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

Montreal Comic Con 2014

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.

Jay  and Silent Bob

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.

St-Lazare-Hudson Antiques, Collectibles, Militaria Show and Sale, September 9th 2012.

We had some time to sit down and chat with Patrick and Renata (promoters for this interesting new show in the West end of Montreal).

What type of items can people find at your event?

-NON-SPORT RELATED CARDS
-ANTIQUE TOYS
-COINS
-STAMPS
-MILITARY (HELMETS, SWORDS, ETC)
-BOOKS
-MOORCROFT POTTERY
-STAR WARS
-COMIC BOOKS
-MINIATURE CARS
-SPORTS MEMORABLILIA
-DOLLS
-TRAINS
-RETRO
-COCA-COLA ITEMS
-TRENCH ART
-HOTWHEELS
-POLICE MEMORABILIA
-ANTIQUE JEWELRY
-STERLING SILVER
-COUNTRY COLLECTABLES
-AND MUCH MORE….

How many dealers or tables do you plan to have?

WE ARE AT 52 DEALERS WITH MORE PENDING CONFIRMATIONS. APPRAISOR WILL ALSO BE ON SITE. OUR GOAL IS 65 FOR OUR 1ST SHOW, AND 100 FOR THE NEXT. SPACE IS NOT AN ISSUE.

Where and when will the event be held? How much is admission?

EVENT HELD AT ST-LAZARE SPORTSPLEX, 1850 RUE DES LOISIRS, ST-LAZARE, QC J7T 3B4. SUN., SEPT. 09, FROM 9AM TO 4PM. ADMISSION $8 (CHILDREN 12 & UNDER, FREE). 25% OF THAT WILL BE DONATED TO THE VETERANS HOSPITAL. WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY PROMOTING AND ADVERTISING THE SHOW AND HOPEFULLY, IN THE FUTURE AS THE SHOW GETS POPULAR, WE WON’T HAVE TO SPEND AS MUCH SO THAT WE CAN DONATE MORE. OUR GOAL IS TO SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES WHERE FUNDS ARE NEEDED MOST TO HELP PEOPLE IN NEED.

Why did you decide to create such a show? How did this come about? And why in this area?

WE HAVE ATTENDED AND PARTICIPATED IN MANY SHOWS AND MET MANY DEALERS ALONG THE WAY AS WELL AS PRIVATE COLLECTORS AND DECIDED TO PUT ON A SHOW IN OUR AREA AS WE DON’T HAVE ONE. THERE ARE MANY PRIVATE COLLECTORS IN ST-LAZARE AND SURROUNDING AREAS. WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD ATTRACT MANY PEOPLE INTO THE CITY. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT FOR OVER A YEAR NOW. THE VERY FIRST THING WE DID WAS COMMUNICATE WITH DEALERS AND COLLECTORS TO SEE IF THERE WAS AN INTEREST, AS WELL AS LOCAL RESIDENTS AND BUISNESS OWNERS. THE REACTION WAS HUGE AND RECEIVED A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

Do you also collect items personally? If yes, what do you like and collect personally?

WE COLLECT ANYTHING OF COLLECTABLE INTEREST. FROM COMIC BOOKS, COINS, MILITARY, ANTIQUES, TOYS, ETC..

Anything to add about the upcoming show?

HOPING TO SEE YOU ALL ON SEPT. 09, 2012  AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS TOO!

 

 

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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‘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/

 

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!

Next Date for Montreal Toycon will be in May 2009

Boba and Jango Fett

Boba and Jango Fett

We have been getting quite a bit of questions on the next show date of the Montreal ToyCon.  We are currently looking at relocating the show to downtown Montreal.  To try and keep the dealer table and general admission price down, we do not plan to have the show at the Convention Center (Palais des Congres) or the Place Bonaventure.  These two locations cost a fortune to rent and frankly…are a rip off.

We firmly believe in keeping low cost tables for the dealers so they can display a wide variety of products as well as offering great prices to the public.  The success of this toy and comic book show depends on all the hard working dealers who offer rare collectibles at a very reasonable price.  Of course, the show is also dependent on the scores of happy dedicated customers attending.  The combination of both has resulted in a great successful show thus far.

We would like to thank all our exhibitors:

Lego Club (QueLug). It was a pleasure meeting all these Lego experts and seeing their creations was a real treat.  We hope they return to the May 2009 show.  We have some cool pictures of their display.  Photos

501st Legion Quebec Garrison (Alliance Imperial). These are the costumed characters as pictured above.  From Star Wars Stormtroopers to Transformers, they really looked great.  Most of the costumes were homemade but they look so realistic, it was impressive.  You cannot buy these costumes at a store.  You can take a look at some of the photos from the show.  Bravo…guys and gals…can’t wait to check out their new costumes for the next show.   We desperately need to see Darth Vader.   Photos