Zombie tourism: Scene of gruesome crime is attracting visitors

POSTED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 8, 2012 - 1:34pm

The zombie phenomena, which The Wall Street Journal said generates $5 billion annually, has been getting more attention in the wake of Miami's face-eating attack.

The crime scene has even become somewhat of a tourist attraction for visitors who want to pose for pictures on the pedestrian bridge.

"We've had a few customers come in and talk about the incident, and it is mostly shock and "Can you believe this happened?" said Manuel Martino, who works at Mac's Comics in west Miami-Dade.

The shop is filled with all things zombie, including a Spiderman zombie action figure and "The Walking Dead" comic book series.

"What was a bestselling book is now a bestselling TV show, and the book has become more popular because of it," Martino said.

Comic book stores have noted an uptick in business since the horror on the causeway.

Martino said he doesn't know who dreams up the big screen ideas.

"I have no idea, and I don't know if I want to meet them," he said.

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