Grand Rapids Comic-Con Returns October 21-23, 2016

Grand Rapids Comic-Con

Press Release:

The next Grand Rapids Comic-Con will be held on October 21-23, 2016, at the DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Friday, October 21: 2-8 pm with after-hours programming until 11 pm
Saturday, October 22: 10 am-7 pm with after hours programming until 11 pm
Sunday, October 23: 10 am until 5 pm

Ticket Prices:
3-day pass: $40 advance, $50 at door
Friday only: $15 advance, $20 door
Saturday only: $20 advance, $25 door
Sunday only: $17 advance, $22 door
VIP pass: $149 advance only
Link to tickets is here.

Celebrity Guest List:
Wil Traval: “Jessica Jones”, “Arrow”, “Once Upon A Time”
Denise Crosby: Lt. Tasha Yar in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the leader of Terminus in “The Walking Dead”
Bruno Gunn: Brutus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Sean Maher: Dr. Simon Tam in “Firefly”, Nightwing in several DC Comics animed Batman movies
Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios in “Star Wars Rebels”, Spike Spiegel in “Cowboy Bebop”, Wolverine in numerous X-Men animated features
Bryce Papnebrook: Eren Jaeger in “Attack On Titan”, Rin in “Blue Exorcist”
Austin St. John: The original Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Steve Cardenas: Rocky DeSantos/Red Ranger in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”
Robin Shelby: Slimer in Ghostbusters 2 and Lady Slimer in Ghostbusters (2016)
Russell Hodgkinson: Doc in “Z-Nation”
Felix Silla: “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century”, “The Addams Family”, Star Wars: Episode VI–Return Of The Jedi
Rob Miller: “Face Off”
Dr. Mortose: local horror host

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Cast Reunion!
Michelan Sisti * Leif Tilden * Josh Pais

Comic Guest List:
Kevin Eastman: co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Jae Lee: Batman/Superman, Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
Bob Camp: creatiuve writer/director of Ren and Stimpy
Joe Rubinstein: Wolverine, Micronauts, The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe
Stuart Sayger: The Walking Dead, Bionicle
Tony Kordos: Batman and Robin Eternal
Rodney Ramos: Transmetropolitan
Steve Lieber: Whiteout, The Spectacular Foes Of Spider-Man
Jeff Balke: Deadpooh, Fantastic Four
Allen Bellman: Golden Age artist for Captain America
Greg Weisman: Gargoyles, Star Wars Rebels
Vince Locke: Sandman, Deadworld
J. David Spurlock: publisher on Vanguard Publishing
Tony Isabella: Black Lightning, 1000 Comic Books You Must Read
K. Lynn Smith: Plume, Cards Against Humanity
Jeff Carlisle: The Guild, Star Wars, Doctor Who
William Messner-Loebs: The Flash, Wonder Woman
Dirk Manning: Legends Of Oz, Nightmare World
Jason Moore: Batman: Haunted Gotham, The Crusades
Arvell Jones: All-Star Squadron, The Avengers
Jeff Balke: Fantastic Four, Deadpooh
Comfort and Adam: The Uniques, Rainbows In The Dark
Jon Alderink: Superman, Justice League: Generation Lost
Dan Monroe: children’s book illustrator
Tyler and Sara Sowles: Durontus: The Lost Serpent, G-Fan magazine
…plus an extensive artist alley!

Best Selling Authors:
Anne Bishop: The Others, Black Jewels
Susan Dennard: Truthwitch, Something Strange and Deadly
Adam Bray: Marvel, Star Wars technical manuals
Eric Telchin: Black and White Factory
Courtney Allison Moulton: Angelfire
MarcyKate Connolly: Monstrous, Ravenous

New! Kids Area in Exhibit Hall C, including a huge LEGOs display, Hot Wheels track, Star wars coloring area, two science exhibits, and a ton more. Check it out!


100,000 square foot vending hall
Car show
Film festival (link here)
Anime room
Art show
Costume contest
Electronic and board/card gaming rooms
Comic and 1950’s sci-fi displays
100-plus hours of programming

More information:

OH – Deep Roy Signing


Press Release:

Packrat Comics hosts a Halloween Comicfest on October 31 with our annual comics for canned goods food drive (free comics for non-perishable food items), comic creators, Mikey’s Late Night Slice pizza truck, a costume contest along with a special guest appearance by Deep Roy.

Mr. Roy played the physical Yoda in Return of the Jedi along with a Cantina band member and THE Oompa Lumpa in the 2005 remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. He is in the current Star Trek movies as Keenser and was Teeny Weeny in the Neverending Story. His list of credits is impressive including a recurring role on Doctor Who and you will get a chance to meet him during our annual ComicFest!

WIN A BATMAN ADVENTURES #12, FIRST HARLEY QUINN – Bring the most non-perishable food items and it’s yours!

