And to think that a significant cultural event might have passed unnoticed. At least by those of us who aren’t members of the Zombie Research Society. It turns out that May is Zombie Awareness Month — a time to “emphasize continued vigilance in the face of the coming zombie pandemic.”
According to the ZRS, “many films important to the evolution of the modern zombie” (whatever that means) “are set in the month of May.” As evidence, the shadowy organization trots out 1968’s “Night of the Living Dead” and 2004’s “Dawn of the Dead.”
We did a little independent research, too, and found out that “The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye” (the first trade paperback of six collected issues and the material on which AMC’s zombie fest is based) was, in fact, released on May 12, 2004.
AMC, perhaps in a bid to avoid over-zombification of May, debuted its Frank Darabont-helmed series on Halloween: Oct. 31, 2010.
Anyhow, in honor of Zombie Awareness Month, the ZRS is giving away a copies of the childrens’ book, “That’s Not Your Mommy Anymore.” Information of entering the contest can be found here. We’re not saying it’s a trap, but keep your eyes open.
Supporters are asked to wear a grey ribbon “to signify the undead shadows that lurk behind our modern light of day.”
One final point: Hugh Hefner was spotted piloting a Little Rascal around Disneyland earlier this week. Dismissed as coincidence.