Panel/Q&A Schedule



All schedules are subject to change. Please make sure to check out the latest and greatest schedule when you get to the show! 

Friday, May 19, 2017


2pm – Speaker Room 1   
Time to get weird
Two high school nerds and their dream girl in The Motor City? All in the name of Weird Science! Join Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock as they relive the good olé’ days and share what they’ve been up to since. You’re sure to have a totally rad time with this amazing trio!


2:30pm-  Speaker Room 5
ipanel-Fun with Aly  
Talent, beauty, and smarts personified, Aly Michalka discusses her life as a platinum selling recording artist, accomplished actress, and talented up-and-coming fashion designer. Portraying Peyton Charles, successful lawyer and best friend to a zombie in the graphic novel turned hit TV series, iZombie is just one of the roles Aly has worked on recently. Make sure to have your questions ready for the Q&A portion.

 3pm – Speaker Room 2
Tales from Gotham with Robin Lord Taylor
Waddle don’t run your way down to Speaker Room 2 to meet the breakout star of the Fox hit series Gotham, where Robin Lord Taylor portrays a young Oswald Cobblepot a.k.a. The Penguin.  So, what does Robin do when he’s not playing the madman we all love to hate?  You can find out during this one-hour must see event where you’ll get to know the incredible talent behind Bruce Wayne’s infamous foe.

 3pm – Speaker Room 3
Sketch Duel: Mike McKone vs Jim Calafiore   
Watch artists Mike and Tom go pen to pen in this friendly, fun competition.  Enter to win the original art they create as directed by you, the audience. A must for comic fans, but an amazing experience for all.  Come a little early to enter!

3:15 – Speaker Room 5

Spotlight on Kristy Swanson
Kristy Swanson is an actress best known for her portrayal of Buffy Summers in the 1992 cult film Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  She has also had roles in classic films from the 80’s such as Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as well as dozens of roles throughout her career.  Come spend an hour with Kristy and find out what she’s been working on lately, and hear her speak about her experiences in film and television.


4:30 – Speaker Room 5 

The 100 roles of Zach McGowan
Shameless, Black Sails and The100.  Hear Zach speak about his career, experiences and upcoming projects.  Q&A to follow!


5pm – Speaker Room 4
Creating Character with Ralph Tedesco & Dave Franchini
Join Zenescope Co-founder, Ralph Tedesco and Executive Editor Dave Franchini, as they discuss Zenescope’s journey from newbie comic book creators to forming one of the top independent comic book publishing companies in the world. Learn how Ralph and his business partner, Joe Brusha, worked to create dozens of main characters while finding ways to evolve to thrive in such a competitive industry. This is a Q&A heavy panel so audience questions are encouraged!


5pm – Speaker Room 1
Still dreaming of Jeanie at The Motor City Comic Con
The lovely Barbara Eden talks about her starring role in the classic sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” and takes you back into her magic bottle recanting her fabulous career. Don’t miss your chance to experience Barbara’s charisma and charm as well as participate in a Q&A session with this classic pop culture icon.

5:30 – Speaker Room 5

Hearing Voices

Vic Mignogna is the voice behind many beloved characters in projects such as Fullmetal Alchemist and Dragon Ball Z, but did you know that he plays Captain Kirk in the hit web series Star Trek Continues, and is an accomplished musician? Get to know Vic in this entertaining one hour event.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


 12:30pm – Speaker Room 1
Take a look.. It’s in the Levar Burton Panel!
Whether you know him as Kunta Kinte from Roots, the host of Reading Rainbow, or Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: Next Generation, chances are LeVar Burton has inspired you at one point or another. Take the opportunity to meet this iconic actor, producer, and host, and hear all about what he’s been up to recently.

12:30 – Speaker Room 5
From Comic Books to Film with Zenescope Entertainment
Join Zenescope co-founder and creator of GRIMM FAIRY TALES, Ralph Tedesco, and Executive Editor and Writer, Dave Franchini, as the they screen their live action adaptation of Zenescope’s ROBYN HOOD comic book series starring Lili Simmons (BANSHEE; HAWAII FIVE-O) and the animated adaptation of their GRIMM FAIRY TALES series featuring the voices of Lena Headey (GAME OF THRONES) and Nerdist’s own Chris Hardwick (TALKING DEAD).  Following the screenings, Ralph and Dave will do a Q & A session about their film and TV development and give away a free comic to all panel attendees!

