Sunday, March 6, 2011


By Chris Wilson

It a tradition in our home to watch The Academy Awards. This year, Shawn Tan's animated short film, The Lost Thing, won. I knew that name and I'd seen the book. Tan, as you may recall, wrote the stunning wordless comic, THE ARRIVAL. I ran into the office and grabbed my copy of THE LOST THING and watched him win his award. (Watch the trailer for his book here.) I felt very connected to his win, as I've been a fan for a long time.

THE LOST THING is a collection of three jaw-dropping stories: THE RED TREE, THE LOST THING, and THE RABBITS, by Tan, a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator.

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A girl finds a bright spot in a dark world. A boy leads a strange, lost creature home. And a group of peaceful creatures loses their home to cruel invaders. The three stories, describe how we lose and find what matters most to us. Never widely available in the U.S., these tales are presented in their entirety with new artwork and author's notes.

With the release of his new book and Oscar award, The Graphic Classroom and Scholastic are giving away three copies of Tan's THE LOST THINGS. Following are the rules to enter:

  1. Theme: "LOST"
  2. Create a comic, poem, short story, essay, movie, or other work of art or literature
  3. Incorporate the theme – "LOST" in your project
  4. Submit electronic copy to The Graphic Classroom
  5. Contest is open to anyone in school (K-12 or college)
  6. Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2011 at 5 p.m. CST. 
In order to protect your privacy and safety on the Internet, please only include your first name and state on your actual project. You (or your teacher) MUST include your first and last name, address, phone and email in your email to me so I can contact you if there are problems. 

Note to Teachers or Parents: You may include your personal contact information rather than that of your students. I will correspond with you.

By submitting your work you automatically grant The Graphic Classroom full publication rights on this site, other sites, or in any other format we choose, foregoing any compensation, monetary or otherwise.

  1. Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2001 at 5 p.m. CST
  2. Send to
  3. Subject: The Lost Things Contest
  4. Include contact information

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