Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jolly Raffle Giveaway Contest: Julia's House for Lost Creatures!

One of the coolest things about writing and drawing books is the part where a box of shiny new author copies shows up at your door. And yesterday was the day that copies of Julia's House for Lost Creatures arrived here at House Hatke.

I know I've said it before, but I'm really happy with how this book turned out.

The official release date (September 2nd) is still over a month off, but I'm going to give away two copies now, along with a bit of original art!

Regular readers of this blog, you know the drill. But for the sake of the newcomers, HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

To enter the drawing all you need to do is leave a comment in the comments section of this post. Remember to leave your name, or some internet handle that I can announce. You can increase your chance of winning by helping me spread the word about this new book (Julia's House is, after all, only one little book in a great sea of literature). Mentioning the book, linking to benhatke.com, or otherwise spreading the word via social media (twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, Google+, blogs, tumblers or any of the other myriad of options) this is worth TWO EXTRA ENTRIES. Feel free to tag me on twitter where I am @BenHatke.

And that's it!

The FIRST person whose name I draw will receive a signed copy of Julia's House along with a little piece of concept art from the making of the book.

The SECOND person whose name I draw will also receive a signed copy of Julia's House, along with a little original sketch or bit of art.

The contest closes ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. And we're off to the races!

PS: Look at my desk. It's atrocious:

145 comments:

Jef Murray said...

This looks marvelous, Ben!

John Herreid said...

Oh, man--I am in! This looks like another great book.

Aaron Klein said...

YAY!!! So excited for this. My daughter's fell in love with Zita.

Ben said...

Looks fantastic. Count me in. - Ben Scarbeau

Cory Kemak said...

I can't wait for this book to come out!! It is at the top of my kids "most anticipated" list!

Kevin said...

Hey Ben, fellow Smallpaxian! This is Kevin B. You met me and my daughter Gianna at the Seton conference this summer. My entire family loves your illustration style. Looking forward to the release of this book. I'll have to get a copy for my niece, Julia!

Megan Truax Art said...

OH please Please PLEASE!!! I would love it!

9peasMom said...

I have several children surrounding me begging me to enter so we can win one of your books. Huge fans here in Texas (formerly of Front Royal).

Alberto Oliva said...

I was going to buy it but I see now "pre-order" button >.<

great hand Ben, truely nice drawing on the cover

I'll spend my holiday with Zita :D

Dru said...

I have been telling my kids about this book since before The Return of Zita... and now they are building lego houses and filling them with 'lost creatures'. It's totally the cutest thing ever. P.s. - I mention you and the Zita books quite often. My daughter even dressed up like her last Halloween. I'm on twitter: @wordsprouts Thanks!!!!

John O'H said...

Awesome. My kids are loving Zita and I'm looking forward to this one.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to read this! I'm a major Zita fan!

Sockeye

tamm said...

This looks gorgeous! Can't wait to get a copy!

bethc72383 said...

Count me in,y daughter is so excited about this book, it looks awesome

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to it Ben! I've got a Return of Zita review running on Librarypoint.org at the end of the month!

Craig Graziano

Amy Bias said...

Looks awesome! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one!

Celeste said...

This looks spectacular!
-Celeste Koon

Celeste Koon said...

I'd love to win a copy! Zita Spacegirl are my favourite graphic novels!

Kristi said...

The art work is enchanting. I love female roles for my little boys to read- it normalizes the gender disparity, I think. :)
-Kristi Cesare

Cara said...

Just pre-ordered a copy - can't wait to share it with my students!

Tim Canny said...

Sweet! Can't wait to see it and read it!

yynderjohn said...

my kid and I would love a copy. Zita is still a fan fav, 3 months after purchase!

yynderjohn

Dessi said...

My Julia would love this book!!

Deanlah said...

We would love to win a copy of Julia's House for Lost Creatures. We are big Zita fans; all three volumes have been read innumerable times.

Jude Morrissey said...

Okay, so, I put it on FB, and Twitter, and Pinterest, and Google+...and I'm going to blog it, which will also put in on Tumblr and Blogger... And I really can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! For...for the kids...yeah...

It looks gorgeous, the story sounds awesome - I'm anticipating a great Storytime book. :D

Matt Reagan said...

Looking forward to reading this to the family. Gotta start working on my new voices now...

Charlotte (WaltzingM) said...

September 2nd is my youngest's third birthday! She would love a copy of this book and my older kids would love to add to their Original Art by Ben Hatke collection.

SumoJay said...

Ben, looks awesome. My kids love the Zita books.

jerichosfumato said...

Mr. Hatke,

I've been a fan of yours since I was in art school and this is my first time visiting your blog. I actually shared news about "The Return of Zita the Spacegirl" on my own Facebook page, so I'm happy to share news.

