Salt Lake Comic Con will be teaming up with the Utah Food Bank for an event at the state capitol building on Friday, March 28. The event, known as Comic Con’s Zombie Invasion Ball, is associated with the local pop culture convention while also collection canned food donations for the Food Bank.
“It’s another excuse to have fun,” said Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Dan Farr in an interview with the Deseret News. “We love helping to facilitate fun events, whether we produce them or whether we find out about other people that are having fun events. But also, we also get to use the slogan ‘Food, Not Brains’ to raise money for the Utah Food Bank.”
Non-perishable food donations will be collected at the capitol building.
Though costumes are highly encouraged, due to the nature of the event, a cosplay weapons check will be conducted upon entrance in accordance with the Utah State Capitol security policy. All fake weapons must be marked with orange tips. Additionally, anyone with blood on costumes that can drip onto the Capitol floors will not be allowed into the building.
There is no age limit for the event, and all are invited to attend, but tickets to the Zombie Ball are limited. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online prior to the event or for $20 onsite. Salt Lake Comic Con FanX VIP ticket holders get in free.
At 5 p.m. on March 28, those who choose to dress up as zombies and apocalypse survivors will line up around the capitol building, and at 6 p.m. the invasion will begin, as the zombies slowly make their way up to the building. At 6:15, music and dancing will begin as well as other indoor activities. Prom-style pictures can be pre-purchased online for $5 and will cost $8 onsite. Later in the evening, zombie royalty will be announced. The winners for best costume will receive VIP passes to the Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience convention in April.
In 2013, Salt Lake Comic Con helped with the sixth annual SLC Zombie Walk, so Farr felt like having an organized zombie-themed dance was a natural step forward. Additionally, with several stars of the AMC show "The Walking Dead" coming as guests for the FanX event in April, this was an opportunity Farr said he couldn’t pass up.
Stars Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Jon Bernthal and Laurie Holden of “The Walking Dead” will be in Salt Lake City for the FanX convention, which will be held from April 17-19.
“Zombies are the new vampires,” Farr joked.
For more information about Salt Lake Comic Con’s Zombie Invasion Ball and Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience or to purchase tickets in advance, visit SaltLakeComicCon.com.
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