New England Fan Fest 7 brought legends to Warwick, RI
June 18, 2019
The BIGGEST show in the smallest state!
November 8, 2019
Rhode Island Comic Con 2017 a complete success!
Fans came out in full force for the annual event known as Rhode Island Comic Con. This was their 6th annual event in the city of Providence. What started as a small event in just one room at the Rhode Island Convention Center, has now become the largest event in the state. Due to the great demand, they expanded a couple of years ago into the Dunkin Donuts Center which is attached to the Convention Center. You can`t truly get a good feel of the magnitude of the event until you come out and experience one for yourself. The Dunkin Donuts Center alone has two full concourses (upstairs and downstairs) completely filled with vendors, merchandise and everything in between. Beyond that, there is the Dunkin Donuts Center arena floor which was completely filled with all of the headline celebrities signing autographs.
This year by far was the biggest and best lineup yet for Rhode Island Comic Con. Headliners included Carl Weathers, Dolph Lundgren, Weird Al, Sebastian Stan, Paul Reubens, Jason Isaacs, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Gene Simmons, Paul Wesley, Paul Bettany, Dave Bautista, Robert Englund, Michael Colter, Barbara Hershey, John Cusack, Billie Piper, Justin Roiland, Ian McDiarmid, Tom Wilson, Christopher Lloyd among others.
Dave Bautista had 2 different photo op sessions (both sold out) and his autograph line was one of the largest seen all weekend. Dave was there Sunday only and the demand for him was a sight to see. This was a super rare appearance as he`s never done a wrestling convention and just starting now with the Comic Con appearances.
The Arena floor of the Dunkin Donuts Center was very well organized and improvements were certainly made from prior years. Each year as you grow as a convention, you realize what works and what doesn`t work, so you`re constantly changing with the demands each year.
Lines ran smoothly into the Dunkin Donuts Center through out the weekend. The line was so big at times, that it wrapped around the entire convention center outside. Saturday tickets and weekend passes had sold out prior to the show. VIP passes also sold out in advance and Sunday was pretty close to a sell out as well. Even Friday which was the slowest of the three days was jam packed with fans in both buildings.