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17 February 2009 @ 05:59 pm
Unfinished Business: SPN Postcard Campaign Intro and Designs  
Comic Con is finally over.  The dust has settled, I've had more time to think up plans for this campaign not to mention postcard designs, and I think it's time to get it up and running!

So, first things first, some more background information.

In several recent interviews, Jared has mentioned that they still don't know if the show will be coming back for a fifth season.  Things are really heating up now, and they don't know if they'll be ending the show this year, or if it will get picked up again (either way there will probably be a cliffhanger).

Now, I can hear you saying that they usually don't find out until around May anyway.  True, but there is still such a thing as early renewal.  I can also hear you saying that the ratings make renewal all the more likely and that the CW itself is in more danger of extinction than SPN is.  True and true again.  

So what's the whole point of this campaign, then? Well, it couldn't hurt to show the network just how many fans this show has, and just because the ratings are great is no reason to get too complacent.

*trails off, realizing she has outlined all of this in a
previous post*

Anyway, here is the long and short of it:

I have come up with several postcard designs.  If you don't like any of them and have some suggestions or contributions of your own, you can let me know via PM or commenting here.  I'll be accepting suggestions/contributions until Friday. Once I have all of these, we'll vote on the best 2 or 3 that we'll end up using as the main designs (that people can print out and so forth).  

Or if you like any of my designs just fine, let me know and I'll just have these available for people to print out.

Once we are settled on postcard designs, I'll create a post to officially launch the campaign.  The designs will be posted for everyone to print out, and I will post the address of the CW where you can mail them.  The goal is to send at least 1 postcard per day to the network (or, failing that, as many as you possibly can from the start date (February 23rd if we get more design contributions and vote on them; earlier if we skip this step) until the season finale, or until we get news about renewal, whichever comes first.

Without further ado, here are the postcard designs.  Behind a cut for size...

Two separate designs, and I've created one postcard back design for each of these... it's totally up to you whether you want to use them or not. You can print out just the front and leave the back blank for writing on it.  The third is a variation with no back design, just front (although you could use one of the backs for the other two designs if you like).  They are all ready to be printed out on 4x6 inch postcards. Or you can resize them if you need to.

Design 1 - Front

Design 1 - Back

Design 2 - Front

Design 2 - Back

Design 2 variation - Front (you can use Design 2 Back or Design 1 Back for the back of the card for this one, if you like)

So ... questions? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints? Let me know.  I want to leave this as open to you guys as possible.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
oh these heroes come and go;: [david light on]micheleeeex on February 17th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
i like the 2nd design. :)
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, that pic is one of my all-time faves.
clubinthesky on February 17th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
#2 is awesome!

I really want that early renewal *pouts*
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
Thanks! :D

quarter mile, bunch of horses & some gasolinecalijirl5150 on February 17th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
My vote is for design 1, I dn't like boyz faces on design 2.
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
They do look quite intense in design 2, don't they. *g*

I think design 1 is still my favorite. I'll probably leave them both up so people can choose between them.

I'm glad you like it :)
anorienparker: Jared - Wonderanorienparker on February 17th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I love number 2!

If you need any help, I'll be glad to volunteer. :) Can't wait to flood the powers that be. :D
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: NYCC 2009jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:36 am (UTC)
Thanks! It came out a little better than I expected :) I think I'll keep both of these as options so people can choose whichever ones they want.

I really appreciate that! :) For starters if you could spread the word, that would help me so much! If you're on any other SPN comms/forums/mailing lists and could let them know about this, it'd be great. Even fans you talk to in RL that might be interested :D

Again I totally appreciate the interest!
Syd Batemankalish on February 18th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I definitely love the first design.
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
Thanks :) That was the first one I made and it's still my favorite.
__hor__hor on February 18th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
Love #1!

If you need help, bb, you can count on me! XD
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
Thanks hon! :)

If you could spread the word about this, that would be great! I belong to another SPN comm and from the response I got there the first time I posted about it, it didn't seem like they had much interest. But if you belong to any other comms or post on any SPN forums, and you could let them know about this, it'd help tremendously. I'm hoping to generate as much interest in this campaign as possible.

