14 Mar 2012

Ottawa Gets A ComicCon

Photo via Ottawa Comiccon.

Canada's capital is getting into the geek game by introducing their very own comiccon. Appropriately, they've opted to start off with a rather impressive, if not small (compared to San Diego, Toronto, and others) guest list.

Leading the charge is Sir Patrick Stewart, the legendary Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the
starship Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier from the blockbuster X-Men movies, as well as a distinguished British film, television and stage actor. Actor Lou Ferrigno, best known as The Incredible Hulk, is now in an altogether different battle as he holds the fort against his scheming competitors in Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. John de Lancie, recognized in his recurring role as Q on the various Star Trek series and as Allen Shapiro in Torchwood: Miracle Day, has also been featured in cult favourite Breaking Bad. Actor Jeremy Bulloch portrayed Star Wars’ bounty hunter Boba Fett – arguably the coolest character in the saga – throughout the middle trilogy, and actor Vic Mignona has voiced roles in several Japanese anime series and has received acclaim as Edward Elric in the popular series Fullmetal Alchemist. And attendees will not want to miss Elvira, Mistress of the Dark herself, as actress Cassandra Peterson joins the fun.
The comic creators side of things is equally impressive, including veteran DC Comics artist Neal Adams; illustrator Dale Eaglesham; co-creator of Transmetropolitan, artist Darick Robertson; Richard Starkings; artist Ronn Sutton; and the lone writer on the list, Janet Hetherington.

For me, the draw won't be the massive lines, the overpowering smell of unwashed humanity, or the marked up prices in the vendor booths. No, for me the draw is that, in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, the official replica DeLorean from Back to the Future will be on display. That lone will be worth the modest price of admission.

This event is being organized by the people behind the Montreal ComicCon, which over five years has established itself as a destinatin event for people who are into this sort of thing. Hopefully, the Ottawa version will be succesfull, and draw larger and more diverse guest lists in the future. This years Montreal event in September will feature William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell, Mike Mignola, Time Sale, Darwyn Cooke, James Marsters, Nicholas Brandon, the Batmobile and others. Information on that event can be found here.

Tickets are on sale now, and at the door, for the weekend event being held May 12th and 13th. If you find yourself in Canada's Capital region that weekend, you may want to stop by and check it out. Or at least, stand across the street and laugh at the fools who have to spend the day in a cramped convention centre in the summer heat dressed in a bath mat they think makes them look like Chewbacca.

Additional information and tickets can be purchased here.

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