Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jolly Raffle Contest Time: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl!

It’s been a long wait (for me at least) but in just three short weeks Legends of Zita the Spacegirl will be released. I’m excited! And I kinda hope you guys are too. . .

Before the first book was released I raffled off a couple advanced copies, along with some original artwork. Not only was the whole “online contest” experience fun, but I think it helped spread the word about my little books. So I’m doing it again. Here’s how it works:

The AWESOME FIRST PLACE WINNER will receive a HARDCOVER copy of Legends of Zita the Spacegirl. They will also receive a small original watercolor (pictured below):

ohmygoshwhatmoredoyouwant?!?

The STILL PRETTY GREAT SECOND PLACE WINNER will receive a PAPERBACK copy of Legends of Zita and a bit of concept art.

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section for this post. Be sure to leave some kind of name! “Anonymous” can’t win.

Wait, what’s that? You want to increase your chance of winning? Mentioning the book, linking to this blog or Zitaspacegirl.com or otherwise spreading the word via social media (twitter, Facebook, Google+, blogs, etc) is worth TWO extra entries. (three entries is the maximum).

The contest closes ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. Entries will then go into a randomizer. Afterward I will post the name of the contest winners!

Final note about the prizes: due to my travel circumstances I am away from my author copies. The winners will have a choice of receiving an UNSIGNED copy from the publisher, close to or slightly before the release date (September 4th), or waiting until after September 15th and receiving their book SIGNED and DOODLED IN by me...

121 comments:

discomike2000 said...

Ben. As imperator of Sigma Epsilon Prime, I DEMAND to win your contest!

Your friend,
Mike Hichborn

Mikaela D'Eigh said...

Since I am so awesome, I must necessarily win this most increidble contest! And it's TOTALLY worth waiting until after September 15 for an offical signed and doodled copy! ;)

Mike ~ I'm sure I read some legal-eeeze about former CWOD affiliates being unable to enter this most awesome of contests.

Ben, in all seriousness, let me know if you're interested in doing a book reading/signing when you get back.

EarthChick said...

Hello Ben. My mom, Deb Colburn and I, her teenage daughter, did laundry a couple times at your house. We met your wife through Birth Circle with Aimee Fairman. Anyway, everybody loved the copy of the first book that you gave us and I've been waiting at the edge of my seat for this one so here I am! Hope your book goes to someone amazing! And I am most definitely re-posting to get the word out. :)

Steampunk Gypsy said...

So cool! I've already linked on FB, Twitter, and Tumblr! Cannot wait to read this book! Er, I mean, my daughter cannot wait to read this book...

Kevin said...

So exciting! Congratulations. -kevin

Anonymous said...

I can't wait till Legends of Zita the Spacegirl is on the shelves. If I'm lucky enough to win here, I'll take the paperback copy. Ha! Ha!
from: Your turtle aunt.

Ann Marie R. said...

Must win for the kids :-)

Dessi said...

Hi, I hope we win(was that mean to say)!! After all you have gotten the kids stuck on Zeta and her adventures!!!! Thanks for your generosity!!

cvzdesign said...

Love the artwork Ben!
We bought the first book and would love the second one!
Chris

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to reading the next adventures of Zita the Spacegirl, as is one of Zita's best friends, I'm sure!

--Nick-Dog

Josh Heusinkveld said...

So AWESOME! Congratulations. - Josh Heusinkveld, father of Keely-Lynn and Gabriel who they loves your first book.

Unknown said...

I JUST discovered the first Zita book, and I'm so excited about the sequel! I have the squeaks!

Torey said...

Would be so exciting to win the book and a piece of Zita art! My kids would go nuts.

Conor Hale said...

I caught my three year old daughter "reading" a Justice League comic at the beach this summer. Looking for something more appropriate, I discovered Zita the Spacegirl.

Since then, my daughter and I have read Zita the Spacegirl together dozens of times. Now, she refuses to let me read Zita's lines because she wants to. She also tells me that she's going to be Zita the Spacegirl for Halloween.

Congratulations on completing the sequel. Really looking forward to it.

- Conor Hale

Mary said...

I want a signed copy!!

ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!

Mary

Calvin Chu said...

