ToyConNJ 6 Takes Place This November 2016

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LINK: WonderCon Anaheim Announces First Wave of 2017 Special Guests

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under California, Comic Books, Convention News


WonderCon Anaheim has announced their first wave for 2017 including Mark Waid and Hope Larson.

Scene and Reviewed: Broken Vows, a New Film by Lionsgate Available Oct 2016

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Everything Else, Movies

Broken Vows

Broken Vows, a New Film by Lionsgate Available Oct 11, 2016.

Experience the intensity of the psychological thriller Broken Vows when it arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and On Demand October 11 from Lionsgate.

Over the years, the story of a cheating husband being stalked by a crazed ex-mistress has become something of a cliche. With Lionsgate’s latest direct-to-audience film, Broken Vows, the writers do a decent job of flipping the script. In the movie, Jaimie Alexander stars as a woman who must find the strength to escape the grasp of a psychotic stalker before he destroys everything and everyone she loves. Here is a detailed description:

“In this chilling, sexy thriller, Tara (Jaimie Alexander, TV’s “Blindspot”) finds her life unraveling after hooking up with bartender Patrick (Wes Bentley, The Hunger Games) during her bachelorette party in New Orleans. Patrick becomes obsessed with Tara, not knowing she’s about to marry Michael (Cam Gigandet, The Twilight Saga franchise), and tracks her down to her quiet California home. As Patrick’s obsession turns violent, Tara stands to not only lose her marriage and her loved ones, but also her life.”

Though the plot is a tad formulaic, the cast does an honorable job of working with what they’ve been given. The been-there-done-that feel of the story is quickly forgotten given the gender role reversal of sorts. Having a strong female lead is a nice change of pace. Jaimie Alexander may not have the longest resume in the business, but she is definitely one to keep an eye on. I was already a fan of her work on the series Blindspot, and this film is a nice vehicle for her to put aside her action-hero notoriety and stretch her emotional chops. Alexandra Breckenridge, coming off of a memorable stint on the series The Walking Dead, does a fine job as well. This isn’t exactly Fatal Attraction, but Broken Vows is a thriller worthy of your time.

And, what made that time more enjoyable for me was Wes Bentley. I’ve always been a sucker for stalker movies; what can I say? They creep me out. But, couple that with Bentley’s smoldering gaze (it’s like he’s looking through you) and that’s enough to keep me glued to the television. Whether your familiarity with his work comes from American Horror Story or all the way back to American Beauty, there’s no mistaking his understated ability to crawl under your skin. His intensity, even in lighter roles, is frightening, and for some reason I find that attractive. I get that I should probably have felt sorry for the poor, betrayed husband-to-be, played by Cam Gigandet, but I didn’t. His character, Michael, had a smugness about him. I can’t put my finger on what it was, but I can see how it would be easy to lose yourself in Bentley’s bartender. (There’s something wrong with me).

While this psychological thriller is somewhat predictable, it was well shot and still held enough twists and turns (stick with it til the end) to make it worth the hour and a half you’ll spend yelling at your TV. If the typical array of October/Halloween horror movies are not your cup of tea, I would recommend an evening of Broken Vows. The Broken Vows DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Alexandra Breckenridge:

Mini Trailer:

Wedding Social:

Wes/Jaimie Social:


Wes Bentley                              TV’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” The Hunger Games

Jaimie Alexander                       TV’s “Blindspot,” Thor

Cam Gigandet                           Easy A, The Twilight Saga Franchise

Astrid Bryan                              TV’s “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Alexandra Breckenridge             TV’s “The Walking Dead”

and Alex Ladove                       Life of Crime


Year of Production:  2016

Title Copyright: © 2015 Bullet Entertainment, LLC.  All Rights Reserved.

Type: Home Entertainment Premiere

Rating: Rated R for Disturbing Violent Content, Language and Some Sexuality

Genre: Thriller

DVD Closed Captioned: English

DVD Subtitles: English and Spanish

Feature Run Time: 91 minutes

DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio




Steel City Con Adds Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones from Ash Vs Evil Dead

Via Steel City Con:



The Steel City Comic Con is very pleased to announce that actress and former radio personality and producer, Dana DeLorenzo will be attending the upcoming show! She currently stars as Kelly Maxwell in Ash vs Evil Dead. Dana will be joining Ray Santiago and Jill Marie Jones for an amazing reunion of 3 main cast members of Ash vs, Evil Dead TV series!

ticket availability at

Dana DeLorenzo will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.



