On November 3rd and 4th the inaugural Rhode Island Comic Con invaded the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI. This show was correctly billed as "The Biggest Show in the Smallest State" as the center was packed on both days with convention goers from all walks of life who hailed from Rhode Island as well as the surrounding northeast states.
The guests for this years event was a who’s who list of past and present Pop Culture icons. The Sci-Fi genre was well represented including a Battlestar Galactica reunion with guests Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict and Herb Jefferson to name just a few. The Star Wars was also represented by guests that included Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane, Felix Silva, Michael Edmonds, and writer Ryder Windham. Other celebrities present included John Delancie and Robert Picardo from the Star Trek universe, voice actor Billy West, Gil Gerard from Buck Rogers, Larry Thomas from Seinfeld and Lee Merriwether, the original Catwoman from the 1960's Batman television show. There were also many comic book artists and vendors that represented a wide variety of genres from comics to steampunk and everything in-between.
Stationed in the the lobby of the convention center was a collection of television and movie vehicles that greeted fans as the entered the hall. Included in the display were the New Hampshire Ghostbuster's 'Echo-2', not one but TWO Back to the Future Deloreans including a screen used car from the third installment of the film series. There was also a screen-accurate reproduction of the original Batmobile and Batcycle from the 1960's television series as well as fan-made replica of Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder from the Star Wars: A New Hope.
Our overall impression of the first-time convention was positive. Fans turned out in record numbers and they all seemed to have a great time. There were several vendors on-site offering great deals on hard-to-find collectibles and a majority of the convention goers took advantage of the opportunity. Next year's RICC already promises to be bigger and better with the organizers adding a third day. That show is scheduled for November 1st – 3rd and will once again be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. We are already looking forward to covering that show and the ones to follow in the years to come.