Maybe it’s the actors strike, maybe it’s the economy. Or maybe it’s the results of Covid-19. But this years Rhode Island Comic Con attracted the biggest stars ever. What used to be simply a comic book convention, has now turned into a massive three day event, attracting TEN’s of THOUSANDS of fans to meet their favorite, movie, TV and even now voice-actors.
Fascination With Celebrities
Can anyone really explain the fascination with the stars? On one level, maybe we identify with the characters they play. For example, my wife Heidi says the reason she loved The Princess Bride is because it’s the closest thing to a real life fairy tale. So for her, it was a treat to meet actor Cary Elwes. Another reason is the level of performance, pressure and drive these people have. I was impressed with meeting Princess Bride and Twister star Cary Elwes, because of his body of work. He worked side by side with Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise and Mandy Patinkin, just to name a few of the iconic actors he worked with. It was fun to hear his British accent in person, which he hid well in Twister, Stranger Things and his latest BLOCKBUSTER, Mission Impossible Dead Reckoning.
Rhode Island Comic Con
Before we give you a sneak peek of this massive event, the Rhode Island Comic Con is held each year on the first weekend of November, at the Amica Mutual Pavilion and Rhode Island Convention Center, which are connected. There is parking around the venues, and some street parking, but it would be smart to check on line ahead of time. There is ALOT of walking, and many fans attend, so prepare for that. This year they added outdoor food trucks along with the indoor concessions. They do allow backpacks for your food and drink on the go.
The Photo Ops
If you want to get professional photos, you can see all of the guests at ricc.com. You can reserve your spot and pay in advance which is what most people to. It’s a little bit of a wait in line to have them take your professional photo. BUT, once you move into the photo area, it is VERY fast. You don’t get time to talk with the celebrity you choose. Right after, you walk over the photo pickup area and your photo is waiting for you. But there is another way to grab a few precious minutes to talk to your favorite celebrity. In another part of the venue, MANY celebrities are available for autographs and selfies, which are more budget priced. Sometimes, you can get a little more time to ask them a question. In my experience, they are very engaging and are happy to be there, as you will see below! What happened with Paula Abdul was unexpected! Yes, she was there.
The Comic Cons are like year round Halloween, where many dress up as their favorite characters as you will see below. Some of these costumes are AMAZING.
So lets visit the Rhode Island Comic Con!