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Unexpected Zombie Behavior at ZombieCon 07

I generally go nutter-butter for zombie comics, movies, video games, and other media. Recent cases in point: Over the weekend, I gobbled up Max Brooks’ New York Times bestseller, World War Z. (Think along the lines of Tom Hanks documenting his interviews with veterans of WWII, but change WWII to a global war against zombies, and you get the gist of the book.) And yesterday, I involuntarily squealed when I found out the next issue of zombie-apocalypse comic Walking Dead is finally getting released this week.

Oh, also, I had a bit of fresh brains for lunch today. Call me crazy, but I like to garnish them with horseradish. I just like the extra kick.

There are those zombie enthusiasts out there, though, that make my passion for zombie-related goodness look like Britney Spears’ commitment to wearing underwear. That is to say, unimpressive.

On Saturday, about 200 costumed zombies gathered in midtown Manhattan to drink beers and to mob department stores and marquee-name boutiques. They were participating in ZombieCon ’07, or, “Any Excuse for a Bar-Crawl that Involves Harassing Bloomingdale’s Customers ’07.”

As evidenced by documented footage, there was plenty of behavior you’d expect from a crowd of zombies. Eating of brains. Moaning. Shuffling. Not looking particularly pretty. And, of course, dancing in unison to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

(Forward to -3:42 in the video.)

On the other hand, there were a few things that I bet you’ve never seen a zombie do before.

Behold. (Thanks to Gamma Blog, Justin and Gail, and lucidia for the photos!)

Smoke. (This might as well be a poster in a high school nurse’s office.) (Courtesy of Gamma Blog)

 

Mug for the camera over a beer, like drunken frat boys. (Courtesy of Gamma Blog)

 

Use tools. (Courtesy of lucidia)

 

Buy! Buy! Sell! Sell! (Courtesy of Justin and Gail)

 

Hug.

 

Drunkenly flirt. (credit: Gamma Blog)

 

Use public transportation. (Still not the scariest things on the NY subway.) (Courtesy of Justin and Gail)

 

Giggle. (Shouldn’t you zombies be at home, studying?) (Courtesy of Gamma Blog)

 

Have a quiet chat over a drink. (Courtesy of Gamma Blog)

 

Demand rights. (Stupid zombies.)

 

Conduct cheery interviews. (Courtesy of Justin and Gail)

 

Shop for designer handbags. (Courtesy of lucidia)

And finally, how do you catch an oddly-behaving zombie? With a zombie trap:

(Courtesy of lucidia)

3 comments… add one
  • GeekanerdAHR October 30, 2007, 7:21 am

    GWS, that picture of the Zombie trader is my favorite. I love it when zombies try to do the jobs they did when they were humans. It’s a fine example of good old fashioned stick-to-itivness.

    The one thing about these zombie gatherings is folks need to stay in character. Zombies don’t smile! Even when they’re eating brains, they’re all business.

  • Great White Snark October 30, 2007, 12:38 pm

    Indeed. That’s my favorite picture, too. I like it when zombies are committed to their trade.

  • REC213 November 26, 2007, 7:59 pm

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