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A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Comic Fans: Preview Of The 2021 Grand Rapids Comic-Con

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By Jamie Miller

It’s me, “the wannabe Mandalorian” Jamie Miller. Now as many of you know via reading my columns, I am a huge comic book fan. Whether it be “Flash,” “Daredevil” or even “The Boy’s,” I just can’t get enough. I also love going to any comic con I can get to. So imagine my sorrow when they were all canceled or postponed due to COVID-19 hitting the country like a freight train through a glasshouse. Myself and numerous other Grand Rapids nerds were heartbroken. But lo and behold finally a bright light at the end of the dark tunnel, a champion and its name is The Grand Rapids Comic-Con Summer Bash!

Grand Rapids Comic-Con Summer Bash, which is scheduled from Aug. 13-15 at the DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center, is shaping up to be interesting. If you order your tickets in advance for all three days the price is $50 , a one day Friday ticket costs $20, A Saturday ticket costs $27 and a ticket for Sunday costs $20. A ticket for a child from the ages of five to twelve costs five dollars a day.  At the door the price is $60 for all three days, $25 on Friday, $32 on Saturday and $25 on Sunday, if purchased individually. Among the guests, I am most excited for Michael Biehn, known for playing Kyle Reese in the original “Terminator” film and Corporal Hicks in “Aliens.” I am also excited for James Winburn who played Michael Myers in the infamous balcony fall in the original “Halloween.” Although Mark Hodges, the con organizer, is just looking forward to running the show in general, when I asked him what he was looking forward most to he replied, “Just seeing all the people I like and all the kids that are having a good time.”

If I’m being honest, I’m looking forward to that as well.

And for those with health concerns, Hodges said, “we will be following the ‘VACC To Normal’ guidelines as laid out by Gov. Whitmer’s office.” He also goes on to say how they are going to be working with the local health department to run at a safe capacity, so stay tuned dear readers, stay tuned.

Tickets for the event can be purchased here.