The first Zita book is fantastic. My two year old (28 months) daughter memorized the entire book, literally. She can be spotted reading the dialog from memory to her three year old friend. She wears a green towel around the house. She puts on her rainboots to go hopping stomping. She pretends to be robot #8 eating everything in sight. She is found under the table looking for joseph in his castle. She asks me to read the randy parts (with a stutter) because she finds mostly the stuttering completely hilarious. She's making well intentioned attempts to draw on the walls with toothpaste. She puts her fingers under her chin and walks around pretending to be the screed. Also, lately she's been dangling handfuls of noodles out of her mouth acting scary. And she's completely worn the book down. She has NO idea there's a sequel.

Sherry O'Donnell said...

Can't wait for Zita II! I assume this drawing is random and not based on the content of this blog post. My kids will be elated when they have another Zita story!

nate said...

Hi Ben -- Looking forward to the new book!

Z-Kids said...
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Z-Kids said...

Congrats on Volume #2!! We love Zita very much! Thanks for the chance to win Legends. I will certainly share via Facebook and Twitter as well... Woohoo!

The Zenz Family

Maria O'Brien said...

The kids can't wait for the sequel -- both our copies of book #1 have been read and re-read many times.

If we win ... we would totally pick the signed/ doodled option.

Can't wait to see you all when you get back!

Stacy said...

Hi!
I was very impressed by the last Zita book, and I can't wait to read this one! (I have it on backorder at the library. :D)

Debra said...

*GASP*


Well, I'll just have to share one of my favorite blogs on Facebook, now won't I? (How would you know whether or not we do? I think you're awesome and all, but you're not going to be able to see my feed because I don't know you...)

Ben Hatke said...

Yes, please mention here if you post about the book. And I'm just going to trust everybody who says they've posted about it.

Anna Joan said...

I cannot wait!! All other duties must be cast aside with disdain and scorn the second I get my grubby paws on this book!!

Calvin Chu said...

I've tweeted your blog out, and plugged the book. :-)

Ben Hatke said...

FLOATY WHERE ARE YOU?

Red Herring Jeff said...

I've had this book on preorder at Amazon for months, and am really looking forward to my checkbook being easy to balance again...Ha-ha-ha!

Seriously though I'm really excited about it coming out, and would love to be able to share a copy with fiends and family. I also posted on the FB and Twitter. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Calvin!

Anonymous said...

Is Floaty! Always near to this ones heart, food, and other place. Sharing to friend, family, man on road, bird and creature.

Internet Peasant said...

Hey Ben! Let me win this contest or I'll burn your house down!

And, I'm posting to Facebook, right now!

Ben Hatke said...

You would never burn down the only place in the world where you haven't felt miserable.

Niall said...

Sign me up. the boys and I can't wait!

Lianne said...

Oh, I didn't mention in my previous comment here, (which for some reason has my name as Unknown, but I believe will still link to my info) I tweeted about it too!

Maggie D said...

I loved the first Zita book and I have been anxiously awaiting the second book for ages! I posted a link to this post on Facebook.

lj tanner said...

Been looking forward to Legends!! As an aside, my oldest son plays baseball with a boy last-name Zito. Couple days ago he said, "Mom, wouldn't it be crazy if Zito met Zita the Spacegirl in real life??" Ha!!

Posting on FB now...

Charley Sumner said...

Pick me, Pick me, Pick me, Pick me! Me, my wife, and daughter are all huge fans of Zita, which I've been promoting to strangers while hanging out at local comic shops (and even got them a few sales out of it).

I've promoted Zita on Twitter (https://twitter.com/SeeSome) and also on a big blog post I wrote about best comics for kids at: http://www.teachmentortexts.com/2012/07/kids-read-comics-2012.html#comment-604918301

I can never remember which systems know my ID, so if you do pick me (fingers crossed) I can be reached at "SeeSome" by way of gmail.com

We're so looking forward to Book 2!!!!

Fongolia said...

Hi Ben, I absolutely loved the first ZIta the Spacegirl book and I'm eagerly looking forward to the new one! I've already spread the word on G+, Twitter, and Facebook, which I would've done anyway... contest or not!

Cheers,
Jamie F.

Anonymous said...

