This weekend, Murfreesboro will play host to comic book enthusiasts, writers, illustrators, artists and a famous young zombie.
Madison Lintz, who plays 12-year-old Sophia in the hit AMC television series “The Walking Dead,” will greet fans and provide interviews as the media guest of Comic Con, a touring convention hosted by Nashville-based Comic City Conventions.
“Everybody on the show is so nice,” she said. “I love them all and just want to thank them so much for supporting me.”
Fans who would like to catch Madison before she becomes an international super star can attend the Murfreesboro Anime and Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday at the Clarion Inn on Old Fort Parkway.
Admission is $5 per day, or attendees can opt for a $30 all-access pass limited to only 50 individuals.
Hours for the convention are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Madison got her big break on television with “The Walking Dead,” which is based on an ongoing comic book series of the same name that takes place in Atlanta and the surrounding Georgia countryside.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up after being in a coma to find the world inhabited by zombies. He then sets out to find his family and other survivors along the way.
The second season premiere episode, which aired on Oct. 16, 2011, set a new record of 7.3 million viewers and set new records for the most viewers in the 18- to 49- and 25- to 54-age demographics, making it the most watched episode of a drama in the history of basic cable television within those markets.
Lintz’s character, Sophia along with her mother, joins a group of survivors and becomes lost in a Georgia forest after fleeing from a mass of attacking zombies.
The group spends the entire second season searching for her until the climactic end of the finale, where she is found to be a zombie herself.
She is dramatically shot in the head at point-blank range by the main character as the group looks on in horror.
Lintz’s life isn’t nearly as dramatic. She lives in Alpharetta, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta. She auditioned for the show from her own basement, where her family has installed their own studio.
Her older sister, McKenzie, 15, secured a role in the upcoming movie The Hunger Games, which her mother, Kelly Lintz, says “will be the biggest film of 2012.”
Kelly also plays a role in the film.
Younger brother Matt, 10, can be seen in the upcoming ABC Family Channel made-for-television movie “Another Cinderella Story: Smile As Big As The Moon.”
Madison used her time away from the second series of the “The Walking Dead” to seek movie roles, and she just finished filming “After,” a psychological thriller that will in appear in theaters this February.
Lintz said she would like to star in a comedy series in the future and is especially appreciative of “The Walking Dead” cast for helping to refine her skills and providing encouragement.
Kelly attributes the generous tax incentives by the state of Georgia and other southeastern states for attracting so many production companies to Atlanta, and providing local actors the chance to land roles in productions such as “The Walking Dead.”
“We will have at least 20 movies filmed in Atlanta this year,” she said. “Wilmington, N.C., and New Orleans, La., have become major centers of film and television production in the southeast as well because of a 25 percent tax credit for production companies.”
She said Madison’s next inevitable step will be moving up to the Los Angeles market and seeking roles in even larger projects.