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 2016 and promises to be as big as ever. Details and special guests are still to be announced, but the first celebrities are due to be announced from November 11, 2015 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 2016 promises to be a treat for any pop culture enthusiast.
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Confirmed 2016 Niagara Falls Comic Con Guests
WWE/WWF Wrestler: Shawn Michaels
From humble beginnings in the AWA as a tag team specialist to super stardom in the WWF/WWE, Shawn Michaels will go down as one of the finest professional wrestlers of all-time. Michaels began his young career training in Texas and working for smaller independent promotions before making his debut in the AWA in 1986 at the age of 20. His tag team, the Midnight Rockers, with partner Marty Jannetty quickly rocketed Michaels near the top of the card and paved his way for his WWF debut in 1988.
Upon entering the WWF Michaels and Jannetty feuded with many of the top tag teams of the era and earned his first of six tag team championships. After his tag team dissolved, Michaels moved onto singles wrestling and the rest they say is history.
Shawn Michaels will be making a rare appearance at the Niagara Falls Comic Con for one day only, Saturday June 4th.
WWE/WWF Wrestler: Howard Finkel
The voice of the WWE, Howard Finkel is an iconic voice in the world of wrestling and entertainment. Howard is always a favorite at conventions, as he will personalize announcements, recordings and answer machine messages for fans. He will be appearing on Saturday and Sunday only.
WWE/WWF Wrestler: Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts
Considered one of the best wrestling promos of all time, Jake ‘the snake’ Roberts will be appearing during all three days of the convention. He’s been around the entire wrestling world, having worked matches for WWF, WWE, WCW, ECW, AAA, NJPW and a number of NWA territories. He reached mainstream fame with his heartbreaking appearance in the documentary ‘Beyond the Mat’.
WWE/WWF Wrestler: Hillbilly Jim
Master of the bear hug, Hillbilly Jim is remembered as a gentle giant, coming out to the song “Don’t Go Messin’ With a Country Boy”. He spent the prime of his career in the WWF/WWE. Jim will be signing during all three days of the convention.
WWE/WWF Wrestler: Ricky Steamboat
Former NWA, WCW World, and WWF Intercontinental champion Ricky Steamboat will be making a rare convention appearance in Niagara Falls. Steamboat has been a star for over 30 years, training in the AWA, starting in Carolina’s, moving to AJPW and then later WWF as ‘The Dragon’. Ricky is known as one of the smoothest in-ring workers of all-time and the ultimate good guy (babyface). Steamboat will be making an appearance at the Comic Con on Saturday and Sunday.
Comedian Kevin Smith is a true comedic legend, standing the test of time over a variety of mediums. He first broke on the scene with the movie Clerks and subsequently created a number of iconic and cult hit classic comedies. He then transitioned to books, TV, stand-up comedy and even comic books. He’s currently the host of a number of podcasts on his own podcast network, Smodcast.
Kevin will be appearing (Saturday only) with Jason Mewes (reprised the Jay & Silent Bob duo), as well as frequent movie co-star Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy).
Known as Jay from the Jay & Silent Bob series of films and other media ventures, Jason Mewes will be teaming up with Kevin Smith to give fans a rare chance to meet both Iconic characters in the same day. Both Jason and Kevin will be recording a podcast episode later in the day. Jason will be at comic con on Friday and Saturday.
Lou Ferrigno: The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk, Sinbad, Mr. Universe. Lou Ferrigno has had a long and storied career as a series of popular characters. This body builder went from a competitive sport to acting at the age of 20. He is best known as the green Incredible Hulk, filling the role with sheer muscles years before CGI became the norm. Lou will be signing autographs, telling stories and posing for photos during all three days of the 2016 Niagara Falls Comic Con.
Mini Me - Verne Troyer
Verne Troyer has had long career that began in 1993. He is widely known as 'Mini Me' from the collection of Austin Powers films. Verne will be signing autographs and taking pictures during all three days of the convention.
Austin St. John – Red Power Ranger
Austin St. John will forever be known as the Red Power Ranger. He starred in this role as the series launched in 1993. Since that time he’s also stared as a Gold Ranger in Power Rangers: Zeo and guest starred in the second Power Rangers movie. Austin will be appearing during all three days of the Niagara Falls Comic con.
Walter Jones – Black Power Ranger
Walter Jones was a member of the original Power Rangers cast, taking on the role of the Black Ranger. He stayed with the series during its successful beginnings, before moving on to other acting roles. He has since reprised the role (and others) for the Power Rangers universe. Walter will be appearing all three days of the convention.
Hellraiser Doug Bradley
Doug Bradley went from an unknown movie actor with merely two film appearances over 14 years before taking on the icon starting role in Hellraiser. Bradley played ‘Pinhead’ in eight Hellraiser movies over the course of 18 years. Doug continues to star in a variety of roles, showcasing his versatility and longevity in the industry. He will be appearing during all three days of the convention.
Dr Who - Peter Davison
Peter Davison, the 5th Dr. Who, has played the role on and off for over 20 years.