Ode to Sidekicks, plus a Gift Card Giveaway!

March Madness is sweeping the nation, and here at Half Price Books we are celebrating by holding a TOURNAMENT OF SIDEKICKS!  “Why sidekicks?” you ask. Because they are the comic relief. They bolster the hero’s (or villain’s) backbone. They are the only ones that the heroes can trust. Everybody loves a good sidekick. So, here is an Ode to Sidekicks.

Download a Tournament of Sidekicks bracket today! Which sidekick do you think will come out on top? Remember, you can enter to win a $50 Half Price Books Gift Card if you can correctly predict the winner.


  • Visit hpb.com/sidekicks and download the 2014 Tournament of Sidekicks bracket PDF.
  • Fill in your choices for each match-up of sidekicks and identify who you think will be the ultimate winner.
  • Visit twitter.com/halfpricebooks and retweet (RT) the giveaway message tweeted by Half Price Books (will be tweeted the morning of March 17), then click to “Follow” @halfpricebooks if you’re not already one of our fantastic followers.
  • Then, tweet a message stating your own prediction. Who do you think will be the champion of the 2014 Tournament of Sidekicks? Be sure to include @halfpricebooks and #tournamentofsidekicks in your tweet so that we can find your tweet out in cyberspace. Here’s an example tweet: “I predict that Dwight Schrute from The Office will be the final winner of @halfpricebooks #tournamentofsidekicks!”
  • Predictions are due by the end of Round One, 01:59pm CT on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Limit one entry per person.

Go here for the giveaway rules and details.


Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

Tournament of Heroes – Fantasy Brackets

Presenting: the Top 32 Heroes & Heroines of Fantasy!


 ROW 1:  Eowyn – The Lord of the Rings, Arya Stark – Game of Thrones, Bella Swan – Twilight, Buffy – Buffy the Vampire Slayer; ROW 2: Princess Buttercup – The Princess Bride, Cheetara – ThunderCats, Coraline Coraline, Daenerys Targaryen Game of Thrones; ROW 3: Arwen The Lord of the Rings, Hermione GrangerHarry Potter, Lara Croft Tomb Raider, Mulan Mulan; ROW 4: Sailor Moon – Sailor Moon, Selene – Underworld, She-Ra She-Ra: Princess of Power, Xena – Xena: Warrior Princess 


ROW 1:  Aragorn – The Lord of the Rings, Conan the Barbarian – Conan the Barbarian, Harry Potter – Harry Potter, Atreyu – The Neverending Story; ROW 2: Roland Deschain- The Dark Tower, Westley – The Princess Bride, Gandalf The Lord of the Rings, Harry Dresden The Dresden Files; ROW 3: He-Man The Masters of the Universe, Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones, Link – The Legend of Zelda, Frodo Baggins The Lord of the Rings; ROW 4: Bilbo Baggins The Lord of the Rings, Rand al’ThorThe Wheel of Time, Wart The Once and Future King, Tyrion Lannister – Game of Thrones,

So tell us, who SHOULD we have included as a Fantasy Hero or Heroine? Of the ones who made the tournament, who do you have going to the Final Four? The championship?

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.