On the Beat: 10/13

Walking dead comes to Dayton

By Jim Bucher

Tell me if you’ve heard of this one before.

There’s a little TV show about the zombie apocalypse called The Walking Dead.

The weekly ratings are pretty scary for traditional broadcast networks, tearing up the competition like machine guns to zombies. So, it’s a no-brainer for a couple of local businesses to bring one of the The Walking Dead to town… and just in time for Halloween.

Moses J. Moseley, who portrayed Mike (one of Michonne’s walker pets) on the hit show, will be appearing at Toy FanAddict, a vintage and collectable toy shop, and Bell, Book & Comic, a comic shop, this Saturday live (or dead?).

Moses says it was a career highlight to be in The Walking Dead.

“It was an amazing experience that opened up so many more doors for me, as well as my career,” Moses says. “It’s most definitely a good credit to put on my resume. I would definitely return if they called me back.”

But, wow, all that make-up.

“The process was roughly two and a half hours. It consisted of the make-up artist constantly putting layers upon layers of make-up and prosthetics on my body,” he says.

Acting and modeling was something Moses always wanted to pursue as a kid, but because he was overweight most of his life, he never saw it as a possibility.

“For me, it wasn’t until I lost the weight at the age of 20 that I had the courage to pursue my career,” he says.

Now, in addition to acting and modeling, Moses shares his battle with weight to hopefully motivate others.

“I used to weigh 300 pounds,” he says. “That is why I currently speak out against obesity with the hopes of inspiring others that have faced or are currently facing weight issues similar to what I faced.”

The young actor/model likes traveling, meeting people, accomplishing new goals, watching scary movies and eating food.

His dislikes include bad weather, negative people, boring movies and liver.

I’m with him on the liver deal.

Right now, Moses is traveling and doing autograph signings and appearances, in addition to filming and auditioning for new projects.

And he says he can’t wait to see The Walking Dead fans this coming Saturday.

“I am most definitely excited about seeing everyone in Dayton,” he beams. “I have heard nothing but good things about the people there, and I love small towns because it reminds me of my home back in Aiken, South Carolina.”

“I’m a huge fan!” says Ryan Osterholt, the event coordinator at Toy FanAddict.

“Actually, a friend of the shop frequents the Georgia area where they shoot the TV series and was able to put us in touch with multiple walkers who connected us with Moses,” Osterholt says. “He’s a great guy (even with his jaw and arms hacked off) and very easy to work with.”

Oh, and yes, Moses will have all appendages attached.

What’s next for this young man’s career? Well, a dream role is to play a superhero in either a Marvel or DC production. In the next decade, he sees himself deeper in his career and constantly filming and producing new projects.

So far, the highlight was being a zombie on one of the biggest hits and cult favorites ever.

“I’m very amazed by how fast the show became ‘must see,’” he says. “I actually knew nothing about it when I got cast and had no idea it would be the number one show on TV. And as far as the zombie craze, I think they’re so popular because the show gives you a realistic look on ‘What if this really happened?’ It makes you think on how you would handle the situation and what you would do to survive.”

Let’s hope we never have to find out.

Cheers,

Buch

The Walking Dead Event featuring Moses J. Moseley takes place Saturday, Oct. 17 at Toy FanAddict (1178 E. Dixie Dr. in West Carrollton) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Bell, Book & Comic (458 Patterson Rd. in Dayton) from 6-10 p.m. 

Autographs will be two for $30, which includes a photo. You can also bring your own Walking Dead items to get signed. (Maybe even a copy of this issue of Dayton City Paper?)

For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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