RI Comic Con celebrates its 10th anniversary

By ROB DUGUAY

It seems like just yesterday that the first-ever Rhode Island Comic Con took over the Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, now known as the Amica Mutual Pavilion, over the weekend after Halloween in 2012. It There was an instant buzz about with cosplayers, comic artists, celebrity guests and various vendors being part of a fun and dynamic atmosphere. 10 years later, Rhode Island Comic Con has grown in both buzz and success to become one of the premier events to happen in The Ocean State and also throughout the New England area. . This anniversary edition of the convention will take place November 4-6 at the same two locations and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. It also promises to be a memorable experience for any pop culture fan while providing an interactive lens to a variety of different aspects within a single institution.

There will be over 130 celebrity guests this time around and along with the cosplayers and comic artists, there will also be a few social media celebrities and tattoo artists hanging around. As in previous years, there will be a cosplay contest with prizes provided by Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses and there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the celebrities and performers at their respective booths.

“Our staff worked very hard to put together this show for our 10th anniversary,” says Susan Soares, press relations manager for Altered Reality Entertainment, based in Fall River, Massachusetts. “This is the biggest show we’ve ever produced and we’re thrilled for fans to see it all and meet our amazing guests.”

While it’s obviously hard to narrow down all of the guests, artists, and cosplayers who will be at Rhode Island Comic Con this year, there are a few that will be mentioned. Actor Alicia Silverstone from Clueless and Batman & Robin, actor Breckin Meyer who is also in Clueless with Road Trip, Rat Race and Can’t Hardly Wait and actor Danny Trejo from Machete and Sons Of Anarchy will be there. Actor DJ Qualls from Breaking Bad, Scrubs, The New Guy and The Man In The High Castle, actors Doug E. Doug and Leon from Cool Runnings, actor Stephen Amell from Arrow and Heels, actor Jackie Earle Hayley from Watchmen and Bad News Bears, actor Vincent D’Onofrio from Law & Order, Daredevil and Full Metal Jacket and actress Elizabeth Shue from The Karate Kid and Back To The Future will also be in attendance. Pro wrestling fans are in for a treat with WWE, WCW and AEW Superstars including Lita, Billy Gunn, Bret Hart, The Dudley Boyz and Maxwell Jacob Friedman available for meet and greets. That sounds like a lot, but that’s not even half of all the celebrities showing up this weekend.

For comic artists, Amanda Dufresne, Bob Hall, Bart Sears, Craig Rousseau, David Finch, Derek Riggs and Jae Lee will be showcasing and selling their work. Ian Chase Nichols, Jason Keith, Jeremy Clark, Joe St. Pierre and Rick Leonardi will do the same. Tattoo artists including Mark Draven, Kerwin Chong, Eric Z, Tori Robinson, Joseph Arrelin, Cale Turpin and Blaine will be part of the Ink Fusion Tattoo Empire which will be housed in the Rhode Island Convention Center showroom. There won’t be an abundance of social media personalities, but Stevie Oaks, who is Family Guy’s hilarious Peter Griffin impersonator, Gary The BBQ Chef, Tik Tok content creator Jacoby Ray and Kels Ferguson & Patrick Keefe from “The Gray Gentleman” will be present. There will also be a ton of vendors offering snacks and refreshments for purchase, so show up thinking about buying something to eat and drink.

When the folks behind Rhode Island Comic Con say this edition is the biggest they’ve ever produced, they’re certainly not exaggerating. Personally, I love going to the creative portion of the convention to experience the stellar art that’s on display while being wowed by the cosplayers’ inventive costumes. That being said, there will be a lot more to do at the convention than what I just mentioned and it will be worth the price of admission. For all the info, details and everything else, log on to ricomiccon.com. If it’s your first time, be prepared for a one-of-a-kind event you’ve never been to.

Daniel K. Denny