10 Things You Must See at RI Comic-Con 2018

Thursday, November 01, 2018


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Kiefer Sutherland headlines RI Comic-Con's 2018 guest list.

Rhode Island Comic-Con is returning to downtown Providence this weekend for the seventh straight year, but this time with an added venue - The Omni Hotel.

“What it really means is that we will have more room now for our celebrities and the fans to meet them. What we are doing is moving most of the celebs to the fifth-floor ballroom so there is more room for lines for fans to meet them,” said Susan Soares, press relations manager at Altered Reality Entertainment.

With the addition of the Omni Hotel, Comic-Con is also adding a second entrance, meaning the dreaded wait to get in should be significantly shorter.

“The other big change is that we will have two entrances as opposed to the one that we have had the last six years. So fans, when they line up, will have the option to enter the Dunkin Donuts Center or the Convention Center. This should cut the wait significantly,” Soares told GoLocalProv.

She continued, “We also have 3 different entree points for ADA attendees, so those with disabilities or those needing assistance will have three different entrances.”

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RI Comic-Con takes place from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4.

Comic-Con will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  

Who is Coming?

This year’s guest list includes Kiefer Sutherland from the show 24 and Designated Survivor, Hayden Christensen from Star Wars Episodes two and three, as well as cast members from Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Smallville.

“This year we have a big contingent of Game of Thrones actors which we are really excited about. In previous years, they have not been able to come because they were always filming the show,” said Soares.

She added, “We have such big guest list this year, so much diversity. I think this is the best guest list we have had in years."

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Comic Book Vendors 

Need to give love to the comic book vendors who will be at Comic-Con showing off and selling off their collections, some of whom will have traveled a significant distance to get here.

These are just normal people who happen to have comic book collections that are worth thousands, if not more.

Browse through their large selections and find a book, or a couple of books, to add to your collection, maybe you pick up your holy grail of comics, or maybe your new and looking to begin a collection.

This is a great place to start.

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Costume Contest 

The cosplay contest will take place will take place on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Narragansett Ballroom of the Omni Hotel.

If you can’t make it to the contest, never fear, there will be plenty of awesome costumes all over the place.

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4D Drone Racing 

This 4D racing experience features a two-minute race simulation that combines next generation virtual reality technology with state-of-the art full theater seats to take you on an exhilarating ride of a life-time.

As Racer 3 drones twist, turn and accelerate through a simulated DRL course, the theater seats role/pitch in sync, unleashing sensory feedback that emulates the high-speed intensity of competitive drone racing.

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Take a Trip Back to ​Smallville Panel

Smallville is widely considered to be the best on-screen representation of Superman’s origin story.

The show ran ten seasons from 2001 to 2011 and 217 episodes.

The panel will include cast members Tom Welling (Clark Kent), Michael Rosenbaum (Lex Luthor), and Laura Vandervoort (Kara).

The panel will take place on Saturday from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Omni Hotel.

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I Am the Night! The Voices of Batman: The Animated Series Panel 

To this day, Batman: The Animated Series is the most celebrated TV show about the Dark Knight ever.

From 1992 through 1995, the show produced three seasons, including a 65 episode first season, and a movie Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. 

The panel will feature the voice of Batman himself Kevin Conroy, as well as, Tara Strong, who voiced Harley Quinn, and Loren Lester, who voiced Robin.

The panel will take place on Sunday from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Omni Hotel. 

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Out of the Sewers: Kevin Eastman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Panel

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman is returning to RI Comic Con for the second time in three years.

Eastman and his co-creator Peter Laird debuted the Ninja Turtles in May of 1984 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.

The first book, published by Mirage Studios, debut at a comic book convention at a local Sheraton Hotel in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 

The book was printed in over-sized magazine-style format using black and white artwork and was limited to only 3,250 copies. 

At this year's Con, Eastman will take part in a panel to discuss the creation of the Turtles and what is next.

The panel will take place on Saturday from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Omni Hotel. 

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Things Are About to Get Even Stranger! - Stranger Things Panel

One could argue that there is no bigger show on Netflix than Stranger Things. 

"Netflix hit it out of the park with both seasons of their original series Stranger Things! It still tops the list of shows that have attracted a massive and loyal fanbase," said RI Comic Con about the show. 

With Stranger Things about to go into its third season, and it being Halloween week, this panel is a must attend for every fan. 

The panel will take place on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the Omni Hotel.

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Have Sword Will Battle: The Women of Game of Thrones Panel

There is arguably no bigger show on TV then HBO’s Game of Thrones.

With the show set to go into its final season, the Women of Game of Thrones panel is a must-see for every fan.

The panel will feature show stars Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Natalia Tena (Osha) 

The panel will take place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on the first floor of the Omni Hotel.

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Robert Liefeld 

Comic book writer and artist Robert Liefeld is best known for co-creating the character Deadpool.

Most recently, Liefeld published the latest chapter in the Deadpool story in a graphic novel called “Deadpool: Bad Blood.

Liefeld is also known for his work on Marvel Comics’ The New Mutants and later X-Force.

For more on the Liefeld experience packages click here.

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Kiefer Sutherland 

The actor best known for playing Jack Bauer in the show 24, Kiefer Sutherland, will be at Rhode Island Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday. 

For his performance as Bauer, Sutherland earned an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Satellite Awards.

He also has starred as Martin Bohm in the show Touch, and provided the facial motion capture and English voices for Big Boss and Venom Snake in the video games Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Currently, he stars as President Tom Kirkman in the drama series Designated Survivor. 


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