July 1, 2011

Com.X & Present: “BlueSpear” Giveaway!

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UPDATE 8/4/2011: CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Check below in the comments section for details!

The fine folks of England’s leading comic book publisher, Com.X, are giving back to the community by offering a series of prizes in a contest coinciding with the release of their upcoming book, BlueSpear! Spear is the first in a trilogy of graphic novels based on the company’s highly successful OGN, Forty-Five45. Both titles are written by Andi Ewington, with Cosmo White providing the artwork in BlueSpear.

To enter the contest, leave a comment on this article (below) stating which of the following BlueSpear panels you like best! That’s it! The images were selected by Andi, Cosmo, and Com.X publisher Eddie Deighton, as their personal favorites, and we want to know which one stands out above the rest.

The prizes up for grabs are a signed BlueSpear print (shown at the bottom of this page), an ashcan copy of the book, a regular copy, and a BlueSpear poster! Three lucky winners will be selected at random from the comments below. One entry per person, and we can ship worldwide, so anyone and everyone can participate! Your chance to enter begins now and ends on Sunday, July 31st at 11:59 pm, Pacific Time. Winners will be announced in the comments section of this article on Tuesday, August 2nd. staff are not eligible to win.

Good luck and happy commenting!

Andi 1

ANDI EWINGTON: For me this is THE iconic shot of the comic. It showcases perfectly what BlueSpear is about. The power that this image invokes is simply monumental and captures his link to the marine world. I remember the first time I saw this page; it left me grinning from ear-to-ear and I still get goosebumps whenever I see it.

Andi 2

AE: I’m cheating a little here, but that cover is truly stunning! I love the whole Yin-Yang feel, with Lotus containing her antagonists on one side and BlueSpear and the Marine world on the other. Everything is balanced, from composition to colour hues. We had a lot of options for the cover design, but I’m so glad we went with this composition in the end.

Andi 3

AE: I know I’m only supposed to pick one particular panel, but these two really are one in my mind. It’s the first time we REALLY get to see a personal favourite of mine using their power; X is the ultimate anti-hero, he’s my Han Solo. You can’t help but like the guy, and the way he dispatches his enemies is so nasty it’s cool, and I love the way Cos got close and personal to show us just HOW nasty.

Eddie 1

EDDIE DEIGHTON: I’ve gone for landscape panels for each of my choices. I love the detail Cosmo has applied. This is our first introduction to Akira (BlueSpear’s brother) in the book; he’s working at his desk, oblivious to BlueSpear sitting on the rooftop of the building opposite. For those that have read the original Forty-Five, you’ll notice that there is a photo in the picture frame on Akira’s desk showing him and his brother on that fateful holiday when Yuji was transformed into the hero that he is today.

Eddie 2

ED: It’s the left-hand side of the panel I like here; just the elegance and serenity thatCosmo has suggested with his art and colours, and I love the way BlueSpear integrates seamlessly with the other sea creatures.

Eddie 3

ED: This panel says so much about the emotional depth of the main character’s story. Akira, on the right, upset in the knowledge that he and Yuji (BlueSpear) have to keep their family association a secret and they can never be close as brothers again,contrasted with the general public, adults and children alike, who openly idolise and embrace their hero. In turn, BlueSpear no longer feels anything for his brother and can only convey his emotions through protecting him, as he does every other member of the Tokyo population.

Cosmo 1

COSMO WHITE: Cheating a bit with this sequence of 3, but I like the combination of serenity, mystery and action, which I hope these panels bring to the character. Also, the octopus turned out nicely.

Cosmo 2

CW: This moment of frozen time, as a beaten Akira innocently gazes at his own doom, is a favourite of mine, as I really like games with bullet-time functions in them (Bloodrayne 1 being a favourite…); although I suppose if it’s a frozen moment of time, I shouldn’t have included speed lines. Curses.

Cosmo 3

CW: Not much going on in this panel, just a sense of space and emptiness, which is why I like it. It’s relatively tranquil, gives the story a moment to breathe, and X’s miserable expression just sets it off nicely. Why? What? I often feel like that.


1st Place will win a signed BlueSpear print and a copy of the book, 2nd Place an ashcan copy of the book, and 3rd Place a BlueSpear poster! Check out the amazing print that is up for grabs:

Look for BlueSpear later this summer, and be sure to check out our review of Forty-Five45 and the Com.X archive!

Andy Liegl