May 13, 2011
Story & Photos by James Stewart

 

BACK IN ACTION IN THE MOTOR CITY
On May 13, 2011 was the Motor City Comic Convention in Novi, MI. The comic convention starts on 5-13-11 and ends on 5-15-11. The first thing I did was take a picture with some of the Stormtroopers from the 501st Legion, Great Lakes Garrison Division. They were giving out MCCC / 501st convention patches. Only a few per day. By the time I got there, I was not able to get one. I was surprised because I was wearing my Sandtroopers.com t-shirt proudly. I asked them if they had anymore and they kept making excuses of noe to be handed out. The Mandalorian Mercs were out and had their own table. Nice people but it would have been nice to see a better showing than 7 members. However I attended on Friday, and most the costumers are there on Saturday I'm told. Bad thing was that the money loving people that run the MCCC show, had Peter Mayhew and Julian Glover way on the other side of the convention floor. What the hell were they thinking?

There were lots of vendors selling Star Wars toys and some good deals to be had. I got the new ArtFX Kotobukiya Boba Fett for $45 and a Kotobukiya Anakin (Vader) for $20, both are brand new. I did see a vendor with the Kotobukiya Stormtrooper two pack for $60. I wish and should have picked that up. Matt Busch had a Han Solo (Scoundrel) t-shirt for $15. It is designed like the Scarface movie poster. The color of the t-shirt is black. I got the Slave Leia AP print numbered to 200 signed by him for $20 and he was so kind to do a remark of a Stormtrooper head. This guy is such a cool dude. It was really his attitude that got him the sale.

Katie Cook was there too and she was the greatest. She did some small sketch cards, that resemble small Hallmark cards. The ones I got was one with two Jawas and R2-D2, where R2-D2 has a "!" above his head and one sketch card of Obi-Wan (Alec Guinness version) with his light saber in glitter paint. Both sketches are in watercolors and not bad on the wallet at $5 each invested. David Petersen of Mouse Guard did a Jawa and R5-D4. I got this for free and there were many great deals at the show if you were buying Star Wars stuff. Hopefully the Battle Station will return next year, because the fans could have greatly used the fire-power! United We Find.

PHOTO GALLERY
To see the photo gallery from Friday click here!