Astronomicon 2018 Hits High Note with Pop Culture Fans and Vendors
The massive snowstorm over the weekend did not stop fans from coming out for the first Astronomicon pop culture convention. Held at the Wyndham Gardens Hotel in Sterling Heights, attendees enjoyed video games, celebrity photo stations, cosplay contests, and scavenger hunts. Even the cars parked outside of the venue hinted that we were in for some fun. With activities to suit fans of all ages, the festival was an all-around good time.
Ghostbusters vehicle parked outside the venue. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
At Astronomicon there was no shortage of cosplay. Characters such as The Detroit Ghostbusters, Spider-Man, Baby Groot and more were on the scene for photo ops. “Everyone here is so welcoming and the kids are super happy,” said Envy the Green Fairy. “My favorite holiday has always been Halloween. As an adult I found out that you can have Halloween every weekend at different comic cons. I also do a lot of charity work with my cosplay and give back to the community. It’s just a lot of fun,” she said.
Envy the Green Fairy sporting a custom made Jedi Wonder Woman mashup. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
Ghostbusters Detroit at Astronomicon. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
Vintage items on display for fans to enjoy. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
We liked that Astronomicon exposed us to new artists we had never seen before and were excited to purchase artwork from. We fell in love with these paintings of Sub-Zero and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat by Aaron Lambert:
Painting of Scorpion by Adam Lambert. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
Painting of Sub-Zero by Adam Lambert. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
“I love drawing. If people happen to like what I do and want to throw some coin at me then that’s even better,” said Lambert jokingly. “What I enjoy most about this event is that everyone here wants to be here and is excited about it.”
David Rupp of 9th Circle Designs, was in attendance displaying hand-painted wooden plaques for sale. “I love the feeling and freedom of creating,” Rupp said. “People love my work and that makes me happy. That’s why I come out to events like these.”
David Rupp displaying custom artwork for purchase. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
As we made our way through the crowd we stopped to purchase copies of the new graphic novels “Holliston- Friendship is Tragic” and “Wild Bullets” written by Greg Wright. “I love getting to see all the fans come out and check out our comics through Source Point Press,” said Wright. It’s cool getting to meet people and letting them know about all the new comics that are on the way.” Wright was happy to sign our novels along with Stephen Sharar (pencil and ink) and Joshua Werner (colors and letters) who were on site as well.
Our signed graphic novels. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
We were happy that we got to experience Michigan’s newest comic con and can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year. “The crowd was happy and the convention was fun,” said Jim Lesniak of Voodoo Comics who told us he owns 33,000 comics in his own personal collection. “People were able to find that one thing that they never thought they would see in person. And that’s infectious.”
Baby Groot gives us his best Spider-Man pose. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
Maleficent giving us the evil eye as she shops. (Photo: The Creative Armory)
What did you enjoy most about Astronomicon? Share with us in the comments!
An attendee wearing a custom Astronomicon jersey. (Photo: The Creative Armory)