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A day at Wizard World Comic Con Raleigh

blog, Zombie Art, Zombie Things to do By March 18, 2015 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

We were a little ways south in Savannah, Georgia when we heard about the Wizard World Comic Con in Raleigh. Neither of us had been to one, despite living in Portland, Oregon for years, and on the road ,we always manage to miss them or be on the opposite side of the country. I’d been to an Anime Con before, with the featured band’s entourage, and I hoped for something a little bigger, better, and less filled with teens. I was not disappointed.

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Tour The Zombie Manor of Death

Zombie Things to do By July 16, 2014 No Comments

Sure, you could just walk right into a zombie infested building… if you were a silly, careless person, but the best way to tour a manor infested with the undead is to visit the Zombie Manor of Death using Google Maps Interiors feature.

This particular Zombie Manor is an 18th Century English country house that is now haunted by the living dead. At weekends teams of zombie hunters pay good money to risk life and limb by taking on the zombies in the Zombie Manor. Yet another genius idea give to us by the British! (yes.. I may be an anglophile).

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Fantasy Fest Masquerade March – Anything Goes!

Zombie Things to do, Zombie Walks By October 6, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Revelers dressed as leering evildoers, stalwart action heroes and other captivating characters are to parade through Key West’s historic Old Town Friday, Oct. 25, during the anything-goes Fantasy Fest Masquerade March.

The march is a highlight of the annual pre-Halloween festival scheduled Oct. 18-27. Themed “Super Heroes, Villains… & Beyond,” Fantasy Fest features more than 40 colorful events for masked and costumed partiers.

The masquerade march typically draws spirited bands and merrymakers wearing everything from feathered masks and dazzling costumes to finery inspired by the annual festival theme.

Free to enter and watch, the 2013 promenade is to start at 5 p.m. at the Key West Cemetery’s Frances Street entrance. Participants are to proceed along two routes, stopping for libations at bed-and-breakfast inns along the way.

festSpectators typically line the streets of Key West’s historic district, applauding and sometimes joining in, before the march reaches its end at the Fantasy Fest Street Fair on mile-long Duval Street.

Past years’ participants have included wild-eyed zombies in tattered garb, a male quartet in matching Wonder Woman costumes and a group of “crab people” wearing little more than oversized orange “claws.”

The march is a prelude to the annual festival highlight, the Oct. 26 Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade through Key West’s downtown district. The glittering procession is to include dozens of elaborately decorated floats, costumed marching groups and high-energy island-style bands.

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who on Sept. 2 became the first person to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a shark cage, is to be the parade’s grand marshal.

Event information: www.fantasyfest.com
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest · twitter.com/thefloridakeys · youtube.com/FloridaKeysTV

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The Walking Dead “Zombiefied” – An Interactive Zombie Process

Zombie Entertainment, Zombie Things to do By October 4, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Everyone is almost literally peeing their pants with anticipation for the next season of The Walking Dead and there just is never enough stuff out there to get us through it alive. Fortunately for all of us I’ve been turned on to one of the most fun Walking Dead websites I’ve seen in a while, CableTV.com’s “Zombiefied”. 

Zombiefied is a fun yet educational way to learn about some of your favorite walkers and the process they went through to become the stuff of nightmares. If you’re into special effects, or for example watch the SyFy Channel show Face Off you will absolutely love this.

One of my favorite walkers detailed in Zombiefied, known as “Bicycle Girl” (aka the first walker Rick sees laying on the ground) is played by an actress I follow on facebook, Melissa Cowan. It was fascinating seeing the makeup process and hearing about the casting process, and clips like the following continue throughout the interactive experience.

 

Check out the whole interactive Zombiefied feature by visiting www.cabletv.com/the-walking-dead or clicking the image below!

The Walking Dead Zombified: A Behind the Scenes Look at a Day in the Life of the Dead
Click image to open the interactive version. Created by the team at the CableTV.com blog

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The Haunted Florida Keys Halloween Guide for 2013

Zombie Things to do By September 19, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Quirky and laidback year-round, the Haunted Florida Keys turn to mischievous mayhem on Halloween. Hauntings take place throughout the island chain from Key Largo all the way down to mile marker (MM) 0 in Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States.

Brave divers can earn prizes for creating the most horrific jack-o-lantern during the annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest set for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Hosted by Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort, MM 104.5 bayside in Key Largo, the contest is open to all certified scuba divers. Buddy teams each receive a hollowed-out pumpkin to turn into a scary creation. The fee is $85 per diver for the two-tank, two-location dive, and teams are encouraged to sign up early since space is limited. For details, visit www.amoray.com. or call 800-426-6729.

