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Motor City Comic Con Survival Guide

It’s the biggest geek weekend of the year for the Motor City! But before you head out for a weekend of geek fun and celebration, make sure you’re prepared with this handy Comic-Con Survival Guide we’ve put together for you!

  • Times (Don’t forget to show up half an hour early if you’re an advanced ticket holder!)
  • Friday from 12:30PM – 7:00PM, Saturday from 10:30AM – 7:00PM, and Sunday from 10:30AM – 5:00PM
  • Friday is by far the best day to go if you want to avoid the crowds, but not all guests/panels/activities will be on Friday.
  • There will be hundreds of amazing artists and vendors there. If you want to give your wallet a break, make sure you see everything before you decide on any big purchases.
  • Stop by Artist Alley! Talk to the people that create the stories you love or discover new ones!
  • PARKING IS NOT FREE. It’s up to $10 a car per day depending on where you park (Up to $30 for large vehicles! Bring the small car!). There will be several grass parking lots available, but it’s a bit of a hike from the expo. More info here:
  • Parking on site will be limited this year. A portion of the lot is closed for construction this year, so make sure to arrive early.
  • BRING CASH. A lot of guests only accept cash for autographs. However, ATMs are available at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Most vendors and exhibitors do take credit cards.
  • Want a free t-shirt? Make sure to stop by the blood drive on Saturday (10 AM to 7 PM) for a good cause and bragging rights. Find out more here:
  • Weather: Friday high- 63°, Saturday high- 67°, Sunday high- 73°. Layer appropriately! It can get warm in the showroom.
  • Guests: Make sure to look up your celebrity before you see them! Some will only be at the con one or two days. (For a list of media guests, go here: )
  • Panels: Don’t forget that some of the best parts of the convention are off the showroom floor! Arrive early to make sure you get a seat. The lineup of panels can be found here: ( )
  • Celebrity Photo Ops – These are great for facebook bragging rights, but go by super fast. You do not get a chance to interact much with the guest and you should have a good pose ready to go since they don’t give you a second chance. Look for the day/time your celebrity is doing their photo op so you don’t miss out! (Buy photos in advance here: )
  • Autographs – These are a great chance to really interact with the celebrity guests. You get a minute or two (it seems longer at the time!) to introduce yourself and get in some small talk.
  • Selfies – There’s usually a charge for selfies, but they tend to be cheaper than a professional photo op. And, in my case, I tend to look better in a selfie than a photo op, so make sure you know what’s best for you.
  • Cosplay- If you’re taking pictures of some awesome cosplayers, make sure to ask permission! Almost all cosplayers will be more than happy to strike a cool pose and make your Comic-Con pictures as cool as possible. (For more etiquette tips, check out this great article (
  • Cosplay Contest is Saturday at 5 PM. Make sure to register online ahead of time! It costs $5 to enter this year, per person. Grand prize is $500. ( )
  • If you’re cosplaying – If you see someone with a press badge take your photo, make sure to get a card or find out the company they’re with! You’ll want to go online later to see if there’s a high-quality image of you online.
  • Photobombing – Unless you know everyone involved, don’t do it. There are a lot of very talented photographers and models that attend Comic Con and having that distraction in the background can ruin a picture.
  • Compliments- Give compliments! Sure, there’s a line between being creepy and flattering, but a lot of the cosplayers put a lot of time, effort and money into their costumes. If you appreciate that work, make sure to let them know.
  • Stick around for the Saturday Night Bash! Appetizers, DJ, cash bar. It’s a party and everyone is invited. It goes till about 1 AM.
  • Recommended panels:
    • Saturday 1:00 PM Michael Rooker and Sean Gunn Q&A
    • Saturday 2:00 PMPM John Barrowman Q&A
    • Sunday, 1:30 PM Ron Perlman Q&A

We can’t wait to see you there! If you see someone with a Motor City Geek shirt on, make sure to stop and say hi!

Article by Mallory Crowe

Check out our video from last year’s Motor City Comic Con

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