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Comic-Con the quest for Nerd Nirvana: A preview of the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

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Grand Rapids Comic-Con Co-Organizer Mark Hodges in a previous event. (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

By Jamie Miller

Comic-Con is returning to the city of Grand Rapids on Nov. 12-14 for a second time this year due to the originally scheduled 2020 event being postponed by the pandemic.

Now friends, as you have likely figured out by now, whenever Grand Rapids has a Comic-Con, I’m right there covering the story. And this time shall be no different. As you may know we already had a Comic-Con in Grand Rapids back in August, so please dear readers, do read on.

The second Comic-Con weekend is shaping up to be interesting already, as some of the guests are looking to be pretty dang cool. Among the celebrities are Johnny Yong Bosch known for playing Adam Park in the “Power Ranger’s” franchise, Claudia Ann Christian known for such roles as Susan Ivanova in “Babylon 5” and for lending her skills to “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” by voicing numerous characters – namely the werewolf warrior Aela the Huntress. John Glover, who among other roles has voiced The Riddler in numerous “Batman” cartoons and Lionel Luthor in “Smallville,” will be in attendance as well. Also, expected at the Comic-Con is Charlaine Harris who wrote “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” book series, and though you may not know the books, you may know the TV show based on it: “True Blood.” 

And since Comic-Con is coming up, you know what that means? It means it is time to catch up with event organizer Mark Hodges. 

Hodges actually brought another celebrity guest to my attention, that being one Margaret Kerry, who was the model of Tinker Bell for the 1953 “Peter Pan” film among other works.

“We have a great guest list this year, several cast members from the Pokemon franchise for all the anime kids,” Hodges said about other celebrities who will be featured at the event. 

Hodges said the upcoming con will include “an updated game room, our annual film festivals, the huge vending hall and so on.” 

And let me just say I didn’t know they had a game room to begin with, so I am more than a little intrigued. However, setting this show up was far from easy. 

“Well, it’s good to be back but doing two shows in the span of 90 days has aged me a bit.” Hodges went on to say. “I have been pulling a lot of 4 a.m. nights over the past couple weeks to get this on track, but we are about there.”

Prices in advance for the show are as follows: $60 for all three days, $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Kids aged 5-12 are $7 per day or $15 for the weekend. And fair warning: the prices will be higher at the door, so you might want to get tickets sooner rather than later.

And for those of you who are a bit cautious due to COVID-19, Hodges said he plans to follow the Kent County Health Department suggestions by wearing a mask of his own and encouraging others to wear a mask. The event will not require proof of vaccination.

So there you go, the Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be Nov. 12-14 so get your tickets now, because it’s looking to be one heck of a show!

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