Last week, we covered our preparations for Wizard World in Philadelphia. Ceramic fingers and toes were fired in a kiln and decorated for display. A fresh batch of beer was brewed and set to ferment. Custom bookmarks and a banner arrived. We prepared and schemed, plotted and planned. Having attended prior conventions, I had a sense of what to expect. All comic book conventions share core characteristics: comic books (of course!), discussion panels, geek speed dating, plenty of people in costume, vendors, film screenings and late night parties. Sanj, on the other hand, dove in with both feet forward. This is his first convention and my first time running an artist table and we couldn’t be happier.
Most importantly, we connected with people directly at our table. Sure, not everyone likes the undead. It’s understandable. Not all breathers are willing to be a meal for ravenous zombies, but plenty of people took a risk and stopped at our table to talk to us. One even saw us featured in the Pottstown Mercury before the show. Having a table shows that we’re serious about our silliness.
Of course, there was plenty of networking. We made some contacts and connections with local film makers and bloggers. We’ve been graciously invited to be included in the film festival portion of the Trenton Arts All Night event next weekend June 16th and 17th. This is the first time our videos will be on the big screen and we’re as excited as a zombie in an orthopedic ward. If you are in the area and plan on attending you might see a small horde making their way through the crowd.
We’ve been struck with inspiration and plan on putting together a short 10-20 minute film we can submit to competitions. It’s in the early planning stages. We need to put together a script and plan a shoot sometime in the next three-to-six months. If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like to be involved let us know with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the time, we were stationed at our table. Thanks to our routine zombie victim, Bob, we were free at times to wander the show floor. We routinely kill off Bob in our productions. You can see him dismembered, mauled and disemboweled on our You Tube channel. Lucky for us, we left enough of him around to help out. On the show floor, we recorded quite a few people in costume reading a Dear Zombies letter for us on camera. If you’re not familiar with our Dear Zombies series, I encourage you to check out our You Tube channel. Dear Zombies is best described as Dear Abby meets the undead. People tell us their woes and we dispense indispensable advice as only zombies can. A few people were happy to record a letter at our table, but we found we could get more participation if we approached people rather than waiting for them to come to us.
We also met with a few surprises. Not far from our table was none other than Lloyd Kaufman. Troma had an exhibitor’s booth and there he was promoting their copious offerings. Having watched the Toxic Avenger back in the 80s and following Troma for decades, we were both in awe. Nonetheless, we worked up the courage to ask him to participate in a Dear Zombies filming and lo and behold, he did! We’re using it in our next release.
But that’s not all. We also got our photo taken with Norman Reedus. It turns out he thinks we’re not so bad after all and enjoys hanging with zombies off the set. The women from the original Evil Dead were also in attendance and we got them just as they were packing up on Sunday and managed to get a photo with them, too.
Our experience at the ComicCon was rounded out with a comic book rendering of our own images by Borden Marsinkul over at Hyperbooster. He was our table neighbor in Artist Alley and it was his first time at an East Coast con. We filmed his rendering of our zombie selves. That video is forthcoming.
This is our first convention appearance, but it won’t be our last. We also plan on having a table at Infect Scranton in September. We will be at large at the New York ComicCon in October as well. We hope to see all our friends again and eat… er… meet many more.