Zombie Preparedness

Getting ready to go to ZomBcon!!

Cannot wait to join the hordes of the undead here in Seattle. My wife and I will be attending Saturday and Sunday (we couldn’t get off of work for Friday… ah well) and we will be dressed for our own funerals and shambling about looking for “braaaaains” one of these two days. Probably Sunday.

I will be handing out fun little comic cards featuring this guy:

At least until a con representative tells me to stop.

Once again, I will be harboring a super-secret surprise that will be given to the first person (who I don’t already know) that approaches me and says, “Hey! I’ve heard of Jen Tidwell!”. There was no prize-winner at GeekGirlCon, so I’m hoping to divest myself of this awesome schwag at this con instead.

My interest and fandom of the Zombie genre is actually a fairly recent thing. Our best friends are zombie lovers and they got us into the world of staggering, undead, horror. Since then, and especially thanks to flicks like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland and TV series based on comics like The Walking Dead, the wife and I have dove into the fandom with abandom…er, don.

I have devoured books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, The Zombie Survival Guide, and World War Z much like a zombie devours flesh; and loved every second of it, much unlike a zombie which has no discernible emotions.

Lately, I’ve been catching up on my zombie canon such as the original Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Evil Dead (which counts!! You can successfully argue that the “deadites” are a type of zombie)and My Boyfriend’s Back (which a lot of zombie fans seem to skip over for some reason…).

I’ve decided that I am firmly on the side of the “slow, lumbering zombie” over the “fast, athletic zombie”. I think that monsters slowly creeping toward you, becoming increasingly dangerous as their numbers increase, is far more scary. A creeping terror is so much more effective than a jumping scare. Your adrenaline stays up longer when the danger is increasingly imminent. Your mind has more time to freak out as it fumbles over escape plans, or defense strategies.

I’m seriously excited for ZomBcon. It’ll mark my first attendance to a zombie-related event, and the first time I have ever dressed-up for a con. I wouldn’t call it “cosplaying” because neither my wife or I will be imitating an established character, but still, we’re dressing up. We’re not going for full gore, or using latex-appliances because, hey, we have to be in the make-up for up to 8 hours and comfort is a factor. We’re more going for a “freshly dead” look. Yes, pictures will be posted.

So excited!!

Yay! I mean… Braaaaaaaains!!

3 thoughts on “Zombie Preparedness

  1. If Evil Dead counts, then I’m scoring zombie points tonight….I’m going to see “Evil Dead: The Musical!” at ArtsWest tonight. If you have REAL zombie street cred….you’ll have to go see it 🙂

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