Celebrities and Cosplay at #WSCLondon: Walker Stalker Con 2017

Last weekend, I spent my time standing in queues, spending lots of money, getting attacked by zombies, complimenting cosplayers and meeting the cast of The Walking Dead.

Yes. My brother and I had our second visit to Walker Stalker Con London.

The popular convention was here on the 4th and 5th of March and was held in the spacious Olympia London. It’s the only Walker Stalker Con currently to be held outside of the US, and so thousands of people gathered from not just Britain, but all over Europe, for lots of undead excitement. Needless to say, the event was a huge success.

The floor size was increased after last year’s feedback, and over 50 exhibitors set up stalls with a range of everything from artwork to retro sweets, clothing to tattoos. Amongst these stalls were also a number of tables with cast members of TWD behind them, ready for a weekend of signing autographs, chatting to fans and taking selfies. As if that wasn’t enough, there was a large stage area for panels and chats with the cast, cosplay competitions and live music acts. Throw some cosplayers and food carts into the mix, and you have the ideal combination for a zombie-lover’s perfect weekend.

The excitement begins from the very moment you join the queues outside of the venue. Despite being incredibly long, they are well organised and move quickly, and as you shuffle along you’ll find yourself coming face to face with realistic zombies and gawping in awe at plenty of people in incredible fancy dress.

The buzz continues as you step into the venue and are greeted by a grand room full of excited chatter and smiling faces. The place is loud, but it adds to the excitement. There are tonnes of people, but they bring infectious enthusiasm with them. People of all ages gather round with eagerness etched on their faces and a palpable energy in the air.

Almost all of the main cast of TWD had flown over to take part in WSC London, and they didn’t disappoint.

Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Andrew Lincoln were the star attractions as they drew the crowds and left people in tears of happiness. JDM ended up getting into the UK later than anticipated and came straight to the venue from the airport, even staying late to make sure he saw everyone that had waited, and Andrew Lincoln stayed for as long as he possibly could before having to whizz off to film for Red Nose Day Actually. A true testament to how much the cast appreciate that the fans are what truly drives the TV show’s success.

They were accompanied by other fan favourites such as Lauren Cohen, Steven Ogg, Michael Cudlitz and Ross Marquand to name a few. Alongside them were a few extra treats in the form of actors from both American Horror Story and Bates Motel.

Meeting the characters you’ve grown to love and hate over the years is truly a surreal experience. The best part? They’re all so bloody lovely. Despite having seats and tables to hide behind, almost all of them decided to instead stand and truly interact with each of their fans.

Shoutout to Ross Marquand in particular who swiftly sat a young girl in his chair and spent extra time with her as she sobbed over the fact she was actually meeting him. He was honestly the sweetest guy with all of his fans and demanded a cuddle off each and every one. Cue the heart melting.

Selfies and autographs must be paid for, but it’s so worth it for the experience. I was lucky enough to meet 11 actors/actresses this year: Austin Amelio (Dwight, TWD), Scott Wilson (Hershel, TWD), Steven Ogg (Simon, TWD), Alanna Masterson (Tara, TWD), David Morrissey (The Governor, TWD), Michael Traynor (Nicholas, TWD), Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie, TWD), Ross Marquand (Aaron, TWD), Christian Serratos (Rosita, TWD), Nestor Carbonell (Bates Motel) and Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story).

So yes, I spent an awful lot. And I’m so glad I did!

Needless to say, I was swooning over Ross who was beyond handsome in real life, and Michael Traynor had me feeling elated for the whole weekend by writing the sweetest message about a blog post I wrote about his character.

Austin was effortlessly cool and sat with his own tunes blasting out of some portable speakers, whilst we reminisced with David Morrissey about meeting last year and having a laugh about his moustache at the time. (I quote: “Looked like I had shredded wheat on my lip, didn’t it?“)

Did I mention how handsome Ross Marquand was? Oh, yes. I did.

As for Denis O’Hare, he made a joke about instead receiving an autograph from us, at which point Robert proceeded to sign a sticky note for him whilst he stepped back to take a photo of him doing so. He tweeted the photos later that evening, which was pretty special!

Queuing to meet the celebs can be a lengthy process, but let me be clear: it is totally worth it. And you’ll find you usually end up chatting to strangers around you and the time flies by. Special shoutout to Sam who we crossed paths with twice and had us laughing endlessly with his hilarious stories.

