Cheyenne Zombie Fest!
This past Saturday, I attended the Cheyenne Zombie Fest. I was there in the morning, afternoon, and evening. There was so much to do, and it was an awesome experience. It was a fundraiser for Cheyenne Little Theatre.org, which is a fantastic group of people putting on many wonderful performances throughout the year.
The events included a Zombie Walk, face painting, a brain eating contest, a Zombie Film Festival, raffles, a scavenger hunt, and a Zombie fashion show.
Book signings and seminars were conducted by Dr. Bob Curran, and multiple Bram Stoker award winner Jonathan Maberry. Mr. Mayberry and I had quite an interesting discussion about writing, Zombies, and movies. It appears we have a lot in common. He is quite the gentleman. Needless to say, I bought some books from both of these talented individuals.
There was also a huge number of comic book people there and comics were being sold. Yes, I bought some comics too. Among the talented artists and writers were Chad Blakely from Cheyenne, and Ron Fortier from Ft. Collins, Colorado. Mr. Fortier is a giant in the comic industry, having penned comics for the Green Hornet, The Terminator, Popeye, Captain Hazzard, and the Incredible Hulk. He has also written three novels with sci-fi author Ardath Mayhar, and written any number of short stories.
We had three great Heavy Metal bands playing in the evening, Arcanium being the show closer-boy, are they ever great! And there was even a Zombie Prom. Blaze even danced in the mosh pit. My friend Tim Marquitz would have been proud of me. I'm still catching my breath from that!
Anyone who thinks that Zombies are on the way out is wrong. Many of the people at the event were teens and twenty-somethings. They not only read the comics, graphic novels, and watch the movies, they buy and read Zombie books as well. So my author friends: don’t listen to the naysayers; zombies are in and will be for quite some time.
One other point I wish to make is that not only is there a demand for adult Zombie fare, there is a market for children's Zombie stories, YA, and under thirty folks. Mr. Maberry writes many tales for the younger generation. Take note.
There are many ideas spinning in my head after my discussions with the authors, the comic people, and the film industry. More on that later. Check out my picture above with my friend, Lori Sponhour Lewis. I actually have hair! I scared her husband in to taking the picture.