Bkd Reader

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  1. A Requiem for Thirdgreenham’s Grading Contest (sung to the tune of Snot feat Corey Taylor’s Requiem – I was going to link to the song but was unable to find a radio safe version, sorry, needless to say there are plenty of not radio safe versions on YouTube if you would like to sing along – Also, Long Live CMFT) We were ready for anything Everyone knows some pain I see loss every time someone says Thirdgreenham When you know the contest is hard And all the boards begin to care Who the best graders are I bonded and had fun and it was everything But it had to go away, feels like yesterday Loss of fun in a certainly hard time The pain, the loss, it’s unreal So, I know you all understand When I say it’s gone or it’s left Without the contest, what fresh heck is this It is not gone Memories inside of us It is not gone The grading is within us It is not gone Thirdgreenham’s light is in us Now it’s time to mourn the loss my friend And through this song The Grading Contest memories won’t end We will see that The legacy lives on without you Until the day you left us Without the contest, what fresh heck is this It is not gone Memories inside of us It is not gone The grading is within us It is not gone Thirdgreenham’s light is in us Why’d you have to go? I need another chance But the contest is gone and hope’s gone with it Death of hope without you in it It is not gone Memories inside of us It is not gone The grading is within us It is not gone Thirdgreenham’s light is in us A spark from grading, forever glowing brightest Cannot last But to say ‘please grade me’ is To wipe the tear away fast I hold up my prizes and cherish The guesses that I had Since it is gone I’m missing each second Wishing for it Back! It was the Thirdgreenham grading contest that got me hooked on boards to begin with (before that, I just lurked here and there but mostly just checked the CGC return time thread) and was, without hyperbole, the most fun I had online in years (since matched by the Secret Santa / Raffle event each year on the boards, but never topped). These boards are really my only form of social media and the contest was the first thing to really force me to involve myself instead of just lurking. I still have the prizes I won in each contest (as well as all my SS and Raffle gifts). The first prize I ever won, or item I ever received, on these boards was the prize I won from Kav in the grading contest (Adventure Comics 271). He also included a small doodle on the package he sent me (pic below), which I have in a place of honor on my bookshelf. Everyone was so kind and I remember thinking that these boards were just an amazing place. (By the time a few more months of lurking had passed, I realized that it was certain things that brought out the best in the boards, but also things that brought out the not so great, which just made the contest all that more special). So a huge thank you, to @thirdgreenham to @sckao to @kav and to everyone else who made it such a fun and uplifting experience each year. I miss it, especially now.
  2. I so rarely get to post here as most of my submissions can't compare to the gorgeous comics everyone else posts, but I was happy with my recent submissions, including the book I submitted for the CGC Claremont signing.
  3. I had a blast participating. It was a unique idea for a contest and it was nice to be creative for a bit. Thank you so much for putting this together and congrats on the registry win!
  4. An Ode There was a nerdy child, long ago Bullied and beaten, as these things go Books and comics became sanctuary To this child as he did grow Through maturity the fascination stayed Escapism from the world decayed One room now a wall to wall library Best known as the reality blockade Then one day, a new site was found The CGC Boards, where nerds abound Where the best can be legendary With comics that leave you spellbound From then on, a slab convert was born Though he quickly began to mourn So many raws but ‘Cases are Necessary!’ But how to pay became a thorn Until the amazing contest of Electricprune Who most kindly decided to share his boon For proving his ToD set had no contemporary A hero, he offered up 3 slabbings, submitted soon So, allow me to dedicate this ode to you To sing praise of your feat… and as my entrance, too Everyone, raise a glass and cheer, as is customary We will sing your ballads long after your reign is through!
  5. 2 Modern Magazines - not FT - Delivered to CGC - 5/9 Received by CGC - 5/11 SFG (and clickable) - 5/13 Charged by CGC - 6/2 Grading/QC - 6/2 Shipped/Imaged - 6/3 5 Modern Comics w/ CCS - not FT Delivered to CGC - 5/9 Received by CGC - 5/11 Charged by CCS - 6/12
  6. So, a late winner will wrap the contest. Question 3 has been answered by @Max Carnage. The answer I was looking for was an owl, both a typical Druid's familiar in D&D and who appeared in the 1928 short story book The House at Pooh Corner. Two, now very famous, characters debuted in that book, Owl and Tigger. A tiger would not usually be a low-level Druid familiar, but I know several DM's who either have or would allow it (usually it is conditional on a good backstory), so either answer was acceptable. All questions have now been answered. Thanks to all!
  7. And we have a winner for Question 9, @Crops068 checking in at 10:11PM ET. The actor in question was Sir John Hurt who played the War Doctor on Doctor Who, was in V for Vendetta created by Moore, was in both Merlin and the original LOTR cartoon from 1978, and was Mr. Olivander in Harry Potter. He gets around and definitely deserved the knighthood.
  8. Teachers Rock! My GF and many of my close friends are teachers. Thank you for educating the youth! It's great that you get positive reactions from them when you sport the nerd stuff.
  9. Wow, thank you for sharing those! That's a wonderfully impressive lineup of collectables. I can't believe you scored a Gil Kane signature like you did, incredible. The Blade Runner book is classic, I have a copy hanging around somewhere. I am also jealous of your tie clip, that's some high class nerd-ism.
  10. Well, that’s all folks! Thanks for playing or lurking along! I will leave this thread open a while longer; Question #3 still needs a winner. I hope this thread taught you some random trivia you may not have known, maybe you learned of a movie/show/actor/comic to check out, or, at the very least, briefly distracted you from the real world. I know it mostly looks like I was talking to myself but I did get the chance to chat with a few folks over PM. Considering I rarely reach out to chat with folks here, it was nice to get the opportunity to speak with everyone who played along. I learned new things from your answers, right or wrong (including a few that sent me down some very interesting rabbit holes), so thank you for that! On that last note, everyone, please wear masks in public, wash your hands really well, social distance, and most of all be safe and ‘DON’T PANIC’ (sorry, had to throw one last Douglas Adams reference in there.)
  11. Thanks! Yeah, a fellow boardie hooked me up with that Superman issue, I love it. The watch was a gift from my GF, herself a big Who fan. And as for V, I was hooked the first time I read it, started picking up everything from Moore that I could get my hands on. The comic itself was a gift from a close friend. I am so very glad you had an enjoyable time. Thank you for playing along!
  12. And now for my 7 items: 1) Flash on Superman cover - 2- A Dalek figure (both mutant and alien - though not a cat) 3- Tardis Watch (I'm a bit into Doctor Who, can you tell?) - 4- My anarchy masks - 5- Lev Grossman's The Magicians (I highly recommend checking it out) - 6- The Giant Sized X-Men picture hanging in my nerd room (Wish I had a real GSXM, someday...) - 7 - My first graded comic and one of my all time favorite stories by an all time great writer, V for Vendetta CGC 9.6 -
  13. @comics4all clocks in a very close second place at 8:50PM ET. His items: 1: ASM issue with Captain America on the cover 2: Ashoka figure, is the alien. (Yup, alien) 3: Astroblast atari game (very cool, outer space themed, I miss atari.) 4: Spidey shirt (again, a nice looking shirt) 5: Kavalier & Klay (yup, definitely a fantasy novel) 6: Xmen picture off the wall (most assuredly hangs on the wall) 7: Star wars watch - (that's a bada$$ watch you have there, great choice for personal fave.) Don't worry @comics4all, you will still get hooked up with a prize, I'll hit you up on PM