Weekend In Review – Motor City Comic Con 2019
The face paint is starting to fade, and the cosplay costumes are being folded away for next year, but the residual high of this years Motor City Comic Con will last much longer. For the first time ever, NRM Streamcast and Geektainment TV broadcasted the unforgettable events from this weekend making it available to viewers all around the world. Jam packed full of artists, vendors, celebrity guests, and characters from all walks of geekdom, the 2019 Comic Con brought to life everything we love about the arts and entertainment world and celebrated it the most awesome way possible.
The excitement began days before the doors were opened to the public. Months of relentless work and planning had their moment of glory as the doors of the empty convention center finally opened to vendors, artists, and exhibitors. Truck loads of memorabilia, artwork, collectables, and comics from across the country began to pour into the 180,000 square feet of the convention hall. As the rows of boxes and crates began to grow into miniature shops and attractions, the excitement of the upcoming weekend began to feel more real than ever.
Smack dab right in the middle of it all, the NRM Streamcast and Geektainment TV main stage slowly started to form. Behind the scenes, the crew was preparing for its biggest and baddest venture yet; to provide a livestream of events to viewers around the globe. With hundreds of interviews, activities, and attractions all happening at once, NRM’s tasks of providing general access to the con was going to be a difficult one, but they were ready for the challenge. After days of sleepless nights and untangling power cords, the first day of the Motor City Comic Con had arrived.
As attendees began to trickle in Friday afternoon, the NRM crew prepared for the first of many celebrity interviews. NRM’s Andy Bisha was joined by The Offices’ Brian Baumgartner who opened the con with a comedic interview at the mainstage. Camera crews and NRM hosts took to the convention floor to mingle with cosplayers and vendors as others geared up for celebrity panel discussions. NRM had the opportunity to interview celebrity guests including Lou Ferrigno, Red Dead Redemption’s Benjamin Byron Davis, and The Walking Dead’s Tom Payne, which will all be available to stream through the Geektainment website and app.
The NRM stage buzzed with excitement all weekend long. Besides celebrity interviews, NRM was able to showcase the best of their own content. Stars of the Geektainment podcast talked all things nerd and members of the Dungeons and Dragons podcast, Podquesters, played through a quest in front of a live audience. Some of the best cosplayers were invited on stage to feature their costumes and showcase their knowledge with trivia games and discussions.
The weekend seemed to fly by at hyper speed. The whole NRM team worked tirelessly until the doors finally closed at the end of each night. When all the celebrities had left, and the last of the cosplayers disappeared from the empty floor, an intense sense of accomplishment flooded over the vendors, artists, and exhibitors that remained. As the booths began to break down into loads of boxes and crates, and the stage once again turned into a heap of knotted power cords and metal rods, the extent of what we had all experienced the past three days left us with an immense appreciation for why we do what we do.
With 30 years of experience in the bag, this year’s con proved to be the ultimate attraction. Comic Con is a place where even the meekest of people can be the biggest of superheroes, where devoted fans can share a space with those who make it all possible. From the art vendors to the celebrity guests, from the greasy slices of pizza and unlimited supply of soda, Comic Con brings the world of arts and entertainment to the ones who appreciate it most.
From all of us at NRM Streamcast and Geektainment TV, thank you so much for making this an amazing first impression. We can’t wait to see you all next year.
Written by Stephanie Sazyc