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WonderFest Brings 'Walking Dead' Producer to Louisville


A producer of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and the daughters of two horror movie legends will be in Louisville this weekend for long-running  hobby convention.

Guests of the 26th annual WonderFest include Greg Nicotero, producer/director of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and Victoria Price and Sara Karloff, daughters of horror movie legends Vincent Price and Boris Karloff, respectively. It’s one of the year’s biggest events in the modeling and special effects community, with a massive model contest as its centerpiece.

Founder and organizer David Hodge said attendees come from all over the world. This year’s attendees include enthusiasts from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the U.K., Mexico and Canada.

“They come because, as a show, it’s unique in its contest, its presentation of just the sheer volume of dealers and models presented,” Hodge said.

“We actually modeled ourselves after Wonder Festival in Japan, which is a very large affair over there. We had one of our Japanese guests come to us last year and say, ‘Do you know, you have more models in your contest than even Wonder Festival?’”

At last year’s event, the model contest featured more than 660 entries from around the world.

Other guests at this year’s event include Marta Kristen, who played Judy on “Lost in Space,” and C. Martin Croker, the voice of Space Ghost and creator of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” The show will also see the U.S. debut of a preview of “Thunderbirds Firestorm,” presented by Jamie Anderson, son of the influential British animator and puppeteer Gerry Anderson.

WonderFest takes place this weekend at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

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