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Motor City Comic Con 2017 – Media Guest Update!

Motor City Comic Con 2017 – Media Guest Update!

Michael Rooker

Noted character actor and badass Michael Rooker is going to be a big draw to 2017 MCCC. Rooker played the whistle while you work (and murder) guy in Guardian’s of the Galaxy and our favorite one-handed villain on Walking Dead. Rooker is also a regular in a few Kevin Smith films (Mallrats and Mallbrats). He’s been acting since before I was born and has over a hundred credits on IMDB. Let’s put it this way. If you’ve never seen Michael Rooker in anything, we probably can’t be friends.

Appearing
Sat | Sun

Autograph
$60

Photo Op
$65

 

Sean Gunn

Ahhh, Kirk. Sean Gunn started as a bit player on the fast-talking dramedy Gilmore Girls and grew that bit part into one of the most beloved roles in the entire series. He also has a notable role in Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 1 & 2) which happen to be directed by his brother, James Gunn. He’s had roles on Angel, Glee, Bunheads, Superstore and plenty more.

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$30

Photo Op
$45

 

Kristy Swanson

Buffy! Sure I’m a bigger fan of the TV Show, but my husband and I have had many debates about the two Buffys and I can appreciate Swanson for bringing cheerleading and kicking ass together on the big screen.  She gets bonus points from me for being one of my favorite guest stars on Psych. Kristy Swanson has over 80 credits on IMDB including Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Big Daddy and 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag.

Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$30

Photo Op
$45

 

Shannon Elizabeth

The sexy girl from everything! She played Nadia in the American Pie movies, Justice in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and one of the sexy American girls in Love Actually. She also had roles in Thirteen Ghosts, That 70’s Show and Scary Movie (just to name a few). But she’s not just a pretty face. Shannon Elizabeth is one of the leading celebrity poker players and helped found Animal Avengers, a non-profit animal rescue organization.

Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$40

Photo Ops
$50

Jason David Frank

Green Power Ranger is coming to the Motor City! JDF is an accomplished mixed martial artist. He’s a seventh-degree black belt and holds numerous Rising Sun Karate accomplishments and awards. He was in over 200 episodes of various installments of Power Rangers and, even better, he’ll be doing a dual photo op with the Pink Power Ranger, Amy Jo Jonson (Click here!)

Appearing
Fri | Sat | Sun

Autograph
$50

Single Photo Op
$50

Dual Photo Op with Amy Jo Johnson
$90

Big Van Vader

Counting the previously announced Sting, this makes two big names in wrestling joining 2017 MCCC. Vader performed for numerous organizations (including my favorite based on name alone: Total Nonstop Action Wrestling). He was a super heavyweight wrestler capable of aerial maneuvers such as the Vadersault, which can’t possibly be as cool as it sounds (spoiler alert, it is… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVn_XZPoYM)

 Appearing
Fri |Sat | Sun

Autograph
$25

Photo Op
$45

Article by Mallory Crowe  and Editor Austin Benedict

Love After Dark @ Cranbrook Science Institute – Event recap

I have to say that I’m loving this new movement where museums have late night events to keep the community involved. This is my third After Dark event and I continue to have a great time. I am a big fan of the natural sciences, so anything held at Cranbrook is going to be on my must list. Since we’re only a few days away from Valentine’s Day, this event was focused on the science of love.

All of the CIS (Cranbrook Institute of Science) After Dark events start at 7pm and include a cash bar. Love After Dark had a selection of appetizers you could purchase, including spring rolls, shrimp cocktail, and strawberry and chocolate mousse drumsticks that were made right in front of you. I’m probably the worst food critic ever because I love all food, but everything I sampled tasted fantastic.

Except for the food and drinks, every single other activity was free, which made the night a lot more fun. We were there for a few hours and still missed a few things. Once you had your drink in hand and were exploring the museum, there was plenty to do. The first station we walked by was the “atmospheric hug”. It’s was strange as it sounds. You sit down in a giant, thick trash bag and they suck all the air out so you can experience what it feels like to sit in a vacuum. A lot of the more claustrophobic members of the group gave an immediate “hell no” but I’ll try anything once. It was weird and a little awkward and an experience I’ll never forget. I think my smile in this picture says it all.

From there we found the “Cupid Target Practice” station where you shoot some arrows towards a sheet with a target. One of my favorite things about this activity was that it was the right amount of “hard”. I’ve never fired a bow before in my life and after three failures, I was able to hit the target. Our more experienced members, Chris, was able to get it on his second try.

Right next to that was “Lyrical Love”, a trivia game where a group of people (four in the group I was in) are played a snippet of a music video and you have to pick the song. I was so sure I was going to win this and Motor City Geek’s Austin totally stole my win from me. But if he didn’t like pop culture as much as I do, we probably wouldn’t be friends. At least it was close!

The next section was right up my wheelhouse. Sex. (Because I’m a romance writer… obviously…) Local clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Myrtle C. Means, gave a brief discussion about sex in modern relationships. Dr. Means was a very eloquent speaker and it was fascinating to hear a public discussion about a topic that can become embarrassing fast. Dr. Means also wrote a pretty awesome sounding book that was complied after a clinical study where she talked to hundreds of couples about their single most pleasurable experience and put it all into one easy to digest recipe. Click here to check out her book! 

There were a lot of other notable activities. The museum had 14 hearts hidden throughout the museum and if you found one, you’d be entered to win a prize. (Chris and I both found one. Sadly we didn’t win…) There was a presentation given by anthropologist Cameron Wood about the clothing and accessories around the world that can lead to some horizontal relations.

There were some folks there from Pets and Things Reptile Emporium that had some snakes and lizards for the crowd to hang out with. There was also and X rated spider demonstration that turned a few heads.

Another unexpected highlight for me was the Taboo game. There were about 20 different envelopes filled with taboo ideas hanging from the ceiling. The dirty words were obviously the most fun…

Overall, we had a blast. The crowd wasn’t that big which was a shame. I really hope Cranbrook will put more money and time into the marketing of these events. I think that if more people knew there was something so cool right in their back yard, they’d be thrilled.  I also want to give a special shout out to John and Sarah. No, not the Terminator duo, but the awesome employees at Cranbrook who made our night extra special. Everything is better when the people behind the scenes have a passion and enthusiasm for the combination of science and fun!

Article and photos by Mallory, Austin, Melissa, and Chris.

Our gallery of photos from the event

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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!

Love After Dark @ Cranbrook Institute of Science

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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.