Artists & Writers
Writer: TALES OF MR. RHEE; NIGHTMARE WORLD; WRITE OR WRONG, etc. (Devil’s Due/Image Comics)



Artist EL MARIACHI, etc. (El Arto Studios)


Pin-Up and Sketch Cover Artist; Graphic Designer

Free Comics and food drive


Costume Contest & More!

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Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
(614) 527-8450

MI – Double Release Party


Dan Dougherty and Dirk Manning appear at Comics & More on Saturday August 15 th from noon till 6:00 PM!

Comics & More
28059 John R Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 399-3213

OH – FCBD: Donatello Signs


Press Release:

It’s Free Comic Book Day! Get ready for free comics! We’ll have thousands to give away this year and as always we’ll have a van load of fun!

Guest of Honor:
Jeremy Howard is joining us for our 2015 FCBD celebration! He appeared in the films Sydney White, Galaxy Quest, Accepted, and most recently Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where he performed the motion capture and voice for Donatello! Cowabunga!

Special Guest Artist:
Val Staples

Featured Publisher:
Josh Blaylock – Devils Due Publishing
Stephen Snyder-Hill
Dirk Manning
Matthew Swift
Eric Palicki
Daniel Boyd
William Bitner
Sean & Steph Forney
Molly Durst
JD Larabee
Molly Durst
Michael Neno
Jamie Snell
Michael Anthony Carroll
Seth Lyons

Art Explorer Post Program

Live Podcasters:
Packrat Podcast
Basement Fodder

Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Free Packrat Comics FCBD screen printing on your own shirt – or buy one of ours for a small fee!

Costume Contest

Whose Line Is It Anyway featuring Tea Time with Deadpool

Pizza Eating Contest

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Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
(614) 527-8450

Fantasticon Toledo (April 2015)


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The Fantasticon is a mid-size show created for true comic book and pop culture collectors. The fans that come to our shows are true collectors that are looking for those rare items for their personal collections. Most leave very satisfied as we pride ourselves on having great dealers and artists at our shows. If you collect it, you will find it at a Fantasticon Show. We also are very proud of the fact that our admission price is the lowest of any of the other shows. And the cost for being an exhibitor or artist at the Fantasticon is far less than any other comic cons out there.

Fantasticon Toledo will take place at the Grand Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Toledo on April 11th and 12th. Some of our special guests will include Jeremy London, Scott Spiegel, Moses Moseley & Theshay West, Toledo’s own Dirk Manning, and many more!

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444 N. Summit Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
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Jeremy London, Scott Spiegel, Moses Moseley, Theshay West, Dirk Manning, Arvell Jones, Richard Comely, Keith Pollard, Scott Rosema, Jason Moore, William Messner-Loebs, Jordan Trovillion, War Machine, Alloy Ash

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OH – Nightmare World Signing


Writer Dirk Manning (Write or Wrong, Tales of Mr. Rhee) signs at Hazel’s Heroes Comics on Saturday December 13, 2014 from noon till 4:00 PM!

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Hazel’s Heroes Comics & More
1664 N Main Street Suite 12, North Canton, OH 44720

OH – Tales of Mr. Rhee Signing

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Dirk Manning, writer for Tales of Mr. Rhee and Nightmare World appears at Laughing Ogre Comics on Wednesday October 29th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM.

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Laughing Ogre Comics
4258 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214
(614) 267-6473

Akron Comicon (November 2014)

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Akron Comicon is an annual event established to celebrate newspaper comics and comic-books as an original American art form and promote comics as a viable entertainment medium by bringing creators, dealers, and fans together for a day of fun and interaction designed for the entire family.

Akron Comicon is a two day event scheduled to take place at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station on Saturday and Sunday, November 8-9, 2014 at 135 S. Broadway Street, Akron, Ohio 44325 from 10am to 6pm and 11am to 5pm respectively.

Tickets to the event are $10 for a single day or $15 for the weekend and are available at until Friday, October 31st at midnight. All presale ticket holders will receive a free Akron Comicon exclusive poster available the day of the show. All children age 13 and under are free.

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University of Akron’s Quaker Station
135 S. Broadway Street
Akron, OH 44325
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The distinguished group includes: Dave Aikins, Darryl Banks, Mike W. Barr, Tom Batiuk, Allen Bellman, Andy Bennett, Craig Boldman, George Broderick Jr., Gerry Conway, Jose Delbo, Mike Gustovich, Tony Isabella, Dirk Manning, Graham Nolan, Brad Ricca, Joe Rubenstein, Tom Scioli, Chris Sprouse, Joe Staton, Paul Storrie, Marc Sumerak, Chris Yambar, and Thom Zahler.

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OH – FCBD: Abe Sapien Signs


Doug Jones, Mike Pollock, and many more appear at Packrat Comics on Saturday May 3rd for Free Comic Book Day!

Special Guests!

