How we doing? We okay? Really, after this season's The Walking Dead finale, I just want to be sure we're still altogether. Admittedly, the C2E2 team probably needs a few days to come to terms with where our survivors have been left, and it's going to be a long summer until we catch up with them. Of course, if you can't wait that long, The Walking Dead's Carl — Chandler Riggs — will be among the guests at this year's C2E2. And, if you can't wait at all, that's quite alright, too, as we caught up with Chandler to chat a bit with him about coming to C2E2...
C2E2: You travel quite a bit for conventions, and we have to imagine you've got packing your suitcase down to a science. With packing for C2E2 looming on the horizon, what's the first item you pack or the one item you can't leave home without?
Chandler: Clean underwear first! And I can't leave home without my DS!
C2E2: What are the best and worst things about traveling for a convention?
Chandler: Airports are the worst, but getting to go to so many states and meeting so many fans is cool. The fans make it worthwhile and are a lot of fun!
C2E2: Fans rush about C2E2 and Chicago as if it's nerd Mardi Gras, but what's a convention like as a guest?
Chandler: Every convention is so different. Some are so busy, and some I get to walk around and look and shop. I don't really get into the party scene because, you know, I'm 13. Sometimes we do a bit of sightseeing when we bring the whole family, and sometimes we just do the gig. We went to see monster trucks in New Orleans, which was awesome. In New York, we saw a few shows. And we toured a lot in Australia!
C2E2: Are there any specific Chicago sights, experiences, restaurants, or museums you hope to check out while at C2E2?
Chandler: I wish. I will only have time to do the con this time since I'm in school, but I hope to come back to Chicago when I have more time.
C2E2: While you're probably most known for The Walking Dead, what other projects of yours do you encourage fans to check out?
Chandler: The feature Get Low was my first big deal, and I got to meet Bill Murray and Robert Duvall as part of it. The Wronged Man, which was a Lifetime movie I was in with Julia Ormond, had a great message.
C2E2: What are your upcoming projects?
Chandler: Last month I completed filming Stephen King's Mercy out in LA and had a great time hanging out with Joel Courtney from Super 8, who plays my brother, and Hana Hayes from Thunderstruck. That should be out maybe in December. Right now, I'm back in school with my friends, because believe it or not, I had really missed school. The Walking Dead films again in late May, so it will be great to see everyone again.
C2E2: Approaching a guest of your stature can be a daunting thing. Any recommendations for a sheepish fan nervous about seeing you at C2E2?
Chandler: Ha! I not even five-feet-tall yet so relax!
C2E2: What's the most rewarding thing for you about interacting with fans at a con?
Chandler: Knowing that the show means a lot to so many people makes the hard work in the Georgia heat worth it.
A big thanks to little Chandler for chatting with us, and we hope he gets through all his homework in time for C2E2. He'll be at the show on Saturday and Sunday, and he'll be joined by other The Walking Dead cast members, too, including Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Chad Coleman (Tyreese). Oh, Tyreese...
About The Author:
Peter Tatara is the International Director of Content and Marketing for ReedPOP. During his time at Reed, he's planned on-air contests with Cartoon Network, hosted Twitter scavenger hunts around New York City, and bought Joss Whedon a sandwich. In his spare time, he runs a calendar of geeky New York City events called Nerd York City. Follow him at @petertatara and @nerdyorkcity.