Funny, I pre-ordered at Amazon and thought: "Hmm...I should let this guy know how much we liked the original Zita." A few weeks ago, my family moved to Peru. At the same time, I noticed my 6yr-old son was starting go through my Tintins on his own. I searched around and blindly ordered Zita for him, had it shipped to us, and he sat and read it over the course of 2-1/2 hours, his first real self-reading experience. I don't know if you are familiar with 6yr-olds, but that is EPIC. As a dad, I know Zita has opened up self-reading to him. But as a graphic novel dork in good standing, I know Zita has opened this world for him to explore on his own. Too grandiose perhaps? Whatever. Good job.

kevin@kbgraphicstudio.com

Andria said...

Please put my name in the drawing. We're all looking forward to your new book, young and old Heplers alike :)

Andria said...

Shared on facebook!

Emily Schmutz Garcia said...

I would like to win a free book, and Zita looks pretty cool too.

Cheers!

Beth F said...

We have the first Zita book and my son loves it! :) It would be great to have the sequel!

Beth
catholicmumma at gmail dot com

Beth F said...

And I shared on FB as well! :)

Elisabeth said...

Me too, Me too! :)

SamG said...

I pre-ordered 3 copies, but hey, I'll take a 4th... My kids will have a complete Hatke collection someday.

Sam

Anna Mourachian said...

Looking forward to reading this. The first Zita has been a well loved book in our house!

Anna

Shan said...

Wow! Just discovered your blog and books... Can't wait to read them to my little ones!

Sharing on FB and Twitter...

God bless!

Shan

AJay said...

Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed the first Zita book, but my five year old LOVED it! She asks for it all the time. To win the newest Zita book would be awesome.



Andrea

AJay said...

I posted about the giveaway on Facebook and pinned it on my Pinterest board. http://pinterest.com/pin/81698180711271673/

Andrea

Christopher said...

Dear Ben,
I reviewed the first "Zita the Spacegirl" book for Gilbert Magazine last year. If you'd like me to review the second book for GM, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Chris Chan

Ben Hatke said...

This one starts with a quote from Belloc. ;- )

Can you send me an email, Chris?

Sylvia Liu said...

I have enjoyed your blog for awhile and would love to win the book! Have tweeted this post.

Mary MacArthur said...

I did a blog post about this here:

http://snowflakeclockwork.blogspot.com/2012/08/ben-hatke-comic-book-raffle.html

Hooray!

Ben said...

I google+ this post. I loved the first Zita book, looking forward to the second.

Domsavio said...

Consider me entered! This is Danny Schneible. Congrats on the new book Ben!

Daniel Nichols said...

Even though I never win anything, enter my name in your Zita contest.
-Daniel Nichols

J. Smith said...

I think my comment was lost by the Googleverse. Regardless, thanks to Ben for writing the book and holding a raffle. I have posted to Facebook and Google+ for you, Ben!

Kathy said...

Hi Ben Hatke,
Do you remember this, "Just one Fan."
Well I hope I could win the hardcover copy of Legends of Zita.I'm also okay with the paperback.After all I love your book,like your ideas, and I like to doodle & cartoon.

JoJo Dupre said...

Hi Ben!
I remember the day I met you at the local bookstore in Front Royal, VA. You were there promoting Zita the Spacegirl when my daughter, Ally, and I walked in looking for a new book for her to read. After browsing the tiny children's section, you caught her attention and started to read a bit of the book to her. She was instantly hooked! We bought a signed copy right then and there! She has read Zita a gazillion times and now has a new found love for graphic novels. We are both counting down the days until Legends of Zita comes out!
Thanks so much for inspiring children (and adults!) everywhere!
Sincerely,
JoJo

PattyG said...

I want the book! (For my little cousins.)

paxetbonum52 (at) yahoo (dot) com

rosie t said...

You amazed me with the first one - it was a gorgeous work of art! I've been letting several people borrow my copy and share my joy. I can't wait for the next one!

rosie t said...

Oops! I failed to mention that I posted about this on my tumblr - http://rosiedeb.tumblr.com/post/29532672947/fantastic-author-ben-hatke-is-raffling-off-copies

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Rosie T!

I wish I could just send everyone a copy.

Ben Hatke said...

JoJo Dupre: thanks for the note! I'm going to try to do another signing or something in Front Royal this fall. Hopefully in September or October. We'll see.

Melicia said...

Ben, please include me in the raffle! And I will also post your blog on my Facebook page.

meltintall3 said...

*feels very shy* But on the other hand, a free copy of Zita II would be amazing!

