It’s zombie madness this month! Not only are we getting our undead education in the free streaming episodes of HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD, and giving away the ultimate zombie game in our DEAD RISING 2 competition, but its time once again for our artists to infect this plague upon the world of anime and Madman characters!
Of course, artists are allowed to show uninfected survivors fighting back against the undead hordes, but we must have recognisable, zombified undead as part of the action. Will they retain some of their identity and powers?
Read on for our winners and honorable mentions!
There were some close calls in deciding this competition, and the top spot is always the toughest, but like Sailor Moon’s efforts in this striking (literally) image, it simply fought its way to the top with an amazing combination of retaining the bright cartoony colours of Sailor Moon, while providing the horror undertone, as her fellow Sailor Scouts are recognisably undead (green skin!) and have to be dealt with responsibly – the splash of blood on the sceptre is how, and the soft tear on her cheek is why.
AJChan wins 1st prize of a $150 Madman store voucher!
We’re very glad Corad squeezed this entry in just before the bell, because its an incredible piece. The attention to shocking detail and the horrifying but truthful-to-the-characters premise, of Chichi trying to keep her beloved son Gohan “animated” with the body parts of his fellow Z Fighters, is a believable twist on the question “what if Gohan died in battle?” A sterling effort, giving us a whole, ghastly tale in one image.
Corad wins 2nd prize of a $100 Madman store voucher!
Chihiro’s journey through the world of Spirited Away to save her parents was fraught with magic and danger, but she had the help of Dragon-shape-changer Haku. If the zombie plague infected him, how would she fare? The amazing linework here shows a sinewy Haku coiling about, creating a frame for the composition, as the whispy spirits, not obvious at first, furl about darkly. A very artful and effective piece!
Flares wins 3rd prize of a $75 Madman store voucher!
Hilarious idea and wonderfully clear in execution, Bijoux has portraited a young Goku as a zombie so well here. From the twists on the colourful Dragon Ball universe becoming dark and dirty (check out that nasty cloud!), to the clincher, instead of an ape’s tail, Goku’s entrails flutter behind him. Gross!
bijoux wins 4th prize of a $50 Madman store voucher!
There were again so many good pieces out of the many wonderful entries that we wanted to highlight some more strong pieces. All of these honorable mentions will receive a surprise DVD! This month it’s a very special Nana Collection 1!
Is it a hugging zombie?! No! It’s a violent, rotten Pikachu. Totoro looks defiant and strong as he takes a defensive stance but can his thick fur defend against the plague? A bright, beautifully coloured piece by Straxus.
A very cool take out of left field, zombifying the characters of Dr Suess in this impressive piece mirroring Suess stylistically and providing a nice subtle twist on the theme.
Simple yet effective! Pointing the (finger)bone we have Luffy, looking just like Luffy, but distinctly zombified and ready to wrap his rubbery mouth around your brains.
Yikes! I didn’t know the smurf zombies had smurfed the place up so smurfin’ bad! Now I’m really scared of the nasty little blue buggers too. Check out those horrible teeth!
Thanks to all who entered!
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