The Kidd here...
Oh, man... is that who I think it is...?
Oh, man... is that the prison...?
Oh, man... we're getting the Governor...
Okay, let me take a few minutes of break time from being really excited over the Season 2 finale of THE WALKING DEAD, in order to give away this pair of THE WALKING DEAD board games.
I've really got to hand it to all of you... you really do love your zombies, and it shows in the passion you display in your artwork, in your make-up, in your overall undead creations. I may only have a couple of games to award, but that doesn't mean I don't want to take the time to recognize some of the finer pieces sent my way for this contest. They may not have been the ones to go over the top to victory, but they certainly do deserve their moments in the spotlight. Therefore, let me give some credit where it's due. The following weren't winners, but they really came the closest.
You've really got to get that zombie appreciation started at an early age, and it's going to take the entire family to enforce upon the younger generation that walkers will always be cool. Kevin Colopy is getting the job done, indoctrinating his kid to know that one day the dead may rise up and walk the earth... and you just may be a part of it.
What should always place higher than a cheerleader or a fireman during the children's costume contest on Halloween? How about a young zombie with half of his face ripped off, showing the tissue and bone underneath? Take that fluffy dog. You ain't got a damn thing on Steve Ryhn and his kid's award-winning zombie wear. Moments like this make those ribbons mean something once again.
If only video game controllers could wipe out encroaching zombies instead of blunt force trauma to the head/brain, Terrence Horan would be zombie-killer extraordinaire, not even breaking a sweat or having to leave his couch to fight back the hordes. That's why his wishful thinking at least deserves some achievement points for this fine piece of art.
I don't even like taking a trip to the post office, (Talk about zombies - it smells like crushed dreams and death in there) so writing a letter to someone is entirely out of the question. I'm too lazy to write out the envelope as it is (the mailing address, the return address... ugh... it's so much work), so to do something as creative as Kenneth Shaw on his correspondence... yeah, that's just crazy. I'm not sure he realizes people typically just rip open the envelope and throw it out. Now that he's created some incredible zombie art by hand, I don't even want to open that letter up to find out what's inside. Could be a will leaving me with a massive inheritance? Could be a break-up letter? What does it matter? It seems rather trivial when compared to the work he put in on the exterior, and I don't want to be the one to ruin it. Something feels wrong about wanting to frame an envelope, but, in this case, it's really so right.
Alright... let's get to our two winners... and they couldn't be more different - one quite simple and one... probably one of the most elaborate things I've ever seen as far as zombie fandom.
The first game goes to Narayana Das Stewart for this guava Lego zombie hybrid. I don't know what it is about this thing, but each time I look at it, I start to gag a little. I think it's the seeded mouth, which is just... yeah, this thing is disgusting and clearly the creation of someone with a warped and twisted mind. In this instance, I call that type of person triumphant.
The second game is headed to easily the most deserving recipient. I mean, who better to get THE WALKING DEAD board game than someone who would do something like this in tribute to the show? Dave Winfield sent in word that he is a paper modeler who builds scale models entirely out of paper/cardstock. Recently he was engaged in a competition to create a diorama of some sorts around an old rundown gas station, and he took that as his opportunity to make a full-blown THE WALKING DEAD model built around it, and, once again, built entirely of paper (with the exception of the "barbed wire." This thing is only about 10 inches wide, and I would gladly place it right in the center of my office, staring at its awesomeness on a daily basis, because this is truly what fandom is all about right here.
Thanks to everyone who participated, and a special congratulations to our two winners. Well played.
Thanks also to Cryptozoic Entertainment for the opportunity to pull off such a cool contest.
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