2.04.2015

Walker Stalker Con San Francisco



On Saturday Jaime and I ventured to the other end of the city to attend Walker Stalker Con. It was their first time in San Francisco and they boosted themselves as a Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi convention.

I'm a Zombie, Horror, and Sci-Fi nut so this sounded right up my alley. I looked up the guest list and at the time they were all cast of The Walking Dead. I love The Walking Dead but this season has been meh for me but I kept this con at the back of my head.

They then added Robert Englund and Manu Bennett to the line up. Okay... non Walking Dead cast. I can dig this. Then they announced Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill. Okay, let's do this.

I did my research and looked up reviews on past shows they have done and people spoke highly of it. They said they had a fun time, it was great, worth the money, etc. I also read around that a few people had discovered groupon was offering entrance to the con at a discounted price.

I forgot regular price entry but for Saturday the price was 24 through groupon. So I bought me and Jaime tickets. After I got them, they made an announcement that Smith, Gillan, and Darvill would be having a panel at the con but it was going to be an extra 20 bucks for it. We decided to skip it. Manu Bennett cancelled.

That's when I discovered their VIP options - for 300+ dollars, depending on celeb you got a an autograph, a photo op, front of the line privileges with other celebs, special VIP seating at the panel. That should of been a clue for me but I didn't listen to my gut feeling.

Walker Stalker Con turned out to be one big glorified autograph con.

We got there Satuday and it took about 30 mins to get in. 30 mins. We were in line longer then it took us to see everything.


Fort Mason is one big outside area with buildings all around. They took up three of them and a big chunk of the outside.


One had a tiny, small selection of vendors with stalls of celebs where you could pay to get a photo or a autograph. Their vendor selection was just blah. There was nothing. I did get an amazing Disneyland theme zombie print from Nooligan. I got a Black Canary print from them for free. I also walked away with a Hulk LEGO that I have been looking for. 


The second building had more celebs and the back of the area was the stage for the "panel."



The panel selection was blah. Just because a guest was there, it didn't mean there was a panel for them. I had checked out their schedule online and for Saturday they only had six panels. One of them was their cosplay contest. Also, the sound was terrible and since they were sharing the space with celebs booth, the crowds got really loud.

Robert Englund was only doing a panel on Sunday which I was going to miss since I only had a one day badge. Apparently they had him do a panel outside on Saturday but since it wasn't on their website, I didn't know and by the time I got in, it was done.  


The third line was for photo ops which was just ridiculous in terms of the line and how it seemed they were handling it. Actually, when we were in line waiting to get in, volunteers of the con were looking for people with pre paid photo ops who's times were coming up because this line was not moving. 

We saw everything quickly. I mean quickly. There wasn't much to see or do. Truthfully, this was a waste of time and money.

Yup, I said it. For me personally, it was a waste. Now, I'm not saying it wasn't a fun con, I mean it has to be if they are travelling, putting this together and people are going but for me it was not worth it.

I wanted to get a photo op with Robert Englund. It was 50 bucks. I love the Nightmare on Elm Street series and was going to do this. I was going to pre buy my ticket but after the taxes and website fees, it added an almost extra 15 dollars. Nope, I'm good. I'll pay cash there. The line was way to long that I was like "nope." 

That's when I noticed that celebs would sign and take photos with you at their booths. I figured  I could do that. I had my Freddy ReAction figure with me. Photo or Signature with him was 60 dollars. If you bought a signature you could add on a "selfie" for $40. 

I couldn't do it. I didn't. We walked around and checked out people's pricing.... $50, $60, $100 and these were the autograph pricing. This is why I mentioned this con was one big autograph con. That was all you could do. The panel were blah and vendor selection was tiny. 

I walked by Michael Rooker's booth (Merle on The Walking Dead and Yondu on Guardians of the Galaxy) He was charging 50-60 bucks on autograph depending on the item but 30 bucks for a picture. Okay, I love him in Slither and I have a photo with Nathan Fillion. I got in line.


He was just the nicest person ever. He chatted with us a bit, told Jaime he was too tall and moved him to his other side so he wouldn't block the little lighting, and gave me a hug. I'm not going to lie, I was freaking giddy. We actually ended up with two photos. The girl took the first one but we weren't really ready because that's when he decided that Jaime's height would block the lighting.  

And that was it. We left earlier and went to the gym.

Now if you can afford to pay for photos and autographs of you favorite celebs then this con is perfect for you. For me personally, it was a waste. This is 100% my opinion and thoughts on this con. This con may have been perfect for person Z but I didn't enjoy it. Nothing against the creators of Walker Stalker but this blog is about my experiences and this is my thoughts on it.

I was hoping for more because San Francisco really needs something since Wonder Con left.

I was hoping for more then one section of a building of panels, more Sci-Fi and Horror stuff. Aren't there movies coming out this year they could of gotten to host a panel, promote, something?

If it comes back next year, I may sign up to volunteer. I use to volunteer at Comic Con until I had to start buying tickets because we were bringing L with us. I like working behind the scenes so maybe, maybe I may do that at Walker Stalker next year.

Maybe.

Now excuse me for we have found the TARDIS and need to head out!


Once again, the thoughts and opinion in the post are mine and Jaime. Nothing against the creators of Walker Stalker but this con was not our cup of tea.

5 comments

  1. Sounds like WSC needs to up its travel game. I'm sorry it was an Autograph-con and didn't have to much in the way of panels or info.

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  2. I definitely wouldn't enjoy a con of that nature. Not my thing either! I think my favorite part about a con would be awesome booth shopping, and snapping pics of cosplays! All celebs....not my cup of tea.

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  3. Looks like so much fun but CRAZY busy. I am so happy you got to meet Michael Rooker. He seems like such a rad dude.

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  4. My favorite thing to do at cons is to immediately go to the vendor section and just talk with people. Their passions, their art/products, and if they traveled to that particular con or are in the area. If it's a celeb I'm a big, big fan of then I consider doing the autograph thing but usually tend to stay away from those area of cons because they are CHAOS.

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  5. Aww.. Sorry it was a waste! Sounds kinda disorganized, but at least you got some good photos! And I literally thought that was THE David Tennant in that last photo!!! Nuts!

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