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Update: Winners are currently being contacted! Stay tuned to find out if you’re one of them!

Update: Winners have been announced. Congratulations!

Alright TPBros, check this one out:

To welcome us to the net and congratulate us for reaching 100 users, Heavy Ink has agreed to send copies of Superman: Whatever Happened to The Man Of Tomorrow to five lucky Trade Reading Order site users.

Awesome, right?

First of all, some of you may not be familiar with Heavy Ink. It’s a rare thing: a fan driven online comic store with a forum, user home pages, etc. Every issue is at least 20% off and shipping for graphic novels and orders of at least three comics is just 99 cents. You can just use the forum or just buy your issues there.

Site user Brian mentioned TRO to their president and apparently he got a kick out of it because they’re donating some books for us to give away!

Which is great, because that means you get free books and I don’t have to buy them, cover shipping, or wait in line at a smelly post office. Win – Win – Win, right?

They’ve even hinted that if this goes well, we’ll be making a regular thing of this. Coupled with the giveaways I’ve already got planned, that might get us set for a year of weekly giveaways!

I’m super stoked, because my second favorite thing after sorting books is giving books. It’s all about enabling other people’s geeky vices.

Now that the little introduction to Heavy Ink is out of the way, let’s get to the meat of this particular giveaway.

The Rundown:

(5) Winners

(1) Trade Paperback of Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow Each

Five of you each get a copy of this book shipped directly to your door. I bet they will look something like this:

This is a collection of some of the absolute best Superman stories, penned by comic’s mad hermit scribe, Alan Moore. The cover is by Brian Bolland and the book includes work by Curt Swan, Dave Gibbons, and Rick Veitch.

Not only does this book include two of the most famous Supes stories (“Whatever Happened To The Man of Tomorrow” and “For The Man Who Has Everything”) they also threw in the exceptional issue of DC Comics Presents with my favorite character of all time: Swamp Thing.

Ok, are you quaking in your boots and wondering exactly how you win a copy?

“How Do I Win A Copy?”

ok, ok.

Just log in to your TRO account and leave a comment. That simple!

I’ll be randomly picking the winners from the comments on this post at the end of the week (just before we post next week’s giveaway.)

Let’s keep the comments interesting if we can – doesn’t matter what you talk about and you can even talk to each other. Just by having a comment on this post, you are entered into the drawing.

The comment must be under your registered account. So make sure you’re logged in!

Of course, if you haven’t registered yet, you can do that now. Click here to register.

You will also need to register for an account on Heavy Ink in order to receive your book – so you might want to do that now.

Note: You are not required to give any financial information of any kind for either account and only have to give your address if you win. Unless you wanna order some comics from Heavy Ink, of course. But that’s up to you.

Just to be clear, I’ll go over the dates. The post is open to comments starting now, October 24th 2010. You must comment (while logged in) by 11:59 PM EST, October 29th 2010.

I will contact winners that night/morning. You must reply by 11:59 PM EST, October 30th to confirm.

If you don’t reply within the day, I’ll have to give the book to the next person on the list. Once everyone is confirmed, I’ll post the winners just like last time!

Feel free to ask if anything is unclear – you can even ask a question here to count as your comment on this post!

Alright everyone, good luck!

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  1. avatar MixtapeChick wrote on at October 24, 2010 12:31 am:

    This website is awesome. Newbie reader here glad to get all the help I can. This trade has two things that sparked my interest in comics: Superman and Alan Moore.

    Awesome, awesome.


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 12:34 am:

    Glad to hear you’re digging it! Thanks for starting us off.

    I got into comics as an adult through Alan Moore as well – picked up League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen on a whim back when it first came out. Blew my mind with awesome, especially because I was already a bit of a lit nerd. Just a bit, enough to love it.

    Then got into the DCU again through his Swamp Thing!


    avatar JohngPR replied on October 29th, 2010 at 7:12 am:

    Cool giveaway!

    He might have gone a bit off the deep end, but you can’t argue with the man’s work. He wrote one of my all time favorites….Watchmen.


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 7:16 am:

    totally. The man was the driving force behind my favorite too – Swamp Thing. Plus the books that got me back into comics, League of Extra Ordinary Gentlemen.

    If he’s a hermit, at least he’s the mad genius kind and not the smell bad kind.


