Walker Stalker Con Atlanta is COMING!
UPDATE 10/17/2014: There are a few last-minute cancellations. The latest was Dania G, known to us hardcore The Walking Dead fan as the super hero ninja – Michonne! It’s a bit disappointing but there’s still much to check out and tons to do. See you soon!
With just a few days til Walker Stalker Con Atlanta, we figured it’s time to share some love with our fellow zombie fans, podcasters, and cosplay geeks! First and foremost, congrats to Eric and James on their 100th episode of The Walker Stalkers podcast. If you haven’t checked it out yet, we’ve embedded the MP3 player below:
Here are some of my favorite nuggets from The Walker Stalkers Episode 100:
- TWD companion series has been ordered for pilot. It’s official! Robert Kirkman can’t spill the beans (though he would love to) but he can confirm that it’s not in Georgia.
- TWD was one of many projects Kirkman was working in back in around 2003. He admits it was luck that TWD stuck. It was released under the Image label as part of a big horror push. Initial sales were abysmal. Storylines were rushed because Kirkman thought it would not last. By around issue 3, it started to gain traction, much like the show.
- Robert Kirkman says, “The Walking Dead is essentially the Twilight of zombie series… It’s essentially a soap opera.”
- Robert admits influence from Quentin Terentino, Stephanie Meyer, and others.
- The Kirman workflow: bouncing around projects. This keeps him invested and engaged so he does not burn out on any one project. If you are curious about Kirkman’s other projects, check out Invincible.
- Robert Kirkman despises cameos because it ruins immersion. He realizes people seem to love it but he can’t do it. He promises he will never do it because it feels arrogant to him.
- Kirkman says, if he had to cosplay as a TWD character, it would be Michonne. The poncho is the closest thing to his “dress for comfort” approach.
- Kirkman on clothing: “Pajama pants are to an extent my work pants… I like to feel to an extent I am naked.”
- Kirkman admits he is not a music aficionado. He does dig Neil Young. “My Top 5 is messed up Neil Young, Nick Cave, Presidents of the United States of America, George Michael (Faith album, not WHAM), and AC/DC.”
- Tori Amos, Marilyn Manson, and Natalie Merchant are the only three concerts he ever went to.
- Eric and James reminisce about the early days of The Walker Stalkers podcast and how far they’ve come along.
- The trolls of yesteryear are called out.. Where are they nowadays?
Robert Kirkman is an inspiration to me because he is an everyday kinda dude. He’s approachable, down-to-earth, and pretty darn humble.
What’s important here is that The Walking Dead wasn’t an overnight success but he stuck with it. That’s success in simplest terms: it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Sometimes, you just get lucky.. So don’t give up, geeks!
Similarly, Eric & James experienced great success with their podcast and eventually turned a fan meetup into a massive event. It wasn’t always easy. Like many creative works that start off as a labor of love, there were critics and trolls. But here they are.. You guys did it – CONGRATS!