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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



    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. :sorry::foryou:


  2.                 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!


  3. 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!

  4. 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.


    19 minutes ago, comicginger1789 said:

    I know it’s over but I wanna share my scavenger hunt pics!

    1. Spider-Man and Subby in a DD 


    2. How about mutants and Micronauts?


    3. This random old Star Wars figureimage.thumb.jpg.e2f56cbc6f2467a9f16f985c56cd9d71.jpg

    4. My Spider-Man tie clip of course!


    5. How about a copy of Blade Runner?


    6. How about my favourite poster?


    7. Favourite item? Well I love everything I own but my ASM 97 signed by Stan Lee and Gil Kane takes it for me. Fav character, great arc, two great people in the industry touched it? Love it.





    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.

  6. 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.)

  7. 1 minute ago, comics4all said:

    That Superman 199 is such an iconic cover! 

    very cool watch !!!

    GSX is one of my all time favorite books! 

    V for vendetta is a great series! pretty much anything alan moore is awesome! 

    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!

  8. And now for my 7 items:

    1)  Flash on Superman cover - 838306870_supermanonflash.thumb.jpg.83811344b849b00cde20bfcfe4a48347.jpg

    2- A Dalek figure (both mutant and alien - though not a cat)  20200419_165950.thumb.jpg.bb05f40f654a591ae2a820a92b0a4b57.jpg

    3- Tardis Watch (I'm a bit into Doctor Who, can you tell?) - 1581390185_spacethemed.thumb.jpg.865070dea612cef41a552fcab512036e.jpg

    4- My anarchy masks - 20200419_165240.thumb.jpg.d561f77652accf44d36bebdbaf9a1c50.jpg

    5- Lev Grossman's The Magicians (I highly recommend checking it out) - 20200419_165737.thumb.jpg.0c79e8ef80811c435e68676cf69b08b3.jpg

    6- The Giant Sized X-Men picture hanging in my nerd room (Wish I had a real GSXM, someday...) - 1267306466_Pictureonwall.thumb.jpg.aa8d6785180e76a99423fbe25fa0236b.jpg

    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 - 20200419_165557.thumb.jpg.d1f4490894b9db8d5c86fc2d57a12599.jpg


  9. @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

  10. Wow, that was fast. @ADAMANTIUM with the lightning quick response checks in at 8:46PM ET and he didn't even have to cheat! I won't post his pics (he is welcome to post them if he wants), but in order these were the images:

    1. Spiderman on an X-Men comic

    2 Wolverine comic (Mutant)

    3 star wars (DVD Set, outer space themed)

    4 punisher shirt (well worn, looks good).

    5 superman novel (absolutely fits as fantasy)

    6 joker canvas (This was really cool, and hanging on the wall)

    7 venom poster (Very nice favorite item)

  11. Question 10 – Scavenger hunt – Preferably these are all things you have around the house (this is an honor system type deal, please don’t abuse it.) You are allowed to scrub one image off the net for one and only one of the items, excluding #7. An item can be used for only 1 of the answers, so a Star Wars themed wall clock can go under #3 or #6, but not both. Please send me pics of: -- WON BY ADAMANTIUM

    1: A comic with a character on the cover who is not usually associated with that book (i.e. Thor on an Iron Man cover but not Batman/Robin/Joker on Detective Comics.)

    2: A nerd item involving a different species than human (i.e. mutants, aliens, a cat.)

    3: A nerd item involving outer space.

    4: Something you wear that is comic/nerd related (i.e. a shirt with Thanos, a wearable Hulk fist, a TMNT mask.)

    5: A sci-fi or fantasy novel.

    6: A nerd item that hangs on the wall.

    7: Your favorite nerd item (yes, this is completely subjective and I will accept just about anything that can rationally be described as ‘nerdy’.)

    Since this is the last question and it is a scavenger hunt, IF you would like, you are welcome to post the answers/pics in the thread instead of PMing me, earliest time still wins.

    Feel free to get creative. If we do get a winner and you still want to post your items/show off your nerd collection, go for it! Just for fun, I will also be posting my scavenger hunt responses.

    Prize: Before Watchmen: Comedian #1 signed by Brian Azzarello – CGC SS 9.0 (IP $40)


  12. Had a few good guesses at #9 but still awaiting an official winner (we had one unofficial winner, @comics4all, who may have rushed a bit and sent the wrong answer before immediately correcting himself and sending the right one at 4:49PM ET,  and even though he initially sent the incorrect answer, since he was the first to get the right answer and beat everyone else's time by over 3 hours and running, he will receive the IP $. -- if the winner is international, they can still claim the IP, too).

    With the penultimate question still going, the tenth and final question (a scavenger hunt) will be coming at 8:30PM ET. A slab is up for grabs.

  13. Question 9: This knighted actor has graced many a nerds’ screen, appearing in an Alan Moore adapted film, the Harry Potter series, BBC’s Doctor Who and Merlin, and The Lord of the Rings. Which character did the above referenced actor play on Doctor Who? (Prize: Dragon Writers fantasy anthology book, signed by Jace Killan) (IP: $15) (Won by Crops068)1443392874_DragonWriters.thumb.jpg.16c8e349cbfcd91f5521e9c46619a815.jpg

  14. Question 8: So, I was watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi recently and it brought to mind a random trivia nugget I learned at a trivia night a few years ago. How many times is the word ‘Ewok’ used in the original trilogy? (Prize: Westworld Superemo Friend figure) (IP $10) Won by Littledoom.westworld.thumb.jpg.15c34f04d7865163c30b5defdbb6f7f9.jpg

  15. And we have a quick winner, clocking in at 12:25PM ET, @comicginger1789. Congrats! The answer is the city of Ankh-Morpork on Discworld, which flies through space on the back of 4 elephants riding on a giant turtle. The books are by Terry Pratchett, a wonderful author who also wrote Good Omens with Neil Gaiman. The Discworld series has 41 novels (though I always wished for 42 just for the Douglas Adams parallels). If you ever have a chance (and that chance would probably be now given the current state of things), I highly recommending picking up one of his books. You will laugh, a lot.


    Question 7 coming around 8PM ET.

  16. Question 6: A popular fantasy writer, who was once interviewed by Neil Gaiman, created a book series with a new planet, and on this planet; there is a river so thick it can be slowly strolled across, an orangutan runs a library, and Death had an apprentice for a while. The author also uses a myriad of hilarious footnotes throughout his stories. In the books, what is the name of the city the above-mentioned river runs through? (Prize: The Dollhouse Family #1, and A Basketful of Heads #1, both are Joe Hill DC Black Label) (IP $8) - Won by Comicginger1789.