2018 marks our 29th year anniversary!
Motor City Comic Con gathers over 250 comic book creators, writers and artists, and more than fifty actors from the television and movie industry. Over a million comics for sale, plus collectible toys, anime, movies, pop culture crafts and gaming merchandise! Truly something for all fans of comics and pop culture!
Michigan’s #1 Pop Culture Event; More than 300 comic, TV and
film stars from The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,
Pretty in Pink, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Incredible Hulk, Guardians of
the Galaxy, WWE and more to appear
Headliners include Ron Perlman, Michael Rooker, Rob Schneider, Lou Ferrigno, STING,
Wil Wheaton, Sean Astin, Kelly Le Brock, Anthony Michael Hall, and many more
Tickets on sale for the May 18, 19 and 20 Comic Con at Suburban Collection Showplace
Novi, MI (April 4, 2018).
The weekend will feature stars from popular television series and films like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Incredible Hulk, Saturday Night Live, I Dream of Jeannie and many
more current TV shows and films like, Guardians of the Galaxy, Arrow, The Walking Dead, Gotham, Lord
of the Rings, Sons of Anarchy, WWE, and much more. Comic writers and artists include Dave Gibbons,
Andy Lanning, Allen Bellman, and many others. Motor City Comic Con 2017 will take place Friday, May
18 (12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), Saturday, May 19 (10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Sunday, May 20 (10:30 a.m. to
5 p.m.) at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Complete
information about the event, tickets, panels and VIP passes is available at
The weekend event features more than 300 creators, writers, illustrators and actors who will greet the
fans, sign autographs, take pictures, and provide panels and Q & A discussions, while many super fans
are dressed in their pop culture best. A popular event is Saturday’s cosplay contest where a mix of
celebrity judges determine the best costume winners, presenting prizes and gift packages. Motor City
Comic Con’s annual Saturday night bash celebrates comic con weekend with entertainment,
refreshments, and light hors devours for the public. Sunday is Kid’s Day featuring kid-friendly activities.
Here is a sampling of some of this year’s Motor City Comic Con media and comic guests:
Allen Bellman: Began his career in comics as a teenager when he drew backgrounds for Captain America
in 1942 and eventually worked on titles including: The Patriot, The Destroyer, The Human Torch,
Marvel’s Young Allies, Jap Buster Johnson and Jet Dixon of the Space Squadron, and many more.
Amy Jo Johnson: A film maker, musician and actor most known for her role as Kimberly Hart in the series
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Julie Emrick on the series Felicity, and Jules Callaghan on the awardwinning
series Flashpoint. Johnson recently launched her debut feature film The Space Between.
Anthony Michael Hall: Known for his roles as Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles and Brian Johnson in The
Breakfast Club, Hall went on to become the youngest cast member in history on Saturday Night Live.
Barbara Eden: Named one of America’s 200 Greatest Pop Icons of the 20th Century, Eden is best known
for her role as Jeannie on NBC’s I Dream of Jeannie television series which ran for five seasons. Eden’s
memoir Jeannie Out of The Bottle was recently published and debuted as No. 14 on the New York Times
Best Seller List.
Big Van Vader: Known for his early wrestling career in Japan, Big Van Vader went on to also beat
competitors throughout Europe and Mexico and eventually, leading him to three World Heavyweight
Championships. Following his WWE career, Big Van Vader returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling to form a
tag team with Stan Hansen.
Dave Gibbons: A British comic book drawer and writer who has worked with comic publishers around
the world. Some of his work includes: Doctor Who, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Captain America,
Doctor Strange, Hulk, Predator and Aliens.
Herbert Jefferson Jr.: An American film, television and stage actor best known for his role as Lieutenant
Boomer on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series. Jefferson also appeared as Roy Dwyer in Rich
Man, Poor Man and its sequel Rich Man, Poor Man Book II, Maxwell Fall in Emmy Award winning series
The Law, Muntzy in Knight Rider (1982), among others.
Ilan Mitchell Smith: An American academic and former actor best known as the co-star in Weird Science,
Smith has also appeared in The Wild Life, The Chocolate War and Superboy. For the past 35 years, Smith
has been a role-player/Dungeon Master, Miniatures gamer and Indie/Board gamer.
John Barrowman: Singer, dancer, host and actor best known for his role as Malcolm Merlyn in the series
Arrow. Barrowman’s Malcolm Merlyn character has made guest appearances in The Flash as well as on
the CW’s Reign. He has hosted ABC’s Sing Your Face Off, among other major events.
