Motor City Comic Con was a complete and total blast this year, easily outpacing last year’s outing. There was a ton of attendees, decked out in their best cosplay waiting to consume comics and art. The celebrity guests at this year’s con may have been the biggest line up in Motor City history, headlined by a giant chunk of dead and alive cast members from The Walking Dead. There was a ton of things to see and do, and as always, the crew working at Motor City Comic Con was extremely pleasant and helpful along the way.
It was a pretty long weekend, plenty of sights to see, plenty of things to do. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane, as I give you an insider’s look at my weekend at this year’s Motor City Comic Con.
Day One: Friday
The Nerd News crew and I arrived at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace around 11:30 A.M. to collect our press passes and get checked into the event. There’s already a pretty impressive crowd gathered in front of the Showcase, and you could feel the buzz of excitement from them. I walked around, taking in the sites and trying to memorize where things were so I’d be able to easily revisit them if need be. Walking through artist alley, I was greeted by a giant demon’s head with his mouth agape, looking like he was ready to devour souls. I’d actually got the chance to talk to the creator of this demonic statue, but more on that later. As we made our way around the convention center, I noticed the celebrity tables and booths were scattered all around and were grouped rather curiously. Instead of having ALL of the stars from The Walking Dead in one section, they kind of split them into two. I walked past the spot where Chad L Coleman (Tyreese from The Walking Dead) would be stationed and decided to sit in his chair to see if I could draw a crowd. Sure enough, with the rest of the crew flanking me and snapping pictures, a crowd started to gather. I quickly hopped up and walked off, basking in the glow of my new-found celebrity. As we walked from the photo ops section, we decided to check out the vendors and see if anything new was added. I like to check out each vendor at Comic Cons because every once in a while you can walk away with some really solid deals. This time was no different, as one of the first vendors we came across had the first two volumes of The Walking Dead’s compendiums for $25 bucks a piece. Miraculously enough, my phone still had cellular service, so I started snapping pictures and posting them to Instagram. After a few hours of wandering around, we decided to call it a night, and head to the Tilted Kilt for some dinner and drinks, and get ready for day two, which is always a busier day.
Day Two: Saturday
For some reason, I forgot to check the alarm clock the night before, and I was abruptly snapped out of my sleep by a shrill buzz from the clock. It is 6:25 AM. Unable to get back to sleep, I hop out of bed and turn on the TV. The 30 For 30 about the Fab Five is on ESPN, so naturally I watched that. After the 30 For 30 went off, it was time to start getting ready to head back out to the convention center and indulge in some cosplay goodness. I’m going as my staple cosplay, Tyrese from The Walking Dead since Chad L. Coleman would be attending this year’s con. After we get dressed, we head over to the local Denny’s to grab some breakfast since I absolutely despise eating inside the con. Breakfast was amazing, and I’ll say this was easily the cleanest Denny’s I’d ever eaten in. As we made our way into the convention center, we noticed the line is considerably larger than Friday, and there’s a ton more costumes. It took a little longer to get in this time, but we made it through without too much hassle. Once inside, I immediately take out my Nexus to start snapping and sharing photos, but I noticed this time there was absolutely ZERO reception. Also, I’m a giant cheap skate and refused to pay $20 to connect to WiFi…. Looks like I’ll be sharing later. There’s also a ton more photo ops that’ll be running today and I totally plan on partaking. First up, Mr. Chad L. Coleman. I hopped in line, anxious as ever to finally meet somebody that I’d been a huge fan of since his days on The Wire. I’m normally a pretty composed person, but wow, I was actually getting nervous. It’s my turn next, and I step up to shake Chad’s hand, he instantly noticed the Tyrese costume and was apparently impressed. I handed him my prop hammer to pose with, and surprisingly after the photo was taken, he signed it and remarked how much it looked like the one he used on set. AWESOME! Next up was Steven Yeun, and at this point I was a giant, sweaty mess, but hey, I’m cosplaying as a survivor in the zombie apocalypse so maybe realism isn’t a bad thing? The line for Steven Yeun is moving incredibly fast, so