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Can’t make it to the big ones like New York or San Diego? Neither can I, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to a comic convention at all. So pull out your lists, grab your LARPing swords, and let’s take a look at this year’s Montreal Comiccon.
The Montreal con has grown exponentially (pun on “expo” unintended) in the last few years, changing to larger and larger venues and securing legendary guests such as Stan “The Man” Lee himself. With bigger guests and larger halls come bigger price tags and unfortunate sponsorship. Was the weekend worth the 3-day pass?
The answer wasn’t obvious at first. The phrase “Presented by Playstation” plagued every official Montreal Comiccon logo and various video game companies had booths set up to peddle their annual-sports-title mediocrity, circlejerk, and have panels on how their outdated tech, business practices, and general philosophy are somehow of relevance.
Luckily, the floor wasn’t entirely smeared with crap. Vendors had tables and shelves filled with all kinds of merchandise for most pop culture interests. Or at least those you shouldn’t be arrested for having. That’s the beauty of comic con. For the uninitiated, it’s not just about comics. Other pop culture interests are covered as well, such as movies, cartoons, video games, and TV shows. Members of Canadian Transformers site Cybertron.ca and JoeCanuck.com, THE Canadian G.I. Joe community, were on-site. Vendors offered pixelated video game paintings, shirts with artwork from cult-classic TV show, and all kinds of figures, trinkets, and memorabilia. It’s a comic con; you should know what to expect.
You should also expect comic-industry guests such as Neal Adams and Chris Claremont. Say what you will about either of them, there’s no denying that they’re big names. Unfortunately, Herb Trimpe had to cancel at the last minute. He’s probably best known here at the Fighting 1:18th for his work on G.I. Joe comics, even though that accounts for but a fraction of his long and storied career.
If local talent is more your bag, you’ll find members of Quebec’s French bande dessiné scene, graphic storytelling the likes of which you’ll be hard-pressed to find outside of Europe. Maybe you like pirates and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Then Montreal-based artist Kelly Tindall’s comic Strangebeard has you covered. He tells me he’s trying to get Ron Gilbert or Tim Schafer of Monkey Island fame (among many other titles) to write a brief introduction for Strangebeard‘s collected release. And if that’s not good enough for you, there was some flavor of Canadian superhero web series starring latex fetish models as actors. Why not, eh?
Comic book people weren’t the only special guests: stars of movies and TV were present. A new school Battlestar Galactica reunion brought some of the series’ biggest stars to the con. But Olmos charges too much for autographs, so I didn’t end up getting him to sign my Blade Runner DVD set. It’s too bad I can’t afford it… but, then again, who does?
Christopher Lloyd, probably best known at the Fighting 1:18th as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, hosted a panel and took questions from the audience. Unlike his famous character, the actor was extremely laid back and down-to-earth. Since his career was so long, he had unfortunately forgotten about some of the movies and games that fans asked him about. He apologized on stage, and it was clear the audience was not going to stay mad at him. The panel ended before I could ask him a question, though.
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