Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 In Review

Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 In Review

It was zombies and demogorgons galore.

Pop culture fans from near and far descended upon downtown Providence last weekend for Rhode Island Comic Con, "The Biggest Show in the Smallest State!" An estimated 60,000 attendees took over the Dunkin' Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center for the chance to meet some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry and celebrate New England's community of geeks.

The three-day convention kicked off Friday, November 10th to some disappointing news for fans of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and Marvel's "Avengers" franchise. Headliner Mark Ruffalo of "Thor: Ragnarok" had a last-minute cancellation, as did TWD headliners Norman Reedus, Tom Payne, Lennie James, and Khary Payton after being barred from appearing by AMC due to the show's filming of their season finale in Georgia.

Late cancellations are unfortunately nothing new to the RICC scene. Just last year, headliner Kate Beckinsale of the "Underworld" franchise had to cancel her appearance due to a work conflict, as did the late "Star Wars" legend Carrie Fisher in 2015 after coming down with an illness.

Fans were understandably disappointed and frustrated, though RICC immediately began the process of refunding VIP, photo op, and autograph tickets for these guests. People have every right to be upset. It's a lose-lose situation for everyone involved, and I wish I had better consolation for disappointed fans. All I can say is that these things happen, and unfortunately in the convention world there's always risk of appearance conflicts, especially from such big-name talent.

Nevertheless, RICC still delivered an impressive lineup for the weekend. Among the guests were Andy Serkis ("Lord of the Rings"), Sebastian Stan ("Captain America"), Gene Simmons (KISS), Robert Englund ("Nightmare on Elm Street"), Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings"), and Jason Isaacs ("Harry Potter").

With over 100 guests, this was sure to be a packed show — and boy was it. This was my third year attending RICC, and anyone who has been in the past knows that chaotic crowds are always to be expected. As someone who has gone a few years in a row now, I can absolutely see the effort the show has made over time to get a handle on the massive crowds of people. Implementing one-way traffic in and out of the venue and exhibition halls really helped organization compared to years past. The system is still not perfect by any means — it took hours to get everyone inside the venue Saturday morning, the exhibition floors were tightly-packed and had people walking in every direction, and lengthy lines combined with busy guest schedules had attendees missing autograph and photo sessions.

Personally, I thought the show did the best with what they were given. The problem with being "the biggest show in the smallest state" is exactly that: RICC has simply grown too big for the space it's in. With the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Convention Center being the state's premiere venues for events, there isn't really any place bigger for it to go. As of now, the only foreseeable solution I can see to this problem without reducing the amount of talent the show regularly brings is capping ticket sales earlier. It's unfortunate, but I'm not sure the show can safely continue on bringing in as many attendees as it does.

Aside from the crowds and lines, I had a fantastic day on Saturday. Before meeting guests, I browsed through the artists and vendors and was awed by all the incredible talent. Everything was so unique and innovative, and quite frankly I'm shocked I didn't drain my wallet right then and there.

After browsing Artists' Alley, it was time for my most anticipated event of the day: the "Stranger Things" photo op with Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo. Following numerous complaints about RICC's photo op company last year, the show decided to make the switch to Celeb Photo Ops. Additionally, in response to mass congestion in the photo op area last year, RICC moved photo ops to a large enclosed tent outside.

I thought this was an incredibly smart decision. With so little space to work with, RICC really got creative, and though a little chilly, it made for a much more enjoyable experience.

Celeb Photo Ops were unbelievably efficient, proactive, and helpful. I actually blinked in my first photo, and without any hesitation, I was rushed back to the front of the line for a retake. The staff was so kind and I did not hear one horror story of a photo op purchase gone wrong. Being an extremely fast-paced process, I didn't have much time with Sadie, Caleb, and Gaten, but the few seconds I had with them were nothing short of incredible. They were genuinely eager and excited to meet every single fan and were so kind, funny, welcoming, and professional.

After recovering from being totally starstruck, I attended my only panel of the day, "Cosplay and Consent" with cosplayers Jackson Juniper, Little Dove Cosplay, Serena Cosplay and Ask Kaylee Frye.

"Always feel free to ask questions. Ask questions and make sure there's mutual agreement." - Tess (Little Dove Cosplay)

This was an exceptional and timely discussion about the idea of consent as it relates to the cosplay community, what is and is not acceptable when interacting with these artists, and how to respect them. Each panelist shared their experiences with harassment at cons, how they react in such situations, and advice for people both inside and outside of the cosplay community to make sure cons can be safe and enjoyable for everyone.

