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Win 'The Art of Wreck-It Ralph' book

Any movie that has Q*bert in it has got to be good, even if he’s a homeless video game character begging for scraps in that wacky language.

I really enjoyed “Wreck-It Ralph” when I saw it. It’s the story of a video game bad guy who causes trouble in the secret world behind the quarter-munchers when he decides he wants to be a hero.

Sarah Silverman’s racer character, Vanellope, isn’t as annoying as previews would have you believe. The story has heart, good action and vivid characters. The characters are fun, and the whole voice cast — including John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer and Jane Lynch — does a fine job.

And it’s a lot of fun looking for all the familiar game characters Disney was able to license for the film, including Sonic, Zangief, Pac-Man and more.

So what am I leading to here? I’ve got a copy of Chronicle Books’ “The Art of Wreck-It Ralph,” one of those cool artbooks that have loads and loads of production artwork: concept art, sketches, storyboards and more. All the characters went through several iterations before the versions we saw on screen. It’s a nice look for fans.

For your chance to win, send your name and address to Use “Wreck-It Ralph” as your subject line, and enter only once by Dec. 7.  U.S. entries only.

Eric Henrickson is a Detroit News copy editor who has also been writing about comic books, video games and anime for The News for more than 10 years. His favorite bit of geek cred so far: appearing in an online "Star Trek" fan series.