  2. avatar MixtapeChick wrote on at October 24, 2010 12:43 am:

    Wow.. I’m just getting into comics now. I wish I started earlier. I feel like I could have a nice sized collection by now if I started when I was in middle school. High school even! But oh well. Starting at 19 isn’t so bad I guess. I’m determined to get caught up with all these stories!


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 12:44 am:

    Not bad at all – I really got into it again in college. I’d sit in B+N and read trades some in highschool, but only rarely. I started actually buying books when I was a college Junior – not that long ago!


  3. avatar MixtapeChick wrote on at October 24, 2010 12:51 am:

    I suppose comic collecting is much more forgiving than say, ice skating… or ballet. Haha. You can start later and it’s ok!


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 1:04 am:

    absolutely. I read an article recently that suggested that most comic readers are well past middle aged!

    A quick note – if you click [reply] below the comment, then it will thread with that discussion instead of starting a new thread. Blog comment structure can be a little different than forum structure, but that way you can keep commenting in that thread and not get interrupted by separate discussions started by new comments to the original post. :D


    avatar MixtapeChick replied on October 24th, 2010 at 1:06 am:

    Ah, alright then. Will do that from now on ha. Sorry about that. D:


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 1:08 am:

    It’s no problem – the layout can sometimes be confusing. I figured you hadn’t noticed.


  4. avatar lonefeather wrote on at October 24, 2010 1:01 am:

    Seriously this site is a Godsend! Something I’ve been wanting around forever and it’s so great to be a part of the community for it. Great work you’re doing here, really!


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 1:05 am:

    Thanks! Maybe one day I’ll be able to work on it all day :D


  5. avatar Marc wrote on at October 24, 2010 1:05 am:

    Pretty cool, Ian! I’ve never heard of Heavy Ink before, but I’ll have to check them out.


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 1:42 am:

    Yeah totally.
    edit: And ignore that last comment – looks like you are logged in and there was just a formatting error on my end. Fixed now – and comments should look better!


  6. avatar TheEnd wrote on at October 24, 2010 7:49 am:

    I have to say that I love Heavy Ink. I’ve used them quite a few times to get some back issues that my LCS has sold out of and some trades. It is truly a great place to shop.


    avatar -b. replied on October 24th, 2010 at 8:16 am:

    Hi TheEnd… I too love Heavy Ink. I’ve been a somewhat active member there since Nov 2007, about a month or so after they went online. The reason it took me a bit of time to join was because I honestly thought they were “too good to be true.” It’s funny now that I look back at it, since I’ve bought so many of my comics and trades from them. Right now, and I don’t know how much longer this will go on for, but as of today they are still running a great Halloween trade sale. I ended up buying Saga of the Swamp Thing Vols 1, 2, and 3. I’ve never read any Swamp Thing titles, so I’m looking forward to getting those. Should be fun reading!


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 8:41 am:

    ooh, are those the hardcovers or softcovers? I’m thinking of upgrading.


    avatar -b. replied on October 24th, 2010 at 8:46 am:

    Hi there Ian. They are the hardcover. Here’s the thread where you can check out their sale…


    I also picked up some Walking Dead (softcover) trades, including the Compendium. Looking forward to those as well.


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 8:58 am:

    ooh, there’s a LOT of good stuff there. Wish I wasn’t broke or I’d pick up those hellboy trades. Cute of them to have a Halloween themed sale.


  7. avatar S4VY wrote on at October 24, 2010 8:41 pm:

    Just wanted to say that I’m incredibly glad I found this site – I’ve spent a long time looking for a good quality, up to date timeline of the DC trades and your is by far the most complete and the best organized. Thanks for all your effort in putting together a great community – I expect I’ll be spending a lot of time here.


    avatar Ian replied on October 24th, 2010 at 10:22 pm:

    I’m actually feeling annoyed that it’s so out of date now! haha, at least a couple months anyway. I hate when I have more then a handful of books on the unplaced books list. I’ll find the time to work on it again soon, I hope!


    avatar S4VY replied on October 26th, 2010 at 12:17 am:

    Even if it is a little out of date – it’s friggin’ leaps and bounds ahead of any other online database. Are you doing it all singlehandedly? Impressed!


    avatar Ian replied on October 26th, 2010 at 12:19 am:

    hehe kind of. A lot of people have helped with comments and I have a fair amount of forums (especially the official DC and CBR ones) that I visit to ask questions about specific books or events on.