And a non-free copy would still make me happy, I'd just have to remember to visit a store and ask for it...

jordanthemostwonderfulest said...

Ben! I work as a librarian at a school and would love a signed copy of the Zita sequel to share with the kids. The first book is part of the Bluebonnet program here in Texas, and Zita is already my personal favorite of the nominees. For economic reasons my kids get very little exposure to real life authors and illustrators, and I would love to make your book the cornerstone of our new 'Autograph Alley' collection of signed books in the library.

I shared this on Facebook as much as it broke my heart that other people might beat me to the prize! :D

Good Luck and I can't wait to read Zita's further adventures.

Ben Hatke said...

That reminds me:

When I get back to my author copies I'll probably be able to offer a handful of signed copies for sale on my blog.

Caitlin and Andrew said...

I am in LOVE with your comic. We're raising 2 little girls, and these books set a great example for them. Plus, they're super fun to read! I'm officially entering, and have posted your raffle on facebook!
May the odds be ever in my favor ;o)
-Caitlin E.

Gillian said...

Wow, this is really cool. My fingers are crossed for first prize. I would love to have some Zita art to put up in the room my girls share. Can't wait for the new book to come out! (p.s. is there a way to purchase a hardcover? Amazon only has the paperback, which I pre-ordered but I would love to have it in hardcover because our first book has been read a ton and is still standing up well!)

Ben Hatke said...

Is the hardcover really not available on Amazon? I'll have to look into that.

Keep an eyes on the blog though. I'l probably be selling a handful of my own hardcovers a few weeks after the 4th.

Andy Elder said...

This looks like a great book! I really want to read this to my 2-year-old daughter...it looks like a book she would enjoy!

GeronL said...

awesome. I can hardly wait for my 9 year old nephew to check out a copy from the school library. :p

Floyd Looney

Christina Dirkes said...

Ben. I appreciate art. And Zita. And you. And Paul Fester. Do those count? I love love love love love your work!

Christina Dirkes said...

Then I went and plugged Zita 2 (not with a bullet. Or into a wall) on Twitter. So! https://twitter.com/Onceuponalyric

Ben Hatke said...

Ha ha, Paul Fester! Yes, Christina, I think all those things count. ;-)
Thanks.

Megan said...

Hey Ben, my kiddos LOVE Zita the Spacegirl and I LOVE the wholesome fun graphic novel I can offer to them! Thank You so much! We have been anxiously awaiting the next one! Will link you on my facebook! God bless you and your family!!

Megan

j'aime said...

zita still makes me think of captain baghead. lots o' love.

Amanda said...

The Luckeys need Zita!

I posted on Facebook too.

Melanie said...

Zita rocks! I enjoyed meeting you last year at ALA in New Orleans.

Patricia Y said...

I read your book today and really enjoyed it. I just found out about this giveaway. Lucky me :)

The characters were well crafted. I love the world you've created. The elements of aliens and space won over the kid in me. Your artwork's pretty nifty too. I look forward to Zita's next adventure!

(I mentioned your site on Facebook.)

Katy Manck, MLS said...

Congrats on the new book, and may Zita have many more adventures! I love your work & will gladly wait till Sept 15 for doodled-in version (traveling a bit myself these days).

Ben Hatke said...

J'aime If you look very closely you can find the Ben and Denver costumes in the background of the second book. I should try to slip Cptn Baghead into the 3rd!

Barbara Meyer-Mitchell said...

My 4 and 6 year olds love Zita. Please enter us into your contest. Best, Barbara Meyer-Mitchell. :)

advenus said...

I'd almost feel guilt winning, with all these families with young children also in the running... almost, but not really. I'd enjoy the book and then pass it on to some parishioners with young children.

Sarah Newbolds said...

Hi Mr. Hatke! My Mom told me about this contest and I just wanted to say I'm a HUGE FAN of your books and I talk a lot about them with my friends. I can't get on Facebook/Twitter/etc. but I still hope I have a good chance of winning!

Ben Hatke said...

Aww, Sarah Newbolds, if I was just a little less honest I'd cheat and draw your name on purpose.

Robert Owen Hood said...

I loved the first one and am looking forward to the second. A doodled copy would be even better!

Rae

Corienne Wagner said...

WooHoo! can't wait to see more of your work!!

Adam Wayne said...

