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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Last Chance to Vote! Banner Contest!


The Banner Contest is over. 33 entries were submitted. I've posted them all below. First, I cannot thank enough those of you who entered. I know a bit about design work. It's very exacting and very time consuming. And now, I'm left with the choice of which one wins the contest and becomes the official Banner of Enter the Door Within. And...

I can't make up my mind! Please see the poll in the sidebard and vote for the design you like best. It I get a majority, that will help me make the decision. Thanks!

I've not included the artists names at this time, so just refer to each header by it's design number. If you would like to review the rules and regs, click HERE!

Design 1.


Design 2.


Design 3.


Design 4.


Design 5.


Design 6.


Design 7.


Design 8.
Design 9.


Design 10.

These just added as of March 21st:

Design 11.


Design 12.

Design 13.

Design 14.

Design 15.


Design 16.


Design 17.

Design 18.

Design 19.

Design 20.

Design 21.

Design 22.
Design 23.

Design 24.



Design 25.


Design 26.


Design 27.


Design 28.


Design 29.


Design 30.

Design 31.

Design 32.


Design 33.

81 comments:

Ellie said...

I really like Design 2, and Design 5 (I think) is cool! Great job to the artists, all of them!

S. J. Deal said...

5 is great.

(I like 2 and 7 too.)

DogsnBunBuns said...

I love designs 2 and 3. There are some really talented graphic designers out there!!!!!!!! Good job, guys. I can't wait to see who wins!! =]

Shyeloh said...

Design Three is not showing up on my computer (sadness). I like numbers 1 and 5 a lot.

Good work peoples! =D

nick said...

I like 2 3 and 5 but i think i like 2 the best
Great job!

Katie G. said...

I like 2 and 5, though my favorite is prolly 5. Good work!

Kii said...

1 4 5 6

I really like Designs 1,4,5,6. They're all really good! :)

Anonymous said...

I really enjoy Design 2. I just like the atmosphere of it--the trees- and it captures at least my eye.

Jordan said...

Wow! There's some stiff competition!

A few comments: 5 and 7 are interesting, but the text is a little difficult to read.

But everybody has some very cool designs!

Fellow Writer said...

I like Design 3 and 5. Design 3 is really mysterious. Actually, I like 1 and 2 as well... cool design. They're all really cool.

Violinist4Christ said...

Ooohh, those are amazing!!! I like Designs 2 and 3 the best. Design three is neat because it has the sun rising between the two mountains as described in the book.

Auberne' Rose Ancalimon said...

I like #2 and 3. They are my favorites! But I love them all!!! Good luck on the conntest everyone!!! ^-^

Auberne` Ancalimon @-`---

cson said...

I really like designs 2 and 8. Great job people, keep it up!

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B. D. Eastman said...

I myself really like 1 and 5. I like 1 because there is something eerie, about a winter forest, but yet something that drives you to want to explore it. Number 5 I think is awesome in its simplicity. It truly reflects the name, Enter the Door Within. There is the handle to the door, will you enter? These are my humble opinions, and I have yet to add an entry. I think I need some of you creative folk to take a look at my book and design me a book cover!! :)

Anonymous said...

#5 and #1 were the ones that caught my eye, they were really amazing! All are extremely good!

ElizabethOfMena said...

WOW!!!! Those are REALLY great!!!! I think that 2 and 5 are my faves, but they're all really good. :)
I'm planning on entering a header.... but I'm not sure I can match the skill of these artists! Oh well, nothing wrong with trying right??

Jake M. said...

I really like Design 3! It looks very cool!!!

(Design 1 and 2 are good too though...)

The Lion Hearted said...

Design 3, 5, and 6 are great! Good job, everyone!
Oh, Mr. Batson, how long will this contest run?

The Lion Hearted said...

Whoa, did #9 just pop up? :-O! Looks cool, anyway... :)

Anonymous said...

#2 and #6 are great!

cson said...

#9 looks so cool!

dragonlover said...

I like numbers 5,7,9,10. Good job everyone. Great designs.

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

Those are amazing! My favorites are 1 and 2..but they are all so great!

cson said...

10 just popped up! I'm liking that one the best now.

Claire Rust said...

I really like #3 and #10

Alassiel said...

I like 1, 2, 8, and 10 the best. Contrary to everyone else, I don't like 5 that well.

Nathan Petrie said...

number 4! I really liked it...and I didn't enter the contest so...it's pretty cool looking

cson said...

#12 and #13 look so cool!

Anonymous said...

wow i like them all but 2 and 3 are my favs! you have some crazy talented fans out there!

Beano said...

To everyone that has entered one of these, great job! I really like 5, 10, and the font for the wording on 12. My absolute favorite is number 10! The graphic, the wording... It ROCKS!

DogsnBunBuns said...

Okay, I looked them over again, and I like 2, 3, and 13.
Seems like everyone likes 2 and 5 the best!

Chris said...

I really like 3, 5 and 12

Ellie said...

1 or 2, 5, 10, and 13 are all very cool.

~Prism~ said...

They're all so amazing!!!

I think my favorites are 2,8, and 12.

Bekah said...

