Montreal Comiccon 2013 is this weekend….we will be there!

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Jay and Silent Bob are back!

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are hitting the road with their new animated film, Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, which blazes across North America in a series of one-night-only shows which started in April of this year. The legendary best buds from Jersey are back to dispense weed and wisdom in cartoon form and audiences will have the opportunity to watch the new movie AND  stick around for a rip-roaring Q&A afterwards. This will be a special event at the Montreal Comiccon at the Palais des Congrès on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. Check out the Montreal ComicCon website for more details and tickets.

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There were some celebrity cancelations and changes but the line-up still looks great.  Lots of things to see and do at the show.  We have 5 booths packed with our toy inventory (and our Ottawa store has 3 booths).   Oscar and Alex have done a fantastic job and this will be a awesome show.  Hope to see you all there this weekend.

Photos from our recent Montreal Toycon Event

Here are some pics I took from our recent ToyCon event this past week….

These pics were taken my me but if you are looking for a professional photographer, please check out ALKLO Photographie.

 

Montreal Comiccon May 1st 2011

May 1st • 11:00am-5:00pm • Place Bonaventure • $6 at the door*

The mini-Comic Con is hosted by the Montreal Comic Con. This is a small-scale event where visitors can meet a dozen of local artists, participate in a masquerade and a costume contest, as well as buy products from a large array of dealers – comic books, manga, collectibles, movies, video games, toys, and much more!

*Tickets will only be sold at the door (room 200-N). Free for children under 10.

Half of ticket sales will be donated to the Red Cross to help Japan and its people.

Montreal Mini Comic Con 2010

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Oh yeah….it is time for the Montreal Comic Con 2010 (Mini Version)….a one day event held at the Place Bonaventure in Montreal on Sunday, December 5th 2010.

The show will feature top comic book dealers along with other collectibles.  Among their special activities, there will be a costume contest and superhero wrestling.    They have news that DC Comics Flash artist Francis Manapul will be signing autographs.

More guests will be announced over the next few weeks….so stay tuned.

If you are interested in participating in this mini-Comiccon as an exhibitor or artist, check out their website or call them at 514 638-1099.

Artist and Dealer Links:

Artists: http://montrealcomiccon.com/artreg.html
Exhibitors: http://montrealcomiccon.com/exhibitorreg.html

To visit their website, just click the image below.

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Montreal Toy and Comic Book Show October 18, 2009

Here are some photos of the most recent Montreal Comic Book and Toy show held at the Marriott Hotel in Montreal on October 18, 2009. If you missed it, just close your eyes for a moment….place yourself at the show…..and click the pics below.

We have not set a date for the next show….so keep your eyes peeled for any updates.

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A one-day Comic-Con will be held at Place Bonaventure on Sunday, December 6th 2009.

The confirmed guests: Colleen Clinkenbeard and Monica Rial (voice actresses in anime movies) and Lloyd Kaufman (American independent film director, producer and actor).

More guests will be announced soon.

Sunday, December 6th, from 11:00am to 6:00pm

Place Bonaventure, room 200-N
800, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H5A 1K6

As a prequel to this convention, please make sure to drop by the Montreal ToyCon which will be held on Sunday, October 18th, 2009. Click the banner below for more information:
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Collectible Toys for all Ages – Montreal ToyCon

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Steve Bonanno, with The Joker, at his Legends Action Figures store on St. Hubert Street

By AL KRATINA, Special to the Montreal Gazette

To some, collecting action figures might seem a childish pursuit. Disclosing that this article is being typed in full view of an Edgar Allan Poe toy and an entire shelf of Batman villains will likely not change such people’s minds. But Montrealers can discover for themselves how grown-up toy collecting can be by visiting one of many local toy stores, or by checking out Toycon tomorrow at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel near Trudeau airport.

“(There’s) a little bit of something for everyone,” says David Mark, the organizer of the convention and owner of Outremont’s Toys on Fire retail store. The convention will feature 30 local action figure dealers selling everything from Hot Wheels to Spider-Man toys, as well as six tables dedicated to creations from the Montreal LEGO Club.

But as Mark explains, action figures don’t always revolve around comics and Saturday morning cartoons. Subjects range from hockey players to William Shakespeare to a semi-flayed man hanging from hooks and birthing what appears to be a boil of maggots, designed by horror author Clive Barker.

In fact, Steve Bonanno finds that his Montreal store, Legends Action Figures on St. Hubert St., attracts mainly the male 18-35 demographic.

Like Mark, Bonanno is passionate about action figures, and estimates he has more than 4,000 toys in his personal collection. “I opened the store, because my collection was getting too expensive,” he laughs, as I shop for Marvel Zombies Minimates, tiny undead comic characters that make my bookshelves resemble a decaying landscape of LEGO figures.

Bonanno and Mark agree the more popular toys are generally tied to new movies or TV shows, but nostalgic throwbacks are also well-liked.

“Everything from the ’80s properties, like GI Joe, Transformers, they all made a comeback in the last couple of years,” Bonanno says. “(But) Star Wars (toys) outsell everything else.”

But even those not particularly interested in pitting Cobra Commander and Starscream against a mob of Tuskan Raiders might be interested in “art toys.”

