Michigan Comic Con and its loaded guest list comes to Downtown Detroit's Cobo Center Aug. 17-19

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WHAT IS IT? 

Michigan Comic Con is new to the Great Lakes State, and it takes place August 17th - 19th and tickets are available at this link. Doors open at noon on Friday, Aug. 17 and the show closes at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. 

The newest convention to come to the Great Lakes State is run by Imaginarium, the same company behind Tampa Bay Comic Con, Indiana Comic Con, San Francisco Comic Con and Atlanta Comic Con. So, for those familiar with the typically stellar Indiana Comic Con, keep an eye on this one making a big mark on Michigan's Eastside!

HOW MUCH DO TICKETS COST?

3-Day admission $60 -- Friday only $30 -- Saturday only $40 -- Sunday only $30

Ticket sales end on the last day of the comic con on Aug. 19. There is a small service fee included with each purchase, according to the website 

DIRECTIONS TO THE COBO CENTER:

If coming from north of Detroit, take I-75 southbound to I-375 to westbound Jefferson Avenue. This will take you right to the building. 

If coming from south of Detroit, take I-75 northbound to Exit 49 to hop on the Lodge (M-10) and take Exit 1B. From there, take Larned Street to Washington Boulevard. 

If coming from the west side, take I-94 to the Lodge (M-10) once again to the Larned Street exit.

Parking garages that would make sense for the Cobo Center include the Ford Underground Garage, Grand Circus Park Garage, Joe Louis Arena Garage, Millennium Garage, Premier Underground Garage and the Cobo Roof Deck. For those looking to get around while in the city, check out the QLine and the Detroit People Mover. 

WHO IS COMING?

THE COURT OF NERDS IS COMING, WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?! No but for real, this guest list and vendor list is absolutely stacked and we can't wait to soak it all in. 

We happen to think the guest list is pretty killer top to bottom, but here are some notable highlights from where we're sitting:

John Rhys-Davies - A star of MULTIPLE nerd franchises, Rhys-Davies is on the list for many as Gimli from Lord of the Rings and for some as Sallah, Indiana Jones' pal. 

Ray Park - He's Darth FREAKING Maul from Star Wars. He does martial arts. He was also in Mortal Kombat 2. Park's lore has increased with Maul's and this is a great chance to meet him. 

Jewel Staite - Shiny. If you're a Firefly or Flash Forward fan, Jewel is a must meet and rumor has it she's incredibly fun. 

VOICE ACTORS GALORE: - Wow, this Con is STACKED with voice actors! Naruto's Maile Flanagan, Adventure Time and Voltron's Jeremy Shada, Linda Larkin (Princess Jasmine) and Paige O’Hara (Princess Belle) doing a panel TOGETHER, Futurama and Doug's Billy West and Charles Martinet who has voiced Mario since 1995.

Adam Hughes - One of Drew's personal life goals is to own an Adam Hughes original piece. This is purely selfish. Because his work is BEAUTIFUL, make sure to stop by his booth, buy as much as you can afford and hold it dear to your heart. 

OK COOL, BUT WHAT ABOUT PANELS?

Michigan Comic Con has a great online schedule up and ready for you! A few that sound cool to us include a Medieval Combat Sports room all weekend long from the Detroit Fight Club. Friday there is Print Your Prop, a panel on 3D printing and later at night, a panel on Sailor Moon through the years! Saturday, there is a panel about reaching out in your community in the morning, one on copyrights, patents and trademarks in the afternoon and a panel on how to get into voice acting at night. Sunday brings panels on gender in cosplay, Digimon vs Pokemon and one I'm personally excited for? ADAM HUGHES.

Seriously, have we been clear in our love and admiration in Adam Hughes?

Hopefully, this got you as excited as we are for Michigan Comic Con in just a few weeks from Downtown Detroit's Cobo Center located at 1 Washington Blvd. 

Follow Michigan Comic Con on Twitter @micomiccon for any and all updates and announcements! See below for some recent tweet from the con: