Detroit Fanfare 2011 - Comic Convention Recap
Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan was filled with many booths and many more visitors checking out all the comics and artists. They had booths that were selling comics, some selling Asian treats such as Pocky at Asian Snacktime. There was one giant booth filled with hundreds of t-shirts for sale. Other booths had actual comic artists selling their artwork and signing autographs. Additionally, there were a few media guests along one wall of the hall, available for photo ops and autographs at varying prices.
There were a few booths that had also been at the Motor City Comic Con 2011. Some action figures were for sale, but were few in number as well as a few mangas. The majority of the center booths contained countless comics for sale at varying prices.
Also present were numerous cosplayers including a Robocop that walked around in slow motion emulating the original. A couple storm troopers from the Star Wars saga were also there as well as a Boba Fett. There was even a Kermit the Frog and Gonzo strom trooper.
Even stormtroopers have to wait in line to see the celebrities.
One booth had hand-crafted miniature clay artwork by Savannah Lindburg, Lisa Lindburg's Daughter. (Generations of Art).
We got the chance to see actress, Jordan Trovillion and talk with her. She is a very down-to-earth and friendly person. She played Greta, the ghost, in the Hallmark channel movie Secrets in the Walls, alongside Jeri Ryan. She also played the concession girl in the film, Vanishing on 7th Street, which also featured John Leguizamo, Hayden Christensen, and Thandie Newton. Trovillion also plays Evelyn in the upcoming film, Sucker. Sucker is expected to be released in early 2012.
Other media guests included Kelly Hu, Adam Baldwin, Bruce Campbell, and Peter Weller.
We got a chance to speak with the people from New Baby Productions promoting "Elemental Fources" at their booth. They described it as a cross between Fantastic Four and Hellboy. The focus of the mini-series is on "The Fources" who are half-breeds with elemental powers (earth, water, fire, and air). They are trying to fit into a world that is on the brink of destruction. Check out the official Elemental Fources website for more information.
Gary Scott Beatty (Xeric Grant Winning Writer and Illustrator) from Indie Comics tracked us down and told us about their magazine featuring the latest from independent artists put together in one magazine. They had copies of the first issue on hand featuring 64 pages at a retail price of $6.49. This issue featured the creations of Tom Kelly, Terry Cronin & Jorge Calamato, David Branstetter, K.J. Kolka, Gary Scott Beatty, Anthony Cacioppo & Chuck Foulds, Tim Vigil & Jeff Vigil & Joe Vigil, and Douglas Paszkiewicz. Check out the official Indie Comics Magazine website. For more information on Gary Scott Beatty click here.
Angus Oblong was at the event promoting his creations. He is the creator of the animated series, "The Oblongs." The show is currently being shown on Adult Swim and is also available on DVD. The series, The Oblongs, is based on the book, "Creepy Susie & 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children." They were selling copies of artwork and books at the booth. The Oblongs are clumsy and physically deformed. They live in the town of HillValley. Pickles is voiced by Oscar-winner, Jean Smart. Bob Oblong is voiced by Will Ferrell. According to the Official Oblongs website, "Pickles is a boozing, bald headed, wig-wearing floozy happily married to the love of her life and Bob is an upbeat, moralistic, pipe smoking father right out of any typical 1950s sit com without arms & legs." (Visit the Official Angus Oblong Website.)
Another booth had cool paper action figures by AusGerCo. They had dragons, Cammy from Street Fighter, Wolverine (X-Men) and others. For more information check out their MySpace page.
Detroit Fanfare 2011 was a fun adventure and had many booths and people to see. They had the occasional cosplayers and a handful of media guests available for autographs and photo ops. The majority of the focus of The Detroit Fanfare is especially on comics, with many booths featuring comics for sale and the artwork of comic artists. The inclusion of some media guests and other panels broadens the interest to others besides those simply interested in comics. If any of this piques your interest, be sure to check out Detroit Fanfare in 2012! I'm glad we had the opportunity to cover this entertaining event. For more information please check out the Official Detroit Fanfare website.