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George Romero heads up all-star zombie town hall

Ever wonder why zombies are so popular? Or why you have to destroy their brains to kill them? Or even what modifications your trusty Subaru might require in order to become an effective zombie apocalypse escape vehicle? All these questions and more will be addressed tomorrow, November 7, at the Zombie Town Hall at the Starz Denver Film Fest. (Disclosure: As Denver's resident zombie expert, I will be moderating this panel.)

The father of the modern zombie, George Romero himself, will lead up the all-star panel of undead experts. Joining him is Max Brooks, author of World War Z and The Zombie Survival Guide, and Steven Schlozman, author of The Zombie Autopsies. It's the first time ever that all of these zombie masters have appeared together on stage, making it a special occasion for fans of the walking dead. Where else will you get a chance to see George Romero argue about the feasibility of the zombie apocalypse with Max Brooks?

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"He and I have completely opposing views about this thing. He believes in the zombie apocalypse -- at least that's what his shtick is," Romero says. "I keep saying, and so does Steve, as far as I know, that it's a complete fiction. But Max's thing has been World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide, so he's got to have that platform, if you know what I mean, that 'This could happen!'"

"Well, if it does [happen], it will happen the way it does in Steve's book [The Zombie Autopsies]. Steve actually medically explains, beautifully, zombiedom, what zombiism is. It's actually stunning," he adds.

If you have any zombie-related queries you've been dying to have answered, this is your best shot to get them addressed, and fans will have an opportunity to ask their own questions at the end of the presentation. It happens at 7 p.m. tomorrow, November 7 at the L2 Event Center. Tickets are $12 for DFS members and $15 for everyone else, and they're almost gone. Don't wait until it's too late and miss out -- you'll regret it for the rest of your life, and then longer once you rise from the dead as a flesh-hungry corpse.

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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