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2017 Marche Du Nain Rouge

Marche Du Nain Rouge

Talking about this event is hard. I’m friends with people from all over the world and when I posted the amazing selfies (for real, my selfie game is strong) I took at the event and they asked what kind of party it was, I froze. How could I explain completely seriously that I was at a big celebration to chase a demon out of Detroit? But that’s exactly what happened. Thousands of enthusiastic participants braved the cold and the rain to march through the streets of Detroit to show Nain exactly where he could shove it!

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22nd Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo

Motor City Tattoo Expo took place the weekend of March 3rd-5th and Motor City Geek was lucky enough to check it out. Even though MCG has been before, this was my first time going. I might now work in a “cool” industry (romance writers have all the fun) I come from a very square accounting background and the entire concept of a tattoo expo was rather foreign to me.

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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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WinterCon 2017 by Metro Detroit Gamers

WinterCon 2017

Since 1972, Metro Detroit Gamers has been a staple in the area for everything gaming. From WW2 war games to modern sci-fi board games and everything in between, it can be found at an MDG event. At WinterCon 2017 this was no different. Games were abundant and the gamers even more so, and just as their website boasts, they hold one thing above all else, having fun!

The group’s core of players has expanded over the last few years as the hobby has picked up. Even though these players have been around since the beginning, they were incredibly welcoming to the new blood. With gamers from young to old, and with tastes from classical to modern everyone could find a game to enjoy and learn.

The con itself also offered up raffle tickets for playing games that allowed you to pull from their prize table, which was full of both popular games and hidden gems. Play a game, get a ticket, win a game. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Tucked into private rooms, tabletop RPGs were spinning tales of adventure, horror, and heroism with a number of games being played. Stumbling into a group getting their Classic Dungeon Crawl on made me want to sit down and roll up a character.

All in all the event was a wonderful time and all those who enjoy games of any kind should add WinterCon to their calendars because they won’t regret joining this crowd.

Photos by Krista, article by Rob, and edited by Austin

 

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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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