San Diego Comic-Con 2011 begins in less than a month, and if there’s one thing we can all be sure of, it’s that there will be zombies… and lots of them.
The zombie’s meteoric rise to fame and adoration in pop culture in recent years has led to the monster becoming a staple at comic book, pop culture, and nerd conventions around the world. SDCC11 is no different, and for those Denver zombiephiles lucky enough to make it to the annual convention, here’s what they can expect from the living dead:
The Walking Dead: Last year AMC’s The Walking Dead made its first Comic-Con appearance with an extended trailer for season one and a panel on the Little Zombie Show That Could. After a wildly successful first season, The Walking Dead will be returning to Comic-Con to host a panel, and series stars Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) and Laurie Holden (Andrea) are confirmed to attend (we’re assuming series creator Robert Kirkman will be there as well, just out of general principle).
San Diego Zombie Crawl: Every year during Comic-Con, the zombies of San Diego shamble together for their annual zombie crawl. While its numbers have yet to rival that of the 2010 Denver Zombie Crawl (7,300 zombies strong), it’s an amazing event, and no one throws themselves into cosplay –even as the undead– quite like Comic-Con attendees.
The History of the Modern Zombie panel: The Zombie Research Society is moderating a panel titled “The History of the Modern Zombie”, which will feature a who’s-who of prominent zombie experts, writers, and artists including Scott Kenemore (The Zen of Zombie), Max Brooks (World War Z), Dr. Steven Schlozman (The Zombie Autopsies), Dr. Bradley Voytek, and ZRS head Matt Mogk. Zombiephiles, if you attend no other event at Comic-Con, attend this panel.
The Eisner Awards: This year Vertigo’s new comic book series iZombie has been nominated for the Best New Series Eisner Award. The prestigious award recognizes excellence in the comic book medium across a range of categories. iZombie is the story of Gwen, a zombie who must eat human brains once a month in order to maintain a normal life, but with those brains come flashbacks from the deceased’s memories.
Bruce Campbell will not be appearing: This is more of a disappointment than something to look forward to. The master of the zombie B-movie has become a fan favorite at Comic-Con, where he has participated in panels on his current show, Burn Notice, for the last few years. There will be no Burn Notice-related events this year, and as far as we know, no Bruce Campbell.
Max Brooks on World War Z: Since Max Brooks will be joining the Zombie Research Society on their panel, rumors are flying about whether or not the World War Z author will make any significant announcements at Comic-Con about the film version of his best-selling zombie apocalypse novel. Last year Brooks confirmed that the film was in the early stages of production and that Brad Pitt is involved.
Steve Niles of Remains: Steve Niles, creator of the zombiepocalyptic comic book Remains and 30 Days of Night, has hinted that he might be making an appearance to promote his new comic book, Frankenstein Alive, Alive! based on Mary Shelley’s science fiction masterpiece (Is there any monster this guy hasn’t done?).
Resident Evil: The Resident Evil franchise has become a staple of the San Diego Comic-Con. Last year RE had a big presence due to the release of the new movie Resident Evil: Afterlife. At press time, there are no confirmed details on a Resident Evil event at Comic-Con 2011.
Stay informed, stay alive: San Diego Comic-Con 2011 will take place July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. The event is currently sold out, but keep your eye on the official Comic-Con Twitter feed for news on last-minute passes.
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