    Honestly, the data entry is the biggest task – the list part is fun, but I’ve got so much I have to enter in to make it all work. Right now, the characters are really only tagged on the books they headline – I want to tag ALL their appearances.


  8. avatar JED wrote on at October 25, 2010 4:45 am:

    Nice to see this site taking off more and more each week – great news….

    Heavy Ink prolly won’t want to send this to the UK, but if they did I would be sure to check out what their service is like outside of the US, as TPB’s are very expensive here….. You guys really do have it good:)


    avatar Ian replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:55 am:

    They didn’t specify, but I’ll double check with them – it’s possible that you’re still in the running. I personally can’t afford to send to the UK, but for all I know they ship internationally all the time. I’ll get back to you on that!


  9. avatar daemonicragnorak wrote on at October 25, 2010 8:25 am:

    Like JED above it is a shame I live in the UK otherwise I would love to enter the competition, best of luck to all you lucky americans!


    avatar Ian replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:56 am:

    As I told JED, I’ll have to double check. It is possible that you guys are eligible.


  10. avatar jsnrdy wrote on at October 25, 2010 12:10 pm:

    Phenomenal site! This is shaping up to be one of my favorite places to research new books. I was out of the comics game for a while and have been getting back into it. I love the collected editions everyone is printing now but prefer reading them in chronological order. Thanks for giving us a great place to see everything out there and help us sort it out. Keep it up!!!


    avatar Ian replied on October 25th, 2010 at 9:43 pm:

    Thanks! Let me know if anything would help you get back in.


  11. avatar jesterjdt wrote on at October 26, 2010 2:48 am:

    I’ve never read the Swamp Thing story. If I win that will change.


    avatar Ian replied on October 26th, 2010 at 10:47 pm:

    Right! Good luck!


  12. avatar Dirt55 wrote on at October 26, 2010 5:52 am:

    Ian your website is AMAZING! I have always read trades here and there, but now I’m old enough to get a serious collection together so I’m diving in to a large amount of DC trades. My wife even likes that I can buy 5 trades for the price of one game! The new Green Lantern series (Rebirth and on) has really jump started my hunger. I found your site via a Superman trade reading order thread on CBR and I love everything on here. Thanks to your site I now have (no joke) 291 trades in “My collection” to start a wish list and work my way down. I already have about 40 of them. Well I guess it’s a start :)
    Thanks so much for offering this great site!


    avatar Ian replied on October 26th, 2010 at 10:49 pm:

    I’m a huge CBR fan so it’s always great to see people who are also part of that community.

    I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get a second list going as “wishlist” so you can keep track of what books you want as well as what books you own. It’s something that I’m going to need a developer to help with, but I’ve contacted a few people to see if they want to help in trade.


  13. avatar Quietschie wrote on at October 26, 2010 9:55 am:

    It´s just like Dirt55 sad, your site is amazing Ian.
    When get started in comics like I or Dirt55 does this site helped me so much and now this little bonus with the give-aways, it´s just awesome.


    avatar Ian replied on October 26th, 2010 at 10:49 pm:

    I figure the only thing better than telling people what to read next would be to actually give them the book :D


  14. avatar Literally wrote on at October 26, 2010 12:29 pm:

    Haven’t read anything Superman since . . . Superman vs. Aliens when it came out in 1995. Looks cool.


    avatar Ian replied on October 26th, 2010 at 10:50 pm:

    oh man I remember that. I have that one, actually. I think he still has his post return mullet in it.


  15. avatar ItsMorphinTime wrote on at October 28, 2010 7:17 pm:

    Oh my gosh, this site is actually fanTAStic. This is a great way to spread awareness about this. I’d totally type more praise, but I’m about to dive deep into studyin’ some DC timeline!


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 7:23 pm:

    haha seriously, don’t worry about it – it is in no way a requirement to butter up my ego in order to be eligible for the contest ;)

    You guys have all been really kind though.

    I definitely decided that it would be more fun to spend the little money I had to promote my project on books and other things to give to my fellow fans, instead of on more traditional advertising. That way everyone is happy and I don’t have to give any money to people that don’t care about the geeky stuff I love(except for the post office, I guess.)

    Anyway, let me know if you hit any rocks while you’re diving!


