By Jesse Lawrence – Collegiate Staff
West Michigan comic book readers and gamers will convene at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Convention Center Sept. 19-21 for GrandCon 2014.
The convention will feature an assortment of board games, card games and role-playing events in order to strengthen the gaming community in West Michigan. This is the convention’s second year. The founders of GrandCon are Brian Lenz, founder of West Michigan Tabletop Gamers, and Marc Specter, founder of Grand Gaming Academy.
GrandCon will also feature more than 30 guests ranging from famous comic book artists to game designers that attendees will have a chance to meet. For a full list of GrandCon’s guests, visit their website at grand-con.com/special-guests.
The scheduled gaming events are Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Signing up for these events, registering for the convention, and purchasing an attendance badge is required.
“GrandCon is all about making friends that you haven’t met before, bringing family in of all ages, Lenz said. “It’s about giving back to the community and community support as well. We have a lot of industry friends all across the country and around the world, for that matter, that support us and it’s an industry that’s growing. So you take all that and you throw it into one big building and you have a blast.”
Registration is free and can be found on the GrandCon website at grand-con.com. A badge will need to be purchased to attend the convention with prices ranging from $10-$17 for one-day badges and $25-$40 for three day badges.