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The #TDCPod Fan of the Month/Extreme Fan Contest!

We love our listeners. Whether we are chatting with you guys on Twitter or reading your hilarious commentary from the episodes, we love connecting with you! You guys are the wittiest, funniest and coolest members of the #TWDFamily. Now, we want to give one fabulous listener the chance to have their voice really heard, in stereo, right here on our Season 8 Wrap Up Podcast. Starting RIGHT NOW, we are accepting nominations for Fan of the Month. We will pick from all of our Fans of the Month to have one extreme fan join us for our Season 8 Wrap Up podcast! Interested? Here’s how to enter:

Nominate yourself or a friend as our Fan of the Month. We are already taking December submissions! (But don’t make like Daryl and go rogue. You might want to get your pal’s permission first.) Send us an email to twodeadchicks@gmail.com detailing why YOU should be our Fan of the Month. Your email should include:

-Your name and social media handles. So we can shout your glory from the rooftops in our best Kang Ezekiel voices.

-Why you love The Walking Dead. Bare your soul to us and tell us why this show is your jam.

-Why you love our podcast. Because you do….right?

-How you fandom. Are you a fanfic writer? Do you have the largest collection of TWD merch this side of Senoia? Have you met Norman Reedus 18 times or camped out in his backyard? Can you do a one person dramatic interpretation of the ‘Say Yes’ episode? Tell us about it.

-Pictures. Send us at least one photo of you that best sums up your love for TWD.

Please note that social media handles, first names, photos and portions of your plea will be on our blog if you get selected as our Fan of the Month! Also, please feel free to ask your friends and family to nominate you and plead your case! Let’s make this more interesting than basically all of Season 8 so far! Ready? Set……GO!!!!

Ross Marquand Autograph Giveaway!

 

Tis the season for giving and we want to give you a Ross Marquand autograph! All you have to do
is leave us a review on Apple Podcasts! If you’ve already left a review, don’t worry! Just update it and you will be entered to win one of TWO Ross Marquand autographs! This is open to all of our listeners in and outside the US! Click here to catch up on Season 8 and leave a review! Giveaway ends November 13th!

The Dead Truth

If you’re in the Atlanta area, or will be heading down early for Walker Stalker Con ATL, make sure to check out The Dead Truth. On Wednesday October 25th, you can participate in an interactive experience that is part escape room and part scavenger hunt. Participants will race around familiar Atlanta locations all in hopes of scoring the coveted grand prize of a GOLD PASS to WSC 2018!

You can still purchase tickets via The Dead Truth website!

WALKER STALKER ATLANTA GIVEAWAY!!!

TWO DEAD CHICKS SCAVENGER HUNT – OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Norman Reedus, and Tom Payne are all scheduled to attend Walker Stalker Atlanta 2017.

GIVEAWAY DESCRIPTION: The TWO DEAD CHICKS SCAVENGER HUNT begins on August 1, 2017 ends on August 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm CT.

ELIGIBILITY: This giveaway is open to all of our listeners.                                     

GRAND PRIZE: Two Weekend General Admission passes to Walker Stalker Atlanta. Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner.                                                                       

HOW TO ENTER: We will be releasing five Two Dead Chicks trivia questions via five different platforms: our podcast, Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter, and Blog. All of the answers can be found by listening to Season 5 of the Two Dead Chicks Podcast. Email all five correct answers to twodeadchicks@gmail.com by August 31st.    

WINNER SELECTION: First person to send us all five correct answers wins! Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel, lodging, professional photo ops, table photos, autographs and merchandise are not included and must be purchased separately through Walker Stalker Convention. Two Dead Chicks Podcast is not affiliated with Walker Stalker Convention, and therefore makes no guarantee of celebrity guest appearance. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Two Dead Chicks will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the address provided. Winner must accept the prize by email as directed by Two Dead Chicks Podcast within 14 days of notification. Two Dead Chicks Podcast is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted.

PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be kept confidential. By entering the giveaway, you grant Two Dead Chicks Podcast permission to contact you via email and arrange for passes to be transferred to your name.

That’s it! If you have any questions, thoughts, or feedback, please feel free to ask in the comments section! Good luck!

5 Minutes and 13 Seconds With Cooper Andrews

Khary Payton as Ezekiel, Lennie James as Morgan Jones, Cooper Andrews as Jerry, Logan Miller as Benjamin, Kerry Cahill as Dianne – The Walking Dead _ Season 7, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Cooper Andrews won hearts all over The Walking Dead fandom when he appeared on screen for the first time in Season 7 as Kaaang Ezekiel’s comical sidekick Jerry. After the airing of Season 7 Episode 2 The Well, the interwebs were all abuzz wondering who was bringing this beautiful creature to life. ‘If Jerry Dies We Riot’ memes were being created and things were getting pretty serious. From his witty banter with Ezekiel to his affinity for cobbler, Jerry quickly became a fan favorite.

Cooper Andrews at Walker Stalker Nashville 2017

 

 

His acceptance into the #TWDFamily was cemented by the amount of fans clamoring to meet Andrews at his first ever Walker Stalker appearance in Nashville this past weekend. Fans lined up both days of the convention to meet their new favorite character and he did not disappoint. He came armed with peach cobbler (YES. He brought cobbler, y’all!), lots of laughs, and the best hugs. When the staff needed his attention, we watched as he had a WSC ambassador flag down the fan he had been talking to just to make sure she got a good photo and sent her off with a big hug.

Cosplayer Alexandro Quiles as Jerry

Fans got in the Cooper Andrews spirit when they voted Jerry cosplayer Alexandro Quiles as the winner of the WSC Cosplay Contest. Quiles said, “I chose to cosplay Jerry because he’s a cool new character and I love that he is super funny!” He also makes sure to stay in character. “I love to do the peace sign and say ‘Deuces!'”At the close of the contest fans cheered, “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!” making it abundantly clear who would be taking home the prize.

A peach cobbler toast in honor of meeting Cooper

At the close of Walker Stalker, we decided there was only one way to end our magical experience. In honor of our new friend Cooper, we toasted the weekend over a giant peach cobbler.

Listen in below as we talk convention life and all things cobbler with the one and only, Cooper Andrews! Make sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Enter our Top 5 Favorite Moments Contest!

WHO: YOU! Send us up to five of your favorite moments from Season 7 of The Walking Dead. Each moment counts as a separate entry into the contest!

WHAT: If selected, you will win an autographed POP! Vinyl of a surprise cast member.

WHERE: You can enter from anywhere! Send us your submission via email to twodeadchicks@gmail.com. Submissions via carrier pigeons, owls and Rick Grimes singing telegrams will also be accepted.

WHEN: Get those entries in by April 7, 2017. We will randomly select our winner during our Season 7 Recap podcast!

WHY: Because we like you.

Remember, we are not selecting our winner based on the moments they choose. This will be a random drawing. However, we may share some of our favorite moment submissions in the podcast!

Meet Graphic Artist Rob Mack

Custom Bisquick Challenge Abraham POP! Vinyl

About a year ago, I began my collection of The Walking Dead Funko POP! Vinyls. I removed them from their boxes and set them about in various scenarios strictly for my own amusement, much to the dismay of avid collectors. Please don’t judge me too harshly. Before attending Walker Stalker Con Atlanta, the biggest TWD convention of them all, I joined a Facebook group of convention veterans to help prepare me. Though I certainly gained a lot of intel to help take me through my first real convention experience, I also had my eyes opened to a whole new world of fandom and fan art. To call what I have seen ‘fan art’ seems almost dismissive of the true inventiveness of the craft. Through the beautiful work of these painters, sketch artists, writers, and graphic artists, we get to see some of our favorite works through an entirely different lens. One of the crafts I was definitely not familiar with was the art of making custom action figures.

