OK, so here is a (belated?) outline update / addition
just some stuff we did at the Animation on Display zombie panel
I) Zombies in Pop-Culture
A focus on Movies, Video games, and of course Anime portrayals of zombies. The main purpose is to explore what different kinds of zombies have existed, starting with the classic shamblers and moving to the thrillers and finally the sprinters and such.
B) Video Games
II) Zombies in Real Life
Covered by the zombies Cameron and Hunter
How could a zombie exist in real life? Audience will be asked about their favorite interpretations of zombies from the pop-culture section, and they will be compared to the actual likelyhood of zombies.
A) Viral origins of zombies
2) Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease / Mad Cow
B) Zombies must be living
1) Required organs and body systems must be functioning to produce autonomous creature
2) Nervous system will not register properly, limbic system will not function
III) The start of the Plague
Where will the virus begin to spread, what should you do at the beginning of the outbreak
A) Avoid public Transportation
B) Avoid large Cities (San Jose)
Slamming into a zombie at 40mph will wreck your car, but pushing them out of the way at 3mph is fine
Hybrid vehicles are quiet and more fuel efficient
Motorcycles are more maneuverable and are faster than a large vehicle but also leave you more open and carry fewer supplies
get a hybrid (or electric) pickup truck
Clothing - Full body coverage to avoid any contact with blood. Even a scratch from a zombie's dirty fingernails can transmit the virus
Who to Travel with - According to anime, only Japanese school girls
Everyone's favorite, what weapons would be useful. This is a good topic to get the audience involved, so ask for ideas from audience and critique.
- When an audience member suggests a firearm, begin special secret participation demonstration!
Try to steer audience away from just listing variations on the same gun. Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun are as detailed as those guns need to be. Crossbow would be a different firearm, so there are still plenty to choose
Any questions the audience still has will be answered, improvisation will be required
I think this gives a pretty good skeleton to the whole event. This was about as detailed as the outline of our last panel. Just make a few notes about specifics, like the names of movies or some important points and the panel should be great!