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Ypsilanti Comic Con Recap

This weekend Motor City Geek was on site at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church for Ypsilanti Comic Con hosted by yourcomiccon.com.

If you enjoy shopping for comic books, art, trinkets of all sorts or simply chatting with fellow enthusiasts, Ypsilanti Comic-Con was the place to be.  Whether you were looking for Batman Adventures #12 or a $1 comics to fill holes in your collection, it could be found.  There were extremely talented artists selling beautiful pictures, trinkets, and even Perler Bead mosaics.

(Phoenix Girl Creations – <a href="http://facebook.com/PhoenixGirlCreations">facebook.com/PhoenixGirlCreations</a>)
(Phoenix Girl Creations – facebook.com/PhoenixGirlCreations)

PO Studios had some fantastic art and was even doing free sketches for kids. Another great artist in attendance was Victoria Dayen of Mspugluver’s Art. Of the people showcasing their talents at Ypsilanti Comic Con one of the neatest had to be Asher Shelton who was selling comic books of his own creation, a dream many have but few ever realize.

(Asher Shelton – <a href="http://reborncomics.com">reborncomics.com</a>)
(Asher Shelton – reborncomics.com)

For you manga fans out there Shining Otaku Comics had something just for you.

(Shining Otaku Comics – <a href="http://shiningotaku.com">shiningotaku.com</a>)
(Shining Otaku Comics – shiningotaku.com)

While Comic Con’s specialize in fun and games, there’s also an opportunity to support a great cause.  Drawing for a Cure was in attendance, they are a group of artists who got together to fight against cancer, a cause we can all get behind.

(Drawing for a Cure – <a href="http://drawingforacure.com">drawingforacure.com</a>)
(Drawing for a Cure – drawingforacure.com)

The Ghostbusters Detroit were out in force Saturday looking just as fantastic as always.

(Ghostbusters Detroit – <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GhostbustersDetroit/">facebook.com/GhostbustersDetroit</a>)
(Ghostbusters Detroit – facebook.com/GhostbustersDetroit)

Tra’cor Clan – Mandalorian Mercs of Michigan were not to be outdone as they also were in attendance.

(Tra’cor Clan – Mandalorian Mercs of Michigan –<a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganmercs/"> facebook.com/michiganmercs</a>)
(Tra’cor Clan – Mandalorian Mercs of Michigan – facebook.com/michiganmercs)

Motor City Geek became part of the fun when we were asked to join the judge’s panel for the Cosplay Contest.  With so many unique and creative costumes, it was difficult to choose a winner.  We encourage you to see them for yourself, not easy huh?

On a personal level, I have to say that Conventions like this are among my favorites.  They are a great opportunity to meet local artists as well as fellow Comic and Pop Culture enthusiasts.  It’s a joy watching families and friends share their interests with one another.  Parent’s who’ve grown up loving comic culture are able to share it with their children.  Children who fell in love with it organically share it with their family and friends.  The togetherness that events like Ypsilanti Comic Con brings is the magic that makes them so enjoyable to attend.

Here’s a video recap of the event by ToadenK! Click here for more of his videos. 

Photo gallery below!

Article by Andrew Borrow. Photos by Austin Benedict. 

 

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Marche du Nain Rouge 2017 Photos!

Wet and rainy and some of the most fun I have had in a while. The Marche du Nain Rouge took place Sunday as the citizens of Detroit drove away the Nain. Here’s everyone I saw. This felt like a walking Theatre Bizarre, which is incredible. A huge shout out to Mallory Crowe for helping make these pictures possible. Like us on Facebook if you haven’t already. Thanks to the event organizers for putting this on.

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ShutoCon 2017 Photos!

A huge shout out to Mikel Pfeiffer from Digital Racket for taking these photos at Shuto Con 2017 ! Make sure to check his page out for more awesome events. Thanks to Shuto Con and all the awesome cosplayers that came out!

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After Dark: Mardi Gras at the Michigan Science Center – Teaser video!

Just a taste of what we saw at After Dark: Mardi Gras! Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and like us on Facebook!

Thanks to MSC and all of the awesome entertainers, attendees, and guests at this event, Detroit Party Marching Band, Sandy’s Land Entertainment, Sunshine Fire Entertainment, Detroit Pleasure Society, and the Big Head Corps!

Video by Austin Benedict

After Dark: Mardi Gras at Michigan Science Center – Photos

Here is everyone and everything we saw at After Dark: Mardi Gras at the Michigan Science Center! Mallory Crowe‘s recap of the event is still to come.
Thanks to MSC and all of the awesome entertainers at this event, Detroit Party Marching Band, Sandy’s Land Entertainment, Sunshine Fire Entertainment, Detroit Pleasure Society, and the Big Head Corps!

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Detroit Institute of Arts – Chinese New Year Celebration 2017

Ok so let me first start by informing you, if you don’t already know, the DIA is FREE to residents of Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne County. Just show them your license, they hand you a ticket. That’s it. FREE as in – you pay NOTHING. Also, the parking meters downtown on Sundays are also FREE. Not the parking structures, just the street meters, but even still, free is free. So, why aren’t you taking advantage of this? I know I don’t go anywhere near often enough.

Ok now that’s out of the way, I actually came to tell you about the cool stuff the DIA was doing to celebrate the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rooster. I went on 2/13/17 and was able to watch multiple presentations. There were beautiful costumes and Chinese opera.

A very steady handed and talented calligrapher create detailed and intricate patterns, all while a narrator explained the process to the audience. I learned a lot about this beautiful art.

I watched a painter demonstrate just a tiny bit of her immense talent, and later had an opportunity to speak with her briefly and see some of her other works of art being displayed. Here is one of her more intricate pieces. She had quite a few works of art on display.

I also got an introduction to Chinese music and instruments, which were fascinating, while the extremely gifted ensemble performed a concert on stage. Many of the musicians played the Erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument. The sound is hauntingly beautiful.

There was so much going on that I did not see it all, but I did get to woodblock stamp a dragon onto paper, which was fun.

I also really enjoyed seeing all the puppets on display and available to play with, especially the dragons!

Overall, I felt the event was fun, educational, a good excuse to visit the DIA, and a great introduction into some of Chinese culture and art. If you live in the tri-county area you should make an effort to get out to the DIA!

Photos by Austin Benedict. Article by Melissa.

The rest of the photos we took are below.

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