Motor City Comic Con 2017

This year was the 28th year of the Motor City Comic Con. Every year the con has gotten bigger. This year was no exception. At the con that took place from May 19th to the 21st, thousands flocked to the Suburban Showcase in Novi to meet their favorite actors and comic creators. Not to mention the exhibitor’s that sold everything from graphic novels to props from your favorite movies and TV shows. The guest list read like mix of 80’s nostalgia to some current heavy hitters like Ron Perlman from Sons of Anarchy, and Michael Rooker from The Walking Dead, and more recently Guardians of the Galaxy Volume’s 1 and 2. For the Whovian’s in attendance there was Billie Piper who played Rose Tyler in  Christopher Eccelston,  and David Tennant’s run on Doctor Who. She also plays Brona Croft on Penny Dreadful. John Barrowman was there also. You will remember him for playing Captain Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, as well as Malcolm Merlin on CW’s Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. You also had Sean Astin from The Goonies, Rudy, and of course The Lord of the Rings movies. There were also comic luminaries Like Dave Gibbons of Watchmen Fame, as well as Neal Adams who drew pretty much everything in the 70’s and 80’s, but is probably best know for his run on Green Lantern\Green Arrow. Ed Mcguiness of Superman\Batman fame was there as well.

I arrived on Saturday and got in a bit early to see lines already forming for Dave Gibbons. I loved his art on Watchmen. Artist Alley is always the first place I check out every year. I usually get some prints and some commissions, so better to get there early this year was no exception. I stopped by Ed Mcguiness’ booth and picked up a couple prints. Loved his Deadpool and Nightcrawler prints.

I also got to meet Billie Piper. I was looking forward to this since she had cancelled last year. She was very gracious and even commented on my Doctor Who shirt.

My cousin was there to meet John Barrowman. He seemed like such a cool guy. As I was waiting for her to get through the line, there was a handicapped person that came through the line. John took this opportunity to take a cruise around the convention floor on her scooter yelling “coming through!” the whole time. Unfortunately I was not quick enough on the uptake with my camera to get a video. I love the con, because as my cousin stated, these are our people. For a while the nerds and geeks were the cool ones. Something that we don’t get to feel that often. I think we are becoming more mainstream with the advent of superhero movies. The one thing that was a drawback and has been for a few years now, is that I think the con is outgrowing the convention space. It was very hard to get near any of the exhibitors due to the wall to wall people. I am not sure where it would be able to move, but I think it is something to look into. You can also check out more videos and pictures and videos from the con at the We Be Geeks Facebook page.

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