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The Walking Dead: Zombie Names

In Movies/TV on October 16, 2013 at 9:12 am

Let’s not forget about the newest Zombie name: Nick.

Nick goes to show the audience how differently children and adults are adapting to the apocalypse. Whereas adults are struggling to adjust to the brutality of their new life, the children almost seem flippant about zombies. They name them like pets, an idea more experienced members of the group have difficulty wrapping their heads around.

To adults, zombies are biters, walkers or lurkers. They are something to be fought, a plague to resist – not just a fact of life to be accepted in turn with the seasons.

It’s going to be interesting to see this play out in Season 4.

Jack Flacco

Doesn’t it feel good to know there’s a comfortable place to relax when all hell breaks loose? Now that The Walking Dead is back on the air serving pleasant meals of Horror with a side dish of dark humor, wouldn’t it be nice to know what those names for those zombies actually mean?

Monday Mayhem is my series where I delve into all things zombie in order to gain a better understanding of the undead’s wicked ways. If this is your first time here, enjoy my back catalogue of zombie posts tailored specifically for the genre. If you want to see something in the future, drop me a line. I do take requests.

Okay, let’s have some fun!

One of the coolest aspects of AMC’s The Walking Dead is the show’s ability to entertain their audience with trivial things. In this case, names the writers choose to describe zombies…

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New York Comic Con: Enthusiasm is Cool

In Comic Con on October 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm
Artist's Alley was a Terrifying Wasteland of Bodies

Artist’s Alley was a Terrifying Wasteland of Bodies

As I coast down from the high that was NYCC, I am coming to realize that not everyone understands nerdom the same way I do.  They don’t see cosplay as the celebration of your favorite fandom (and I’m not even talking about professional cosplayers here). They don’t understand that Con is a smorgasbord of amazing people who happen to be into the same thing as you, whether that thing happens to be Game of Thrones, The X-Files, Superman or Attack on Titan.

Apparently there is still a line between casual nerds and people who attend Comic Con, between cool and uncool.  I may have crossed that imaginary line the moment I took a picture with Dr. Horrible.  Or maybe it was the Supernatural photo shoot I attended as fem!Dean Winchester.

Dean Winchester cosplay, Supernatural cosplays, gender bender cosplay, fem!Dean cosplay

Here’s a secret: nerds are enthusiastic people.

Kaylee, Firefly, Serenity

This Kaylee cosplayer was amazing!

I maintain that everybody has at least one thing they are overenthusiastic about, and what that something is doesn’t matter. Whether you love Firefly, comic books or constructing household furniture, you are super awesome and ought to acknowledge that.  Enthusiasm is the spice of life, after all!  People would be bland without it.

To some, Comic Con is something to which people groan over, roll their eyes and profess their incredulity that I attended.  I never considered myself to be a Closet Nerd, but it’s as though these people glossed over my Doctor Who t-shirts and Star Trek quips, failed to notice the Darth Maul Pes dispenser on my office desk and overlooked that my online profile picture is me chatting with a Stormtrooper.  Hell, I even own a Darth Vader spatula!

When I call myself cool I’m mostly being facetious because I don’t see a distinction between “cool” and “uncool” nerds.  But honestly, I can be pretty damn cool!  And you know what? Everyone I met at Comic Con was pretty damn cool, too.  Enthusiastic people rock!

Supernatural, Supernatural NYCC, Supernatural cosplayers

My fellow Supernatural cosplayers were so welcoming and fun to be around!

I didn’t meet any lurkers or creepers. Nobody behaved inappropriately to me.  And, unlike mass culture would suggest, nobody was an albino basement dweller – although the convention center did smell pretty funky with thousands of people crammed into it.

I had a phenomenal experience at New York Comic Con last weekend, and I have no qualms about returning next year with bigger, better cosplays.  The people who run Comic Con are fantastically enthusiastic about what they do – almost as much as the people who attend.  It still amazes me that so many guests and artists come together to engage their fan base directly, but I suppose that is the point of Comic Con to begin with.

Comic Con is beautiful and so are the nerds who make it possible.  You go, guys!

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