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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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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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This Week in Motor City Geek – Feb 18th 2017

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 18th

This week you can celebrate Fat Tuesday, take in some late night artwork, and create a top-notch D&D character!

After Dark: Mardi Gras

Michigan Science Center

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-9pm

$15 Entry (21+ Only)

More info HERE

What is it? Celebrate the fantasy of Fat Tuesday without leaving Detroit! Hang out in the always awesome Michigan Science center with the Detroit Pleasure Society Jazz Band, fire dancers, stilt walkers, mask making and, of course, drinking!

D&D Character Creation Workshop

3&UP Board Game Lounge

Feb 16th, 2017, 6-11pm

$7 Entry

More info HERE

What is it? This is the second workshop in the D&D/Pathfinder series is Character Creation. Ron, the resident D&D buff,  will be going through what a typical character build consists of, what makes a good character, how to use the characters in D&D, and matching the characters to the players. Beginning and seasoned players welcome!

College Night at the DIA

Detroit Institute of Arts

Feb 17th, 2017, 6-11pm

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? All tri-county college students are invited to the DIA for a free evening of live music in the Rivera Court, a scavenger hunt with prizes, dance party, snacks, a cash bar and free admission to “Bitter|Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate”.

Animanga 2017 Call for Art

Online

Feb 19th, 2017

More info HERE

What is it? This is the deadline to submit art for a local Animanga art exhibition. The show will be held in March 2017 and art is being accepted from all genres of Manga literature and Anime.

Vault of Midnight Feb Game Night

Queens Bar Detroit

Feb 20th, 2017

$10 Entry (includes $5 drink ticket)

More info HERE

What is it? Experienced game masters will be on hand with a stack of our favorite games to introduce you to and help you learn how to play. Tickets are limited to 25 people, so act fast because they will absolutely sell out!

Midwinter Pleasure Faire 2017 – Recap

Midwinter Pleasure Faire 2017 – Recap

I was beyond excited when I heard about the Midwinter Pleasure Faire. A ren fest? Indoors? During the dead of winter? This is the first year ever for the Midwinter Pleasure Faire, so I didn’t go in expecting it to be as established as other fests. I just wanted to go have fun and it’s safe to say it was a lot of fun. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire was held in the special events section of the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens. This location worried me a bit. Half the fun of the outdoor fests is the ambiance of being out in the middle of the woods indulging in a fantasy life. What were they going to do to transform an empty warehouse into a fantasy land? An excellent fire breather helps!

While the illusion wasn’t perfect, I didn’t get an empty warehouse vibe. There was an actual jousting field made out of sand that was brought in by the truckload. The Knights of the Black Rose put on a great show.

There was also near constant (sometimes overlapping) music that added to the atmosphere.

<a href="https://www.facebook.com/Bocca.Musica">Bocca Musica</a> performing.
Bocca Musica performing.

And, of course, the awesome costumes worn by the attendees.

There was also a good mix of vendors there. An exceptionally large booth was set up selling kilts, there were some period piece clothes, swords, rocks to keep your whiskey cold, soaps, candles, graphic t-shirts, leather bound journals and a lot of other staples of the renaissance festival circuits.

Notable moments included the always entertaining pickle vendor,

the drumming/bagpipes group Pictus,

the outlandish Washing Well Wenches,

real life Shrek,

and stirring performances by the Flint Scottish Pipe Band.

Next year (and I do hope they do this event next year) I’d like to see a few more vendors. Also, even though the music was essential to the atmosphere, sometimes there were so many going at once they seemed to drown each other out. Since all the acts were pretty impressive, that was a shame. These are small things considering this was the first year for the event. Congratulations to the folks running the event on having a successful first year.

We went to have fun and we smiled almost the entire time we were there. The Midwinter Pleasure Faire left us wanting more which, in the end, is a compliment and the main complaint. Can’t wait to see it bigger and better next year!

Pictures and article by Melissa, Mallory, and Austin.

Thanks to Joe from <a href="http://migeekscene.com/">MiGeekScene</a> for this photo! Check his site out for more geeky goodness.
Thanks to Joe from MiGeekScene for this photo! Check his site out for more geeky goodness.

This Week In Motor City Geek – Feb 11th

This Week in Motor City Geek – Week of February 11th

This week anime takes over two different universities, people strip down to go running through the streets of Detroit for a good cause, and love is in the air at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Also, cats.

 

Love After Dark

Cranbrook Institute of Science

Feb 9th, 2017

$10 for members, $15 for non-members, $20 for walk-ups

More info HERE

What is it? This event located at the beautiful Cranbrook Institute of Science explores the science of sex, love and attraction just in time for Valentines Day. There’s a whole list of entertaining events including a paleontologist going over the workings of prehistoric sex, a valentine making station, and a clinical psychologist discussing her recipe for ecstasy. There will be a selection of appetizers available for sale and all heart merchandise in the Science Shop will be 20% off.

LTU Anime Con 2017

Lawrence Technological University – Atrium Building

Feb 11th, 2017

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? LTU Anime Con started with a group of friends who wanted to hang out and have a good time and has expanded to a fun unpredictable con full of people with a mutual love of anime, manga, video games and Japanese culture. There will be panels, vendors, tournaments and more!

Animania Presents: Con Ja Nai XXIII

University of Michigan – Modern Languages Building

Feb 11th, 2017

FREE Entry

More info HERE

What is it? Con Ja Nai is an established “not a con(vention)” held at the University of Michigan. Entry is free and attendees get to enjoy a maid cafe, various panels, raffles, game shows (like Anime Jeopardy and Name That Tune), awesome cosplay and, of course, all the anime you can watch.

Cupid’s Undie Run – Detroit

The Fillmore Detroit

Feb 11th, 2017

Donation Based

More info HERE

What is it? Cupid’s Undie Run is a mile(ish) run in your bedroom-best on Valentine’s weekend. All proceeds go to benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation and neurofibromatosis research. These runs take place in cities all over the country. Why run in your underwear? They have a really good answer for that. Because people with NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should we? The pictures look like it’s a blast and it’s for a great cause.

A Cat Cabaret

The Magic Bag

Feb 12th, 2017

$100 for a ticket

More info HERE

What is it? This is a charity dinner event to benefit various programs at Catfe Lounge and the Ferndale Cat Shelter. The ticket gets you amazing live entertainment, a Cajun dinner from Howe’s Bayou and access to an auction table filled with items from some of Ferndale’s finest businesses, including concert tickets, massage gift certificates, gift baskets with everything from wine to art work, and more.

Midwinter Pleasure Faire 2017!

We had a great time at the Midwinter Pleasure Faire! Fire breathers, bagpipes, and jousting are just a few of the things we saw. Check out the album for the rest! Like us on Facebook for more events at MotorCityGeek.

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