AMC’s hit adaptation of The Walking Dead differs in numerous ways from the source material, but perhaps most significantly in introduction of Daryl Dixon, the fan-favorite character played by Norman Reedus. “Fan-favorite” is a term frequently overused, but here it’s entirely appropriate, as Daryl devotees are legion, dedicated and, it turns out, fairly artistic.
And now Reedus is collecting more than 100 pieces of that fan work — drawings, sketches, tattoos, mosaics, etc. — in a book titled Thanks For All the Niceness, to be published Oct. 31 by his imprint Big Bald Book. A “significant portion” of the proceeds will be donated to The Bachmann Strauss Dystonia and Parkinson Foundation.
Described as the actor’s “way to show his gratitude” for his “insanely devoted fandom,” the collection was chosen from more than 3,000 submissions, in every imaginable medium, from around the globe. “I want to thank everyone who submitted artwork,” Reedus said in a statement. “Y’all inspire me and your artwork is AMAZING. It was incredibly difficult to choose the pieces that made it into this book from the thousands of submissions from around the world. I continue to be so inspired and touched by all of your awesome art and RAD badass talent.”
Available for preorder, Thanks For All the Niceness is the second release from Big Bald Book, following a collection of Reedus’ photography, The Sun’s Coming Up … Like a Big Bald Head.
AMC’s The Walking Dead returns Oct. 12.
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