Josh McDermitt: Comedian and star of AMC’s The Walking Dead, McDermitt made his television debut
on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2006. He was casted in TV movie Rehab for Rejects and as Brandon on
Retired at 35. McDermitt can also be seen in Middle Man and Odious.
Karolyn Grimes: As a child actor, Grimes became best known for her role as Zuzu on the film It’s a
Wonderful Life. Grimes currently serves as the unofficial ambassador for the film, traveling the world
and speaking at screenings, benefits, conventions, etc.
Kelly Le Brock: An American actress and model known for her acting debut in The Woman in Red. She
also appeared in Weird Science, Hard to Kill, Betrayal of the Dove, Tracks of a Killer and Hard Bounty.
Khary Payton: Known as King Ezekiel on AMC’s The Walking Dead and Aqualad in Young Justice. Payton
has been a voice actor for characters such as DC comic book hero Cyborg, Specialist Wasabi from Big
Hero 6: The Series, Grimlock from Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Azrael & Killer Croc in the Batman:
Arkham franchise, among others.
Kristy Swanson: Known for her appearances in Pretty in Pink, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), Big
Daddy, Knots Landing (1987-1988), Nightingales (1989) and B.L. Stryker (1989), among others.
Lou Ferrigno: Ferrigno is most known as playing the “Hulk” in the CBS series The Incredible Hulk. He has
also appeared in other television shows, such as the CBS series The King of Queens and the film I Love
Marky Ramone: Best known as the drummer (and last living member) of the legendary punk rock band
the Ramones. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and since then has been
featured in the comic book TV series Killogy and appears in Killogy: The Animated Series.
Mena Suvari: Dubbed by People Weekly as an “All-American Girl,” Suvari is known for her film debuts in
Nowhere, the American Pie film series and American Beauty. She also appeared in Loser, Spun, Rumor
Has It, Domino, American Horror Story (2011), among others.
Michael Rooker: Best known as the blue-skinned alien Yondu Udonta in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role
he will reprise in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2; and his role as Merle Dixon on The Walking Dead.
Rob Schneider: An American actor, comedian, screenwriter and director known for his sketch comedy
series on Saturday Night Live as well as his starring comedy roles in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot
Chick, The Benchwarmers and Grown Ups, among many others.
Robin Lord Taylor: Dubbed as “favorite breakout star of television,” Taylor is best known as Oswald
Cobblepot or The Penguin on Gotham. Known for his role as Sam on The Walking Dead, and as
Abernathy Darwin Dunlap in Accepted.
Ron Perlman: With a career spanning over three decades, Perlman has worked alongside diverse actors
like Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Dominique Pinon, Brad Dourif, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Jude Law,
Christina Ricci, Federico Luppi, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Wincott and Elijah Wood. He is also known
for his roles in Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army; biker chief Clarence Morrow on Sons of Anarchy,
Norman Arbuthnot in The Last Supper and vampire leader Reinhardt in Blade II, among others.
Sean Astin: An actor and author known for his film debut as Mikey in The Goonies, Astin held the title
role in the Rudy film and as Sam Gamgee in the Academy Award winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
Sean Gunn: Best known for his role on Gilmore Girls as Kirk Gleason, Gunn can also be found reprising
his role as Kraglin (Yondu’s right hand man) in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Shannon Elizabeth: An American actress and former fashion model who is known for her comedy roles
in American Pie, Scary Movie and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. She appeared in the horror films such as
Thirteen Ghosts, Cursed and Night of the Demons.
STING: An American retired professional wrestler, actor, author, former bodybuilder and WWE Hall of
Famer, he is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Sting earned 25
championships during his 30+ year career, including 21 between WCE and TNA.
Thomas Ian Nicholas: An American film actor, singer, musician, producer, director and writer best known
for playing Kevin Myers in the American Pie series, Henry Rowengartner in Rookie of the Year and Walt
Disney in Walt Before Mickey.
Wil Wheaton: An actor, writer and voice actor known for his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation,
Flubber, The Guild, Eureka, and The Big Bang Theory. He also appeared in Stand by Me, Toy Soldiers and
Criminal Minds, among others.
Zack McGowan: Known for his role as Roan on the CW’s The 100 and as Captain Charles Vane in the
Black Sails series. McGowan’s character is planned to recur on Agents of Shield and as Shkelgim in
Universal’s Dracula Untold.
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