Constables Rick and Michonne

Have a scene from TWD that you love? Did you adore Michonne’s Alexandrian Constable ensemble? Have you always dreamed of having your likeness made into a POP Vinyl? Enter graphic artist Rob Mack of Mack-Expo who can dream any of the above into life. To create one of his custom masterpieces, Mack begins by doing a lot of visual research taking screengrabs from the show to capture the character as accurately as possible. If he doesn’t already have the tools he needs to get started, he heads down to his local comic shop in search of parts. Using those parts, acrylic paints, milliput (a two part, cold setting, non-shrinking epoxy putty) and sculpting tools, Mack’s magical creations begin to take form. “Since I consider myself a total package kind of guy, I also make templates of the action figure packaging, add graphics to it and construct it to add the finishing touches to the custom figure,” he said.

The Grove 3 pack set featuring Carol, Lizzie and Mika

Each figure can take anywhere from 3-7 days to take form, unless Mack is feeling especially inspired in which case he can bust out a figure in four to five hours. Though he loves all of his creations, one does stand out above the rest. “My favorite would have to be The Grove three pack set. Originally it was going to be a two pack featuring Lizzy and Mika, but I went ahead and added Carol to the mix. It was kind of ambitious for me but it ended up paying off and the customer loved it!’

Mack got his start as a member of a Facebook group geared towards TWD action figure collectors where he saw many other impressive custom figures. He said, “I used to shy away from doing customs out of fear of messing up. But one day I sat down and gave it a try and my first ever custom was Constable Michonne before it was officially released.” Mack draws inspiration from comics, fan art from other artists as well as original styles from fellow creators like his friend, Atlanta based artist Chris Hamer of Urbnpop.

Mack calls the custom figures he makes of fans #TWDFamily.

Though Mack mostly creates customs of TWD characters, he has also created some figures based on Doctor Who and horror movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Don’t Breathe. He even creates custom toys of real fans of TWD for projects he calls #TWDFamily. Mack enjoys getting special requests for custom figures and seeing people becoming familiar with his work. His figures have been given praise from the likes of cast members Austin Nichols, Elizabeth Ludlow and Khary Peyton who have all proudly showcased Mack’s work on their social media pages. Prices range from $45-$65 depending on the type of figure you want and the types of parts it requires. The imaginative and intricate results, however, are priceless. To get your own Mack-Expo original, email robert@mack-expo.com or find him on Etsy. You can also see his latest creations via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Thirteen Best Walking Dead Couples

With the midseason premiere of season seven airing on February 12 and Valentine’s Day a mere two days after, we wanted to take some time to pay homage to the great romances The Walking Dead has brought into our lives. Though at times, they made us scratch our heads in bewilderment, they also gave us some epic love stories (We’re looking at you, Richonne and Glaggie)! Here’s a list of thirteen of our favorite Walking Dead couples.

13) Andrea and The Governor/Phillip/Brian/Whatever

Really, we only wanted to include this as another shining example of how. much. Andrea. sucks. Her M.O doesn’t change! First, she falls in with a group (or person, in the case of Michonne) who, for some inexplicable reason, feels a responsibility to look out for her. Then, she starts pouting about things like her gun or sleeping in a warm bed. At all times. Next, her obsession with those things completely blinds what little judgment she has and causes her to blow off the people who have consistently had her back. Seriously, how do you let Michonne walk out of your life because The Governor gave you a drink?! Phillip obviously honed in on that massive ego of hers because he said all the right things to make her feel like she was important, which blinded her to his true agenda. Though it was handled extremely messily and unprofessionally, we can’t be mad at the then showrunner for abruptly abandoning the plan to keep Andrea alive. Good riddance.

12) Negan and Lucille

Though the show hasn’t delved too far into Negan’s super creepy obsession with his barbed wire wrapped bat Lucille, we can’t help but be a little mystified by his attachment to this inanimate object. But attached he most certainly is! Whether he’s giving some captive audience another long-winded speech, bashing in the heads of some of our favorite people or just sitting down for a nice spaghetti dinner at Rick’s, Lucille is never far from Negan’s clutches. In fact, Negan addresses Lucille with such tenderness that it begins to make you wonder if there’s a real heart buried underneath the leather and presentation scarves. But then we remember that Lucille is made of wood and Negan is bat shit crazy.

