Coverage: Rhode Island Comic-Con 2015 – A Con to Watch!

by: Jay Carlson – Editor-in-Chief

The tagline for Rhode Island Comic-Con is the Biggest Show in the Smallest State. It may not be entirely accurate, but I’d be willing to bet that it rivals just about any con short of SDCC and NYCC. For these few days Providence Rhode Island felt like the center of the universe. The lengthy list of relevant celebrities is bar none the most impressive thing about RICC.

This year featured a who’s who of your favorite stars from the big and small screen such as upcoming big screen Aquaman (and Game of Thrones hunk) Jason Momoa, The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal, Michael Rooker and Scott Wilson, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’s Ming Na Wen, Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy’s Karen Gillan and Hellboy himself Ron Perlman along with co-star Selma Blair.

On top of those current stars RICC has cultivated an impressive list of performers from years past like Star Wars actors, David Prowse, Jeremy Bulloch and Daniel Logan (Unfortunately for me and my original Star Wars teaser poster Carrie Fisher had to cancel, but there’s hope for next year!), Karate Kid Star Ralph Machhio, Happy Days’ Henry Winkler, Lois and Clark’s Superman Dean Cain and the list goes on.

The convention was packed to the gills and the sellout crowd made for tough navigation everywhere I went, but it was an enjoyable experience overall. Shopping the vendor areas was tough but manageable and the lines for the bigger celebrities were as long as expected and the volunteers seemed confused at times. Thankfully the colorful group of costumed fans got along well and were all very respectful of those around them.

A con is nothing without it’s panels and RICC made sure to pack plenty of terrific panels for the rabid fans in attendence. They certainly delivered with some terrific ones such as The Faces of Star Trek, and others focusing on the Walking Dead, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Power Rangers and more.

Overall I had a great experience. The organizers definitely learned some valuable lessons from last year and swung for the fences this year. I’m very interested to see where this show goes in the future, but they are heading in a very exciting direction!

 

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