Once again the Motor City Comic Con comes together to create the largest pop culture event in Michigan May 13-15. These three days have become a must visit event for pop culture fans.
It all takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.
This year they have even taken special care to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cultural icon … the 1966 Batman TV show. The show introduced a generation to the Dark Knight and spiked comic sales.
Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward) themselves will be onsite to sign autographs and pose for pictures, half a century after they first took on the roles that made them household names. An important fact to note about Ward’s performance is that back in the ‘60s, at the age of 19, he did much of his own stunt work … something “Batman” did not do.
As another homage to the special anniversary for the Caped Crusader, Neal Adams will be at the show. Adams is one of the most iconic artists for one of the most legendary characters in history. He even co-created the Batman villain, Ra’s al Ghul, who appeared in the film Batman Begins.
Adams also was the artist on one of the most important comics of the 1970s, Green Lantern/Green Arrow #76. This comic book, and its frank discussion of racism and social views, kicked off the decade long trend of social awareness stories.
Batman isn’t the only comic book based television show to be represented. From the Walking Dead there will be Michael Cudlitz (Abraham Ford), Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel Stokes), Alexandra Breckenridge (Jessie Anderson), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Joe Bernthal (Shane Walsh). There is an opportunity to have your picture taken with Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Josh McDermitt for $190.
For more ‘60s nostalgia beyond just the protector of Gotham there will be Michael Nesmith of the Monkees. The band and television show that maybe best represented the merging of pop culture mediums … television and rock n’ roll.
Stars from the Netflix original television show, based on the Marvel comics Daredevil, will also be there. Joe Bernthal plays the Punisher on that show, and Elden Henson portrays Daredevil’s pal Foggy Nelson.
Also in attendance will be Marty McFly’s mom herself, Lea Thompson, and Terry Jones from the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python.
You can meet a number of stars from today’s popular TV shows. Lena Headey, who has queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, will be there. So will Ian Ziering of Sharknado fame. In the summer of 2015, he reprised his role as “Fin Shepard” in the TV movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!”
A few big names from the comic world will even show up. Jose Garcia-Lopez, whose run on Jonah Hex made him the most beloved artist in the character’s history. Detroit’s own Arvell Jones is another artist who made his name at DC comics and will be ready to meet, greet and sign autographs for fans.
Alan Davis, the artist of Captain Britain, Marvelman, various 2000 AD stories, Batman, and Batman and the Outsiders, will make one of his few US appearances.
Darwyn Cooke, the writer/artist of the seminal “New Frontier,” is another big name from the four-color world at the show. He is best known for his infusion of classic ‘50s and ‘60s pop art style.
There will also be a plethora of small press books looking to build an audience, and crafters selling their unique wares.
There will be more than 300 creators, writers, illustrators and actors in attendance, who will greet fans, sign autographs, pose for pictures, and provide panels and Q & A discussions.
As always, many fans will be dressed up as their favor superhero. On Saturday there’s a cosplay contest where a mix of celebrity judges determine the best costume winners. There will be prizes and gift packages.
Sunday is Kid’s Day featuring kid-friendly activities.
For a complete list of guests, click here.
This year parking has been raised to $10 with $7 and $5 dollar lots a little further away, as well as a shuttle going to and from Novi High School.
Further information, which includes ticket purchasing, can be found at www.motorcitycomiccon.com.