Motor City Comic Con 2014 (MCCC) has a little bit for everyone this time around. The 25th anniversary edition of one of Michigan’s top pop-culture happenings features Star Trek’s William Shatner, hundreds of stars, the comics and all of the excitement you would expect. On May 16, 17 and 18, the Suburban Collection Showcase will be jam-packed with autograph and selfie seekers, costumed super hero underlings and just plain lovers of the popular comic genre.
The 25th year for MCCC 2014 has become a huge fan fave among the faithful, particularly with the popularity and frequency of films like The Amazing Spiderman, X Men and classics like Star Trek and The Crow.
Nearly 300 movie stars and comic industry guests will be on hand for the three-day event. Some names and faces you may recognize, some not-as-much, but all will make for a memorable experience with a few thousand of your closest friends. (We did an earlier blog on the Motor City Comic Con back in January.)
For those so inclined, there’s even a Cosplay (costume play) contest on Saturday. Registration for the contest opens at 10:00 a.m., with the judging taking place at 4:00 p.m. sharp.
I had a chance to talk to one of the many stars that will be in town. You might remember him from Ghostbusters, maybe it’s the HBO series OZ or maybe from his role in The Crow? In all, actor Ernie Hudson has been in show business for almost 50 years, completing 199 projects to date. As a matter of fact, he has nine movies and TV projects coming out this year alone.
Hudson is a Michigan native, growing up on the other side of the state in Benton Harbor. In a conversation, he credited his start in the industry to his English Lit and Theater training at Wayne State University right here in the Motor City.
“I did some stage work at the Hilberry Theater at Wayne State, but most of the work I did while in Detroit was out in the community,” said Hudson. ‘There is a professionalism I learned at Wayne State and in Detroit that has lasted me my entire career. I enjoyed my time in Detroit.”
Hudson will be a part of one of the many panel discussions taking place this weekend. Along with James O’Barr and Michael Massee, he will discuss the film The Crow with fans, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
I asked Hudson about being a part of some of our most memorable films and TV series like OZ, Ghostbusters or The Crow. “Along the way, some of the films (and projects) just connect with audiences, you can’t plan that. I love coming to the Comic Con events across the country and meeting the fans.”
In addition to William Shatner, best known for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk in the science fiction television series Star Trek, Motor City Comic Con will also feature:
Karl Urban: Almost Human star Karl Urban
Lindsey Wagner: Jamie Sommers from The Bionic Woman and recently from Warehouse 13 on the Syfy Network.
Lee Majors: Majors played Steve Austin on the popular ABC television series, The Six Million Dollar Man, among his many credits.
Burt Young: His signature role was as Sylvester Stallone’s brother-in-law Paulie in Rocky (1976).
Chris Claremont: Chris Claremont has worked with Marvel Comics on The Uncanny X-Men for 17 years. His X-Men story arc “Days of Future Past” is the source material for the X-Men movie, due out this year.
José Luis García-López: Has drawn Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman for decades, as well as many more DC Comics characters.
James O’Barr: Detroit born James O’Barr is the award-winning creator of The Crow, the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time.
Motor City Comic Con takes place on 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.) at the Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Ave in Novi. Tickets range from $25 for a single day Friday Pass to $65 for the works, a three-day, adult admission.
Visit the website for more information on schedules and confirmed guests. Event tickets and VIP passes can be purchased by visiting http://www.motorcitycomiccon.com/new-tix/.