The Steel City Comic Con is pleased to announce that Jill Marie Jones will be attending the upcoming Steel City Comic Con!
Jones is best known for her role as Antoinette “Toni” Childs-Garrett on the UPN comedy series, Girlfriends (2000-2006). Jones later has appeared in a number of films, and had the recurring role as Cynthia Irving on the Fox supernatural series, Sleepy Hollow. From 2015 to 2016, she starred as Amanda Fisher in the Starz horror-comedy series, Ash vs Evil Dead.

ticket availability at

Jill Marie Jones will be available for signings and professional photo ops. Don’t miss this rare opportunity.


LINK: A Look Back at WonderCon 2016

WonderCon Photo: R. Manahan © 2016 SDCC

Comic-Con International has photo galleries for each day of WonderCon 2016.

DragonCon 2016 Con Report!


Overheard on an Atlanta street corner:


“Look at that person with blue hair.”

“Over there?”

“No, over there.”

“Oh, I see.”

“Cool, isn’t it?”

“Yeah. What other place can you say, ‘No, the other person with blue hair.”

The “place,” of course, was DragonCon. September 2-5. I have been for the last six years, but this year was special: the 30th anniversary. It started in two downtown hotels, Hyatt and Marriott. The Hilton was added later, then the Sheraton and Westin. When five hotels were not enough space, the vendors were moved into the AmericasMart, a four-building, seven-million-square-foot trade show monolith. This year, AmericasMart became the new home of two other DragonCon mainstays, tabletop gaming (formerly in the Hilton) and Comic and Pop Artist Alley (neé the Hyatt)—evidence that DragonCon, despite its venerability, is still figuring things out. Perhaps that is how it became venerable: refusing to be complacent.

And more growth is on the way. Some programming was held on Thursday this year, and according to media director Dan Carroll, we will see Thursday “full-time real soon.” My colleague Michaela McPherson has written about shifts in the Saturday morning parade. This was the inaugural year for the Dragon Awards, a fan-driven awards program to “recognize the creators of science fiction and fantasy in books, comic books, games and filmed entertainment,” according to a press release. (Awards results are located here.) Attendance grew this year as it does every year, with over 77,000 showing up–and, in some cases, suiting up–for the weekend. These attendees walked (Walk to End Lupus Now), gave blood (about 6,000 units), raised money ($98,000 for the Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency through auctions, karaoke, a lip-synch battle, and other events), and enjoyed the 400+ actors, artists, writers, and other guests who formed the convention’s foundation.

I was excited about one guest I had never seen at DragonCon, or any convention: Christopher Paolini, author of the four-volume Inheritance Cycle. Paolini wrote the first volume, Eragon, the story of a farm boy who protects a dragon egg from an evil king, when he was a teenager. His parents self-published the book, and for a year, Paolini promoted it himself at libraries, book shows, and other events. In 2002, the book came to the attention of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which re-released the book a year later. This led to three other books, the last one appearing in 2011.

On Friday night, Paolini was one of several panelists for a discussion of self-publishing. The other panelists were freelance writer/editor Jaym Gates, editor Dayna Linton, Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf, writer Chris Kennedy, and Todd McCaffrey, son of Anne McCaffrey and custodian of her Pern universe, to which he has contributed several volumes. Some highlights from the panel:

