10 pop culture musts to experience at the 2022 Motor City Comic Con

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Saturday's appearance by "Star Trek" legend William Shatner is a highlight of the 2022 Motor City Comic Con, which runs Friday to Sunday at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

But it's not the only draw of this year's pop-culture-palooza.

It would take all three days to cover the Con's enormous lineup of meet-and-greets with celebrities and comic book creators, panel discussions, vendor displays and attractions. And the cosplay contest? That's probably worth the price of admission alone.

More: William Shatner talks saving world, staying hip at 91 in advance of Motor City Comic Con

To help plan your visit, here are 10 cool things from the current schedule. We'd include more, but we're still trying to finish our Princess Leia cosplay costume and the hair buns aren't going well.

Mariel Hemingway
Mariel Hemingway

1. The Christopher Reeve Legacy Reunion. This three-day celebration of Reeve's quartet of "Superman" movies will feature cast members like Mariel Hemingway (Lacy Warfield, 1987's "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace") and Marc McClure (Jimmy Olsen in all four), plus an exclusive limited-edition "variant cover" of "Superman ’78 #1" — a 2021 comic book by Con guest Wilfredo Torres that's set in the universe of Reeve's original 1978 movie.

Danny Trejo
Danny Trejo

2. Danny Trejo. The actor from hits like "Desperado" and "From Dusk Till Dawn" will be coming to the Detroit suburbs for the event. For him, it's a homecoming of sorts. Trejo spent time in the D while filming 2011's "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas" (in which he wore a holiday sweater that proves even epic tough guys love Santa).

3. An "Eternals"-inspired Lexus. A car will be on display from the Lexus and Marvel Studios collaboration that resulted in 10 vehicles themed to the superhero characters of the 2021 movie directed by Oscar winner Chloe Zhao. So which ride did the Con get? The LC 500 that salutes the armor, iconography and superpower of Angelina Jolie's Thena.

Contestants participate in a Motor City Comic Con costume contest in 2019.
Contestants participate in a Motor City Comic Con costume contest in 2019.

4. The cosplay contest. Expect the floor of the Con to be packed with fans dressed in elaborate costumes for the full Con experience. Online registrations is closed for the main Saturday competition, but you can still watch the array of competitors. Sunday's kids cosplay contest is open to children 12 and younger and no registration is necessary. We still remember the year with a Jambi look-alike from "Pee-Wee's Playhouse," who wore not just the makeup but also a version of the glam box that Jambi lived inside. Meka leka hi meka hiney ho.

Skeet Ulrich
Skeet Ulrich

5. "Scream" trio panel. Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard and Jamie Kennedy — aka Billy, Stuart and Randy in the movie — will be on hand to talking about why you screamed, I screamed, we all screamed for the 1996 influential horror film that grew into a franchise.

7. Carey Jones. The actor who plays a fierce Wookiee by the name of Krrsantan in the "The Book of Boba Fett" brings some star power from the Disney+ streaming site. As TV Line reported in January, Jones received a "warmest Wookiee welcome" message from Angie Mayhew, the widow of Peter Mayhew, who was the original Chewbacca for the early three "Star Wars" movies.

8. Comic creators. Sure, the movie and TV stars get plenty of attention when they arrive on the Con floor. But the writers and artists behind the source material for so much onscreen content — the comic books themselves — are big celebrities here, too. This year's roster includes rising stars like Alitha Martinez, the award-winning artist of the "Black Panther: World of Wakanda" series.

8. Alicia Silverstone. "Searching for a boy in high school is as useless as searching for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie," said the inimitable Cher Horowitz in 1995's "Clueless." As Cher, Silverstone dispensed wisdom and style advice that is timeless and became a '90s icon who's still acting today. And if you wear a yellow plaid suit to meet her, you definitely have a clue.

9. Photo ops. The chance to have a professional photo taken with a celebrity for a fee is a staple of any comic convention. You can schedule and buy a photo opportunity online at the official Motor City Comic Con website. The 8x10 keepsakes are one way to ensure double-takes from visitors to your home, as in, "Rhonda, is that you and Freddie Prinze Jr. in this picture?" (And, yes, the "She's All That" actor will be posing with fans this weekend.)

10. Sketch duels. The pen is mightier than the ... oh, maybe, the light saber? ... at these live drawing battles between artists and illustrators. And if you go to the daily panels, you can enter into a raffle for the sketches.

Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds at jhinds@freepress.com.

Motor City Comic Con

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to -7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Suburban Collection Showplace

46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi

Tickets range in price from $30 for Friday admission for those 13 and older to $249 for a weekend VIP package.

For more information on ticket prices and purchasing, plus details on celebrity and comic creator guests, panel discussions and more, go to MotorCityComicCon.com.

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