Let's DO this! We're about to head into Walker Stalker Philadelphia 2016...

Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

The Doctor of the Dead at Walker Stalker Philly 2016

meavatarjessIt was back to the Walker Stalker convention for the first weekend in October, this time held outside Philadelphia, PA! We arrived on the 1st of the month – the 48th anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD – and had a wonderful time meeting new friends and reuniting with a few old ones. And best of all, it was time for me to meet up with the folks from Z NATION!

Brace yourself, because this is a huge photo-essay with over 40 pictures (including a few animated GIFs)…or is that 50?…and every one of them has a caption that tells part of the story! And that was pared down from over 700! On we go…

Let's DO this! We're about to head into Walker Stalker Philadelphia 2016... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Let’s DO this! We’re about to head into Walker Stalker Philadelphia 2016…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
First thing we did was locate the Z NATION team as they greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
First thing we did was locate the Z NATION team as they greeted fans, signed autographs, and posed for pictures.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Doesn't Nat's photo make him look so sad? Aww. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Doesn’t Nat’s photo make him look so sad? Aww.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell signed his banner; what a collectible! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell signed his banner; what a collectible!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Z Nation team have such a great rapport with everyone. Anastasia Baranova hugs a fan, while "The" Murphy meets...another Murphy! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The Z Nation team have such a great rapport with everyone. Anastasia Baranova hugs a fan, while “The” Murphy meets…another Murphy!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were all manner of vendors and organizations in attendance, including the Zombie Mud Run truck. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were all manner of vendors and organizations in attendance, including the Zombie Mud Run truck.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
In this collage you'll see a zombie keeper and his puppety charge, Fake Negan and Fake Daryl shooting the breeze instead of each other, zombies consulting a guide for where to shamble next, and a gleeful attendee sticking it to the undead. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
In this collage you’ll see a zombie keeper and his puppety charge, Fake Negan and Fake Daryl shooting the breeze instead of each other, zombies consulting a guide for where to shamble next, and a gleeful attendee sticking it to the undead.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some of the dealers included the Evans City-based Living Dead Museum, Big Papa's Collectibles (where I bought some LEGO minifigs; more on that later), and - of course - "Stuff and Thangs." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Some of the dealers included the Evans City-based Living Dead Museum, Big Papa’s Collectibles (where I bought some LEGO minifigs; more on that later), and – of course – “Stuff and Thangs.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need weapons for the apocalypse? They've got you covered at Walker Stalker. Perhaps...TOO covered. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Need weapons for the apocalypse? They’ve got you covered at Walker Stalker. Perhaps…TOO covered.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to get a Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo on site? Yup, that appears to be a thing. Who knew? Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Want to get a Lucasfilm-licensed tattoo on site? Yup, that appears to be a thing. Who knew?
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This laughing zombie was soliciting attendees to come into the fencing for a photo op, but he creeped the hell out of me.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
This laughing zombie was soliciting attendees to come into the fencing for a photo op, but he creeped the hell out of me.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Artist Rob Prior was back to work his phenomenal illustrative magic. This time around, we saw him beginning an extraordinary triptych of Catwomen! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Artist Rob Prior was back to work his phenomenal illustrative magic. This time around, we saw him beginning an extraordinary triptych of Catwomen!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The con began on October 1st, the official anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and Johnny himself - Russ Streiner - was in attendance, with pink hair no less! It was back to normal the next day, so I suppose this was a "birthday" color?  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The con began on October 1st, the official anniversary of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and Johnny himself – Russ Streiner – was in attendance, with pink hair no less! It was back to normal the next day, so I suppose this was a “birthday” color?
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There he is folks, the man everyone is trying to see! Natalie was able to get a much closer shot of the man himself, Norman "Daryl" Reedus, in comparison to our long-distance glimpses at Walker Stalker NJ. And look, no sunglasses! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There he is folks, the man everyone is trying to see! Natalie was able to get a much closer shot of the man himself, Norman “Daryl” Reedus, in comparison to our long-distance glimpses at Walker Stalker NJ. And look, no sunglasses!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
No...I don't think so. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
No…I don’t think so.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Zombies love me for my brains. I know, that's an old one, but I'm entitled. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Zombies love me for my brains. I know, that’s an old one, but I’m entitled.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Hey look, it's Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum sporting a snazzy Rick Grimes hat and spinning the "Wheel of Lucille!" Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Hey look, it’s Kevin Kriess of the Living Dead Museum sporting a snazzy Rick Grimes hat and spinning the “Wheel of Lucille!”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Saturday, I was joined by the "Nightly Nerd," Bailey Hyneman, to chat with THE WALKING DEAD's Tyreese, Chad L. Coleman! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Saturday, I was joined by the “Nightly Nerd,” Bailey Hyneman, to chat with THE WALKING DEAD’s Tyreese, Chad L. Coleman!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

