Kotaku 'Shop Contest: Canine Countenances

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Alright, I'm back from vacation. I didn't say it was a vacation because when you publicly state you're out of town, people tend to come over and borrow things. Permanently. But thank you all for the impromptu 'Shops of my activities while I was away; it's always nice to be missed.


This may not be the best exploitable, but when I'm stuck for a starter image I've always found dogs and famous people to be accessible. So let's 'Shop to it.

Above is an image of a dog in the Ukraine that looks eerily like New York Times columnist Vladimir Putin. So this week's challenge is to either do something with this dog's face or do something with another dog's face so that it looks like someone/thing famous or recognizable. As for "another dog," consider Call of Duty Dog, and longtime favorite Asshole Dog from Duck Hunt to be A-list alternatives.

As we're all video game enthusiasts I expect that most of the shops will be game-themed, but the most important thing is they're funny, so if yours goes OT, I'm cool with it.

Source Image: Putin (l) and pooch (r).

Yes, most of you are smart enough to figure out how to upload images. For newcomers or the terminally unsure, here are some simple steps to take to get your 'Shop in the comments below.

1. Create your 'Shop and save it to your desktop.

2. Go to the bottom of this post and click "Discuss."

3. This brings up a comment window. Click the icon that looks like a picture.

4. This brings up another window called "Insert Image." Click "Choose file" if you're uploading your 'shop from your desktop

5. Alternatively, you can upload the 'Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image's URL into the field that says "Image URL." Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

6. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn't, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I promise I will look at it.

7. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some big-ass animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you're still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.

Alright! Have at it. Thanks very much for your participation.

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