Fans of “The Walking Dead” have always wondered whether they have what it takes to survive in the grim post-apocalyptic world of the comic created by Robert Kirkman — and at this year’s Comic-Con International at San Diego, they just might find out. In celebration of “The Walking Dead” #100, Kirkman and Skybound have announced their first ever event, “The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego,” which is described as “unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S.” The post-apocalyptic event will expand on “The Walking Dead” comic book series, allowing both Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the zombie apocalypse. To that end, Skybound is turning Petco Park into a full-out representation of the earliest days of the undead uprising.
“Our fans have been reading about it, watching it and now they get to live it with The Walking Dead Escape,” Kirkman said via press release. “We are literally transforming Petco Park into the early days of society’s collapse and San Diego is just the first city to fall.”
The obstacle course isn’t a race (participants aren’t even timed), and the objective is simple: survive. At the end of the course, survivors reach a “decontamination zone” where it’s determined whether they’ve actually survived or if they’ve become infected. If participation isn’t quite your game, spectators are allowed to watch the apocalypse from the safety of the “Escape Party.”
Registration to participate in the event is open now at TheWalkingDeadEscape.com.
Official Press Release
Robert Kirkman, the creator/writer of The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novels and www.Skybound.com announce their first event, The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego. In conjunction with the release of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead Issue #100 at San Diego Comic-Con, the event takes place July 12 -15 at Petco Park, centrally located near the San Diego Convention Center. Registration is now open at TheWalkingDeadEscape.Com. There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party.
The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego is unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S., expanding on the best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, allowing Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse.
“Our fans have been reading about it, watching it and now they get to live it with The Walking Dead Escape,” said Robert Kirkman. “We are literally transforming Petco Park into the early days of society’s collapse and San Diego is just the first city to fall.”
Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers, while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near, and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone at the end where it will be determined if they have been infected.
Whether taking part in the event as a Survivor, Walker or Spectator, participants will be amazed at the interactive displays and The Walking Dead references along the course. Early registration is strongly recommended, as walk-ups may not be available on event day. This summer, The Walking Dead will be taking over Petco Park and fans will have a front row seat to the real-life action event of a lifetime.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago and he formed his own imprint there, Skybound, in 2010.Â Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, The Astounding Wolf-Man, and new title Thief of Thieves, among many others. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and in April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 120 countries and 250 million households.Â AMC just picked up Thief of Thieves as a series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. www.Skybound.com is your destination for all news and merchandise for Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles.