Star-studded 2019 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 comic books from July 5 to 7.
This year’s star-studded 11th edition will be the biggest Montréal Comiccon yet with more than 60,000 attendees, dozens of star guests, hundreds of exhibitors and some 200 activities over three days: panels, workshops, concerts, improv, board games, screenings, autograph sessions, photo ops, cosplay and more.
Here are some 2019 Montréal Comiccon highlights.
Montréal Comiccon guests of honour
Global pop icon and Montréal native William Shatner – who shot to fame portraying Captain Kirk in Star Trek – will attend on Sunday, July 7.
Québec’s very own Georges St-Pierre – widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, and who appeared in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier – will attend on Saturday, July 6.
Tom Welling is best known for playing Clark Kent (Superman) on the long-running TV series Smallville. Welling will attend on July 6 and 7.
Villains and superheroes
Other guests at Montréal Comiccon this year include Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on Smallville. Rosenbaum will join Tom Welling on July 6 and 7 to sign autographs and take Photo Ops. Montréal Comiccon will also host a Smallville reunion special event.
Also in attendance will be newcomers Anson Mount and Ethan Peck, who play Captain Pike and Spock respectively on Star Trek: Discovery, Eliza Taylor, who plays Clarke Griffin on the CW post-apocalyptic science fiction drama series The 100, and Alan Tudyk, known for his roles as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and the imperial security droid K-2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Other guests include Lana Parrilla, who plays the Evil Queen on hit TV show Once Upon A Time, and martial artist Ray Park, who has played several iconic characters, including Toad in X-Men, Snake-Eyes in both G.I. Joe films, Erron Black in Mortal Kombat, and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Millennials will be excited to meet cast members from the early years of 1990s sensation Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as real-life siblings Oliver and James Phelps, who portrayed Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise.
And Montréal homeboy Cameron Brodeur – the teenage actor who portrays Young Luther on the 2019 Netflix smash-hit series The Umbrella Academy – will also make an appearance, as will his co-star Robert Sheehan.
Known for playing the Hulk in the hit TV series The Incredible Hulk from 1978 to 1982, the legendary Lou Ferrigno will appear at Comiccon on all three days.
Comic book artists and superheroes
Many legends and rising stars of the comic book world will attend Montréal Comiccon, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars writer and editor Jim Shooter, artists Rags Morales (best known for his work for DC Comics, including The New 52 reboot of then Superman-centric Action Comics) and Marco Rudy (X-Men, Swamp Thing, Spider-Man).
They will be joined by many other comic book artists, notably Dan Parent, who introduced 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.
Joining them will be the biggest comic book artist alley in Québec with more than 100 local and international creators.
Cosplayers and Montréal Comiccon Masquerade costume contest
Montréal Comiccon draws thousands of attendees who dress up in their favourite superhero 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.
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: Marvel Cinematic Universe (July 5), The Legend of Zelda (July 6), and James Bond (July 7).
Beer for adults and Family Zones for kids
While Montréal Comiccon has partnered with Dieu du Ciel! microbrewery to sell a specially-brewed beer called Baron von Mhaziac, there will also be the popular Family Zone with activities for kids ages 12 and under, including Nerf battles and character face painting, 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 Retro Gaming Area, which will feature games and consoles from the past four decades.
Montréal Comiccon will announce additional guests leading up to their festival at the Palais des Congrès. For more information and to purchase tickets, 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.