It’s time to start working on your best Negan costume. Or perhaps you prefer Marvel Avenger cosplay. Either way, get ready because the Rhode Island Comic Con (RICC) is set to return to Providence next month. Dubbed “the biggest show in the littlest state,” the RICC takes place on Nov. 10-12 throughout downtown Providence.
Now in its seventh year, the attendance has grown exponentially each year since the event drew roughly 15,000 attendees in 2012 and over 80,000 in 2016. Having outgrown the Dunkin Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention center last year, this year’s festivities also take place at the nearby Omni Hotel.
The 2017 RICC guest list touts some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including stars of the Walking Dead, the Marvel Universe, and several ‘80s icons. And in a RICC first, organizers have added a musical component for this year.
A who’s who of big names
Despite a guest list featuring over 90 celebrities, arguably this year’s main attraction is the cast of The Walking Dead, including the show’s star Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl. Aside from Reedus, the RICC is welcoming eight other stars, past and present, including David Morrissey (The Governor), Lennie James (Morgan), Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) and Jon Bernthal (Shane), who also plays the Punisher in Netflix’s Daredevil.
Fans of the Marvel Universe are in for a real treat this year as Mark Ruffalo (Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok), Sebastian Stan (Captain America), and Paul Bettany (Avengers, Iron Man) are all confirmed to appear.
Netflix fans will have the chance to meet stars of the hit series Luke Cage, including star Michael Colter, Frank Whaley, Simone Missick, and Theo Rossi. Additionally, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, and Sadie Sink of Stranger Things are all set to appear.
The event also features cast reunions of the Princess Bride (Chris Sarandon and Wallace Shawn); Star Trek (William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis); Back to the Future(Christopher Lloyd, Tom Wilson); Rocky IV (Carl Weathers and Dolph Lundgren); and Lord of the Rings (Andy Serkis, Elijah Woods, Sean Astin).
Wrestling fans will have the chance to meet legends like Bret Hart, Sting, Rey Mysterio, Christian, and wrestler turned movie star Dave Bautista of Guardians of the Galaxy fame.
Rounding out a stellar list of stars are RICC first timers John Cusack (Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity) and Paul Reubens (Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Gotham).
For a full list of guests, click here.
The Greatest Rock Band in the World
In Comic Con first, this year’s event also features a performance by Gene Simmons from the self-proclaimed "Greatest Rock Band in the World" Kiss. In a career that spans more than five decades, Simmons has sold more than 100 millions albums worldwide as a member of Kiss. The legendary rocker will hit the stage at the VETS Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, November 12, at 8pm. Tickets for the RICC do not include admission to see Simmons and must be purchased separately.
Tickets to the RICC vary based on what package you choose from. A three-day pass will set an adult back $75 in advance and $85 the day of the show. Single day passes range from $30-40 in advance and $35-$45 the day of the show. There are also numerous VIP packages, celebrity packages, photo op packages, and even tickets for the Comic Con after party. To view details of all the ticket packages, click here.
Celebrities are notorious for last-minute cancellations, including the day of the show, so stay up to date, check the Comic Con website right up until show time. So far, 20 celebrities have cancelled, including Elizabeth Olson (Captain America: Civil War), Val Kilmer (Tombstone, Top Gun), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and Peter Weller (Robocop). Also remember that all ticket sales are final.
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