...it's baaack! Yup, it's time for the 2nd Annual BT Community Puppet Building Contest. This grew out of discussions here in the MC Forum last year and it's hosted over at my site because, well, I got stuck organizing it. It's alot of fun with people building puppets and sharing pictures and last year was a big success with about 12 twelve entries and 500 people viewing and voting for them. I wanted to get the ball rolling early this year in the hopes of a bigger than ever turn out. So in case you weren't around when this was happening last year, here's how it works: 1. Build a puppet, or alternately go get a puppet that you built sometime during the last year. 2. Take a few photos of it (try to make them nice and purdy, put your puppet in silly/zany/funny poses!) 3. Email two or more photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org before October 8th. 4. Vote for your favourites at http://forum.bear-town.com October 9-22. The winner of the contest (the one who gets the most votes) gets a small prize package of Puppet Building Stuff (I don't have the complete list of prizes finalized yet - but it will be worth $200 US or more). Also, though they don't know it yet, the puppeteers and builders who help me do my web series Bear Town will be judging the entries independently and awarding an especially spiffy "Mystery Prize" to someone. We're not going to tell anyone what our judging is based on, but it's fair to say that the less Muppet-like it is better! The puppet you enter can be any style (hand rod, marionette, sock puppet, etc.) but it must be original. For legal reasons no Muppet replicas or puppets based on famous charcters will be accepted (sorry!!). You have to be registered at my forum (http://forum.bear-town.com) to enter or participate, but it's easy and painless to sign up. Full details are available at http://www.bear-town.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=101 *Oh, those of you who entered last year may recall that I promised everyone who entered a Bear Town T-Shirt once they are available. I haven't forgotten and I'm happy to report that after umpteen delays my online store is going up later this week so I'll email everyone involved instructions to get their free shirt. Thanks for your infinate paitience!