Two Comic Projects on Kickstarter

Two different comic projects are up on Kickstarter now that you should check out and support.

The first one is Zombie Highway, a tale of the zombie apocalypse in West Virginia that Jason Pell, Roberto Viacava (Adventures in Superman) and Eduardo Bazan created over a decade ago (before Walking Dead and other zombie stories).

They are holding a Kickstart to produce a full hard cover 200 page collection of the series, most of which is out of print and hard to find, plus new material.  There will be new coloring of formerly black and white pages and touched up art.

The story is about four men who steal a mysterious package for a client.  Then zombies start to appear.  Now they must work to stay alive from both zombies and people as they try to the package to their client so they can get paid.

Contributing can get you Zombie Highway postcards, pdfs, physical books, t-shirts, copies of Jason’s other books Season’s End and Suicide 5, original cover art, and a chance at being a zombie in the book.  The first 250 backers (only at 96 backers of this writing) who pledge $25 or more will also get a limited print for their help.

The project has another four days and a little of $2,000 to meet their $10,000.

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Next is Imposter a 100 page graphic novel broken into four self-contained parts each in a different genre; written by James Patrick (Green Arrow, Batman), drawn by Martin Szymanksi, coves by Victor Santos (Mice Templar, Furious), and published by 21 Pulp.

Imposter is the story of how the four greatest superheroes are all really just one man. Four different heroes for any kind of threat.  Now he is trying to train a replacement to take over his deception, who happens to have his own plans.

Pledge levels include ones for the book, pdfs, trading cards, t-shirt, posters, prints, sketches, get drawn into the book, plaques, mugs, pens, and more.  Backers will receive each part of the series they complete it.

They have twenty-three days to raise $5,000.  They are already on their way to $2,000.

 

Zombie Prom and Evil Dead the Musical

Somefun from the Kanawha Players Theater in October.

They are holding their Third Annual Zombie Prom on Friday October 3 at 9pm till midnight.
There will be free zombie makeovers before the start from 8pm till 9pm.  They will be giving out prizes for Best Costume and a Crowning of Zombie King and Queen.

Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple.

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The theater is also holding performances of the Evil Dead the Musical.  The campy rock-musical based on the cult classic Evil Dead/Army of Darkness movies.

The performances are October 17, 18, 24, 25, and 31 plus November 1.  Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, childer under 18 and students with ID.

The show has strong language, adult situations, blood, gore, and more that would make it unsuitable for children under 16.

Nominee! Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical
Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”

Zombiefest WV

Zombiefest is a zombie festival and run operated by The Haunted Barn.  It will be May 10th at Camp Virgil Tate in the Charleston area.

Things start with a 5k obstacle course through woods starting at 7am.  A 5k mountain bike starts over the same course at noon.  At 4pm the zombie run of the same course starts, an obstacle course with zombies chasing you all along the way to steal your life flags.  All you have to do is make it to the finish line with one life flag left.  Cash prizes and awards will be handed out for all the races.  First 1500 to pre-reg for the zombie run get a free zombie run t-shirt.

After all the running and biking then the apocalypse after party starts.  You can hang with special guests at the event: horror legend Tom Savini, actor, stuntman, director,special effects and makeup artist; Tyler Mane, Sabertooth from X-Men movie, Michael Myers in the Halloween remake; Tamara Glynn, Samantha Thomas in Halloween 5; Savana Jade Wehunt and Jeremy Ambler of The Walking Dead; Goldie Fatale and Andie Noir of Fatale Noir Productions; and professorial wrestler The Stro. There will be Zombie Laser Tag provided by Fright nights of Glade Springs Resort, vendors, concession stands with beer.  There will be concerts by Gage, Dead Serious, The Renfields, Fully Justified, Stych N Tyme, and Bobaflex.  Nice line up for hard rock fans.

Registration for the Zombie Run is $75,  regular 5k run is $55, and the bike run is $45.  All tickets include the after party; I think, at least the zombie run does.  Spectator tickets are $20, these do let you into the after party.  They still have room for anyone interested in being a vendor for $250.

Yet another event out there for zombie lovers.  Though those who just like to party should also find it nice.

 

Two Ways to See Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead by George Romero and John Russo is a classic of zombie movie horror and now is your chance to see this story in two different ways.

It is Night of The Living Dead live from the Kanawha Players Theater in Charleston.  A theatrical version of the movie where the actors, props, and sets will all be black and white except for the blood.  Tonight’s performance will feature Jeremy Ambler, from the Walking Dead.  It will be directed by Devon Nuckles and Ginger Workman.
Show dates are October 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th all at 8pm and on the 20th at 2pm.  Tickets $12 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, kids under 18, and students with ID.

Fall out from a satellite probe shot to Venus returns to Earth carrying a mysterious radiation that transforms the unburied dead into flesh-eating zombies. Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by the ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending.

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Come see RiffTrax Live: Night of the Living Dead in a theater near you!
RiffTrax is doing one of their live shows on Tursday October 24 with their riffed version of Night of the Living Dead.  I think this version is going to be different from their earlier riff version.  The movie is only about 90 minutes long, but they always use about two hours.  Which means there should be several shorts before the feature to check out.  Plus arrive early for the pre-show “trivia.”

