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ZombieCon 2009

There are still two weeks until Halloween, and already the undead are out in force. ZombieCon, the annual parade of the bloody, the battered and the strangely animated, takes place on Saturday. Participants in this loosely organized spectacle  roam the streets of Manhattan dressed in their best grave-defying fashions with gaping wounds et al, spending the afternoon scaring children and shopkeepers and hunting for brains (and beer).

“ZombieCon combines the things we love most (costumes, street theater and Halloween parties) with a wry commentary on what we see as the mindless consumer nature of the holiday and mainstream party scenes,” Irene Kaoru Malatesta, a creator of the event and a graphic designer by day, wrote in an e-mail message. “The first three years had us beginning our invasion down Fifth Avenue for maximum contrast between the chic shops and our bedraggled horde.”

The opportunity for cultural jamming is especially ripe: suggested outfits include zombie stockbroker, zombie bull market and zombie Brooklyn food co-op manager. Of course some people just go for the creativity.

“My all-time favorite might be zombie Charlie Brown — he carried a handmade thought bubble that said simply, ‘Grief,’ ” wrote Malatesta, who plans to do her best Michael  in “Thriller.”

As with any attack, stealth is key; Though it's held on Oct. 24th, 2009, location information for the event is not released in advance.

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PDN PhotoPlus Conference + Expo 2009

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo 2009 (PPE09) offers more than 110 seminars and keynote presentations, and the International Lucie Awards in New York City.

PPE09 announces a new Video Pavilion created for manufacturers of video cameras, hardware, software and accessories and provides attendees with an inside look at the ever-changing landscape of the photographic industry and future business opportunities these converging technologies present to photographers and videographers alike.

“For the past 25 years, PhotoPlus Expo has evolved to  stay ahead of the changes and growing business applications in the photographic and visual communications industries,” explains Jeff McQuilkin, PDN PhotoPlus Expo Show Director.  “The convergence of technologies in photography and video, along with new applications and business opportunities finds us evolving once again to include an exhibitor pavilion dedicated to video products.  We anticipate tremendous interest among attendees and will continue to educate our audience about the future of photography through seminars, keynote presentations, and expert panel discussions,” McQuilkin added.

PhotoPlus Expo has become more than an annual trade show for industry leaders including Nikon, Canon, Eastman Kodak, and more than 100 other manufacturers.  It has become the meeting place where photographers and other visual communications professionals can share their thoughts and ideas with peers, learn new trends and applications from the Masters, and gain a unique perspective into the future of their craft.

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus showcases the latest advances in photography, both traditional and digital. Held annually at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services - everything from image capture and color management to retouching and storage - all from the industry's leading manufacturers.  The show also offers over 100 photography and imaging seminars and hands-on workshops taught by world-renowned experts with a focus on cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques.

PDN PhotoPlus
the Jacob Javits Convention Center

Adventures in Travel Expo Treks into New York

The 6th Annual Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE), presented by the New York Post, will be in New York on Saturday and Sunday, October 10-11, 2009, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Attendees can learn to scuba dive, climb a rock wall, zip-line, see cultural performances and book the next vacation at discounted rates right on the show floor.

With the help of more than 350 exhibitors from Mexico to the Philippines to Pocono Mountains, one can plan a far-off adventure or a quick weekend getaway. Experts from destinations, tour companies and resorts are available so that attendees can research and select the perfect vacation. Visitors will find authentic travel experiences ranging from eco-tours, safaris, and volunteer vacations, to cycling, and culinary tours.

Additionally, throughout the expo, the National Geographic Adventure Theater will spotlight presentations by top adventure travel authors, explorers and experts. On Saturday hear from travel expert Arthur Frommer talk about how to travel smart in down economy. On Sunday, Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, will highlight top travel choices for 2009-2010.

“Our exhibitors and partners know how important value is to travelers today," noted CEO John Golicz of Expo organizer Unicomm. "It's all about experience and getting the most for your money, and many of these exhibitors offer savings for attendees through show only vacation discount offers.”

The event gathers hundreds of captivating destinations from exotic India to captivating Cayman and exciting, activities: a huge scuba pool, kayak demonstrations, an aerial zip line, a rope adventure course, cultural performers and much more. A great opportunity for New Yorkers et al to kick off the winter blahs and plan that ultimate vacation.

For more information about the Adventures in Travel Expo, call (203) 878-2577 ext. 108 or visit:

The Adventures in Travel Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001

Saturday and Sunday, October 10 & 11, 2009

Show Hours:
Saturday, October 10: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, October 11: 11:00am-4:00pm

Travel Trade Hours:
Saturday, October 10: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, October 11: 11:00am-4:00pm

Tickets are $15 per day for adults; children 16 years of age and under may attend for free.

Fangoria's Trinity Of Terrors With Slipknot Halloween Weekend In Las Vegas

With Fangoria Trinity of Terrors, Fangoria Entertainment celebrates its 30th anniversary as publisher of the world’s best-selling horror magazine and industry leader of all things horror since 1979, with this brand new multi-media horror event. The extravaganza fittingly takes place Halloween weekend, beginning Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the beautiful Palms Casino Resort, home of Las Vegas' premier musical venue, the Pearl Concert Theater.

This event will feature celebrity appearances, as well as signings, screenings, vendors, exhibitors, panel discussions, special FX make-up applications, video gaming, tattooing, collectibles, special VIP parties and much more.

A high point will be the special Halloween night performance by multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning alternative metal masters, Slipknot, in the Pearl Concert Theater. 

The weekend's guests include: original Fango editor Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin, Roger Corman (Death Race 2000, The Pit And The Pendulum), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie’s Halloween), George A. Romero (Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead), John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Seed Of Chucky), Fairuza Balk (The Craft, American History X), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator, The Frighteners), Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead, The Devil’s Rejects), Tony Todd (Candyman, The Crow) and Dee Wallace (The House of the Devil, The Howling, Cujo). Also expected to appear are Bruce CampbellKristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects), David Naughton (American Werewolf) and Patricia Tallman ("Barbara", Night of the Living Dead 1990).

Over a dozen new films will be screened, including Joseph Maddrey's critically acclaimed documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film  and the world premiere of Dark House starring Jeffrey Combs, as well as Ti West’s latest terrifying frightfest, The House of the Devil.

But this isn't your typical convention "panel room viewing"--panels and film screenings  will be presented in the beautiful Brenden Theatres auditoriums, featuring state-of-the-art projection and sound. Brenden has 14 auditoriums at the Palms, equipped with IMAX, 3D and more. They are also the home of the renowned CineVegas Film Festival.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, it’s a banner year for Fangoria Entertainment. Boasting a completely re-designed and upgraded network of websites and online social community geared towards the “horror lifestyle,” Fangoria is rocking hard in 2009 with its all-new Trinity Of Terrors event in Las Vegas along with all new content for its Sirius/XM Satellite Fangoria Radio show, the expansion of the Fangoria Musick division and the advent of the Fangoria Graphix line of novels, comics and magazines, featuring the relaunch of the popular hardcore horror mag GoreZone and the kid-friendly classic The Monster Times.

Tickets are available online at the events official website and through, as well as all its service locations throughout the Las Vegas area.

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