Albuquerque-based redheaded graphic designer and illustrator, John Sumrow, likes donuts, zombies, bacon and gingers. Since this week’s major face-eating, bath salt-crazed zombie-related news left a bad taste in my mouth and I, too, am known to appreciate donuts and gingers, I felt duty-bound to share Sumrow’s latest creation: Mr. Jimmies, the Zombie Donut.
I asked Sumrow if this was a really niche collectible for folks who hate cops and love zombies, but he said on the contrary, cops love Mr. Jimmies too.
Mr. Jimmies started as an illustration with a backstory:
Mr. Jimmies was a mild mannered doughnut, just doing his regular shift at the greasy spoon diner. One fateful night a police officer staggers in… green, incoherent, mumbling. Before Jimmies could get out a concerned “May I help you Sir!?” … the officer CHOMPED! Reeling back, bloodied and in shock, Jimmies realized his fate was sealed. The officer was one of the newly turned “undead”…. To be continued…
As it turns out, Sumrow continued the story in 3D. Mr. Jimmies, the Zombie Donut is a limited edition, hand-painted, cast resin multiple from an original polymer clay sculpture. Firewheel Casting handled the resin, and Sumrow himself individually paints each 7-inch tall donut (including a total of 104 sprinkles per donut). The figures are signed and numbered on their bases. Check out the making of zombie donut here.
Sumrow initially crowdsourced his colorways, but ultimately decided on pink and green editions. The pink and green undead donuts are limited to batches of 25 signed and numbered donuts (plus 5 APs). After these 25 are sold, there will be no more signed and numbered zombie donuts. Sumrow writes ominously: “The mold and original sculpt will be destroyed”.
Get your green zombie donut for $125 here and your pink zombie donut for $125 here. Orders will be shipped out the first week of June because Sumrow has a ton of sprinkles to paint. Click through for some Instagram-enhanced donut-sculpting process-porn!