As I promised you, when we hit 6,000 Twitter followers, I'd bring back another month-long installment of The Greatest Stories Ever Told! Click here to see the results of the 2010 and 2011 voting!
Beginning today, each day you will get a chance to vote on the greatest ____ stories ever told!
The ____, of course, will be filled in by a different comic book character or creator each day!
You will have a week to vote each time by sending your ten favorite comic book stories starring that character or written or drawn by the featured creator to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So starting April 1st, the first results will be up and then each day in April you'll see a new The Greatest ____ Stories Ever Told (be forewarned, each list will be two pages long. #10-6 on page 1 and #5-1 on page 2)!
Neat, huh? It's like the Top 100 Comic Book Storylines, only it is character/creator specific!
Read on for more detailed rules and a list of the characters and creators who are currently open for voting!
Here's how to vote and what constitutes a "story."
1. Number a list from 1 to 10, with your favorite comic book story #1 and your tenth favorite comic book story #10. E-mail this list to email@example.com. Only votes e-mailed to this address will count. If you really don't think you can come up with ten, still send in your list if you can think of at least 6 stories.
2. Since this is a lot shorter of a voting period than typical and the topics are much more narrow, I figure that there will be a lot more close calls, so I'll be breaking all the ties as I see fit.
3. A comic book story can be as small as just a one-off story or a one-shot or an annual or an original graphic novel, and as long as a storyline that continues for up to 12 issues in one title (an exception to the "one title" thing includes instances like the Magus Saga beginning in Strange Tales and continuing to Warlock's own (resurrected) book or Batman's first battle with Ra's Al Ghul taking place in both Detective Comics AND Batman).
4. A storyline can go over 12 issues if it specifically labeled as such. Stuff like Seven Soldiers, for instance, could count as one storyline, as that's how it was intended (and how it was labeled).
5. However, since we're being so specific to each creator here, you can't just say stuff like "Warren Ellis' Authority" - you have to pick one of his two Authority storylines. Similarly, you can't say "Ellis' Planetary." In that case, just pick the story you liked best. Use trade paperback collections if you're unclear.
6. When listing your stories, just try to make it clear what you're talking about.
7. I'll make various other judgment calls as I see fit.
Here are the characters and creators currently open for voting (there will be a notation when the voting is closed and the results are up):