In its 24th year, the Motor City Comic Con in Novi, MI outside Detroit has grown larger and attracted more fans than ever before. A recent update on the Con’s Facebook page confirmed that over 30,000 fans attended the 3-Day show. While it’s true that there was heavy traffic to enter the parking lot and long lines to enter the hall, indie artists reported triple the sales of last year’s show due to the high volume of people through the door.
Here’s a rundown of the guests that this reporter had the chance to interact with.
V for Vendetta artist, David Lloyd’s latest project is a 21-page noir thriller in Aces Weekly Volume 1. Aces Weekly is an exclusively digital comic anthology available at http://www.acesweekly.co.uk/home.
The Great George Perez attended the show, delivering commissions and sketching sharpie headshots in between countless autographs. Mr. Perez’ latest released work is the cover of Legion of Super-Heroes #20, available this month from DC.
Anyone wanting to catch up on Perez’ past work need look no further than this month’s Superman Vol. 1: What Price Tomorrow? Tpb and Crisis on Multiple Earths Vol. 6 Tpb.
If that’s not enough, his influence is felt across the New 52 as characters he created may be followed monthly in the pages of Nightwing, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and Justice League.
Barry Kitson is currently nailing it on Valiant’s Bloodshot title! Issue #11, containing Barry’s artwork is out this month along with more Barry pencils in the Harbinger Vol. 2 Tpb. Furthermore, it was just announced that Barry will be illustrating the aftermath of this summer’s Harbinger Wars event in Harbinger #15.
Kitson cares deeply for his fans and this weekend was a prime example. When Barry saw gridlock on the road leading to the convention center saturday morning, he chose to make the journey from highway to convention hall by foot rather than keep his fans waiting!
Speaking of Bloodshot, the writer for that title and Valiant’s big summer event, Harbinger Wars, Duane Swierczynski, was present! Duane’s also involved with the revival of X for Dark Horse.
Notice a trend developing? Bloodshot #11 Variant Cover artist Matthew Clark was stationed across the aisle from Swierczynski.
Horror comic writer and Bleeding Cool columnist Dirk Manning was dressed to impress while promoting his recent release of the Write-Or-Wrong column collected edition. Dirk’s next project is a flip book called Love Stories (To Die For) containing two comic book horror stories. The book will be available from Image Comics’ partner studio, Shadowline, in September.
Industry veteran Mark McKenna’s new creator owned project, Combat Jacks, is about humans terraforming a planet while they’re attacked by Jack O’ Lantern monsters.
Tyler Kirkham, fresh from delivering the incentives to those that pledged to his successful kickstarter project NAWRG, set up in prime convention hall real estate. In short, NAWRG is a story about a troll that lives with a family, but the story contains a deeper meaning on how adopted pets bring great joy to people. Tyler’s recent work includes Red Hood & the Outlaws, Superman, Teen Titans, and Green Lantern: New Guardians. His next project is Action Comics #22.
Yanick Paquette made his DC debut two years ago in the pages of Batman Inc. and continued his DC work with the New 52 Swamp Thing series. Yanick’s next project is Wonder Woman: Earth One where he’ll reteam with Grant Morrison. Yanick remarked on how he loves the way that Grant consistently surprises him and he never knows what Grant will put into their stories.
Ken Hunt is an artist on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream, currently working on a top secret cover for a future DC release.
Englishman Simon Bisley was particularly interested in the Detroit Redwings t-shirts that local hockey fans were sporting, remarking on how cool the winged wheel design was.
Scott Kolins recent Orang Lantern backups in DC’s Threshold title will soon give way to a Larfleeze ongoing series with his art and written by Keith Giffen.
Local hero Sean Forney is in the midst of his own kickstarter project The Scarlett Huntress! The Scarlet Huntress features Sean and his wife Stephanie sharing art and writing duties. The story is a modern take on the Little Red Riding Hood mythos. He’s almost at his goal and your pledge could be the one that puts him over the top! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/838034909/scarlet-huntress-anthology
Young talent Jay Defoy recently completed the first issue of his creator owned title Threadcount: The Tale of Norman Crest. It’s about a man that gains superpowers that seem ridiculous at first but turn out to be a fun crime fighting asset as the story goes on.
Sara Richard’s artwork has a fun fairytale influence to it. She spends her days drawing adorable My Little Pony Covers. Check her out.
These five artists traveled from Spain to meet their fans and deliver high end commissions. They’re pictured holding pieces that they did for comic art connoisseur Ari Shapiro’s Batman on Gargoyle themed collection. Reportedly they were commissioned as a group since they share a common rep. Once they started work, the artists competed with each other over whose piece was strongest and which Ari would like most.
Until next time, dear reader!