Motor City Comic Con 2011 - Recap
By Jason Leyanna
This was the 22nd annual Motor City Comic Convention. This was my first time to Comic Con. It was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan (formerly the Rock Financial Showplace). It was held from Friday, May 13 through Sunday May 15, 2011. We were able to attend the Saturday, May 14 showing of Comic Con. Michael Goldman is the promoter of the convention and the new manager for this year was Miriam Kruger.
We got the distinct pleasure to meet the awesome and down-to-earth, Lee Arenberg (Pirates of the Caribbean). We were able to chat with Lee Arenberg and get a photo with him just before he did his mini-panel with Martin Klebba discussing their movie careers and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.
We also met the talented Brent Spiner (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Independence Day) and Larry Thomas ("The Soup Nazi" from Seinfeld). Other celebrities that were there included a couple of wrestlers, Kate Mulgrew (Star Trek: Voyager), Sam Huntington (Being Human), George Takei (Star Trek), and many others. There were over 50 media guests at the event, most of them there all three days of the convention. Additionally, there were over 100 comic guests in attendance.
There were numerous booths, some where you could meet celebrities and get autographs - others for comic artists, and also booths with comics and other related memorabilia to purchase. One booth was filled with tons of t-shirts. There were a couple of places where we found anime/mangas. Also, there were a few that had movies. There were a decent number of booths at the convention that had comics for sale. The comics ranged from recent to old classics and had varying prices depending on which booth you found yourself.
We also got to hear a Star Wars panel: Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca in Star Wars), Julian Glover (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Lydia Green (Ewok in Star Wars). For the first time at Motor City Comic Con, Lydia Green attended and spoke to the attendees. It was interesting to hear their thoughts on their performances and their best and worst times acting. The only issue was that the speakers on the panel had to compete with the overall loud speaker that was continually interrupting them. There was also a Battlestar Galactica panel during our time there. Other panels were held during the show as well as the other days of the event.
We also saw people dressed up in varying costumes, from Captain America, The Green Lantern, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers, Sand People, etc. There was a costume contest to judge the best costume at the event. It was cool to see people go all-out and don their own costume. The Ecto 1, the car from Ghostbusters, was also displayed at Motor City Comic Con.
I look forward to next year's Motor City Comic Con. It is definitely worth picking up tickets online first before the event, otherwise you have to wait in a huge line to get in.
[View our Photo Gallery from Comic Con 2011]