Well there was this back in 2011:
mesmark wrote: ↑
Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:50 pm
back in August I was working with some groups in Tokyo and arranged this for the Tokyo station terminal:
The girl also handed out some fliers from Aug. 28 - Sept. 17. They had a Japan special edition stencil on the back. It's awesome! I hope it shows up in the VIP patterns at least.
I sent the pictures to Ryan a few weeks ago, but I guess since he hasn't gotten that minion page quite together, he hasn't released these yet.
Although Ryan appreciates some good-old photoshop fun, that didn't seem to win me a minion patch.
In all honesty, I think I received my minion status based on a bunch of small things over the years.
I generally have a carving a party with as many people as I can find pumpkins for. I have ZP stencils out for them and mention ZP in my little info pack for guests.
the party post
I did do one official carving demonstration and Halloween booth at a craft fair back in 2015. There I had ZP stickers, stencils and info. But, no big crowds.
craft fair post
I have a website for ESL teachers around the world and I post a banner and link to ZP there:
It used to be more prominent, but I have added quite a few things to that page over the years and now it's a little buried in with all the other stuff.
I have been on the forums wearing Ryan down for years. And back in 2011, I joined in on the fun to improve the photo quality:
mesmark wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:59 am
Well, I did a couple more this evening. And since Nosferatu has thrown down the gauntlet
, I decided to work on my picture taking technique.
Here's the Cars 2 heros with their friends, set in a nice Halloween scene:
And then we thought ... that's lame
Here they are not backing down. With a big rig bearing down on them, our heroes just barely escaped.
That was a little close and so Mator needed to clean up a few skid marks:
Then it was off to Radiator Springs to take a picture on the new road!
Tired from all their travels, our heroes stopped off at the 7/11 for a little break before heading home.
I did my best to spread a little ZP joy with a secret mascot send-out back in 2015:
mesmark wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:11 am
I ran this all past Ryan back in early Aug. The mascots were finished at the end of Aug. and I had sat there wondering and wondering if was too early to send out the packages ... an early Halloween surprise is OK too, I guess
I'm glad the packages arrived and that you guys like the mascots. It was fun making all of those and fun to have them in the house for a while:
It's harder to make the smaller versions. With the foam, it much easier to make larger less detailed items. Anyway, please remember that they are meant to be viewed from a few feet away
I'm not sure when I'll make more, but someday ...
nosferatu wrote:... she went even more mental when I opened the box and I too had a ZP! Mascot plus other goodies. They, like me, were blown away by the generosity and soooooo excited about having Japanese sweets ...
Awesome! I was hoping your kids would like the treats.
ZP is an awesome community. It's always such a treat to share Halloween with all of you.
I have (unsuccessfully) attempted to win previous awards for dressing up to match the ZP stencils:
I think (hope) that some of my prop creation posts have brought in some traffic and awareness of ZP over the years. I have a blog with some of the same information on how I've made things. Those posts get quite a few hits in October and since they are just a repeat (summary) of what I post here, they should show up in search results for Ryan.
I'm the only minion to have designed an official, existing ZP forum emoticon
Lastly, I think I can say that I had some influence on the creation of a few ZP stencils over the years:
Maybe some other little stuff, here and there. Those are just some of the things that I can remember having fun with. So, in summary, I think I finally wore Ryan down and he decided to throw me a bone.