Friday, May 23, 2008
Photo Contest Part IV - Celebrities and Foriegn Climes
People have been taking pictures of the book all over the place.





Based on some of the other photos that were included with this one, I'm guessing this is actually an honest-to-goodness desert-y area. As opposed to a beach or a gravel quarry.





This one was, apparently, taken on Mount Hood.





Not all of the locations were exotic. This one was taken at Uncle Hugos, a bookstore that deals exclusively in fantasy/science fiction. In an interesting side note, the guy who runs Uncle Hugos was one of the very first people to get excited about the book after reading a galley copy, and to ask me to come out for a signing. So this bookstore has a special place in my heart.





I've had several photos where the book was shown with famous landmarks. This one brings back some memories. I haven't been out to the statue of liberty since I had to fetch that shipment of Ambrosia for UNATCO all those years ago....





Not all the landmarks that people used were universally well known. But anyone who has spent any significant amount of time in Madison knows exactly where this photo was shot.





Here we are above the clouds....





And here we are below the ground, in a New York city subway.





Here's another by the same photographer. Can you guess where it is?

I have to say, I really like the composition of these shots. Even if it didn't say, BITTER Photography I'd have a strong suspicion that they were taken by a pro.





Here's the runner up in "Most Foreign." This was taken in the catacombs in Italy. Apparently, the photographer got yelled at because taking pictures in there is, well, forbidden. The fact remains that it's a pretty awesome shot.




But this has to be the winner. Not only was this the photo that gave me the idea for this contest, you can't get much more foreign than this. The photographer told me that it was balmy out when he took this - a mere 60 degrees below.







And, because I admire ingenuity, an honorable mention for the photo of my book at the West Pole. Let me know which prize you'd like too.


Another thing I didn't anticipate when I started this contest was the celebrity angle. A lot of folks sent in pictures of the book with famous people.

Of course, sometimes the celebrities weren't really willing participants in this activity....





Other times the celebrities involved were completely fictional....





Or both.




Generally speaking though, the celebrities in question were desirous of the book....









Even Indiana Jones...




...and Benito Juarez.





Some celebrities were forced to make difficult choices....






Here's Captain Joe again. Looking to help out the allied powers. As we all know, the hardcover will stop a bullet.





Here's one obviously taken by a fellow Buffy Fan.






The caption to this one read: "The lute?... bah! A _real_ hero would have played the accordion."





The runner-up does a nice job of illustrating why I like Batman better than Superman. Superman obviously can't be bothered with the book. He's obviously too busy flexing and reciting the pledge of allegiance in his head.

Batman, on the other hand, is obviously into it. I could see him appreciating Kvothe's character.






And here's the Winner of the celebrity category. On one hand, this picture can't help but make me happy, as it is packed with all sorts of awesome: a beautiful woman, my book, and a Boba Fett made entirely out of Lego. But on the other hand, this picture makes me sad, as I'm guessing it's probably the closest thing to a three-way that I'll ever have.

Still, in terms of a three-way, you have to admit that's pretty hot.



There's more to come. And rest assured, I'm saving some of the best for last.

pat

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