Check your area for a showing.  I will be in Barboursville again myself.  Tickets are still available.

Shockacon Assessment

Last weekend was Shockacon’s first year (the con chair says not to count last year really).  The con had a great atmosphere, but there were still some rough edges.

The con’s primary site was at the Haunted Barn.  Inside they had the vendors rooms with the guests and the Barn ran several of their haunted tours upstairs.  Outside was more promotional tables, the main stage, and on the side a some hearses.  Two blocks away at the Kanawha Players Theater was the panels and screenings.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them. Going back and forth was tiring and annoying.  I do not think the neighborhood appreciated the noise from the con either.

All the people there seemed to be having fun.  Vendors had a nice cross-section of things to buy: games, movies, shirts, make-up, comics, jewelry, art, toys, books, and more.  The guests were friendly, polite, and happy to meet fans.  I saw a number of really great costumes throughout the weekend.  Really great event if you are a fan of zombies, horror movies, or make up and costuming.

I checked out two of the panels: prepping for a zombie apocalypse and one on exorcisms.  I felt they were both good, just the room they were held in was not all that good for presentations with bad acoustics and with some junk in the back.  Big enough for lots of people though.

The problems with the cons fell a bit like nick-picking, but are things that can be easily fixed and will make things even better.  The con lacked any kind of program guide for people to carry around, meaning they had to keep asking for directions and having to go back to check the posted schedules.  Splitting the con into two places worked against them.

It was hot on Friday with very little AC for the vendors room and then it rained for part of Saturday causing some shuffling of events without much announcement.  There were problems with the videos playing, stuff was late or just skipped.  The events at the Main Stage were often a little later than scheduled, which is just Con Standard Time (CST) so that was expected.

They have the crowd and the passion for the event.  I just think it would be better overall if they move things indoors, like a hotel or the civic center.  The Kanawha Players Theater looked like a place that might work out to move everything into from what I saw.  I wait to see what they are able to do in the future.

Shockacon Weekend

Last year’s Shockacon was held around the Mound in South Charleston outside for one day.  This year they are inside more and for a full three days.  It is hosted by The Haunted Barn and Kanawha Players Theater.

They have gathered several guests in a number of fields.  From The Walking Dead played by Jeremy Ambler, Nick Gomez, Theodus Crane, Savana Jade Wehut.  .  Eugene Clark from Land of the Dead, Danny Hicks from Evil Dead II, and David Crawford from Dawn of the Dead.  From SyFy’s Face OFF RJ Haddy, Roy Wooley, David Greathouse, and Beki Ingram.  Authors and graphic novelists Danny boy, Edward Holsclaw, Robert Tinnell, Jason Pell, Woodland Press, Burning Bush, and Lazie Horse Publishing.  Movie directors Jared Coh from The Asylum and Eamon Hardimon of Razor Sharp Productions.  And several more I did not mention, like wrestlers, paranormal groups, fan groups, and more.

There are several events lined up.  Events lined up are Q&A panels, make up and prop workshops, creature creation competition, costume contest, scream contest, photo ops, and more.  More than twenty hours of movie screenings are lined up with the premiere of Atlantic Rim and short film The Pit among them.  Friday and Saturday night will have live music hosted by DJ Thunder and several local bands with The Wayward Girls School of Burlesque and The Monster Dolls helping out.  The Haunted Barn will be open with their full haunting operations to check out.  After parties will be held at the Blue Parrot on Friday and Saturday as well.

Tickets are $30 for the weekend, $10 or $15 for each day, or $100 for VIP passes.

If you are a horror fan this is the top event for you.  Part con, part haunted house, part film festival, and much more.  Check out their website and Facebook page for more info.  The event is to be family friendly so do not worry too much about bringing the kids.

Auditions for Night of The Living Dead

Ever wanted to be in a theatrical production of Night of the Living Dead by George Romero and John Russo.  Good news for you, whatever kind of freak you are.  Cause your chance is here to audition for a production coming this October.

Auditions will be held at the Kanawha Players Theater on July 27th – 29th from 5pm-7pm.  They are looking for people to fill the roles of  three women, one girl, and four men for the main roles, seven smaller roles (mostly male) and finally 17 zombies.  People interested in being crew members should also come to the auditions to fill out paperwork.

Seven people trapped in an isolated farmhouse, held hostage by ravenous ghouls, begin to turn on each other as the dead encroach. A gripping terror-filled monochromatic play that brings all the fright of the cult classic to life. This blend of thrilling horror laced with touches of black humor envelops the audience in the action and unfolds into a shocking theatrical ending. 

The show will run this October 18, 19, 25, 26 at 8pm and 20th at 2pm.  The show will be presented in black and white like the film; the set, props, actors, and everything else except the blood.

If you have not seen the original movie, I suggest watching it being riffed by the crew of RiffTrax.  You do not have to worry, you won’t lose much watching it like that.