I Survived Comic Con: A Walking Dead Weekend

As an uber fan of the AMC drama, The Walking Dead, New York Comic Con was an absolute must. The convention was held at the Javits Center in Manhattan this past weekend, and while it lasted four days, I only went for one. I am not a comic book reader, but recently finished The Walking Dead graphic novels by Robert Kirkman. When I heard that the convention’s main draw was The Walking Dead, I had to be there- there was no other option.

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In order to meet a portion of the cast on that Saturday afternoon, I convinced my best friend Sean to take 9:30 p.m. train to the city and camp out overnight. I was overly anxious that if I hadn’t lined up before midnight I would be out of the running. Only 50 tickets were given out. Well, we ended up being number 16 and 17 in line. We spent the night on the cement in 32 degrees, but it was a blast despite the elements.

In line we met alot of people, and of course, most were Walking Dead fans. Once we were in, the party started. We got our autographing ticket and walked around the showroom floor before our 2 p.m. signing. Comic Con is an experience everyone should try out once, especially if you are fan of video games, comics, and “nerdy” pop culture. Not only were there tens of thousands of people there, many were dressed up in crazy costumes; dressed as comic book characters to a T, and some just dressed to raise questions; I saw a girl dressed as a schoolgirl wearing a horse mask. So 2 p.m. comes. Sean and I are in line as the cast of Walking Dead, including creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, walk through the doors right in front of us. I was so nervous the only pictures I managed to get were blurry. Of course, like a total 14 year old fangirl I screamed, “I LOVE YOU NORMAN!” to Norman Reedus (Daryl), and he looked at me and told me he loved me, too. Here are some pictures I took of the signings!

3 a.m. …. Waiting

32 degrees!

7 a.m. Time to get our well deserved tickets!

Better than a fat stack of cash

My boo and I.. with our coveted passes

Line crew

Norman Reedus responding to my nerdy fangirl outburst (too excited to keep the camera still)

Robert Kirkman, writer and creator of The Walking Dead

Norman Reedus (Daryl)

He was all about taking a picture with me! :) Norman <3

Danai Gurira (Michonne)

Andrew Lincoln and myself (Rick Grimes)

Chandler Riggs (Carl)

David Morrissey and myself (The Governor)

What sucks it that I took these photos with my iPhone. I wasn’t sure that hauling my Nikon around all day would pay off, that the cast would even allow photos. I went out on a whim and asked them. Comic Con was the best weekend I’ve had in quite some time. I may be an uber fan, and a little obsessed for many to understand, but after NYCC, I realized that there are people just like me, which is a fucking relief.

PS: I dressed as Walker Sophia for the premiere on Sunday night!

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Already framed

Color print of Michonne and her “Pets.” Signed by Tony Moore