CM Punk Calling Clobbering Time in Austin
WWE champ plus 'Walking Dead' star confirmed for Wizard World
By Richard Whittaker, 7:34PM, Sun. Aug. 5, 2012
The best in the world. Let's cut to the chase. CM Punk, star of WWE's Monday Night Raw is the best professional wrestler in the world, and he's coming to Wizard World Austin Comic Con.
The line-up for the third annual Austin stop for all things comic and nerd-culture related was already firing on all phasers with the announcement of a massive Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion, plus a bunch of regular faces from Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood. But Punk is a whole different breed of star.
Forget the cliche of muscle-bound lunkheads and 'roid-huffing freaks. The first openly straight edge WWE champion, Punk is famous for speaking his mind about what's right and wrong with the industry, even when it gets him in trouble. The famous 'pipe bomb' promo when he blasted the WWE and its many sins against pro-wrestling defines must-see TV, as do pretty much every one of his matches. His run this Summer with fellow former king of the indies Daniel Bryan has been one of the reasons to tune in to wrestling's flagship show.
But what does he have to do with comics, you may ask? To which we reply, buckle up, true believers. Any man who echoes the Thing's cry of "It's clobberin' time!" on the way to the ring, and regularly calls Ed Brubaker the best writer in comics today, can go wherever the hell he likes.
More directly related to comics is another big new Wizard World guest, The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus. Technically he's there as part of a reunion of the cast of cult 90's crime oddity The Boondock Saints, with David Della Rocco and Sean Patrick Flanery, but now he's best known as Daryl, the crossbow-wielding redneck zombie killer from AMC's breakout horror series and comic adaptation. He's also a photographer, an artist, and an experimental film maker. And he shoots zombies in the head with a crossbow.
Wizard World Austin Comic Con runs Oct. 26-28 at the Austin Convention Center. More info at www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.