  • McCaffrey: The biggest mistake in self-publishing is to “think you can do everything yourself.”
  • Eragon was a family project. Paolini’s father, who had press experience, designed the book. Paolini drew the cover and the maps. They borrowed money to finance the printing (the first 50 copies were cut wrong). He dressed in medieval costume and made presentations to schools, libraries, and bookstores. Sold maybe 15 books at a time. Two chain bookstores rejected him, saying the novel was “not commercially viable.”
  • Gates: “Readers and writers have different ideas of what works.” This led to a vigorous discussion of the value of editing. It’s the biggest difference between professional publishing and self-publishing (a view echoed by this Slate article). Writers know their own story, but editors are storehouses of stories. They understand the market, and what will appeal to readers. Thus, they can guide the author, helping to bring out his/her voice. As Gates said, “it is the editor’s job to help the writer say what he/she wants to say in the best way.”
  • Paolini was skeptical of the wisdom of a beginning writer paying for editorial services, but the other panelists–I won’t say they shouted him down, but they were unified in saying that it would be money well spent. Paolini did agree on the worth of an editor, saying an editor “can fix bad writing. They can’t fix a bad story.” Bottom line: the author has a job, and the editor has a job. Good books result when each person does their job.
  • McCaffrey talked about “hybrid authors”–authors who write for traditional publishers and do some self-publishing. Here is a good discussion of this type of writer. The panel agreed that the hybrid approach is the best, blending the advantages of self-publishing (speed; flexibility; more profit per sale) with the comfort of traditional publishing (editorial, design, and marketing services; bulk sales; multi-book deals; advances against royalties). More authors are taking this approach, which is new in the history of publishing. According to Weisskopf, the “received wisdom” used to be that, if you self-publish, you’ve “tainted the waters and will never get a traditional contract.” The panel agreed that this is no longer the case.
  • On traditional contracts: beware the predators. Gates brought up two blog posts by John Scalzi (here and here), who has always been an advocate of authorial self-interest, about Hydra, an imprint of Random House with shockingly bad contract terms. The panel’s message: don’t be so desperate to publish that you’ll sign anything.

All the growth in DragonCon has brought some irritation. At 2:30 on Friday afternoon, the vendor room in the AmericasMart reached capacity and was shut down. I have never experienced that at a convention (I read about it happening a couple of years ago at the Rhode Island Comic-Con). The room was open an hour or so later, I think–I didn’t wait around to find out–so it wasn’t a disastrous inconvenience. But I did find myself wondering, is there no building in Atlanta large enough to handle DragonCon?

The lines in the hotels were certainly longer than ever. I waited nearly two hours to buy Saturday-only badges for members of my party. (It is useless to buy these in advance because DragonCon mails you a card that you have to redeem on-site for a badge.) There may be no space to do this, but I would love to see registration expanded. Or split into two buildings. Why do one-day badges have to be claimed on site? Why can’t they be mailed? One thing is for sure: a single ballroom in the basement of the Sheraton is inadequate for the thousands upon thousands of people who opt for one-day badges.

DragonCon is a study in lines. Walking around the sidewalks, you’ll often see a line with no discernible beginning snaking into an unmarked side door. It’s like a speakeasy line. If you ask someone what they’re waiting for, they respond without confusion, but what if they’re wrong? What if the real purpose of the queue has been miscommunicated all the way down, so that someone who thinks they’re waiting for William Shatner’s photo op is actually in line for the blood bank?

It isn’t that hard to form a line, after all. My wife and I did it for Chris Paolini’s Sunday autograph session, which was scheduled for 2:30. Jim Butcher had started signing in the same room at 1:00. His line was capped at 1:30, and we knew that people looking for Paolini would start showing up soon. So we stood a few feet behind the last person for Jim Butcher and declared it the Start of the Line. Within minutes, a hundred people were standing behind us, and when a DragonCon staffer came along and legitimized us, I felt like Saul Alinsky.

If you have never been to DragonCon, you need to go. It is not the largest convention in the U.S., but it is unique, being spread across five Atlanta hotels. I have often wondered why it doesn’t move to the Georgia International Convention Center or the Georgia World Congress Center. It may need to, especially when attendance reaches 100,000, as I believe it will. But I hope DragonCon doesn’t move. I love the atmosphere of hotel-based conventions. There are other hotels in downtown Atlanta, and maybe DragonCon will incorporate those. Whatever happens, I look forward to many more years of attending this convention, which was my first and will always be one of the best.


So THIS is the horse of a different color I've heard tell of.

So THIS is the horse of a different color I’ve heard tell of.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

The official store is the place to get your swag on.

