The Niagara Falls Comic Con is a three-day event typically held at the Scotia Bank Convention Centre – its 150,000 square feet of comic book and television attractions. 10,000 square feet of that allocation is dedicated solely to its ‘Horror Fest’ – a celebration of old and new horror entertainment.
Niagara Falls Comic Con Guests
The celebrity appearances at the NFCC are as varied as the fanbases that converge upon the convention. Household names like William Shatner (Star Trek) lead the pack, with shows and movies both new and nostalgic represented in the myriad guest speakers and performers. The most recent convention attracted stars from newer shows including Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) and Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead); more nostalgic stars included Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys) and Sylvester McCoy (the 7th Doctor from Doctor Who). Even WWE wrestling legends Ric Flair and the tag team Demolition ade an appearance.
Artists and comic book producers also turned out in force. In 2014 the most notable names were Phil Ortiz – a veteran of animation and artwork who has worked on both the TV series The Simpsons and its affiliated comic series – and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
Comic Con Q&A, Cosplay, and Discussion Panels
The events and attractions, aside from discussions and Q&A sessions with the various actors and producers on site, revolve around celebrations of pop cultural milestones. Fans can get their photo taken with a replica of the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters or open tournaments for popular board and card games such as Magic: The Gathering. The fans themselves are often an attraction onto themselves – the cosplay tradition is as healthy as ever at the NFCC, with daily competitions and appearances from professional character cosplayers.
The next Niagara Falls Comic Con will be held across 5–7 June in 2015 and promises to be as big as ever. Details and special guests are still to be announced, but the first celebrity drawcards are due to be publicised from November 11, 2014 onwards – with tickets available for on November 21st. With the ability to draw some of the biggest names in television and comic history, as well as fan-favourite film stars, the convention in 2015 promises to be a treat for any pop culture enthusiast.
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