Awesome!
Mr. Batson, I jst wanted to say that I LOVE your books!!
could you take a look at my blog? I would be positively thrilled!!
I love writing and am a Christian, too.
Blessings,
--Bekah Shaffer

everlastingscribe said...

Hm, if pictures are worth a thousand words (and some words, a thousand pictures) then those entered here have surely poured out a wealth for m'lord to plunder.

Well done, all.

Betsy said...

I like Designs 1 & 2!

Joraiem said...

I like design 2, 3, and 11, and 14! But they are all really good!

ElizabethOfMena said...

I really like 14 also!!!!!!

Ellie said...

Wow! These are so crazy awesome. 14 is amazing. Very mysterious, piques your interest.

cson said...

14 is so cool!

EchoOfMercy said...

My personal favorite is 14.

Shyeloh said...

My favorite is now 14. It looks really good!

WayneThomasBatson said...

Okay, I know which one won't win. No offense to the artist, but please for the love of all that is noble in the universe, do not use ANY photo of me in the header! lol

Anonymous said...

Sorry if you didn't like the one with your pic on it. I was kind of short on ideas...
Hope you like my other 2!

BookNut

cson said...

I didn't know Wayne had a twin! : ) lol
15 looks great.

The Lion Hearted said...

Wow, 14 is realy cool!

Vivian said...

Great job everyone! They all look great!

Ness said...

I think my fave is #2.
But all of them are GREAT!!!

Anonymous said...

I really like design 13!
All them look great though!

cson said...

18 is totally awesome! That is my favorite so far.

Candi said...

Those are awesome! I love the first one as the best though...and 2-12 I think I don't remember! LOL

The Lion Hearted said...

21 is so awesome!!

ElizabethOfMena said...
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ElizabethOfMena said...

21 is sublime as well!!!! There are SO many talented people out there! :D

Assr lei∂r ykkarr or∂.

~ElizabethOfMena~

J.R. Parker said...

You definitely have a tough decision ahead of you, Wayne. There are a LOT of good ones.

Anonymous said...

design 19 is cool! I love how it incorporates the line from the book... and the letter reflection is pretty...

Kim said...

I love #'s 1, 2, 14, and 17. They are beautiful!! And they seem to fit 'Enter the Door Within'.

ElizabethOfMena said...

When will we hear which has won??

ElizabethOfMena said...

There all SO good!!! But I finally settled on Design 5 being my ultimate favorite.

Eärwen said...

WOW!!

Cloe said...

I like 3.

Chris said...

27 definitely

cson said...

I agree with Chris.

J.R. Parker said...

You know, Mr. Batson, if choosing one turns out to be too much of a task, there's always the option of using several and setting them up so that one is randomly selected to appear every time your blog is opened. Here's the url with instructions for how to do that: http://www.blogspottutorial.com/2008/10/make-random-header-banners.html
Just a thought. :)

Kel said...

wow. so many of these are so awesome! I entered this contest, but I haven't voted yet (I may not) just because so many of them are so awesome!

WayneThomasBatson said...

Last chance to vote for the contest-winning banner! See the sidebar and cast your vote!

WayneThomasBatson said...

***AND THE WINNER IS...***

******DESIGN #2**********

Author of design two, please email me a good high res version of that image so I can throw it up there.

And, I'll need to know what book of mine you'd like signed. If you want to wait for Spider King, that's fine too.

Finally, I'm going to look into a way to shuffle the headers. So many of these are WAY cool. It would be great to have them rotate so that each time someone clicks, poof, a new one would show up. Thanks, JR Parker for that idea!

Candi said...

I love all of the ones with the key and/or bridge Designs 1 and 2 think are my favorites!

Candi said...

My favorites are 1,2,12,13,20-22 and 30

Robert Treskillard said...

Wayne,

That's a great idea to rotate them! That would allow you to pick your personal favorites (including #2), and put them all up.

If you need any help getting the banners to rotate, let me know, and I can probably program something for your blog.

You can contact L.B. Graham if you want a reference, as I setup his blog, as well as my own. I'm a website developer in my "non-writing" time. :)

Email me if you're interested.

robert (a-t) EpicTales.org

Brianna said...

Mr. Batson,
I know this is sort of off-topic, but I did a review on The Door Within Trilogy on my blog, if you'd like to see it. (http://writersthoughts-brianna.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-review-door-within-trilogy.html)
-Your Biggest Fan

Anonymous said...

Mr. Batson- This is the author of banner #2 posting anonymously. I just thought I'd say that I did email you with my reply but have not received a response. Also, I shall be gone for summer camp for a good bit of June, so you must forgive me if I do not respond very quickly.

Thank you so much, everybody, especially Mr. Batson!! this really came as a bit of a shock to me... there were so many good banners. I'd love it if you could find a way to rotate them!

The Lion Hearted said...

Congrats to the winner of design two!! :)

Robert Treskillard said...

Hey Wayne,

I forgot to mention that I was offering free services, as it wouldn't take much work.

-Robert

J.R. Parker said...

Congrats to the designer of #2!

Paris said...

#1!

Anonymous said...

I like designs 3, 9, and 20.

Anonymous said...

I also like 12 and 13. This is Anonymous from the other one that said I like 3, 9, and 20.