The highlight of NYCC, for me, was The Walking Dead Panel by far. Besides having a soft spot for all things undead, everything I saw and read about The Walking Dead tells me it will be another great television series. I recently started reading The Walking Dead Compendium One, by Robert Kirkman and I am officially obsessed. I read it for hours and couldn’t put it down, good thing I have a lot of The Walking Dead material to read since it’s been out since 2003.
The ING Theater was filled to capacity, if I hadn’t went in during the previous panel (which was M. Night Shaylaman) I wouldn’t have gotten in. The line was ridiculous and I heard people who couldn’t get in showed just how upset they were. At the panel is the comic book creator Robert Kirkman, producer Gale Anne Hurd (Aliens, The Terminator) and director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile). The main cast also showed up, but my battery died, typical. At the panel we saw an “exclusive clip” from about 6 minutes of when Rick first meets Glenn. Since mostly everything at NYCC I had seen on TV or online before from a previous con I was excited for something new.
One of my favorite moments at the panel was when the actor who plays Shane came out and the crowd booed him. He said how happy he was to hear that because at the previous cons they cheered for him and let’s just say the crowd was Team Rick Grimes, as they should be.
I was able to get three of the main cast, Kirkman, Hurd and Darbont to sign my comic of The Walking Dead!!! :) They were really nice about taking the time to sign comics and take pictures with the fan before they were rushed off to an interview.
Season 1 will have 6 episodes, the pilot will be 90 minutes long and the rest will be an hour. Hurd made it very clear that the only way season 2 will happen is how well season 1 is received. So if you are a fan of The Walking Dead series or just really excited for a new great show, watch it and watch it live (as best you can).
The Walking Dead airs on October 31st on AMC at 10pm. It will also air in 120 countries the same week it airs in the US!
Part of The Walking Dead Panel I recorded