by Hiko Mitsuzuka
Greg Nicotero, the man behind all of those gruesome zombie transformations on AMC's The Walking Dead, was on deck at Comic-Con over the weekend to give a live special-effects demonstration in front of a crowd of fans inside the Petco Interactive Park. Some lucky guests were even treated to a gory makeover on stage...including yours truly.
With the help of Courtyard Marriott Hotels, who hosted the festivities with their Mobile Pod Experience, I got a chance to sit in a make-up chair and be transformed into a decaying Walker, courtesy of LA-based artist Greg Solomon, who just wrapped on Insurgent, the sequel this year's dystopian saga Divergent.
"We're just helping people enjoy their time and their experience," said Nina Herrera-Davila, Director of Public Relations for the Maryland-based hotel group. "And with Comic-Con, what better way than to help people take cosplay to the next level!"
Speaking of cosplay, The Walking Dead's very own Norman Reedus also showed up to judge a contest in which a king and queen were crowned and given the opportunity to meet Game of Thones author George R.R. Martin.
With this being her first Comic-Con, Herrera-Davila also told me that she was "wide-eyed and extremely excited" to be amidst the chaos. (She also happens to be a proud Game of Thrones fangirl: "I am Khaleesi at heart, Mother of Dragons!")
"Courtyard is a hotel brand, so you wouldn't imagine they'd be out at something like this," she later admitted while I did my best to keep my head still as fake blood began to trickle from my nose.
"But I have a feeling we may be coming back."
Look out for the Courtyard Marriot pod experience to appear at the NFL kickoff in Seattle this September.
- Hiko (@TheFirstEcho)