Ben,

Great story, hilarious, and perfect for anyone with an imagination!

G. Freeman

Pearl said...

My niece keeps asking if I know when the next book comes out, her copy of Zita has been well-loved :)

Thanks for hosting the contest!

Arnaud Dubois said...

Allez Zita !
Really happy for your book release !
I really like how you draw.
great work
Arnaud

Charlotte (Waltzing Matilda) said...

We are huge fans and are trying to rally our Texas friends to help you win the Bluebonnet award. Good luck!

Christine Beaver said...

Hey Ben,
Hoping I win a copy for my library and I can say, "I went to high school with that guy!".
~Christy

Jeremy S said...

Sing me up! I'll buy the book either way, but Colette would love to have that watercolor hanging on her wall.

Nicole M said...

I know a classroom library in Maine that would look so cool with your original artwork in it, PLUS the sequel to a book that passed through many sets of hands and eyes last year!

Thanks!
Nicole

Noah Schafer said...

Ben, you have all of the skills I look for in a comic book author: juggling, tumbling, drawing,love of fantasy, extensive knowledge of both the Marvel and DC universe, good RP skills, costume making, and a grasp of the old 3.5 rules on grappling.

Ben Hatke said...

You have the best standards for Comic book authors.

Therese Prudlo said...

The kids are so excited for the next book to come out! It is at the top of the birthday list! M- loved the first one so much she got our local librarian, here in Alabama, to add it to their collection, where I might add it become a favorite! :D

Laura said...

So exciting! I think I am just as (more?) excited then my kiddos.

Sergio said...

Oh man, I gotta enter this! Totally gonna go for the sharing bonus too.

Rachel @ The Philosophers Wife said...

I'd love to win!

Joy said...

Thanks for the Chance Ben! My daughter loves Zita!

Shaylynn said...

Ahhh, this is so exciting! I LOVE your artwork and style and the first Zita book was so imaginative and beautiful!!! My little sister also read it on her own, she's dyslexic so that was a really big deal! Best of luck with Zita 2!

(...lots of exclamation points, no? lol! This is WORTHY of lots of exclamation points!)

kevin mcevoy said...

Hey Ben,

Already ordered a copy for Liam and me from Amazon,but as it's a paperback, maybe I'll win the hardcover!

Love the blog, always a pleasure to follow your amazing travels. Say hello to Anna for Margaret and I.

Kevin

Julie said...

Ben, as usual, your art is awesome, humorous, and cheerful. Thanks for another wholesome book.
Julie

Neva Hernandez said...

So my kids were just demanding to know when the next book is coming out -- I'm actually happy to buy it as I want to support good writing! What I really want is that watercolor! Either way I and my children look forward to reading the next Zita! (I'm posting on facebook too :)

Maxwell Judd said...

I picked up your first book last year and me and my niece really enjoyed it (I've been getting her into comics bit by bit. Ive already pre-ordered though diamond, but I really wanted to wish you good luck. I keep your first book on my shelve next to bone and kazu kibuish's amulet, as an example of smart beautifully drawn all-ages comics

Shaylynn said...

Repinned it on Pinteresthttp://pinterest.com/pin/197173289906883341/

Elizabeth Butina said...

We'd love a chance to win a copy. Shared on facebook!

Kimberlee said...

You know we all love Zita! Congratulations on the new book! And thanks for doing a drawing - it would be super jolly to win a 'doodled' copy!

Conor Hale said...

I've shared this again on facebook and Google+. Good luck.

- Conor Hale

lemonade sandwich said...

My family loves Zita! We'll cross our fingers to win!

ladyhobbit said...

I'm planning to use my copy of the first Zita book as an example of a graphic novel in the children's literature class I'm teaching this fall--it would be so cool to win a signed copy of the new one! And I'm sharing on FB, too.
Thanks for the tip, Elizabeth Butina!
--Jeannine

Christina Hicks said...

I know I already technically have a copy of Legends...but I'd really love some art too!

Emily said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Gretchen said...

My 4 year-old Bea LOVES Zita Space Girl. We just finished the first and she informed me that she is SURE we'll find out how Zita gets her super powers in the second book. (She's always looking for new superheroines!) Thanks for a great read.

Ben Hatke said...

OKAY CONTEST IS CLOSED. COMMENTS AFTER THIS WILL NOT BE IN THE DRAWING.

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