Comic book fans ga­lore!

Ot­tawa Comiccon

Orleans Star - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Ciara Mcgrath, co-op stu­dent or­ Twit­ter @Or­leansstar

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.

(Photo : Es­ther Bar­rett)

Fans gath­ered to­gether to take pic­tures as their favourite char­ac­ters.

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