Over the past weekend, on January 31st and February 1st, I had the awesome opportunity to check out Walker Stalker Con in San Francisco (#WSCSF). The convention was being held at San Francisco’s Fort Mason and boy was it an awesome experience!
Just so you guys get the chance to see the kind of experience I had there, I’m going to break the experiences down in a few sections. First, I’ll cover cosplay at the convention, then celebrities, vendors, and lastly (but not least), the fans I saw while I was there. I want to say up front I’m not a professional photographer so a couple of these photos I’m sharing with you turned out a bit fuzzy, but hopefully you enjoy them anyway!
If you don’t already know, I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead, both comic and show. When I heard I was going to Walker Stalker Con in San Francisco for DHTG, I did a little dance. I knew that I would be surrounded by all things “dead” and that I had to contain my fan-girling when meeting the celebrities.
The cosplay there was phenomenal! I didn’t expect much seeing as it might be difficult to cosplay characters from the show, but somehow a very big handful of people showed up looking just like them! Of course, there were also Walkers who were masterfully put together. Super creepy! Check out the photos!
Rocker Walker:Clown Walker from our nightmares:Reel Guise as The Walking Dead characters:I wouldn’t want to cross paths with this Walker:Gender swapped turning Merle Dixon and Daryl Dixon:Ready for action:Rosita and Kyle Williamson as The Governor:Charles Pinckney as Classy Walker:
The celebs were definitely busy most of the day meeting fans and conversing at panels. It was really cool to see them and interact with them. WSC promises to make this convention all about the fans and they have impressed me by really stepping up to fulfill that promise. Many cheers would burst from crowds in font of each booth as each of the celebrities came trickling in. It was almost weird seeing some them outside of character and especially the scary ones like Gareth (a cannibal)!
Speaking of Gareth, I did get a chance to meet Andrew West (who plays Gareth) and he was as charming as can be. I promise you he is not as scary in person than he is on the show. I did, however, had to resist asking him whether or not I looked good enough to eat. (I’m quite the plump!) Check out the pictures I got!
I’m pretty sure Mr. Wilson was telling me to get off of his farm… But then he smiled at me so maybe he changed his mind.
Many other celebrities such as Emily Kinney (Beth Greene) and Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) were there, but I hadn’t gotten the chance to get photos of them. However, you will see at least those two later on in the article, so keep reading!
Unfortunately, Greg Nicotero (executive producer and special effects make-up designer for AMC’s The Walking Dead) had to cancel last-minute, however, he did leave some of his props behind for everyone to see. Thank you Mr. Nicotero!
Along with the cool displays and celebrity booths, there was a whole designated section for vendors. I had the chance to peruse the isles checking out all of the booths. There were many sketch artists, special effects make-up artists, and vendors of all sorts of The Walking Dead memorabilia. If you are a big fan of The Walking Dead you might as well have died and… Well turned into a Walker, but you could have also died and gone to heaven at this place.
Photo of Chris Thorne:
I took advantage of the food trucks there at the convention. They had around six different food trucks there so there was definitely a variety of food to choose from. The one food truck I went to was Adam’s Grub Truck (an Asian fusion food truck) and it was super good! I had a juicy Draco (fried chicken topped with Asian coleslaw on a brioche bun) with a side of waffle fries topped with corn beef hash, a fried egg, and a dino chicken nugget while my boyfriend had a Double Dragon (fried chicken topped with pulled pork and Asian coleslaw on a brioche bun). I’d die to get their food again! I took a picture for you so you all can be jealous and drool over the deliciousness we enjoyed!
You can see all the food trucks and fans waiting in line to get some grub and enjoy the celebs that came on the outside stage. It was killer to get up the steps to where this view was, but totally worth it. Can you believe this is only half of the convention site?! I’m telling you, it was huge and there were a TON of fans! Walker Stalker Con did choose a great venue though. For their first time in San Francisco, this was definitely a good place to be!
Last, but certainly not least, the fans. Wowie, there were a ton of fans here. In fact, the convention sold out of their general admission tickets so you can imagine how many people were there… TOO MANY TO COUNT, THAT’S HOW MANY! It wasn’t so crowded that you couldn’t get around very well, believe me. I managed to get around from building to building very easily, but the panel lines did fill up fast and grew very long. The lines outside to get into the vendor buildings and to see the celebs got long, but even then it didn’t take long for those who were waiting to get in and out.
If Walker Stalker Con is in your area, you can actually sign up to volunteer. Some fans of The Walking Dead volunteered to help manage crowds, help celebs, and helped fans with information we needed to know. It was definitely appreciated that they had so many volunteers. They were definitely very helpful!
I spotted some fans wearing themed shirts that support a cause called The Walking Hope. The Walking Hope is a community of fans of The Walking Dead. They are helping those who are fighting cancer and they support American Cancer Society (ACS). Bradley Egel, founder of The Walking Hope, designs these shirts and hoodies for fans to buy while proceeds go towards ACS. One of the fans, Piper Smith who supports The Walking Hope and American Cancer Society (ACS), managed to collect signatures by the celebrities on one of the designed hoodies on behalf of Detroit Zombie Apocalypse (a “charitable organization that hosts the annual entertainment event to raise funds and awareness for causes and charities” according to their Facebook).
*Photo credit: Piper Smith
Oh look! And as I promised, here’s a picture of Emily Kinney (The Walking Dead‘s Beth Greene) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead’s Glenn Rhee) signing the hoodie!
*Photo credit: Piper Smith
At the end of the weekend, I was pooped! It was definitely a convention worth going to for both days. I would highly recommend that if you are a big fan of The Walking Dead that you check out Walker Stalker Con’s website and find a convention that will take place near you! This convention has catered to the fans by including celebrity and fan meet and greets, photos ops, and vendors! I will definitely look forward to Walker Stalker Con if they decide to return to San Francisco again next year.
What do you think geeks? Would you die to get a chance to go to one of these conventions and meet your favorite The Walking Dead celebrity? Let us know in the comments below!