.

  11. Rob Says:

    Probably my favorite was the year in grad school when I dressed as a Star Trek “red shirt” security officer. On crutches, with my arm in a sling, one shirt sleeve burned off, a bloody bandage on my head, and a sign on my back that said “Shoot me, not Kirk” in flashing lights.

  12. Kevin Kilgore Says:

    A bunch of grapes.

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  14. Tony Collett Says:

    A Woody Woodpecker costume when I was a kid. My mom wisely abandoned the plastic outfit and made one for me to wear. It wasn’t on-model, but it was still good, and beat that store provided one by far.

  15. Johanna Says:

    Thanks to everyone for participating! I’ve loved hearing your costume stories. The winner has been selected and emailed.

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