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Contest: The Weekend Challenge

Welcome to our first “Weekend Challenge!” We’re going to try and have these monthly—contests that will require a little more effort than a Tweet or post comment. We want you to get creative while not limiting the contests to just fine artists and graphic designers. So here’s what up for the first Weekend Challenge:

The Challenge: This weekend (starting now, May 31st) go to a hardware store (Home Depot, True Value, Orchard, local joint, whatever) and find a tool you think would be the best for taking out zombies. Pose with it and get a picture. The better the pose/scenario, the cooler the tool, the more I’m going to like it. You have to be in the store! I know you’ve turned your garage into a perfect replica of the prison, but we’re trying to put everyone on equal footing. Free free to mix up different items, but they should all be from the store, unused. You can’t go home and build a potato gun and then roll into Sears with it. I mean you can, but you won’t win. Take your pic and upload it to Flickr, imgur, whatever, so long as it’s shareable. Then post a link in the comments with 1-2 sentences about why your tool/weapon is the best.

The Prize: We’re letting you pick which volume of The Walking Dead you want Robert to sign and we’ll send that. Some people collect the softcovers, some people collect the hardcovers, and maybe you’re only on volume 5 so you want volume 6. Whatever it is, we want it to be something that fits into your collection. Compendiums and Omnibuses excluded, sorry. Depending on the amount of entries, I’ll be going through them Monday and picking a winner. If it’s close, we’ll take it to Twitter and let the people decide.

Got questions? Post them below or tweet at us. Now go forth and prosper!

Oh and friend us on Facebook already, would you? Our new page is still so small! We need more peeps!

EDIT: WINNER!

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Congrats to Test Subject 19 (if that’s even your real name—I have my doubts)! Her choice of a 40″ DItch Blade is so close to my zombie weapon of choice (the guan dao) that I had to pick it. It’s bladed, has a decent range, doesn’t require power, and makes almost no noise. I can’t believe that’s a tool you can buy at a hardware store. One of the reviews on the  Home Depot site even mentions zombie defense. Test Subject 19, I’m going to email you at the GMail account associated with your disqus login. Congrats!

And we won’t always do this, but I’m so proud of one of our readers for going to a hardware store in full makeup that I’m sending a shirt to Christina! I’ll be emailing you!

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  1. Robert Legge May 31, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I am going to win this. 🙂

  2. Abraham Báez May 31, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Does it has to be within US or people from other countries can participate??

  3. Peter Ferioli May 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    meh – people who live in suburban/rural areas have a much better chance at winning this- it is a no-brainer. Obviously someone who live in any major urban market, their local hardware store is not going to have a selection of variuos tools for cutting, sawing, etc. 🙁

  4. Rance Hudak May 31, 2013 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Can the picture be posted to Facebook and then I post the image to your Facebook page and give the link for that?

  5. Melissa Cvitonavich June 1, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    pic.twitter.com/1LeHe3s7ze

    I have to agree with Tyreese. The best tool for zombie killing is a good ol’ claw hammer. As you can see here, Bub never had a chance.

  6. Thomas Pasawicz June 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Little zombie, big axe: no problem. Granted, not the most portable of weapons, but it’s multi-functional and next to impossible to break.

    http://imgur.com/qSfEVAB

  7. Rance Hudak June 1, 2013 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    A 36″ Wrecking Bar seems like a no brainer in the Zombie Apocalypse. It has reach, keeps Walkers away, smashes in their skulls, and best of all I can wedge open any doors to get supplies.

    http://imgur.com/HYcwRfI

  8. Trevordebus June 2, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

    42″ Crowbar. It has the curved end for swinging, and the sharp end for stabbin’. Not only does it kill zombies, but it can be used to clear debris and scavange.
    http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/96866150@N04/8926922220/

  9. Test Subject 19 June 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    While Michonne has the best weapon, given the “Hardware” Store Scenario, I would use convert a “hedge” trimmer to a “head” trimmer as shown in the photo 🙂
    http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j41/stokes_01/P6020018.jpg

  10. TS-18 June 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm - Reply
  11. Rebecca Suzanne June 2, 2013 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    http://rebeccattack.tumblr.com/image/51994167145

    I encountered some zombies after church today at the local hardware store. I grabbed the pick ax, impaled the pick end into the zombies eye and then used the other end to chop the head off. Its a good thing my dress was red because the blood was not noticeable and I was able to go to evening service without changing.

  12. Darrin Gordon June 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    The Annihilator-it comes equipped with an axe blade, a hammer, prying claw, a spike on the handle, and the opening at the top allows for straightening boards, useful when fortifying doorways, etc. It’s great for killing and survival. My son is even terrified of it. Speaking of screaming children, good luck Rick! (In the show anyway)

  13. Jen June 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    pic.twitter.com/7qOvj1KFpr 2-Pronged Weeding Hoe when Plants vs. Zombies gets real.

  14. Christina June 2, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    http://m.flickr.com/photos/96856537@N06/8928232963/lightbox/
    Lowes doesn’t have Samurai swords and chainsaws are too noisy. So I’m going with a hatchet. It’s very effective if used right. My head still hurts lol xP

  15. Christina June 2, 2013 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I hope I posted the link properly =/

  16. Emily June 2, 2013 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I would use the BLACK & DECKER 3.3-Amp Electric Hedge Trimmer, that way I could sneak up on them and slash their heads and they wouldn’t even know what hit them. It would work if it was on or off..

  17. Caitlin Vajdic June 2, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    The weasel cultivator with an extension! Try to weasel your way out of this one!

    http://t.co/D8eQZmWvrH

  18. LeafLady1989 June 2, 2013 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    I am a Team Daryl type of girl and he inspires me so of course I’m going with the crossbow 🙂 and for backup I have the Gerber machete or hatchet 😉 come at me bro!

    https://mobile.twitter.com/AshSmart/status/341356578676555776

  19. Lukas Anderson June 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    http://imgur.com/cAvrNay
    This is the “brain scrambler”, heavy enough to remove cleanly from the head of a freshly killed, well err re-killed, walker. Even the tag says to place in soil and turn to tear apart the soil, or in this case- brain cage.

  20. Tyler Millis June 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    https://twitter.com/Valor1204/status/341371599531958272/photo/1
    “Attention, all zombies to the garden center”
    This 2-Prong Weeder Hoe is the perfect tool for killing walkers due to it’s ability for both short and long range, along with the fact that it’s sharp prongs can easily slip in and out of a walker’s head.

  21. mario lozano June 2, 2013 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have a friend here an vegas who has a rock band called Dim there music would go so awesomely great with the walking dead if you get a chance please check them out

  22. Melissa Cvitonavich June 3, 2013 at 7:22 am - Reply

    Ok… weekend is over… let’s do this!

  23. Rance Hudak June 3, 2013 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations to the winners!! This was so much fun! I can’t wait for the next contest!

  24. Rance Hudak June 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Are you guys having a contest next weekend?

  25. jess June 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    damn. that’s the same as my weapon just with a longer handle… 🙁

  26. jess June 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    my bad. posted it on twitter.

  27. Test Subject 19 June 21, 2013 at 2:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you Brian Huntington, Skybound, Image Comics & Robert Kirkman for giving me the best book I could ever own! The delivery guy did not expect the screams or the very large hug he took on your behalf. Love your work, you are awesome, THANK YOU!

  28. loveme March 16, 2014 at 6:21 pm - Reply
  29. Marty Snowden March 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    Denise Crosby, who looks like her grandmother, Dixie, has excelled at playing ticked off ever since she left the Enterprise. I guess Andrew Lincoln’s accent reminded her too much of Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek accent…….


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