The sun is beginning to set on a Sunday evening in Rhode Island, but the
temperature is dropping faster than the light. Despite the cold, a small
group of fans waits outside the stage exit of Edwards Hall of URI.
Fan-Culture.org showed up at the scene first around 4 p.m., three hours
before Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”, “Boondock Saints”) was to show
up for a speaking engagement at the University. The fans slowly began to
trickle in, with one wearing a homemade shirt that said “Go Norm or Go Home” and
another wearing a shirt that said “Keep Calm and Kill Zombies”. Everyone
was in great spirits and the quiet chattering exploded into excitement
when Norman pulled in around 5:50 p.m.
Reedus, who is well known among fans to be very accomodating to them,
gladly took photos, accepted gifts, signed items and spoke with the early
birds, despite management politely reminding him they had to get in the
building to prepare.
Once Reedus had no choice but to go in, fans mulled about to either wait
to be let in, while others head over to the nearby student village where
little restaurants and shops are set up. Kim Knox of Massachusetts, who
proudly wore her signed “Daryl Dies, We Riot” shirt (Darly is Reedus’
character on TWD), talks about how TWD brought her and her boyfriend
“We knew eachother mutually, but then my friend at a party said to him
that I also watched TWD,” she states. “We got into an argument about
Andrea versus Michonne [TWD characters], and it just worked.” She also
gushed over her excitement that this was their first roadtrip, coming down
from mid-Massachusetts to the main URI campus.
The Reedus event started around 7:15 p.m., giving late-comers plenty of
time to be seated and not miss anything. The actor and artist was very
eager to please fans during the Q&A time asking for signatures or hugs or
to even run up to the balcony to take group photos for those in the “cheap
seats” (everyone paid the same price for tickets – URI students paid $12,
non-students paid $20, but you either had orchestra or balcony level for
either price, pending on availability).
At one point during the main moderator session, Norman was asked if he
preferred acting in feature films or in TWD, and he responded that he
prefers TWD because of the sense of community the actors and crew can
share with fans. “The actors feel like it’s our show, the producers feel
like it’s our show, and the fans feel like it’s our show. It’s not the
big-wig’s show. It’s OUR show.”
More photos from event HERE