My final stop of the day was meeting "Luke Cage" star Mike Colter at his table. It was a substantial wait, but completely worth it. Mike is an absolute legend as Luke Cage and I have so much admiration and respect for him. He was so down to earth and funny, and it was so surreal meeting someone who plays such a larger-than-life superhero.

Overall, I had a great time at RICC 2017. Though it continues to have logistical issues, I do appreciate seeing the changes the show makes each year based on attendee feedback, the most notable improvement for me this year being the new photo op area. Despite some unfortunate cancellations, the show still delivered a fantastic and diverse lineup of guests from every corner of pop culture fandom. In the future, I hope to see more control of attendance to make the event as safe as it can be and to assure that fans have the opportunity to fit in everything they want to do.

Thank you to Altered Reality Entertainment for another unforgettable show, and I cannot wait to see what's in store for next year.

Experience Ratings for Saturday, November 11th at Rhode Island Comic Con 2017:

Foot traffic and organization: 3.5 / 5

Venue: 3 / 5

Guest interactions: 5 / 5

Panels and events: 5 / 5

Would I recommend?: Yes

Overall rating: 4 / 5

Cover Image Credit: Casey Wahl

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1.Life goes on, with or without you.

2.Don't Worry Be Happy ! Bob Marley

3. Be Happy

4.Be Confident

5. Be Positive

6. Don't be a liar, everyone hates a liar

7. Chillen With My Peeps

8. Go Big Or Go Home

9. What's the deal?

10.The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it's all that matters.

11.Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

12, You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

13. You couldn't handle me even if I came with instructions.

14. Forgive, yes. Forget, never.

15.There's a hole in my heart where you use to be.

16. I don't need any part time people in my life.

17. Get the Gist

18. Boy, it's the 21st centurey get with the program.

19. Hey, I just met you, this is crazy

20. I woke up like this

21. Keep smiling because life is a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about.

22. Beauty is power; a smile is it's sword

23. Last Day Of Class

24. I Donut Care

25. Got my donut and coffee today

26.Happy as a clam

27. Beach Days are the best

28.A friend will always make you smile, especially when you don't want to…

29. Always classy, never trashy, and a little bit sassy.

30. If only we could turn back time...

31. With You, I forget all my problems. With You, Time Stands Still.

32. Life's a climb, but the view is great

33. Ohana, means family, family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

34. We come to love by not finding the perfect person but by learning to see imperfect person perfectly.

35. If I ever write a story about my life, don't be surprised if your name appears billion times.

36. "She's got that red lip, classic thing going on"

37 .I don't know what's tighter, our jeans or our friendship!

38. Best Friends make good times better and hard times easier!

39. Not sure what I did to deserve you as my best friend :)

40. I don't need your approval to be me.

41. So call me? maybe

42.I am who.I am, I am what I am, I do what I do and I ain't never gonna do it any different. I don't care who likes it and who don't.

43. Take me as I am, or watch me as I go.

44. Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars - Ed Sheeran

45. Cause you're a sky full of stars- Cold Play

46 . I keep dancing on my own- Calum Scott

47. Can't keep my hands to myself- Selena Gomez

48. I just want to look good for you- Selena Gomez

49. Kill em with kindness -Selena Gomez

50. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. But when I say Sorry… I mean it!

51. Me? Weird? Please! I am Limited Edition

52, Turn that frown upside down

53. Smile its the best thing a girl can wear

54, Stay true

55. Laughing is the best medicine you can ever get!

56. You're the king, baby I'm your queen

57. Best Friends Forever !!!

58.Throwing it back to the good ole days!

59. Ugg Life

60. I know you like first name basis

61. *Sends selfie to NASA cuz I'm a star*

62. Basic white girl

63. Frisky Friday

64. My thoughts are stars that I cannot fathom into constellations,

65. Maybe our okays will be our infinities - The Fault In Our Stars

66. So hold onto me because i'm a little unsteady - Unsteady

67. This has got to be the best day of my life - Best Day Of My LIfe - American Author

68. She;s the beauty and he's the beast

69. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. -Walt Disney

70. If you can dream it, you can do it.-Walt Disney

71.Hakuna Matata it means no worries for the rest of your days - The LIon King

72. "The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." — Rafiki,

73. "Remember you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." — Snow White, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

