Just as Rick “Take No Zombie Prisoners” Grimes returned to form in the last episode of The Walking Dead, zombies returned to downtown Phoenix on April 25, 2014. The Arizona DBacks hosted Zombie Night at Chase Field. This is just the first event planned to satisfy the seemingly endless appetite of people for anything zombie.
At Zombie Night, fans were able to buy a Zombie Survival Kit that included a tee-shirt, a mini-bat, and tattoos. Baseball fans of all ages traded Diamondback baseball caps for bandages, rags, scars, and fake blood. The most amusing costumes were those involving bloodied baseballs embedded in foreheads. Best of all, the DBacks stopped acting like zombies (only one previous home game win), came to life and won the game. The DBacks will attract horror fans again on August 5, when the first 20,000 fans will get a Zombie Bubblehead.
DBack attendees also received the program to Phoenix Comicon 14. This year’s event will not be on Memorial Day Weekend, as it normally has been; instead it will be June 5-8, 2014. This will be the 12th Comicon in Phoenix. It has grown from a few hundred people to an expected attendance of over 65,000 this year. Phoenix Comicon is a very family-friendly event with workshops, exhibits, shows, and parties involving anime, comics, science fiction, gaming, television and film. Activities range from Flora & the Penguin for kids to Evening Erotica for over-18’s to fun with Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar from 1960’s Batman for baby boomers.
The year winds up with Phoenix hosting Zombie Walk 6, one of the biggest in the country, on October 25, 2014.
Zombies help fill seats at Chase Field and hotels during Phoenix Comicon. Regardless of the motivation for or long-term impact of this zombie obsession on the public, zombies are big business for Phoenix.