Everything was a million times better this year vs MNFF’s debut last year. There was twice the space (last year they shared the second floor with some sort of shoe convention), twice the merchandise, twice the number of guests, and, get this, four times the number of panels.
With Wizard World not returning to Minneapolis, MNFF (organized by Phoenix’s Square Egg) is really one of the few companies that organize this type of “Comic Con” in the city. Let’s face it, while Springcon/Fallcon (officially known as MSP ComiCon) are fan favorites… they will never bring in these guests.
Although comic books are our thing, MNFF does offer other options for fans of television, films, books (wow at Harry Potter’s fanbase!), sci-fi (Star Wars), Doctor Who, cosplay, anime, gaming, etc. It was really fun to walk around and see what fans were into. While it shouldn’t surprise anyone, but there was a strong CW fanbase, thanks to its popular DC Comics’ shows like Arrow, The Flash, etc.
MNFF added Friday to their show. This is usually the day that we come and get a lay of the land. There was a rather long line to get into the showroom, and once in, many went directly to John Rhys-Davies’ line for photo op and autograph.
Thanks to the Hero Initiative, they brought in some great comic creators: Kevin Nowlan, Christopher Priest, Howard Chaykin, Barry Kitson, etc. Friday wasn’t as busy as Saturday, so this is a great day to get all your comics signed and maybe talk to the creator and their works.
Typically, Saturday is the biggest and longest show day. There’s a lot of walking around and most of the celebrities will work the Saturday shows. This is also usually the day for fans to hear the celebrity guest speak and do a Q&A with the audience.
Danielle Panabaker was the first speaker in the main ballroom. Since Manu Bennett cancelled, Dan Fogler was moved to his spot, followed by Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden, and then Ray Park.
With so many panels all taking place at the same time, you had to really choose what you were interested in and love and find the room. The printed schedule (probably printed months in advance), had some changes, so you had to really rely on MNFF’s phone app to get the latest information. However, I found it was just easier to look at the signs at the door to each panel for the most accurate information.
Saturday is also the day that most of the cosplayers come out to play, partly because of the Masquerade Costume Contest taking place later that day.
Sunday was known as “Family Day”, so you did actually see a lot of parents and their kids in costumes. Sunday is usually the best day to go shopping.
There were only two celebrity speakers for Sunday, John Rhys-Davies and Summer Glau.
|Unbreakable David Dunn and Luke Cage||Ghost Busters||Indiana Jones & Harley Quinn||Luigi, Mario, and Princess Peach||Invisible Jet|
|Wednesday Adams||Professor Genki (Saints Row) and She-Ra||Nova and Supergirl||John Constantine||Link & Zelda|
|Cubone (Pokemon)||Spider-Gwen and Miles Morales||Jon Snow||Doctor Who||Casey Jones with Harley Quinn and Batman|
|Deathstroke, Hawkeye, and Thor||Kingpin||Ash (Evil Dead)||Super Saiyan White Goku (Dragon Ball Z)||Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Nathan Drake (Uncharted)||American McGee’s Alice|
|Jessica Jones and Jessica Jones||Iron Fist and Iron Fist||Star Wars||Star Wars||Star Wars|
Thor: Ragnarok with Leeloo (Fifth Element)
|Black Panther||Spider-Gwen, Riddler, and Jedi||Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn||Scarecrow||DJ Superstars: Daft Punk, Deadmau5, and Marshmello|
Bloodborne, Punisher, Wolverine, Borderlands (Moxxi & Zer0), and Harry Potter