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There are few things that get my heart racing and my brain firing more than Motor City Comic-Con. On Friday, Motor City Comic Con is rolling into town at the Suburban Collection Showplace. I have been creating comics since 1992 and have never lost my love of being in that environment. The moment I walk through those doors on Friday and the vendors, celebrities and artists are just rolling in, is something special.

Scotty Hall circa 2002

An insanely young Scotty Hall in his element. Look I have some hair! and no beard? What the heck????

I have eaten chilli with King Kong Bundy. I have been put in the Camel Clutch by the Iron Sheik. I’ve had Warrick Davis get mad at me because I didn’t know he was done filming Star Wars Episode 1. I watched my wife randomly sing “When Cameron was in Egypt’s Land” to a very annoyed Alan Ruck. The adventures seem to be endless in my mind and while I can lament about comics all day and all night, let’s talk about Motor City Comic Con 2022.

If you have never been to a comic con, the Motor City Comic Con is a great one to go to. Ranked number #8 by cbr.com among comic-cons. There are others in Michigan, but they do not reach the magnitude or size of Motor City Comic-Con. The convention takes place at the SUBURBAN COLLECTION SHOWPLACE in Novi, Michigan. I do warn you ahead of time, that traffic can be a bit troublesome. So do plan for some waiting and possibly some walking depending on when you arrive. This year’s show takes place from May 13th through May 15th. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Things you can do at Motor City Comic-Con:

  • Meet a celebrity

    Most major comic cons are filled with celebrities spanning all walks of sci-fi, films and television. I’ve met Doug Jones, Warrick Davis, Eddie Deezen and King Kong Bundy to name a few. This year’s comic con is going to have some great ones such as Danny Trejo (Machete), Chandler Riggs (Walking Dead! and you can do your own CARRROL meme with him!), Jamie Kennedy (Kicking it Old School), and Captain Kirk himself…WILLIAM SHATNER!

    Iron Sheik 2022

    The Iron Sheik tells Greg about how he almost beat Hogan, before putting me in the Camel Clutch.

  • Dress up as your favorite character

    No, seriously ANY CHARACTER will work. You will be delighted to know that there will be someone who knows who you are if not many. One trait that runs deep in the comic-con is that there is going to be someone with the same interests as you there. Want to be some odd character from an episode of Star Trek? Go for it. A background character from Star Wars? Go for it. Cosplaythe practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, runs deep in the comic-con world.  Note: Do have respect for your fellow comic goer, just because they are dressed as a character doesn’t mean they don’t deserve respect. 

    Wolverine Cosplay 2022

    Wolverine, Action Greg and Ghost Rider. All the heroes you’ll ever need.

  • Buy that toy/comic/thing you've been looking for

    There are so many vendors at comic-con. As a shopper of rare nerd antiquities, it is a haven. T-shirt towers going way past viewing lines to the ceiling. Anime and comics from wall to wall. Toys from all over the world. It’s best to bring your credit card and just close your eyes, because you may wake up feeling some regret later. There is something there for every price range though. Discounts and clearance are all over. 

  • Check out Artist Alley

    Ahhh, Artist Alley. I have been in every corner of Artist Alley for over twenty years. Some get more traffic than others, but those really dedicated to your art, will find you. Artist Alley is where most of the artists sell their wares that may not be directly associated with a large label such as Marvel or DC. You may find paintings on wood, watercolors of Star Wars, poems in the silhouettes of Marvel characters, etc. The variety and talent are boundless. 

    Chris Yambar 2022

    Pals Ken Wheaton and Chris Yambar (RIP buddy)

  • Panels, events and contests

    Got some questions for Shatner? Want to submit your art for a chance to win some prizes? How about a costume contest for that great Spider-Man cosplay you’ve been working on? Every convention year brings another opportunity for you to test your skills or to gain more knowledge about something you love. 

  • Family Fun

    I’ve taken my kids to comic-con for so long it has become a family event. They always try to keep everything family-friendly at the con. And they always have things for kids to do and enjoy while you are shopping for that rare Jawa figure with the vinyl cape. 

  • WRIF Jock favorite super heroes

    WRIF Jocks Favorite Superheroes

    • Jade Springart

      Jade’s favorite superhero is… SUPERMAN! And here’s why:

      “Superheroes are not exactly my thing, but I’ll go with Superman because my grandpa was a big fan (although he was a much bigger fan of Donald Duck, in fact, his entire bathroom was a Donald Duck theme). I’ve also always been partial to any female superhero because well, WOMAN POWER!”

       

    • Meltdown

      Meltdown’s favorite superhero is… DEADPOOL and BATMAN!

      “Deadpool… end of discussion! LOL. If I had to pick, Batman would be on the list for sure. I’m not a huge superhero guy…”

    • Screamin' Scott

      Screamin’ Scott’s favorite superhero is… SUPERMAN! And here is why:

      “My Super Hero has always been Superman. In fact, with my cheesy band, I wear a pair of Clark Kent style glasses while doing benefits. Somehow it gives me the confidence to ” Do Good” when helping others in need.”
      Screamin' Scott's Band
    • Chuck Bean

      Chuck Bean’s favorite superhero is… X-MEN and TRANSFORMERS (plus some more)! Here is why:

      Nerdradio listeners are well aware of my love of both X-men and Transformers as well as the fact Nightcrawler is my favorite X-man. (No matter what terrible things Al and James make up about him.) I’ve also been a huge fan of Hawkeye, both Clint Barton AND Kate Bishop since the 2012 series written by Matt Fraction and penciled by David Aja, and I love the Spider-Gwen variation from the Enter the Spiderverse movie because her costume is so awesome!”

    • Steve Black

      Steve Black’s favorite superhero is… SPIDER-MAN! And here’s why:

      My all-time favorite is Spider-Man. In addition to being perhaps the coolest of superheroes, the stories seem to work well in every format. From the actual comic books themselves to animated features to modern films and of course video games. Something about that crafty spider-bitten teenager makes for great storytelling.

      Would also like to give honorable mention to the green lantern. I absolutely adore the concept of powers that are really only limited to the wearer of the ring’s own imagination”.
    • Jonel

      Jonel’s favorite superhero is… BATMAN! Here’s why:

      Without a doubt, hands down, my favorite superhero is Batman. I have a decent collection of graphic novels and random memorabilia. It’s always stood out to me that Batman accomplishes what he does as an ordinary man with no extraordinary powers. I like seeing his story retold and reimagined. Never gets old to me. “

      Jonel Batman Figure Jonel Batman Collection

    • Anne Erickson

      Anne Erickson’s favorite superhero is… DANGER MOUSE and BATMAN! Here is why:

      Okay, I don’t know if Danger Mouse technically qualifies as a Super Hero, but I’m going to give him that badge of honor. I was obsessed with Danger Mouse as a kid and will never forget my excitement when I got to have my own Danger Mouse birthday party. Danger Mouse was the “World’s Greatest secret agent,” a mouse who could do so much. Do yourself a favor and look up the vintage videos online. 

      Batman is another one of my favorite superheroes. I always liked him way more than the other big names, like Spider-Man or Superman. (Sorry, guys!) I love the gothic, dark nature of the Batman comics and the unique, mysterious aura of Batman. He’s my fave!”