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Caroline: SPN - happydawnintheforest on February 18th, 2009 12:57 am (UTC)
I really like both. : )

I was wondering, do you think maybe a non-color-printer friendly design option might be a good idea? I'm at school, and don't have access to a good color printer. I'll try printing these, and see how they come out in B/W.
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:19 am (UTC)
Thanks :)

Not sure if it would work for you, but bardicvoice suggested using the Premium Postcard service from the USPS site. You can print and ship your own cards there.

Would that be an option you could use? If not, and none of these designs print out ok in B&W, let me know and I'll see if I can come up with some non-color-printer friendly versions.
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The Girl With the Kaleidoscopeyaya_wr8t3r on February 18th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I love your idea I think Eric and everyone at Supernatural are gonna get a kick out of this. I love your cards! I was wondering if it would be okay if I made one, you don't have to use it if you don't want to. It's just that I love art and I'm always finding reasons to do Supernatural related art :D So if it's okay, where do I send in my designs?
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) I'm hoping to say something to Jared about it at EyeCon next month, too. Hopefully he'll appreciate it as well!

Sure, that would be great! I'd love to see it. :)

I'll PM you with my email addy (I usually don't post it much here 'cause I get enough of spam, LOL). You can send them to me there. Looking forward to see what you come up with!
bardicvoice: Pats You anibardicvoice on February 18th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
These look lovely!

Might I suggest you take a look at the template information over on the U.S. Postal Service's website for their Premium Postcard service, and adjust your designs (if necessary) to fit their formats? That could be really helpful for folk who don't have good quality color printers and cardstock available for printing their own postcards. The USPS website (which is right here, for anyone who might be interested) lets users print and ship their own VERY high quality postcards directly from the postal service at a miniscule cost above the actual postage. I've sent multiple postcards through the service to the studio, and the end product has looked great, as evidenced by their appearance in photos taken over at the studio.

Just a suggestion - but since I plan on using the USPS Premium Postcard service to send my contribution to the cause, I would really appreciate it!!
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, and thanks for the suggestions! I had a look at that site a few days ago, actually, and almost decided against using it because I didn't understand what it all entailed (I thought you couldn't use your own images/templates, but rather just the images they had on their site). But I agree that it could be quite helpful for anyone who doesn't have access to printers or cardstock.

I don't know if I'm looking in the right place, but all I found was info on the sizes of postcards they use: 4.25"x6", 5.5"x8.5" and 5.5"x11.5". I'm thinking it would probably be best to stick to the smaller size, but I could make versions of the designs for 5.5"x8.5" as well if people would like to use that size. Otherwise, unless I'm missing something else, it doesn't look like I have to modify them too much (except to account for the margin they place on the smaller size).

As soon as I have those done, I will post them for people to use. Thanks again for the suggestion! :)
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c.: sam and dean//snow fallingalwaysenduphere on February 18th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
this is an awesome idea!

number 1! I'm not a fan of the s4 promo pics. They don't scream "SAM AND DEAN" to me as much as the earlier ones. Which...is odd, considering. meh.
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)

Yeah, number 1 is my favorite of the two. As much as I don't totally hate the S4 promo pics, I like the earlier ones a lot better, for various reasons.

(and I agree about them not screaming "SAM AND DEAN" thing...)
eviljellybean88eviljellybean88 on February 18th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
i like them all :)
jessm78: Jared & Jensen: Chicago Con 2008jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
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demon_snfan on February 18th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
All of them. I've never done a postcard campaign so I'm determined to get involved this time and so are my children.

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blackbirdj2blackbirdj2 on February 18th, 2009 07:50 am (UTC)
I like design #1 a lot! :D
jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I do, too... it's become my favorite out of the 2 :)
Tanja: All about LOVEangels_cordy on February 18th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
I love nr. 1!!!
It's very pretty!!!
Jess thank you soooooooo much for all your work!!!
I planed to help you with some artwork but my PS does not work and I won't get it fixed till Friday so sorry about that!! Maybe I can help you later as soon as I get my PS back!!!

jessm78jessm78 on February 18th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you hon!! :) Aww it's my pleasure! I'm so excited about this and I'm hoping it will make a difference!

Aw, that's fine! I may start everything on the 23rd (Monday) so you will have time! And if that isn't enough time, I will add yours to the others when it's done so people can have a choice! I appreciate your help! :D