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Capstone and DC Comics Fan Family Reveal Writing Contest Finalists

May 16, 2013 07:51 AM

Children Encouraged to Vote Online for Winner

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – May 16, 2013 – Capstone and DC Comics Fan Family, the online hub for DC Entertainment family-friendly news and information on DC Comics Super Heroes, announce the top finalists in their Super Hero inspired writing contest for fans in grades 3-6. The nationwide contest “Be a Super Hero. Read!” encouraged children to write about a real hero in their lives, describing the human powers, such as courage, kindness, or generosity, which make their selected hero special.

The five finalists are:
• Ben Clark, grade 5. Ben’s hero is his older brother, a member of the U.S. Air Force.
• Cora Eder, grade 3. Cora’s hero is her dad, an Iraq War veteran and police officer.
• Lauren McCartney, grade 6. Lauren’s hero is Debbie Portner, her counselor.
• Katelyn Soldatke, grade 6. Katelyn’s hero is Dr. VonBergen, her heart surgeon.
• Semaj Write, grade 3. Semaj’s hero is Mrs. Benford, her 3rd grade teacher.

Children from across the country are encouraged to visit and vote for their favorite entry. Kids can read through each of the finalists’ stories about their heroes and ultimately decide the grand prize winner. Voting runs through May 27.

Capstone Young Readers will reveal the winning entry on May 30 at Book Expo America. The winner will receive a VIP trip for four to tour Warner Bros. Animation Studios and DC Entertainment Offices, the home of SUPERMAN™ and BATMAN™, and other unique prizes. The hero described in the winning entry will receive $2,500 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.

All of the finalists will receive a set of the new SUPERMAN™ book series, The Man of Steel chapter books.

“From remarkable family members to incredible educators and community helpers, the heroes of the stories we received we’re described in touching and heartfelt language. Our contest gave children a platform to reflect on and articulate the ‘super powers’ of a real-life hero, and we learned so much about these remarkable young people through their writing.  It’s now up to their peers to decide our winner,” remarked Ashley Andersen Zantop, Capstone Group Publisher and General Manager.

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DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating its content across Warner Bros. Entertainment and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment and interactive games. Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.  In January 2012, DC Entertainment, in collaboration with Warner Bros. and Time Warner divisions, launched We Can Be Heroes—a giving campaign featuring the iconic Justice League super heroes—to raise awareness and funds to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa.

About Capstone

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