“Smallville” actor Tom Welling, seen here at a previous Motor City Comic Con along with fans and “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, will be returning to the convention Oct. 15-17.

“Smallville” actor Tom Welling, seen here at a previous Motor City Comic Con along with fans and “Arrow” star Stephen Amell, will be returning to the convention Oct. 15-17.

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Motor City Comic Con to make grand return Oct. 15-17

By: Mike Koury | Metro | Published October 14, 2021

 Legendary comic writer and artist Jim Starlin is known for creating stories such as “The Infinity Gauntlet” and “Batman: A Death in the Family,” and the character of Thanos.

Legendary comic writer and artist Jim Starlin is known for creating stories such as “The Infinity Gauntlet” and “Batman: A Death in the Family,” and the character of Thanos.

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 Actor Antony Starr plays Homelander on the television series “The Boys."

Actor Antony Starr plays Homelander on the television series “The Boys."

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 Comic book writer and artist Donny Cates is known for his work in the industry on titles such as Doctor Strange, Thor, Thanos and Venom.

Comic book writer and artist Donny Cates is known for his work in the industry on titles such as Doctor Strange, Thor, Thanos and Venom.

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The biggest comic and pop culture convention in Michigan will be returning to the tri-county area this weekend.

Motor City Comic Con will take over the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Oct. 15-17, with actors, artists, comic book creators and thousands of attendees.

The event usually takes place in May, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed to October. The convention will return to its usual schedule next year and take place May 13-15, 2022.

This weekend, the comic convention will feature numerous celebrity guests, including Elijah Wood, Giancarlo Esposito, Ice-T and Coco, Catherine Tate, Gaten Matarazzo, Britt Baker, and Ming-Na Wen, as well as big names in the comic industry including Jim Starlin, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Donny Cates.

The convention also will play host to a variety of panels, such as Twisted Toonz on Oct. 16, featuring voice actors Jim Cummings, Nolan North, Ross Marquand and Maurice LaMarche reading through Winnie the Pooh in different voices; an Artist Alley with a collection of artists and writers showcasing and selling their work; and a Kids Cosplay Contest at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 17 for kids ages 12 and younger.

Chris Brown, owner and proprietor of Comics and More in Madison Heights, has been heading to Motor City as an attendee since its beginnings at the Dearborn Civic Center.

Brown has enjoyed attending conventions like Motor City and others because they are like a summit for people in the comics industry.

Brown is particularly interested in meeting many of the comic artists who will be in attendance for the event, including Dan Dougherty and Jay Fosgitt.

“I’m on a different end of it than a regular attendee might be,” he said. “I’m in there talking to publishers, talking to artists and writers, and trying to get guys to come in and do signings, trying to find things that are unique and different, and then also trying to find things that are going to benefit my business. But a big part of it is running into those people that you might only see a handful of times a year.”

The owner of Time Travelers: Comics, Cards and Collectables, Michael Morgan, loves attending the con with his wife and children. He said there’s always a ton of things to see.

“Obviously, being in the community, we know a lot of people, so it’s nice to see everybody,” he said. “Just in general, there’s such a different variety. It’s not all just comics. Like there’s such a wide variety of different things to see there, and you get the people who dress up and who really go all-in on the costumes. … You see some crazy stuff like that that just makes it really fun. We bring the kids, they love it too, and then there’s always just cool stuff to buy, comic books or art or whatever.”

A comic collector his whole life, Morgan said this year was exciting for him because of the artists who will be in attendance, including Starlin, Cates and Dan Jurgens. He also was interested in meeting Antony Starr of “The Boys.”

Both Brown and Morgan said this will be the first comic con either has attended since before the pandemic. Because of that, both were excited to get back out to the convention.

Brown said the long wait was a big part of his excitement and will help everyone to “get back to some sense of normalcy.”

Morgan said he’s very interested to see how the event organizers will handle the excitement and size of the convention.

“I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty crazy,” he said. “A lot of people haven’t been able to do this stuff for so long. So I’m curious to see how the staff knocks off the dust, handles the crowds — which I expect to be pretty significant — but I imagine they’ll do amazing.”

There are a lot of different admission prices and packages — a weekend adult pass, for ages 13 and older, costs $85 — available at the comic con’s website.

For more information on tickets, guests, vendors and panel discussions, visit www.motorcitycomiccon.com.

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