TFcon 2013 in Toronto

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TFcon returns to Toronto this year due to last year’s overwhelming success.  The event will be held from July 26th to 28th at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga.  TFcon is Canada’s annual Transformers collectors’ convention, and is the largest fan-run Transformers convention in the world. Transformers aficionados will be able to feast their eyes on a wide selection of Transformers collectibles and artwork, hear from an array of speakers and enter the TFcon costume contest.

Date and Location:
Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre
6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario

Friday July 26th, Saturday July 27th, Sunday July 28th

Additonal info, please visit: http://www.tfcon.ca/

Tickets:
All tickets will be available at the door or order tickets online at http://tfcon2013.eventbrite.ca/. No charge for children under 5 years of age. Admission includes a pass to Canada’s Largest Dealer Room for Transformers merchandise, access to all TFcon panels and events, free autographs from all TFcon 2013 guests, and opportunity to win hourly door prizes.

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.

 

Okakuthon 2012 is this weekend: August 3-5, 2012

Otakuthon 2012

It is that time of the year again.  We have 4 booths at this year’s Montreal Anime and Manga convention held at the Palais des Congres (Convention center located in Montreal’s Chinatown).   I love doing shows at this convention hall because I get to eat lots of chinese food.  Ok, the food is not as good as NYC or Toronto…but I still get to eat some duck or BBQ/roast pork.   I start off with a few curry buns and then get a good meaty lunch of porky goodness.  At night, I get some steamed oysters with black beans and ginger along with some good stir fry.  Enough food talk, see you at the show.

Exhibition Hall Hours:
Friday, August 3, 2012
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday, August 4, 2012
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 5, 2012
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Venue:
Palais des congrès de Montréal
201, Viger Avenue West
Montréal (Québec) H2Z 1H2, Canada
Telephone : 514-871-8122
Toll Free : 1-800-268-8122
Email : info@congresmtl.com
Website: http://www.congresmtl.com/

Admission:

WEEKEND ACCESS SINGLE DAY ACCESS
August 3 to
August 5
Friday
August 3
Saturday
August 4
Sunday
August 5
At door
$50.00
At door
$30.00
At door
$40.00
At door
$30.00
Cash Only Cash Only Cash Only Cash Only

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Transformers TFcon 2012 Convention in Toronto July 27 to 29th, 2012

TFcon in Toronto 2012

TFcon – Canada’s 11th Annual Transformers Collectors Convention is July 27th to 29th, 2012 at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre- 6750 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, Ontario with free parking.

Join us for the Transformers costume contest, Live Script Reading, Art Contest, Charity Auction benefiting Make-A-Wish Canada and much more, check out the Event Schedule for TFcon 2012 for full details.  The convention exclusive figure is Shafter limited to 500.

TFcon 2012 features Canada’s largest dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including Transformers Voice Director Wally Burr, Transformers Creator Bob Budiansky, Transformers voice actors Scott McNeil and Neil Ross, artists Derrick J. Wyatt, Andrew Griffith, Matt Moylan, Dan Khanna, Josh Perez, and Silas Zee plus Hasbro Canada, Jim Sorenson, Chris Ho (Vangelus) and Ben Dolle (Peaugh).

For more information check out http://www.tfcon.ca/ and you can RSVP to their 2012 Facebook event here.

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‘My Little Pony’ Convention Called ‘BronyCon’ Gather In New Jersey For Summer 2012 Event

Article by Dave Collins

SECAUCUS, N.J. — Dale Fjordbotten is a proud “My Little Pony” fan, with the shiny blue body suit and yellow lightning bolt, blue wings and blue tail to prove it.

Like many “Bronies” – boys and men who like the cartoon “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”_ the 25-year-old college student turned out over the weekend for “BronyCon Summer 2012” at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, which drew 4,000 men, women, boys and girls, many in colorful wigs and costumes.

“I thought about what people would say. `It’s creepy. It’s weird. It’s a … show for little girls,'” said Fjordbotten, from Staten Island, N.Y. “It’s just a great show … the story line, the plot, the beautiful animation.”

Bronies say they’re a misunderstood lot who’ve gotten a bad rap from the media. They’re all about the show, friendship, love and tolerance, and they have no bad intentions, they say.

“I discovered that there’s nothing to be ashamed of being a Brony,” said 19-year-old James Penna of Mastic in Long Island, N.Y. “People are into what they’re into.”

Outside the convention center, young men danced and sang along with songs from My Little Pony cartoon that blasted from loud speakers as a video screen on a large truck showed the show’s characters. One observer said it almost felt like a Grateful Dead concert.

