Philadelphia, PA – April 2013 – Wells Fargo Center to be Transformed into Zombie Apocalypse Event April 21, 2013 – The Walking Dead Escape: Philadelphia announced its partnership with KNB EFX Group, Inc. and its founder Greg Nicotero. In addition to being Executive Producer and Director on AMC’s hit TV show The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero is the Special Effects Make-Up designer. He is also the force behind Special Effects Make-up for TV shows and movies such as Oz: The Great and Powerful, Sin City 2, Breaking Bad, Kill Bill, Predators,Transformers 1-3, Pulp Fiction, Dances with Wolves, Land of the Dead, The Chronicles of Narnia, just to name a few.
With their work on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Greg Nicotero and his KNB EFX team have deep experience creating some of the most incredible zombies in the industry. Founded in 1988, they have become one of the most prolific Special Make-up Effects Studios in Hollywood. Greg and his KNB EFX make-up artistsprovided the zombie transformations through its award-winning make-up artistry last summer at The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego event during San Diego Comic-Con. One look at Nicotero’s creations for the undead and The Walking Dead Escape: Philadelphia participants will know they are in for a zombie experience like no other!
The Walking Dead Escape is a partnership between Robert Kirkman’s Skybound and Ruckus Sports, LLC. Kirkman is the creator and writer of The Walking Dead Eisner Award-winning comic book series and graphic novels and Executive Producer/writer of the hit AMC TV series’ based upon his work.
There are three ways to participate in this epic adventure. Participants can be a Survivor and race through the zombie infested evacuation zone; a Walker who becomes one of the undead, embracing the inevitable; or a Spectator who watches the apocalypse from sidelines at the Escape Party. The KNB EFX team will transform those who sign up to be Walkers into the most terrifying zombies to grace Philadelphia. Registration is now open at www.TheWalkingDeadEscape.com.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Greg’s KNB EFX team on board once again for The Walking Dead Escape, this time in South Philly at the Wells Fargo Center,” said event producer Liam Brenner. “People who sign up to be Walkers will have the opportunity to be completely transformed into zombies by make-up artists who have learned directly from the leader in the Special Make-up Effects industry. It’s really a chance of a lifetime!”
Skybound.com’s The Walking Dead Escape: Philadelphia is unlike any obstacle course event in the U.S., expanding on the best-selling The Walking Dead comic book series and graphic novel storylines, allowing Survivors and Walkers to explore the initial days of the apocalypse.
Survivors will climb, crawl and slide in an effort to avoid confrontation by hordes of Walkers, while achieving the ultimate adventure on The Walking Dead-themed obstacle course. The Walking Dead Escape is not a race, and Survivors are not timed, but the end is near, and they must move swiftly. If they’re lucky, Survivors will reach the decontamination zone at the end where it will be determined if they have been infected.
About Greg Nicotero & KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Greg Nicotero is Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-Up designer on The Walking Dead. In 2011, he received two Emmy nominations and won the Emmy (his 3rd) for Outstanding Prosthetic Make-Up for a Series for The Walking Dead. His company, The KNB EFX Group (KNB) was co-founded by Greg & Howard Berger in 1988 and has contributed special make-up and creature effects on such films as Dances with Wolves, The Green Mile, Sin City,Transformers, The Grey and Pulp Fiction. Prosthetics and character make-up can be seen in everything from Kill Bill, Splice, Drag Me To Hell, The Hills Have Eyesto Boogie Nights, Grindhouse, Austin Powers: Goldmember and Army of Darkness. Nicotero supervised make-up effects on films from Inglorious Basterds to the Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks HBO series The Pacific and Predators. This spring Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful will showcase his company’s modern day take on munchkins, tinkers and the Wicked Witch. Nicotero has been responsible for designing make up effects sequences from initial creature design to on-set operation/2nd unit direction on over 700 film and television projects.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur and Thief of Thieves. In 2010, Kirkman formed his own Image imprint, Skybound, which publishes his own work and Witch Doctor, Invincible Universe and Clone. Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and 2012. In April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series with Kirkman serving as creator/executive producer and writer. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles is www.Skybound.com and www.
Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur, Thief of Thieves and Clone as well as Witch Doctor and Invincible Universe. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound’s successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. AMC is developing Thief of Thieves as a potential series. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles is www.Skybound.com or www.
About Ruckus Sports, LLC
Ruckus Sport, LLC, an innovator in mass-participatory events, creates the most compelling, exhilarating outdoor events available for a wide range of people. Beginning in 2010 with its signature event, The Ruckus Challenge, and now reaching multiple markets across the country, thousands of participants from 2 to 72 have completed our premier obstacle races. As the creator and producer of The Walking Dead Escape, Ruckus continues to demonstrate that extraordinary mass-participatory events can take many forms and appeal to a variety of audiences.
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