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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Confirmed 2015 Comic Con Guests
Batgirl (Yvonne Craig)
Yvonne Craig stared as Batgirl during the 1960’s TV run of Batman. She also starred in an episode of Star Trek and the Six Million Dollar Man.
Yvonne will be available for autographs on all three days of the convention.
Elvira (Cassandra Peterson)
The original Elvira, Cassandra Peterson single handedly rocketed an obscure late night local TV gig into mega stardom.
Known worldwide, the Elvira character has been featured in all mainstream pop culture genres, movies, reality TV shows (The search for the Next Elvira), comic books, online, cds and more.
Cassandra will be on hand in full Elvira attire, ready to meet and greet guests attending the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams)
Despite having a varied 50+ year acting career, Billy Dee Williams is best known as the iconic character Lando Calrissian from Star Wars Episode V & VI.
Billy will be posing for photos and signing autographs during all three days of the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Crixus (Manu Bennett)
New Zealander Manu Bennett, best known as Crixus from the Starz original series 'Spartacus' and as Slade Wilson on the TV Show 'Arrow' , will be appearing at all three days of the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Ted White played Jason Voorhees in the cult classic Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Ted will be signing autographs during all three days of the event.
Weekend at Bernie’s: Terry Kiser
Bernie is coming to Niagara Falls. Terry Kiser, the icon lead character from the series of Weekend at Bernie’s movies.
Terry will be appearing and signing autographs during all three dates of the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Luke Perry (Beverly Hills 90210)
Luke Perry’s ‘Dylan’ was an iconic James Dean-esq character from the 1990’s TV phenomenon 90210. While it’s difficult to get out of the shadow of such a large role, Perry has also had stints on ‘Oz’ and his own TV vehicle ‘Jeremiah’. He will be meeting, greeting and signing during all three days of the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Kristy Swanson, known primarily as Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the 1992 film, will be appearing at the upcoming Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Peter Washington (Ken Foree - Dawn of the Dead)
Ken Foree started in George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. He has also stared in a number of horror movies and TV shows throughout the years.
Nikolai Volkoff (WWF/WWE Legend)
A former WWF Tag Team Champ, Volkoff is most popular for singing the Russian National Anthem before the start of his matches. He also once sold out Madison Square Garden in a WWWF Title match with Bruno Sammartino
Iron Sheik (WWF/WWE Legend)
Known these days for his antics, rants, and general dislike of Hulk Hogan, and the Ultimate Warrior, the Iron Sheik enjoyed a long and storied career. A former Olympian, the Iron Sheik won the WWF Title in 1983. He has appeared for a number of wrestling companies world wide, is a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show and is becoming a cultural meme.
Magenta (Patricia Quinn)
Patricia shot to fame, lip syncing popular songs in the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Robert Davi (Goonies/James Bond)
A multifaceted performer, Robert is one of Hollywood's go to actors when a hard nosed, no-nonsense character actor is needed. He has appeared in a number of movies, TV shows and mediums over the past 30 years. He is best known for his role in the Goonies and the James Bond film License to Kill.
Joe Pantoliano (Goonies/Martix/Memento)
Pantoliano has a unique voice, and wide range, leading to a number of roles in voice acting and on film. He's been in a number of memorable films, such as the Matrix, the Fugitive and Memento. He was also a recurring character on the HBO hit 'The Sopranos'
Hershel Greene (Walking Dead)
Carlton (Alfonso Riberio - Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
Alfonso recently won the 19th season of 'Dancing with the Stars'. Like other icon TV characters such as Cliff Clavin, George Costanza, and Joey Tribbiani, Alfonso played the character of Carlton Banks so well that he hasn't been able to escape it. Alfonso has been in a number of projects since that time, but most fans will be lining up for a picture with Carlton during the 2015 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Blue Power Ranger (David Yost)
Known as the origianl Blue Ranger on the The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, David Yost will be appearing during all three days of the comic con.
Yellow Power Ranger (Karen Ashley)
Karen Ashley, the second Yellow Power Ranger, will be appearing Friday, Saturday and Sunday during this years comic con.