Comic Con

Holly Reed, Feature Editor

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Calling all nerds, Calling all nerds! This seems to be a popular mantra that goes through people’s minds when they hear that Comic Con is in town. While it may be somewhat true that the majority populace that attends Comic Con is a “classic nerd”, it is just a stereotype. When going to Comic Con, one can see that there is a vast demographic of people whom attend, from Magna lovers to Marvel fans to Doctor Who fanatics to parents indulging their small children. There are even just some curious onlookers who haven’t yet discovered the world of comics and are just beginning to realize the transporting capabilities that comics have to take a person into whole other universes. In order to get to these other universes, everyone had to first get through the enormous crowds and the headache of finding a parking spot in the ridiculous conundrum that has become downtown Grand Rapids. Then it is possible to make a path to the entrance of Comic Con. When entering, there is a big open space with booths clearly defining the different universes so one can easily find the comic that one identifies with or wishes to explore. Some of the booths were: Magna, Marvel, DC, and many others. Now, Grand Rapids isn’t considered a big city when it is compared to cities such as L.A. or New York City so, the convention isn’t as large or as all encompassing as the conventions that are held in those cities. However, fans still enjoy themselves because the convention hits all the major points that fandoms expect. Such as, having the classic comics booths, guest speakers and signers, booths with popular TV shows that were turned into comics, amazingly legit costumes that some of the staff wear, original props (such as the Captain America shield used in the first movie), and a lot of collectible items that could be bought as well as the comics themselves. Overall, Comic Con is an event that is engaging and memorable for any who attend and will attend in future years whether they be die-hard comic fanatics or just a simple observer looking for a portal that will lead them away from Earth’s dreary reality.

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