Montreal Comiccon

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Montreal Comiccon
Le Comiccon de Montréal
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Montreal Comiccon logo (2013-)
Status Active
Venue Place Bonaventure (2006-2011)
Palais des Congrès (2012-)
Location(s) Montreal, Quebec
Country Canada
Inaugurated 2006
Attendance 58,000 in 2017
Organized by Major Comics and other affiliated comic book stores
Website
http://www.montrealcomiccon.com

The Montreal Comiccon (French: Le Comiccon de Montréal), under its current form, was launched in 2006 as "Montreal Comic-Con". The event features comic books, toys, games, science-fiction, horror, anime, non-sport cards and collectibles. It is held 2 times a year at the Palais des Congrès convention center in downtown Montreal, with the larger "Comic-Con" taking place in July over the course of 3 days. The same organizers also hold and a smaller one or two-day "Mini-Con", traditionally held at the end of the fall season, in early December.

Special guests, artists, exhibitors and special contests make the Comiccon suitable for children and adults. The September 2012 edition featured guests such as William Shatner (Star Trek), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Malcolm McDowell[1] ("A Clockwork Orange"), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and other special guests.

The Montreal Comiccon is a fan convention with multi-genre content, with focus on comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and games. While sharing common traits with San Diego's Comic-Con International , the Montreal Comiccon differentiates itself by offering a variety of attractions catering to both the anglophone and francophone population markets of Montreal, and bridging the gap between American comics and European bande dessinée with cross-border and overseas guests and attractions.

Programming[edit]

As with most other comics conventions, the Montreal Comiccon offers a select range of activities, exhibits, and other attractions. Comiccon's large exhibit hall on the second floor includes Artist Alley, a Retailers section, an Autograph Area, Photo Ops booth and several exhibits. Most of the scheduled events take place on the convention center's upper floors: on the fifth and seventh floors.

Fans are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite pop culture characters, be they from movies, TV, video games or comics. This is commonly referred to as cosplay. It culminates at the Masquerade, the big costuming competition that brings in judges from across the globe, over 60 competitors, and close to 3000 fans to cheer them on when they hit the big stage.

Over the course of three days, fans are treated to over 100 different panel discussions and workshops that help further promote comics, costuming, gaming and pop culture in general. A gaming zone for fans to discover new game demos, participate in tourneys or simply enjoy some free-play. Video games are feature for both indie games and AAA studios with demos. Screenings for short and feature films are presented that include fans films, as well as independent and studio productions.

Celebrity guests will usually participate in three activities: Autograph sessions, Photo Ops and a Q&A/panel.

History[edit]

View of the main hall during the 2012 edition

The Montreal Comiccon held its first edition in 2006 at the Place Bonaventure exhibition center. In 2009, the event re-branded as a pop culture event, adding guests from comic books, anime voice acting, and genre television and film. From 2006 to 2010, the Comiccon was held in room 200-N, a low-ceiling windowless exhibition hall beneath the main hall. Due to 2010's outstanding success, the 2011 show was moved to Place Bonaventure's main hall to accommodate the increased attendance, giving them about three times more space to move around.

The 2012 Montreal Comiccon was held on the weekend of September 14–16, 2012. Due to unexpected demand from the 2011 event, the Montreal Comiccon expanded to a full three days in 2012. The Comiccon also changed venue in 2012, from Place Bonaventure to newer and larger convention facilities at the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Organization agreed in principle with the organizers of the Montreal Comiccon and presented the 8th Annual Joe Shuster Awards in conjunction with the event on the evening of Saturday, September 15, 2012.[2]

Due to growing attendance rates, the 2015 was held in July instead of September in order to use the entire floor space of the Palais des congrès.[3]

The organizers run a smaller 1-day convention in December called the "Mini-Comiccon". The 2012 Mini-Comiccon was held on Saturday, December 8 at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. It offered smaller selections of guests, dealers and artists, but offered at the same time more opportunities throughout the year for fans to purchase comics, meet celebrities and wear costumes, among other things. The admission prices were also lower. The organizational structure remained the same as the main September 3-day edition, but with slightly less staff and volunteers. As of 2015, the December has been free admission. In 2016 it expanded to two days.

