July 20, 2009

Guide to Zombies @ San Diego Comic-Con

The 2009 San Diego Comic-Con will soon be upon us! From July 23 to July 26, the world's biggest comic-con is returning to the San Diego Convention Center and is guaranteed to pack it full of hungry comics fans. This year, however, there are also a number of films, panels, and exclusives to satisfy the hunger of zombie fans! If you're heading out to the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) this year, print off this post and use it as your treasure map to zombie goodness!

ART

While I don't have the space here to showcase all the zombie-related artists and art at SDCC, make sure you look for the following project: theHorde

What is "theHorde"? According to Mark Slater, a local artist who contacted me, theHorde is a set of zombie magnets illustrated by Mark and produced with Dr. Bela SaVini at Blackforest Studios that will be available starting with an "outbreak" at the San Diego Comic-Con. They may look something like the image to the left.

So keep your eyes peeled. theHorde may be out there!

Mark Slater is also an artist for the upcoming Headshot!, an adult zombie colouring book (see previews at his blog HERE)


FILMS and FILM EVENTS

SDCC is a great place to get sneak peeks at new films, watch independent films, and participate in film events. This year, there a number big-studio and independent zombie flicks to scope out as well as a zombie walk!

Thursday, July 23: Lifeless Screening (Room 26AB @ 12:40-1:25pm)
  • A global pandemic has decimated the population and left the cities deserted. When a handful of survivors find themselves stranded in the aftermath, with the dead returning to life, they must rely on each other to endure in a world overrun by zombies. Co-director and writer David Sasich and co-director Eli Sasich, filmmakers of the award-winning short film Dead West, will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the production of this independently shot television pilot.
Thursday, July 23: Alice Jacobs is Dead premiere (Room 26AB @ 1:45-2:20pm)
  • Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape from New York) and John La Zar (Beyond the Valley of the Dolls) star in this post-apocalyptic love story. Dr. Ben Jacobs helped mankind fight back against the Z-virus, which nearly destroyed civilization entirely. Now, in the aftermath of the crisis, he's trying to cure the last victims of the virus. But what will happen when he brings his work home? Panelists include writer/director Alex Horwitz and producers Jacob Robinson and Ariana Mufson.
Thursday, July 23: San Diego ZOMBIE WALK (Downtown San Diego @ 7:30pm)
  • It's the third annual San Diego Zombie Walk, this year sponsored by the upcoming film Zombieland. Get zombified and meet at the NW corner of 4th & Broadway (look for palm trees)

    Before the walk, visit the Sony Pictures Entertainment Booth (#4313) at SDCC for a FREE ZOMBIE MAKEUP SESSION by pro artists available Thursday, July 23rd, beginning at 10:00 AM. There will also be FREE ZOMBIELAND GIFTS for the first 150 zombies to arrive for the walk. For more information and maps, check out the website: http://www.sdzombiewalk.com

Saturday, July 25:
Sony's ZOMBIELAND preview (Hall H @2:45-3:45pm)
  • Zombieland —What if the Zombies won? Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other. Also starring Emma Stone and Abigal Breslin as two sisters who seem to constantly cause even more trouble for our erstwhile heroes. Appearing on stage: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and director Ruben Fleischer.
PANELS

Saturday, July 25: "Monster Mash" (Room 2 @3:00-4:00pm)
  • Because vampires shouldn't get all the attention, panelists Amber Benson (Death's Daughter), Alice Henderson (Voracious), Walter Greatshell (Xombies: Apocalypse Blues), S. G. Browne (Breathers: A Zombie's Lament), Marlene Perez (Dead Is So Last Year), Rob Thurman (The Cal Leandros Novels), and Samantha Sommersby (Forbidden: The Temptation) discuss their use of other monsters in their works, drawn from myth and their own imaginations.
Saturday, July 25: Arthur Suydam "How-To" Session (Room 18 @4:00-5:00pm)
  • Award-winning artist Arthur Suydam's meteoric rise to superstardom for his work for the smash hit series Marvel Zombies broke records, immediately placing the artist in the category of comic legends. In 2007 and 2008 Suydam's art graced the covers of Marvel Zombies Dead Days, Marvel Zombies #2 and #3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, The Incredible Herc, X-men, Ghost Rider, Thor, Spider-Girl, and more. Arthur's session will cover how to break down an image for painting, the thumbnail process, and painting for comic books.
EXCLUSIVES

SDCC is also a place for fans to get EXCLUSIVE toys and comics only available during convention time. Although there will be many vendors selling zombie comics and toys, these are the official SDCC exclusives

Avatar Press
  • Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks Art Print #1 (Production Run: 250): $10.00
    Share Max Brooks' next zombie book is almost out and to celebrate we are releasing very limited run exclusive art prints! This print features an arctic zombie! Max will be at the Avatar books booth all convention and he will be happy to autograph! All prints come with a rigid protective case.
  • Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks Art Print #2 (Production Run: 250): $10.00
    Share Max Brooks' next zombie book is almost out and to celebrate we are releasing very limited run exclusive art prints! This print features a zombie meeting his final fate! Max will be at the Avatar books booth all convention and he will be happy to autograph! All prints come with a rigid protective case.
Sideshow Collectibles
  • Mort Vinyl Figure – Black and White Version - THE DEAD
    A young zombie without a care in the world, Mort’s fumbling attacks go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle world of the Living. Remember to always BE READY, for one never knows whom Mort will main next. Priced at $54.99, Pre-Orders for the limited edition exclusive Mort Vinyl Figure – Black and White Version can be made at SideshowCollectibles.com and will be available in the Sideshow booth (#1929) for pick-up at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con!
  • Subject 16566: Butcher - THE DEAD
    Pre-Orders for the limited edition exclusive Subject 16566: Butcher THE DEAD 12-inch Figure can be made at SideshowCollectibles.com and will be available in the Sideshow booth (#1929) for pick-up at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con!
For a run-down of some of the other non-exclusive zombie toys available at SDCC this year, check out ZOMBIES AND TOYS for their post about SDCC!