this one was just an in and out. Steven was also incredibly cool, and was genuinely interacting with everyone that came to visit him. With the second photo-op in the books, we started walking around a bit more and checking out some of the cosplay in the building. Normally, the Tyrese costume gets quite a bit of attention, but this con was all about Maria and her Silent Hill Nurse cosplay. We got stopped several times to let people get pictures of her awesome costume. After walking around for a few more hours, we head back to our hotel to get some rest before the Comic Con party that night. After hanging out at our hotel for a bit, we decided to go back to the con to do a little wrap up reconnaissance. As we’re venturing through the convention center again, I noticed that there was another website there interviewing Scott Wilson and jealousy sank in. I was about ready to head out and party but Matt and Maria had noticed Chad Coleman was still at his booth, and were urging me to “put my press pass to use” and go guerrilla interview him. I worked up enough nerve to head over and seen that there was another fan still there talking to Chad. I figured it was now or never, so I took a deep breath and started towards him. As I approached, I noticed that he immediately seen my shirt (I was wearing a RIP Tyrese t-shirt) and he dug it. I walked over and re-introduced myself, and started some small talk. I asked him about his con plans for the summer, how much he’d missed being on The Walking Dead and about his newest project, Treadwater. He was relatively tight-lipped about Treadwater, but conceded that he was going to miss being on TWD a bunch. From there, I noticed he was starting to creep back towards his table and thinking that he was trying to make his grand escape, I told him thanks for signing my hammer, and started to walk away. He grabbed his phone and said “I gotta get a picture of that shirt” he called me back over and snapped a picture of us, then asked me if I was on Instagram or Twitter. At this point, I’m freaking out and overwhelmed with joy at the same time, and could barely utter a simple “yes.” I slyly handed him a Nerd News business card, thanked him for his time and departed. About an hour later, he’d posted a shout out to Nerd News on Twitter and Instagram. Night. Made.
Day Three: Sunday
This is the final day of the con and is usually notoriously slow. We repeat the breakfast ritual, only this time we hit an IHop. We started to make our way back to the convention for one final day of shenanigans, and make our purchases we’d been scoping out all con long. We also decided to hit up a Walking Dead Panel, since we hadn’t gone to any so far. We pull into the parking lot at about 10:40 AM and it is absolutely INSANE. Confused about all the influx of traffic and visitors, we take our super bad parking space all the way in the butthole of the parking lot and start our long trek into the Con. As we walked in , it was made immediately clear why everyone was there: last-minute addition William Shatner. The Shat. It’s now 11:00, and we’re waiting for the Dead Of The Dead: Walking Dead Panel to start at noon. Walking into the conference room was a bit of a shock because the panel didn’t start for another hour, but it was already incredibly packed with only a few seats remaining in the front reserved for VIP’s. We were lucky enough to be able to snag some seats front and center and just in time, as the Con staff were starting to police the joint. We all passed the time making small chat with other panel attendees until like a true rock star, Scott Wilson walked right through the crowd to make his entrance to the panel. Chad Coleman entered from another direction, and then Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Daniel Bonjour, and E. Roger Mitchell all entered from an entrance at the very front of the room. All the guys take their seats and the panel starts. Mostly common stuff is discussed, everyone does their best to be cordial towards the moderator and attendees alike, answering questions and providing insight about the show. The panel ends after about an hour, and we hit the con floor for one last hurrah. I picked up some comics and badgered Maria to get her picture with Thomas Curran as a memento. She declined. The con floor is eerily quiet at this point in the day, as everyone is waiting for the William Shatner panel to kick off. Seeing this as our best opportunity to make a hasty exit, we did just that and said our goodbyes to the 2015 Motor City Comic Con.
This year’s Motor City Comic Con was an absolute blast, and while Saturday was wall to wall busy, I loved every minute of it. Very special thanks to Chad Coleman and Jacqueline King for making this year’s con more awesome than ever, and I look forward to next year’s edition!