Lastly, (but by no means leastly!), a huge part of this convention, and probably any convention, is the awesome people that come dressed up. The time and effort put into the outfits is unbelievable, and I can honestly say the weekend wouldn’t be the same without them.

So now, one week later, I am suffering with post convention blues. But there’s a silver lining! Dates for next year’s Walker Stalker Con have been announced (10-11 March 2018, if you’re wondering!), and tickets go on sale on Saturday at 8pm. I’ll be sat waiting by my phone to promptly order some passes, and then it’s time to get saving up for all of the meet and greets I can and count down the days!

Are you a fan of The Walking Dead?
Do you think Walker Stalker Con is something you’d be interested in next year?

Disclaimer: I think I’m in love with Ross Marquand.

  • This looks incredible and im so glad that you had a fabulous time. My daughter loves something similar called Comic Con and we had it in our City over the weekend, she now cant wait to return again

  • Erin Ek Rush

    Wow! You got some great photos! Sounds like an amazing time – how cool that you got so much actual interaction with the stars there.

  • i really love this cosplay idea looks like so many people get involved and enjoy it

  • I have heard so much about this, as had friends who went, like you they had an amazing time and are eagerly looking forward to the next one x

  • I had no idea of this event, but after reading this and looking at all of your photos, I am just so jealous you were able to attend this! It’s amazing how wonderful the stars were and how much they interacted with everyone. I would love to attend this event!

  • This seems like such a dope event! That’s awesome you got to meet the cast of the Walking Dead- I live in Atlanta where they film it and have seen them around town some but I haven’t gotten the chance to meet any of them.

  • Melanie Williams

    Wow this looks fantastic!! Very jel. Great piccys 🙂 x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow this sounds fab! I’ve never heard of it and not got into walking dead. However one of my friends is often so obsessed she cancels plans to watch it haha. Was meant to skype yesterday but she cancelled for it! She’d love this x

  • I have some friends who are massive fans of the zombie genre so I can see them enjoying Walker Stalker Con x

  • Wow this sounds like such an awesome event. It’s great that things like this exist for fans x

  • Always Carry On.

    Looks like you had a great time!! Some fab photos there x

  • I’ve not seen the walking dead before but it looks like you had a fab time x

  • Oh wow, it looks great here! Never heard of this either and it’s not too far from me!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    OMG that looks like so much fun what a brilliant event. I never knew they had this I would love to go along next year maybe if I remember to get tickets. I can’t believe so many of the cast were there!!!!!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I have never heard of this event but it looks just amazing, wow x

  • Wow this looks like such a fun event! You have some really great photos 🙂

  • Angela Milnes

    Sounds like a fun event and I would love to attend in a event like this It’s more fun.

  • Hayley

    This looks like such a great day out, my brother would have loved this!

  • Emily Leary, A Mummy Too

    Some of the people’s costumes look scarily realistic! Looks like you had a great time, fab photos.

  • I think I may be the last one left to watch TWD! I’ve heard great things so it has to be my next series to watch. Looks like you had a blast and I love your post and photos! x

  • Healthy & Psyched

    Hahahaha, Love your disclaimer!
    It’s nice that the cast were s friendly, makes queuing to see them worth it.

  • WOW!!! I have never seen anything quite like this. The effort that people have made is simply phenomenal. I have just started watching TWD and am only on episode two but am loving what I’ve seen so far! x

  • This looks like an amazing event, your photos are so good! I have only seen a couple episodes of the walking dead, I need to give it a second chance! xo

  • what a fun event and i can see you had so much fun! will plan for next time!

  • Looks like you had a fab time meeting all of those celebs!

  • That looks like an amazing con!! I’ve never seen TWD but I’ve been to a couple of Buffy cons back in the day and a Sherlock con a couple of years ago; it’s always lovely to meet cast members, especially when they really make an effort for you 🙂 xx
    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

  • Looks like you had such an amazing time! I went to the first one last year, and boy it was so unorganised so I’m happy they have sorted it out this time! I was fortunate enough to meet Norman for a photo-op and meet so many other nice likeminded people there. I was nearly at the front of the queue for Melissa but she left at the last minute. I’m so happy it went so well for you and you had a blast, I might go back next year! So nice that all the cast members made so much effort too xx


  • The Sunday Mode

    This looks like SO much fun! Honestly this is probably my favourite blog post I’ve read in months as well, I just love everything TWD. We don’t tend to get things like this in Aus but my god I am off to google it right now incase!!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode