I'd like to take a moment to address and explain the NOTES contest we held over the course of December.
Based on the lack of submissions received, it's clear that the interest
in this contest just wasn't there. And I can understand that. NOTES is a
character I would doubt any of our steady readership has ever heard of.
So why would we choose him for one of our contests? Shortly after
opening up shop, we were contacted by Superhero Enterprises about
hosting a contest for NOTES, their flagship character. Having never
heard of the character and discovering that Superhero Enterprises was,
at the time, just starting up, it was something I was initially hesitant
to do. But I also found reasons that I thought could make it exciting,
particularly the thought that doing a contest where readers could
redesign a character they've had little-to-no exposure to would be cool
was because of the immense freedom awarded to the artists.
You'll note that this isn't what the Contest Announcement called for;
this was at the request of the sponsor. However, I felt I shouldn't
fight it simply because they were providing the prizes; as such, I let
it go. In spite of my reservations, I committed myself and this site to
the contest and felt it was my duty to see it though. But there's also a
duty to the readers. You all come here for redesigns, and this contest
didn't promise that. On that front, this month we let you down. I
apologize for that.
I don't want anyone to think this is a slight to Superhero Enterprises.
All of my interactions with them have been great, and they've been very
kind to Superhero of the Month. But it would be an immense error to not
recognize that this contest just didn't generate the interest of
artists. Part of running Superhero of the Month for the last
year has been seeing what works and what doesn't, and this was one of
those experiments where something simply didn't work, regardless of this contest being run and promoted just like all the others we've done. Needless to say,
it's just something that isn't worth running the risk of having a
month with no submissions again.
From now on, we'll strictly be sticking to well-known properties and
brands that most of our readership should be familiar with.
In spite of the lack of submissions this month, site hits have still
been very generous, so I'd like to thank everyone for their continued
support of Superhero of the Month. I'm very much looking forward
to 2012; we've got a lot of great contests already scheduled, and a lot
of great characters yet to be redesigned.
Stay tuned, we've got new
posts coming every day for the next week, including January's contest
announcement coming tomorrow, and Joker Week beginning December 26,
commemorating the late Jerry Robinson.