Celebrities Pack Blockbuster 2018 Montréal Comiccon
Montréal Comiccon will roll out the red carpet for big-name stars from the worlds of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, video games and, of course, comic books, at the Palais des congrès from July 6 to 8.
This year’s star-studded 10th edition will be the biggest Montréal Comiccon yet with more than 60,000 attendees, dozens of star guests, hundreds of exhibitors and some 150 activities over three days: panels, workshops, concerts, improv, board games, screenings, autograph sessions, photo ops, cosplay and more.
“What makes us different from other comiccons is we offer a variety of entertainment,” says Montréal Comiccon Programming Director Cliff Caporale. “We even have orchestral concerts – which no other Canadian comiccons have – and now we also have our own beer!”
Here are some 2018 Montréal Comiccon highlights.
Montréal Comiccon Guests of Honour
The blockbuster science fiction and supernatural franchise The X-Files stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – who rocketed to fame portraying agents Mulder and Scully – will both attend Montréal Comiccon.
Actor and pop icon Chuck Norris, best known for his starring roles in action films like Delta Force and Missing in Action, as well as in the hit TV series Walker, Texas Ranger, is also a 2018 Montréal Comiccon guest of honour.
Villains and Superheroes
Among the guests at Montréal Comiccon this year is bad boy of the silver screen Danny Trejo who was unforgettable in the Robert Rodriguez films Desperado (1995), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and Spy Kids (2001), before starring in Machete (2010) and its equally ruthless sequel, Machete Kills (2013).
Other guests include Jennifer Morrison, who played Emma Swan in the ABC adventure-fantasy series Once Upon a Time; Mark Sheppard, from the horror drama Supernatural and 2005 space epic Battlestar Galactica; Quebec City-born French actress Pom Klementieff, who joined the Marvel cinematic universe as Mantis in the Hollywood film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in 2017; and Toronto actress Amanda Tapping, who played Samantha Carter in the military science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis.
Fans will also meet the entire leading cast of the hit American anime-style web series, RWBY.
Comic Book Artists and Superheroes
Many legends and rising stars of the comic book world will attend Montréal Comiccon, including Gerry Conway, the scriptwriter behind some of Marvel’s and DC’s most powerful moments, including the death of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man; David Lloyd, co-creator of the landmark graphic novel V for Vendetta; and legendary comic book Hall-of-Famer Neal Adams, whose work helped define Batman, X-Men and Green Arrow, and who was a pivotal figure in the long-overdue recognition and compensation of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster from DC Comics.
They will be joined by many other comic book artists, such as Dan Parent who is best known for his work for Archie Comics, notably for introducing the first openly gay character in Archie Comics when he created Kevin Keller in Veronica #202 back in 2010. Kevin Keller then got his own title with the publication of Kevin Keller #1 in 2012.
Attention all Swashbucklers!
For those who love the Valyrian steel in Game of Thrones or the lightsabers of Star Wars, Adrian Paul – the British actor and choreographer famous for his role as Duncan MacLeod in Highlander: The Series – will host The Sword Experience, a three-and-a-half-hour sword-training seminar on July 7, featuring stage and real-life combat tips for fans, actors, martial artists and role-playing groups.
Cosplayers and Montréal Comiccon Masquerade costume contest
Montréal Comiccon draws thousands of attendees who dress up in their favourite character costumes all weekend long. Amateur costume makers will also take to the Comiccon stage to compete in front of industry judges in Montréal Comiccon’s hugely popular Masquerade costume contest on July 7.
The Music of Comiccon
Montréal Comiccon will present three live concerts by the Film Music Wind Orchestra featuring 50 classical musicians under the direction of conductor Jocelyn Leblanc performing the soundtracks of films and video games, including Star Wars (July 6), A Universe of Video Games (July 7), and Harry Potter (July 8). Montréal Comiccon is also bringing back Nerdstock, and House of M Productions will pay homage to Buffy the Vampire Slayer with live musical recreations of popular episodes.
Beer For Adults and Family Zones for Kids
While Montréal Comiccon has partnered with Dieu du Ciel! microbrewery to sell a specially-brewed beer available exclusively at Montréal Comiccon, there will also be the popular Family Zone for kids 12 and under, as well as a gaming freeplay area. Also, the Indie Game Zone will unveil new creations by 40 Québec studios while nostalgic video game fans can check out the Rétrogamer.ca Zone, which will feature games and consoles from the past four decades.
Montréal Comiccon will announce additional guests leading up to their festival, which runs from July 6 to 8 at the Palais des congrès. For more information, visit montrealcomiccon.com.
Richard Burnett, blogger
Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.
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