This past weekend marked the 29th Motor City Comic Con, the largest Comic Con in the Detroit area and one of the largest
in the nation. Tens of thousands of comic book, toy, and movie fans once again packed the Suburban Collection Showplace for the three day event. This year’s MCCC began under a somber tone, however. Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the Superman films and who was scheduled to be a featured guest, passed away just days before the show. The show’s promoters decided to keep her booth up as a memorial to the star.
Other notable guests at the show included Val Kilmer (Batman Forever, Tombstone); Jason Patric (Lost Boys); Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess); Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones); Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville); Jenna Elfman (Fear the Walking Dead); Stephen Amell (Arrow); Sumer Glaus (Terminator TV Series); William Zabka (Karate Kid, Cobra Kai); WWE Hall of Famers Diamond Dallas Page and Trish Stratus; and several of the young stars of the horror film “It”.
Over on the comic book side the show welcomed Neal Adams, Ben Templesmith, Brian Stelfreeze, Frank Quitely, Jae Lee, John Cassady, Keith Giffen, Monte Moore, Simon Bisley, Denys Cowan, and many others.
As always the show saw a packed convention center of dealers from all over the country selling everything from Action Comics #1 to the latest hits off the stands and everything in between. While dealers were reporting brisk sales of both silver and bronze age books in all conditions, the busiest tables were those featuring bargain bin books for $1 each or so. And hey, if you wanted to buy in volume these guys were more than ready to offer even better bargains. This is made for those looking to make an instant collection at prices from 25 or 30 years ago. You literally could spend all three days of the show searching through boxes and not come close to hitting all of them.
Most of the guests take part in panel discussions/Q&As with the fans and the only regret is that you can’t attend all of them.
Ryan Hurst, best known for his character Opie Winston in “Sons of Anarchy” followed a long line of previous cast members who have attended the show over the years and shared stories about the series and his current plans.
Jerome Flynn made it clear that mum was the word during his discussion. I got the distinct impression that spoilers for the final season of Game of Thrones would be revealed under penalty of death! Still, despite the strict no spoiler policy Flynn was incredibly funny and engaging. Other panel discussions featured Lucy Lawless, Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum, Stephen Amell, and the cast of the 80s comedy classic, Revenge of the Nerds.
Perhaps the best sight of all over the weekend for longtime show attendees like me was the new wing of the convention site that is under repair which will add much needed floor space to the complex once it is finally complete.
The 2018 Motor City Con was once again an outstanding show and showed off why it is the premiere comic and multimedia show in the Detroit Area