Comic Con coming to Minneapolis this spring

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Tatiana Craine
Time to let your geek flag fly. Comic Con is coming to Minneapolis this May.

For three days, Minneapolis will host stars, artists, writers, and vendors as part of Wizard World's national Comic Con tour. Comic Con will take place -- where else? -- at the Minneapolis Convention Center May 2-4, 2014. This event joins Meta Con, CONvergence, Spring Con, and Fall Con as a local celebration of all things geek-chic.

See also:
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While it won't be as overwhelmingly huge as San Diego Comic Con or New York Comic Con, convention attendees will be able to get a smaller version of the Comic Con experience by attending panels and checking out vendors, as well as getting autographs and snapping pictures of high-profile stars. Be warned: Just like at pretty much every other convention, some of these stars charge a steep price for their signatures and photos.

Now, to get down to it. There will be some pretty big heavy-hitters in the sci-fi and fantasy worlds in attendance. Here are just a few of the stars that will be in Minneapolis this May:

Brush up on your "Oh, Mr. Frodo!" impression (just kidding, don't do that) for Sean Astin and another Middle Earth vet Manu Bennett of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Fresh from knocking out Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street, Jon Bernthal will be at the convention with his Walking Dead costars Laurie Holden and Michael Rooker.

Get ready for television throwback glory: Spike (James Marsters) and Xander (Nicholas Brendon) from Buffy, Ian Ziering of 90210 and the gloriously campy Sharknado, original Hulk Lou Ferrigno, and Tommy the Green Ranger from Power Rangers (Jason David Frank) will all be at the convention.

And oh yeah, the one-and-only William Shatner.

Renowned artists Neal Adams, Kevin Maguire, Mike Grell, Michael Golden, and plenty of others will be around showing off their sketches. You can even pre-order original sketches on the event website by emailing the some of the artists so you're sure to take home a treasure.

Programming for the convention panels and vendors have yet to be released.

General admission passes are available for individual days ($35 on Friday, $45 on Saturday, $40 on Sunday) and for the whole convention ($75 for all three days). Prices will go up by $5 for attendees buying tickets at the door. The three-day VIP experience -- which gets you a VIP badge, a limited edition lithograph, a coupon for a CGC Graded Comic, and early admission to the convention runs $199. Got kids under 10? Adults with paid tickets can bring up to two children in for free.

Check out more City Pages coverage of Comic Con:
100 Lovely Ladies of New York Comic Con 2013
Why Comic Con is really about community
Popping the question at New York Comic-Con: A love story in six photos

IF YOU GO:
Minneapolis Comic Con
Friday, May 2: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 3: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 4: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center
$35-199
For tickets and more information about the convention, visit Wizard World's website.

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Brent Boche
Brent Boche

Is Sheldon, Leonard and Howard going to be there? If so, I'm in!

Megan Vaughan
Megan Vaughan

Sabertooth really need some kind of nut cup. That is disturbing.

Niki Hwasang
Niki Hwasang

Hey Ellen Garrity, would this be enough for u to come visit MN?

Rose Reed
Rose Reed

You mad jealous Domonique Cox

michaellorg
michaellorg

@PrinceJvstin oh yes. I don't really expect to go, as I've heard little good about Wizard World's events.

tylerpage
tylerpage

@citypages how about some coverage abt how it's trying to horn in on SpringCon?.......

Justin Savage
Justin Savage

wizard ruined chicago and now they want to ruin minneapolis. they can blow me.

Melinda V-b
Melinda V-b

Laura Millard!!! and two kids in free with each adult!

Meghan Blackford
Meghan Blackford

What!!! Damnit, I move and this awesome shit comes to town??

ramoneconrhole
ramoneconrhole

Why is City Pages stumping for this so hard? Money, I'm sure. Seems like you guys should be promoting homegrown events over corporate garbage like this.

johnacarlson
johnacarlson

@gimme_noise As far as comic book shows, @MCBA1 is the better experience, just two weeks later. No Ferrigno or Gottfried appearances either.

HeWhoWantsJeans
HeWhoWantsJeans

This is Wizard's attempt at trying to defer the attendance our long running, locally operated conventions put on by the Midwest Comic Book Association. SpringCon had been scheduled for the following weekend (as always, and published ages ago) and Wizard 'just happened' to book the Convention Center - even though they've previously communicated with the MCBA about 'joining together' for a Minneapolis convention.

It's not the first time Wizard has used this same tactic, either. Convention organizers have dubbed it 'The Con Wars.'
http://comicsbeat.com/con-wars-in-minneapolis-as-wizard-world-schedules-show-two-weeks-before-spring-con/


Also, after an awful time at WizardWorld Chicago in 2011, I'm never giving Wizard another cent to attend a convention of theirs. For instance, as a measure of 'budget saving', they enlisted an all-volunteer staff who were horribly over-burdened - many of which abandoned their posts during opening day. All of the celebrity lines turned into a damned mad-house.

TL: DR - if you're in Chicago, attend C2E2. If you're in Minneapolis, please think beyond 'oh - a guest star' and consider the ramifications of Wizard's move to our local comic book community.

Amy Goff
Amy Goff

I don't think Norman Reedus will be there though.. :(

Kathy Frank
Kathy Frank

Why is it assumed that people who don't work full time/at all are the only ones that would be interested in this?

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

@ramoneconrhole The timing of this convention is rather convenient, and I'm sure CP will, coincidently or otherwise, reap financial benefits from this. This sounds like an interesting weekend if you're interested in a San Diego experience. If you actually want to buy comic books at reasonable prices, the annual state fair get together will remain the place to shop.

HeWhoWantsJeans
HeWhoWantsJeans

@ramoneconrhole  I'd like to see the City Pages think of investigating Wizard's selection of dates and their proven history of forcing smaller Cons out of operation.

I encourage them to prove me wrong, or at least try.

HeWhoWantsJeans
HeWhoWantsJeans


@johnacarlson @gimme_noise @MCBA1 MCBA has been severely lacking in the 'Lou Ferrigno harassing small children for money by gracing a minuscule part of their photgraph' department.

PrinceJvstin
PrinceJvstin

@michaellorg hunh. A only mildly SFnal friend called me to tell me about this, wondering what I thought about going,.

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