“An art toy is a (figure) that’s not based on a cartoon or a game,” says Olivier Petitpas, who opened his camiondepompiers store on Ontario St. in 2007. “It’s more of an art object than a product advertising a different (medium).”

Some art toys feature paint designs and accessories created by various artists, often noted for work in other media. Popular art toy creators include U.S.-based Frank Kozic, who once designed posters for the grunge movement, and Italian artist/clothing designer Simone Legno, whose Tokidoki brand makes everything look like the result of Hello Kitty mating with a robot.

But other toys are simply sold as blank figurines, and used as a canvas to create a one-of-a-kind art by the new owner. These are often displayed at contests or exhibitions, like the ones Petitpas occasionally holds at his store.

Art toys, Petitpas says, tend to attract a different crowd than other action figures, which is why Petitpas won’t be exhibiting at Toycon. But though the world of art toys might not overlap with other action figures, both can be equally appreciated by a mature audience. Or so I keep telling myself, and my Minimates.

Toycon was held Sunday, May 3rd, 2009 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 7000 Place Robert-Joncas, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $4. Call 514-948-2627 or email montrealtoycon@gmail.com for more details on the next show.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette

Montreal ToyCon Show – Comic Books, Toys, Sci-Fi Convention

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We are just a week away from the next Montreal Toycon Convention. We are expecting a good crowd. We will have costumed characters roaming the convention aisle so make sure to bring your camera and have your picture taken with Darth Vader. You can take as many pictures as you want…it’s free!

We will also have members of the local Lego Club displaying their creations. From remote controlled lego vehicles and creatures to grand Star Wars dioramas, you will see some amazing displays.

All dealers tables are sold out….so you can expect a good variety of comics and toys to buy.

Here’s info on the show:

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009

Time: 10am to 5pm

Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 7000 Place Joncas, St Laurent, Quebec, H4M 2Z5

Admission: $4 (Kids under 5 free)

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The NEW YORK COMIC CON

This year, the New York Comic Con attracted 77,000 people, up a whole 10,000 from the 2008 show. On Saturday, it was actually sold out and–trust me–the place was absolutely packed with people. And it didn’t help that there was a Travel Show taking up the other half of the building, so that any legroom NYCC needed wasn’t available. So while it was a little hot and sticky as we rubbed shoulders (and the rest of our bodies) with Batmen, Hellboys, Rorschachs, Poison Ivies and more Jedis than you can shake a stick at, a good time was definitely had by all. There were premieres and panels, a ton of comic books for sale, action figures for sale and for show, interactive displays, videogames (including the hugely-anticipated-by-me DCU Online) and a really impressive talent list over in Artists’ Alley.

It was awesome.

For a better sense of things, and a better look at the convention than my paltry words can easily provide, here are some pictures…

And if the still photos aren’t enough, check out Rachel Maddow’s February 10th report on the convention, located right here: Click me!

The New York Comic Con Review pt.1- WONDER WOMAN: THE MOVIE

From February 6th to the 8th, New York’s Jacob Javits Convention Center played host to the New York Comic Con, one of the largest pop culture festival/conventions in the United States and an all-around awesome time for fans and professionals alike. I was able to head down there for the weekend and I had a blast.

There was something for everyone: whether you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Both Joss Whedon and Tara Strong were present, the former to promote Dollhouse and the latter to promote her novels), Batman or Bakugan, or even something that doesn’t start with a ‘B’, you could find it at the convention. There will be a ton of pics to come, but for the moment, there’s one event that took place on the first night that definitely deserves a mention here and was of huge importance to a ton of fans of a hero who hasn’t gotten her due.

On Friday the 6th, the World Premiere of the new Wonder Woman film went down at the New York Comic Con, hosted by a panel including writer Michael Jelenic, director Lauren Montgomery and the legendary Bruce Timm (best known for his work on Batman: The Animated Series). I had been lucky enough to be given tickets, and to be quite honest, I probably wouldn’t have gone had I not been invited. Wonder Woman is a character who has never been given a definitive origin story, and who has frequently been cast aside while Batman and Superman got the glory.

Well no more!

When I say that this movie is awesome, it’s really an understatement. It’s not only a brilliant take on the origin of Wonder Woman and the Amazons, but it’s a great story that makes the character into a strong, powerful woman without a hint of stereotypical ‘man-hating’, and keeps the idea that she is a fish-out-of-water in the mortal world without falling into naivete. The dialogue is snappy, the action intense (and I mean intense–this is stuff that you don’t usually see in the DCU) and the voice talent is perfect, featuring Keri Russell, fan-fave Nathan Fillion, Oliver Platt and more. Amazing stuff.

The DVD and Blu-Ray are out on March 3rd, 2009, as we were frequently reminded by panel host Greg Noveck (he also offered the handy mnemonic that 03/03/09 can be recalled as ‘3×3=9′, so carry that with you).

If you’ve enjoyed the DC Animated series’ and features thus far, you will NOT want to miss this. They have finally done justice to the iconic character. Check it out!

NEXT TIME: Con pics and reviews! Plus info on the latest action figures and toys!