Capital City Comic Con in Lansing, Michigan marks the fourth different comic convention we have covered here at MI Geekeasy. Like all the others, this con had talented artists, media guests, cosplayers, and vendors, but it had one thing I'd never seen in covering cons for over eight years - a wedding.
Wonderbat the Wedding was the marriage of Shamus Smith and Katie Whittaker on the main stage at the Lansing Center. Shamus and Kate cosplay as Batman and Wonder Woman for the League of Enchantment, a group of cosplayers who work with local hospitals and community organizations to bring hope and smiles to kids, and kids at heart. "Whether it is a smile, hug, photo, or a simple conversation with a child, we are here to make a difference in their lives all through the power of cosplay." It was a wonderful experience to see the union of these two very fine individuals and their friends - all of whom are true heroes for the work they do as official partners of Make-A-Wish Michigan. While there was cosplay in both the wedding party and the wedding guests, the ceremonly was an authentic and beautiful celebration of Shaun and Katie's love for each other and the merging of their two families. You can read more about their relationship here.
Celebrities at the convention included a reuinion of actors from Aliens, quite a few voice actors, comic creators, and Tom Arnold, who gave an amusing pre-wedding speech. I had a wonderful conversation with Patricia Patts and Duncan Watson, voice actors for Peppermint Patty and Charlie Brown. Watson told a very amusing story about how he got the part of the most lovable loser in all of comics. At the age of twelve, after recess he just joined a line that he saw a bunch of kids in but had no idea what the line was for until it was his turn to read. It was the most Charlie Brown story of an audition possible.
The cosplay was, as it is at all cons, a ton of fun. I admit that I had to ask my kid, Audrey, who most of the characters were because a large majority were anime characters. But my geekdom was well represented with ghostbusters, stormtroopers, and superheroes.
We also had the chance to visit with some really talented artists who are also just all around lovely people. Power Girl was helping to man the booth for M. R. Gunn who definitely loves to draw the female figure. His art is both edgy and stunning. We loved seeing all the representation of LGBTQ+ themed art from cute to sassy. My favorite sticker was "Be Gay Do Crime Punch Nazis." SmallScalePics was an artist who takes pictures of action figures in dioramas or on location. Check out our video for interactions with these artists and more (coming soon)!
Regardless of whether there's a wedding next year or not, Capital City Comic Con is definitely worth the trip to the Michigan state capital!
See an artist you liked in the video? Here are all their links!
Steph Heise - etsy.com/shop/stephheiseart - instagram: usolys
Britt Monday - tumblr: deadgravity
K. Lynn Smith - klynnsmith.net karmada_arts - karmadaarts.etsy.com