Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Motor City Comic Con celebrates 24th year with guest Stan Lee

Tom Savini at the 2012 MCCC.
 NOVI — It’s the biggest event of its type in the state, and it’s happening this weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

The Motor City Comic Con opens Friday and runs until Sunday at the convention center.
Appearing for a Saturday only will be Marvel Comics legendary writer and editor Stan Lee. Creator of such characters as The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Avengers, among others, Lee, 90, is truly a legend in the industry.
This will mark the first appearance for Lee at the Motor City Comic Con, he did, however,  appear in 2010 at the inaugural Detroit FanFare, which is hosted at the Adoba hotel in Dearborn by the Taylor-based Wonderland Comics.
Photos from 2012 MCCC.
“I couldn’t let my friends at Motor City be culturally deprived any longer,” said Lee, who is still known for his quick wit.
“We are very excited and honored to have Stan Lee appearing at the Motor City ComicCon this year,” convention promoter Michael Goldman said. “Stan is a living legend in the pop culture world and the comic book industry would not be what it is today without him.”
Television and film guests include, among many others, Norman Reedus, who portrays Daryl on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; Nicholas Brendon,  who is best known for playing Xander Harris in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; Edward James Olmos, who starred in “Battlestar Galactica”; and Tom Savini, who most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” and was a professional makeup effects artist for films such as George Romero’s “Dawn of the Dead” and “Day of the Dead.”
“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Norman Reedus,” Allen Park resident Robert Santos said while waiting in line for free comic books at Big Ben’s Comix Oasis May 4. “I’ve been a huge fan of the (“Walking Dead”) comics for years, and I love the show. Daryl is the best character on the show.”
It will be the first Michigan appearance for Brendon, who was an integral part of “The Avengers,” director Joss Whedon’s first foray into science fiction television with Buffy.
“Xander was a great role,” said Brendon, 42, a resident of Venice, Calif. “He was an insecure kid who used humor to make sense of some crazy … stuff. I think he helped ground things. He wasn’t a witch or a werewolf or a vampire. He was just a guy. That speech with Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg in the final season), when I tell her I see more than anybody realizes. That’s Xander’s character development in a line.”
Goldman said the annual event has seen massive growth in attendance throughout its history and he expects nearly 20,000 attendees for this year’s show
The Detroit area is a unique setting for a comic convention, he added, given the medium’s popularity in the region.
“What sets Detroit apart is that it’s a huge comic book market,” Goldman said. “We still have more comic book stores per capita of any major city in the country.”
The Motor City ComicCon is at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi (between Novi and Beck roads). Hours are 12:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission tickets are $27 a day for those 13 and older; $58 for three days for those 13 and older; $11 a day for children 6-12; $22 for three days for children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger all weekend; and free for children 12 and younger  Sunday only. Proof of age may be required.
For more information, call 1-248-426-8059 or visit motorcitycomiccon.com.
(Kurt Anthony Krug contributed to this report.)
Contact Staff Writer Dave Herndon at 1-734-246-0867 or dherndon@heritage.com. Follow him on Facebook and @NHDaveH on Twitter.

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