I was made aware by Diet Coke addict John Drake a few weeks prior to PAX that they were planning on doing a Gamebomb related prank at the Giant Bomb panel and maybe I could help out. That sounded like amazing fun so I whipped up this thing.
I sent the image to one Dave "Langzone" Lang and got this reply. It's in reverse order because that's how twitter DMs work. So, with literally less than two weeks left till PAX, Dave Lang decided to use an image to rush order shirts for his prank at the GB panel. Because he's THAT fucking crazy/awesome.
This is the first mock up we got from the printers. The shirts were designed to be placed on a red shirt because I think that's how communist Russia works but the printers informed us later on that they couldn't put it on RED because the colors weren't going into the fabric correctly. They were using a water based screening process rather than a plastic one and there's a whole nother story about the difference between the two. In any case, they ended up being printed on black for use at the panel. And boy... were they ever fucking used at that panel!
The shirts literally arrived the afternoon of the panel. The printing was cut THAT close >,< Lang used the site RealThread.com and they're located all the way across the country in freaking Florida. So. He rush ordered 100 shirts and had them express shipped all the way to Seattle... for a joke at a panel that's not even related to Iron Galaxy. He is THAT committed to putting on amazing jokes. The man is a fucking legend. Oh... and not to mention all the other madness those guys put together for this joke panel involving 1 good Russian accent, and about 4 bad ones from John Drake alone =P
So yea, he had a 100 shirts printed but you only see like 7 or so being worn... what happened to the rest? He just threw them into the audience =D
I've been to a few panels with shirts being handed out, but I've never seen people be this enthusiastic about free shirts. Of course, they were being handed out after an insane prank and also being distributed by a fucking bear but still, people looked hype to get these shirts =]
They are in three styles of shirt and in their original red glory =]
Yet another reason why PAX was super crazy cool this year~! I was bummed out that this panel wasn't being streamed live. I feel like the community reaction to the entire thing would've been absolutely nuts. Hopefully East... GLHF <>