THIS WEEKEND: The Montreal Mini Comic Con!

Good news for anyone looking to geek out this weekend! A miniature-sized version of the Montreal Comic Con hits Place Bonaventure on Sunday, December 5th! Naturally, you can expect artists, special guests and all kinds of great deals, so be sure to check it out this Sunday at 11am! For more info, just read on!

Montreal, November 24th, 2010Following the tremendous success of the September Montreal Comiccon, Place Bonaventure will welcome the first edition of the Montreal Mini-Comiccon, on Sunday, December 5th, 2010, a one-day-only event for fans of comics, sci-fi, manga, horror, anime, toys and collectibles. In addition to artists, entertainment celebrities and fun activities, the public will be able to browse through numerous specialized retailers and exhibitors to discover exciting and hard-to-find Christmas gifts.

The Mini-Comiccon will count amongst its guests actor Sam Witwer (Smallville, Star Wars, Unleashed, Battlestar Galactica, Dexter), anime movie voice actor Spike Spencer, comic book artists Marcus To (Red Robin) and Francis Manapul (The Flash), the cast and producers of the popular Montreal web series Heroes of the North and wrestling legend The Iron Sheik. The event will showcase amazing 1:1 scale Star Wars Landspeeder and R2-D2 replicas for unique photo opportunities, nCw superhero wrestling performances, Magic and CHUNIN (NARUTO) tournaments and a Pokemon game demo. And, as tradition dictates, the costume contest is expected once again to draw crowds, offering many prizes to the most creative outfits.

“When the September Comiccon exceeded our attendance expectations, we realized that Montreal should not have to wait an entire year for another show,” said co-founder Oscar Yazedjian. “The Mini-Comiccon is a perfect holiday excuse for fans to come together again, shop and have a great time.”

“We are especially pleased to see more and more families with children attending the shows,” added Alex La Prova, the other co-founder. Sharing our passion for comics and fantasy fiction and entertainment was one of the main reasons for creating the Comiccon.”

The Mini-Comiccon will also receive many professional and amateur artists, thrilled to share their work and know-how with art fans of all ages.

General admission tickets are $5 and kids under 8 come in for free. For additional information on guests and activities, the public is invited to visit www.montrealcomiccon.com.

The Montreal ToyCon Recap by Board To Death!

Did you miss Sunday’s MONTREAL TOY CON? Or maybe you attended the action figure fest but want to relive some of the memories from a time when you were surrounded by the best and brightest of Montreal’s collecting scene? Well, then you’re in luck! Because Board to Death just did a little story about the convention, which you can find right here:

There was a lot of different vintage and new toys for all collectors.  Here are some photos of the Montreal ToyCon held in October 2010.   We plan to have another show in Spring of 2011….we hope to see you all there….

The Montreal Comic Con: Post-Con

The Montreal Comic Con has come and gone and we had a blast! Our booth was set up, we sold a ton of awesome items and we got to meet fellow fans, see a bunch of geekdom celebrities and watch a parade of costumes stroll past! Here’s a look at our CMDStore/Toys on Fire booth!

On the day of the Con, the Gazette posted a great article about the events going down at Place Bonaventure!

If, like me, you’ve spent years wondering who would win if Batman and Spiderman pretended to fight using folding chairs and histrionics, then this weekend’s Montreal Comic-Con at Place Bonaventure is for you.

Featuring superhero wrestling by local pros, a costume masquerade and the chance to fire Nerf guns at Stormtroopers, imagine someone melted down the entirety of pop culture and used it to build an amusement park.

The convention, run by Alex La Prova and Oscar Yazedjian, is in its third year. The inaugural event drew about 800 people, but this year, La Prova expects between 5,000 and 6,000 people. “We actually expanded the show floor to close to 40,000 square feet … to accommodate all the extra events and the increase in popularity,” he said.

La Prova attributes the rising interest to the way comic books have infiltrated pop culture. “It’s video games, it’s toys, it’s (Hollywood). … Every big medium these days has a direct link and tie to comic books,” La Prova said.

As such, the event spans a wide variety of interests.

The time-travelling DeLorean from the Back to the Future films will be on display, Magic: The Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! Tournaments will be held, and special guests include the French voice cast of The Simpsons and horror hostess Elvira.

And, obviously, Star Wars. Along with appearances by actors Peter Mayhew, Billy Dee Williams and Maria de Aragon, the Con will be graced by the Quebec-based Imperial Fortress unit of the 501st Legion, an international Star Wars costuming group that makes appearances for charity. About 15 Fortress members will be appearing at the Con, member Stephen Beaupre says.

“We just got some Nerf guns, and we’re going to do a Stormtrooper shootout. So, if people want to give money, they’ll be able to blast at a Stormtrooper,” he explained.

But don’t expect to see any Jedi Knights, adds Beaupre, whose own costumes include a snowtrooper, bounty hunter Dengar and a clone trooper. “Some of us do Rebel stuff (on the side), but we don’t really talk about it.”

Of course, plenty of attention will be paid to comic pros, especially Montrealers.

“We like to (promote) local artists,” La Prova said. “They all have their tables to sketch and sign.”

“It’s nice to have a local Con,” artist Kelly Tindall added. “The fans get to know you after a while.”

Tindall, a Montrealer whose creations include paranormal investigator Archie Snow and webcomic That’s So Kraven, which replaces Raven Simone’s sitcom character with a Spiderman supervillain like a psychotic mash-up album, has attended several conventions and finds Montreal’s has its own unique charm.

“There’s not really anything like it here,” he said. “It’s a big draw for creators, too, because Montreal is such a lovely city.”

