Today sees the paperback bow of Supergods, for my money one of the truly great pop culture books published in the past decade. Author Grant Morrison, a creative giant in the world of comics scribes, has done far more than pen a fannish, insider-tinged ode to the superhero genre—he has somehow teased out all that is fascinating and profound about the topic, engagingly presenting it both as cultural and personal history.
So if you’re not a superhero fan, this book will help clarify what all the excitement is about. If you are a fan, you’ll love the way Morrison combines an encyclopedic knowledge base and a poet’s sensibility to take you on a tour of a landscape you thought you already knew. Along the way, you’ll get a memoir-ish writer’s journey, more than a few startling doses of mysticism and psychology, and even a new afterword that includes the author’s thoughts on the current crop of superhero movies, Chris Reeve’s legacy, and Kurt Busiek’s Astro City.
Curious to check Supergods out, then? Well, Spiegel & Grau (a division of Random House) has generously made some copies available to Connect the Pop readers. Here’s what you need to do in order to win one:
- You must have a U.S. or Canadian mailing address to which the book can be shipped.
- Leave a comment on any of the Connect the Pop posts that feature the topic of superheroes. Here’s a list of all such tagged posts: http://blogs.slj.com/connect-the-pop/tag/superheroes/
- “@” me on Twitter with the hashtags #Supergods and #ConnectThePop in the tweet to let me know you’ve done this, and the date of the post where you left the comment. (I’m @Peter_Gutierrez.)
- Everyone who does these two things between now and 12:01 am EST on June 28 will be entered into the drawing.
- If you don’t have a Twitter account, just have a friend or colleague tweet on your behalf, letting me know which date and comment is associated with the tweet—but of course since the book will be sent to him/her (see #6 below), you’ll have to work it out from there. (Or just start your own Twitter account in a couple of minutes, and close it when this giveaway is over.)
- I’ll notify you on Twitter, not here, if you’ve won a book, and if you don’t respond within 48 hours, I’ll just draw another name. If you’re a winner, you’ll simply DM me your mailing address, which I will then pass along to Random House, and we’ll be all set. Thanks!