A kind of Zombimania had taken hold at WonderCon 2010. Well, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the place was totally packed with shuffling hordes of true zombies crashing after their umpteenth cup of caffeine. According to the WonderCon staff I talked to—in the hospitality suite at the Marriott where fans were resting up and chowing down (not on brains, no) before the masquerade ball or the zombie prom—attendance was way up this year. I think it was projected at around 32,000. I must have personally counted around 42,000, all of them moving at a snail’s pace in front of me (wherever I turned) or standing in the long queue for the latest Dr. Who premiere … and who wouldn’t?
Oh, did I mention zombies? Yes, lots of those. After I sipped some of the new True Blood beverage (bright red and don’t ASK me what’s in it, but I’m sure it’s nothing as benign as blood) as little pick-me-up, I went off in search of more zombies and I want to report numerous zombie, near zombie, undead and practically dead sightings. If you are into this kind of thing, and I HOPE you are, this is the place to find it. I made lots of new friends and virtually no enemies as I wasn’t about to insult anyone’s costume, get into a shoving match over who got to talk to Nicholas Cage or see Dr. Who, or anything like that. No not me, I was happy to ogle the amazing zombie art, chat with the “brains” behind undead-inspired literature and product, sit in and listen to gore generating panels and crawl through the exhibition hall with the rest of the mob. Truly the perfect scene for all things weird and wonderful, all creatures ghastly and grim. And I aim to share my zombie sitings. You betcha. Stayed tuned.
You can also find my WonderCon 20101 posts on Zombie Hoard, a great place to look for zombies.
—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice
Image courtesy of Mark Tavares and Brett Dewey of Humerus.