Motor City Comic Con is back to host two conventions this year | Festival Guide | Detroit
There’s probably never been a better time to be a geek. Comic book culture is bigger than ever, thanks to the onslaught of blockbuster superhero movie adaptations from Marvel and DC Comics.
Popularity is so high, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the long-running Motor City Comic Con is back with two conventions this year – one held in its typical timeslot in May and a planned fall version. for October.
“Motor City Comic Con used to have two conventions each year, and we’re going back to that tradition,” said executive director Liz Allen. “[The year] 2006 was the last time a fall and spring convention was held, so we brought it back this year.
First launched in 1989, Motor City Comic Con has changed a lot since its inception, Allen says. “There have been many additions to the lineup over the past 33 years,” she says. “There have been an increased number of panels that tackle specific genres and topics, themed events within the convention, cosplay contests, expanding the number of vendors, artists and exhibitors, and an overall variety added since the inception of Motor City Comic Con. And of course, the focus is always on bringing in celebrities and comedic guests that we know fans will be thrilled to see.
It’s not just about superheroes. This year, rock star Alice Cooper is one of the celebrity guests at Motor City Comic Con. The 74-year-old artist who has appeared in Detroit’s classic rock scene will be at the convention for all three days, available for autographs and to pose for photos with fans.
Other celebrity guests include professional wrestler Anna Jay, comedian James “Murr” Murray, Taken actor Clive Standen, The Walking Dead actress Laurie Holden, comedian Jamie Farr and MASH POTATOES* actress Loretta Swit.
“When booking [celebrity] customers, we really like to listen to our customers’ requests,” says Allen. “We’re always open to feedback from attendees on social media, and they can even submit guest suggestions through our ‘request a guest’ feature on our website. We try to fill out the guest list so that there is someone for everyone, from classic sitcom stars, anime voice actors, musicians, wrestlers, comedians and the stars of today’s hit TV shows and movies.
This year, Motor City Comic Con is offering wristbands for fans who want to skip the long lines. Wristbands can be purchased in advance through September 16 on the Motor City Comic Con website for an additional $15. Wristbands are shipped to attendees’ homes prior to the convention and allow fans to bypass ticket lines. They are also giving back to the event.
Beyond that, Allen says more announcements are expected for this year’s fall convention.
“Everyone should stay tuned as we will continue to make more guest announcements!” she says.
Motor City Comic Con takes place from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 14. 16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46199 Grand River Ave., Novi; motorcitycomiccon.com. Tickets start at $35 for ages 13 and up, with VIP passes available.
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