Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Contestpalooza - 3 Geeky Online Contests

Time to get in touch with your inner Zombie and or Trekkie and win some geeky prizes. All you need to do is create something with the following theme – Zombie Trekkie Holiday. It can be a picture, drawing, song, painting, flash fiction, fan film, cell phone video, diorama, sculpture, interpretive dance, poem, body art, limerick, haiku, just about anything, as long as it has the Zombie Trekkie Holiday theme.

The details - All entries are due eight days after Michael Dorn’s Birthday on December 17th. Entries can be e-mailed to KevWasHere@aol.com. Entries may be displayed on several web sites/blogs/Facebook. Judges will announce the winners on December 20th. In the event of a tie judges will face off in the arena armed with batliffs and lirpas until a clear winner is decided.

All contestants must be human, living or dead – no exceptions. Prizes can not be exchanged for latnum or any other form of galactic currency.

First Prize – autographed printed galley collectors addition of Night of the Living Trekkies, autographed Night of the Living Trekkies poster, and a hardback copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Second Prize – autographed printed galley collectors addition of Night of the Living Trekkies, autographed Night of the Living Trekkies poster, and a copy of Dawn of the Dreadfuls, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies prequel by Steve Hockensmith.

Third Prize – autographed Night of the Living Trekkies poster and a copy of The Encyclopedia of Guilty Pleasures by NotLT co-author Sam Stall

Honorable Mentions will receive something yet to be determined.


The next contest is from The Zombie Dating Guide - The Zombie Xmas Carol Contest!

Just record yourself singing one of two undead carols - The Zombie Christmas Song or Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies, both written by Zombie Dating Guide creator Stacey Graham. The winner will receive a copy of the zombie anthology, The Undead that Saved Christmas, and a Night of the Living Trekkies autographed poster. Get the detail at The Zombie Xmas Carol Contest.


The final contest is from Quirk Books author Ben Winters. He is giving away three signed copies of Android Karenina and a heavily annotated copy of Anna Karenina that Ben used to create the mash-up version. Get all the details at Ben's site at http://www.benhwinters.com/

Good luck. Live long and prosper...and may the creative force be with you.

Princess Leia from Night of the Living Trekkies

Night of the Living Trekkie fan and artist, David Naughton-Shires, produced this amazing image of Leia, our six foot tall, Star Wars quoting heroine from Night of the Living Trekkies.

Here is a little bit about David:

Within hours of David Naughton-Shires birth his parents found a crayon in his hand and from that point forward the world would never be the same. David, the family man is the proud father of three wonderful children and shares his love and passion for art with his beautiful wife. Authors from around the world have taken notice of David’s creative genius and contracted with him to provide original cover art for their novels.

Not a one dimensional man, when he is not working as an Event Planner or in the world of security, he follows his other interests which include photography and writing. David is an avid reader of multiple genres and a fan of the great Super Hero Batman. David is a master at his craft and longs for a successful career change to work as an illustrator full time.

He has had published work along with author Robert Cordray on his first fully illustrated book Grunge Bob Camo Pants: Zombie Hunter ( http://grungebobcamopants.com ) and is working away on book two. He also recently received good news that not one but 5 of his short stories have been accepted to appear in anthologies by three different small press publishers.

You can see more of David’s work by heading to his web site ( http://theimagedesigns.com ) where you will find a link to his Facebook pages. If you want to contact him directly you can do so via email at daratgh@hotmail.com or create@theimagedesigns.com .

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Support your fellow Geek!

Zombie fan and host of Geekscape (the official media sponsor for the now legendary ZomBcon 2010 zombie culture convention) Jonathan London, and brother Paul, needs some support. They are strong finalists in Ford's social media campaign for its 2012 Ford Focus; Focus Rally America. The more fans & followers They have, the more likely we are to be selected to compete! If chosen, 10 of their closest followers may win a 2012 Ford Focus. All of the episodes will be airing on Hulu! They are CLOSE, Facebook, so let's keep it rocking!

Support your fellow GEEK!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Zombiepalooza! ZomBcon 2010

ZomBcon was not only the first event centered solely on zombie culture, but an amazing gathering of horror icons. George A Romero, Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, the ladies of Evil Dead, actors from Day of the Dead, and Dawn of the – basically any really memorable movie made in the 70’s or 80’s with the word “Dead” in the title was represented. A real Halloween treat not just for zombie fans but for horror geeks of all kinds.
Just a few highlights:
• Kick off event was an 80’s styled prom, where only the dead danced at the Prom Night of the Living Dead. Molly Ringwald and Ducky were not in attendance.
• Max Brooks gave an entertaining and informative Zombie Survival seminar followed by Roger Ma’s Zombie Combat training – we all left informed and better prepared for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
• Bruce Campbell conducted a mass wedding of the dead – allowing dozens of zombie couples to renew their vows so their love may continue into the rotting hereafter.
• Malcolm McDowell hosted a Zombie vs, Trekkies Family Feud on the main stage which brought the house down.
• Amazing panels like Zombies & Why We Love Them, Mash Up Literature, and so much more.
• Fantastic items for sale like Zombie Flesh Jerky. Available in spicy and mild. There was even a vegetarian version, although I can’t imagine why.
• But best of all - George A. Romero, a gracious and warm human being that spent hours of his time meeting everyone that wanted to shake his hand.

Besides meeting Mr. Romero, and fans of Night of the Living Trekkies, I most enjoyed the humor and creativity of the conventioneers that went all out in making their costumes. There was Zombie Robin Hood, Zombie Snow White, Zombie Gumby, Zombie Spock, Zombie Red-Shirts, Zomb-BEES (hilarious) and some costume contest winners Zombie Luke Skywalker and Zombie Han Solo.

Zombie fans are simply AWESOME!

Have a look at some ZomBcon pictures – Quirk Books Flicker

A few other things have been happening lately that I should mention. My Story "Momentum" will finally see its day in print in the UK magazine Murky Depths. The story has never been in print but it was the first story of mine to be heard on my favorite podcast – The Drabblecast. (Momentum DC Episode #23) Speaking of the Drabblecast, writer D.K. Thompson and I got together to pen a two part episode for the Drabblecast's Halloween show this year. Its a fun sci-fi, horror mashup that continues a sci-fi film from the 70's that I think was ahead of its time.

Over the Halloween weekend two interviews with me aired, one on Star Trek radio and another on Fan Central Fancast on Blog Talk Radio.

It was a bussy October and Halloween, and honestly I'm glad its over. About midway through October I was starting to say, "Is it Thanksgiving yet?" Anyway, looking forward to some rest and spending the coming holidays with my wife and kids.