I'm wondering if your rules mean we get two extra entries for sharing or whether we get two extra entries per social media outlet we share with? Does anyone else in the comment thread know?

Raph said...

The kids love your work, the chance to get more seems like a no-brainer to me :-)

Trey Stanford said...

Looks like a fun one, Ben!

dale said...

I can already tell I'm going to enjoy every page.

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Jericho!

You just get two extra entries for sharing, not per media outlet. That would get really complicated to tally up!

And guys! Make sure to tell me in the comments if you share or I might not know! I can't track down facebook posts!

Conor Hale said...

Hello Mr. Hatke!

My daughter still says, "We met him!" every time we pull a Zita book off the shelf. She has also taken to playing the wizards and dragons card matching game with her babysitter.

Keep up the excellent work!

Monica Welham said...

Hurray for new books from the Hatke House!

Count me in for the fun and the sharing.

SumoJay said...

Ben, Just posted a link to the book to Amazon on my FaceBook Also tagged your Twitter account. Added some hashtags for fun too. :) #BenHatkeRocks #JuliasHouseforLostCreatures

jerichosfumato said...

Mr. Hatke,

Posted it via Facebook and Tumblr and gave your work a glowing recommendation based on what I've read of Zita the Spacegirl.

Andrea said...

We love your style, you Catholicism, and we totally want to name our first girl Zita!

Cassie said...

I love the cover art & can't wait to see the rest of it! I love Zita the Space girl & I'm sure I'll love this book just as well.

Annie Tohill said...

Love your books! Can't wait to read this one since it's got my three favorite things in a book 1) watercolor, 2) weird creatures, 3) by Ben Hatke :)

chances are my posts about this are going to be on my separate G+ page called Annie Tohill (Artist) since I use HootSuite and the only way it'd let me do it for G+ was to make a separate page :P Same person behind it, though :)

kedamono@mac.com said...

It looks like a wonderful book! So yes, I'll pimp your book for more chances to win!

Andy Wolverton said...

Looking forward to the new book! Once again, had a great time on The Comics Alternative interview awhile back. Best wishes for the book!
Andy
@awolverton77

Red Herring Jeff said...

This looks fantastic, Ben! I've been looking forward to it since you announced it! I shared on the Facebook and Twitter. :D

Minka said...

We love your work! Can't wait to read it to my boys!

Charley Sumner said...

Oooooo!!! So excited for this book!
Pick me, pick me, pick me!
@seesome

Unknown said...

This looks like a great book! Whether we win or have to wait and buy it, this will be my daughter Violet's first Ben Hatke book! Can't wait to read it to her.
Susan Rumble

Kevin said...

I shared your link on FaceBook. Thanks Ben!
Kevin B

Tom LaMora said...

My whole family loves your work. My daughter is already telling people she is going to be Zita for Halloween. I shared your link on Facebook and shared info about you and Zita while my daughter was reading all 3 Zita books at once. Well, I actually shared it after she was done and I was reading them. :-) I can't wait to read this with my girls.

MrsK said...

Looking forward to it!!! Especially excited for my two nieces in TX that are your biggest fans!

Angie LaMora said...

So excited about this!

L'Esprit Livre said...

Hi Ben,

Looking forward for your visit in France where we work hard to grow your fan base as we're expecting the publishing of Zita adventures' 3rd volume.
Any plans on having Julia's published here ?

Best regards,
I.
Lyon - France

Ryan Bowlin said...

Looks incredible, Ben! I hope i win but I will be looking forward to picking this up regardless! - @ryanbowlin on Twitter

Rose said...

I love your books, so excited for this!!!
My mom is really excited about Julia's house coming out too!
-Rose

Andrew said...

Mine!! I wants! ashuping on twitter

Sean Ryan said...

Wow! So many comments! I've been stalking your blog for at least a year now. I just received your 3rd Zita book from my brother as a graduation present, as recommended by me haha. Loved it! And this picture book looks just as creatively drawn!

Sean Ryan said...

Wow! So many comments! I've been stalking your blog for at least a year now. I just received your 3rd Zita book from my brother as a graduation present, as recommended by me haha. Loved it! And this picture book looks just as creatively drawn!

Keith said...

Ooh! Count me in! I've been reading Zita's adventures with my boys (ages 4 & 6) at bedtime. Just started book 3 last night! Love everything about them!


Cate H said...

Looks lovely! We are all big Zita fans around here.

tim said...

Looks fun! Can't wait to read it with the kids!

Unknown said...

Such gorgeous illustrations! My niece with DS/Autism needs a new book. She adores reading and is bored during summer. She read at age 2 and now at 6 is even better at it! And she loves animals and they love her.

Frances

Anonymous said...

We love Zita, here's hoping we win! Also shared on FB. :) rachel_fix at yahoo dot com

Clara said...

Looks awesome!

CLaire

Saphira said...

I can't waiiiiiiiiiit! :D ~Berny

William Roberge said...