Dates and locations[edit]

Note: Only September/July editions are shown here.

Dates Location Attendance (turnstile) Notable guests Notes
September 2006 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
... ... First edition, as a comic book dealer event.
September 15–16, 2007 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
700 ... ...
September 13–14, 2008 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
1,100 ... ...
September 19–20, 2009 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
4,000 Lou Ferrigno, Jeremy Bulloch, Honky Tonk Man and Noelle Hannibal, with Brad Swaile. Re-branded as a pop culture event, Comiccon welcomes its first media guests.
September 11–12, 2010 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
8,300 Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Ethan Van Sciver, Darick Robertson, Leonard Kirk, Herb Trimpe, Dale Eaglesham, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Larry Hama, Tim Sale, April Anna, Barbara Canepa, Cameron Stewart, Denis Rodier, Geof Isherwood, Gibson Quarter, Tom Fowler, Michel Lacombe, Michel Falardeau, Richard Serrao, Kelly Tindall, Jacques Lamontagne, Jimmy Suzan, Kate Bradley.

Media Guests

Brent Spiner, Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Maria de Aragon a.k.a. Greedo from Star Wars, Kirby Morrow, and Noelle Hannibal from Star Trek: First Contact

Last time the main September edition was held in room 200-N. High attendance numbers prompts the organizers to move to the main hall.
September 17–18, 2011 Place Bonaventure
Montreal, Quebec
20,000+ Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Stan Lee (Guest of Honour), Neal Adams, Josh Adams, Sergio Aragonés, Jim Starlin (canceled), Stan Sakai, Gail Simone, Joe Benitez, Pia Guerra, Ian Boothby, Herb Trimpe, Dale Eaglesham, Ty Templeton, Diana Schutz, Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Kelly Tindall, Tom Fowler, Dan Parent, Fabrice Tarrin, Nicolas Kéramidas, Yves Rodier, Denis Rodier, Michel Lacombe, Benoit Godbout, Frédéric Antoine, Jacques Lamontagne, Dany.

Media Guests

Adam West, Burt Ward, James Marsters, Doug Bradley, Sid Haig, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, David Prowse (canceled), Clare Kramer, Mercedes McNab, Jeremy Bulloch, Maria de Aragon, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Noelle Hannibal, Vic Mignogna, Sgt. Slaughter, Rick Martel, Todd van der Heyden.[4]

Cosplay Guests

Lillyxandra, KellyJane, TealPirate

First time the main September edition was held in the main hall. Attendance reaches facility limit and Montreal Fire Marshal's office halts ticket sales for three hours on Saturday.
September 14–16, 2012 Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
32,000[5] Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Mike Mignola,George Pérez, Jim Starlin,Tim Sale, Darwyn Cooke, David Finch, Richard Starkings, Yanick Paquette, Karl Kerschl, Lar Desouza, Ryan Sohmer, Dan Parent, Kelly Tindall, Geof Isherwood, Marvin Mariano, Ray Fawkes, Aislin, Ben Templesmith,Karl Kerschl, Marco Rudy, Frank Cho,Valentine De Landro, Matteo Scalera, Ty Templeton, Doug Sneyd, Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Becky Cloonan, Dave Cooper, Mike del Mundo, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Michel Rabagliati, Réal Godbout, Pierre Fournier, Jacques Lamontagne, François Lapierre, Patrick Boutin, Paolo Serpieri, Philippe Berthet, Siris, Félix Meyet, Harry Edwood, Yves Rodier, Frédéric Antoine, Michel Lacombe.

