Melissa Cowan famously portrayed iconic “Bicycle Girl” walker in season 1 of The Walking Dead. Melissa stopped by to greet fans at a very busy POP Swap at the Plastic Empire store in Marietta, GA.
Undead Walking had the pleasure of chatting with Melissa Cowan at the POP Swap event at Plastic Empire. Also on hand was comic color artist Matt Wilson who is currently working on the Captain America comic series.
Collectors were lined up inside and outside the popular collectibles store on Sunday, February 25th. Even some light rain did not deter shoppers from making purchases and trades at the event. And the store plans to have future swap dates as well.
After making a couple of trades myself, I talked with Melissa as she sat behind the counter to chat with fans, take photos, and sign autographs.
Did you know that Greg Nicotero named Bicycle Girl as the #1 pick in his list of “Top Ten Zombies Ever” in Entertainment Weekly?
Melissa shared how she enjoys meeting fans at events and hearing their own stories of fandom for The Walking Dead. She had a long, but not inclusive, list of merchandise celebrating Bicycle Girl.
The actress had a Funko POP as well as a Funko Mystery Mini Figure on hand in the likeness of her character. She said she has seen everything from towels to a snowboard depicting Bicycle Girl. But she continues to be surprised by new merchandise all the time.
Melissa also shared a little bit about her time in the make-up chair and the brutal heat while filming during a Georgia July summer. The actress described the very thick silicone latex makeup and how the application took about 3.5 hours.
She said filming took as much as 8 or 9 hours before an additional 3.5 hours to remove the makeup. But, wait! Then she had to do it all over again for the web series. That’s commitment to the role for sure!
Check out the full interview here:
And be sure to stop by Plastic Empire for pop culture collectibles and toys if you find yourself in Georgia. You can also learn more about Melissa Cowan on her Facebook page and check out some of Matt Wilson’s work on Instagram.