Detroit doesn’t get a lot of love in the media these days, but there is still a lot of fantastic offerings in The Motor City. This past weekend, our guest correspondent, Aaron K., got to experience some of those at Motor City Comic Con. Now in its 25th year, the convention has grown into a true celebration of comics and pop culture. The guest list for both comic and media guest are rich with some of the biggest names in the industry today as well as some icons that should not be missed.
For us, Friday is often our favorite day to visit a convention so we hit Motor City on its opening day. This first day tends to have a little thinner crowd, which makes it easier to browse the exhibition floor and usually results in shorter lines for the celebrity guests. Also, the vendors still have their full array of geek wares that haven’t been ravaged by the attendees. The crowd on Friday was big enough to generate excitement and bring out some great cosplayers but not at all overwhelming. Shopping was easy and it was possible to browse the exhibit floor in a larger group, which is usually impossible on Saturday and Sunday. The vendor floor was diverse with a good mix of media artists and production lines, comic collectors, jewelry, toys and collectibles as well as t-shirts, posters and other souvenirs.
The media celebrity guests really ran the gamut from cosplay, web series, movies, and television. William Shatner, stars from The Walking Dead, Arrow, Agents of Shield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ghostbusters were all attendance as well as a fantastic myriad of others. The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman with Oscar also there for pics and autograph opportunities! In our experience, they were easily accessible and the prices were reasonable and comparable to other conventions. The prices ranged from “free hugs” to $75 for more of the VIP experience and big name guests.
One of the best parts of the convention is being able to not just purchase, but look and touch so many pop culture things from childhood all the way up to today. Having opportunities to chat with celebrities like J. August Richards from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes) are priceless. This convention has opportunities like that around every corner. Motor City Comic Con provides the attendees all these once in a lifetime opportunities right here in Detroit! Great memories were made this year and we can’t wait for 2015!
Images courtesy of A.M.Klauber