I wasn’t able to attend the second Detroit Fanfare because of a number of other commitments over the weekend, but The Detroit News was there in force.
I’m glad to hear that a third convention is in the works, and I hope that organizers can find a good home for it since attendance didn’t hit the target numbers.
“We embrace that we are geeks,” Dennis Barger Jr., a Taylor comic book store owner and one of three promoters of the event, told one of our reporters. “Look at that guy,” he said, pointing at a father pushing his two kids in a stroller. “He doesn’t look like a geek. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful kids, but he’s here.
“We all have a closet geek in us.
“We want to entice people to Detroit from around the Midwest. All our (celebrity) guests were excited about Detroit after seeing it. Peter Weller, who was here 20 years ago, was amazed. He said, ‘Wow, they really cleaned this place up.’ “