Sean Kleefeld named Comics Biggest Fan

Mon, June 30th, 2003 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

In the July 2003 issue of Previews, Diamond Comic Distributors announced the

winner of it's Comics' #1 Fan contest: Sean Kleefeld. The title was to be

awarded to "the comic book fan who, in Diamond's estimation, does the best

job spreading the word about Free Comic Book Day!"

Kleefeld impressed judges by performing an array of different activities to

promote the Free Comic Book Day event. In addition to posting FCBD banners

on his web site, Kleefeld also posted a FCBD sign outside his office at work

(thereby forcing co-workers to learn about the event), sent a commentary to

National Public Radio, and put his money where his mouth is by buying 250

copies of of Second to Some Studios' Christa Shemrot's 100% Guaranteed

How-To Manual for Getting Anyone to Read Comic Books!!! and then giving them

away in custom-designed displays in five separate locations on the campus of

Wright State University!

What seemed to impress judges, too, was the personal touch Kleefeld added to

the event. When learning that a colleague used to be a fan of

Dial-H-For-Hero, he purchased a copy of H-E-R-O Double Feature #1 and sent

it to him along with Fantastic Four #60 and Superman: The 10 Adventure.

Kleefeld himself was stunned to learn he had been chosen Comics' #1 Fan, as

others' stunts ranged from re-painting their van to include the FCBD logo to

shooting an independent film! He is quite honored to receive the title and

hopes to continue promoting the comic book medium to everyone who will

listen: "I certainly hope my efforts have helped the industry in whatever

small way I could have, and I hope that the Free Comic Book Day event

continues to be an annual opportunity to share my favorite medium with the

rest of the world."

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