It’s finally here! One of my favorite shows of the year! We have always gotten love from the Baltimore crowd and we are super excited this year too. If you are a follower of us on Facebook, or Google +, then you saw my teaser that I was going to release some exciting news about the convention.
First if this doesn’t excite you then you must be out of your mind. This beauty was designed by the great Paul Petyo of Octopus Tree House who will also be at the con with us. If you haven’t checked out his Star Wars art, you are missing out! Thank you so much for everything you have done Paul. We really appreciate your continued support and all the awesome work you do.
On a second note, we are going to try something a little bit different this year. I want to play a game. You’ll like this one I promise. We are putting together a little search for our fans. And when I say little, I mean little. Somewhere at the convention, maybe with some other booth’s in artist ally, and possibly at restaurants surrounding the convention hall, we will be hiding some special prizes. These prizes could be hidden anywhere. Under a bench, tapped to the bottom of a lunch table, anywhere.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, will be to locate the SD cards we hide for you to find. The SD cards will have surprises on them for you to discover once you load them onto your computer. But in addition to that, if you bring one of these SD cards to our booth at the convention (and we can confirm it’s one of ours) we will give you an additional prize at the booth.
Now I have not confirmed that last statement with my boss man, so the prize you get is TBD, but rest assured, I will make that happen! It could be a discount on merchandise, it could be a poster, a book, or maybe one of our new pen sets! You’ll just have to find out when you bring in that card.
I understand this daunting task. It’s a large convention, and the fact that we may hide them outside of the convention as well makes this even more daunting. But fear not as throughout the weekend I will be posting clues as to where you may find one of the cards on our Facebook and/or Google + pages. So my suggestion is to like us or circle us on both so you have your best shot at winning!
So are you going to particapate in our little hunt? Be sure to comment below, or feel free to email me at email@example.com. You can also follow Dead Future on Facebook and Google +. You can also follow me on Twitter and Google +.
Till Fate brings our Future…
If you don’t know what to be for Halloween by now… stop reading my posts. Just stop. I really don’t have time for people who read blog posts about monsters, yet don’t know what they want to be for Halloween. I try to plan my costumes out at least 2 months in advance, not because they are elaborate or catchy or anything, but because I love Halloween just that much. And if you were any kind of nerd that has love in their heart for zombies, monsters, comic books, video games, or even movies, you would too. This is the one time of year LARPing is acceptable by the masses, so don’t screw this up!
My love for Halloween started as a kid because it was a holiday that was unashamedly centered around candy. That’s right I would try to fill my chubby little mouth with as much candy corn, Milk Duds, and Nerds as I could get my hands on… oh wait, maybe that was just yesterday. My bad. But seriously I loved the ritual of making a costume, getting dressed up, going up to stranger’s doors that my parents wouldn’t even let me speak to any of the other 364 days of the year, begging for candy, eating said candy, and then passing out on a sugar high. The school the day after was a bitch though, let me tell ya.
As a teen Halloween wasn’t such a big deal to me. I was too old to go Trick-or-Treating, and was too unpopular to get invited to parties. But I still enjoyed looking at all the costumes, handing out candy, and just putting on some spooky music just to keep the more timid kids away.
Now as an adult, I get to decide what Halloween means to me. I still hand out candy (and try to eat plenty of it too) but the fun thing is I get to dress up again, and no one can look down on me for it. Because I’m an adult. And by the Gods, if I want to dress up in a Jack Sparrow outfit and run around sloshing root beer from a mug on the streets of my neighborhood, no one’s going to stop me.
You would think that because I write a blog about zombies, help with a zombie comic book, and dress as a zombie at conventions, my Halloween costume would be zombie related. And you would be right. However, just because zombies are the number one trending Halloween costume according to Party City, dosen’t mean I’m going to be a cop out on this one. I have always made my costumes at home and that gives you the ability to be creative. If you’re going to copy me (and yes you should copy me and then email me the pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org) you might want to know my top pics for zombie related costumes this year. In no particular order they are…
1. Zombie Hunter – While all the little kids are running up and down drive ways in like sugar crazed berserkers, you can play some scare tactics on their unsuspecting parents. Running around with a cross bow and a machete screaming about how your going to get those little undead knee chompers might do the trick. Just make sure your weapons are plastic and you don’t show too much rage in your eyes… then the police might end up taking you away, and I’m not talking the fun naughty police either.
