RI Comic Con Returns in Superhuman Style

More than 70,000 people are expected at the Dunk.

Superheroes, Trekkies and zombies, oh my! Expect to see lots of cosplay for the fifth anniversary of Rhode Island Comic Con, November 11 to 13, at Rhode Island Convention Center and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. As one of the top five shows in the country, this year’s convention expects to bring more than 70,000 visitors to Providence for a weekend that includes celebrity appearances, entertainment booths, after-parties and more. The biggest draw is Stan Lee, creator of Marvel characters Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and more. “Being in his nineties, we’ve arranged to make him a focus of our fifth-year anniversary,” says Steve Perry, founder of RI Comic Con and CEO of Altered Reality Entertainment, producer of the event. “This will be his last New England appearance ever.” Other celebs include Kate Beckinsale from Underworld, Jeffrey Dean Morgan from “The Walking Dead” and a reunion for most of the cast of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” except Will Smith (yes, Carlton will be there and, yes, he’ll do the dance). ricomiccon.com


  1. Enter the cosplay costume contest for a chance to win $5,000. “We have had life-sized Transformers costumes that are seven or eight feet tall,” says Perry. “Some of these costumes could be in Hollywood.”
  2. Check out the rock-climbing wall. “You’d be amazed at how many Spider-Mans are on that wall at the same time.”
  3. Get hitched at Comic Con. “We’ve had couples get married in front of the Jabba the Hutt puppets or the Batmobile, and we’ve had a couple weddings where celebrities partake.”
  4. Bring little ones along for Kids Con. “Kids can learn how to make their own costumes and learn to draw. We do story time, puppets, makeup and a lot of different things.”