Perfectly timed with March Break, Toronto’s ComiCon Convention returns to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front St. W, Toronto ON) this weekend from March 9-10 and offers families the chance to catch up while also taking in the sights and sounds of one of the most colorful events in the city.
While arriving in costume is not mandatory, it’s definitely advised (assuming you want to fit in with the various Sailor Moon’s and Princess Leia’s that will undoubtedly be walking up and down the showroom floor). In addition to the plethora of cosplay, this year’s event features a reunion of the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation along with a host of other family-oriented activities. These include:
– Live Anime Game Shows
– An Anime Workshop: Learn How To Make Your Own Stuffed Toy (FREE!)
– A Magic: The Gathering Tournament: No ComiCon would be complete without a Magic showdown
– A Star Wars Photo Session: A chance for fans to get up close and personal with Darth Vader and Boba Fett
That’s not to mention a top-tier lineup of celebrity guests for hardcore comic aficiandos. The current list of announced special guests include:
– Sean Astin – The Lord of the Rings, The Goonies
– Daniel Logan – Star Wars Episode II
– Katie Cook – Illustrator of My Little Pony
– Eric Vale & Mike McFarland – The voices of Dragonball Z
Additional attractions include:
Artist Alley: Indie meets pro in this special area where you will find all of your favourite pencillers, inkers and writers.
Portfolio Reviews: Aspiring artists can have their portfolios reviewed by publishing and artist experts.
Small Press/Indy Pavilion: The Indy Press Pavilion brings a fine line-up of independent comic book, zine and other related publishers.
Retailer Area: A chance for attendees to buy comics, anime, games, and science fiction and horror memorabilia.
Sketching Duels: Comic book artists battle for supremacy in drawing contests where they go “pen to pen”! The original art they produce live goes up for grabs upon completion.
Web Series for Grown Ups: Mature audiences are invited to explore the gritty parts of society in these noirish thrillers. These tales are only broadcast on the web and bring iconic stories to the newest entertainment frontier.
Toronto ComicCon is open on Saturday March 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday March 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Saturday, March 9 All Access One-Day Pass $25
Sunday, March 10 All Access One-Day Pass $20
All Access Two-Day Pass $39
Child All Access One-Day Pass $10
Kids 12 and under free (With purchase of adult ticket, 2 children per 1 adult only)
For more information, check out ComiConToronto.com