The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, Skybound & AMC Join Forces with The Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero

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Nicotero and His Team Transform Participants into Zombies during Event at Petco Park July 19 & 20

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San Diego, CA – July 11, 2013 – The Walking Dead Escape: San Diego, Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and AMC announced they are joining forces with KNB EFX Group, Inc. and its founder Greg Nicotero to serve as the Special Effects Make-up designer for the zombies featured in this one of a kind obstacle course. In addition to The Walking Dead, Nicotero is the force behind the Special Effects Make-up for TV shows and Movies such as Django Unchained, Sin City 2, Machete Kills, Breaking Bad, Kill Bill, Predators, Transformers, Land of the Dead and Army of Darkness.

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 artists provided 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.

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The Walking Dead Escape allows fans to live out the events from the groundbreaking, Emmy-award winning and top-rated AMC series, which is based on Robert Kirkman’s Eisner Award-winning best selling The Walking Dead graphic novels and comic book series.

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 San Diego. Registration is now open at www.TheWalkingDeadEscape.com.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Greg and his KNB EFX team on board once again for The Walking Dead Escape in San Diego,” 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 used their talents creating walkers for the show over the last 4 seasons. It’s really a chance of a lifetime!”

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.

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.thewalkingdeadescape.com.

About Greg Nicotero & KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Greg Nicotero is Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Make-Up designer on The Walking Dead. His work on THE WALKING DEAD has earned he and his team back-to-back Emmy wins for Best Prosthetic Make-up along with nominations for visual effects for both THE WALKING DEAD and BREAKING BAD. Greg has written and directed several installments of a webseries based on THE WALKING DEAD that have won numerous awards including WGA award for Best Internet Conent 2 years in a row. 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 over 700 film and television projects such as Sin City, Inglourious Basterds, This is The End, Dances with Wolves, The Amazing Spiderman 2, The Grey and Pulp Fiction, to The Green Mile, The Book of Eli and Piranha. Prosthetics and character make-up work can be seen in everything from, Oz: The Great and Powerful, and Hitchcock, to From Dusk Til Dawn. Nicotero has spent nearly 30 years designing make up effects sequences from initial creature design to on-set execution/2nd unit direction. His 20,000 square foot facility in Chatsworth, California is home to some of the most talented sculptors, designers and make-up artists in the world.

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-one 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 Clone, Ghosted, Invincible Universe and Witch Doctor. 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. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com

About Skybound Skybound is Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics and home to his creator-owned works including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur and Thief of Thieves. Skybound also develops and fosters other talented writers, creators and artists and publishes their comic book series and graphic novels: Clone, Ghosted, Invincible Universe and Witch Doctor. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise, 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., where Kirkman serves as Executive Producer/writer. Kirkman is also developing a new show with FOX International Channels based on his upcoming comic book series set in the world of exorcism. 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 are www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com

About AMC
Whether commemorating favorite films from every genre and decade or creating acclaimed original programming, AMC brings to its audience something deeper, something richer, Something More. The network reigns as the only cable network in history ever to win the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row, and boasts the most-watched drama series in basic cable history with “The Walking Dead.” AMC’s original drama series include “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Walking Dead,” “The Killing” and “Hell on Wheels.” Its newest series, “Low Winter Sun,” premieres this summer. AMC also explores authentic worlds with bold characters through its slate of unscripted original series like “Comic Book Men,” “Small Town Security,” “Talking Dead,” and “Freakshow.” AMC is owned and operated by AMC Networks Inc. and its sister networks include IFC, Sundance Channel, and WE tv. AMC is available across all platforms, including on-air, online, on demand and mobile. AMC: Something More.

About Ruckus Sports, LLC
Ruckus Sports, LLC, an innovator in mass-participatory events, creates compelling, exhilarating outdoor events designed for a wide range of people. Beginning in 2010 with its signature event, “The Ruckus Challenge,” these events reach multiple markets across the country, with thousands of participants from ages 2 to 72 having 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. Ruckus Sports is a portfolio company of Steel Sports Inc., a network of branded, participatory and experience-based businesses.

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