Scott Jones, dressed as Force ghost Luke Skywalker from “Star Wars,” poses for a photo at Motor City Comic Con Friday, May 13, 2022, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Scott Jones, dressed as Force ghost Luke Skywalker from “Star Wars,” poses for a photo at Motor City Comic Con Friday, May 13, 2022, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Photos by Brian Wells


Motor City Comic Con hits Novi this weekend

By: Brian Wells | Metro | Published May 13, 2022

 Dressed as Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Shane Pawenski, of Shelby Township, right, walks around the Motor City Comic Con Friday, May 13, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Dressed as Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Shane Pawenski, of Shelby Township, right, walks around the Motor City Comic Con Friday, May 13, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

 Emily Jones, dressed as Chun-Li from Street Fighter II, left, and her boyfriend, Brett Taylor, dressed as a Roman soldier, pose for a photo at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Emily Jones, dressed as Chun-Li from Street Fighter II, left, and her boyfriend, Brett Taylor, dressed as a Roman soldier, pose for a photo at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

 People browse boxes of comic books for sale at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

People browse boxes of comic books for sale at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

 Sam Kirk, dressed as Owen Grady from “Jurassic World,” left, and his wife, Alysha Kirk, dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi from “Star Wars,” pose for a photo at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Sam Kirk, dressed as Owen Grady from “Jurassic World,” left, and his wife, Alysha Kirk, dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi from “Star Wars,” pose for a photo at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

 A remote-controlled R2-D2 amuses a young fan at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

A remote-controlled R2-D2 amuses a young fan at Motor City Comic Con May 13 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

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NOVI — Dressed in an elaborate costume portraying Captain Barbossa from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies, Shane Pawenski wandered aisles of vendors and displays, a plastic sword hanging in his hand.

As he walked, spectators stopped the Shelby Township man-turned-pirate, asking questions about the costume or for a picture.

“I like dressing up as characters a lot of people won’t see,” Pawenski said.

Pawenski has attended Motor City Comic Con for eight years. Each year he’s dressed up — in the past he’s been Scarecrow or the Joker from Batman comics, or the Flash — but this year’s costume was his most interesting, he said.

Meanwhile, Brett Taylor and Emily Jones walked the aisles hand-in-hand, looking at display swords and figurines.

The Midland couple, dressed as Chun-Li from Street Fighter II and a Roman soldier, were experiencing the convention for the first time.

“I think it’s pretty cool. I like all the different art styles on the booths, I think that’s really cool,” Taylor said. “A lot of the costumes are really cool also. I like seeing people get dressed up as their favorite characters.”

The event, which has been running since 1989, returns this year “bigger than ever,” the organizers said in a press release.

It brings vendors, displays, celebrities and guests to Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. 

This year’s star-studded lineup includes celebrities such as William Shatner, Christopher Eccleston, Chandler Riggs, Alicia Silverstone, Freddie Prinze Jr. and more. There is also a “Scream” reunion, giving guests the opportunity to meet actors Skeet Ulrich, Jamie Kennedy and Matthew Lillard. 

Motor City Comic Con is also hosting the Christopher Reeve Legacy Reunion, a three-day celebration with stars from all four Christopher Reeve “Superman” movies, including Aaron Smolinski, Marc McClure, Sarah Douglas, Jack O’Halloran, Mark Pillow, Mariel Hemingway and Damian McLawhorn. Also appearing are writer Robert Venditti and artist Wilfredo Torres, who both worked on the recent Superman ’78 DC Comics series, which told a new story set in the universe of the Christopher Reeve film series.

Guests will have an opportunity to get their hands on a limited edition variant cover of Superman ’78 No. 1. A portion of the proceeds from the book will benefit the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding research and improving the quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

Other attractions at Motor City Comic Con will include anime showings, cosplay contests, face painting, panels and Q&A sessions, sketch duels, and more.

This year’s show runs noon-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Tickets for adults ages 13 and up cost $30 Friday, $40 Saturday and $35 Sunday. An adult weekend pass is available for $80, with additional processing fees.

Kids ages 5 and younger will have free admission all weekend, and admission for ages 6-12 costs $10 Friday and Saturday, with additional processing fees. A weekend pass for a child costs $20, and all kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free all day Sunday.

Tickets and more information are available online at motorcitycomiccon.com.

Contact Staff Writer Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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