Dozens of people present at the return of the Dutch version of Comic-Con
HOLLAND — What do the Joker, the Mystery Machine and the iconic Ectomobile from Ghostbusters have in common?
They were all at Tulip City Comics and Toy Fare on Sunday April 24 in Holland.
The event — an intentionally scaled-down version of Comic-Con — has returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-day show was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 650 E. 24th St.
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Organizer Matthew Rodriguez and his childhood friend, Curtis Armstrong, came up with the idea for Tulip City Comics and Toy Fare on the way home from Comic-Con in Grand Rapids several years ago.
“It’s a great three-day show,” Rodriguez told The Sentinel in February. “And it can cost quite a bit of money to get in there, because of the cost of bringing celebrities and experts for panels and that sort of thing.”
The event in Holland focuses more on vendors and community building, with affordable entry ($5 per adult and free for children) to encourage more purchases from vendors – who sell artwork , toys, comics, books, decorations and more.