UPDATE: Less than a week after his initial tweet for fan art, Norman updated to say thousands of submissions had come in. He also added an deadline: "I've been told May 13th is a good deadline for fan art to be sent in firstname.lastname@example.org."
Norman doesn’t just get fan letters — or breast implants — he gets amazing artwork from creative viewers. Norman regularly tweets or Instagrams photos of the fan art — usually including the artist’s name, as in this example — but he recently tweeted a plan to take it to the next level.
On April 23, Norman wrote, "love you guys. I’ve decided to make a book of the artwork you’ve made me over the yrs. and new stuff! with your permission of course.x ... please send artwork to Bigbaldbook1@gmail.com (rachel helping me) lets make a fan art book . heck yeah . love you guys. gonna be cool!!"
He also linked to a sketch, presumably done by a fan, adding, "I'm doing a book of u guys artwork. Please send artwork to email@example.com (Rachel is helping me). Let's do this. And thank you guys for all the cool art. Love u guys."
Norman recently published a photography book of his own, but this would include the work of fans. It sounds like things are still in the early stages, and it’s not clear when/how it will be released, or if it will be for sale, given to contributing fans, etc. If there are proceeds, maybe they’ll go to charity — or Norman could use the funds to throw a huge party for fans, since this will be both for him and from them.
What do you think of the fan book idea? Are you going to contribute a piece, and become a real published artist? If so, what’s your artistic inspiration — Norman himself, or maybe Daryl in a TWD scene?
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.