1pm – Speaker Room 2
Going Against the Guardians with Michael Rooker & Sean Gunn:
Yondu and Kraglin are here to make their case for the Ravagers; just a group of misunderstood interstellar bandits. We’ll talk all about what makes a successful space pirate, and there may even be time to discuss some behind the scenes stories from Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

1:30pm – Speaker Room 5
Q&A with Dave Gibbons.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Watchmen Creator Dave Gibbons.  He’ll answer your questions about his career in comics, Hollywood and what the future holds.

2pm – Speaker Room 1
Great Scot!  John Barrowman returns to Motor City
You adore him as Captain Jack Harkness, love him as Malcolm Merlyn, and have undoubtedly seen him in your dreams. But how much do you really know about John Barrowman? Come experience the legendary singer, dancer, actor, presenter, and judge for an hour full of ALL THE FEELS!

2:30pm – Speaker Room 2
Warm American Pie: A reunion:
Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, and Tomas Ian Nichols are reunited and it feels so good! They’ll share plenty of laughs and tales of their experience on the American Pie series, and we’ll also be able to catch up with the stars on everything they’ve worked on since.

2pm – Speaker Room 3
WRITE OR WRONG: “Creating Comics by the Numbers” Dirk Manning
Whether you’re a writer or an artist, finding the time, energy, and finances to create comics can be daunting to the point where it completely stifles the creative process. Writer Dirk Manning understands this struggle and has found ways to overcome it by adhering to some simple numbers-based rules that will help you survive and thrive!  Whether you’re curious about a career in comics or you’re a creator looking for some tips, you won’t want to miss this informative and entertaining panel and Q&A session!

2:30 Speaker room 4
Behind the Mic: Podcasting with the Pros
Derek Becker, host of the Comic Pros & Cons podcast, leads a discussion on the world of podcasting in today’s market.  He’s joined by fellow podcasters to discuss how to start a podcast, the significance of relationships within your field and how there’s no one path that will lead to success. Whether you’re just starting a podcast, have been putting one out for years, or you’re just curious about what goes into creating a podcast, this is the panel for you.

2:30 – Speaker Room 5
Really Weird Science with John E.L. Tenney
Are ghosts actually time-travelers from Earth’s future who are fighting a multi-galactic federation of flying saucers? What happened when the U.S. Government created a team of Psychic soldiers? Is it possible to read someone’s thoughts and control what they say and do? Did an American scientist discover the key to creating real-life zombies? These seemingly outrageous tales of science will be explored in this always fascinating and startling presentation.

3:30pm – Speaker room 2
Rob Schneider live at the Motor City Comic Con!
Rob Schneider is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, director, stand-up comic and veteran of the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.  He has had starring roles in the comedy films Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, The Benchwarmers, and Grown Ups.  Listen and laugh with his unique brand of comedy while he speaks about his current and upcoming projects, it will surely be a hoot!

3:30 –Speaker Room 3
The Adventures of Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson
Frank Cho and Brandon Peterson team up to deliver a fascinating insight on creating art for comic books.  These 2 giants have worked on collaborations over the past several years, hear them speak about their beginnings, careers and longtime friendship.

3:30pm – Speaker Room 5
Spotlight on Hannah Kasulka
Meet Hannah Kasulka the actress known best for her role as Casey Rance in the FOX hit series The Exorcist.  If you were wondering about her motivation, inspiration and passions, where she’s from and what she does for fun, just ask!  Hannah will answer your questions in a Q&A session following her panel.

4pm – Speaker Room 4
Sketch Duel: Nicola Scott vs Yanick Paquette  
Watch artists Nicola and Yanick go pen to pen in this friendly, fun competition.  Enter to win the original art they create as directed by you, the audience. A must for comic fans, but an amazing experience for all. Come a little early to enter!

4:30 – Speaker Room 5
It’s Christmas in May with Zuzu!
Karolyn Grimes is best known for her role as “Zuzu Bailey” in the classic holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Take this opportunity to hear her speak about her personal experiences and life on and off the set. Q&A to follow.

5pm – Speaker Room 3
Coming at comics from all directions…. The Revolution
Neal Adams revolutionized comics. Buzz brought Comic Artwork to Comic Book Conventions and Joel Adams designed King of the Hill for three years. Each top of their field. Each, coming at the Comic Book Industry from a different direction. Each a revolutionary. You can pick their brains and listen to their contrasting stories in the most exciting panel you’ll ever attend at a Comic Book Convention.

5:15pm – 7:30pm – Speaker Room 1 & 2
Get your Cosplay on at the Motor City Comic Con!
Please join us for the 28th annual Motor City Comic Con Cosplay Contest where contestants showcase their original costumes inspired by movies, comic books, TV, fantasy, animation and more-all on a stage for a chance to win big prizes and bragging rights.  Sponsored by Comics Beer & SciFi and hosted by Alienated Productions this is one of the most popular events of the weekend, so don’t miss it!


