Official Press Release
In the July 2003 issue of Previews, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the
winner of it’s Comics’ #1 Fan contest: Sean Kleefeld. The title was to be
awarded to “the comic book fan who, in Diamond’s estimation, does the best
job spreading the word about Free Comic Book Day!”
Kleefeld impressed judges by performing an array of different activities to
promote the Free Comic Book Day event. In addition to posting FCBD banners
on his web site, Kleefeld also posted a FCBD sign outside his office at work
(thereby forcing co-workers to learn about the event), sent a commentary to
National Public Radio, and put his money where his mouth is by buying 250
copies of of Second to Some Studios’ Christa Shemrot’s 100% Guaranteed
How-To Manual for Getting Anyone to Read Comic Books!!! and then giving them
away in custom-designed displays in five separate locations on the campus of
Wright State University!
What seemed to impress judges, too, was the personal touch Kleefeld added to
the event. When learning that a colleague used to be a fan of
Dial-H-For-Hero, he purchased a copy of H-E-R-O Double Feature #1 and sent
it to him along with Fantastic Four #60 and Superman: The 10¢ Adventure.
Kleefeld himself was stunned to learn he had been chosen Comics’ #1 Fan, as
others’ stunts ranged from re-painting their van to include the FCBD logo to
shooting an independent film! He is quite honored to receive the title and
hopes to continue promoting the comic book medium to everyone who will
listen: “I certainly hope my efforts have helped the industry in whatever
small way I could have, and I hope that the Free Comic Book Day event
continues to be an annual opportunity to share my favorite medium with the
rest of the world.”
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