‘The Walking Dead’ Overtakes NY Comic Con

RETURN OF THE (WALKING) DEAD: 5 W’S FROM THE WALKING DEAD PANEL AT NY COMIC CON 2012

PHOTO CREDIT: FRANK OCKENFELS/AMC

NOTE: The Walking Dead Season 3 premieres on AMC at 9/8c tonight, Oct. 14. Still unavailable on DISH Network (see link below).

WHO: Panel for The Walking Dead Season 3 at New York Comic Con featuring the TV show’s executive producer and graphic novel co-creator Robert Kirkman, Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and a lively bunch of castmates who quickly connected with fans: Andrew Lincoln (as Rick Grimes), Chandler Riggs (as Carl Grimes), Norman Reedus (as Daryl Dixon), Danai Gurira (as Michonne), David Morrissey (as The Governor) and Michael Rooker (as Merle Dixon).

WHAT: For starters, hundreds of fans of the acclaimed AMC series got a chance to watch an intense, dialogue-free scene from the season opener, foreshadowing what’s in store for the band of survivors as they fended off zombies in a deserted house while seeking food and sanctuary. The crowd roared when cast and creators took the stage, with fan fave moderator Chris Hardwick of AMC’s Talking Dead spinoff, keeping Q&As on track throughout a fun, and at times, slightly revealing hour-long session. Cool moments: Actor Norman Reedus (Daryl) gets entire audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to his 13-year-old son in attendance; Reedus and Lincoln later surprise everyone when they hop offstage to take a closer look at a Walking Dead tattoo on the leg of a young girl’s mother there to see the panel.

WHERE: IGN Theater and adjacent packed hall at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, in Manhattan. Comic Con 2012 fans in New York showed much love for all things zombified during the four-day event, which drew thousands this weekend.

WALKING DEAD EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CREATOR ROBERT KIRKMAN (R) POSES WITH A FAN AT NY COMIC CON, 2012.

FAN GETS PERSONALIZED ZOMBIE IMAGE AT NYCC

‘TALKING DEAD’ HOST CHRIS HARDWICK IN LEGO BY ARTIST NATHAN SAWAYA

WHEN: Panel held on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. WHY: C’mon … we all know the answer to this one! But, are YOU ready for the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?!?!!

Recommended:

New York Comic Con 2012: http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/

The Walking Dead on AMC: http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead

Inside The Walking Dead (behind-the-scenes with cast): http://www.amctv.com/the-walking-dead/videos/the-cast-on-season-3-inside-the-walking-dead

Walking Dead graphic novel artist and co-creator Tony Moore: http://tonymooreillustration.com/

Geeks of Doom blog: http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/10/14/nycc-2012-the-walking-dead-you-wont-have-to-ask-wheres-carl-in-season-3/

DISH petition campaign: http://www.keepamcnetworks.com/switch/?utm_source=site_intercept&utm_medium=the_walking_dead&utm_campaign=amctv_com

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