I'm in! My girls are looking forward to this!
Bill Roberge

FionaR said...

Looks great - can't wait to read it to my boys!! -Fiona Reyna

Kristen said...

So gorgeous! Can't wait to read it Ben.

Twitter @Bookgoil

Steve J said...

Can't wait to read your newest creation, and share it with my kids!

Neva Hernandez said...

I think your blog thought I was robot the first time I tried to post! Sharing on Facebook!
Neva

j'aime said...

pick me! pick me!

melady2000 said...

Ben--I've loved Zita but was equally impressed with this book. I got to read it at the Maine Comics Art Festival; it was absolutely awesome! I'd love to have a copy for my classroom. Thank you!
Rebeca Reynolds

Alaina said...

Pick me, please!

Zula Kress said...

Yay! So very excited to read this! It looks amazing! :) Sharing it on facebook! Thanks Ben!

Frances said...

Love your work, and delighted to know more is coming! Happy to spread the word as well via our Facebook pages. :)

rosie t said...

I so enjoyed peeking through this one - can't wait to read it all the way through!!!

Duane Arnold said...

Ben this looks really beautiful. I love the personality you put into your work.

binarydays said...

Looks incredible! If I don't win, I'll be buying it for sure!!!!!

Carla Reed said...

My son loves Zita! His awesome librarian introduced him to Zita. We are both looking forward to your next book. Definitely looks like a gem!

Carla

P.S. I'm sharing the contest on my FB!

rachel snowden said...

Cannot wait for this book to come out! We are huge Zita fans! I shared this on facebook and pinterest.
Rachel

KackyK said...

Thanks for the chance!!!! The book looks lovely and I gave a six year old girl who enjoy it! I shared it in FB too!

The Kings said...

Count us in!

Brenda Rumsey said...

Would love to share this book with my 3 grandchildren. Congrats! Really enjoyed your talk at the Tulsa Library last year.
(Shared on Facebook too)
Brenda Rumsey

Kansas Mom said...

Oh, we love Zita and can't wait to read this new book!

Celine H said...

Me and my daughter can't wait to sit down with this latest hatke story!

Mike Rhode said...

Ben, I just threw a link up on ComicsDC. Are you doing any appearances in DC for the book? And congratulations - it looks great. Mike

Ben Hatke said...

Hey Mike, I'm not sure yet if I'm doing anything in the DC area, but it looks like I'll be at the Baltimore Book Festival, SPX and at the Baltimore comic con...

Kansas Mom said...

I shared this page on facebook.

Clare the hobbit girl said...

Hello Mr. Hatke! I am a 13 year old girl, long time reader of your books and blog, and a really big fan! I would love to win the grand prize! Unfortunately I don't have Facebook, Twitter, ect. :( Thanks for doing these contests!

Bryan Gustafson said...

I Love the Giant Turtle getting up and walking! It Reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle.

Kelly Bikle said...

Zita is a hero in my house, I'm sure Julia will be, too. :)

Joanne said...

So glad this book will be out soon. I am teaching myself to draw and have been using images from you site to play with. It is great fun to watch what you are up to.

I am hoping to pick up copies of Zita this week to read and review over at Words from JL: teaching on the north side. I will be adding a note about Julia's House there in the next couple of days.

Congrats on what looks like a great book - so excited to read it and share with students.
Joanne Toft

Cecile said...

We got to hear you read Julia's House in NYC, lovely! Sharing on Facebook!

Amanda said...

Looks great - will love to read it with my kids!

Karina said...

We love Zita, and are anxiously awaiting this book!

alxjhnsn said...

Looks good to me. Send one my way. :)

Anonymous said...

Ben,

Thanks for creating these amazing books. Our youngest found Zita a few years ago while walking through an independent book store and we have been hooked since. Keep up the great work and we are looking forward to Julia's adventures.

Carl

Anonymous said...

Not sure why it said I was Anonymous, but here is a second try.

Carl

Ms. Pauline said...

Best thing to wake up to on a Thursday morning! Congrats! The book looks amazing! :)

Wendy D said...

A messy desk is a sign of a brilliant mind! :)
p.s. my 10 year old daughter and I love your work!

Rae said...

I heard you read this at a Politics and Prose event and have been looking forward to it ever since! Cannot wait!

Rae

Christina Dirkes said...

Ooh, I want to get this for my little niece, Sophia! You've been my favorite ninja artist author for a long time and I'm very excited about this story.

allieger said...

I cannot wait for this book! Hooray Ben!

Derrick Cantrell said...

I'm excited to see this amazing book that I got a glimpse of at the MCAF! All the best, Derrick.

Harmony said...

I look forward to reading Julia's House for lost Creatures! p.s. I pinned your blog to my Pinterest account to spread the word.

Christina Autumn said...

Looks so so lovely.. :)

Faith E. Hough said...

