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Saltwater Witch promo and art contest
SaltwaterWitch-165x610 I recently posted the first set for chapter 6 of Saltwater Witch, and another set is going up this weekend.  I'm up over 120 pages of drawing, painting, layout-ing, cumulative months of figuring out what's going into a visual version of a novel that's complete--and what's definitely not. 


Purpose: get more people reading Saltwater Witch.

Rules: Post one or more of the banner images (left and end of this post) with a link back to on your blog, web site, anywhere on the visible Net.  Let me know about it in the comments on this post on my Typepad blog or on my LJ.

Copy and paste the code below for a vertical SaltwaterWitch banner (the one running along the left side):

<p><a href="" alt="Saltwater Witch - an online graphic novel" title="Saltwater Witch - an online graphic novel"><img src="" border="0" width="165" height="610"></a></p>

Copy and paste this code for a horizontal SaltwaterWitch banner (the banner I've posted at the bottom of this post):

<p><a href="" alt="Saltwater Witch - an online graphic novel" title="Saltwater Witch - an online graphic novel"><img src="" border="0" width="395" height="280"></a></p>

Next Saturday (September 19th) I (or some neutral 3rd party with no interest in you or me) will make a list of everyone who made a comment and select two random winners.  So, the more you post and comment, the better your chances of winning.

If you need a different size or shape for the banner, let me know.  If you want a version big enough for bookmarks or t-shirts let me know.  If you want one for a billboard--and you somehow manage to get that displayed…then consider yourself an automatic winner.

What's with the barcode?  I'm just silly that way.  I have a thing for barcodes.  This one is a QR code for the URL making it easy for anyone with a QR code reader (many phones including the iPhone, Android, Nokia) to jump to the web site.

What does the winner get?

Two winners get a print of the work below, titled "Seaborn King" --7.5 in x 12.5 in (19.1 cm x 31.8 cm) printed on Somerset 100% cotton 255 gsm archival grade paper--this is bright and awesome mould-made art repro paper out of St. Cuthberts Mill in England.

So, who is this king?  He's the main bad guy in Saltwater Witch, Seaborn and its sequel.  Why him--he's not even nice guy?  I would go so far as to say there's no way on earth or in the sea that this king would ever be mistaken for a nice guy.  He's Kassandra's grandfather. He kills rivals and family members, starts wars, does all kinds of bad stuff. But he's definitely got the whole sea-king look down...cold.

Here's what you'll get if you win, only quite a bit bigger:



Here's the horizontal Saltwater Witch banner:



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HOLY ZEUS! Thanks, Jay. So're winning!

Should I make some smaller versions of the banners? I put these images together on my notebook computer, and the whole world appears smaller on a notebook. I just checked these out with my desktop machine with a much bigger monitor, and realized these images are HUGE! Also thinking of doing some without the barcode.


... and in answer to your question I would neither reduce the size nor remove the barcode.

The size IS big, yes, but not overly so and the barcode makes it stand out. Already had a couple of people ask what it was (they assumed it was simply a design element ... so from that point of view it may be wasted). If you do change it I would suggest taking the barcode away and widening the actual image in its place.

Oh yeah - another one :)

I am trying to stick to only places/sites taht I know will appreciate this thing rather than becoming annoying and hitting EVERY site or forum that I could.

GRIN - and for a limited time only my Twitter account has been taken over by Saltwater Witch ...

I did post about it on Facebook too but as my account is set to private there would be no way of proving that to whoever checked it.

This is awesome, Jay! It would be absolutely unfair to NOT give you a print at this point--so consider yourself in for a print! And there's only so much of the linkable Web to go around--give someone else a chance! ;)

Saw your last comment. No problem. Links work as well as the banner images, certainly if the site/service doesn't allow images.


Right - I will stop posting now and leave the remaining 27% of the 'net for everyone else ;o)

BTW - I was serious about the fact that I would have shilled this without the print, I really do like the comic. Need to order Seaborn, too, as I am pretty sure that I am going to love it.

I posted a banner on my LJ profile and linked on Facebook (private account there though):

I hope more people get turned on to your work!

Thanks so much!

Crazy, it's working...already see a traffic increase.

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