4 OCTOBER 2012
Yes, really. There's already a contest for two badges to San Diego Comic Con 2013, complete with plane tickets and hotel. (It actually began back in July, before this year's Comic Con, but I didn't discover it until now.) How serious is this contest? So serious it has its own domain: comiccontrip.com. That, my friends, is a contest you can count on. And the runner-up prize is $1500.
So who has organized such a generous contest? Sideshow Collectibles. (Oh and that $1500 is their gift certificate. But still.)
Here's what you win:
The deadline is 30 April 2013.
Here's the most intriguing part of the contest: the notice that "Sideshow Collectibles will notify the potential winners via e-mail that they may have won (subject to fulfillment of the terms and conditions of the giveaway) between May 6th - 10th, 2013!"
What does that mean, "may" have won? What denotes a "potential winner" from every other contestant? It's all very mysterious, given that you merely supply your name, email address and phone number to win - there's no test of skill that I can see.
So there it is, the first contest for San Diego Comic Con 2013. You must be 18 to enter, but - this is nice - international fans can enter too, which isn't always the case with these contests.
Good luck. And if you have a photo of Vader's Fist, please share.