Get off the Hill: Rhode Island Comic Con (Nov. 3-4)

Whatever fun plans your weekend has in store — from SexPowerGod to post-Halloweekend festivities to a nostalgia trip rager brought to you by The Herald — we have one more proposition for you…

…it’s time to get fucking nerdy.

Rhode Island is hosting its first ever (!) Comic Con this weekend, just down the Hill in the heart of downtown Providence. “The biggest show in the smallest state” promises to be a banger — and that’s not even including the raunchy after party.

According to the convention’s website (which clearly feels our LEAP DAY SPIRIT), attendees will have an array of hilarious, awesome, fascinating activities and comic world celebrities to choose from to fill their weekend. The con features your standard con events such as costume contest, Munchkin tournaments and Q&As with celebrity guests (such as the cast of the Power Rangers and the original cast of Battlestar Galactica).

But there’s also a jedi training class, a Dr. Horrible Sing Along and something called Buffy the Musical? You really don’t have to ask us twice.

If you’re still not convinced, here are our favorite guest appearances this weekend’s conference and why you’ll love them all. Check it out after the jump.

1. The star of the show: Billy West

This man is responsible for at least 25% of your sense of humor.

You might know him as…

  • Fry, Professor Fransworth, Dr. Zoidberg and other characters from Futurama.
  • Doug from, well… Doug.
  • Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy.

You’ll love him because…

  • His characters are an integral part of pop culture — and remind us of our childhood.
  • We love memes.
  • Oh, and he’s a vegan.


2. The fuzzy, loveable giant: Peter Mayhew

We know we’ve seen at least three of you wearing this shirt around campus. Give credit where credit is due, hipsters.

You might know him as…

  • Chewbacca, from the Star Wars movie series.

You’ll love him because…

  • He’s 7’3″. Imagine all the items he could retrieve from the top of your inhumanly tall dorm room closet!
  • He’s bilingual.

3. The 9-year-old Pokemon master: Ian Robb

This 9-year-old is better at Pokemon than most of us are at life. Let that sink in for a second.

You might know him as…

You’ll love him because…

  • He’s a 9-year-old champ at Pokemon. You’re living vicariously through him so hard right now.
  • He’s a Rhode Island native (state pride whaddup).
  • He likes sleep as much as we do. You’re gonna go far, kid.

4. The 90’s heartthrob:  Nicholas Brendon

Those eyes could pierce the heart of any vampire.

You might know him as…

  • Xander Harris from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

You’ll love him because…

  • He (better be) making an appearance in that Buffy the Musical event we mentioned earlier.
  • He’s just another reminder of our 90’s nostalgia. (Yeah, we got it bad.)

5. The one who refused us service: Larry Thomas

Step up to the computer, read this caption quietly, scroll down the page, and receive your soup.

You might know him as…

You’ll love him because…

  • He’s the fucking Soup Nazi.

5a. The most famous name here: Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan, fraternizing with his fans, admiring his own work.

You might know him as…

  • Not the vice presidential nominee for Mitt Romney.
  • A longtime comic artist whose work graces both the Marvel and DC Universes.

You’ll love him because…

  • Not the vice presidential nominee for Mitt Romney.
  • His work has contributed to The Avengers, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spiderman, Batman and other classic comics.

Tickets to RICC are $25 by the day or $35 for the weekend. Even if you can’t make it this weekend, never fear. Check out BlogDH and Monday’s issue of The Herald for more pics, interviews with some of the guests (including those listed above) and general merriness and hilarity.

It’s gonna be weird, y’all.

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