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Action Figure Expo February 2015

As the old saying goes, ‘sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.’ Normally, mainly due to table prices, the Action Figure in Mississauga ends up being a better show financially than a lot of the others.  Colin Douglas has been able…

Show Time

This winter has been a real boon for comic book collectors with three one day shows in a row. I wish I could have participated all three shows but I was busy with exams. However, I did manage to squeeze…

Hamilton Comic Con 2014

My son and I attended the 2014 Hamilton Comic Con at the Hamilton Convention Centre this past Saturday. It was a one day show in its second year; at some point they changed the name from Hammer Town Comic Con…

Rise of the One Day Show

Now that the holy pilgrimage to the mother of all shows in Canada is over, what do comic fans have to look forward to? Typically, Fan Expo signals the end of summer and along with it the end of the convention season. However, it’s been an unusually busy summer for comics this year. In addition to new shows like the GTA Comic Con and the SuperFan ComicCon, we also have the rise of smaller one day shows like the Toronto Comic Book Show (TCBS).

Toronto ComiCon Puts Celebrities First, Comics…Later

I received an email from Hobbystar Marketing this week promoting guests of the upcoming Toronto ComiCon, March 7-9 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This used to be a comics only affair every spring, for a while even having free admission. Since the death of Wizard World Toronto Hobbystar has positioned it as a mini Fan Expo, and why not.

MCM London Comic Con

    This weekend is the MCM London ComicCon and I’ve (once again) managed to score myself an invitation… which I’ll be putting to good use on both days. With no Kapow! this year, this really is the best opportunity…

Is It Over For Con Sketches?

Original art is near and dear to my heart; I’ve been an active collector for a few years and really enjoy getting a completely unique piece of comic art when attending a comic convention. I diligently check the list of…

London’s Super Convention

In the lead up to London’s Super Convention, I’ve had the privilege of speaking to one of the show’s organisers.  Please visit the Con’s website again (if you haven’t recently) to find the latest updates to schedule/guest appearances etc.  It’s…

MCC 2011 Recap

This will be the first of 2 or 3 Montreal Comic Con posts, as it was a busy weekend. The con was well attended and well organized, but not without some bumps in the road. First I should make it…

Trades & Hardcovers

Freshly returned from Montreal Comiccon 2011 my head is still full of crowds, books and art.  My focus here is the collected edition market at the show: hardcovers, trade paperbacks, graphic novels. First off this was a comic centric show…

Prepare To Haggle

Fan Expo is next weekend so this column will mentally prepare you to haggle. That's right, haggle. There's no reason you should look at the prices at a dealer's booth as nothing more than a starting point in your negotiation.

Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event Day 1

I’m just back from the first day of the HobbyStar Toronto ComiCON Fan Appreciation Event, the free show being put on at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre South building this weekend. This felt like a strictly comic book event: lots…

My two days at Wizard World Toronto

I love comic book conventions. I love walking up and down the aisles aimlessly looking at people dressed up, dealer’s walls, looking for great deals and lining up to get sketches from artists. Well maybe not the lining up process…