By Scott Kennel
Superheroes and space travellers are real. Time machines exist and fiction is coming to life. You can see it happen, because on May 12 and 13, impossible creatures from the fringes of reality are gathering together to celebrate the fantastical at Ottawa Comiccon.
For the first time ever, Ottawa is hosting this epic comic book/science fiction/video game/geek heaven convention. Anyone who spent their childhood living in imaginary worlds (or who still lives there) will be amazed to see their favourite characters living, breathing, walking, and talking. Fans dressed as popular superheroes, TV characters, aliens, and monsters will fill the CE Centre, and a costume contest and masquerade will give them a chance to show off their suits. A Magic: The Gathering card tournament offers a chance to battle it out in a competition that will undoubtedly feature the most serious gamers in the city, and comic book artists will be available to do on-the-spot sketches of favourite characters. On top of that, any kind of geek paraphernalia, from comic books and video games to clothing and art, will be available to purchase from more than 100 booths set up by exhibitors from Ottawa and beyond.
Most impressive of all is Comiccon’s guest lineup, a veritable who’s who of popular culture. Canadian William Shatner, the iconic Captain Kirk on Star Trek, is the star of the weekend. Other notable guests include Lou Ferrigno, best known as The Incredible Hulk; horror hostess Cassandra Peterson, also known as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; John De Lancie, Q from various Star Trek series; Brent Spiner, who played Lieutenant Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation; and Jeremy Bulloch, the man behind the mask of Boba Fett in the original Star Wars trilogy. These and other celebrity guests will be holding panel discussions where fans can listen to stories and anecdotes about the creation of these classic shows. Panelists will also answer some of the unique and creative questions that many fans have been itching to ask for years. After that you can get your picture taken with the celebrities so you can take a photo home and lord it over any of your friends who foolishly missed out on Ottawa Comiccon.Saturday: $25 online, $40 at the door; Sunday: $20 online, $40 at the door; weekend pass: $35 online, $40 at the door; V.I.P.: $120; children under: 12 free.
Saturday, May 12 to Sunday, May 13.
CE Centre, 4899 Uplands Dr.