Rhode Island Comic Con 2019 (RICC) – The Final Countdown
Rhode Island Comic Con 2019
It has been described as the biggest show in the smallest state and it’s true. It is the biggest show (since Ringling Bros. Circus closed its last tent) in the smallest state of these United States of America. This convention has grown exponentially since its first year. I was there the 1st year it happened. I wandered around for hours before I even saw one person I knew – and that was Batman (CosPlayer Matches Malone) – slowly but surely I started to see more familiar faces. That first year was packed so much that people that we’re bringing things back and forth to their hotel rooms and cars were not allowed re-entry due to the massive amounts of people that were showing up, since the RI convention center was apparently overcapacity. No one was happy with that one bad aspect. See, no one was really at fault for that, the showrunners (Altered Reality Entertainment) could never have imagined that so many people would show up that they’d have to turn people away, some of which had bought their tickets months in advance, and certainly not the seemingly thousands who turned up over those three days. However, lessons learned the following years to come they have expanded the show so now RICC takes over not only the RI Convention Center but the adjoining Dunkin Donuts Center (formerly the Providence Civic Center) and the hotel next door. That first year was loaded with celebrities from the stars of Power Rangers to Sons of Anarchy and everything in between. With an ever-changing and expanding the guest list from year to year, this show won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
As regular convention fans know these shows always have cancellations for those of you that may be asking yourself why they book so many guests. Well, that’s the reason I’ll update you on who has had to cancel due to other commitments such as work and just life in general at the end. Personally I’m there for the comic book creators since without them you wouldn’t have all these movies and TV shows that drive so many more people to go to these kinds of events. Over the next few days, I hope to bring #OGNation some great coverage from RICC. CosPlay Pictures of course since they make the show more fun for most that go. However please keep this in mind “Cosplay is Not Consent” simply put just because men and women are dressed in form-fitting and sometimes revealing costumes isn’t an excuse for anyone to get all touchy-feely with them. Please don’t ruin the convention experience for the rest of the people that are there to enjoy themselves. Some of the people that I will be talking to over this weekend will be Allen Bellman who worked with Stan Lee at Timely Comics before it became Marvel Comics, Graham Nolan, Bill McKay, just to name a few.
Here’s the link for the RICC page in case you still need tickets or need to plan your weekend for who you want to see. Plan wisely because this will be packed full of lots to do. An important thing to remember if you plan on getting pictures with celebrities you need to buy autograph and Photo Ops ahead of time. If not you’ll be standing in a long line of people that forgot about this too. Pictures are time sensitive so if you miss your window you’re out of luck. We’ll see you at Rhode Island Comic Con!
Unfortunately, here’s the list at the time I wrote this that had to cancel their appearances. Allan Harris, Felicia Day, Henry Ian Cusick, Jeremy Piven, Karl Urban, Matt Ryan, Matthew Modine, Michael Cudlitz, Peter Serafinowicz, Pom Klementieff, Robin Lord Taylor, and Rose Mciver.
RICC did, however, keep adding guests up until a few days ago. So make sure you check their page for the complete list.
Rhode Island Comic Con 2019