Inside, vendors sold stuffed ponies, pony accessories, pony signs, pony hats and just about every pony item imaginable. Stars who do the show’s voices signed autographs and gave speeches.

Staff appeared to be a little overwhelmed at times. It was just over a year ago when BronyCon attracted about 100 people to some meeting rooms in New York City. Now there are thousands of Bronies across the country.

Hasbro released the first My Little Pony toys in 1983, and they led to television specials, a film and the first TV series from 1986 to 1987.

The brand stuck around through the years. But along came animator Lauren Faust, who was hired by Hasbro and sparked new life to My Little Pony when she created the “Friendship is Magic” series.

Faust had worked on “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends” before dreaming up the land of Equestria, where My Little Pony characters like Twilight Sparkle, Apple Jack, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie get into all kinds of adventures.

Faust told The Associated Press at BronyCon on Saturday that she never imagined the show would be such a hit with teenage boys and young men. She said her main target was little girls, but she hoped to draw in moms and perhaps some boys with strong characters and compelling story lines.

“We live in a society where saying that something is for girls is the equivalent to saying that something is stupid, or saying that something isn’t worthwhile,” Faust said.

“I think that’s awful and I think that kind of attitude needs to be changed,” she said. “And these men are doing it. … They’re proud that they’re forward-thinking and modern enough to look past this misogynistic attitude.”

Faust said she, like the Bronies, is disturbed at the negative images some people have about men who like the show.

“There are a lot of people who when they first hear about men watching a show for little girls, they’re taken to a creepy place,” she said. “They think there’s something wrong with that, something devious about it. I think that’s unfortunate.

“I don’t think you have to have bad intentions to like little girls or to like the things that they like,” Faust said. “And it’s upsetting to me that people jump to those conclusions. I think it’s unfair to men and I think it’s unfair to girls and women.”

To set the record straight about Bronies, Faust, John de Lancie and others are producing a documentary that filmed over the weekend at BronyCon. De Lancie is the voice of Discord on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and is perhaps best known for playing “Q” on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Zac North traveled from his hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to be with fellow Bronies in New Jersey this weekend. He dressed as his favorite character, the antagonistic Discord, wearing a hooded and multicolored costume complete with a dragon tail, since Discord is a pony-dragon hybrid.

Why does he like the show?

“It’s colorful and innocent, which is something I don’t have in my life,” the 26-year-old Sam’s Club worker said. “I like the community away from the show.”

Twenty-year-old My Little Pony fan Gabby Pantaloni of Hershey, Pa., said she was kind of shocked that so many guys like the show, as she stood in a line at BronyCon to get her picture taken with other enthusiasts dressed like her favorite character Rarity.

“After watching the show, I could see why anyone of any age would like it,” she said. “I think it just makes us all feel like kids again. Some of us are afraid of growing up. We’re all just kids at heart.”

Bronycon 2012

Link to Convention website: http://www.bronycon.org/

 

It’s Coming . . . THE MONTREAL TOYCON JUNE 10th 2012

Are you ready for it? Amazing deals, tons of collectibles and some brilliant cosplay are coming your way in just a couple weeks! The MONTREAL TOYCON is back again, so get ready for it!

JUNE 10th, 2012

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What is the Montreal ToyCon?

The Montreal ToyCon is a one day convention with over 55 tables of toy and comic book dealers selling their merchandise. Each dealer specializes in various product lines so there will be a wide selection of collectible toys and comic books: GI-Joe, Transformers, Star Wars, Lego, Superheroes, Anime, and various vintage toys.

The show will also have exhibits from various clubs: Lego Club, Sci-Fi Club, Costume Clubs, and more.

Where is the show?

The convention takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at:

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT MONTREAL AIRPORT
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St-Laurent, QC H4M 2Z5 Canada
(Near Mega-Plex Spheretech 14 Cinemas Guzzo)
Metro Cote Vertu (Autobus #121)

Map of Hotel

When does the show start?

July 10th 2012 (Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets/Admission will be available for purchase on the day of the show. Sorry, but we don’t sell advance tickets. Admission will be $5 CAD per person (Kids under 5 are free).

BE THERE!

BIG WOW COMIC FEST

In or near San Jose? Head on down to the BIG WOW COMIC FEST this weekend!

It’s a relatively young Con, but one that boasts some pretty amazing talent from the world of comics. You’ll be able to meet the likes of Adam Hughes, Jim Lee, Steve Niles, Frank Cho, Juanjo Guarnido, Tim Sale, Travis Charest, Dean Yeagle and many, many, many more. It all goes down on May 19th and 20th at the San Jose Convention Centre. Be there!

When the Con’s over, stay tuned to this blog for a full report and plenty of pics!