5:30 – Speaker Room 5
James Remar Come Out and Play!
Whether you first saw him as Jim Gordan’s Uncle Frank in Gotham, Ajax in The Warriors or Harry in Dexter, chances are James Ramer left an impression on you that is hard to shake.  Come and join James as he speaks about his extraordinary career in film, television and voice over work, followed by a Q&A.


7pm – Speaker Room 4
VIP Movie Screening: The Space Between – hosted by Amy Jo Johnson
Mitch’s world is turned upside down when he finds out his beloved baby isn’t his. Leaving his wife, he sets out on a mission to find the man who ruined his life. As his wife Jackie is desperate to win him back, she enlists the help of her mother, her best friend and her best friend’s father as they embark on a journey to find Mitch.  Join host Amy Jo Johnson in this private screening followed by a Q&A. Advance Tickets are on sale and you can also purchase tickets on site at Amy Jo’s booth or Registration.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017


11am – 4pm – Speaker Room 4
The Kids Den
Kids 12 & under are invited to chill out in the Kids Den for some Arts & Crafts, games, puzzles and more. All kids must be accompanied by an adult


11:30am – Speaker Room 1
Mighty Morphin’ in Motor City
GO GO see what your favorite Power Rangers have been up to since their Mighty Morphin’ days.  Enjoy a fun-filled Q&A with Amy Jo Johnson and Jason David Frank and who knows? We might be lucky enough to witness some first-hand kick-butt stunts used to defeat Lord Zedd!

11:30 am – Speaker Room 5
Time to get Freaky
You asked for it, and now John Francis Daley and Martin Starr are here for a special Freaks and Geeks reunion! Sit down with two of your Favorites for some laughs and an entertaining Q&A.


12:00– Speaker Room 2
SEAN ASTIN: A panel worth fighting for
Sean Astin has a fascinating life and acting career. He’s shared his heart with the world through iconic roles such as Mikey Walsh in “The Goonies,” the title character of “Rudy,” and Samwise Gamgee in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy and now he’ll thrill you with incredible stories from behind the scenes and insights from his experiences.  You won’t want to miss it!

12:30pm – Speaker Room 5
The Candy Man Can!
Tony Todd 
is an actor best known as Candyman in the film Candyman, Ben in Night of the Living Dead and William Bludworth in the Final Destination film series.  Come hear Tony speak about his long career in the horror genre and the experiences that come with working in the industry for over 3 decades.  Ask Tony your questions at the Q&A panel that will follow.


1pm –  Speaker Room 1

DON’T shut up, Wesley!When everyone’s favorite face of geek culture, Wil Wheaton, finally ventures to Motor City Comic Con, no topic is off limits. From Star Trek to Big Bang Theory to Gaming, will talks acting, gaming and the future. Make sure to have your questions ready for the Q&A to follow.

1:30pm – Speaker Room 2
Take a Walk on Easy Street with Ron Perlman
You know him, you love him. Accomplished actor of stage and screen Ron Perlman will inspire you, entertain you, and of course soothe you with the deep timbre of his iconic voice. In this Q&A, Perlman talks Hellboy, SOA, voice acting, and more!

1:30pm – Speaker Room 3
Promoting Your Comic Books through Podcasts
The host of Comic Pros & Cons podcast, Derek Becker teams up with Writer Dirk Manning, the creative mind behind Nightmare World, Tales of Mr. Rhee and more.   They’ll talk about the “How To’s” of selecting the proper podcast to promote your book, how to prepare for an interview, and what to do once your episode airs. Perfect for Creators and Podcasters alike, this panel will give you insight into what goes on behind the scenes on both sides of the promotion process


2pm – Speaker Room 5 

Kids Cosplay Contest
Please join us for the annual Motor City Comic Con KIDS Cosplay Contest where kids 12 & under showcase their costumes for a chance to win prizes! Sponsored by 501st Great Lakes Garrison Legion, this event promises great fun for all! Walk-in registration will be throughout the weekend at the 501st booth until 12pm on Sunday

2pm – Speaker Room 1
Just what the Doctor ordered We all fell in love with Billie Piper as the Doctor’s companion, Rose Tyler. Come see the dynamic Dr. Who star, as she takes your questions and gives you the inside scoop on all things companion and hear all about what she’s been working on since Dr. Who!

2:30pm –  Speaker Room 3
Sketch Duel: Robson Rocha vs Tom Raney
Watch artists Robson and Tom go pen to pen in this friendly, fun competition.  Enter to win the original art they create as directed by you, the audience. A must for comic fans, but an amazing experience for all.  Come a little early to enter.