If you noticed that I hadn't posted any new strips since ALA began, well then you're very observant. It's been keeping us very busy - somehow having it in our home city is more rather than less work. But today is the last day, and a half-day at that, so I hope to catch right back up. And if it's slow I'll do some drawing at the table.
Today at our booth (#742) we'll also announce the winner of our Pimp My Bookcart contest, followed by a post to this blog. We're going to put up a webpage with all the bookcart photos we got, so that you can see all the fun and hard work folks put in. Stay tuned.
This was a bigger deal than we anticipated. We thought our "Pimp my Book Cart" contest was a funny idea that would spawn a dozen or so entries. But it seemed to spark something, and we started hearing from folks all over the country. It even spawned a "Pimp my Book Trolley" contest Down Under in Australia (we're judging that one too).
Still, by last week we figured all the fuss had been just that, and that it was still going to be just a few contenders. But then a few days before the deadline, in a display of procrastination that impressed Bill, they started pouring in. We ended up getting over 100. Gene and I scrambled to organize and evaluate them (thanks, iPhoto!). Several times at ALA we left our booth in the capable hands of our store manager Jana so that we could look at almost 400 pictures of book carts that had been pimped up, down, in, and out. Finally this morning we reached agreement on the winner, several runners-up, and many honorable mentions. In the next week we'll publish a mostly complete list of the entries, but we didn't want to delay the big announcement. And so, without further ado:
This pink and white piece of classic American steel caught our hearts and never let go.
It's a simple design, just cow horns, headlights, sleek vinyl book seats and (vaguely
disturbing) tailfins, but it was executed perfectly and very pinkly, and we couldn't take
our eyes off it.
Katie and her teens receive a $250 gift certificate to our store plus a custom piece of
Unshelved art by Bill.
We simply couldn't decide between these three great book carts, so we chose them all. Each will receive a $50 gift certificate to our store.
This baby has 15" 'all-library' tires on 5-spoke aluminum wheels, "off-stack" driving
lights, heavy-duty suspension, and two-tone paint. It was the wheels, along with the working
lights, that did it for us.
Just the words "Support Glitteracy" were almost enough. This hippie bus complete with
hookah wowed everyone we showed it to.
With authentic parts from the Omaha VW club, and built in the basement of Cram Auto
Parts, this peace-loving bus of a book cart is the real thing.
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We couldn't resist highlighting the following. Each receive an Unshelved collection signed by us author guys.
Two words: Glowing Undercarriage.
Great fabric. A simple design that holds together nicely.
Nitrous-Oxide propulsion via step-down thruster ports.
Liquor + Nancy Pearl action figure = love
Gene wanted to specially honor the entry that most reflected what he would have done in this contest. And so it is with great pride that we share with you:
The prize is, of course, invisible too.
All the entries we received showed a lot of hard work and originality and we loved looking at them all. Thanks to everyone who tried.
Keep on Pimpin',
Bill and Gene,
the Unshelved guys
P.S. Will we do it again next year? You bet we will.