October 21, 2013

Fans organize ‘Walking Dead’ convention

The two creators of a podcast about the show expect to gather at least 10,000 fans in Atlanta next month.

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — Cable TV’s “The Walking Dead” has inspired a new convention, a podcast and a one-man play.

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Kevin Galbraith undergoes a three-hour make-up session to transform into his zombie character recently on the set of “The Walking Dead,” in Senoia, Ga.

The Associated Press

The podcast and Atlanta-based convention are the creations of Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, also known as the “Walker Stalkers” because of a road trip they made last fall from Nashville, Tenn., to Georgia to see the AMC show being filmed. The convention, Walker Stalker Con, is expected to draw 10,000 or more participants Nov. 1 to 3, Nordhoff said.

“The Walking Dead” characters battle zombies known as “walkers” in the streets of downtown Atlanta and in forests, small towns and a prison south of the city.

The convention will feature appearances by some of the show’s actors, including Norman Reedus, who slays walkers with a crossbow as Daryl Dixon; Andrew Lincoln, who plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, and Lauren Cohan, who portrays Maggie Greene on the show.

The series returned for its fourth season this month. The 16.1 million people who watched the Oct. 13 season premiere shattered the show’s previous record of 12.4 million, the Nielsen company said.

The show has also inspired one of its actors to stage a one-man play. Robert “IronE” Singleton, who played “T-Dog” in the first three seasons, will portray 18 characters in “Blindsided by The Walking Dead,” which tells the story of how he grew up in a housing project during Atlanta’s crack cocaine epidemic before he found work as an actor.

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