No, Storm Shadow isn't wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

No, Storm Shadow isn’t wearing a hat. Some pirate photo bombed us.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Pikachu takes some pictures with fans.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here's a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Recognize the guy in the middle? Here’s a hint: it rhymes with Bash Jordan.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

Christopher Paolini pauses for a pic during his (only!) book signing of the weekend.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn't let me wear it.

I want a suit like that, but my wife probably wouldn’t let me wear it.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can't imagine why.

The dealer room was closed on Friday afternoon due to overcrowding. I can’t imagine why.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

Peter, meet Victor. Victor, Peter.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

This guy had been to 44 Weird Al concerts in 2016, with plans to attend several more. Check him out on Facebook at Mandatory Fun Al.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia . . . or a George R.R. Martin autograph, whichever.

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

This cosplay (yes, a person is inside) was made using 318 ballons!

Ran into this couple at the convention. They're crazy for each other.

Ran into this couple at the convention. They’re crazy for each other.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

DragonCon is a place to spare no expense.

Mr. Roper doesn't know how good he has it.

Mr. Roper doesn’t know how good he has it.

LINK: Meet the Evil Genius Behind New York Comic Con


Entrepreneur interviews Lance Fensterman, creator of NYCC and senior global VP of ReedPOP.

Marvel Comics Schedule at NYCC 2016

Marvel Comics is live at New York Comic Con 2016! Join them right here at Marvel’s online destination for the latest con coverage, news, galleries, schedules, panels, live events and so much more! Panel and booth signing schedule has been announced, including opportunities to meet the casts of Luke Cage and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plus the upcoming Legion and Iron Fist; see below for details.



Image Comics Schedule at NYCC 2016


Press Release:

Image Comics is pleased to return to the big apple this year for New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer back to this post for the most up-to-date information.

* Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.

  • CANNIBAL #1 by Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young & Matias Bergara, $10
  • MOONSHINE #1 by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, $10
  • REBORN #1 by Mark Millar & Greg Capullo, $10


  • TOKYO GHOST, VOL. 1 hardcover by Rick Remender & Sean Gordon Murphy, $35
  • MONSTRESS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, $40


Comics In #YourImage: Adventure
10/6/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in 1A21

Charles Soule (CURSE WORDS), Greg Rucka (BLACK MAGICK), Simon Spurrier (CRY HAVOC), Caspar Wijngaard (LIMBO), and Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo (SNOWFALL) are ready and willing to break down how they create perfect comic book adventures, versatile heroes, and chilling villains in complex stories that demand a lot from the reader, but have a huge payoff.

Comics In #YourImage: Character
10/7/2016 at 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM, in Room 1A24

A high concept for a comic is a great invitation, but great characters are what make you want to stay with the book. Characters that you empathize with or are cooler than cool are captivating. Sana Takeda (MONSTRESS), Steven T. Seagle (CAMP MIDNIGHT), Rod Reis (HADRIAN’S WALL), Donny Cates (TBA), and Jason Hurley & Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY) are going to dig deep into characters, and how it’s not as easy as a cool outfit and a snappy name.

Comics In #YourImage: Storytelling
10/8/2016 at 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM, in 1A21

You can’t judge a comic solely based on what happens to the characters in it. You have to look at how things happen, what the story looks like, and a bunch of other little tiny things that make comics one of the most vibrant storytelling mediums around. Karen Berger (SURGEON X), Gabriel Hardman (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC), Declan Shalvey (INJECTION), Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS), Scott Snyder (WYTCHES), and Bryan Hill (ROMULUS) are some of the best storytellers in the business. In addition, check out an EXCLUSIVE preview of the upcoming OFFICER DOWNE film at the end of the panel, based on the graphic novel by Joe Casey & Chris Burnham!

Comics In #YourImage: Spectacle
10/9/2016 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, in 1A24

What is it that excites you about comics, that makes Wednesday the best day of the week? Whether it’s the idea of seeing a new world through someone else’s eyes or getting a look at reality from another angle, we’ve got you covered. Our panelists, including Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan (GLITTERBOMB), Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr (MOTORCRUSH), Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS), and Andrew MacLean(HEADLOPPER) know what you want and aim to please.

