POSTED: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 1:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, August 26, 2011 - 7:10pm
EL PASO- If you happen to be going to Downtown El Paso tonight, don't get scared if you see a bunch of zombies walking around.
They're not real. They're taking part in a launch party organized by El Paso Comic Con, which is two weeks away. The Zombie Walk is a preview of some of the entertainment you can expect to see.
Warning signs were posted everywhere at Daxie Boy Toys comic book store in West El Paso. We were in a zombie outbreak zone. This is some of what you can expect to see at the zombie walk -- the undead claiming the streets of downtown.
"We kind of came up with the idea after going to San Diego Comic Con. There was people walking through downtown, dressed up like zombies and they were attacking people all in fun," said El Paso Comic Con Organizer Julian Lawler.
This year El Paso Comic Con is being held at a much bigger venue, the Convention Center. And Julian says they have a lineup that's to die for. "The main difference is Billy Dee Williams and the cast of star wars that we're bringing," said Julian.
With two weeks to go before Comic Con, organizers say you bet your life the Zombie Walk will get people pumped up for the convention. So far, 160 people are expected to spend their Friday night as a zombie and more undead are expected when the sun goes down. Julian says there were a number of businesses that were dying to be involved with the event.
"We agreed to do this with Alfresco Fridays and LIPS Lounge. Those are the starting point and the end point and we've been promoting it and trying to get people to come out here and just walk it," said Julian.
The top 30 zombies get a free two-day pass to El Paso Comic Con. And at the convention, one of those 30 can compete in a contest, with one rising up as the winner. "We’re having the Vatos from the walking dead, they're gonna judge our play contest and they're going to give $500 to the best zombie that they pick," said Julian.
Our resident zombie is asking everyone to come out and have the time of their life. "Enjoy doing it. Scare people, just enjoy the time. It's a new life experience kind of situation," said Jared Rhine.
The zombie walks started at 6:30 p.m. at Alfresco Fridays and will end at Lips Lounge, 510 N. Stanton.