Some of the the biggest stars in the comic book universe will descend on Detroit this weekend for FanFare, an old-fashioned, blowout comic book show with thousands of items for sale and rousing debate on topics of particular interest to, well, let’s face it, geeks. And we mean that in the best possible way. FanFare is set for Cobo Hall, where 150,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to exhibitors of new and vintage works, artists and authors from around the country. Comic book hero actors Bruce Campbell, Peter Weller and Adam Baldwin will be there, plus Steven Yeun, who moonlights as Glenn from the Walking Dead. — Christy Strawser
Detroit FanFare is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cobo Hall, with parking on the Cobo Hall roof. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under on Saturday. Kids get in free Sunday. Got money to burn? An all-inclusive VIP ticket is $500, and a Bruce Campbell VIP ticket is $125. Now, one may wonder what you get for that money, and here’s the answer: According to the Fanfare Facebook page, the $500 ticket entitles the bearer to admission, VIP seating, autograph on a photo or on an item of your choice, an exclusive photo of you with the VIP guest and several other items exclusive to the convention. Single autograph tickets are also available with the stars on hand for $35 to $45 each. Get your tickets here.
There are almost too many special events taking place through the festival to list them all here. But a few highlights include a raffle, auction, art contest, film festival, quick-draw contests, and trivia questions. Panel discussions throughout the weekend will focus on topics like “Batman – 45 years of Gotham,” and “Creating Your Comic From Concept To Publication.” There will be question and answer sessions with the comic book stars in attendance. Best yet? The geek fight, a tournament style debate, will let self-proclaimed geeks debate topics until a winner is chosen by the audience.
To honor everyday heroes, Fanfare is offering free admission to all active duty police officers, firefighters and border patrol officers.Wear your uniform and bring identification. On that note, costumes honoring comic book heroes (or anything you choose) are encouraged. There’s also a kids’ costume contest at noon Sunday.
It wouldn’t be a comic book event without exclusive previews of things you couldn’t get anywhere else. This year’s FanFare is no exception, with exclusives from X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deadworld and Scratch9. Attendees can wow their friends with a print exclusively available at Fanfare that features Ardruffle holding a Detroit FanFare sign with a caption that says “This is going to be awesome. First, I’m getting Bruce Campbell’s autograph. Then I’m finding a wookie!” See a list of exclusives here.
The Floor Plan
Don’t want to waste time wandering the huge floor, looking for your favorites? Never fear, CBS Detroit is here. Download a copy of the floor plan here.