The weekend was full of firsts. It was the first weekend that the entire local NerdSynq crew attended a conference as press. We were able to obtain interviews with top of the line media guests at a convention.
The convention is now complete after three days of fun in Dearborn, MI at the Adoba Hotel. It was quite an experience to say the least. There were many things to see, and all three days were needed to see and talk to as many people as we could. We were able to talk to Indie writers and artists to people that write for The Walking Dead and draw for comic books of Regular Show.
Not knowing what to expect, we came in with a blank slate on Friday and examined the grounds to find our course of action for Saturday and Sunday. We already knew that there was a 24-hour video gaming area that would be used to defeat anyone who got in our way when we needed a break from interviews or at 4 am when there were no interviews to be had. As usual, Ballsrog was taking on all opponents from ages 6-16 and destroying them with one fowl UGGGH!
Saturday was an early morning for the NerdSynq crew. One of our first interviews of the day was with Jay Bonansinga of Walking Dead fame. He is a co-writer of the Walking Dead series, which the TV show is based off of. Jay was at the convention as a guest of local comic book shop Comic City. Some other guests that were attending the convention were Dan Fogler, Chris Yost, and the voices of the TV show Futurama.
One of the big attractions for us was to get to talk to and interact with local writers and artists. There was a whole room of just local people that we were not able to talk to everyone. Even so, we were able to talk to self taught Detroit artist E.L. McColors……..who drew and wrote his comic book on why drugs and alcohol are bad for kids and teenagers. We were also able to talk to local artists/writers Chad Kovah, Brian Shopp and Rob Kaminski, better known as Decayed Minds Comics. We had a great time talking to them about American Bloodlust, Truepower, and Ramen.
For those sport fans out there, the Detroit Lions were represented at the convention with Israel Idonije with his comic book The Protectors. Toward the end of his signing session, Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh made a surprise appearance to take some pictures with the fans and support his teammate.
As previously stated, at the very top level of the hotel, Dead State Pavilion hosted a 24 hour gaming room like no other. At least 20 TVs with XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and Gamecube hooked up with games like Injustice, Lego Marvel Heroes, and Super Smash Bros just to name a few.
The convention was at a great location, with lots of room to move and room for people to cosplay. There was no lack in that department. It was hard to believe that 3 days could go by so quickly yet take so long at the same time. That 24 hours video game room was no help in how long the weekend felt.