THE ultimate Walking Dead fan experience happened. October 27, 28 and 29th. Founded by The Walker Stalkers Podcast, Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta celebrated its 5th year anniversary and was hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Let’s check out some of the highlights of Walker Stalker Con 2017. From cosplay to panels to evening events to vendors, Walker Stalker Atlanta was filled with fun all weekend long!
Free panel sessions led by stars from some of television’s most popular shows were scheduled all throughout the weekend. There were many panels to choose from, including: Abraham’s Army: Michael Cudlitz, Josh McDermitt & Christian Serratos, Sitting in a Tree: Chandler Riggs & Katelyn Nacon, Negan: Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And the panels were not just The Walking Dead focused, such as Z Nation: Anastasia Baranova, Nat Zang, Keith Allan and Russell Hodgkinson, Sons of Anarchy: Ron Perlman, Tommy Flanagan, Kim Coates, Mark Boone Jr., Theo Rossi and Ryan Hurst, Ash vs. Evil Dead: Lee Majors, Ted Raimi, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo and Jill Marie Jones, Boondocks Saints: David Della Rocco & Sean Patrick Flanery, and Lost” Harold Perinea, Emilie De Ravin, Nestor Carbonyl & Andrew Divoff.
— Second Union (@WeAreSecondU) November 6, 2017
There was an array of things to do on the convention show floor as well with rows and rows of vendors to choose from. Fandom themed goods, celebrity photo-ops, “by appointment” tattoo artist, a kids zone with rock climbing, a video game hub, and even a convention show floor stage for panels. Not to mention food concessions, including a personal favorite, Wild Bill’s Soda. They even offered two exclusive Walker Stalker Con Atlanta tin mugs. #GetYourMugOn
Special thanks to Tee No Evil, Cecil Grimes Cosplay, and Alex Wer for taking time out to speak to us regarding their goods and services. Take a look at our recap video to watch interviews with these three amazing vendors.
Leading up to Walker Stalker Con, there was an opportunity to view the documentary, Walker Stalkers: The Documentary which documents the story of how Walker Stalker Con came to be. It was also broadcast throughout the weekend in Atlanta on the convention floor.
TONIGHT @ Midtown Art Cinema, YOU can join the Standby Line for a chance to get in! Opens @ 7PM, the film begins @ 8PM! 1st come, 1st served pic.twitter.com/gt26xrrcDu
— James Frazier (@JamesAFrazier) October 26, 2017
Zombie Bus Tour – None other than the lovable Jerry from the Kingdom, Cooper Andrews himself, hosted an exclusive bus tour of The Walking Dead set in Senoia, Ga. There were two ticket options: VIP tickets to be on the bus with Cooper as a host or a seat on a second bus hosted by two guides who worked on TWD’s set! The fabulous two-hour tour stopped at various locations of the set where fans got to explore and interact with Jerry!
The Dead Truth – A suspenseful, immersive experience that took place throughout the city of Atlanta. Participants solved puzzles to move from location to location, racing against the clock and other participants to get to the final location…and win a prize!
Lady Lucille’s Casino Night – Presented by Skybound Entertainment, this was an evening of themed drinks, classic casino games, and the living dead at “Lady Lucille’s Casino Night”. There was also live music, trivia, and chances to win prizes throughout the evening. And famous faces joined attendee tables!
Gameshow – The search for the ultimate master of geek knowledge was ON! Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell wasn’t your average quiz show or trivia contest. The entire audience had the chance to play along and qualify to be on stage—and attempt to be The Last Fan Standing. Through provided “audience response devices” (aka Clickers), each audience member participated in a series of multiple-choice questions, where the players with the fastest-correct answers advance to the Podium Rounds. The Podium Rounds brought the top four (4) players from the audience to a winner-take-all battle of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Superheroes, and Horror based trivia. After each round, the player with the lowest score was eliminated until there was only one….Last Fan Standing!
Halloween Party – This 21+ event featuring special guest emcee Tobin Bell aka Jigsaw from Saw, and appearances by Steven Ogg, Austin Amelio, Ross Marquand, Cooper Andrews & Pollyanna Macintosh! A copycat killer had surfaced calling himself Gideon. Obsessed with the infamous killer, he had a plan to go far beyond his mentor’s original plans.
While attending the biggest Halloween party of the year in Atlanta, people were trying not to get Trapped in Gideon’s Revenge! The party featured full liquor, beer and wine cash bars throughout, $500 costume contest, DJ spinning all night, laser light show, and out of this world entertainment.
Viewing Party – The best way to end Walker Stalker Con Atlanta was to attend the viewing party of the current season’s Sunday episode of The Walking Dead in the Georgia Ballroom with fellow Walker Stalkers. It is what brought us all together. This event was free and open to the public. You did not need a convention badge to join in the fun.
You can meet your favorite TWD celebs by joining other AMC’s The Walking Dead fans on a cruise packed with panels, Q&As, special activities, concerts, autograph signings, gaming, costume contests, photo ops and more on the Walker Stalker Cruise 2018. Guests include Robert Kirkman, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohen and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and much more!
A collaboration between Sixthman, Skybound, and Walker Stalker Con, the Walker Stalker Cruise will take place January 26th to January 30th aboard the Norwegian Pearl and will set sail from New Orleans to Cozumel, Mexico. Cabins are few so book now!
Until Next Year! Are you planning on attending Walker Stalker Con next year? Or at any of their
world tour locations. Follow us on Twitter @wearesecondu to let us know!
What’s next for us? We will be covering Heroes & Villains Atlanta November 18 & 19!