The stars of page and screen will align in Detroit when the 26th annual Motor City Comic Con hits the Suburban Collection Showplace May 15-17.
Before becoming an award-winning actor, Dennis O’Hare grew up in Southfield, Mich., and attended Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. His most notable roles to come out of the coffin include vampire “Russell Edgington” in HBO’s True Blood and “Larry Harvey,” “Spalding” and “Stanley” in FX’s American Horror Story: Murder House, Coven and Freak Show. His film credits include Milk and The Dallas Buyers Club.
Detroit native and the award-winning creator of The Crow James O’Barr will also be setting up shop. He has two hit series currently from IDW Publishing, entitled Curare and Skinning The Wolves. Born in a trailer in Detroit, he spent his first seven years in an orphanage and foster care where he spent most of his time drawing. When he was adopted he continued drawing.
He created The Crow in the 1970’s but it wasn’t published until 1989 … “too gloomy, too confusing,” publishers said. It is currently the best-selling independent graphic novel of all time, selling more than one million copies. His book became a film in starring Brandon Lee. He donated nearly all of the money made from the film to children’s charities and had nothing to do with the subsequent three sequels or TV show. He will be consultant on the new Crow movie that goes into production in 2014.
Former Man of Steel Dean Cain was born in Mount Clemens. He stared in ABC’s Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993 and helped pave the way for the mainstream acceptance of comic book superheroes.
Steven Yeun was raised in Troy and studied at Kalamazoo College before starring in AMC’s The Walking Dead as Glenn Rhee. He’s also been on NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles and Syfy’s Warehouse 13.
Also representing the cable giant are several cast-members from the comic-turned- runaway cable hit. David Morissey, aka The Governor, will be there along with the show’s youngest zombie-killer Carl Grimes played by Chandler Riggs as well as Chad Colman, who plays Tyreese, Scott Wilson who played Hershel Green and Emily Kinney, who played Beth Greene.
Comic writer and artist, Katie Cook, was born in Michigan. She is currently working on her creator-owned book Gronk: A Monster’s Story as well as IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. She has also done work for Marvel and LucasFilm.
With all of the attention and notoriety AMC has gotten in recent years, it is no surprise the station will be in well represented at Michigan’s largest pop-culture event. Giancarlo Esposito who played Gus in the television phenomenon Breaking Bad will be in attendance, along with his co-star Mark Margolis, who played “Tio Salamanca,” among his many other roles in his long career.
Other stars of screens big and small include:
- Vivica A. Fox from the movies Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Kill Bill, Sharknado 2: The Second One and Juwanna Man, as well as television shows, including NBC’s Law & Order and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm
- The Exorcist’s Linda Blair
- Katey Sagal, the woman best known as Peggy Bundy or Futurama’s Leela or Gemma Teller Morrow on Sons of Anarchy
- Special effect wizard Tom Savini, who did the blood curdling makeup effects for characters such as Jason in the Friday the 13th franchise, Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and all the monsters and effects in George Romero’s Creepshow
- Gilligan’s Island veteran Dawn Wells known to islanders as Marianne
- The actors who play slasher icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger
- Camren Bicondova who plays “Selina Kyle” a.k.a. “Catwoman” on the FOX series Gotham. Motor City Comic Con is her first signing convention appearance
Also appearing is Tom Kenny a well-worked voice actor, who is perhaps best known as the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants. This synchs up well with the SpongeBob car for spectators to see.
Of course, this is a comic con, so there will be comic book guests showing up. One of those is Neal Adams, an icon of the world of comic illustrating who has drawn many of the biggest name characters at both Marvel and DC, and is considered one of, if not the definitive Batman artist.
José Luis García-López is another artist of legend, who made his name at DC Comics in the ‘70s. Another well-known man in comics will be John Ostrander, who has written everything from western’s and Star Wars comics to the tales of The Suicide Squad (currently being planned as a movie) and tackling the spiritual-moral questions of man in The Spectre.
With all of the big names there, often forgotten are the small press and indie creators who line artist alley with their work. Be sure to stop by their area.
For the first time this year there is a third category of guest … crafters. After years of noticing an increase of those selling their crafts at the show, they decided to give them their own listing section on their website.
With the increased interested in “cosplay” in recent years it is no surprise that the annual costume contest will be returning in the show’s 26th year. There will also be a kid’s day on Sunday and a Saturday Night Bash are also planned among the returning activities.
The Motor City Comic Con is from Friday, May 15 (12:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 16 (10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 17 (10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
More guests, both media and comic related, will be announced as the date draws nearer. For more information and ticket purchasing you can visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com.