At Comic Con 2012, I was fortunate enough to survive an onslaught of hungry zombies at Petco Park. Even though I lost almost every member of my group, I still managed to not only keep from being eaten, but also kept myself disease-free. This year, I once again ran the gauntlet of undead obstacles all over Petco Park at San Diego Comic Con. The Walking Dead Escape has changed slightly since its inception in 2012, and here are a few of the changes I noted:
- Run times only take place between 7 PM and 11 PM each night
- Runners no longer have to climb, crawl, or cross precarious obstacles
- Water stations are available at the beginning and middle of the course
- Spectators may now watch for free with any valid Comic Con badge
- Zombies, while still slow, are abundant and slightly more difficult to elude
- The “ending” is more intense and doesn’t always come to a happy conclusion
When I ran (read: walked really slowly) the course two years ago, it was during the day with a group of several cosplayers still in their outfits. It made for a very interesting run, so I’m glad that this year I was able to run with another cosplayer, who I’ll mention later in the article but needless to say, his inclusion in our late night group made those blood-thirsty zombie easier to face.
This year I needed to come up with a unique angle to running this obstacle course. I couldn’t just report, ” I ran it. I was tired. Then End.” – that would be boring. That’s when it hit me, “I’ll draw inspiration from “Weird” Al Yankovic’s new song “Tacky” and take selfies with the deceased!” What you’re about to read is my first ever selfie adventure. For the record, I’ve coined the word “zelfie” to describe taking a selfie with a zombie.
As you may know, taking a selife at night (even with an iPhone 5s) doesn’t always produce the best picture quality, but having a professional photographer walk around with me would have defeated the purpose.