Stan Lee Makes Final East Coast Appearance This Weekend

By November 7, 2016
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You might remember last May when we said comic book icon Stan Lee would make his last east coast convention appearance ever at New York Comic-Con.

Well, guess what? Lee couldn’t stay away, and has now booked Rhode Island Comic-Con beginning Nov. 11 as his final trip to the side of the United States that gets to see the sun first.

Lee, who turns 94 next month, has realized he can’t travel the way he used to. And while he may have been born a New Yorker, he is a west coast guy now that all of his major creations are generating billions of dollars for Marvel Entertainment.

The convention takes place at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St. in Providence. Lee will be part of the convention all three days, running through Nov. 13. The convention, now in its fifth year from Altered Reality Entertainment, is selling tickets that start at $30 for single day, to $75 for a three-day pass.

RICC is offering, however, a Stan Lee VIP package, which includes a VIP ticket (worth $139), an admission to a Friday night VIP event with Lee, a photo op, an autograph, an exclusive lanyard as well as both an exclusive badge and an exclusive print for $400.

Lee has created so many comic characters over the years that Wikipedia needs two pages just to fit them all. They include major names like Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Marvel take on Thor. But Lee also has contributed a number of other characters you may not be as familiar with, like Molecule Man, Space Phantom and Amphibion.

He also created the Hulk, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil.

Lee founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010, designed to promote access to literacy and the arts throughout the country.

As we previously reported, Lee wrapped up European convention appearances in 2014, the same year he stopped going to Canada. He hasn’t slowed down on the west coast, however, which requires less travel time (and likely less flying), so seeing Lee at RICC is more for fans who don’t want to fly cross-country for a chance to see him in person.

kramer110716Lee will host a VIP event Friday, as well as appear onstage Sunday morning for a Q&A. It will be hosted by Clare Kramer, known for her work on Buffy the Vampire Slayer who also is a co-founder of GeekNation.

On top of that, Lee has partnered up with In-Fusion Empire to host a tattoo contest. The grand prize is a tattoo drawn by Lee himself, and is only open for those 18 and older. In fact, full rules are available right here.

Other guests at RICC include Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot, The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Millie Bobby Brown from Stranger ThingsMr. Robot‘s Christian Slater, rocker Alice Cooper, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Brent Spiner, and even popular Pixar voice actor and Cheers legend Jeffrey Ratzenberger.

For more information on Rhode Island Comic-Con, visit the site at RIComicCon.com.

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.