Blowing in like a space freighter coming out of hyperdrive, fans of comics and pop culture lore past and present lined up to be the first to arrive at the Motor City Comic Con, occurring at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, which opened today.
The three-day event is the largest such gathering of comics, costumes and more in southeast Michigan.
There’s the buzz and excitement of conversation, people with painted faces, and women clad in leather and a personal fan favorite: the Princess Leia outfit from “Return of the Jedi.” Cobra Commander just might shake your hand or pose for a photo. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself face to face with a Jedi, a storm trooper or even Freddy Krueger, claws extended in maniacal glee.
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Motor City Comic Con is pop diversity at its finest. All classes and races, joining together for a common goal: geek culture and an unabashed love letter to the very fabric of comics culture.
Travis Moore, 24, from northwest Ohio, calls himself a “big fan of nerd culture.” This is his first year at Motor City Comic Con, and he has a master plan for comic convention domination.
“Today is day one: sensory overload,” Moore said. “And day two is going to be getting down to business, and hopefully day three will be some savvy business deals so I can pull the trigger on some of the cool merchandise that these fine dealers are selling.”
Moore’s friend, Joe Coutcher, 26, tagged along mainly to meet stars like Marina Sirtis from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” It’s also an opportunity for the pair to do some content-gathering for their blog, “Epic Loots!”
“This is actually my first comics convention ever,” Coutcher said.
He’s been a fan of geek culture for years, so what took him so long?
“I was denying my inner geek,” Coutcher said.
Sirtis was a guest of Motor City Comic Con years ago. She’s glad to be back, as it gives her a break from the Hollywood grind.
“I sometimes think that especially when you live in Hollywood, you live in a bubble,” Sirtis said. “Everyone you meet is in show business. It’s just nice to leave that environment and meet your fans and say thank you. You actually get to show your appreciation to them, and they really show their appreciation to you just for showing up.”
Tom Savini, who played Sex Machine in “From Dusk Till Dawn,” has visited the convention nearly every year. It’s the fans that bring him back.
“I think what’s interesting about the fans is they range from little kids to doctors and lawyers and everything in between,” Savini said. “It’s a way for them to get close. I mean, even I’m a fan boy. As a fan, to see it up close and see what these people are like – that’s what’s fun.”
Claudia Wells, who played Marty McFly’s girlfriend, Jennifer, in “Back to the Future,” called the fans of the convention “wonderful, kind, terrific, loyal.”
Darryl Banks, a guest comic book artist, always appreciates the invites to attend the convention.
“It’s good to be connected with those who support what you’ve done or what you still do. I consider it to be a very strong part of today’s pop culture,” Banks said. “You can have all the movie celebrities you want – it’s (still) a comic book convention.”
Nate Dejarnette decided to take the afternoon before going into work to visit the convention. He dressed as Captain Archer from the “Star Trek: Enterprise” series. Curiosity brought him out. He wanted to see what others would wear.
“I like the whole experience,” Dejarnette said. “Just today – it’s cool. A place to share all our experiences, where we can be one, I guess.”
The convention continues tonight till 7 p.m. and ends Sunday at 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.MotorCityConventions.com/motor_city_comic_con.