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Countdown to 2019 Comic Con

Cosplayers participated in the costume contest during Grand Rapids's Comic Con 2018 on November 10, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Lisa Stapel/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s just about that time again, time for the Grand Rapids Comic Con. 

The annual Comic Con will return to Devos Place in Grand Rapids to host comic book fans of all ages on  Friday Nov. 8 through Sunday Nov. 10.

The Con will feature celebrity guests such as Patrick Warburton known for  roles such as Joe on “Family Guy,” Brock Sampson on “The Venture Bros” and Kronk on “The Emperor’s New Groove” among other roles. The con will also feature Tobin Bell who portrays the devious Jigsaw in the “Saw” movies,. Along with Tony Todd of “Star Trek” fame also known as the voice of Zoom in The Flash” and the Candyman in the “Candyman” films. Dozens of other industry stars will also be in Grand Rapids for the con. See a full list here

“This year will have a Frankenstein display in honor of the characters 200th anniversary,” said Mark Hodges, the show promoter, also highlighting scheduled appearances by Sara Karloff, daughter of Boris Karloff, one of the most well-known actors to portray Frankenstein’s monster.

Hodges said his event “is one of the top 10 shows in the midwest,” and he also admits “keeping up with it is one of the challenges of being being the promoter.”

One may wonder where the funding comes from? Hodges said, “a private investor group helps a lot.”  For those looking for tickets it costs $55 for an adult three day pass, $20 for a one day friday pass, $30 for a Saturday one day and $25 for a sunday one pass. Kids 5-12 cost $7 a day or $15 for the weekend.  The event starts noon- 7 p.m. Friday Nov. 8 and continues from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.