Let's cut to the chase: We have three pieces of signed original art by "Vinland Saga" creator Makoto Yukimura.
They depict three characters from the series, Thorfinn, Thorkell, and Askeladd, and bear Mr. Yukimura's signature, seal, and a personal message to his American readers. As incredible as this sounds, we are giving these away.
But to win one, you'll first have to battle your way into a place among Askeladd's elite Viking warriors!
- Create a character from the Viking Age. He or she could be a Viking, English, Welsh, a warrior, a blacksmith, a priest — anything! Write a one-paragraph description of your character that delves into her background, personality, and history. You can include an original drawing of your character if you want, but it's certainly not required.
- We'll take the best characters and create a bracket, pitting them against each other for the right to join Askeladd's band! If you're selected, you'll receive your opponent's character description, and you'll have to write a few paragraphs describing how your character would defeat him. Does your character outwit her opponent? Intimidate him into submission? Or just pound him into the ground?
- After we've read both stories, we'll choose the best one, and that character will advance. The brackets will converge on a final three-on-three showdown! The champion will get first pick of the drawings, the second place winner will receive second pick, and third place will get whichever drawing is left over. We'll also compile all the battles of the top three into three epic Viking sagas, and post them on our site for everyone to read!
E-mail your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure any attachments are under 10 MB). Everyone who's selected for the bracket will receive a free copy of Vinland Saga Book Four when it's released in July.
Askeladd will be accepting applicants to join his band until July 11, and shortly after that the battles will begin!
Remake Viking history with us, and become a part of Vinland Saga!
And just in case you haven't read Vinland Saga, now's a great time to get started! From now until June 26, the Vinland Saga Book One ebook is on sale for just $4.99 on Kindle, Nook, iBookstore, and Kobo!
- This contest is open to entrants with valid e-mail addresses worldwide, except where any part of the contest or these rules would be prohibited by law. Employees of Kodansha USA Publishing, Penguin Random House, or any parent or affiliate companies, as well as their spouses, family members, and any person in the same household, are not eligible to enter.
- All initial entries must be received by July 11, 2014. Kodansha USA Publishing is not responsible for entries lost for any reason.
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