The free world’s favorite squirrel hunter is goin’ back to Cali. Image Comics has announced Norman Reedus will be joining fellow cast member Steven Yeun and Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead comic book, for a panel as part of Image Expo in Berkeley, California. Adding to the excitement- Chris Hardwick, the host of AMC’s The Talking Dead, will lead the panel.
This year’s Image Expo is marking Image Comics 20th anniversary as well as celebrating creator-owned comics in general. Kirkman is an Image partner and his The Walking Dead is definitely one of the most popular creator-owned comics in print right now. Some of the comic book’s popularity stems from having also being hit show on the AMC cable network. And there’s a chance at least a sliver of the show’s popularity is due to Norman Reedus. I cannot think of another actor who could make an emotionally damaged, squirrel sushi eating redneck like Daryl Dixon lovable or as multi-faceted as he has.
Reedus (Daryl Dixon), Kirkman, and Yeun (Glen) will be taking some audience questions. Please permit me a fangirl moment to gush over Reedus. He has taken a character that is not in the source material and had almost no screen time or dialogue in the first season and created a full persona for him. Reedus’ mere screen presence, cult following from Boondock Saints, and that steely gaze have garnered him a highly sought after Daryl Dixon action figure, media attention, and hordes of groups like Dixon’s Vixens online. And thanks to Kirkman and the crew behind the show for realizing the tremendous potential they have in the character as well as the actor. If I were anywhere near California, I would be at Image Expo and I would bring a pair of these squirrel tighty whities for Norman knowing he’d do something artistic and crazy with them later. Do you follow Reedus’ Twitter feed? If you are a fan, do so immediately and just flip through his photos and find the zombie doll photo essay.
Show discussion panels are almost always fun and with this group I think you are guaranteed tears of laughter, behind the scenes dirt, and possibly treated to a spoiler or two. Chris Hardwick is such a genuine fan of the show, Kirkman, and the genre you know he has every fan’s best interest in his heart and would not let you leave disappointed.
Image Comics Image Comics has become one largest comic book and graphic novel publishers in the United States, including The Walking Dead. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. Image Expo will be held February 24-26, 2012 in Berkeley, California. Panels at Expo range from intimate workshops with limited attendance conducted by Image founders to larger discussion panels. Kirkman will be part of three other panels: taking a comic from the written page to television, the latest on Skybound, and a special question-and-answer session with fans. The Walking Dead panel is on February 25. For more information visit www.imagecomicexpo.com.
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