how to get a $10,000 cube grenade for free

[The Cube Grenade for Shit Creek Consulting ]

[UPDATE:  We've changed the rules. You have to nominate a friend- you can't nominate yourself. Details here.]

gapingvoid is giving away a free commissioned Cube Grenade to the business or organization with the most interesting idea.

I draw Cube Grenades for a living.

They’re quite expensive. Several thousand dollars a pop, sometimes ten grand or more.

Not everybody can afford one. Cash is tight. That being said, every month I get dozens of requests from start-ups, small businesses, and non-profits for commissions, asking for free or nearly free work.

Occasionally I’ll do a pro-bono one for the right cause, or a good friend, or because I just love what a business is doing, but 99% of the time, I just have to say no.

The truth is, there are a huge number of really cool start ups, small businesses and charities doing worthwhile work and fabulous people whose cause could be transformed by a CG, but just don’t have the cash it costs to have one.

What’s so special about these Cube Grenades?

Sure, they’re great social objects, but they have another purpose: They’re amazingly powerful tools for a  company trying to engage in what many call “Cultural Transformation”.

[The one that started it all: "The Blue Monster". Backstory here etc.]

You change markets in your favor by changing the culture- either your own company culture, or the culture of the industry you’re in. In my world, that’s where the REAL opportunity lies.

That’s the change I want to help affect. That’s where I think my cartoons can be the most useful and valuable.

So I decided, what the hell, I’ll do one for free for somebody, a small business, a worthy cause. Spread the love etc.

Who for?

I haven’t decided yet.

Tell you what. If you want me to draw a cube grenade for your business, write a blog post about it, leave a link to it below in the comments, and/or submit it to Tumblr at the same time. Then let us put your idea up on the Tumblr page we created specifically for this [Please keep it under 500 words, Thanks].

I’ll draw a free cube grenade for the person who has the most compelling cause.

I don’t care, it can be for your kid’s 6th grade class, your business or charity. Just as long as the idea is interesting,

This offer will expire Auguest 1st, and I’ll be talking about some of cooler posts here and/or our Tumblr page, so please get cracking.

This should be fun!


[UPDATE:  We've changed the rules. You have to nominate a friend- you can't nominate yourself. Details here.]

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