What could be better than a zombie, werewolf and vampire round table at NYCC, I thought? All my friends on one panel, talking about blood and brains and stuff... but alas, only humans appeared.
Upon learning that I would be attending the Vampire, Werewolf and Zombie Round Table panel here at Comic Con, I was ecstatic with the promise of changelings and shape-shifters sitting around an actual round table, sipping blood from coffee mugs, eating flesh and tufts of hair uncontrollably erupting from their bodies. I was disappointed, therefore, to arrive to the panel and find mere humans sitting tamely behind a long rectangular table at the front of the stage - some actually filtering in late, clearly lacking the extra-human instinct to check their watches.
The panel primarily consisted of authors such as Caitlin Kittredge, whose Nocturne City series features a werewolf detective as its protagonist, and c-oauthors of Zombiemania, an exhaustive guide to zombies in film, Andrew Hershberger and Arnold T. Blumber. A vampire detective series also was mentioned, as apparently the heightened senses of these monsters leads to a lucrative career in crime scene investigation.
But still I stood there blinking waiting for the panelists to change their form and start fighting, biting or attacking the crowd. This panel is a lie.
To be fair, the ancient battle between werewolves and vampires was a touched upon, as well as the gang mentality of zombies and humans' fascination with the creatures that once were human themselves. The panel did have an interesting discussion about the increased demand for horror and dark fantasy during times of political unrest and hardship, obviously illustrated by the Twilight craze and demand for books of that ilk. But, although the panel were arguably experts on their monsters of choice and answered audience members' questions happily, I remained disappointed that I would not in fact be speaking directly to lycanthropes and the undead and couldn't really focus on the marketing distinctions between dark fantasy and horror discussed by the panel.
And of course, to top it all off, disparaging remarks about Twilight were made by all.