Wow...that's a lot of comments. I guess I have a better chance of winning a copy than of winning the lottery or something--but I'm off to go pre-order it just in case. :) It'll come out just in time for daughter #2's birthday!

Clare said...

The illustrations look beautiful! Count me in.
~ Clare

Katherine said...

Wow! It looks beautiful!

tara said...

my son loves your books!

Lena Louise said...

We're big Zita fans! Can't wait to read the new book! Please consider printing some Zita posters for kids' rooms!! :)

clockwings jr said...

Hello!!!! My sister showed me one of your zita books at the library and i wasted no time trying to read the rest of them. I really like the art style and so i decided to visit your website. First thing I see is that your giving a way free stuff... Awesome!!! then i see how many fans you already have and i think great i'll never get anything now :( but i will find a way to increase my chances by sharing the news!! wish me luck!

Brayden buhler/clockwings jr.

not shore if i should use my internet name or real name

robin baker said...

Eeee!!! This is on our to buy list so if we don't win...we'll own it soon enough. Aria loves Zita so much and is so excited about getting this book!

robin baker said...

Also sharing on my facebook page. :) Thanks much for the opportunity!

Kristi Veitenheimer said...

Thanks for the chance to win your book!

Telaina Muir said...

Your desk looks a lot like mine LoL! The book looks awesome, something my kids and I will be looking for on the release date if we don't win, as we are all big fans of Zita! Thanks!

robot girl said...

I really like the zita books and can't wait for these ones

Stark Raving said...

I've got two lost creatures of my own anxiously awaiting this one, Ben.

Tweeted as well.

Frances Macaulay Forde said...

Doe posting a notice on my blog at francesmacaulayforde.wordpress.com and both my Facebook pages frances.m.forde@facebook.com and sfforde@facebook.com count? Also, I'm happy to pay the postage if you like as I know it would be expensive to send the prize to Australia. Love your illustration style!

joanfrankham said...

wow, looks like a book my grandchildren would love.

kellyjo said...

I would love to win this! I am a new fan, but wow do I love your work, Ben. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Kellyjo! New fans are always welcome around here.
:-)

kellyjo said...

Wahoo! I work in youth services at a library and booktalked the first two Zita books at some elementary schools and they have been flying off the shelves at rates quicker than we can shelve them! I am looking forward to Julia's House for Lost Creatures. Perhaps I can incorporate it into a storytime. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Nice!

Megan Truax Art said...

shared on facebook and blogger :)

Kim P said...

So glad to be making it into this giveaway and that you can look in your book on Amazon. Your first line is delightful! Julia's house came to town . . . and who doesn't love a warm fire and toast and tea?! I cannot wait to read this book to my grandsons!

Tony Saylor said...

I'm not confident I'll win, but I'm willing to try!

Melissa said...

Our boys love the Zita books, and we'd be delighted to get a copy of this one!

Tim Harding said...

Can't wait!

Mary McClure said...

Looks like an awesome new book, Ben. Would love to have a copy!

Torey said...

Can't wait to see the new book!

-Torey Cervantes

Doran Richards said...

Hello! We are practically neighbors - and I just ordered your other books for my kids. D. Richards, in Strasburg! www.blessingGodsway.com

Amanda said...

I want one! I don't do Facebook or Twitter but I'm sharing this on Pinterest and a message board.

Clare said...

You know the Marmalejos need a copy of this book! ;)

Eric Kingsepp said...

Count me in, Ben! See you on Twitter!

Therese Prudlo said...

Count the Prudlo House in! The kids are so excited for this book!

Unknown said...

I'm so excited! My 2nd grade classes always LOOOOVE Zita, and I'm sure they'll love this too. I can tell that I will! :)

stay@homemom said...

Thanks for writing such fun books for kids! My girls loved Zita! The art work is great too!
Halyna Fedoryka Kay

Ben Hatke said...

Okay! I'm closin'r down! Comment after this one don't make the deadline.

Thanks for playing everyone and for reading, and all the nice comments about my work. Keeps me goin'. I think this was our biggest raffle yet.

Chris VanZwoll said...

I was sure I had commented and shared, but I don't see them listed anywhere. :( Oh well. Too late now.
Love your work.

Ben Hatke said...

Chris, I will take your word for it and count you in!

But we're totally closed for real this time.

Darren Cools said...

Looks beautiful! Is it self-published or did you go through an established publisher?

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Darren!

Julia's House is from First Second Books -they published my Zita books as well. This is part of their first batch of picture books.

They've been a great publisher for me.

Darren Cools said...

Awesome, thanks Ben. I plan on picking up a copy soon!

Vanessa VH said...

Looks really cool!!

Ivoriania "Ivory" Phillips said...

The art style is so fantastic! *_*

Kazia Berkley-Cramer said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this--it looks so lovely!