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How do you really get in the mood for a zombie crawl? Today’s big event begins at 2 p.m. (see above), but you can chill — really chill — beforehand at the MacSpa, where they’ll be throwing an Afraid of the Dark Reception for the ongoing October Bogeyman Art Show. The agenda includes haunted walking tours with horror author, artist and funny guy Mario Acevedo, a zombie makeup station and a chance to see a really great Halloween show, but the main draw — make that draw-er — will be Denver cartoonist and zombiecaturist Stan Yan, who will portray you all rotten and falling apart for a fee of $40.

Yan came up with the idea of turning folks into zombies on paper while making rounds at various comic cons; he’s now perfected the art, which it clearly is. But it’s also an out, he notes: “As a caricaturist, I feel less pressure, since you’re not supposed to look good as a zombie. I can just go ahead and make them look ugly.” And how does he find each person’s inner zombie? “First I ask people what kind of injury, rot or infestation they want or don’t want. So if they don’t like maggots, I won’t give them maggots. And I have some recurring themes for two-person zombiecatures: There’s the victim/zombie theme, or two zombies eating each other — or my other standard, family portraits.”

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. at the MacSpa, 1738 Wynkoop Street, Suite 103; admission is free, and if you hit Stan up for an ugly picture of yourself, he’ll throw in a copy of his new comic book, Vincent Price Presents #33, a collaboration with fellow cartoonist Daniel Crosier. Go to
Sat., Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2011


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