A few weeks ago, I got contacted by a friend of a friend to see if I would be interested in stitching something for his new book. The more I heard about Christian McKay Heidicker's book and the internet scavenger hunt, the more I was like, dude, yes, let me be involved. I will stitch things for you with my freakishly small hands. So, that's how I got involved in this very cool . . .
. . . DRUMROLL
CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE COVER REVEAL AND SCAVENGER HUNT
Hello, everyone. My name is Christian McKay Heidicker
WELCOME TO THE CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE COVER REVEAL AND SCAVENGER HUNT!
Whew. That’s a mouthful. Let’s try . . .
MANIC PIXEL SCAVENGER HUNT!
You may be asking yourself, where’s the cover? I came here to see a cover.
Okay, first, have I told you how nice your hair is looking today?
And second, the cover isn’t here.
CURE’s cover art is a little intense to take in all at once, so for everyone’s safety, I’ve divided it into nine pieces (er, pixels) and spread them across the internet.
WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO US?
To make a scavenger hunt, of course. What’s the use of a book about a kid going to video game rehab if there isn’t some gaming first?!
Also, this will be your chance to take in all of the juicy (potentially scandalous) details of the cover before it’s fully revealed.
The art is reminiscent of books like I Spy or Where’s Waldo, so this scavenger hunt will work just like that . . . except instead of finding a cats eye marble or some seemingly friendless chump in a red and white striped sweater, you’ll receive ACTUAL PRIZES.
Five lucky winners will receive a signed ARC (advanced reading copy) of CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE (cover obscured for obvious reasons) AND an embroidery of one of the phrases from the book, hand stitched by the extremely talented Cotton Floozy. (Oi! That's me. <<<)
GAH! I WANT THAT. HOW DO I WIN?
For every three things you discover hidden in the nine pixels and email to
email@example.com or message to C.M. Heidicker on Facebook, I’ll enter your name again . . . and again . . . and again. (There’s a lotta stuff on that cover.)
Subject: Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt
1. A puppy made of garlic cloves
2. A bottomless bowl of undercooked breadsticks
3. A Christmas tree wearing lipstick
4. Amelia Earheart’s monocle
5. A bottomless bowl of overcooked breadsticks
6. A Who*
*(Objects not actually on cover, but no less interesting than what’s really on there.)
So, no, the cover is not here. But fear not! Tomorrow, I’ll be posting their whereabouts on this blog and at www.cmheidicker.com. (You can also follow them with #cureforthecommonuniverse and #manicpixel.)
Tomorrow, the Manic Pixel Scavenger Hunt begins!
In the meantime, go check out the book on Goodreads!
Again, the cover is exquisitely complex, and in my personal opinion, AMAZING. It was designed by Greg Stadnyk with art by eboy (that of Miley Cyrus fame).
Prepare to be cured, June 2016.