Kevin Galbraith, 24, of Marietta, Ga., undergoes a three-hour makeup session to transform into his 'Walking Dead' character. (David Goldman / AP)
Atlanta— Cable TV’s “The Walking Dead” has inspired a new convention, a podcast, and a one-man play.
The podcast and Atlanta-based convention are the creations of Eric Nordhoff and James Frazier, also known as the “Walker Stalkers” because of a road trip they made last fall from Nashville, Tenn., to Georgia to see the AMC show being filmed.
The convention, Walker Stalker Con, is expected to draw 10,000 or more participants when it’s held early next month, Nordhoff said.
“The Walking Dead” characters battle zombies known as “walkers” in the streets of downtown Atlanta and in forests, small towns and a prison south of the city.
The convention will feature appearances by some of the show’s actors, including Norman Reedus, who slays walkers with a crossbow as Daryl Dixon; Andrew Lincoln, who plays Sheriff Rick Grimes, and Lauren Cohan, also known as Maggie Greene on the show.
The series returned for its fourth season this month with its biggest audience ever. The 16.1 million people who watched the Oct. 13 series premier shattered the show’s previous record of 12.4 million, the Nielsen company said.
Nordhoff and Frazier are neighbors in suburban Nashville, and had gathered every Sunday in Frazier’s basement to watch “The Walking Dead.”
The two decided to develop a podcast that has become popular with fans of the show. In April, Nordhoff and Frazier came up with the idea of holding the convention, which will take place Nov. 1-3.
The show has also inspired one of its actors to stage a one-man play.
Robert “IronE” Singleton, who played “T-Dog” in the first three seasons of the show, will portray 18 characters in “Blindsided by The Walking Dead,” which tells the story of how he grew up in the Perry Homes housing project during Atlanta’s crack cocaine epidemic before he found work as an actor.