At the end of our panel, I presented Chad with a custom LEGO minifig of Tyreese (courtesy of Big Papa's)! Photo by @FeatherMishap
At the end of our panel, I presented Chad with a custom LEGO minifig of Tyreese (courtesy of Big Papa’s)!
Photo by @FeatherMishap

(See @FeatherMishap‘s entire album of the panel here)

On Sunday, it was time for the main event (for me anyway): A panel with the Z NATION cast! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On Sunday, it was time for the main event (for me anyway): A panel with the Z NATION cast!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were smiles all around as we talked about everything from the big Season 2-set movie, "No Mercy," to recent episodes in the newly premiered Season 3. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There were smiles all around as we talked about everything from the big Season 2-set movie, “No Mercy,” to recent episodes in the newly premiered Season 3.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell "Doc" Hodgkinson promises a special strain of Z Weed for your local dispensaries. I don't doubt him. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Russell “Doc” Hodgkinson promises a special strain of Z Weed for your local dispensaries. I don’t doubt him.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It was a fast-moving and eventful hour; why, we didn't know where to look first! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It was a fast-moving and eventful hour; why, we didn’t know where to look first!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Keith "Murphy" Allan delights in his newfound dedication to leadership in the post-apocalypse! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Keith “Murphy” Allan delights in his newfound dedication to leadership in the post-apocalypse!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There's something so mesmerizing about The Murphy... Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
There’s something so mesmerizing about The Murphy…
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nat "10K" Zang looks like he's about to lose control as Anastasia "Addy" Baranova tells it like it is! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Nat “10K” Zang looks like he’s about to lose control as Anastasia “Addy” Baranova tells it like it is!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We eagerly await the next question from a huge and really engaged audience of devoted Z NATION fans. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
We eagerly await the next question from a huge and really engaged audience of devoted Z NATION fans.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The question came up: "Where was Vasquez during the events of 'No Mercy?'" Nat tells me to "just let it go, man!" All right!  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The question came up: “Where was Vasquez during the events of ‘No Mercy?'” Nat tells me to “just let it go, man!” All right!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A fan teaches the Z NATIONers how to dab! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A fan teaches the Z NATIONers how to dab!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Me and the Z NATION team after the panel, #StrongerTogether! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Me and the Z NATION team after the panel, #StrongerTogether!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The end of Sunday brought my panel with Jason Cabassi on the "Evolution of the Zombie." Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The end of Sunday brought my panel with Jason Cabassi on the “Evolution of the Zombie.”
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
During the panel, we fielded questions on the origins of the zombie genre and what we prefer - shamblers or runners? So you know, the usual. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
During the panel, we fielded questions on the origins of the zombie genre and what we prefer – shamblers or runners? So you know, the usual.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It's always great fun chatting with Jason and fans about how this whole crazy zombie thing got started. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
It’s always great fun chatting with Jason and fans about how this whole crazy zombie thing got started.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A powerhouse Walker Stalker team! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
A powerhouse Walker Stalker team!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
And here's a look at the woman behind the camera, Natalie Litofsky, with her "apoca-pants!" Photo by Jason Cabassi
And here’s a look at the woman behind the camera, Natalie Litofsky, with her “apoca-pants!”
Photo by Jason Cabassi
On the way out, I was struck by how much this reminded me of the doorway at the Haddonfield hospital at the end of HALLOWEEN II.  Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
On the way out, I was struck by how much this reminded me of the doorway at the Haddonfield hospital at the end of HALLOWEEN II.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
So I mentioned LEGO minifigs. I bought a group of custom zombies and zombie fighters, including takes on WALKING DEAD characters like Carol, Andrea...and Daryl! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
So I mentioned LEGO minifigs. I bought a group of custom zombies and zombie fighters, including takes on WALKING DEAD characters like Carol, Andrea…and Daryl!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
...And yes, Daryl has his wings printed on the back too! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
…And yes, Daryl has his wings printed on the back too!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie minifigs are formidable - they've beheaded other LEGO minifigs and carry the trophies! Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
The zombie minifigs are formidable – they’ve beheaded other LEGO minifigs and carry the trophies!
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Lurking behind them is the Headless Horseman from a SCOOBY DOO set, just because. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
Lurking behind them is the Headless Horseman from a SCOOBY DOO set, just because.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
With ribs exposed, this LEGO minifig is a macabre image in plastic. Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky
With ribs exposed, this LEGO minifig is a macabre image in plastic.
Photo by Natalie B. Litofsky

Oh, one last thing. My father, Marvin Blumberg, is as big a Z NATION fan as DOCTOR OF THE DEAD co-host and producer Scott Woodard and I are, and since his birthday was just days earlier on September 29th, I asked the cast if they wouldn’t mind recording a brief greeting…

And that’s all from Walker Stalker Philly 2016! Until next time!