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What you would do with a blank comic book!

We asked you, and you were full of good ideas.

  • Bring it to a comic book convention to have all the writers and artists sign or do sketches in.
  • Pass it around for comics jams, exquisite corpse, and other forms of shared storytelling.
  • Cut up a regular comic book story and then have kids try to repaste them in the blank comic book in the right order.
  • Read and reread the blank pages until you enter a deep meditative state and become one with the universe.
  • Keep one copy slabbed as a testament to the Eternal Blank Page, and use that as a goad to inspire you to write more.
  • Paste in all those Marvel Value Stamps you cut out of your comics when you were a kid.
  • Do community sociological research by getting 24 members of a community to each fill out one page on a topic of interest to the community.
  • Scrapbook the Letters of Comment you have had published.
  • Take all the pieces of comics too far loved to restore and use them to make your own art book/fumetti comic.
  • Get it professionally graded and slabbed. Finally, a comic that no one will complain about being sealed away!
  • Place it on the counter of a comic shop for a community creative project.
  • Make character guidebooks and histories for a comic book-based role playing games.
  • Give them to kids to use as a very portable sketchbook.

The Grand Prize Entry

"I just turned 30 this week and I've been reflecting on my life and all of the ups and downs. So with a blank comic, I would want to create a keepsake that highlighted my life's big moments and the comics that I was reading at the time.

"I want my children to pick this book up one day and feel they knew their dad from the panels I attach to each page and stories that I wrote alongside explaining why that issue was mentioned there. My first issue, the first issue that made me cry, the issue I read on my wedding day, or the Daredevil comic I read when my dad had a heart attack. I'll probably use more than one book as I continue to get older. On the last few pages of the last book, I want to write a list of comics that would go to friends and family when I pass and why I selected that comic for that person."

--Jonathan Soweidy of Denver, Colorado

For his entry, Jonathan will receive his choice of one of three prize packs:

Runners up were Chris Leake, for wanting to put it on the counter of the comic shop he owns, Ninja Pirate in Pflugerville, Texas; Doug Burke of Utah, for wanting to use them as role playing guides; David Oakes of Chandler, Arizona, for wanting to archive letters of comment and value stamps; and John Baird of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a variety community collaborative concepts. Each will receive their choice of one book from the above-listed packs.

The Blank Comic Book is listed under the publisher About Comics in the December Previews. Shipping in February 2009, each five-pack carries a suggested retail price of $9.95 US.

About Comics is offering a pack of five of these standard comics-sized (6 5/8" by 10 3/16") 24 page blank booklets for a suggested retail price of $9.95 US. They are being offered via Diamond Comics Distributors December 2008 Previews catalog, and will reach comic book stores in February, 2009. ISBN: 0-9790750-7-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-97907507-0

The Blank Comic Book cover

The Blank Comic Book

Final cover art.

About Comics is a comics specialty publisher that has strongly emphasized providing service for amateur and professional comics creators. Our script anthologies Panel One and Panel Two present a wide variety of formats used by comic book writers. We are the founders of 24 Hour Comics Day, the international festival of comics creation and the contest Comics Jam War, as well as publishers of anthologies arising from both events. Go to AboutComics.com for more information.

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