This weekend in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan the sun was shining and the cosplayers were playing at the Dearborn Hyatt.
Detroit Fanfare 2012 is in full swing and the comic cosplayer heroes and villains were out in force.
Friday evening was the Zombie Walk for the charity, Gleaners of Michigan, who provides inexpensive bulk foods for other nonprofit groups to distribute to folks in need.
Saturday afternoon was the costume contest which was run by the lovely, Midwest cosplayer, Freddie Nova.
The contest displayed the cosplay creativity of costumers from Chicago, Ohio and Michigan including Chicago’s Ryan Green as Hellboy and Grand Rapids’ Kala Smith as Mystique.
Costume contests typically have logistic problems, but this one was held around the poorly lit, rectangular balcony overlooking the lobby so that there was a chasm between the contestants and the audience.
In spite of Freddie Nova’s valiant efforts to make do with what she was given, the audience was frustrated with the setting and the best photos were the ones taken before and after the show.
Nonetheless, the attendees were treated to some great costumes.
Later by the pool, Southeastern Michigan’s Mermaid Sirena was posing for pictures with con goers.
For comic lovers there was plenty of excitement in the vendor areas with writers, artists, and more.
Dirk Manning, writer/creator of “Nightmare World” and “Write or Wrong” columnist had his books available for autograph. Mr. Manning’s “Nightmare World” books each contain thirteen short horror stories of various different varieties such as romance and comedy horror stories with different artists and styles for each story.
Vordak the Incomprehensible was selling his children’s books on how to take over the world (don’t let that book fall into the hands of Stewie Griffin!)
Producer, director, photographer, and publisher, Terrell Culbert of Detroit’s own Breathe Again Magazine was there with one of his cosplay models.
The Michigan Lego Train Club was there with some beautiful Lego displays from superheros including Superman, to the cast of Lord of the Rings!
In addition to traditional comics, web comics were represented with the folks of “Gaming, Booze, and Poorly Made Plans” and James Anderson was there with his delightful “Ellie on Planet X.”
A visit to suburban Detroit wouldn’t be complete without Terrence Cover of “Suburban Heroes.”
Check out the slide show and for more photos check out the Detroit Fanfare album on The Weird Review!
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