|Venue||EY Centre (2012 - )|
|Attendance||38,000 (May 2014 Edition)|
|Organized by||Major Comics and other affiliated comic book stores|
The Ottawa Comiccon is a fan convention with focus on comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and games. It is a spin off of the Montreal Comiccon. It was launched in 2012. The event features comic books, toys, games, science-fiction, horror, anime, non-sport cards and collectibles. It is held at the EY Centre convention center in Ottawa, taking place in May and lasting 3 days. The organizers of the Ottawa Comiccon primarily come from the Montreal Comiccon organization.
Special guests, artists, exhibitors and special contests are included. The audience includes people of all ages. The first edition, in 2012, featured guests such as William Shatner (of Star Trek), and other special guests.
The fan convention contains multi-genre content. While sharing common traits with San Diego's Comic-Con International and Toronto's Fan Expo Canada, the Ottawa Comiccon differentiates itself by being a much smaller venue.
As with most other comics conventions, the Ottawa Comiccon offers a select range of activities, exhibits, and other attractions. Comiccon's programming consists of a large Dealers area, an Artists Alley, a costume contest, a trading-card games area and Guest panels. Guest photo sessions, Masquerade, a structured autograph line-up barriers have been in place since the first edition.
The second edition in May 2013 saw the addition of a day to the schedule, extending the event from Friday to Sunday. The May 2013 edition attracted more that 30,000 fans.
The third edition, of May 2014, attracted 38,000 people over a 3 day period. The floor setup was changed to better accommodate the authograph and Photo Ops Line Up.
As with the Montreal Comiccon, the organizers run a smaller 2-day convention in November-December called the "Ottawa Pop Expo". The first edition of the Expo was held on the December 7th weekend at the EY Centre. It offered smaller selections of guests, dealers and artists. The organizational structure remained the same as the May edition, but with slightly less staff and volunteers.
Dates and locations
Note: Only May editions are shown here.
|Dates||Location||Attendance (turnstile)||Notable guests||Notes|
|May 12–13, 2012||EY Centre
|22,000||Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Fashion Designer / Cosplayer), Jeremy Bulloch (Actor), John de Lancie (Actor), Lar DeSouza (Web Comic Artist, Least I Could Do), Lee Ann Farruga (Steampunk Costumer), Lou Ferrigno (Actor, The Incredible Hulk), Vic Mignogna (Voice Actor), Cassandra Peterson (Actress), Ryan Sohmer (Web Comic Writer, Least I Could Do), Patrick Stewart (Actor) (CANCELED), William Shatner (Star Trek)||First edition.|
|May 10 to 12, 2013||EY Centre
|30, 000 ||Adam West (Batman) Cancelled, Burt Ward (Batman), Julie Newmar (Batman). Manu Bennet (Arrow), Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars, Batman)David Prowse (Star Wars), Summer Glau (Firefly) Cancelled, Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Gillian Andersson (X-Files),||...|
|May 9 to 11, 2014||EY Centre
|38,000 ||Christopher Lloyd, Robert Englund, Bruce Campbell, Amanda Tapping, Edward James Olmos, Eliza Dushku (CANCELED), Giancarlo Esposito, Karl Urban, Pat Mastroianni, Summer Glau, Charisma Carpenter, Ray Park, Sean Astin, Christopher Judge, Kane Hodder, Amanda Wyss ...|
|May 8 to 10, 2015||EY Centre
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