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From press release:
Seattle ZombCon Zombie Convention
October 21-23, 2011
Seatac Hilton | 305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 684-7200
More info: www.zombcon.com
Hollywood’s Biggest Shows Infect Seattle This October at ZomBcon 2011
TV’s Popular, True Blood and The Walking Dead, stars named among special guests at this year’s largest horror fan convention on October 21-23 2011, at the Seatac Hilton
This year’s three-day zombie fan culture event, dubbed ZomBcon (pronounced zombie-con), will make its return this October, at the Seatac Hilton Convention Center.
ZomBcon International arose from the flash mob popularity of Seattle’s annual Red, White and Dead Zombie Walk, that recently made waves for returning the Guinness World Record for staging the “Largest Zombie Walk” ever recorded back to Seattle for the third consecutive year.
The Red, White and Dead Zombie Walk confirmed over 4,522 in attendance, on July 3rd reclaiming the title briefly held by Ashbury Park Zombie Walk.
This year’s big event features some of television’s hottest stars to come to town, including The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal and True Blood’s Sam Trammell and Natasha Alam.
Horror legends Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Judith O’Dea and legendary horror make-up/sfx artist, Tom Savini top the list of featured guests. ZomBcon aims to build on the city’s growing notoriety as the epicenter of zombie fan culture and cement Seattle as the “Zombie Capital of the World.”
ZomBcon founder and Artistic Director Ryan Reiter says, “ZomBcon bites into the neck of the pop culture to bring fans the greatest experience, by exploring the connection behind the horror culture, and celebrating one of the biggest horror icons, The Zombie.”
By design, it continues to be a fresh break from the traditional convention experience while keeping the celebrity appearances, workshops and premier events fans have grown to expect and love at most conventions. Last year’s festivities were highlighted by the fan boy, EVIL DEAD WEDDING with a freshly ordained, movie star Bruce Campbell and original cast at the EMP Museum for this historical moment in movie history. Highlights included a Red Carpet Gala celebrating the 25TH anniversary screening of Romero’s classic film, DAY OF THE DEAD. The meeting of Hollywood glitz and glamour with zombie culture will precede the inaugural presentation to George A. Romero of the Golden George Award on Saturday, October 30th.
This year’s Golden George Award celebrates and honors Tom Savini, a true visionary and legend within the horror and genre films, as well as “significant contributions to zombie culture.” Cast members from Romero’s DAY OF THE DEAD will be in attendance featuring Lori Cardille, John Amplas, and Jarlath Conroy in honor of the celebration.
Additional highlights include innovative filmmaker, author, and zombie culture panels featuring international cosplayer LINDA LE (Vampy Bit Me), Jonathan Maberry (Zombie CSI), and Roger Ma (The Zombie Combat Manual).
The panel series will include lectures (co-presented by Zombie Research Society) by the country’s top scholars on the subject. Guests include Harvard Medical School’s, Dr. Steven Schlozman and Bradley Voytek, Neuroscientist from UC Berkley, to discuss topics ranging from brain deficiency, infection, anatomy to outbreak protocol and a political debate based on the prospects of a zombie apocalypse.
The weekend will feature a series of screenings of iconic zombie films that are free to pass holders. Deemed “Films That Ate Our Brains”, films screened will include: George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and DAY OF THE DEAD, Lucio Fulci’s ZOMBIE, Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS.
The Complete ZomBcon convention information can be found at www.zombcon.com. Check weekly for news, guests and events added to the schedule. Look for ZomBcon on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute announcements and more.
Special guests include:
Filmmakers and Actors
Tom Savini, (Actor, Special F/X Artist, Machete, From Dusk Til Dawn, Romero’s Dead Trilogy)
Sam Trammell, (Sam Merlotte – HBO’s True Blood)
Norman Reedus (Actor, Walking Dead, Boondock Saints)
Jon Bernthal (Actor, The Walking Dead)
Sid Haig (Actor, Capt. Spaulding – The Devil’s Rejects)
Bill Moseley (Actor, House of 100 Corpses, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Army of Darkness)
Judith O’Dea (Actress, Night of the Living Dead)
Vampy Bit Me aka Linda Le(Cosplayer, Vamp
Ian McCulloch (Actor – ZOMBIE, Zombie Holocaust)
Natasha Alam (Actress – True Blood)
Jarlath Conroy (Actor, Day of the Dead)
Eugene Clark (Actor, Land of the Dead)
John Amplas (Actor, Martin, Creepshow, Day of the Dead)
Lori Cardille (Actor, Day of the Dead)
Antone Dileo (Actor, Day of the Dead
Writers & Authors
Isaac Marion, (Author, Warm Bodies)
Jonathan Maberry (Author, Zombie CSI, Rot and Ruin)
Jovanka Vukovic (Author, ZOMBIES: An Illustrated history of the Dead
Roger Ma (Author, Zombie Combat Manual)
Chris Alexander (Editor in Chief, Fangoria)
John Skipp (Author, Zombies)
Matt Busch (Artist, Hollywood is Dead)
Scott Browne (Author, Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament)
Stephen L. Frank (Author, Zombie Vs. Cheerleaders)
Scott Kenemore (Author, Zen of Zombie)
Mark Rahner (Authors, Rotten)
Jeff Kinley, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook
Don Roff (Author, Zombies: The Record of the Year of the Infection)
Stephen Romano, Artist (Shock Festival)
Michael P. Spradlin (Author, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Zombies)
Daniel Drezner, Ph.D. – Temple University
Steven Schlozman, M.D. – Harvard
Brad Voytek, Ph.D. – UC Berkely
Michael Taillard, PhD MBA