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The Great Lakes Garrison Will Attend the Grand Rapids Comic-Con!

use 8The Great Lakes Garrison is a subdivision of the 501st Legion, the premier Imperial Star Wars costuming group in the world. GLG operates in the state of Michigan and was originally a part of the venerable Midwest Garrison as “Michigan Squad,” and then separated into a full-fledged Garrison in December of 2007.

Since then, the GLG has contributed significantly to the greater 501st and Star Wars communities. The annual Motor City Comic-Con is a signature event in which the GLG participates. GLG members served a central role in TrooperFest of 2009 and 2011. GLG members have also gone on to serve in various command and administrative roles at the Legion level for the 501st, as well as the 501st’s partner organization, the Rebel Legion.

The members of the Great Lakes Garrison will be available to pose for pictures. Make sure to stop by their informational booth at the show.

R2-D2 Builders Club Attending Grand Rapids Comic-Con

1The R2-D2 Builders Club will be making a special guest appearance at the Grand Rapids Comic-Con!

Their R2-D2 units are wonderful replica of the iconic characters from the Star Wars franchise. He is also fully functional, including movement, dome motions, and even sound! Make sure to bring your camera and get some pictures with R2-D2 as he roams around the show. He is sure to be a favorite among the kids at the event.

A special thanks to Kurt and Michelle Zimmerman, internet children’s authors, for the R2D2 Bulders Club appearance. You can check out their selection of children’s e-books at

Mandalorian Mercs Appearing At the Grand Rapids Comic-Con

The command structure of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club is based on all known references to Mandalorian Culture in Star Wars™ canon material. The cultural leader, or Mand’alor (Mandalore), is the Commanding Office and public figurehead of the MMCC.  Under the Manalore is the Command Council, made up of organizational-level officers who help run the day-to-day business of the club.  The Regional Conclave is made up of member-elected officers who represent the Official Membership in organizational decisions and votes.  Lastly, the Clan/Squad Command Staffs run the various local chapters of the MMCC.

This makes the Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club unique as it is based on methodology and ideology as opposed to visual accuracies based on the Star Wars™ films. The Mercs are an inclusive and friendly club, following the Mandalorian way of “Clans” or family units and a clans’ ability to adopt anyone who wishes to be a Mandalorian.

During the formation of the club, Tom began uniting Mandalorian costumers in the USA and UK; the regions were given names using the Mandalorian language developed by Karen Traviss. Talon Clan became the first Mandalorian Mercs clan in April 2007, shortly followed by Falco, Sun Raider and Storm Raider clans. The UK’s Vok’Chi Clan was founded in late 2007. From humble beginnings the club has grown from five to 48 clans, spanning several countries with over seven hundred Official Members, and thousands of forum members through the world.

The Mandalorian Mercs Costuming Club set the standards of Mandalorian costuming based on canon movie references (Boba and Jango Fett) as well as canonical comic-book references, book references, television shows and Computer games. Our CRLs (Costume Requirement List) allow us to be more open with approvals, however, even though there is a minimum standard that can be reached; every Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club member is constantly encouraged to improve their costume to elite standards.

The Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club lives up to it’s label as “The Elite Mandalorian Costuming Organization” by promoting the love of Star Wars, creation of quality costumes, and spirit of volunteerism. You can visit their website at