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Howl and squeal with gusto during the free, on- and off-the-water excitement of Haunted Robbie’s (MM 77.5) set for Thursday, Oct. 17. Islamorada’s family-friendly marina is to host a 5:30-7 p.m. spook-tacular show for costumed ghouls age 12 and under. Attractions include a kids’ corner, candy, fun, food and refreshments. Starting at 7 p.m. the excitement amps up for older spirits with harrowing canal rides, a scary maze haunted by ghostly pirates and denizens of neighboring Indian Key, food, wine tastings and more. Visit www.robbies.com or call 305-664-8070.

For Halloween happenings in the Middle Keys, venture into Crane Point’s Haunted Hammock, inhabited by ghosts, ghouls and pirates starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.The beautiful 63-acre Crane Point Hammock, located at MM 50.5 bayside in Marathon, turns into a spooky haunted habitat. Geared toward youngsters age 12 and under, the fright-filled fun is free to the public. Visit www.cranepoint.net or call 305-743-3900.

Also Oct. 31, costumed goblins and ghouls can trick or treat at Marathon’s outdoor Gulfside Village shopping plaza, 5800 Overseas Highway. The annual community Halloween party is open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m.with refreshments and treats for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy.

Robert-the-Haunted-Doll-from-KWAHS-PRDays and nights of ghoulish delight are planned for the annual Haunting of Fort Zachary Taylor, a Civil War-era fort beside Key West’s Atlantic Ocean shoreLive “shows” are set for Oct. 18-20, 24-25, 27 and 30-31, treating visitors to otherworldly celebrations not suitable for mere mortals. Attendees are encouraged to don devilish costumes Oct. 19 for the Vampires Ball beginning at 8 p.m., and tricks and treats for the little ones are planned for Kid’s Day, scheduled 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Ghost-seekers can access Fort Taylor and its surrounding state park from an entrance on Southard Street past Thomas Street. Kid’s Day entry is free with park admission. Admission to the haunting is $13 per adult, $10 for military personnel, $8 for kids and free for children under age 5. Hours are 8-11 p.m. (midnight on Halloween). Learn more at www.hauntedkeywestfort.com.

Revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egos Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, during Key West’s annual Fantasy Fest celebration. The 2013 festival includes 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic grand parade Saturday, Oct. 26. The traditional Children’s Day offers food, games, arts and crafts as well as a costume contest. The family fun takes place Sunday, Oct. 27, from noon to 5 p.m. in the island’s Bayview Park at Truman Avenue and Eisenhower Drive. For Fantasy Fest information, visit www.fantasyfest.com. For Children’s Day details, call 305-292-8912.

Florida Keys event calendar: www.fla-keys.com/calendarofevents/
Florida Keys visitor information: www.fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest · twitter.com/thefloridakeys · youtube.com/FloridaKeysTV

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Escape From Area Z! Interactive Zombie Apocalypse Fun

Zombie Things to do By July 25, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Production company “40-30 Productions” announced the launch of Area Z, a thrilling new adventure concept that will outbreak across the nation this summer, in multiple cities including New York, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

In Area Z, participants will find themselves in a post zombie apocalypse world, where they must train to survive against the walking dead. Participants will get to choose their own fate and revel in the thrill of the chase. This advanced Z-day training ground provides live-action adventure where participants can either choose to be one of the Living or a Zombie. The Living participants will have to run from and fight off the unending throngs of Zombies wandering through the fields and woodstrying to “infect” them.

The Living can work individually or in a group to secure as many flags from the Zombies as possible. The main objective for those choosing to be Zombie participants is to chase, catch, infect and scare as many of the Living as possible and “infect” them by also taking as many flags as they can. Area Z welcomes zombie enthusiasts, groups of families, friends, bachelor parties, bachelorettes, team building events and more. For more information and the full schedule of Area Z events, please visit www.escape-area-z.com.

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In Area Z, You can be anybody!

Unleash your inner zombie!

Are you a slow, stumbling Walker?  A voracious Crawler?  A shadow-lurking Ambusher?  An agile, fast-sprinting Chaser?  Whether you prefer to hunt alone or work with your fellow undead to isolate, corral and overrun The Living, the hordes of soulless corpses at Area Z welcome zombies of all abilities and levels of fitness (as long as you were 16 years or older at the time of your  demise).

Being a zombie in Area Z is an experience of a lifetime and a role you can really sink your teeth into.

Be a Survivor and Zombie Slayer or be Hunted and be Lunch.

Which will you be?  Will you work as a unit?  Draw the zombies away?  Take down the hordes?  Sacrifice others? Come to the rescue of strangers or run for your life?

Your success in Area Z will depend on your choices, timing, speed, agility, approach and ability to play to your strengths in a competition that is as much mental as it is physical.

Be vigilant.  Humanity needs you.

