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Zombie Lurch: recap

Thank you a thousand times, Madison, for a hilarious and beautiful event.

The number of participating zombies varies according to source-- I guessed 100, my friend Doug estimated 140, and the Isthmus reports approximately 200. (Sunday's WSJ listed us as 40 strong, which is a ludicrous underestimation.) I would have considered 20 zombies a success, so thanks to everyone for exceeding my expectations.

The range of makeup, costumes, vocal groaning enthusiasm, and clever protest signs was awe-inspiring. There was no way I could stay in character in the face of People for the Ethical Treatment of Zombies, Show Me Your Brains (complete with Mardi Gras beads), Brains 3:16, and Support Proposition I-8U. There were many more brilliant slogans: look through the photo galleries for examples.

Madison Metro and the MPD had expressed concern over our march; I'm happy to say that I didn't see one instance of a bus under zombie attack. The police did have to remove one or two zombies from the street when crossing against a traffic light, but it seemed respectfully done and none of us were arrested. It was a good group of zombies with which to protest.

One of the best moments had to be stumbling into the evangelicals with their signs and hymns. My main sick thrill, though, was seeing photographers perched on the stone dais in Library Mall and marching inexorably toward it for a takeover. thurisaz83 captured my enthusiasm here.

Certain weaknesses were made clear in practice; the next zombie walk will benefit from these lessons. More games. More speeches. More lurching. More noise. More fake blood.

Links (to be updated as more come in):

Favorite pictures at the moment (This is incomplete; I'm not finished going through all of them):

Will there be a Zombie Lurch 2006? Possibly. But instead of coinciding with Halloween, imagine how much fun it would be to do this around Eater (I mean Easter)...


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Oct. 24th, 2005 12:47 pm (UTC)
*wild applause*

Well done.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
*beam* Thanks much. Perth doesn't know what it's missing. Let's raid downtown when I come back. At the very least you're going to throw another zombie party, and I demand Ash and Sheila's attendance!
Oct. 24th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)
More pics
I have more pics at:

And I DVR'ed the newscast...I'm going to try to turn it into something distributable tonight....
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: More pics
Thank you very much! I've added a link to your pictures above, and I'll add it to the Zomploitation blog recap soon. You took some great photos. :)
Oct. 24th, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC)
woah....that's awesome! well done!!
getting slashdotted is impressive, not to mention all the news coverage.

photos were great :)

*sigh*...i wish i had been there!
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
Not that I will read the /. comments. From what I skimmed, there's not a lot of constructive commentary to be shared by uninvolved people a day after the event. Still.. Slashdot. Wow.

You'd be a great zombie in trailing black tulle.

Oct. 24th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC)
Story submitted: Thursday
Slashdot posted: Sunday

So, not only did it get the attention it deserved (Considering the date was right in the post) but it got pushed back enough where the elitist Slashdot trolls can just complain about it being late, and how much the editors suck....These are the things that make me consider not checking /. anymore.
Oct. 24th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Ah, I missed that! Thanks for the explanation. Fair enough, then. While it would have been fun to see if it brought more zombies to our lurch, I hope it may be inspirational to someone else who's considering a zombie walk in their city.
Oct. 25th, 2005 02:48 am (UTC)
i'm flattered that you think so...next halloween, maybe!
Oct. 24th, 2005 01:21 pm (UTC)
Verrrry cool, Maddie. Congrats:)
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much! I appreciate the appreciation of a promoter.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
ehehe, it looks like you did an ace job. I only wish I'd been around to witness it.

again, congrats:)
Oct. 24th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC)
What an excellent Saturday morning.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
It was superb. We're so lucky it didn't rain.

