Sad Fatality at Comic Con

We’ve got less than twenty-four hours till the start of the year’s biggest comic convention and we already have some tragic news.With 150,000 or more people expected to be attending the San Diego Comic-Con (ourselves included), the Comic-Con Twitter page issued a small warning for individuals:

Please do not line up for Hall H, set-up is not complete. Read the complete line-up guidelines: http://bit.ly/Na5LFZ #SDCC #twilight

This was back on Monday, when fans of the Twilight franchise began lining up early to partake in the panel for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn—Part 2. It’s going to be a hard panel to get in to and normally we’d be joking about this, but now is nowhere near the time.

It has been brought to our attention that a 53-year-old Twilight attendee has died prior to the opening of SDCC.

Gisella, like many others, was heading for Twilight panel line up when, according to reports, she was struck by an oncoming vehicle while trying to cross at Fifth and Harbor in San Diego. Police were contacted at 9:20 a.m but when the ambulance arrived, the victim had suffered severe head trauma and was bleeding profusely. The driver that struck Gisella stayed on the scene the whole time and Gisella was taken to the hospital, but sadly succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

This poor soul died on her way to seeing people she idolized at a time that should have been the happiest she’d ever been. This is no way anyone should enter the next life and we here at Nerd Bastards offer our condolences to Gisella’s family and friends, as well as everyone who was witness to the unfortunate scene. An online Twitter petition is being passed around asking for a moment of silence at the panel to honor Gisella.

Remember to be aware of your surroundings and please safe out there this week, everyone!

*EDITORS NOTE: Earlier this article ran under a different, regrettable title. It was not our intent to upset people or make light of the situation but we did and we apologize for offending our readers and vow to be more sensitive in the future regarding these matters.

Source: Blastr

While only the true hardcore zombie fans know his name, it’s safe to say even casual fans of the genre know his face and his place in zombie movie history. Bill Hinzman, the man who first shuffled his way on screen as they very first flesh eater in George A. Romero‘s original 1968 Night of the Living Dead, passed away over the weekend at the age of 75.

Lovingly remembered as the Graveyard Zombie, Hinzman locked his place in the cinema of the undead when he staggered on screen towards brother and sister Barbara and Johnny, maintained it by further work with Romero on movies like There’s Always VanillaSeason of the Witch and The Crazies  and secured his legend by being a fixture of the convention circuit. As Dread Central puts it, “Bill was always there with a smile for fans, often appearing in costume as the famed ghoul we all grew up with.

Nerd Bastards would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Hinzman, R.I.P. Zombie #1, you will be missed.

If you want to relive his iconic first performance, I have it cued up for you after the jump.