Don’t panic when, while enjoying a meal at your favorite downtown Grand Rapids cafe, you see from a distance a bird … or is it a plane … wait, it’s Superman, Chewbacca, and a Power Ranger!
These sightings are just an indicator that Grand Rapids Comic-Con
is back in town for the weekend.
Our local version of the national Comic-Con is a hometown celebration of the amazing art and creativity in creating this genre that has sparked comic books, movies, TV series, YouTube celebs, role playing, toys, and so much more. And ours just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
This year, the popular festival returns to the massive 100,000 square foot DeVos Place and will take over the convention center with rooms devoted to hearing panel discussions with favorite performers of the genre, as well as an expansive vendor exhibition hall, which will offer fans a chance to purchase new, vintage, and various collectibles.
The 2018 festival weekend includes celebrities like “The Shape Of Water’s” Doug Jones, “Spider-Man’s” David Hayter, and James Jude Courtney, who played Michael Myers in “Halloween” (2018). Comic guests include creative luminaries like Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Agnes Garbowska of "DC Super Hero Girls" and "My Little Pony," and also Renee Witterstaetter of "She-Hulk,' and "Conan The Barbarian."
All told, more than 60 guest artists and creatives will be making an appearance in our city this weekend at Grand Rapids Comic-Con, which has something for everyone, from a car show to film screenings, from Cosplay Crusaders to gaming, and if you are lucky, a Ghostbusters sighting.
It only happens once a year, so don’t miss this joyous and fun festival at DeVos Place, where there is really something for everyone on display this weekend.