I've looked at every one of your pictures, but I started saving/linking the small galleries first, so I haven't linked to individual shots yet. But that's coming. Oh yes indeed. You took some positively iconic shots.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
i think next year we should have a zombie tea party instead.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'll see your zombie tea party and raise you a zombie Valentine's Day in which we give our hearts to lvoed ones. Literally.
Oct. 24th, 2005 07:57 pm (UTC)
thanks to eeviltony, i have a cow's heart in the freezer downstairs - will that work?
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
you are my hero.

nice work, and congrats!
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Let me know if you ever need zombies to invade the stage or crash a gig...
Oct. 25th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
that's an "always"

you know, for mach fox, we had the "solid ghouled dancers" at one show...

maybe i shoulda put a notice in with you...
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:39 pm (UTC)
Take your bows, woman.

Oct. 24th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
If by "bows" you mean "nap for a straight week," then yes, please. I am the most exhausted zombie that ever lurched through the heart of a city.
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)

Now you are truly the queen of geeks.

Oct. 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I can't believe I was slashdotted for Zombie Lurch and not for gamerpr0n. But, as Zombie Lurch took a lot more charisma and intelligence than did sticking a Nintendo controller in my underwear, I suppose I'm grateful.
Oct. 24th, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not done going through all the pictures, but ROMERO & RAIMI '08!!!!!

You are so awesome. This whole event was so awesome. Wish I was there.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
YAY! Thanks for noticing! I was fairly smug about that sign.

Jordan and I made and distributed seven signs for the event:
Romero + Raimi '08
Let zombies walk!
Bub for Prezident
The undead are eat people too
Zombys luv Pancake
...got brains?

Oct. 24th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
those are a fantastic collection of pictures, madolan :D

well done!
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
The common joke is "we had an many photographers as zombies!" And there are still some shots which I recall posing for but haven't seen yet. My camera's brand new batteries died almost immediately (proximity to so many undead, I presume) so I missed some glorious moments. I hope others captured more scared faces inside State Street restaurants, collapsed zombies in giant flowerpots, and random zombie attacks on willing pedestrians and dissenters.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
My mom asked me yesterday "Did you go Zombie Lurching?" She said she saw it in the newspapers, and that she saw you on TV on Saturday night saying something about it. I quote:

"I don't remember exactly what she said, but it sounded really intelligent."

Congratulations, madolan. You even got slashdotted! That's hot.
Oct. 24th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks to Live Journal, I've had lots of practice at trying to sound intelligent while talking about zombies! Thanks, LJ!

That's fun that you mom saw it. Hee hee.
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:25 am (UTC)
She asked me if "that was the Maddie I knew."

My mother has brain-ready powers.

On a related but different note, what're you doing for Halloween?
Oct. 25th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
Jordan's been called out of town for work on the 31st, and I'm going to the Zombeatles party at the High Noon with Doug and Colleen, whom few people on LJ know but I feel compelled to mention by name anyway.

If you're asking about Riot Night, I don't know. For some reason-- probably related to 45 minutes on State Street in liquid latex sores and fake blood-- I'm not as gung-ho for Bacchanalian revelries this year.
Oct. 26th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Really, I was wondering if you two were coming to dubnobasswithme's party.

I think you both will appreciate darknes and my costumes.
Oct. 24th, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
'twas a beautiful thing. thank you for a lovely afternoon:}
Oct. 24th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Excellent work, m'dear. Excellent.

Now then, I assume we're taking APOC '06 global, hmm?
Oct. 26th, 2005 05:18 am (UTC)
Video footage
My first video is up...

Zombie Lurch Part 1

I hope to have more next week... Enjoy!
Oct. 29th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you with the whole Lurch and that I put up a little post in your honor and soooooo hope to join you next year!
Nov. 18th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Keep up the good work guys!

-Zombie Squad

(I traced the link above back here)
Feb. 6th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Hey... This is the Shaun of the Dead guy's (ToastProphet) video... It's me (fauxhawked with the green bag), my little brother (green jacket), my friend (blue plaid shirt), and a few other friends. This is coming a bit out of the blue, I know, but I was bored so, enjoy!

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