The Third Bear Carnival will come to an end later this week, and in honor of that, here's a contest. I have a copy of Jeff VanderMeer's Third Bear collection that includes a unique cartoon by Eric Schaller, drawn on 24 July 2010. This is the only copy of this cartoon that exists, at least as far as I know (most of Eric's cartoons are reproduced in bulk by the many small, innocent children he has imprisoned in a sweatshop deep beneath Dartmouth College). It is drawn on the title page of the book, which in all other editions is unillustrated.
Here's how you can win this unique copy of The Third Bear:
In the comments to this post, write a description/explanation of 100 words or less about The Fourth Bear. (Yes, we know all about the Third Bear now, but what is the Fourth Bear?) The deadline is this Friday, August 27, at 12pm Eastern Standard Time. Eric and I will then consult, and the entry that we agree is most interesting will be the winner. All results are final and utterly subjective.
Barring unforseen claims upon our time, or an inability to come to an agreement (and thus the need to institute a mud-wrestling match between ourselves), we will announce the winner here on Monday, August 30.