Alibi's Second Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest
By Steven Robert Allen
Kevin Burgess and Drew Coduti’s nail through a heart
Yes, as you might expect, lots of Alibi readers are cynics with icy hearts. (Actually, that description applies to most of the Alibi staff as well.) Even the iciest heart, though, would melt in the blazing oven of love that was our Second Annual Valentine's Day Card Contest.
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Thanks to Food Editor Gwyneth Doland and Calendar Editor Laura Marrich for bringing some feminine insight to the judging process. Thanks also to all of you who entered. Just because you didn't win doesn't mean we don't love you.
P. Tucson’s fab masterwork gets first place.
Like one of those ceramic figurines dotting Grandma's mantel, P. Tuscon's entry is so cute it's almost creepy. His card is a Hummel-meets-Hallmark masterpiece of ribbons, lace and cute baby angels with dewy eyes and rosy cheeks. We can't imagine how long it must have taken Tuscon to assemble this multi-textural melange of glittery, fuzzy and metallic objects, layered onto different backgrounds. He must have worn his Exacto blade dull preparing all the intricate cut-outs of hearts and flowers that make this far-from-ordinary card look like a treasure from the Precious Moments museum. Antoniette A. is one lucky lady! Tucson will receive a special basket of love from Martha's Body Bueno along with two tickets to the Guild, a $10 gift certificate to Buffett's Candies and an Alibi T-shirt. (GD)
Inside P. Tucson’s card
No bows, no lace, no cherubic grin. Instead a warped, shit-brown heart puckers up around a pitted, rusty nail. Cupid is pissed ... and we like it! Big chocolate kisses to Kevin and Drew for reminding us that love comes in many flavors, and they don't all necessarily obey the laws of syntax. "Love Aint Always Pretty" also scored them an hour massage with John Wolfe at Knot Works, two tickets to the Guild flick of their choice, $10 in goodies from Buffett's Candies and a fabulous Alibi T-shirt. Yeah, love hurts. It hurts soooo good. (LM)
Christopher Knerr’s freaky Valentine story
Christopher Knerr's immaculately illustrated card reads like a three-page graphic novel. We're not quite sure we follow the story line, but we're intrigued nonetheless. For his graphic brilliance, Knerr will receive a gift certificate for two to the Gruet Steakhouse, two tickets to the Guild Cinema, a $10 gift certificate to Buffett's Candies and one of those mythical Alibi T-shirts everyone seems to be talking about. Nice work! (SRA)