Monday, April 20, 2009

Win an autographed copy of Eisner-nominated series "Sentences"

UPDATE: The contest is now closed. The randomly chosen winner was Eric Sonnakolb.

To advertise it's new cherry-flavored version, Dr. Pepper is hosting a "Dr. Pepper-inspired art" art contest, where the winners get three-day apprenticeships with an artist in New York. One winner will get to work with comic book artist Ronald Wimberly.

Here's a sample of his work:

He has a huge amount of work on display at his personal site and DeviantArt, where there are some desktop wallpapers. He has original art on sale here, including the Street Fighter image you see above.

He also has skateboard decks like this one:

on sale here.

Courtesy of Dr. Pepper, I have a copy of Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm to give away. Sentences is illustrated by Wimberly and written by Percy "M.F. Grimm" Carey, and was nominated for two Eisners in 2008 (Best Reality-Based Work and Best Lettering). Here's the official description:

In SENTENCES, Carey chronicles his life in the sometimes glamorous, and often violent, hip-hop industry; from the first time he picked up a microphone at a block party as a youngster, to the day he lost the use of his legs to gang violence, to his incarceration, and eventually, to his self-reinvention and rise back to the top of his game, becoming a Hip-Hop Grand Master and being placed among the pantheon of the culture. No questions are left unanswered and no apologies are made, resulting in what's sure to be a groundbreaking graphic novel.

Joining Carey is up-and-coming artist Ronald Wimberly (LUCIFER, HELLBLAZER: PAPA MIDNITE covers), who breathtakingly illustrates this gritty tale of righteous redemption. If what you know about hip-hop is the flashy cars and voluptuous women that music videos try to sell, be prepared to experience the real side of the industry that only someone who has survived the rise, fall, and rise again, can tell.
Here's a live interview of Wimberly and Carey (well, mostly Carey):

Wimberly gets more of a chance to talk in this interview, which includes footage of him painting (and a cleverly placed Dr. Pepper can).

So, for a chance to win a copy of Sentences signed by Wimberly, simply comment on this post and make sure your comment includes your email. One comment per person, and unfortunately this contest is limited to USA residents. The contest closes Friday, April 24, 2008, at 8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, and I'll announce the winner shortly thereafter.

*Previously: Desktop Wallpaper - - Puma's homage to Tommie Smith.

*Buy Street Fighter action figures at eBay.


  1. I've been a fan of M.F. Grimm's for a long time. I'm especially fond of his work with M.F. Doom though I know they don't get along so well anymore. My email is blueflowers @ mac . com

    I'm not such a big fan of the cherry Dr. Pepper. It's ok but not very cherry tasting.

  2. really cool stuff. love the tommie smith tribute.

    i also agree on the cherry dr. pepper. sounds overwhelming.

  3. My fiance is such a big fan, this will make a great surprise gift for him - thx.
    nsivens at yahoo dot com

  4. Looks great. thanks for bringing cool stuff like this to our attention.

  5. Please pick me!

  6. Please pick me!

  7. While I find Dr Pepper vile and disgusting, their ad using the cheers theme song is awesome. I also like comic books.

  8. got into mf grimm like most people from MF DOOM. cool interview here.

  9. Hip hop and comics is something I'd never expect to merge together and it sounds like an awesome combination!

    Cherry Dr. Pepper, on the other hand, not so much.

    jamesfurbush @ slyoyster dot com

  10. The art looks excellent. Also I really love winning stuff!

    Das Fraz @ G mail .com

  11. awesome!

    goffs @

  12. Looks cool.

    guyver1_ @ yahoo (dot) com

    (Can you tell I don't want spam?

  13. looks awesome. stiricide at gmail dot com

  14. very nicely drawn

  15. Whoa. this is what i get for not checking my rss in a couple days.... :) which is really ironic bc i just added his blog to my reader like a week ago? :)

    i think my email is on my profile but just in case, it's c59088 at pgnmail dot com.

  16. Count me in! Loved Sentences, both the dialogue/writing and the art. Nice site, by the way. Read it almost everyday as well as link to it on my site.

    @ Jame - You kiddin' me? You don't listen to a lot of Hip-Hop then, because TONS of different rappers make tons of different references to all kinds of comic books.

    "Stronger than Cyclops' optic nerve"

    "Like the hammer of the mighty Thor"

    "Hip-Hop and comic books was my genesis"

    Three examples just off the top of my head right now.


  17. I dislike corporate backing of anything, but I'll take any free stuff I can from them, especialy something as excellent as this, as long as they don't ask for anything in return.

  18. Why is it that so few people are trying to get this? Is there some sort of gypsy curse on this book I should be aware of?


  19. nosotroslostigre(at)aim(dot)com
    I'm really bummed I slept on this books release. I'm a huge fan of king D-Pi.

  20. i love the skateboard graphics