The Prizes: FIRST: Pants worn on-screen by Nicolas Cage in the film The Weather Man. SECOND: TBA THIRD: A collectible (probably?) Nicolas Cage postage stamp from some far-off land.
- ONE entry per person, so choose your film wisely and design it creatively. - E-MAIL ENTRIES ONLY. You can tag it on Tumblr if you’d like, but only entries received via email will be considered. Send them to fakecriterions[at]gmail.com, with the subject line “Fake Criterions Cage Match.” - ONLY THOSE ENTRIES RECEIVED VIA EMAIL BETWEEN 12:00AM EST NOV. 7 AND 11:59PM EST NOV. 28 WILL BE CONSIDERED.
We’ll announce and post the winners and other entries in early December, after the judges have time to pick their favorites.
This is my fan art for the 10th anniversary of Gene Luen Yang’s incredible graphic novel “American Born Chinese.” I started working with Gene on the Avatar books before I read this work of his. Its reputation preceded it (it deservedly won just about ALL the awards), and I had already gotten to know Gene and his writing by the time I picked it up—or so I thought. ABC’s structure threw me off at first. It was really challenging. Abrasive. Discordant. This wasn’t the story I had imagined and built up in my head from all of my friends’ and colleagues’ rave reviews. Halfway through I wasn’t sure I liked it. I wondered, “How is he going to tie all of this together?” And then BAM. He did. And the story and message were all the more powerful for taking me somewhere I wasn’t expecting to go. For challenging my expectations. How could I have presumed to know Gene’s story? And why would I have wanted him to tell it to me in a way that was comfortable and familiar to me? Powerful art and storytelling SHOULD challenge the audience. They should come from a specific point of view. Bravo, Gene!
I couldn’t pick just one… Such an amazing catalog from so many world-class artists/writers.
I’m honored, thrilled, intimidated, and daunted to be working with such an awesome publisher for my upcoming graphic novel series Threadworlds. Congratulations to Mark Siegel and everyone at First Second Books for 10 years of unique, creative, dynamic, daring, and varied books! Here’s to the next 10 and beyond!