  16. avatar JusticeOrigins wrote on at October 28, 2010 7:28 pm:

    This is a great site if this is a for free :D What has been given away in the past? Btw, not sure who but I found out about this on CBR’s Superman forum. Thanks to the guy who posted that thread and thanks to the people donating! :)


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 7:31 pm:

    I just posted a link there – I’m a big fan of those forums! I’m definitely commited to keeping the site free. I don’t see any reason to having any charges, and if I can I’m hoping to keep off ugly advertising as well. We’ll see how the server charges go.

    As for the giveaways – yeah, they’re free! It’s a fun way to spend a small promo budget, don’t you think? And Heavy Ink is even doing this one with no investment for me, because they’re totally awesome.



  17. avatar JusticeOrigins wrote on at October 28, 2010 7:31 pm:

    So are there different giveaways every week?


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 7:33 pm:

    That’s the plan! So far we’re at a tally of 3 (and not exactly weekly) but I’m planning on giving away at least one book per week. There will be sponsored ones (like this) and ones from my personal collection.

    Some will be just one book, some multiple copies of the same book (like this) and some will be big sets (I’ve got 17 volumes of one series that will come up at some point, but you’ll probably have to submit a review or something to be eligible for that one. I haven’t decided yet.)

    When I’m poor, I’ll probably be doing the one book ones, but we’ll see if I can’t get more people to sponsor. The more traffic the posts get, the easier it is – the sponsors want exposure too!


  18. avatar henraldo wrote on at October 28, 2010 8:23 pm:

    Well this is a pleasure. I might have to do all by book ordering from here. Hope there are back issues aplenty to fill out my Batman Collection!

    But superman is very cool too. Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow was one of my favorite stories from my youth.

    Keep on Truckin’


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 8:59 pm:

    Hopefully the way the site is set it will make it easy for you. I’ve still got to add amazon links and isbn numbers to a lot of books, but when I upload Marvel they will already have them :)


  19. avatar davidsch wrote on at October 28, 2010 8:29 pm:

    Hey Ian, thanks! I hope I win :)


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 8:59 pm:

    Good luck! :D


  20. avatar forwardnotion wrote on at October 28, 2010 9:20 pm:

    Thanks for the opportunity!


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 10:29 pm:

    My pleasure!


  21. avatar Jikorijo wrote on at October 28, 2010 9:36 pm:

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! That’s awesome! Any chance to cry and cringe as the Legion of Superheroes say goodbye to Superman.


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 10:31 pm:

    Always a legion fan :)
    remember though, Jikorijo, you have to be logged in to be eligible for the contest. I use the user IDs generated through the interface to do the random selections.

    You can log in here: http://www.tradereadingorder.com/wp-login.php
    And then leave a comment again. It can just say “oops” or something if you want. Just needs to have your user id associated with it :)


  22. avatar jaysinleigh wrote on at October 28, 2010 11:00 pm:

    Love the site!! Nice to have a place to go to that has reading list readymade so that you don’t have to go asking around comic message boards like a beggar trying to get someone to help you out with which order to read a story in :)


    avatar Ian replied on October 28th, 2010 at 11:07 pm:

    Exactly why I made it! I had that same experience when I got into comics, and then after I’d been into it I got tired of writing out my recommendations again and again. Now I can just give a link!


  23. avatar Gernot wrote on at October 29, 2010 6:33 am:

    This is a pretty neat blog. :) I hope you really do well with it. :)


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 7:17 am:

    Thanks for the support!


  24. avatar pan wrote on at October 29, 2010 7:21 am:

    Hi Ian, thanks! I hope I win :)


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm:

    Best of luck :D


  25. avatar DevilSoprano wrote on at October 29, 2010 12:56 pm:

    I’d love to win a copy.


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm:

    You’re in the right place!


  26. avatar shneepsen wrote on at October 29, 2010 10:23 pm:

    hey! how nice to see what you’re working on here. i haven’t read a good comic in awhile (i think the last was an indian archie, you should read those and tintin also for lulz) until i realized i had a copy of the marvel noirs today. also, your smell bad comment made me laugh.


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 11:00 pm:

    Good to hear from you too, Ro!

    Yeah, after work and taking a little time to relax with Beth and our kitties each day, this is pretty much all I do. I think it’s turning out alright!


  27. avatar davewheeler952 wrote on at October 29, 2010 10:58 pm:

    Awesome book with a cool idea for getting the word out!


    avatar Ian replied on October 29th, 2010 at 11:05 pm:

    Thanks Dave!

    I’d love to see what you’ve been up to. I’ve been thinking a lot about featuring some emerging artists, since this is an emerging website and all.


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