Doug Jones – Fans will long remember Doug for his work as THE SILVER SURFER in FANTASTIC FOUR RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER. He’s also the life and soul of ABE SAPIEN in HELLBOY and HELLBOY II THE GOLDEN ARMY (based on the popular Dark Horse comic book, returning to his role of ABE SAPIEN as well a taking on 2 other roles, that of THE CHAMBERLAIN and THE ANGEL OF DEATH for director Guillermo del Toro.)! In the film he wants to be remembered for Doug portrays 2 characters in the Oscar winning film Pan’s Labyrinth (in the native tongue of Spanish “El Laberinto del Fauno”). He plays BOTH Pan (the faun creature) and The Pale Man. Little trivia fact: He learned ALL his lines for the film in Spanish while comparing it to a special script prepared for him in English! Aside from these very POPULAR films you can also find Doug’s work as the voice of Abe Sapien in the HELLBOY cartoon series, as Bette Midler’s boyfriend BILLY in HOCUS POCUS, he was side by side with Danny De Vito in BATMAN RETURNS, PLUS he was one of the “Gentlemen” in the fan favorite TV series BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER! Plus if you just can’t get enough of Doug do check out his starring role on NBC’s “FEAR ITSELF” and look for him in a new film NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD called “MY NAME IS JERRY”!

Mike Pollock – Mike Pollock is a voice actor, famous for playing characters in anime dubs by 4Kids Entertainment. He has appeared as the narrator for 4Kids shows like Pokémon and some promos on the original Fox Box and 4Kids TV. He is also well-known as the current voice actor for Dr. Eggman and Professor Gerald Robotnik in Sonic X and in all Sonic games from Shadow the Hedgehog.

Artist Alley!
Matthew Swift 
Dirk Manning
Heather Breckel
JD Larabee
Matthew Swift
Jamie Snell
Scott Simmons
Bryan Borgman
Mark Lemieux
Sean Forney
Molly Durst
Josh Peters
Michael Anthony Carroll
Joel Jackson
Tom Williams
Travis Perkins
CCAD Explorer Post Program


In addition to the free comics and dozens of guests, we’ve got plenty of other activities planned! Sketch cover silent auction, game demos, costume contest, games & prizes for kids, charity comic book poker game and more!

TEA TIME WITH DEADPOOL is back for their second Free Comic Book Day! This is not recommended for children under 18.

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Packrat Comics
3864 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026
(614) 527-8450

OH – FCBD Clerks Style

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dante_clerks2Brian O’Halloran, Rodney Ramos, Ryan Francis, and many more appear at Packrat Comics on Saturday May 4, 2013 for Free Comic Book Day!

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Press Release:

Free Comic Book Day is again once upon us and as we plan and scheme the things to come, we will share them with you here. That means you’ll want to bookmark this page and check it often!

Our fantaboulus guest list will grow and expand a number of ways. We’ll have artists and writers and possibly an actor or two.
Featured Guests:

We are thrilled to include Brian O’Halloran as our guest of honor for our annual Free Comic Book Day celebration! Brian had the staring as Dante in Kevin Smith’s breakout movie Clerks. After the success of the first film, Brian repraised his role in many of Smith’s other movies, including Clerks II, Dogma, Mallrats, and Clerks the Animiated Series. Brian has returned to his theatrical roots and working with the Boomerang Theater Company, New Jersey Repertory Company and the Tri-State Actors Theater and in New Jersey.

Ryan Francis is joining the guest list as well! Ryan is known for playing Darren the Nerd in the cult B-Horror classic Thankskilling. He also has produced and starred in a new film titled The Biker Warrior Babe vs The Zombie Babies From Hell!

Rodney Ramos has been a professional penciler/inker in the comics industry for over 20 years. He has worked for many companies including DC and Marvel Comics, Marvel Comics U.K., Valiant, Acclaim Comics, Malibu and Continuity with Neal Adams. His work can be seen in such titles as Green Lantern, Batman, Deadpool, X-Force, Spider-Man, Gambit, Captain America, Booster Gold, and much more! And your opportunity to meet the inker for Sinestro Corps War is May 4, 2013!

Artists Alley!!!

Dirk Manning
Matthew Swift
Dawn Best
Jamie Snell
Molly Durst
Joshua Peters
Seth Lyons
JD Larabee
Mike Eshelman
Todd Beistel
Michael Anthony Carroll

All the details on our great lineup of artists can be found at our website!

And making their second trip to Packrat for FCBD is Mikey’s Late Night Slice pizza truck! Yeppers! They’re coming back and bringing more saucey goodness to our superhero fun filled afternoon!

During our annual nerd night party we’ll have some comic book poker and the following bands lined up so far:

The Fritz
Nerd Table

Join Packrat Comics for our annual FCBD bash and Nerd Night celebration! You know you’ll have fun! Invite a guest or two and plan on spending the day! Because you can’t make it through in just a few minutes!

Packrat Comics
3872 Lattimer Street, Hilliard, OH 43026

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