Comic book fans galore!
On May 12 and 13, hundreds of Sailor Moons, Mad Hatters, Darth Vaders, and even a bottle of Listerine lined up outside the doors of the CE Centre to be let inside and experience Ottawa’s own Comiccon.
Bonding between fans started in the line-up that spanned into the parking lot, back behind the building, swerved to create a few bends, made its way back to the front of the building, and then continued the line-up indoors, as guests started conversing with those standing in front and behind them in line, sharing in the pain of standing out in the sunlight in boiling costumes. Luckily, the food court offered a variety of refreshments to help guests cool off after sometimes even more than an hour of waiting out in the sun.
Once inside, fans of comic book heroes, scifi paraphernalia, and Japanese anime and manga were bombarded with a wide array of stands selling vintage comic books, action figures from the series, costumes of select characters, imported wall scrolls and plush toys from Japan, and a variety of other objects that were sure to pique a fan’s attention.
As though the shopping in itself wasn’t enough, many guest stars made appearances. The star of the day, however, had to be William Shatner, best known for his portrayal of the cultural icon Captain Kirk of the Star Trek universe. While fans could get autographs from their favourite celebrities for as little as ten dollars in other cases, the price to attend Shatner’s panel was a hefty 75 dollars, a price which many were willing to pay to meet their favourite star.
On top of the celebrity appearances, fans were able to bond with others holding the same interests as themselves and find complete strangers dressed up as the characters they knew so well. All inhibitions fell away as guests openly requested of people they’d never met before in their lives to take a picture with them.
Guests were lucky to have planned beforehand since tickets for Saturday sold out a few days before the event, leaving some guests who’d waited in the line-up the day of the event thoroughly disappointed upon discovering that there were no tickets left. The two-day event’s Saturday passes, weekend passes, and VIP passes were all sold out beforehand, proving this year’s Comic.con to have been a great success.
Fans gathered together to take pictures as their favourite characters.