The zombies and zombie fans who attend this year's Zombie Gras 3 (ZG3) at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) will be able to take a closer look at the greatest horror comics ever in the pages of a special variant cover edition of Comic Book Marketplace.

After the success of the first two years of Zombie Gras, while we were working on the 2012 Free Comic Book Day all-horror issue of Comic Book Marketplace, we talked with Melissa Bowersox about producing a special giveaway for the museum. It seemed pretty obvious at the time that the issue we were working on right then was it, but the schedules didn't exactly line up because FCBD wasn't until May," said J.C. Vaughn, Associate Publisher of Gemstone Publishing.

"So last year we did a small overrun of CBM with a exclusive ZG3 variant cover by Maggie Siegel-Berele, who has done a lot ads for GEM and really captured the spirit of Zombie Gras with her piece,” he said.

"These limited, variant cover editions of Comic Book Marketpalce will be given out while supplies last on a first come, first served basis, one per person, to those who attend ZG3 at GEM," said Melissa Bowersox, President of Geppi's Entertainment Museum.

March 30, 2013 marks the third annual Zombie Gras presented by GEM.

The first Zombie Gras became the museum’s largest paid attendance day ever – not including more than 100 folks who staggered in free of charge because they were dressed like zombies – and the second also attracted a large crowd despite a solid dose of inclement weather. In fact, it was that bout of cold last year that led to Zombie Gras 3 (also known as “ZG3”) being moved to the end of March this year.

Zombie Gras has become a huge event for the museum.

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In director George A. Romero’s 1978 film Dawn of the Dead, one of the characters remembers what his grandfather told him and shares it with his fellow survivors of the zombie apocalypse: “When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.” GEM has put its own, much friendlier spin on it: “When there’s no more room in Geppi’s Entertainment Museum the dead will walk the streets of Baltimore.”

“We will kick off the fun starting at 10 AM at the museum with vendors and make-up artists and special appearance by Pixilated photo booth. Since 2013 is the 35th Anniversary of the second Romero zombie movie, Dawn of the Dead, GEM will play host to celebrity zombies from the cast of Dawn of the Dead,” said Bowersox.  

“At 1:00 PM the costume winners will be announced at Pickles Pub and the bar crawl will begin, as will the zombie scavenger hunt. Specials will continue throughout the evening,” she said.

For more information, visit GEM's site or call (410) 625-7060.