Are you a fan of the Walking Dead? Who isn’t right? If you live in an apartment in Lynchburg, VA and are a fan of Zombies, you are in luck. Dead End Con, set for the weekend of April 17-19 at the Kirkley Hotel & Conference Center, is a fan convention for AMC’s popular zombie series, “The Walking Dead.”
“This is kind of a test, dipping the finger in the water, if you will, to test it out and see what the reaction is going to be,” said Dan McGinnis, who owns Quest Media, Inc., the company producing the convention.
“It’s a huge show.”
Several actors who appeared on the series will be there, including Noel G, who has also been seen in “Fast & Furious” and “The Dark Knight Rises;” Anthony Guajardo; and Neil Brown Jr. — all of whom appeared in season one as a group of survivors living in a nursing home.
McGinnis said they are also currently negotiating with one of the series’ current stars to attend and expect an announcement soon.
Other guests include Brian Beacock, creator of the web “zomedy” series “Acting Dead,” and Robert Homer Mollohan, who is starring in the indie horror film, “The Painting.”
McGinnis said Beacock, who also works as a voiceover actor for Japanese animation, will bring all eight episodes of the first season of “Acting Dead” to be screened, as well as a blooper reel and music video.
Other activities include a vendor area, autograph sessions, Q&A panels with the actors, film screenings, photo ops, a charity auction on Sunday, April 19, and a zombie-themed dinner and dance on Saturday, April 18.
“We’re encouraging people to come as a zombie for the weekend,“ McGinnis said. “We will have makeup people in the vendor area that you can buy their services, and they’ll make you up into a zombie.”
McGinnis said they’re also encouraging attendees to buy their tickets early to avoid lines.
A VIP pass for the entire weekend costs $150. Day passes are $50 on Friday and Sunday and $75 on Saturday. The April 18 dinner and dance cost an addition $60 for VIP or $40 for general admission, and tickets must be purchased in advance.
If all goes well, McGinnis said the plan is to hold another “Walking Dead” convention on Halloween weekend, also at the Kirkley.