May 12 and 13, 2012 – Ottawa ComicCon

THE NEW POP CULTURE CAPITAL! The very first Ottawa Comiccon brings fantasy and sci-fi to town with guests Patrick Stewart, Lou Ferrigno, Elvira, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, John de Lancie, Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and many more! May 12 and 13, 2012 – CE Centre, Ottawa

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (Ottawa) – Have you ever dreamed of being a superhero? These days, superheroes, fictional universes, films and comics have become the foundation of our pop culture entertainment. They are the new mainstream memes and worlds that provide some respite from our daily routine. Now, for the first time ever, Comiccon comes to Ottawa to bring these worlds to life for one very exciting weekend at CE Centre on May 12 and 13. Tickets are on sale now.

Pop culture lovers will finally have the chance to immerse themselves in every aspect of this inclusive Comiccon world, and to meet and take photos with some of their favourite film stars. Leading the charge is Sir Patrick Stewart, the legendary Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Professor Charles Xavier from the blockbuster X-Men movies, as well as a distinguished British film, television and stage actor. Actor Lou Ferrigno, best known as The Incredible Hulk, is now in an altogether different battle as he holds the fort against his scheming competitors in Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice. John de Lancie, recognized in his recurring role as Q on the various Star Trek series and as Allen Shapiro in Torchwood: Miracle Day, has also been featured in cult favourite Breaking Bad. Actor Jeremy Bulloch portrayed Star Wars’ bounty hunter Boba Fett – arguably the coolest character in the saga – throughout the middle trilogy, and actor Vic Mignona has voiced roles in several Japanese anime series and has received acclaim as Edward Elric in the popular series Fullmetal Alchemist. And attendees will not want to miss Elvira, Mistress of the Dark herself, as actress Cassandra Peterson joins the fun. Now there’s a photo you want to use for next year’s Holiday card!

The DeLorean time machine will be on hand to raise funds and awareness for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. This faithful working replica of the car from the Back to the Future film is sponsored by the Foundation.

Comic book connoisseurs will have the privilege of meeting some of the top artists who have impacted this field: Neal Adams, recognized for ushering in the modern-day look of classic DC characters such as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, as well as frequently challenging the comic book industry’s practices in the 1960s and 70s; veteran Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Dale Eaglesham, who has illustrated Fantastic Four, Justice Society of America, Villains United, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk comic books; Marvel and DC Comics artist Darick Robertson, best known as the co-creator of Transmetropolitan and The Boys; British font designer and comic book letterer, editor and writer Richard Starkings, one of the pioneers of computer-based comic book lettering; artist Ronn Sutton, who has pencilled Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Master of Kung-Fu, Man from U.N.C.L.E. and several other comics; writer Janet Hetherington who scripted Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and several other comics,both horror and non-horror. Heroes of the North, Canada’s very own superhero Web series, will also be part of the event.

No Comiccon would be complete without costumes and contests, and this one is no exception. Members of the Capital City Garrison will be appearing as film-authentic Star Wars characters and raising money for charity. The Capital City Garrison is comprised of members of international Star Wars costuming organizations 501st Legion and Rebel Legion. Ottawa Comiccon attendees will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with Chewbacca, Darth Vader, Storm Troopers and many others. They can also join the giant masquerade and win prizes for the originality and authenticity of their costumes. There will also be a Magic: The Gathering tournament organized by The Comic Book Shoppe, one of the main sponsors of the event.

Comiccon also means shopping! Over 100 booths will be offering comic books, toys, clothes, video games, art, books and every type of both vintage and new merchandise imaginable related to comics, science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime and superheroes. Fans will want to plan to spend the entire weekend at the Comiccon in order to see everything that is on display.

Ottawa fans can rejoice that they finally have their own Comiccon event, thanks to the work of a group of dedicated pop culture fans, including some hometown heroes and the co-founders of the Montreal Comiccon event, which is now in its fifth edition.

Location: CE Centre (4899 Uplands Drive, Ottawa)

Dates and hours: Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale now at www.ottawacomiccon.com

Weekend Pass: Online: $35.00 / At the door: $40.00 Saturday Pass: Online: $25.00 / At the door: $30.00 Sunday Pass: Online: $20.00 / At the door: $25.00 VIP Pass: Online only: $120.00 (limit of 500) Children 12 and under: FREE. Maximum of two (2) children per adult.

-30- General Information: Elizabeth Jutras – liz@ottawacomiccon.com

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