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Comic conventions are fan conventions held annually to celebrate and promote the comic book, comic art and animation/anime industry. Over the years, they have extended to cover a number of TV shows, movies, video games and other pop culture elements popularized by or associated with the science fiction or fantasy genres. They feature interactive discussion panels, special shows and workshops, and encourage fans to dress up in costumes of their favorite characters.
Conventions have in the past showcased material from The Walking Dead. They have also included discussion panels in which The Walking Dead writers, producers and cast answered fan questions and showed spoilerish material for the next season.
San Diego Comic-Con
- Founded in 1970
- Held annually in the summertime in San Diego, CA
- A poster painted by Drew Struzan was shown.
- The Walking Dead (TV Series) made its debut at Comic-Con 2010 with the world premiere preview of a Season 1 trailer.
- First to take the stage at the panel were AMC TV Sr. Vice President of Creative programming Joel Stillerman, makeup specialist Gregory Nicotero, co-producer Gale Anne Hurd, show creator Frank Darabont, and The Walking Dead comic book creator Robert Kirkman.
- In attendance were stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jon Bernthal and Emma Bell.
- A poster made by Tim Bradstreet for Comic-Con was revealed.
- A special clip from season 2 premiered at Comic-Con.
- Guests on panel included cast members Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Jeffrey DeMunn; series creator/writer/director/executive producer Frank Darabont executive producer Gale Anne Hurd; executive producer Robert Kirkman; and makeup artist and consulting producer Gregory Nicotero.
- Four action figures debuted at the official NYCC show store.
- Exclusive Deer Eating Zombie Mini Bust by NECA was released.
- The Walking Dead: Escape made its debut at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con.
- An illustrated poster made by Greg Capullo for Comic-Con was revealed.
- Guest panel included Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Gregory Nicotero, Robert Kirkman and cast members Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden and newcomers Danai Gurira and David Morrissey, moderated by Chris Hardwick.
- An official sneak preview Season 3 was shown.
- Reveals/spoilers from the panel discussion included:
- A season 3 banner was revealed.
- An exclusive Michonne Hawthorne action figure was available.
- 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Edition was revealed on July 11, 2012.
- Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard signed autographs.
- 2013 Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine was revealed on July 17, 2013 at the Future US booth.
- Nine electric guitars by Artists Series Guitar debuted from July 24 through July 27.
New York Comic-Con
- Founded in 2006
- Held annually in New York, NY
- Guests on panel included Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Frank Darabont, Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus.
- First, executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Frank Darabont and Robert Kirkman discussed how they got involved with the project.
- The panel were then joined on stage by actors Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus to discuss the characters and the comic book series.
- Exclusive footage from second episode (“Guts”) was screened.
- Robert Kirkman was the first guest to be announced for this year's convention.
- A sneak peek from the second season was screened.
- Guests on panel this year included cast members Jon Bernthal, Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus and Lauren Cohan, also on stage crew members Gale Anne Hurd, Gregory Nicotero and Robert Kirkman, all moderated by Chris Hardwick.
- Kirkman noted that the early episodes of this season would focus on Hershel's Farm.
- Footage from the season 3 premiere was shown.
- Guests panel included Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, returning cast members Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs and Michael Rooker, in addition to new cast members David Morrissey and Danai Gurira hosted by Chris Hardwick.
- Founded in 1987
- Held annually in Atlanta, GA
- Guest panel included Jon Bernthal, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Madison Lintz and Addy Miller moderated by Tony Gowell.
- Guest panel this year included Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Madison Lintz, Emily Kinney and James Allen McCune.
- Guest panel included Steven Yeun, Laurie Holden, Scott Wilson.
- Video game voice actor included Melissa Hutchison and Dave Fennoy.
Dallas Comic Con
- Founded in 2006
- Held annually in Dallas, TX
- Guest included Laurie Holden, and minor cast James Gonzaba, Neil Brown Jr. and Anthony Guajardo giving interviews signing autographs.
- ↑ Drew Struzan’s SDCC The Walking Dead Poster
- ↑ Comic-Con 2010: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel
- ↑ Comic-Con 2010: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel - Part 2
- ↑ SDCC 2011: The Walking Dead Season 2 Comic-Con Tim Bradstreet Poster
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Comic-Con 2011: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel
- ↑ The Cast and Producers of The Walking Dead Invade Comic-Con 2011
- ↑ The Walking Dead Action Figures to Debut at New York Comic Con
- ↑ THE WALKING DEAD - "Deer Eater" SDCC '11 Ex. Mini-Bust
- ↑ Inside ‘The Walking Dead Escape’, unleashing zombies on San Diego Comic-Con with gruesome, grueling experience
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 San Diego Comic-Con 2012: The Walking Dead Season 3 Illustrated Poster
- ↑ San Diego Comic-Con 2012: The Walking Dead Cast & Crew Interviews; Watch the Season 3 Trailer
- ↑ ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 Panel: New Trailer, Story Details & Lori Justification
- ↑ SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2012: Highlights From THE WALKING DEAD Panel
- ↑ The Walking Dead 2012 Comic-Con Banner Revealed
- ↑ McFarlane Toys “The Walking Dead” Michonne SDCC Exclusive
- ↑ Robert Kirkman’s Hyundai Elantra Coupe ZE
- ↑ Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard Signing at San Diego Comic-Con 2012
- ↑ 2013 Hyundai Veloster Zombie Survival Machine Details Include Samurai Sword, Flamethrower
- ↑ AMC Teams Up With Artist Series Guitar to Offer Exclusive The Walking Dead Collection
- ↑ New York Comic Con 2010: A Peek at The Walking Dead Panel
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 The Walking Dead New York Comic Con Panel Recap
- ↑ Acclaimed Writer to be Guest of Honor at Expanded Show
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 The Cast and Crew of The Walking Dead Invade New York Comic Con
- ↑ The Walking Dead’s Return to New York Comic Con!
- ↑ 'The Walking Dead' at New York Comic-con: Full report of the panel
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 NYCC 2012 Panel
- ↑ New York Comic Con 2012: ‘The Walking Dead’ Panel Report
- ↑ Hyundai Santa Fe Zombie Survival Machine Debuts
- ↑ 30 Min ‘Walking Dead’ Q&A From Dragon Con 2011
- ↑ Dragon*Con 2012: The Walking Dead Panel
- ↑ The Stars Shine Bright at Dragon Con
- ↑ 'The Walking Dead’: Melissa Hutchison on Clementine and the character's future
- ↑ 'The Walking Dead’: Dave Fennoy on Lee, Clem, puppies and milestones
- ↑ Dallas Comic Con 2011
- ↑ DCC Exclusive Interview: Cast Members of THE WALKING DEAD Talk About What Will Happen In Season Two?
- ↑ Dallas Comic Con: Fan Days Schedule