Review: Motor City Comic Con 2012

Every year I go to Motor City Comic Con.  It’s one of the smaller conventions that I go to.  I started going here in 1997 and have made many friends at this event over the years.  In fact, my friends are the only reason I still go to the event.  They don’t really have a lot of stuff there that holds my attention anymore as their guests charge for autographs, their panels are hard to hear in, and they’re overpriced for this size of an event.  Though I still manage to get into the show every year to see a few dealers and guests who’ve become my friends through the years.

This year the convention started on Friday May 18th.   When I got there, I said hi to the two main booths that keep me coming, Art-Toons and Stylin Online.  Art-Toons had a handful of cels I was buying from them for me to pay on. I paid off those cels and said hi to them.  This was their first time seeing me since my surgery, so we talked awhile about the surgery as I showed them my remote control and how the battery pack works.  Stylin Online had a few TMNT shirts that I did not have, however from recent car repairs I knew I couldn’t afford to put money into t-shirts.  I will buy them when I get a chance.

After saying hi to the normal dealer booths, I went over to artist alley and found Dave Aikins, who is one of my good friends there. Dave worked on one of the 4Kids children TMNT books, “Four’s A Crowd”. which was later put into a collector edition.  I’ve known Dave for awhile now and stop by to see him each year. This year he introduced me to a few of the other artist around him.  I got to know Phil Rynda, Andy Suriano, and Scott Shaw, as well as many others in that area of artist alley.

After visiting the artists, it was over to see the guests area.  One of my favorite guests to say hi to at this convention is Felix Silla, I best know him from the Addams Family TV series as Cousin Itt.  What many do not know about him was that he was brought in to work on TMNT II, but was not used.  He was flown out for the job three times.  I got to know him about three years ago at Motor City Comic Con, and ever since then I make sure to swing by and say hello throughout the convention.

After doing my normal rounds, I went around the convention a bit.  I found some TMNT toys I wanted but knew I could not afford at the time.  So I kept just wandering around.  Some friends from the Michigan Action Figure Expo showed up, and I got to hang out with them for a bit.  While looking for Archie TMNT Comic books, we found one booth that had them totally over priced. I’m glad she was able to find other booths that had them at better prices.  It was fun going around the convention and great getting to meet so many new faces.

That evening was the yearly Motor City Comic Con party.  It is normally held on Saturday, though the hotel was having another event so it was forced onto Friday.  This was a much smaller party than normal and the hotel that it was held at has changed their layout, so now it is not as open and friendly.  A group of us got together to hang out, where I made a few new friends.  I ended up losing my voice from talking so much.  We did not get home till around 2:30am.

After going to a movie Saturday morning, we made it to the convention later that afternoon.  We wandered around talking with friends for while.  I ended up digging up some money and did a deal on getting to buy those TMNT toys I wanted from Friday.  The three of them were marked at $24 each, I offered $60 for the group.  Now I have the three “Jim Lee” TMNT Toys in package and in very nice shape, too.  I thought I was done buying for the weekend.

One of the nice things on Saturday was bumping into someone in a Shredder costume.  I made sure we got a picture of this, as there are always a lot of costume characters around at Motor City Comic Con, though there’s not always a lot of fellow TMNT cosplayers.  So that was a highlight of Saturday for me.  I was so tired this day from going to bed after 3am and waking up before 7am to get to the movies early that as soon as the convention ended that day, we left and I had a very early night.

Sunday was about the same, saying hi to folks I know and seeing how the weekend was going for them.  Each of the booths explained how busy Saturday was for them and how happy they were with this show.  That’s always good to hear.  I made my way around to each of the booths, talking with people, and one friend helped me get my mom and dad in to the show.  My dad brought in his Robot Chicken costume, walking around the crowd.  It was a fun day to check out the other people in costume there.  I had a Krang on my shoulder that my dad made me earlier this month.  It’s a hand puppet and got a lot of attention from people.  For the first time at a convention, I ran totally out of Cowabunga Corner Business cards I was carrying on me.  Going to have to keep back ups in the car from now on.

The highlight for me on Sunday was going over to Scott Shaw’s booth and seeing some original Mighty Mutanimals Comic art!  I’ve always been a fan of the Archie Comics and the Mighty Mutanimals were some of my favorite characters.  I went through his book and found a very nice page that had to full group shots of the gang.  I asked for the price and he said $50, which meant I had to borrow some cash.  My mom was there, so I asked her for help and she agreed.  I am excited about this piece as it’s my first page that has all of the Mighty Mutanimals and it’s so nicely done, too.  I talked with Scott for a little bit about his work on TMNT.  it was really cool to find out how much he did work with the series.  I brought out my autograph T-shirt and asked him to sign it.

When autographing the shirt, Scott noticed that “Dave Simons” signed my shirt.  He told me that Dave passed away a few years ago.  For those who don’t know, Dave Simons was a storyboard artist for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and he did some promotional art with Kevin Eastman to help sell the idea of the 2007 movie to studios.  He was known for his work on Marvel Comics and worked on other animated series such as “Jem” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.”  He was a great guy. I met him at New York Anime Fest and had a wonderful time talking to him, and even bought some original artwork from him.  Dave passed away from cancer on June 9th, 2009.  A sad bit of news for the day, my thoughts go out to his family and friends.  A bit late, though I only just learned the news.

As the day started to wind down, I went around and said my goodbye to a lot of friends.  I went to Art-Toons and helped them after the convention closed down with tearing down their booths.  I was so happy to hear just how well the TMNT animation cels were going this weekend.  They were a hot seller.  I also put a few more cels on hold to pick up the next time I see them, which will hopefully be at Youmacon!

After helping Art-Toons, I went over to “Black Lagoon” which is a booth that sells Sci-fi and Horror memorabilia stuff.  They’re also good friends of ours.  So Miki and I helped tear down their booth as well, loading the boxes up into the truck.  We were there for a few hours after the show ended by helping these two load up.  Though it feels good to lend a hand when we can.

This year's Motor City Comic Con was a good event for meeting up with friends.  It was great to talk to so many wonderful people and I even got a few TMNT items for my collection.  One of the the things I really enjoyed about the convention was all the people there in TMNT shirts, jackets, and more!  There was a lot more Turtles around this year at Motor City Comic Con, which for me made the con a bit more fun for me.  Though this is still only a convention for meeting up and shopping. I do not find myself attracted to the events they hold there.  I did not look at or even go over to where the panels were held this year.

Did you go to Motor City Comic Con?  Let us know about your time at the event!  Everyone is welcomed to share questions and comments below.

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It is a lot of work to keep a blog going. Writing stories for five days a week, keeping up with my choice of topics, and getting it to the crowd that would be interested in my blog.

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I talk a lot, so coming up with things to say is not normally a problem. Esp when there's a topic on my mind ;) And anything Ninja Turtles works for me.

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