Zombies – it’s a business
Business news in the Sun Sentinel: “Zombie merchandise sales remain strong” by Justine Griffin, reporting with reference to the Miami Cannibal Zombie Apocalypse story and to products (books, toys) related to the “Walking Dead” television franchise:
The characters [of zombies] have expanded from a cult following of comic book readers and video gamer to the mainstream, said the financial website, 24/7 Wall Street. The site estimated zombies are worth more than $5 billion in today’s U.S. economy.
In other zombie business news, filmmaker AD Lane is making waves in the fundraising world by independently financing his zombie movie: “Invasion of the not quite dead” through grassroots twitter campaign. Today he encourages his 114,000 followers to tweet with #indywood and for everyone to follow back and support fellow independent artists.
And in other related business, let us not forget that “society condemns cannibalism, rather than trivializing it or glamorizing it” – this is Gloria Allred’s angle in her legal representation of the man’s girlfriend: TampaBayTimes ‘Miami Zombie’ girlfriend’s lawyer, Gloria Allred: Cannibalism is bad reprint of Miami Herald: “Publicity-hound lawyer: Cannibalism is bad” by Fred Grimm
The ubiquitous Allred organized a press conference on behalf of Yovonka Bryant “to help her have a voice.”
Some of us cynics assumed that the astounding media coverage explained the sudden appearance in Miami by Allred, who seems to hover around notorious criminal cases like a moth to klieg lights
Surely there are similar cynics who feel the same way about AD Lane’s persistent self-marketing or ‘Walking Dead’ consumerism. But:
It’s not like any of us media types there were naive about Gloria Allred, who’s been sopping up unwarranted media coverage for years, often as the lawyer for women associated with the very bad behavior of very famous men. Cynical or not, there we were on Wednesday, packing the ballroom in tacit acknowledgement of our symbiotic relationship with the likes of Allred.
Everybody needs a racket.
Also if I was going to pick a zombie lawyer I couldn’t think of a better choice. She is a self-described feminist super lawyer. And as I repeatedly bring up Donna Haraway’s Cyborg feminism, it seems appropriate to have a feminist lawyer. Also zombies are so Hollywood. So of course, how could she not get involved in this huge multi-billion dollar industry. I think I’m going to steal AD Lane’s idea and start selling USB drives.
Meanwhile Representative Jared Polis, the congressman who said zombie on the floor of the House, literally a few moments ago as I was writing this, just said in amendment debate: “Every agency tells Congress, we need more money, give us more money, that’s why the country’s in this mess”