Montréal Comiccon will roll out the red carpet for stars from Stars Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. This year’s star-studded ninth edition is expected to be the biggest Montréal Comiccon yet with an estimated 60,000 attendees, drawing fans of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, video games and, of course, comic books.
Montréal Comiccon returns to Palais des congrès from July 7 to 9, and will present some 150 activities over three days: Panels, workshops, concerts, improv, board games, screenings, autograph sessions, photo ops, cosplay and more.
“Our festival is special not because of all the celebrities, but because of the variety of activities that we offer,” says Montréal Comiccon Programming Director Cliff Caporale. “Other comiccons stick to panels, but we also have concerts, workshops, comedy shows and a lot of cosplay.”
Guest of honour David Tennant from Doctor Who is generating a lot of buzz. “I am most excited to have David here this year because he is the one star everybody has been asking us to bring ever since we started Montréal Comiccon,” says Caporale.
Other guests include Buffy the Vampire Slayers’s James Marsters (Spike), John Rhys-Davis from Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lord of the Rings, Firefly’s Nathan Fillion (Captain Malcolm Reynolds) and Harry Potter’s Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) who is also one of the leads in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.
Kevin Conroy, considered to be the definitive voice of Batman the past 25 years, starting with Batman: The Animated Series, will also be in attendance, as will Tia Carrere (Cassandra in Wayne’s World and Wayne’s World 2, and more recently the voice of Nani in Lilo Stitch) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys).
As video Games continue to dominate the entertainment market, Montréal Comiccon welcomes the talented group of motion capture actors from Watch Dogs 2, as well as Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a mainstay of comic books, cartoons, toys and blockbuster films for over 30 years.
A significant portion of Montréal Comiccon is dedicated to video games, with a special focus dedicated to e-Sports. For this year’s activities, there will be a free play section and a Showmatch of Rainbow Six Siege. Fans can look forward to tournaments for Counter Strike Global Offensive, League of Legends and Overwatch.
In addition to screenings, autograph sessions and photo ops, there will be a dedicated Kid Zone with activities for those 12 and under.
Montréal Comiccon draw thousands of attendees who dress up in their favourite superhero costumes.
Fans of costume building can meet Italian cosplayer Leon Chiro and Cosplay Melee TV series host LeeAnna Vamp, who will offer tips and tricks at their costume panels.
And Montréal Comiccon’s hugely popular Masquerade costume contest will take place on Saturday, July 8, where amateur costume makers take to the Comiccon stage to compete in front of industry judges.
Says Caporale, “We focus a lot on cosplay because Montrealers love to make their own costumes.”
Montréal Comiccon will announce new guests leading up to their festival which runs from July 7 to 9. Click here for the official Montréal Comiccon website.
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