Calling all comic book fans! Do I have your attention? Good, because the Great Lakes Comic-Con is this weekend at Macomb Community College! Starting on Friday (from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and running through Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), Great Lakes Comic-Con features several special guests, exhibits and more.
The event started as the Great Lakes Comic Expo in July 2010 and has been going strong ever since. The name of the February expo was changed to Great Lakes Comic-Con in 2013. Three other Comic Expo events take place throughout the year (in July, September and December), but Comic-Con is the largest of the four annual events.
The family-oriented, kid friendly Great Lakes show is slightly different this time around. This year’s Comic-Con is throwing it back with a nostalgic theme, focusing on the “Bronze Age” and “Modern Age” of comics.
“This year, we have a retro theme with a focus on the characters, comic books and toys of the 1970s and 1980s,” Mike DeSantis, Great Lakes Comic-Con promoter, said. “You’ll see this theme is reflected in the guests we have listed for the event.”
The guests he is referring to include Robert Remus (better known as WWE wrestler Sgt. Slaughter), Pat Broderick (Marvel and DC Comics), Mike Zeck (Marvel and DC Comics) and plenty more. In addition, several smaller events take place, such as panel discussions, demonstrations, costume contests, gaming (like Magic the Gathering) and excursions for kids.
On another note, the Great Lakes Comic-Con teams up with Reading is Fundamental. Proceeds from the event go toward the nonprofit organization, which helps support children’s literacy.
“We pride ourselves on being kid-friendly and family-oriented in our programming and events. Of course, comic books are for all ages, but we like to think about those little ones who might experience a comic book for the first time,” DeSantis said. “These days, though, kids’ first experience with comic characters is probably with the movies, but we’re hoping that that exposure may create some interest in the comic book stories.
“I learned how to read with Spider-Man… I’m thinking that might be the path for some others. So, lining up with RIF seemed like a no-brainer. Encouraging kids to read, no matter what they read, is a very worthwhile goal! We just hope that some of that early reading is with comic books.”
Another upcoming comic event in the area is Pure Mich Con on Saturday, April 2, which takes place at the Taylor Town Trade Center. The event features several comic industry guests, costumes/cosplay, gaming, music and more. Tickets cost a mere $5 or $15 for a family.
Make sure to bring out your inner-nerd and check these events out. You know you want to!