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Welcome to The Morning Read.
I'm going to try to make this a more compact edition of the column today, because I've got a huge schedule ahead of me for the afternoon, but before we get into things, I've got a very simple contest for you, and it's one I'm excited to explain to you.
HitFix is going to ComicCon this year in a big way, and we would love to find some HitFix readers who'd be happy to be part of that presence. So I'm going to offer up something special today, our very first HitFix t-shirt, designed and printed specifically for the convention. If you'd like to be one of the first fifteen people anywhere to own one of these shirts, designed by the very talented Kyle Cummings, it's simple.
There are two requirements to win the shirt:
(1) You must be going to Comic-Con in San Diego in two weeks.
(2) You must leave a comment here on this story. Any comment. Just leave "comment" if that's all you want to leave, although obviously, I'd rather you leave something more.
I get mail from you guys, so I know you're out there, and I'd love to hear from you here as well. There's a really interesting cross-section of people who seem to be reading, and I'd love to see that reflected in the kinds of conversations we could have here. I like what Jim Emerson wrote (which was a response to earlier pieces by both David Poland and Roger Ebert), and I think one of the reasons Ebert's blog is so great is because of the community of commenters he's attracted. And you guys who do comment here so far are all welcome additions. I'm just hoping to add some new voices as well. I mean, no less than David Puttnam recently called for the entire British film industry to get better at engaging the online community in dialogue.
The t-shirts come in grey for guys and light blue for girls, and the design on each shirt is just a little different, paying homage to different comic icons. That's it, the graphic at the top of this story, and I love it. The design is inspired by a certain 1980s superhero lunchbox, and if anyone wants to post an link to that image, I'm sure I can come up with a little extra something for you as a reward.
We want to meet you in San Diego, too, and you can follow me on Twitter at @DrewAtHitFix to find out where we might be over the course of the convention. It's going to be an exciting test of the HitFix team working together, and I think it's going to be a big week overall.
So come on... leave a comment. Face down the dreaded Captcha beast and respond to something from today's read, or something about Comic-Con (like what you hope to see), and let's hand out some shirts.
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