11) Carl and Enid

Over the course of six and a half seasons, we have watched as Carl Grimes has grown into a young man. So when Enid was introduced, we knew it was only a matter of time before Carl caught feelings. Though the two got off to a rocky start thanks to Enid’s standoffish teenage angst and then her romance with crappy Jessie’s crappy son Ron, the two found their way to each other. Carl locked Enid in a closet at the end of season six in a sweet, if not misguided, attempt to keep her out of harm’s way. When Enid set out for Hilltop in season seven to see Maggie, her safety was threatened by walkers, but Carl’s terrible driving skills saved the day. The two shared their first kiss and rollerskated off into the sunset. Well, sort of.

 10) Tyreese and Karen

We admit that we were a bit perplexed by the apparent intensity of this relationship. Guess there’s nothing like a zombie apocalypse to take a relationship from 0-60!  In fact, we weren’t even sure we knew Karen’s name before she was unceremoniously murdered by Carol. However, this relationship combined with Karen’s death, set off a significant chain of events, culminating in Carol’s banishment from the group. We’re fine with a few brief conversations between Tyreese and Karen for that kind of pay off.

 

9) Sasha and Abe

These two civil servants found kindred spirits in each other after they went through consecutive bouts of PTSD and came out on the other side ready to try life again. We weren’t sure sure if we could buy it, (Sasha seemed far too serious for Abraham’s sophomoric, though hilarious thought process) but we couldn’t deny that his Say Anything moment – standing outside her house, declaring, “Could be 30 years for us here. That’s still too short,” was positively swoonworthy. Who knew Mr. Dolphin Smooth could emote such sincerity? Inspired by Glenn and Maggie’s growing family, Abraham realized he wanted a family of his own with Sasha. As with most good things on The Walking Dead, their happiness came to an abrupt end when Abraham fell victim to Negan’s bludgeoning. But not before Abraham made us feel all the feels when he flashed a subtle peace sign to Sasha, letting her know everything was going to be alright.

 8) Deanna and Reg

Yeah, they were delusional about what was actually happening outside those walls (and we’re not even sure Reg built those walls right; why were the supports on the outside where people could just shimmy up them?), but the fact that they worked together to create this safe zone for so many people for so long is pretty extraordinary. Plus, they’re out here throwing welcome parties for new Alexandria residents. It’s definitely a better welcome than the one our group got from Gareth.

 7) Abe and Rosita

Not everything has to be about true love in the zombie apocalypse; sometimes proximity is the name of the game. When we’re introduced to the two’s physical relationship – by way of a peeping Eugene – it seems like they may only be in it for the nookie, but there’s definite affection there. These two are another example of great teamwork. We love that she’s willing to stand up to him when he’s acting like an ass. They’re also a fascinating look at what happens when he’s just not that into you any more. And it’s the zombie apocalypse. And you still have to look at each other every day. And the person he left you for is one of the 60 people in the world you know. Yikes. After the brutal murder of Abraham, we have watched as Rosita tries to come to grips with the loss of the man she loved who did not love her back.

 6) Shane and Lori

Record scratch? Not quite. No matter how many mixed signals Lori gave to Shane, they definitely shared a deep connection, whether or not it was a long time coming (per Shane) or Lori’s need to just feel something again. This relationship was felt in all threads of the first two seasons, and even in part of the third. Members of the group were caught between their two co-leaders as a full scale soap opera played out behind the scenes. Their liaison caused a rift so deep between best friends Rick and Shane that they were both ready to murder each other over Lori. We’re glad Rick won that one, but it would have been interesting to see more of Lori and Shane actually together. Banished from the group, but together. Their relationship was easily more compelling than Rick and Lori’s. Plus, they gave us Li’l Asskicker! We’ll keep her with us, though, thank you very much.