74 ."The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." — The Emperor, Mulan

75. "You don't have time to be timid. You must be bold and daring." — Lumière, Beauty and the Beast

76."All it takes is faith and trust." -- Peter Pan (Peter Pan)

77."A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference." -- Eeyore (Winnie the Pooh)

78."If you focus on what you left behind, you will never be able to see what lies ahead." -- Gusteau (Ratatouille)

79. "The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all." -- The Emperor (Mulan)

80."A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." -- Zeus (Hercules)

81."Life's not a spectator sport. If watchin' is all you're gonna do, then you're gonna watch your life go by without ya." -- Laverne (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

82. "The things that make me different are the things that make me ME." -- Piglet (Winnie the Pooh)

83."Giving up is for rookies." -- Philoctetes (Hercules)

84.. "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own." -- Donald Duck

85. "Change is good." -- Rafiki (The Lion King)

86."Remember, you're the one who can fill the world with sunshine." -- Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)

87. "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney

88.Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore
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89.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller
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90.The sky broke like an egg into full sunset and the water caught fire. Pamela Hansford Johnson
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91.Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success. Swami Sivananda
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92..Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. Kevyn Aucoin
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93.Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! Audrey Hepburn
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94. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman
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95.My power's turned on

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96.Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
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97.Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. Rabindranath Tagore
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98.I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' Muhammad Ali
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99. Why don't you be you

And I'll be me

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100. Life is like a camera, we focus on the positives and develop from the negatives.

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From The Recovering Shopaholic Tired Of Consumerism

I think I maybe have what, like eight dollars left in my account.


Let's face it, friends: my bank account has taken a beating. Hard. Real hard. Being a sorority girl has completely drained my debit card, from swaps to date parties to feeling pressured to never wear the same outfit twice on my Instagram. I think I maybe have what, like $8 left in my account.

Last week it was makeup. This week it's athleisure skirts, because God knows I'm not gonna hit the gym with this bronze-y glow I bought in a bottle. I spent all summer working my first job that didn't pay me under the table only to spend my entire paycheck at the same place. The whole concept of "treat yo self" isn't lost on me. I have a slight problem, and it's only made worse by the fact that all my favorite stores have apps that are conveniently downloaded onto my phone, so then everything I could ever want is just one click away.


As someone whose favorite holiday is Black Friday, you may be wondering why I am so tired of consumerism, besides my obvious bankruptcy situation. The fact of the matter is, I'm tired of constantly being berated by advertisements telling me I need all these new products. It seems like more than ever before, social media is becoming more and more just a string of advertisements, one after another. It's not just brands advertising anymore; it's influencers and friends and even those weird stranger girls that DM you on Instagram saying, "Hey gorgeous! You look poor and desperate! Would you like to make a small amount of money each month selling so-called "miracle" products you have to pay to even try out?"

And God, these products aren't even GOOD. Brands are so uncreative these days, they're not just copying each other (hello, Anastasia Beverly Hills and Maybelline); they're copying THEMSELVES. Tarte Cosmetics is literally releasing a holiday palette that is a copy of a palette they had in the summer. Too Faced Cosmetics thinks they can slap a happy face on a piece of fruit and all of a sudden it's "creative packaging."

I'm sorry, but the Annoying Orange already thought of that, what, like ten years ago? Don't even get me started on the unicorns and mermaids trend. As someone who is basically still a toddler, I absolutely love a good unicorn product. I have a unicorn lamp in my room. But I'm so tired of brands taking trends and running with them so much and for so long that the novelty wears off. Like if one brand does mermaids, maybe someone else should do fairies? Or trolls or gnomes or hobbits or something (I mean, who doesn't want to look like they guard a bridge?) People NEED to do their OWN thing. We love an original sister.

And then we have these influencers shoving these boring products down our throats like they're the next best thing since sliced bread. Like can they make it any more obvious that they have zero taste when they're trying to sell us ANOTHER red-toned eyeshadow palette? Been there, done that. Stop acting like it's new and cool because it's neither. It just makes it look like you're desperate for money. It may be your job, but you don't have to act like Schmeagle or whoever that character is from Lord of the Rings who freaks every time he finds money.

All in all, people need to stop pandering goods to us until they can actually think of a good reason why I should add another eyeshadow palette to my collection of forty. All my makeup is going to expire before I even have time to open half of these palettes, so I think it's time we all stop.

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