Saturday, February 3, 2018

Information on the inaugural ASTRONOMICON pop culture convention

FEBRUARY 9 – 11, 2018
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Astronomicon is an all ages event promising fun for everyone! Each day will include a variety of activities such as cosplay and tattoo contests, Q&A panels and photo opps with celebrity guests, a fun, interactive DIY Kids Workshop hosted by Home Depot, a free play game room and tournaments, a scavenger hunt, insane asylum photo opps and more. This convention is the place to be for all fans of pop culture, horror, music, wrestling and the like, and is the newest of its kind in Detroit, presented and operated by Detroit locals and business owners! These local pop culture fans are bringing renowned international talent to Detroit’s backyard.


Special guests taking part in photo opps and/or signings include actors such as Jon Heder, star of Napoleon Dynamite and other major films, Shameless actress Laura Slade Wiggins, renowned horror icon Sid Haig (who will actually officiate a wedding onsite as Captain Spaulding on Saturday), Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2House of 1000’s Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects actor Bill Moseley, Friday the 13th film franchise legend Kane Hodder, and X-Men and Rob Zombie’s Halloween actor Tyler Mane. Comic, sci-fi and pop culture icons Roy Knyrim of Syfy’s Monster Man, Tate Steinsiek and Rob Miller of Syfy’s Face OffComic Book Men’s Ming Chen and Bryan Johnson, comic book writer Dirk Manning, Angry Video Game Nerd, The Game Chasers, Mr. Creepypasta, Pixel Dan, and tattoo model Caroline (who is scheduled as a guest judge of the tattoo contest) will also appear. Carla Harvey of massive female-fronted metal band Butcher Babies will also make appearances and take part in photo ops.

The event will also be the hottest place to be for World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE and professional wrestling fans, because the day will be chock full of photo ops and signings with some of the greatest in the industry! Guests include professional wrestling champion and WWE on-air personality Booker T, as well as professional wrestling legends Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Charles Wright, a.k.a. The Godfather/Papa Shango, and Road Warrior Animal. Wrestling podcast host and personality Bruce Prichard (a.k.a. Brother Love) will also be making guest appearances.

Appearances will also be made by Detroit native rappers and Majik Ninja Entertainment leaders Twiztid, and additional Majik Ninja Entertainment artists Blaze Ya Dead Homie and G-Mo Skee, who will host a Super Smash Bros. tournament in the gaming area. Twiztid will be signing very special Astronomicon variants of their brand new comic book, entitled Twiztid: Haunted High-Ons, written by the demented duo themselves and famed comic writer/Astronomicon guest Dirk Manning, and featuring illustration by renowned Italian artists Marianna Pescosta and Alessandro de Fornasari. The comic book is published by Source Point Press.

Astronomicon also recently announced their new lead sponsor, Home Depot of Sterling Heights, who will host a new DIY Kids Workshop at the convention. Attendees can bring their children aged 5-12 to this special hands-on building workshop, where they will learn to build projects ranging from bird houses, fire trucks and more. Projects built can be taken home afterward, and participants will receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin (while supplies last). 20-30 kits will be available and entry is first come first serve. Participants must be present at Astronomicon, as the event is included in the convention ticket. Learn more via

Many more special guest stars from the music, wrestling, film and entertainment worlds are scheduled to be announced as Astronomicon approaches, so stay tuned – and for more information, daily schedules (being released in the coming weeks), and more.

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