Three-hundred and sixty-five days of Photoshopped pain, all at once, all for you. Tasked with combining up to five (or more) of 2014's most popular 'Shop Contest subjects into one majestic gestalt, the final image manipulation battle of last year yielded spectacular results.
So spectacular that I slept on my decision rather than deliver it on Saturday evening. I hemmed and hawed over a batch of perspective winners. I loved sciteach's classical approach, evoking the glory days of the daily TAY post. And uscg_pa's 2014 funeral scene packed in so much love — he even included the embarrassing Easter Bunny contest, one of my early fumbles as I took over the role of weekend editor from the apparently late Owen Good (pretty sure he's still alive).
These were both winners. Ginger Snap's entry just wins a tiny bit more. It's mostly for the sexy Gabe Newell (I just typed sexy Gabe Newell), the reverse Final Fantasy VII in his glasses, and the holiday sweater just brings the whole room together.
While Ginger Snap walks away with the paper crown, know this — you folks are all winners. It's been a delight going through the entries almost every week and putting together the post that showcases all of your immense talent. No matter who ends up at the top of the article, this is for all of you.
sciteach — for teaching us classical art as well as sci. I guess classicalartteach is too long.
uscg_pa — for a year of excellent ideas, even if you killed Owen, you bastard.
arniejolt — for the most diabolical team of villains ever assembled.
codexcdm — for never shying away from transforming a massive shark into a cock being licked by a Pokemon.
uscg_pa — for always submitting multiple entries and me always picking just one to highlight due to an unwritten rule about multiple submissions.
Ihsus — for all the sons and/or daughters of Gaben.
Marusame — for daring to GIF it.
blazeeeee1 — for taking out the old and implying bringing in the new.
sillstaw — for saying goodbye to an old friend.
Ganonthegreat1 — for keeping hope (and Owen) alive.
shmuga9 — for Final Sharktasy.
spartanwarrior — for this week's dose of nightmares.
SubieRoo — for confusing me for several minutes.
Pottman — for utilizing the comedy gold that is The Last Supper.
And of course...
Ginger Snap — for the win!
Here's to another year filled with time!