Comic Books

Motor City Comic Con in full swing

As I start typing this post, the doors are opening up for Saturday’s craziness at the Motor City Comic Con.

But I went yesterday and was among those who stayed til the end of the afterparty, so I let myself sleep in. But I’ll be heading back soon. There are more comics to buy and more celebrities to see. And I’m circling the Legion of Super-Heroes action figures at one booth.

Friday is the day to go, though. Yesterday was the first time I did Friday in a long time, and shopping was so much easier. Same with Artists Alley — lots more time to chat and see what people had.

Speaking of, I met some locals, former locals and semi locals that I thought were worth mentioning. (Please forgive the blurry photos — I’m still getting used to the camera on my iPhone, and they looked just fine on the screen.)

Christina Barr of Clarkston wrote and illustrated “Super Kid,” a chapter book about a boy with an overactive imagination who’s convinced he has superpowers, if he could only figure out what they were. Together with a couple friends, he does good in the neighborhood, and the parents think it’s all pretend.

She’s also one of the Gorgeous Geeks, a local website/vlog that reviews all things geeky and does some interviews, too. Check them out!

Christina Barr wrote and illustrated the kid-friendly novel "Superkid." (Eric Henrickson)

I also met Mike Burridge of the Royal Oak Comix Party, a group that gets together Monday nights at Leo’s Coney Island to create minicomics. If you’re an artist or just like comics, drop by for a visit.

Michiganians and Harvey Award nominees Comfort Love and Adam Withers are back. I really enjoyed their “The Uniques” series, and I picked up the latest arc in their newest project, “Rainbow in the Dark.” Their art is awesome, and so is the story. I highly recommend it.

Comfort Love and Adam Withers created "The Uniques" and "Rainbow in the Dark." (Eric Henrickson)

Rodney Fyke of Cincinnati is selling his all-ages book “Peanut Puddin ‘n’ Jelly,” more kids with overactive imaginations who help out in their community. I’m sensing a theme here. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it looked really cute, and I liked the colored pencil coloring for a change. He also does a weekly webcomic called “Hard and Soft Taco.”

Rodney Fyke displays his wares. (Eric Henrickson)

And last, but not least, are Shane and Chris Houghton (my featured image — Shane is on the left), who do one of my favorite all-ages books, “Reed Gunther.” Chris used to live in Metro Detroit but has since joined his brother in California. But they came back for Motor City Comic Con this year with a full suite of books. Go buy some!

And if you want to see good photos, including some celebrities and great costumes, visit Daniel Mears’ photo gallery on our website.

Eric Henrickson is a Detroit News copy editor who has also been writing about comic books, video games and anime for The News for more than 10 years. His favorite bit of geek cred so far: appearing in an online "Star Trek" fan series.