Fantasy meets actuality: Grand Rapids Comic-Con returns

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan – The fantasy kingdom and the real world collide this weekend with the return of Grand Rapids Comic-Con. In August there was a smaller event at the DeltaPlex, the first since the beginning of the pandemic. The main attraction, however, is the event this weekend.

“It feels great to be back in big capacity and to bring this event back to Grand Rapids and the people here so they can go out and enjoy life,” said Event Coordinator Rosie Bono.

Timothy Embertson, an attendee at the event, added, “We went to Summer Bash Comic-Con and immediately thought, ‘We need to prepare for the next one.'”

Embertson doesn’t mess around when it comes to cosplay. He said he and his brother spent more than 100 hours designing, engineering, and building his outfit – Sam Porter Bridges from the video game Death Stranding.

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Embertson’s outfit wasn’t the only thing that caught people’s attention. Vendors and artists set up stalls with memorabilia, sketches, and other items for people to explore and buy.

Comic-cons like these on DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids aren’t just for consumers; they are also for the Creator.

Bob Hall is one of the biggest celebrities you can find at the event. If you don’t know his name, you might recognize his work: co-creator of West Coast Avengers for Marvel Comics and draftsman / writer for Armed and Dangerous and Shawdowman for Valiant Comics.

“I think people think that we all know each other – at least from a common era -” Hall told FOX 17th on Saturday, a chance to finally meet his own heroes in these matters. “

If you want to meet your hero or dress up as one, you still have the chance, but time is running out!

Sunday is the last day of this year’s event. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can buy tickets here.

More information can be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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