By Cesar Ayala – Collegiate Staff
The third annual Grand Rapids Comic-Con kicked off its three-day event Friday when thousands of geeks and nerds of all stripes gathered at DeVos Place.
According to Grand Rapids Comic-Con organizers, it was a good turnout with two lines all the way down the main hall prior to the doors opening at 2 p.m. The vending hall was filled with many cosplayers dressed in Star Wars, Naruto, Doctor Who, and many more costumes.
Alex Westcot, a manager of one salon, was dressed as Groot from the popular science fiction movie Guardians of the Galaxy at the Get Geek’d booth.
“Groot is the big dumb muscle everybody loves, anything the kid loves I love, pretty much,” Westcot said. “I love the new venue. I think that the only issue people will complain about is parking, it’s always hard to find a good venue with lots of parking.”
Attendees can enter to win a life-size Groot bust by liking Get Geek’d on Facebook.
Vendor Terry Huddleston has been working on his digital art for the past 10 years.
“This Comic-Con is great, it’s close to home and has a really enthusiastic fan base, this is whipped into a kinetic energy that the fans bring with them almost like blood cells,” Huddleston said. “My job is a freelance artist. I do a lot of license work for companies that have licenses for DC, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, you name it. It’s living the dream I grew up drawing men in tights and now I get paid to draw men in tights.”
Huddleston is selling his digital artwork for $20, but if you’re wearing a costume he will sell it for $15.
The Grand Rapids Comic Con runs Oct. 16-18 at Devos Place. For adults, a one-day ticket is $22. For children 5-12, the price is $5 per day. Children under 5 enter free of charge.
All day – Learn and play Dungeons and Dragons (Grand Gallery Overlook 3)
11:00 a.m. – Livin’ by the Creed featuring Amber Goldfarb and Cas Anvar (Main Stage)
11:00 a.m. – Asl the Betas… A Homestuck Panel featuring NaTasha Schiller, Kylie Sugiama, Mariajose Martinez (River Overlook 1)
11;00 a.m. – Becoming The King Of the Hill featuring Joel Adams (Grand Gallery 2)
11:30 a.m. – From Fantasy to Romance to Sci-Fi: Writing your Novel and Getting it Published featuring Susan Dennard (River Overlook 2)
11:30 a.m. – The My Little Pony Experience featuring Katie Cook (Grand Gallery 1)
11:30 a.m. – Publishing Monthly featuring Randy Zimmerman (Grand Gallery Overlook 2)
11:30 a.m. – How to (Not) Draw Attention to Yourself by Really Trying featuring Robert Pope (Grand Gallery Overlook 1)
12:30 p.m. – The Life of Being A Bad Guy featuring Anthony Carrigan (Main Stage)
12:30 p.m. – Prop Making for Beginners featuring Ben Crawford (River Overlook 1)
12:30 p.m. – Cosplay Armor Fabrication on a Budget featuring Rob Miller (Grand Gallery Overlook 1)
12:30 p.m. – A Well Rounded Career featuring Tony AMendola (Grand Gallery 2)
1:00 p.m. – The Career of a Voice Actor featuring Trina Nishimura (Grand Gallery 1)
1:00 p.m. – Being a Bad Guy in Kids’ TV Shows featuring Greg Ellis (Grand Gallery Overlook 2)
1:00 p.m. – We Want You! featuring Great Lakes Ghostbusters Coalition (River Overlook 2)
2:00 p.m. – Doctor Who: The Road to Home Pt. 1 featuring Overlord Media Group (River Overlook 1)
2:00 p.m. – I am Big Bird featuring Caroll Spinney (Main Stage)
2:00 p.m. – Having Fun During the Apocalypse featuring Keith Allen (Grand Gallery 2)
2:00 p.m. – Mythology of the Knight: They Mythic Origins of Batman and Superheroes featuring Andy Budnick (Grand Gallery Overlook 1)
2:30 p.m. – The World of Conceptual Art featuring John Giang (Grand Gallery 1)
2:30 p.m. – Stuart Sayger (River Overlook 2)
2:30 p.m. – Finding Kid Friendly Comic Book Stores For your Kids featuring Chris Galvan (Grand Gallery Overlook 2)
3:30 p.m. – Hannibal the Pannibal: Who’s Hungry? featuring Kimberly Mattern and Rose Bousamra (River Overlook 1)
3:30 p.m. – Go Go Power Rangers! featuring Walter Jones (Grand Gallery 2)
3:30 p.m. – Q&A featuring Neal Adams (Main Stage)
3:30 p.m. – The World of Being a Stunt Man featuring Dickey Beer (Grand Gallery Overlook 1)
4:00 p.m. – Write or Wrong: The 10 Commandments of Working With Artists featuring Dirk Manning (Grand Gallery Overlook 2)
4:00 p.m. – Becoming the Headless Horsemen featuring Jeremy Owens (Grand Gallery 1)
4:00 p.m. – What is 501st? 501st Legion of Stormtroopers (River Overlook 2)
5:00 p.m. – Costume Contest (Main Stage)
Chris Powers also contributed to this article.