Let’s get this out of the way first: the Motor City Comic Con is not the best “comic book” show on earth. Far from it. For those of you who have attended you know what I speak of. It’s much more of a “pop culture” and “has-been celebrity” show with comic book vendors and artists thrown in the mix.
That said, I really enjoyed it this year. I usually bag on the show, as a whole, because there is too little in the way of comics, but as my kids get older and seeing how much they have fun, I take a step back and applaud it for what it’s worth.
I attended on Sunday which has become my normal routine because of a golf outing that I attend that just always happens to fall on the same weekend every year. I rarely have gone on Friday becuase I don’t live that close to the venue, the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. I went with my two kids Patrick (12) and Erin (9) and my friend Herman and his son Sean (13) who goes to the same school and plays baseball with Patrick. We got there at about 12:30 and stood inline for 40 minutes to get tickets! The price listed were $25 for adults and $10 for kids, but when we got to the ticket booth the kids turned out to be free. Upon entering Patrick and Sean took off with cash in hand. Now the con isn’t very big, so Herman and I knew we would run into them from time to time – and of course we did.
The three of us started up the far end of the show and quickly came across a vendor of half-off trades and hardcovers. I was looking for a few specifics such as Showcase Presents: The Spectre and Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo HC, both of which I never came across. Erin and I eventually split from Herman because she wanted popcorn and to play some kids games. I took a few photos of her and did some more shopping. I met two different vendors who were right up my alley. One was selling his complete run of Dark Horse Star Wars and the other his complete run of Punisher book. I found this funny because I’m trying to complete both runs. The Star Wars guy had Star Wars: Republic #67, which takes place during the Clone Wars and dons a nice cover of Anakin Skywalker. The Punisher guy had several comics that I needed including books in which the Punisher appears in titles like Moon Knight, Power Pack, Nomad, Secret Defenders, Quasar, Cage, Damage Control, Darkhold, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deathlok, The New Warriors and Motormouth from 1992, which was published by Marvel UK and credited to writer Graham Marks, pencils Gary Frank and inks Cam Smith.
Shortly thereafter I met up with my good friend, Mike Pfieffer, host of the Most People Are DJ’s podcast. I’m really glad I did because Mike helped Patrick out meeting and greeting a few creators in artist’s alley. He brought along his sketchbook and was able to get some wonderful art from Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Christian Slade (Korgi) and Andy Suriano (Batman: The Brave and the Bold). He also bought Teen Titans #1 (New 52) and two Bronze Age Iron Man books #91 and #92. Slowly he is collecting the who run by himself. I’m proud of the boy. Erin bought a few toy trinkets and a Korgi book which Slade was kind enough to sign. As for my companions, Herman bought a She-Hulk HC and a few other books, Sean bought a poster. On my why out I quickly stopped by one of the 50% off tables and picked up DC’s Invasion! TPB (1988).
All-in-all is was a good couple of hours. I didn’t spend too much money, I was able to get a bunch of books I needed, and the kids came away happy. That’s the most important thing. Having the kids grow up in a world that showcases great art. It’s not just superheroes and Saturday morning cartoons. You see at cons, they get the see the art being created before their own eyes. And that’s something they will remember forever.