 5) Aaron and Eric

Though we didn’t see much of the couple during season six, these two are still alive and kicking as Alexandria’s oldest (?) most established (?) couple. The way they care for each other is so cute. Aaron risked life, limb and the wrath of Man Bush (™ Negan) Rick to run to Eric’s side when a flare went off and it seemed like Eric might be in danger. Eric risked life and limb to go out scouting with Aaron, even though he’s terrible at it, to make sure that Aaron didn’t go out alone. They invite strays like Daryl in for a spaghetti dinner. What’s not to love?

 4) Denise and Tara

Though we’ve technically known Tara longer, we feel like we know Denise better. We saw her face paralyzing anxiety when she was suddenly thrust into the role of Alexandria’s only doctor after Pete was executed by Rick (Pete, that’s what you get for grabbing katanas that don’t belong to you!) and she stepped up beautifully. She came out of her shell, saved lives, got brave enough to plant a kiss on Tara and got a girlfriend in return. We were so sad (and shocked) when an arrow through the eye cut her life short. Tara carried on for what seemed like an eternity not knowing about the loss of her love, only to find out from Eugene upon returning to Alexandria from her run. In true Tara fashion, she maintained her glass half full mentality.

 3) Sasha and Bob

Bob entered Sasha’s life, seemingly unphased by the slight inconvenience of the world’s end. Every time she brought up another one of the byproducts of the crumbling of life as they knew it, he presented a quick rebuttal – a silver lining. Though it was the silliest of games, it exemplified Bob’s charm and sunny disposition and it quickly rubbed off on Sasha. When Tyreese was reunited with his sister and the rest of the group after the prison fell, he immediately noticed the change in her. We got to see Sasha’s beautiful smile light up her face time and time again and we have Bob to thank for that.

 2) Glenn and Maggie

They started with Maggie declaring “I’ll have sex with you” while on a run with Glenn and only knowing him for two days. Who would have thought that hook-up would have led to the show’s most stable couple? We saw Glenn go from a boy to a man, from walker bait to a leader and it was all fueled by Maggie’s love for and belief in him. Maggie’s whole heart was in Glenn and we saw her press on, under impossible circumstances to find him; it’s almost as if they knew each other’s need for the other to be alive actually kept them alive. Also, let’s not forget the beautiful relationship Glenn formed with Maggie’s father, Hershel. Maggie gave him strength, but Glenn gave her tenderness. Our hearts were filled with hope when we found out the pair were expecting only to be shattered to bits as Glenn uttered his last words, “Maggie, I will find you” before dying at the hands of Negan. Even after Glenn’s untimely demise, Maggie has continued to draw strength and hope from him, showing us that love really can survive death.

 1) Rick and Michonne

Woo! Where to start with the best couple ever? We’ve been on the Richonne train since season three. How could we not? They drew us in with their intensity, first as people who were extremely distrustful of each other, then as allies and partners. By the time season four rolled around, Rick and Carl were literally running to Michonne when she returned with smiles on their faces, and we knew that we had to see them make it official. After the prison was lost, we saw them reunite and function as a family unit, a dynamic that is still there to this day. In season five, we witnessed a subtle shift as Michonne moved into the place of Rick’s right hand, edging out Daryl. In season six, after the zombies thankfully took care of basic Jessie and whatever mental breakdown Rick was projecting on her, our dreams were realized in a quiet moment on a couch. During the front half of season seven, we watched as our dynamic duo dealt with the aftermath of Negan’s reign of terror. Rick was resigned to the idea of settling for a life under Negan’s rule if it meant protecting those he loved. However, Michonne was ready to go into battle. We ended the midseason as Michonne reminded Rick of how far they’ve come saying, “We’re still here, the two of us. We’re still standing, and we’re gonna keep standing.” Rick has Michonne’s loyalty. Michonne has Rick’s deference. Both things they were missing in their earlier relationships. We can’t wait to see what this power couple will bring to the show now that they know they’re strengthened in each other’s love.

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