Happy birthday to me! Well, technically in the USA my birthday is in eight more hours but since I share a birthday with Ken-chan (Nov. 19) and it's Ken-chan's birthday in Japan already and because I've been getting best wishes from my friends in the East for hours now, and tomorrow is the Jewish Sabbath when I really shouldn't be on the computer (sssssh!) I'm going to start my celebrating a weeee bit early.
In keeping withbleachness tradition, Nov. 19 is the day to announce the winners of Ishida's birthday contest! THIS YEAR IT WAS SO MISERABLY DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE WINNERS! Thank you to all who provided entries. I'm so happy that fandom, as always, was the true winner, but the judges are a little balder. We asked some artsy friends of ours to weigh in because the votes were so close (thank you to skilly_n_duff and escarboucle) and EVEN THEN, the votes were still close. The quality of the artwork was delightfully high and after some discussion, we had much difficulty rating the art entries.
First, here's how we ranked the fic:
FIRST PLACE FIC:
"You Run" by renki_chan
A vivid tidbit that gave emotional detail to a canon happening. Winner of the IchiIshi Tomei Paradox by Honey Drop. Please PM me if you would prefer a $25 paypal deposit!
SECOND PLACE FIC:
"Back to Back by lady_leia_solo
Short but sweet and in character. Winner of an illustrated sketch by la_kalaka!
NOW THE FANART WINNERS. OY, WAS THIS SOOOOO HARD.
FIRST PLACE FANART:
"I’m Sorry" by rocknyx
A really emotional piece relating to manga canon. We all liked the telling details like the broken glasses and damn those rocks that felt as jagged as the emotions in the art.
TIE FOR SECOND PLACE:
"Stupid Kurosaki" by peca_06
A wonderfully detailed composition with Ichigo and Ishida so in character
"A Kiss" by imlikat
No one didn't adore this one. The lights and facial structure and mood belied the simplicity. Pure love.
Also we want to give a SPECIAL HONORABLE MENTION TO LADY MELISSA (melissy94) for both her works which ranked highly but especially "I’m Yours (Tonight)" which is such soft but powerful erotic work.
PRIZES FOR FANART! Okay, first place winner gets the gorgeous anthology I prize which was provided by vayshti: Rei by "and Dive" Please PM me if you would prefer a $25 paypal deposit.
Second prize ties! Please chose from a $15 paypal gift OR one of the following doujins provided by qwirky:
OR, SECOND PRIZE WINNERS--
You may also choose from the following doujinshi in my collection... OR have a $10 paypal deposit PLUS the choice of ONE 6"x8" collectors card shown in the photo (these lovely cards were provided by karenai) OR a $10 paypal deposit and one of the folders shown in the pic below (one folder has Chad one side and Urahara on the other, the second folder has Ichigo on one side and Rukia on the other). I'll answer any questions about the doujin too. The Paper Chocolate IchiIshi is gorgeous. The Kaien/Aizen is sweet. The RenRuki is classic. I have two of the same I love it that much.
Honorable Mention prize! You get the same choice as those above but the second place winners get first dibs! XD I hope there's something to please everyone. I really wish I could send out candy to everyone who participated or have you share with some of my cake and Indian food with me on my birthday. I do love to share my Bleach love with fandom this way.
WINNERS PLEASE PM ME, _debbiechan_ orqwirky with your addresses so we can get your stuffs out to you ASAP.
Oh and one more thing. STAY TUNED BECAUSE I HAVE AN EVIL PLAN TO MILK THIS CONTEST EVEN MORE. I'M WORKING ON WHAT THE PRIZE WILL BE BUT IT WILL BE A NICE ONE. HOW'S ABOUT A DRABBLE AND FIC CONTEST FOR FICS ILLUSTRATING THE ARTWORKS SUBMITTED FOR THIS ICHIGO AND ISHIDA CONTEST? WINNER TO BE DECIDED BY POPULAR POLL!
Details to be announced after I recover from four entrees of Indian food.