Last week, second big-screen Incredible Hulk and uber-Radiohead fan Edward Norton announced a contest that would allow one lucky person (and their +1) to be his VIP guests at Radiohead’s July 26th show at Madison Square Garden. The actor just posted to Facebook a picture of himself, Thom Yorke, and the winner, and turns out she’s a badass animator for Cartoon Network!
Julia, said animator, and her animator boyfriend, Cory, won the whole shebang: round trip airfare to New York, two nights in a primo hotel, a pair of VIP tickets, and a signed, limited edition vinyl box set of the band’s stellar new record, A Moon Shaped Pool. Plus they got to hang with Norton “and Friends” and meet Radiohead backstage.
The two animators, as Stereogum reports, also got to reciprocate Radiohead for those gifts. Julia and her beau ended up showing guitarist Jonny Greenwood their sketchbooks, and he and Yorke liked them so much that they asked the couple to sketch a couple toons for their children. They elected to draw a pair of iconic cartoon duos: Spongebob + Patrick and Finn + Jake.
Edward Norton introduced us to Thom and Jonny on Tuesday. They were so nice to us, considering we were just fans who won the Radiohead lottery. We ended up showing our sketchbooks to Jonny, and both of them asked us if we could do drawings for their kids. (They were both very excited that Cory worked on Spongebob. Thom didn’t know Adventure Time by name, but as soon as he saw my drawing, he told us his daughter loves the show.) We were just glad we could do something for them in return for being so generous with their time and playing an amazing show. #ConservationInternational #Radiohead
“They were both very excited that Cory worked on Spongebob. Thom didn’t know Adventure Time by name, but as soon as he saw my drawing, he told us his daughter loves the show,” Julia said in an Instagram post. “We were just glad we could do something for them in return for being so generous with their time and playing an amazing show.”
The contest took place via the Norton-backed, donation-based crowdfunding site, Crowdrise, and it benefitted Conservation International, an organization “helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.” More than 5,000 people donated to try and win the tickets (that’s how sold out the show was—I know because, the minute the tickets went on sale, I was furiously refreshing three browsers to try and buy one and I failed), but, as Norton posted on Facebook, “The Karma Police made sure this went to a really deserving pair.”
What would you have offered the band if it had helped you win this contest? Let us know in the comments.
Image: Edward Norton’s Facebook