2. Armed Forces – Yes, this is a perfectly acceptable costume. Not only are our men and women in uniform true hero’s in real life, but when the afterlife comes rearing its head these guys will probably be some of the few that will actually have the skills and the equipment to survive.
3. Celebrity Zombies – This one has been around for ages, and it never gets old. Dress up as Elvis with a blue hue to his face, or Michael Jackson from the Thriller video. Live celebrities are ok to use as well, just be creative about it. Just be aware that dressing as Paris Hilton actually looses you points. She already looks enough like a zombie.
4. Left 4 Dead Special Infected – I see a hand full of these costumes at comic book conventions every year and every time I’m impressed with the creativity and the ingenuity of these people. Hunters are the most popular because they are the easiest to duplicate, but if you want a challenge, you should go with a smoker. Or even better yet, go for a boomer. Double points if you can spray green goop on people.
5. Any featured zombie from the Dead Future stories- Pick your favorite story and try to emulate the most prominent zombie from it. Be it one of the sponsored zombies in “The Game”, or even just the awesome space zombie from the cover of Issue 1, you should be creative with this one. In fact this is the option I recommend most. To encourage this, I’m setting up a challenge. If you dress as one of our zombies for Halloween, and email me your picture to email@example.com, you will be entered to win a free copy of the Dead Future Anthology! The winner will be the best zombie look alike. Only one copy is up for grabs here people so do your best. I will be the one who chooses the winner and I will mail you the copy of the book. Therefore if you would like to enter this contest email me your picture along with your name, date of birth, email address and an explanation of what zombie you are representing (i.e. the “Dad” zombie from “The Rest of the Story”). You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this contest. Explicit nudity will disqualify you so please keep it classy people. Also in order to keep things fare and focused on the costume, you will be disqualified if your photo is manipulated (i.e. using Photoshop). If you win you will be contacted by me via e-mail asking for additional information such as your address to provide you your prize. All entries must be received by 12:00 AM on November 1st 2011. Good luck and have fun. For a complete set of rules for our photo contests click HERE.
There you have it people, my pics for top zombie costumes for 2011. I hope you join me in celebration, just remember to stay safe and have fun.
-Till Fate brings our Future
OK guys, were going to take a small break from our usual posts for some great news about Grim Crew and Dead Future. This year by the grace of the Great Old Ones, we will be doing something we haven’t done in a couple years. Conventions! I personally love attending the conventions and getting a chance to get into the trenches to promote our books and swag (yes there will be swag). Problem is in the past we haven’t made a lot of money off these conventions and well, they are not cheap to attend. It is all for the love of meeting and creating new fans that we go to these things, so this year I have a goal. I want to make this year the best convention year yet. How are we going to do this? Well I need your help. Our first convention of the year is going to be Baltimore Comic Con, to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, in (you guessed it) Baltimore Maryland. I need all our fans to attend this growing convention. We were warmly received at this convention two years ago, and this year we want to be the best comic in Artist’s Ally.
What’s in it for you? Well, the convention is August 20th and 21st, so this will give you a great excuse to get out of the heat for one thing. Also according to the website, Stan Lee will be the gust of honor (Nerdgasm!). But for Grim Crew you will not only get to meet some of our most popular artist and writers (such as Martin Brandt, Tiffany Brandt, Paul Peto, and Your’s Truly), but all Grim Crew books will be for sale at the convention as well as exclusive swag you currently can not get online. Don’t forget to take the chance to check out our latest work Extraordinary, which will be available in print only at the convention at this time. Our sister company Tummelvision will also be sharing our booth, so you will have access to their great comics such as Grim Furry Tales and even stuff from the much anticipated comic Kidthulhu.
We’re also turning our con presence up a notch this year by introducing our Con Games. Here’s how it works. Saturday, August 20th, I will be dressed as a freshly bit human and wondering around the convention during hours to be announced in a later blog post. If you dress like a zombie, and take an interesting photo of you “biting me” (for pretend people I don’t want your rabies) you will be able to show that picture to our booth babes/dudes, and select a prize (see below for prize information). Sunday August 21st, if you attend you will get the opportunity to play Find the Zombie. During specific hours of the day to be posted in a later blog post (so stay tuned), I will be roaming around the convention dressed as a zombie. Your job will be to take an interesting picture with me, (such as you being bitten, you “killing me”, me chasing you, ext.). I am open to most tasteful ideas so have fun with it. After you have taken your picture, bring it back to our table and show it to our lovely booth babes (or dudes depending on who’s manning the booth at the time) to select your prize.