Tindall will spend the Con drawing fan requests of characters both popular and obscure, occasionally in bizarre situations.

“It’s like any other trade show, except instead of trying to hock your Shamwows, you get to draw pictures of an overweight Galactus, or Apocalypse and his four My Little Ponies.”

And don’t forget! Comic up NEXT in Montreal Cons is our very own event, the MONTREAL TOYCON, a convention where you can expect to get some great deals on awesome items from Bakugan to NHL Hockey, Beyblade to the DC Universe. It all goes down October 17th, 2010 and you can check out the Official ToyCon site for more details!

Montreal Comic Con: A Spotlight on Local Talent May 9th!

The Montreal Comic Con is definitely a small convention, but it tends to draw big talent and this Sunday, May 9th, should be no exception!

The Guest of Honour is Chris Claremont: Writer Chris Claremont has encountered more success than most writers ever dream of. His stories have achieved best-seller status, won numerous awards, and are trend-setters for the industry. Although best known for his work on Marvel Comic’s X-Men series, he has written other seminal characters such as Batman and Superman; originated several creator-owned series; is published throughout the world in many different languages; authored nine novels; and even had his first video game premier in Spring 2006. His work has touched millions.

Beyond that, this bite-sized, one day convention will be putting the focus on local talent! You can expect something bigger this summer, but it’s always great to see and support the local creators and Montreal is definitely a great place to do that, boasting a surprisingly large number of great artists doing some really impressive, sometimes world-renowned work.

Here’s the info:

Schedule and location
Sunday, May 9th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Place Bonaventure, room 200-N
800, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H5A 1K6

Admission fee
General admission: $5 / Children under 6 and all moms (coming with at least one child): FREE
Tickets will be only available at the entrance.

Costume contest
There will be a costume contest on May 9th. Five hundred dollars ($500) will be awarded to winners!

See the official site for more info!

Two Montreal Cons in the Month of May

Coming up on Sunday, May 9th 2010, check out the next Montreal Comic Con!

It goes down at Place Bonaventure (800 De La Gauchetiere, West) and you can get tickets at the door. THis time around, the convention is smaller and more intimate, dealing primarily with local creators and exhibitors showing off their wares. You can also expect a costume contest (featuring $500 worth of prizes!), so be sure to strap on those superhero duds (or anything from anime, to fantasy to original designs!) and step out before the judges.

Though scaled-down, you can still expect to see some pretty fierce talent at the convention and leading the charge is famed Marvel writer Chris Claremont, whose style and massive body of work have made him one of the biggest names in the biz.

Tickets are $5, but children under 6 and any Moms accompanied by at least one child get in for FREE. The show runs from 11am to 5pm and you can check out their website here for more info.

Next up, on May 16th, be sure to make your way over to the Montreal ToyCon!

If you’re into action figures, collectibles or gaming, this is definitely the con for you. Open from 10am to 5pm and taking place at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. Laurent, ToyCon boasts a huge assortment of toys and vendors, plus a strong showing from some of Montreal’s coolest clubs, including QueLug and the Canadian Garrison of the 501st Legion (look out, Star Wars fans!).

Admission is $4 and children 5 and under get in for free.

So if you’re looking for that one hard-to-find toy, great bargains on some of the best items our there or just a fun way to spend your Sunday, make your way down to the Courtyard and stop on by!

Here’s the info:

COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT MONTREAL AIRPORT
7000 Place Robert-Joncas
St-Laurent, QC H4M 2Z5
1-888-339-5333

SUNDAY
May 16th, 2010
10am to 5pm

Admission Fees
Admission: $4.00
Kids 5 and under: FREE

The Next Montreal Comic Con: December 6th, 2009!

The success of September’s Montreal Comic Con means that the organizers aren’t going to waste any time prepping for the next one! And so, on December 6th, expect a one-day Comic Con featuring guests like Kane Hodder, Lloyd Kaufman and Monica Rial, plus a number of other guests soon to be announced! You can check out the official website for more info!

And coming up even sooner is the Montreal Toy Con–it’s a little out of the way for downtown-dwellers, taking place in St. Laurent’s Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, but if you’re looking for the best new and vintage comic, toys and collectibles, this is worth the trip! There’ll be a ton of dealers, plus cosplayers, LEGO and building enthusiasts and more! It goes down October 18th, costs only $4 (Kids 5 and under free) and is sure to be a blast! Click the pic to visit the site and find out more!

The Montreal Comic Con + The ToyCon!

The Montreal Comic Con has now come and gone and it’s safe to say it was a huge success. A small, intimate convention pulling around 2500 attendees, it was an absolute blast featuring some of the most awesome artists (Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, Karl Kershl and Herb Trimpe just to name a few), stellar guests (both the Hulk and Lou Ferrigno were in attendance), cool companies (Eidos showed off Arkham Asylum and brought giveaways) and more. With next year shaping up to be even bigger, we at CmdStore.com can’t wait to attend!

And until then, I’ll be looking forward to taking part in our upcoming show, the Montreal ToyCon. Featuring a ton of retailers selling the best of the best figures and collectibles, awesome LEGO and art showcases, plus appearances by the 501st Legion and dozens of other cosplayers, it’s definitely worth the trip down.

The Montreal ToyCon takes place October 18th, 2009 at the Courtyard by Marriott, from 10am to 5pm. Tickets are only $4, with kids 5 and under getting in free.

For more details, check out the official Montreal ToyCon site!

And before I sign off, here’s a look at the fun we had this past weekend at the Montreal Comic Con.   There were comic books, toys,  creators, cosplayers and more!