Yondu and Mary Poppins. Um, mild spoiler for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
My wife and I have a twice-yearly tradition of spending our respective birthdays together traveling to some new place or attraction as a one-day road trip — partly as an excuse to spend time together on those most wondrous days, partly to explore areas of Indiana we’ve never experienced before. For my 45th birthday, we decided to expand those parameters.
Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover: we’ve ruminated from time to time on the possibility of attending comic book/entertainment conventions in other areas outside our hometown of Indianapolis. While researching other Hoosier sightseeing options we haven’t tried yet for our birthdays (we haven’t quite run out of historical sites, odd museums, or pretty nature), I decided to check into American comic-con schedules for the weekend, assuming I’d find nothing within a thousand miles of home. I was surprised to discover a handful of results, including a rather large one at the top of the list.
This weekend Anne and I had the pleasure of attending the 28th annual Motor City Comic Con in the city of Novi, a safe suburb northwest of Detroit, some 300 miles from home. Well established and catering to fans of comics and media guests alike, MCCC is a shade smaller than our two regular Chicago shows, but proved an excellent reason to return to Michigan for our first time in fifteen years.
But first and foremost, per our standard convention procedures: cosplay! Presenting a showcase of all the costumes we photographed during our hours walking through and around the exhibit hall on Saturday. Longtime readers know the drill; hence, costumes from MCCC here on MCC. Enjoy the gallery!
SECTION 1: MARVEL AND DC!
The sinister foes of Spider-Man: Kraven the Hunter, the Rhino, Mysterio, and the Shocker.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Woman.
Mandatory Deadpool variant #1: um, outback Deadpool?
Mandatory Deadpool variant #2: uhhh, killer maid Deadpool?
Moondragon! In the Marvel comics universe she’s technically kindasorta related to Drax, whose origin was a bit different back in the days before he hooked up with the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Aquaman, soon to be a major movie star. He’s a real righteous dude!
Deadshot, the erstwhile Batman villain who beat both Aquaman and Wonder Woman to Hollywood stardom.
Grifter from the WildCATs was dragged into the DC Universe several years ago, though currently seems to be on a separate Earth. The Ringwraith wishes someone would drag him into a paying super-gig.
Also soon to be dragged kicking and screaming into the DC Universe, quite probably: Rorschach from Watchmen.
SECTION 2: STAR WARS!
Teaser image from Star Wars: The Last Jedi in which Kylo Ren introduces his new apprentice Mini-Ren.
Chewbacca ready and willing to harm his way through the dense crowds.
Mara Jade lives! The patron saint of the Star Wars Expanded Universe hangs out with another unidentified Wookiee.
Mandalorians punish a fan for telling them to their faces that Boba Fett sucks.
Over by the 501st Legion booth we caught a brief parade of Muppet-themed Stormtroopers, beginning with Bunsen T. Honeydew, who I guess would be their science officer.
Dr. Teeth, the Trooper most likely to have internet radio piped into his helmet.
Trooper Sweetums, least likely to wear a helmet.
Sam the Eagle, who’s more tired of your nonsense than Vader is.
SECTION 3: AND THE REST!
Buzz Lightyear to the rescue, but of course.
My wife is a massive Twilight Zone fan and will dedicate all available resources to hunting down any related costumes. Case in point: one of the doctors from “Eye of the Beholder”.
One of the Ood, brain in hand, from Doctor Who.
Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie, on hand to meet one of the con’s most special guests.
A Saturday Night Live fan as Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds as “Turd Ferguson” from “Celebrity Jeopardy!” I am now all out of prepositions.
The Dread Pirate Roberts: still not left-handed.
Kitana, Mileena, and Sub-Zero from Mortal Kombat. FRIENDSHIP!
Rare sighting of the elusive Wilson from Home Improvement.
Predator, wishing someone would put in a good word for him with Ridley Scott.
Strawberry Shortcake hanging out with two of her mortal enemines. At right is Sour Grapes; at left is (my wife quite obviously had to help me with this one) the Peculiar Purple Pieman of Porcupine Peak. Can’t wait for the gritty reboot version.
Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy! From the wacky world of Spongebob Squarepants.
From the bygone era of Ren & Stimpy: Powdered Toast Man returns!
Representing for Toontown: Roger and Jessica Rabbit!
To be concluded!