Our good buddy, and fellow Brethren Moo, Numbers recently attended the Montreal Comic Con! Check out his report on the con and a few of the photos he took of the event! Original post appeared first on Fighting118th.com
Note: The following post-con writeup does not necessarily reflect the views of the Atomic Moo and/or its staff. The opinions expressed herein belong to the author, 1337W422102 (aka Numbers, whose opinions are facts.)
Can’t make it to the big ones like New York or San Diego? Neither can I, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go to a comic convention at all. So pull out your lists, grab your LARPing swords, and let’s take a look at this year’s Montreal Comiccon.
The Montreal con has grown exponentially (pun on “expo” unintended) in the last few years, changing to larger and larger venues and securing legendary guests such as Stan “The Man” Lee himself. With bigger guests and larger halls come bigger price tags and unfortunate sponsorship. Was the weekend worth the 3-day pass? The answer wasn’t obvious at first. The phrase “Presented by Playstation” plagued every official Montreal Comiccon logo and various video game companies had booths set up to peddle their annual-sports-title mediocrity, circlejerk, and have panels on how their outdated tech, business practices, and general philosophy are somehow of relevance. Luckily, the floor wasn’t entirely smeared with crap. Vendors had tables and shelves filled with all kinds of merchandise for most pop culture interests. Or at least those you shouldn’t be arrested for having. That’s the beauty of comic con. For the uninitiated, it’s not just about comics. Other pop culture interests are covered as well, such as movies, cartoons, video games, and TV shows. Members of Canadian Transformers site Cybertron.ca ( http://cybertron.ca/ ) and JoeCanuck.com ( http://www.joecanuck.com/jc/index.php ), The Canadian G.I. Joe community, were on-site. Vendors offered pixelated video game paintings, shirts with artwork from cult-classic TV show, and all kinds of figures, trinkets, and memorabilia. It’s a comic con; you should know what to expect.
You should also expect comic-industry guests such as Neal Adams and Chris Claremont. Say what you will about either of them, there’s no denying that they’re big names. Unfortunately, Herb Trimpe had to cancel at the last minute. He’s probably best known here at the Moo for his work on G.I. Joe comics, even though that accounts for but a fraction of his long and storied career. If local talent is more your bag, you’ll find members of Quebec’s French bande dessiné scene, graphic storytelling the likes of which you’ll be hard-pressed to find outside of Europe. Maybe you like pirates and swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. Then Montreal-based artist Kelly Tindall’s comic Strangebeard has you covered. He tells me he’s trying to get Ron Gilbert or Tim SchaferM of Monkey Island fame (among many other titles) to write a brief introduction for Strangebeard‘s collected release. And if that’s not good enough for you, there was some flavor of Canadian superhero web series starring latex fetish models as actors. Why not, eh?
Comic book people weren’t the only special guests: stars of movies and TV were present. A new school Battlestar Galactica reunion brought some of the series’ biggest stars to the con. But Olmos charges too much for autographs, so I didn’t end up getting him to sign my Blade Runner DVD set. It’s too bad I can’t afford it… but, then again, who does?
Christopher Lloyd, probably best known at the Moo as Doc Brown from Back to the Future, hosted a panel and took questions from the audience. Unlike his famous character, the actor was extremely laid back and down-to-earth. Since his career was so long, he had unfortunately forgotten about some of the movies and games that fans asked him about. He apologized on stage, and it was clear the audience was not going to stay mad at him. The panel ended before I could ask him a question, though.
Star of the The X-Files, Gillian Anderson, was at the Montreal con as well, signing autographs and auctioning items for charity. She’s just as sassy and badass as she ever was, taking such questions as, “How does it feel to know you look better now than you did in your twenties?” When a female fan asked her why she thought women found her so attractive, the actress paused for moment to think and answered, inquisitively, “Because I got tits?” Needless the say, the audience loved her, myself included. When I asked her about her voice-acting work on the Canadian computer-animated TV series ReBoot, she told me that she didn’t remember much from the gig, but she met her first husband doing it.
I don’t think I need to explain just how fabulous George Takei’s panel was. Besides, there might be children reading this.
Don’t forget that guests aren’t the only awesome people at cons. Attendees in costumes are everywhere, and some of the most fun I have at conventions is getting reactions from people, scaring folks as a Creeper from Minecraft or getting them nostalgic as Manny Calavera from Grim Fandango. This time, I dressed up as the mysterious white-clad racing driver The Stig from BBC’s fan-favourite motoring program, Top Gear, so forgive the occasional self-gratifying photo. I chose my costume not just out of love of the character and franchise, but because of some of the guests. The local Ghostbusters costuming group were there in full force, raising money for charity with their incredible Ecto-1. ToTheFuture.org ( http://tothefuture.org/Welcome.html ) was also at the con, raising money to fight Parkinson’s with their DeLorean time machine. Both of them got Stigged. The Doctor Who Society of Canada had a booth filled with Daleks and a Tardis, and his BBC brothers treated the Stig like a king. Also on the scene was the regional garrison of the 501st Legion, the famous Star Wars costuming group, which was also raising money for a charity. Man, pop culture fans sure are generous. With a donation, con-goers could empty a Nerf machine gun’s ammo belt into a pair of Sandtroopers, which was totally worth it. And when guest of honor David Prowse, better known as Darth Vader Himself, got to walk around the convention floor with members of the 501st and share a meal with them, all of the time, effort, and money each member put into their costumes must’ve seemed totally worth it, too.
That’s just a taste of what the Montreal Comiccon is like. Naturally, a few words and photos can’t accurately convey the atmosphere and general badassitude of a convention, so why not head down to one of your local cons and get a taste for yourself? (Your experience may vary. The Moo is not responsible for any convention-related disappointment.)