Noma Bar & Haruki Murakami prints prize winners

After an unprecedented level of entries (over 900) and some tough deliberation, we can reveal our winner of the series of Noma Bar/Haruki Marukami cover prints. As an extra surprise, we’re also offering up two sets of the new Vintage editions to both a second and third place runner-up

After an unprecedented level of entries (over 900) and some tough deliberation, we can reveal our winner of the series of Noma Bar/Haruki Marukami cover prints. As an extra surprise, we’re also offering up two sets of the new Vintage editions to both a second and third place runner-up…

As you can see from the original post, we had a lot of entries to this competition. To be in with a chance of winning the prints (made for the covers of Murakami’s reissued backlist by Tuckshop at Print Club London), we asked you to suggest a suitably Murakami-like title for a story. Thank you to everyone who entered. Your suggestions did not disappoint. Among them were numerous references to jazz, plenty of cats, some fish, teeth, ears and moons, and even some Beatles songs.

And if you’re thinking of starting a band, you could do worse than scour the list for inspiration. We’d pay good money to see either of Clowncar Autobahn (suggested by ‘Jon’), Giraffe Arms (courtesy of ‘Alexor’), or Team Baby Fat Lips, & the Tale of Watertooth (‘Michael Serro’).

A special mention also has to go to Daniel Kimball whose 38 suggestions included, Consider A Tulip While I Steal Your Things; and Ana Rapsing whose 39 attempts peaked with Six Years Two Elephants I Can’t Remember.

However, a few of the titles really stood out for us. And so here, in no particular order, are seven we liked very much – with our third, second, and first placed winners listed after those.

Second and third you say? Yes, thanks to Vintage we were able to select two other winners, who will each receive a set of the reissued Murakami books.


Super-Realisitic Cakes and the Lumbering Siberians

Why Leaves Fall on the Heads of Weeping Dogs
Edda Bild

Even Giants Have Splinters
Harrison Pierce

Typhoon in Apartment 2609

The Girl on the Rooftop Who Did Not Want to Jump

Tall Cool Ones From The DaDa Glass
Kyle Miller

Washing Your Face With a Smile
Harrison Pierce


Winning a set of the books each, our second and third place winners are:

You Cannot Kiss A Laughing Mouth

Soft Serve Jukebox
Alison Green

But, our chosen winner is the following entry:

A Dog, From the Inside Out
Thomas Laker

Short, simple, but still brilliantly bizarre, Thomas’ title also has a touch of Groucho Marx about it, namely his famous joke about books: “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

Congratulations to Thomas, who wins the set of 13 signed prints; Bobby and Alison who scoop a set of the books (we’ll be in touch about getting the prizes out to you). Thanks again to everyone else who entered, and to Vintage for sorting out some great prizes.

We will also be offering a set of Noma Bar’s prints as our Gallery prize in the December issue of CR, out November 21.

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