*wristbands will be available for fans to pick as soon as doors open, first come, first served, at the Image booth on the day of the desired ticketed signing.

12 – 12:45 PM, Alex de Campi & Carla Speed McNeil
12 – 12:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
1 – 1:45 PM, Declan Shalvey
1 – 1:45 PM, Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart & Babs Tarr* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Bob Fingerman
3 – 3:45 PM, Brian Schirmer
3 – 3:45 PM, Shawn Martinbrough
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Buccellato
4 – 4:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
5 – 5:45 PM, Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
10 – 10:45 AM, Tim Seeley
11 – 11:45 AM, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo
12 – 12:45 PM, Meredith McClaren
12 – 12:45 PM, Shane Davis
1 – 1:45 PM, Joshua Williamson
2 – 2:45 PM, Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw
2 – 2:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
3 – 3:45 PM, Kieron Gillen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
4 – 4:45 PM, Emi Lenox
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Wood & Garry Brown
5 – 5:45 PM, Jeremy Haun & Jason Hurley
5 – 5:45 PM, Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto
6 – 6:45 PM, Andrew MacLean

10 – 10:45 AM, Dustin Nguyen* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Wes Craig
11 – 11:45 AM, Shawn Martinbrough
12 – 12:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
12 – 12:45 PM, Giuseppe Camuncoli
1 – 1:45 PM, Greg Capullo* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
1 – 1:45 PM, Brandon Thomas
2 – 2:45 PM, Robert Kirkman* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
2 – 2:45 PM, Greg Rucka* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
3 – 3:45 PM, Jason Latour* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Brian Azzarello* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
4 – 4:45 PM, Paul Azaceta
5 – 5:45 PM, Jerome Opeña* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
6 – 6:45 PM, Andy Belanger

10 – 10:45 AM, Scott Snyder* (wristband required, 3-item limit)
11 – 11:45 AM, Caspar Wijngaard
11 – 11:45 AM, Stefano Gaudiano & Cliff Rathburn
1 – 1:45 PM, Leandro Fernandez
2 – 2:45 PM, Paul Azaceta


Albuquerque, Rafael: BB11
Balboni, Claudia: S6
Bechko, Corinna: Q9
Belanger, Andy: BB12
Blake II, Nelson: Q14
Brown, Garry: R4
Buccelleto, Brian: CC2
Burnham, Chris: F2
Camuncoli, Giuseppe: AA4
Cho, Frank: AA11
Craig, Wes: X6
Davis, Shane: B10
De Campi, Alex: B6
Delecki, Michelle: AA5
Dodson, Terry: D18
Dos Santos, Mark: V7
Eisma, Joe: X7
Fiumara, Max: BB3
Fletcher, Brenden: W16
Fowler, Tom: Q8
Giarrusso, Chris: D5
Glapion, Jonathan: G3
Goodhart, Isaac: Q15
Gorham, Adam: Q3
Hardman, Gabriel: Q9
Harren, James: R4
Harris, Joe: V18
Haun, Jeremy: Q1
Hawkins, Matt: Q15
Hill, Bryan: Q14
Huang, Edwin: S3
Jordan, Justin: N8
Katzenstein, Jason Adam: BB13
Kesgin, Sumeyye: Z17
Kyriazis, Ilias: H2
Larsen, Erik: Q18
Liu, Marjorie: K2
MacLean, Andrew: T4
Mahfood, Jim: O12
McClaren, Meredith: A3A
McNeil, Carla Speed: B6
Montclare, Brandon: H11
Moreci, Michael: X5
Morissette-Phan, Djibril: S5
Murphy, Sean Gordon: E1
Nguyen, Dustin: F9
Opeña, Jerome: L2
Orlando, Steve: K17
Ottley, Ryan: T10
Panosian, Dan: E13
Randolph, Khary: J18
Rathburn, Cliff: T11
Reeder, Amy: H10
Reis, Rod: R2
Rossmo, Riley: R5
Rucka, Greg: A1
Ryan Browne: X2
Scalera, Matteo: E3
Schirmer, Brian: S6
Seagle, Steven T.: BB13
Seeley, Tim: X1
Sejic, Linda: Q16
Sejic, Stjepan: Q17
Shalvey, Declan: K10
Shaw, Geoff: R5
Sienkiewicz, Bill: O10
Snyder, Scott: CC20
Soule, Charles: X3
Spencer, Nick: R1
Takeda, Sana: K2
Tarr, Babs: W17
Templesmith, Ben: N9
Van Lente, Fred: W12
Wijngaard, Caspar: H3
Williamson, Joshua: CC3
Wimberly, Ronald: O3
Zub, Jim: S4

