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Another day another comic con. Yep, since I started to go to more comic cons as of late I’ve noticed that they are not only seasonal events; they go on all year round. Clearly I’m a comic con newbie and it shows. So far I’ve never cosplayed, never picked up a deck of Magic cards, and only larped once – and even that time I just did it so my friend and I could have an excuse to bash each other with makeshift weapons without being arrested for it.
When I’m not doing SEO jobs I like to get out as much as possible and take part in whatever activity is clever on that particular day. Sundays are tricky because there usually isn’t a lot going on. Sundays are for golf, Church, football, brunch and not much else. This past Sunday I did brunch and simply because the Toronto ComicCON Fan Appreciation day was still happening on that Sunday I dragged my brunch date there.
It was held in Hall F in the south building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and, boy, was it ever a journey to get to the actual room where the thing was taking place. Only after passing through the main doors, climbing two flights of stairs, crossing a bridge, descending another flight of stairs and riding 3 escalators downwards did we FINALLY make it to Hall F. Previously I may have given a less than stellar write up of the Wizard World Toronto Comicon 2011 but this event was even less exciting. Looking back the Wizard World con had more to do while Sunday’s comic con was just a trade show. All there was to do there was to buy comics, art (although from some awesome artists), merch and toys. That’s it. I only saw one pair of cosplayers when I was there, who were dressed as forum admins with their “ban hammers.” The rest was pretty lame.
I guess it’s hard to hold a candle to Fan Expo and since this event was free I can’t complain too much but it would have been nice to see a little more going in in general. I’m sure Fan Expo this summer will be out of control so I’ll see you there!
What can I say about comic cons. They keep getting better. Many years ago when I was a kid, no one with any semblance of a social life would be caught dead at one. Now we live in a world where, as I’ve said before, geek culture is actually cool. What’s more is that it’s a thriving and extremely profitable market both in the trading of of brick and mortar goods like comic books, toys, novelties, DVDs etc, and with a built in and exponentially growing audience who can’t wait to hear about the newest movie, gadgets, and other neat products. Bottom line is that Comic Cons and general geekiness are now in fashion. In fact it’s “Geek Chic” and you will notice that the attendees are not your stereotypical fat guys in bad Batman costumes (although they still do show up invariably) but are for the most part a fairly good looking bunch, especially the ladies who are as scantily clad as the ridiculous anime or comic book characters they emulate.
This video (best viewed in HD) pretty much sums up the experience.
The Toronto Comic Con has been around since at least 2003 and was formerly known as the “Paradise Comics Toronto Comicon” before many of the people at Paradise moved over to Hobbystar (the organizers of Fan Expo) eventually leading to the Toronto Comic Con being purchased by Wizard Entertainment and branded to the Wizard World Comic-Con in March 2010.
Last weekend was the first time I’ve attended it since the buyout and to be honest it was missing a certain magic that Fan Expo had in abundance. It all seemed a bit thrown together and was probably lacking in the budget that Fan Expo no doubt enjoys. That sure didn’t stop them from charging regular patrons $25-$35 for a one day pass! Reportedly the Friday was not very busy and neither was the Sunday. When I attended on Saturday I would say that the bulk of the people present were those somehow involved in the convention itself, i.e. Stormtroopers from the Fighting 501st, an equivalent Rebel Alliance cosplay troupe, and various other clubs that, you guessed it, like to cosplay or LARP. Generally the sentiment shared by many who have shared their feedback is that the Wizard Entertainment version of the Toronto Comicon is decidedly weak, especially when compared to Fan Expo. The saving grace was the great artists, a handful of celebrities of yesteryear including some awesome ex-WWF Wrestlers like Bushwhacker Luke and the Toronto Roller Derby Team. and none other than my new friend Fearless Fred.
So look, comic conning is still a pretty good way to spend a Saturday afternoon and geek out with some Magic cards, comic books and the like. The great thing is that if you do march to the beat of a different drummer, chances are very good that you will find a host of people who are just like you at a comic con and make some new friends. It seems no matter how old I get I just love handheld weapon combat (i.e. swords). After I completed editing the video below I noticed that I got myself into several duels. I guess I just can’t help myself