Robert Kirkman’s acclaimed zombie comic series “The Walking Dead” turns 10 this year, and Weezer is helping to kick off the anniversary bash in San Diego this weekend.
The Los Angeles alternative-rock band Weezer, featuring Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell and Scott Shriner, is signing autographs Friday afternoon at San Diego record store FeeLit, as well as offering fans exclusive Weezer/”The Walking Dead” mashup posters. Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, will release more details about the event on Friday at 7 a.m.
The mashup posters, designed by artist Brian Ewing, feature zombie-fied depictions of the musicians. Hero Complex readers get a first look at Scott Shriner’s poster, right.
Additionally, Weezer is performing at the The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, an invitation-only event. The party and signing are among the many unofficial events on the periphery of Comic-Con International, the annual pop culture expo which runs July 18-21 at the San Diego Convention Center.”The Walking Dead” anniversary celebration also will include zombie costume contests, a zombie makeup station, celebrity appearances and a booth to play “The Walking Dead” video game.
Kirkman’s monthly comic about a ragtag group of zombie apocalypse survivors has won an Eisner Award for best continuing series and has spawned spinoff books, video games and a hit television series on AMC, becoming one of the most well-known zombie tales in pop culture.
The event also marks Weezer’s first trip to the San Diego convention, and Hero Complex caught up with Shriner, an admitted fan of the zombie franchise, to talk about his thoughts on “The Walking Dead.”
HC: Why are Weezer and “The Walking Dead” a good fit?
SS: Weezer doesn’t exactly embody apocalyptic survival culture, but Weezer and “Walking Dead” both have thrived within indie subcultures and appeal to fans who float on the fringes.
HC: I understand you’re a big “Walking Dead” fan. How did you get into the comics? What was it about the story that appealed to you and drew you in?
SS: I have to admit, I got into the comics backward after the TV show. I lost touch with the comic culture for a while and thank “The Walking Dead” and Kirkman for reconnecting me with what was an important aspect of my younger, snarkier years. It’s such an original series, and I love how they put a whole new creative spin on apocalyptic survivalism, which could otherwise be a really played subject.
HC: I understand this is your first San Diego visit during the Comic-Con expo. Are you looking forward to it?
SS: It is the event to attend, and I have always wanted to be a part of it. My kid is running around the house in his Iron Man costume right now in preparation. We’re gonna tear it up!
HC: What are your thoughts on Brian Ewing’s poster?
SS: It’s unbelievable. I want to get the Weezer zombies tattooed on different parts of my body, but I can’t figure out where to place the Rivers tattoo.
HC: In a zombie apocalypse, how good are your chances of survival? Do you think you’d be on the sheriff’s team, or do you think you’d be a walker by now?
SS: I am a survivor 100%. When my wife accepted my wedding proposal, she said that she knew I was the one to be with in case of a zombie apocalypse. I have been studying apocalypse survival methods since I was 11 years old.
One of the most important things to understand is how group dynamics in a survival crisis work. Once the … hits the fan, the leaders and followers will immediately start to take on their roles. I practice spotting the person or persons who will jeopardize the safety of the group right off the bat. These types can be whiny or pushy in a negative way and usually belligerently argue all of the decisions of the rational leader. They are more of a threat than the actual zombies. They will close the door on you when you just make it back to the safe house in time with supplies. In the original “Night of the Living Dead,” it’s the bald guy who locks himself and his family in the basement. Every group has one. Beware if you are this type in my group because you’re first on my list to be taken out. No questions asked. I’m watching you. Be a team player or you won’t last long in my apocalypse, dude.
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