To select your prize for both days, you will be given an opportunity to reach into the Box of Mystery to select a prize. Once you hand in your token, you will be given your prize. There is no trading of prizes, what you get is what you got, however feel free to find other contest participants and swap if you can work up a deal. Prizes will be based on availability and it’s first come first serve, so don’t be late! In addition, if you share your pictures with us, we will post them on the site, just to show the other losers who didn’t attend how much fun you had winning free stuff.
Other conventions we will be attending are to be announced, but at least two others are confirmed at this time so be on the look out, we will post the news soon!.
Finally on a non Grim Crew related note, I just wanted to give a shout out to Emily Adamo and her comic Fun in Jammies. She has recently returned to regular updates of her comics after a long hiatus and we hope her much luck with the comics and look forward to your upcoming stories. If you like Slice of Life comics, this one is great with compelling characters and sometimes over the top situations that creates an interesting story line and an unforgettable cast. It’s one of my personal favorites and I hope you are able to show her some love. (Not that way you perv, just read the damn comic and put that away!)
-Till Fate brings our Future
Anyone who follows the very popular website http://wins.failblog.org/ has seen this picture…
I love this idea. It defies everything I have ever thought about traveling during a zombie outbreak. I used to think… why the hell would you bring luxuries? They will slow you down, and make you into brain food. But this screams, why not bring the table? The table is now your weapon. And defense. I do have a few critiques however. The shield leaves the hand tied up, which could be used for other things, like turning door knobs, pulling along a friend, or shooting a gun. It might be better to strap the table top-turned-buckler to the wrist. Also the metal bracket that rests against the forearm would get to be painful in the long run. You would be better by replacing it with a sturdy strap. I would also like to see it made out of solid aluminum. Aluminum is still light in weight, but will provide a stronger impact. Now all this being said, the shield would have to be able to be ditched in a split second. If it were to get snatched up or stuck somehow you don’t want to be trying to wrench it loose as the hoard gets closer and closer. Some type of quick release would be an absolute necessity if you bring a shield.
In my eyes more of these inventions would be a wonderful thing. It would make traveling during a zombie outbreak safe and comfortable. You can have a portable chair that doubles as a group weapon, with the legs becoming multiple batons. Perhaps it even links together to make a make-shift staff. How about a cot that is collapsible and can fit in a pocket of a backpack? Why? Well because in a pinch it doubles as an evac stretcher.
Now I have searched up and down the internets trying to find more zombie ready furniture. Guess what people… if it’s there, it’s really freaking ninja. This needs to change! We all know the risk of a zombie outbreak. And we need to be prepared. Your task for the month will be to create designs for furniture that can be portable, and useful in a zombie situation. For defense, offence, or medical, I want to see some ingenuity here people. It can just be a conceptual drawing, but you get extra points for detailed plans and a bigger bonus if you actually make a prototype.
Here’s what’s at stake people. There will be eight winners chosen for the contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive all six issues of Dead Future in print. That’s right! In mint condition and ready for signings all six issues can be yours! 1st place winner will receive all six issues of Dead Future via digital download. 2nd through 4th place will receive a digital copy of Dead Future #1. And 5th-7th place will receive a free digital download of Dead Future #2 (in my very biased opinion, easily the best issue of the bunch).
And now that you know what’s in it for you, here’s how to enter. It’s simple; follow me on Twitter @PenguinPrince25. Then submit your pictures to me via twitter @PenguinPrince25 by sending me a private message with a link to your pictures. This will keep your submissions from being lost in my thread. But if you want to tweet the pictures… by all means please do that in addition to messaging me. In addition you can post them to our wall on Facebook.
Please keep in mind that by submitting your pictures and concepts to me you attest that the images you use and the inventions you submit are your own property and not borrowed, pirated, taken, stolen, or otherwise illegally obtained by a third party. You also give Grim Crew and me permission to use your images in any way we see fit including but not limited to, posting on blogs, or websites. You will also agree to hold Grim Crew and I harmless for any losses occurred by participation in our contest included but not limited to loss of intellectual property. This contest is also void where prohibited. We are trying to make this fun for people. Please don’t make it hard for us. Capeesh?
So get those submissions it people! Can’t wait to see what you can come up with. And please feel free to tell your friends about our contest, the more the merrier. Dead line for submissions is April 30th. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
-Till Fate brings our Future