The Motor City Comic Con has reached its 25th year and to mark it they have made big plans. In the quarter of a century after its creation the Comic Con has grown far beyond comics and after getting the biggest name in that field … Stan Lee … last year, they have gotten one of the biggest names in television this year … William Shatner.
William Shatner, known for his roles on the Twilight Zone and Boston Legal, as well as a small show called Star Trek, will be the major point of interest among more than 300 comic and media guests. The man who once played Trek’s lead, James T. Kirk, will offer a host of special opportunities. Along with being ready and able to sign autographs like all guests, he will also be available for a photo op and a special meet and greet … for a fee of course.
Along with Star Trek, Shatner also starred on T.J. Hooker and as the award-winning Denny Crane on the Practice and its spin-off Boston Legal. He also added to his defining role’s icon by co-authoring Star Trek novels and directing one of its movies.
The Motor City Comic Con opens May 16 and even at this early stage some of Shatner’s fellow stars of screen have been announced. The star of the movie Dredd, Karl Urban, will be there to help bridge the two worlds of media and comic books. He also starred as Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as played Éomer in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Other celebrities include:
- Christopher Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandridge in Fright Night)
- Andrew McCarthy (The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Joy Luck Club, Mulholland Falls, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, Less Then Zero, Weekend At Bernie’s and Mannequin
- ‘90s film mainstay Joey Lauren Adams (Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Big Daddy, Dazed and Confused, Bio-Dome and The Break-Up)
- Jason David Frank ( Tommy Oliver in the Power Ranger series)
For those who remember the name and want to praise comic books, they have not been forgotten. The man who raised the X-Men to its major status in the ‘80s, Chris Claremont, is listed as being in attendance. For 17 years he The Uncanny X-Men at Marvel Comics. Mark Waid, the writer of the groundbreaking Kingdom Come as well as classic runs on Captain America, Flash and the currently critically and fan-praised Daredevil, will be on hand. He also writes The Hulk for Marvel Comics and Green Hornet and Dr. Spektor for Dynamite.
On the art side, Frank Brunner, who is known for his work in the ‘70s at Marvel, and Bill Sienkiewicz, whose unique style had garnered praise and fans both in the U.S. and Europe, will also be there.
While not currently listed on the show’s site, comic book writer J.M. Dematteis says he will attend on his website. He’s known for writing Justice League International, Moonshadow, and a host of other books featuring many, many well-known characters. He also had a lengthy run on Spider-man, including what some call the character’s high water mark Kraven’s Last Hunt, and currently writes Justice League Dark, Larfleeze and Phantom Stranger.
More guests are sure to come as the May date comes closer.
As always the show will also include many vendors. Merchants will be selling comic books and almost any pop-culture-themed item you could imagine.
There will also be the customary costume contest on Saturday afternoon. Specs Howard School of Media Arts will sponsor the event with local celebrity judges deciding which costumes are most deserving of the cash and gift packages.
Sunday as always will be kid’s day with kid friendly events with both media and comic guests.
The show is Friday, May 16 (12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 17 (10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 18 (10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). If you are so inclined ready your web shooters, starship transporters or power rings for a trip to at the Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi.
Advanced tickets, as well as William Shatner VIP passes are already available at www.motorcitycomiccon.com/tickets/advance-tickets. On the days of the event advanced holders will be let into the show 30 minutes early.
Motor City Comic Con is Michigan’s largest pop-culture event. Since 1989 it has gathered comic book and multimedia dealers from across the country, offering a vast variety of pop-culture merchandise, including comics, art, t-shirts, movie memorabilia, posters and much more. For more information, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com.