The Walker Stalker Convention made it’s way into Orlando…moaning and shuffling and searching for brains…and maybe even a few fan dollars.
It’s the premier convention for all things Walking Dead, plus a few bonus surprises in the form of TV shows like Gotham, Lost, Comic Book Men, and Breaking Bad.
(I have to admit, even though I am a big fan of Walking Dead and Breaking Bad….I was as giddy as a little school girl in pigtails to see Ming from Comic Book Men.)
It was a bright sunny Orlando day, not unlike any other bright sunny Orlando days, except this one felt slightly different…slightly foreboding…extremely sweaty…and slightly cosplayerish….
(Yes, I just made up a new word.)
I expected lots of zombies to be attending, but it was quite the opposite.
It was crystal clear who the man of the convention to emulate was, and his name was Norman.
Most of you know his look from The Walking Dead TV show as this:
If there was ever a place to dress up like everyone’s favorite redneck zombie killer, Walker Stalker is definitely it. In the show he wears a leather jacket with angel wings on the back. A sort of symbol of his bad boy trying to do good in this new world.
I have actually 200 pictures of various men, women, children, and dogs wearing the Darryl wings, but was not allowed to publish them all here due to our editor thinking that would be really, really boring. But I do have them on my phone if you want to take a look. Just shoot me a message.
Walker Stalker Convention Tip Number One: If you had not thought to purchase said Darryl wings, there are plenty of places to buy them on the convention floor.
One nice thing about any convention where cosplay might come into effect, is that it’s OK to have hundreds of people all dressed the same. It’s kind of like the anti-prom. Sometimes it’s even encouraged.
Some even try to think outside the box. This lady took her cue from Jurassic World:
Walker Stalker Convention Tip Number Two: Security confiscated her gun at the door. It was clearly a toy, but was still not allowed in. However, Nerf guns were.
Walker Stalker mirrors the big boys of conventions like MegaCon and ComicCon where you could pay to get someone’s autograph, buy merchandise and artwork from vendors, attend discussion panels, and pay for over priced cold Papa John’s pizza.
Editor’s Note: The Over Priced Cold Papa John’s Pizza has nothing to do with the people behind the Walker Stalker Convention and the responsibility rests solely on the Papa John’s Cold Pizza Convention Kiosk. I was more angered by the warm soda served with the cold pizza to be honest. Reverse this and you might have a satisfied customer.
One unique aspect to the Walker Stalker Convention, was the interactive playgrounds:
Of course, the very best part of any convention is to wander aimlessly through the Exhibitor’s Booths and Artist Alley. You never know what you might see:
Walker Stalker Convention Tip Number Three: The bigger the star, the longer the line. Get the autographs early.
There is room for this convention to grow. The merchandise was a little too much Walking Dead. I do realize that it was a Walking Dead convention…but booth after booth of the same offerings got a little stale. I would suggest bringing in other zombie franchises like: Night Of The Living Dead, World War Z, From Dusk Til Dawn, and Planet Terror. Also, it needed some more panel offerings. You could bring in by non-TV related people and instead have zombie experts, podcastors, and authors…authors like Max Brooks…or even perhaps…me!
But bottom line…is it worth your money and your weekend?
On a scale of 1 to 10 brains…we give it a 7.
On a scale of 1 to 1000 Crying Darryls…we give it a 778.
On a scale of 1 to 5 giant cans of chocolate pudding…we give it a 4.
On a scale of 1 to 1 million zombie heads in fish tanks…we give it an 8 hundred thousand.
On a scale of 1 to 2 good Governor eyeballs….well…let’s just say we are out of Walking Dead references.
Tickets range from $45 to $55 for individual days. $100 for both.
Kids 10 and under are free with a paying adult.
VIP Tickets range anywhere around $200 to $1200.
Meet and Greets range between $10 to $300 or more.
Panels are free.
You can check to see if the convention is coming near you here: walkerstalkercon.com
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