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As one of The Living participants, you will run from and fight off the unending throngs of Zombies that are relentlessly chasing you through the fields and woods.  To take down a Zombie you must grab ONE flag off of them.  This is also the only way to stop them from “infecting” you and to stay alive.  You will be doing this while also trying to reach the various “Dead Zones” throughout the area to build up your cache of supplies.  Your ultimate goal is to survive – and to survive with as many flags as possible.  The more flags and points you accumulate, the closer you get to safe haven and earning the ultimate status of Zombie Slayer.  Only time will tell if you have what it takes to star in the sequel, or if you’re just a simple snack for one of the ravenous undead!
As a Zombie roaming the fields, woods and dead zones of Area Z, your goal is to chase, catch, infect and scare the bejeezus out of as many of The Living as possible.  Steal their flags to “infect” the living while avoiding the loss of your own flags and being put down.  The more “lives” you take, the closer you creep to earning the ultimate zombie status of Horde Master.

 

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Zombies Eat Brains to Save Animals

Zombie Things to do By April 23, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

by Morgan Dowdy 

Screen shot 2013-04-19 at 6.46.30 PMNOLA Zombi, a local group dedicated to “all things zombie,” is inviting you to their joyful human outburst this Saturday, 20 April, with its first annual Spring Zombie Walk and Pub Crawl.

 

What exactly is a zombie walk? The latest flavor of mass performance art? Some enigmatic form of symbolic political protest? The spontaneous manifestation of an obscure nerd subculture? Or an irreverent grotesquery of the aforementioned?

 

Here we’ll reference the excellent 1977 LP Zombie by Nigerian Afro-beat musician Fela Kuti and his band Afrika 70. A derisive and infectious indictment of the Nigerian military employing from the zombie metaphor, the album was embraced with wild enthusiasm by the oppressed and downtrodden people of the country, who would taunt soldiers in the streets with blank stares, stilted limbs, and cries of “zombie! zombie!”

 

Zombie! The irrational and joyful human outburst in the face of rationalized oppression, suffering, and misery on any scale, from brutal state violence to the inhumane treatment of animals.

 

Certainly the organizers of the Zombie walk promise a self-justified night of play and revelry: “You and hundreds of your closest undead friends will amble, stagger, and shuffle from bar to bar, drinking well, having fun, and raising the dead along Magazine Street.” But a sobering mission underpins the event, which will benefit the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in both Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.

 

These nonprofit organizations are dedicated to advancing the welfare of animals through adoption programs, spaying and neutering, and humane education, among other essential services. Notably, the Louisiana SPCA acted swiftly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to save the lives of thousands of abandoned and stray animals, despite losing their longtime shelter on Japonica Street to floodwaters. The organization successfully lobbied the state legislature for a “pet evacuation bill” in 2006, and opened a new shelter on Mardi Gras Boulevard in 2007.

 

The first zombie walk took place at the gaming convention Gen Con in 2000. Since then, zombie-themed walks, pub crawls, and groups have popped up all over the world in a variety of functions, such as hunger marches, performance art, flash mobs, and straightforward gatherings of horror movie fans. Walks often take on an overtly political role, such as those that occurred nationwide in conjunction with the Occupy Wall Street park occupations of 2011.

 

In a New Orleans context, the emergent international interest in all things zombie carries particular historical resonance. The idea of the zombie as a resurrected, animated corpse originates from West African Vodou tradition, which was transplanted to New Orleans during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Legendary New Orleans voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau kept a pet snake named Li Grande Zombi in honor of an African snake deity, from which NOLA Zombi derives its unusual spelling.

 

The Spring Zombie Walk and Pub Crawl, organized by NOLA Zombi in benefit of the SPCA, kicks off at Balcony Bar, located at 1104 Harmony Street, where would-be zombies can register between 4:00 PM and 5:30 PM to receive wristbands for drink specials at each bar on the route, including Rendezvous Tavern, Parasol’s Bar & Grill, Tracey’s Pub, and the Half Moon Bar & Restaurant, which will host the Apocalypse After Party at 8:00 PM. Participants who make it to the after party will have the chance to compete for prizes in a costume contest and peruse the SPCA information table, while getting to know their fellow undead denizens over discounted drinks.

Via Nola Defender

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Zombie Outbreak Interactive Theater Experience in New Zealand

Zombie Things to do By April 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

A zombie outbreak will hit Aotea Square in New Zealand this coming Friday, making it the first one I’ve caught wind of aside from a few failed funding attempts in the US. It sounds like an awesome idea that I would definitely pay money for!
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A purpose-built fenced-off military zone will act as the final outpost in an interactive theatre experience which is performed in real time as audiences are told a deadly virus has devastated New Zealand.

Apocalypse Z will see a crowd of “survivors” band together with a skeleton crew of soldiers in the hopes of surviving against those infected with the “Z” virus.

From the moment audiences arrive they will be instantly thrust into the role of survivors.

Creative producer Charlie McDermott says the show will be a completely new experience for Auckland audiences.

“We will ask them to accept challenges that will affect the outcome of the show and to make life and death choices,” he says.

“We want to seriously unsettle the audience and give them something totally different to the conventional theatrical experience.”

The team behind the show is hoping to attract young people, especially young men, to the theatre with the innovative approach.

Anyone else know of such a place in other countries?

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