Ah, Walker Stalker Conventions the unofficial the Walking Dead cons where fans would meet stars of the AMC show. I remember a few here in Chicago, though in particular the other term they were called Fan Fests (which basically called as such because they had Netflix or CW stars on them as well), always irked me because they were put a week or two before or after a C2E2. Like, literally you only put these cons there to drive people away from the other.
Anyway, it appears Walker Stalker cons are numbered as several stars from show have been cancelling appearances from the con, and more are following suit. It all started when actor, Cooper Andrews (Jerry) posted on his Instagram this:
Shortly thereafter, Khary Payton (King Ezekiel) joined in and said he as well would be cancelling his appearances for the con as well.
The domino effect continued when it was learned that Angel Theory (Kelly) also confirmed she too would not be eventually attending these conventions via a stream on Instagram (now ironically posted on Twitter) too, an went more into why: money. Apparently, several of the stars are owed money for appearing at the convention.
Theory said “eventually” and would honor her appearances at the Walker Stalker New Jersey, Nashville and Atlanta before withdrawing from them altogether. The company itself posted an official release on these issues back in late-April on the official Facebook page:
While we typically don’t like to address rumors and speculation, we feel it’s appropriate to do so at this time. Walker Stalker Con and Heroes & Villains have NOT and are NOT filing for bankruptcy. Externally, what may appear as a lot of negative changes for the company actually are internally a lot of positive changes that needed to happen in order for the company to succeed.
When we created Fan Fest, it was because we knew, that in the long term, the world of The Walking Dead and the Arrowverse would not be around forever at the level of popularity that they were at their peaks AND we wanted to create access for fans from other genres to come and enjoy our events.
Our company grew quickly and, with all companies, we’ve had our share of growing pains. During a critical point at the start of this year, the company had to decide what its long-term vision was if it were to succeed. That decision was made. And with that decision, it was best to cut certain events, cut ties with certain entities, and restructure the company to bring back some of the things that made the company great when it started.
We realize that in the short-term, these decisions have a negative impact on people. But if these decisions were not made, this company would not be here just four months later. So, we’ve torn off the band-aid and everything you are seeing and feeling, well, quite frankly, sucks. Let’s get all of the hard and ugly stuff out of the way, and it’s possible there may be more hard decisions ahead too, but let’s focus on the things and the reasons why people enjoy our events to begin with.
For fans, by fans. That’s our motto. We haven’t been living up to that and that’s the biggest reason for all of the changes. And, we are sorry. But we’re working hard to make things right and do things better. We’re appreciative of your support, patience and understanding. We hope you’ll forgive us and stick with us through this difficult period. To those attendees who have stuck with us, we are grateful. Your kind words, emails, and other showings of support have helped us remember why we keep doing this, why we want to keep doing this, and why we will come out on the other side of this better than ever.
And now all of this is happening. Fans of course are responding in kind with the hashtag #WalkerStalkerStoleMyMoney with numerous posts of them voicing their displeasure.
The Walking Dead will begin it’s TENTH season on AMC this October (god it’s been ten years already of this show?) and Walker Stalker well.. we’ll see if they’ll last October at this rate apparently.