By Jason T. Smith
Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith
(Victor Valley)– July. The month that most look forward to for having fun with a nice Fourth of July getaway to relax. Then there are the geeks like myself that seek a different kind of escape, to San Diego to once again embark on the magical adventure known as Comic-Con.
This is the holy land for any fan boy out there. It’s a place where we can meet all the greats like Todd McFarlane and Robert Kirkman, which this fan boy has done. A coincidence that I brought up Kirkman, the man we owe our thanks to for The Walking Dead? Not at all. The Walking Dead has become so hugely popular that now at SDCC, as well as across the nation, fans can have the opportunity to be a part of The Walking Dead Escape, which I had the privilege of doing.
The event took place over at Petco Park, turning the home of the San Diego Padres it into a maze in which participants must try to survive the walkers that have overrun it. I was in one of the survivor groups that was escorted by military personnel through the steep ramps and stairways of Padre Stadium in an effort to avoid being eaten by bloodthirsty walkers. If I didn’t get my daily exercise before I did it, I definitely did after. It all seemed simple enough at first, outrunning slow moving walkers up the ramps, but then came the stadium seats, and everything else after that. Walkers and barricades everywhere you turned, then more walkers, and more walkers, half of our group did not make it. They were the lucky ones. Those of us that struggled to survive were then led to a tent, congratulated for our efforts by a governor of some sorts, and then blown away by machine gun fire.
The Walking Dead Escape was a very creative and fun event. It was like a haunted house that you’re not getting out of. Very well done from the walkers themselves to the Walking Dead themed characters that aided us along the way. I really should have listened to the Daryl Dixon guy in the hallway. He was right; we all were in fact going to die. This was an awesome experience that all fans of The Walking Dead should try.
Not athletic enough you say? Not to worry, survivor is just one of the options you can choose. You may simply wish to be a spectator or you can even become a walker yourself, something I would love to do in the future. Special Thanks to Image Comics/ Skybound for allowing me this opportunity. Now I can add “Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse to my list of accomplishments.
The next stop for The Walking Dead Escape is in Miami this October. For more information on The Walking Dead Escape, be sure to visit their website at http://www.thewalkingdeadescape.com/.