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Ottawa Comiccon brought together cosplayers, celebrities and more for a weekend of geektastic fun

Ottawa Comiccon brought together cosplayers, celebrities and more for a weekend of geektastic fun

Ottawa Comiccon returned for their eighth year bigger and better than ever this past weekend! With over 40,000 visitors attending the three-day affair, Ottawa Comiccon continues to prove how vibrant, diverse and passionate the National Capital Region’s geek community is. Ottawa Life was lucky enough to be on site to take in all the exciting panels, costumes, merch and more.

The Merch

From t-shirts to art, the Exhibitor’s Hall did not disappoint. Local and regional vendors and artists were on site selling everything from rare and vintage comic books, Japanese snacks, K-pop posters, graphic t-shirts, art work, and much, much more. No matter if you’re a Potterhead, Trekkie, Marvel fan or part of any other big fandom, there was something there for you. The massive t-shirt vendor in the middle of the Exhibitor’s Hall was a big standout this year – when you entered the square-shaped set-up, it was like you had died and went to t-shirt heaven. The Exhibitors Hall was not only great to get your shopping on, but also the prime spot to interact with other con-goers and admire everyone’s amazing costumes.

The Costumes

Talking about costumes, cosplay is the heart of this convention. “Cosplay,” if you don’t know, is “costume play” and refers to the hobby of dressing up as anime, movie, comic book, or TV characters. Con-goers expressed their creativity and love for their fandoms through some pretty awesome costumes. We saw Spidermans, Groots, Tinkerbells, Sailor Moons, you name it! A stand out for us were the kid cosplayers! We bumped into the cutest brother-sister who cosplayed as popular DJ Marshmello. The costume included an attached DJ table that played real music and was completely handmade by their dad!

The Food

When you’re at a convention all day, having good food on site is ideal so you don’t have to keep going back and forth between the con and outside restaurants. Ottawa Comiccon definitely delivered on that this year! They hosted a full outdoor cafeteria, under a large tent, that featured a variety of local food vendors and beer by Clocktower Brew Pub. A nice, hot poutine from Fat Lee’s was the perfect treat to re-energize us half-way through our busy day! Other eats available to buy included freshly-made mini donuts, paninis, hot dogs, hamburgers, and more.

Sean Austin

The Stars

Last, but certainly not least, Ottawa Comiccon never fails to bring some of the hottest celebrities in geek fandom to take part in the festivities. This year’s roster featured a variety of A-list stars such as Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery, Rent), Tom Welling (Smallville) Gina Torres (Firefly), Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and many more taking part in Q&A panels, autograph signings and photo ops. The biggest surprise of the weekend however was surprise guest of honour Sean Astin, longtime actor most famously known for his roles in the 80’s cult classic The Goonies and later in the Lord of the Rings trilogy as Frodo’s loveable confidant and friend Samwise Gamgee, who was added to the con’s roster last minute. We sat in on Astin’s Q&A and were blown away by his quick wit, passion and deep love for Canada.

We cannot wait to see what Ottawa Comiccon 2020 has in store! 

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