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In which I’m the “zombie dude”

It’s weird how you could make an offhand comment — I’m sure I said something offhand about being the “zombie dude” — and have a reporter decide that this is your nickname.  Anyhow, check out this piece which appears to be the front page article for the week at the Leader.

Lecture highlights reality, legend of zombies

Lecture highlights reality, legend of zombies

My favorite bit of the story:

Zombie scholar Brendan Riley, associate professor of English at Columbia College in Chicago, also nicknamed the “zombie dude,” presented “Zombies and You: Why You Should Care about the Living Dead” Thursday afternoon on Dowagiac’s campus. Described as a “devastatingly awesome lecture,” Riley highlighted the history of zombies and their place in popular culture. Riley serves as a member of the advisory board for the Zombie Research Society and teaches one of Columbia College’s most popular classes, Zombies and Popular Media. Riley said the lecture was to not only educate people on where zombies originated, but also to detail how they appear in film, literature and other media. (link)

That bit where the reporter says the event was described as a “devastatingly awesome lecture” — this implies, I think, that some student or someone made that comment.  Nope.  It was my own hyperbolic puffery.  Here’s the opening slide that sits on the screen before I talk and during Q&A:

A Devastatingly Awesome Lecture

A Devastatingly Awesome Lecture

That’s the best.

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