As we discussed in a previous article, we had the opportunity to attend the Walker Stalker Con in Chicago this past spring. This convention grew out of a successful Walking Dead podcast, the Walker Stalkers and the convention originated in Atlanta. Atlanta was a natural for the initial outing as much of the filming of The Walking Dead takes place in the area. Also, The Walker Stalkers have developed relationships with many of the cast and crew of The Walking Dead so they were able to provide a top notch selection of guests. Since the success of their first convention, they have continued to spread the exposure of The Walker Stalker Cons.
The Walker Stalkers and their convention is a perfect example of why I love being a geek. Geeks are so passionate about their interests and love to share that passion. So in awesome fan can style the Walker Stalkers have taken advantage of the wild popularity of The Walking Dead and have been expanding the locations for upcoming Walker Stalker Cons.
Since the initial Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta in 2013, they have hosted events in Chicago and Boston. The guest lists for both shows included many of the top actors and showrunners from the successful AMC series. The vendors and events expanded on the general undead-ness of the experience. But I believe one of the smartest things the organizers do is that they include other top pop culture personalities to improve the experience. At Chicago, there were guests from not only the Walking Dead, but from Game of Thrones, Comic Book Men and Arrow. At Boston there were guests from Night of the Living Dead, Friday the 13th, and The Boondock Saints. Typically, fan cons are pretty limited to their guest list, but Walker Stalker Con really does a great job of sharing the love.
The Walker Stalkers have already scheduled again for Atlanta in October and Chicago in February 2015. With over 15,000 in attendance in Boston, plans are in the works to return. Additionally, they have added San Francisco in January of 2015 and are planning to announce at least one more city soon. They have been discussing the possibilities and looking for suggestions on their social media pages. So be sure to like and follow them and keep an eye for the virus to infect a city near you soon.