NYCC AFTERPARTY: Image Comics and Sonicboombox team up for a night of wizards, bowling, and mingling

You’re invited to join the fun on Friday night at Bowlmor Times Square 

Image Comics, Midtown Comics and Sonicboombox are re-teaming for a special NYCC After Party to be held at Bowlmor Times Square (222 W. 44th Street). A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Must be 21+ to attend. The fun begins at 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. in the Art Deco room (4th floor) 12 lanes of free bowling (first come, first served) Admission: $15 in advance, get tickets here.

Come join Charles Soule, Greg Rucka, Jason Latour, Wes Craig, Alex de Campi, Declan Shalvey, Amy Reeder, Tim Seeley, and more of your favorite Image creators for specialty drinks, complimentary bowling all night long, photobooth shenanigans, mingling, and enjoy a live music performance, Q&A, giveaway, and raffle from Charles Soule and his Wizard Band in celebration of the forthcoming launch of CURSE WORDS.

– See more at:

Living Dead Weekend 2016 Celebrates Film Origins of the Zombie

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Convention News, Horror, Pennsylvania

Living Dead Weekend

Press Release:


Evans City, September 30, 2016: Evans City, PA, the home of the modern zombie in pop-culture will host the annual Living Dead Weekend on October 14, 15 and 16. This title is given to this Pennsylvania bureau because of it’s ties to the 1968 classic film, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Evans City served as the filming location of the infamous George A. Romero’s debut feature film about a night where the recently dead have returned to life and upset the human way of life. Now 48 years old, the film has had immeasurable influence on pop-culture and has given the world a new monster archetype.

This annual event has grown considerably and has become Evans City’s largest local festival. This event will feature a full weekend of events including movie screenings in the nearby Strand Theater, over 30 celebrities from the Romero films signing autographs, seminars and discussion panels, makeup and special FX booths, and over 100 vendors of art, crafts, food, exhibits, entertainers, Halloween merchandise, zombie goods, souvenirs and apparel. Also back for its third outing within the weekend is the Sunday afternoon Pet Walk of the Living Dead, a family friendly pet and owner costumed parade around EDCO Park which includes various local pet vendors all day this year.

A highlight of this year’s Weekend is a community effort to raise funds to save EDCO Park’s swimming Pool. GHOULS FOR THE POOL is Evans’s City’s answer to the popular Scarecrow Invasion- an interactive art exhibit to fill the park with fan-made zombie scarecrows. Participants will build and design a scarecrow to decorate and add ambiance to the park for Halloween. For only $5, the core essentials are supplied and park visitors throughout the weekend will use their ideas and artistic vision to build a zombie scarecrow and plant it in the park. The goal is to fill the back yard of the park with 1000 unique zombies. For every zombie scarecrow that joins the horde, the park gets $5.00.

Everyone is invited to celebrate all things zombies and especially the film that started it all, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, where it all began, Evans City, PA. Visitors from all around the world, as far as New Zealand are expected this year. Admission is FREE, with some activities having individual ticket costs. Additional details can be found at the website

“The way Evans City has embraced its own role as a focal point of film making history, and the warmth of the community to all its many visitors has made this a truly special event,” says, Jim Krut, actor from DAWN OF THE DEAD, “As the event continues to grow, the town will continue to find itself seen through the eyes of visitors from across the country and the world.”

The Living Dead Museum is a museum and gift shop celebrating Zombies in Pop-Culture. Located in the town center of Evans City, PA, location of the original film, George A. Romero’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the themed attraction takes fans through a visual history of zombies in cinema and pop-culture. Displays of props and memorabilia are woven into a presentation featuring interactive experiences, and zombie gift shopping. For more information, visit and .

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