Michigan’s beloved Grand Rapids Comic-Con is happening this October at The Devos Place in Grand Rapids. The 4th GRCC plans to bring together nerds of all ages for a great weekend of fun and fandoms.
The media guests include Julian Glover from Game of Thrones, Sean Maher from Firefly, Bryce Papenbrook from Attack on Titan (English), Doug Jones from Hellboy, and Steve Cardenas from Power Rangers. Some big names in the comic book world will also be attending, such as Kevin Eastman, Co-Creator of the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Tutles, Bob Camp, the creative director for Ren and Stimpy, and Stuart Sayger, the creator of Shiver in the Dark. Attendees can also expect to see authors MarcyKate Connolly, Eric Telchin, Anne Bishop, Adam Bray, Courtney Allison Moulton and Susan Dennard.
There are tons of seminars and panels, with guest speaks like the Overlord Media Group and Randy Zimmerman. There are also fan panels, a unique staple of GRCC, where enthusiastic geeks (like you) team up to host discussions on their fandom of choice.
GRCC is a huge cosplay hub, bringing in some of the most amazing costume makers in all of Michigan. Cosplayers will be able to show off the fruits of their hard work, and compete in an epic costume contest. The judges will be awarding prizes to the best male cosplayer, the best female cosplayer, the best costume designer, the best group cosplay, and the all-around best in show, plus the Judges’ personal favorites.
There’s another costume contest for characters published before the 70’s, so get your retro costumes together! And for the little cosplayers, there’s a kids costume parade for children under 12!
Gamers are welcome to play together in the gaming room. Explore the stars, shoot the stars, or collect the stars with your fellow nerds, or fight against them in the epic gaming tournament.
Speaking of tournaments, this year GRCC is going to have a huge Magic: The Gathering tournament. The winner will be automatically entered in the Magic Grand Prix in December in Wisconsin, and will win $1000 USD, along with some cool merch.
One of the best features of the GRCC is definitely the Hall of Heroes Museum, where plenty of awesome pieces of comic book and movie history will be on display, including the actual shield Chris Evans used when he played Captain America in the 2011 movie.
Wes Shank, one of the most notorious collectors of Sci-fi props in America, will also be there to let people take a look at his prized collection, which includes the real silicone monster from the 1958 classic “The Blob.”
Every night after the Con goes to bed, there will be some great after-parties for the adults to dance, drink, and let loose.