For the initiated, the word “comiccon” needs no explaining. For others, think comic book + convention. Yes, geeks and geek-fans. It’s almost time to shimmy into your favorite tights or attach those Vulcan ears, Ottawa gets its first such expo, May 12-13. The line-up includes many famous names and artists who’ve made significant contributions to the art form.
According to the Ottawa Citizen:
Support for Ottawa’s first “Con” has been overwhelming, humbling and phenomenal, says David Newman, vice-president of creative development for Ottawa Comiccon. The 500 VIP tickets giving fans front-of-the-line access to the stars and early entry to the convention sold out within a week.
Newman says the idea to host a Con in Ottawa came from all the Ottawa fans his team had spotted at other Cons in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and even the world’s largest annual Comiccon in San Diego.
That, and the buzz surrounding Ottawa this year from the NHL All-Star game to the Juno Awards.
“We thought, let’s enter the fray. Let’s throw our hats in there,” says Newman. People from Montreal, Halifax, Newfoundland and New York will travel here for the event. Newman says with the success of this year’s plans, Ottawa can expect the Con to become an annual draw.
The guest list is well, it seems a tad fluid, shall we say? Last week it included Sir Patrick Stewart (Captain Jean-Luc Picard). Apparently he can’t come after all. But, wait! Now the top draw will be William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk), on Saturday only. Others billed as being there include John de Lancie (“Q”), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), Brent Spiner (Lieutenant Commander Data), Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), the DeLorean Time Machine from “Back to the Future” and many, many more. It’s probably best to check back to verify the latest developments.
I grew up on the original Star Trek series, but just couldn’t keep up with the explosion of Star Trek everything that followed. After becoming a parent there was only enough spare time for a little bit of reading or TV – but not both. (Books won.)
I’ve never been this close to a comicon before, so it’s semi-tempting to sample the experience, at least once. On the other hand, I thought Bill Shatner said it very well in a famous Saturday Night Live skit …“Get a life!”. (Bonus: Here’s Shatner talking about what it’s like to work on SNL.)
Coincidentally, I recently finished watching the first (and only) season of Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” after months of waiting for that DVD set via the Ottawa Public Library’s reservation system. Adam Baldwin, who played Jayne Cobb in that series, is also scheduled for the Ottawa comicon. If you’ve never seen “Firefly” or the related movie “Serenity“, I recommend both.
Would you ever go to a fan event like this? If so, what character or actor would you most like to see?