Being someone who’s covered conventions of varying sizes around southeast Michigan for the past five years, I’ve been clamoring for another big event aimed at the comic book crowd to come to Detroit. Like many of you, I feel that just one hasn’t been enough, and though the small and mid-sized shows are certainly lots of fun, there’s just nothing like a sprawling showroom floor populated by vendors, writers, artists and healthy amount of celebrities.
Well, soon enough, that’s going to change once the first ever Michigan Comic Con arrives in downtown Detroit this August, which is sure to satisfy our geeky needs for the summertime. And seeing as how it’s brought to us by the same folks behind Tampa Bay, San Francisco, Indiana and Atlanta Comic Cons, I think it’s safe to say we’re all in for a weekend to remember.
Of course, media guests seem to be what provide the most incentive to attract attendees these days, and there are at least a few that’ll be on hand who are sure to turn a few heads.
As you may have heard, Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, X-Men) has been booked, as has Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool, Deadpool 2). In addition to those heavy hitters, Nichelle Nichols, Cary Elwes, Jewel Staite, Lea Thompson and many others will be greeting fans on various days throughout the weekend.
Personally, I’m very much looking forward to meeting some of the comic book artists showing up, namely Chad Hardin (Harley Quinn, Amazing Spider-Man Family) and Adam Hughes (Batgirl, Catwoman). But if you have some other stuff in need of signatures, know that living legends such as Pat Broderick, Joe Jusko and Ty Templeton are among those confirmed.
Should you be familiar with my con coverage here at We Got This Covered, then you know I’m going to mention the subject of cosplay at some point. As such, it’s encouraged that you don your best costume, not only to get into the spirit of things, but also because famed cosplayer Yaya Han will be there as well. I’m guessing she’s bringing her A-game, but that’s just me.
For more specifics, here’s the official word:
Michigan Comic Con debuts on August 17-19, 2018, at the Cobo Center – Hall C. Tickets range from $30-$60, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free. Michigan Comic Con is produced and promoted by Imaginarium LLC, who produce four other comic conventions around the country. For information regarding hours, guests announced so far, programming, and other details about Michigan Comic Con, visit: https://michigancomiccon.com/