Comic book culture is exploding with popularity right now, as evidenced by film. Michigan is getting in on the fun with two events perfect for comic and gaming fans.
The summer version of the Great Lakes Comic Expo happens at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton Twp., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission costs $3 and children ages 10 and younger get in for free!
“We’re putting on an event that features comic books, collectibles, toys, basically comic-book genre-type stuff,” Mike DeSantis, Great Lakes Comics Expo promoter, said. “We try to also gear it toward family, so there are events for kids as well.”
Children’s activities include a coloring contest and super hero mask-making. Special guests Rick Marschall, Bill Messner-Loebs and Jason Moore are all set to attend. Gaming is another option here. This year marks the expo’s five-year anniversary, and fans will certainly get their fill.
“Tens of thousands of comic books will be there,” DeSantis said. “We’ve got approximately 50 vendors as well. We have local artists setting up, and then we have a couple selling comic books and a couple selling toys.”
A portion of the proceeds for the expo go to Local Boy Scout Troup #157. The event expects to draw about 500 people.
“My favorite part is just being there, you know the atmosphere and feeling the excitement,” DeSantis said. “You’ve got people there finding that one comic they’re looking for or finding a great deal – that is what I really enjoy.”
MichiCon is more for gaming exclusively. It takes place at Oakland University (Oakland Center Ballrooms). Doors open at 8 a.m. and it goes to 10 p.m. Adult admission is $10, while youth admission is $7 when accompanied by a paid adult.
Family and board games, miniature games, railroad games, role playing games and more are all available. In addition to gaming, MichiCon offers door prizes and drawings for patrons.
Game/comic fans, keep an eye out for the fall and holiday expos later this year. Great Lakes Comic-Con is the big event and takes place in February 2016.