Media Guests

Patrick Stewart (Guest of Honour), William Shatner (Guest of Honour), Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, John de Lancie, Malcolm McDowell, James Marsters, Nicholas Brendon, Laura Vandervoort, Gunnar Hansen, Lloyd Kaufman, Kevin Sorbo, Ben Templesmith, Frank Cho, Eddie McClintock, Aaron Ashmore, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager, Bryan Perro, Gavin Blair, Elias Toufexis, Jean-Pierre Talbot, Heroes of the North, Patrick Sénécal, Noelle Hannibal, Maxime Martin, Julie du Page, Véronique Tremblay, Rémy Couture, Johnny Yong Bosh, Bryan Perro, Tom Savini, Neil Napier, Michelle Boback, Shawn Baichoo, Amber Goldfarb, Paula Jean Hixson, Kate Drummond [6]

Change of venue. First edition to be a 3-day event.
September 13–15, 2013 Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
42,000+[7] Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Becky Cloonan, Neal Adams, Adam Kubert, Arthur Suydam, Bob Layton, Chris Claremont, Dale Eaglesham, Mike Rooth, Dan Parent, David Finch, Geof Isherwood, George Pérez, Herb Trimpe (cancelled), Kaare Andrews, Marco Rudy, Kelly Tindall, Michael Dooney, Nick Bradshaw, Rags Morales, Richard Starkings, Simon Bisley, Ty Templeton, Yanick Paquette

Media Guests

Gillian Anderson (Guest of Honour), Christopher Lloyd (Guest of Honour), George Takei, Sean Astin, Jason Mewes, Felicia Day, Edward James Olmos, James Callis, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett, Jason Momoa, Jason David Frank, Margot Kidder, Lou Ferrigno, Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho, Maryse Ouellet, Bret Hart, , Theresa Tilly, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, Frazer Hines, Ray Park, Manu Bennett, Noelle Hannibal, Amber Goldfarb, Daniel Logan, Didier Lucien, Elias Toufexis, François Perusse, Frazer Hines, Pat Mastroianni, Manu Bennett, Michael Berryman, Lloyd Kaufman, Carrie Fisher (Cancelled), Katee Sackhoff (cancelled), Tricia Helfer (cancelled), Laurie Holden (cancelled), Michael Rooker (cancelled).

Cosplay Guests

Jessica Nigri, Kamui, Monika Lee, Marie-Claude Bourbonnais

...
September 12–14, 2014 Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
51,000[8] Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Nick Bradshaw, Simon Bisley, Larry Hama (Cancelled), Aislin, Glenn Fabry, Daniel Way, Anne Robillard, Thierry Labrosse, Zviane, Régis Loisel, Andy Bélanger, Ben Templesmith, Bob Camp, Brian Pulido, Clayton Crain, Denis Rodier, Gautier Langevin, Olivier Carpentier, Geof Isherwood, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Kaare Andrews, Karl Kerschl, Kelly Tindall, Ken Levin, Luc Bossé, Mike Rooth, Marco Rudy, Paolo Pantalena, Rémi Maynègre, Richard Isanove, Richard Comely, Richard Suicide, Samuel Cantin, Sophie Bédard, Stéphanie Leduc, Tim Vigil, Tristan Roulot, Patrick Hénaff, Vincent Pompetti, Tarek, Wes Craig, Yan Mongrain, Yanick Paquette, Yohann Morin.

Media Guests

Sir Patrick Stewart, Norman Reedus, Colin Baker, Stephen Amell, Hulk Hogan, Katee Sackhoff, Tricia Helfer, Karl Urban, George A. Romero, Amy Dumas, Trish Stratus, Jimmy Hart, Brent Spiner, Danny Glover, Denise Crosby, Gates McFadden, John de Lancie, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Matt Smith (cancelled), Katie Cassidy (cancelled), Osric Chau, Billy Boyd, Julie Benz, Carl Weathers, Austin St. John, Walter Jones, David Yost, Ken Foree, Robert Englund, Amanda Wyss, Heather Langenkamp, Emily Kinney, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Katharine Isabelle, Traci Lords, Julian Sands, Soska Sisters.

Cosplay Guests

Yaya Han, LeeAnna Vamp, Marie-Claude Bourbonnais, Monika Lee.

[9]

...
July 3–5, 2015 Palais des congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec
51,000 Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Aislin, Alex A., Darwyn Cooke, Jacques Lamontagne, Jae Lee, James O'Barr, Michael Golden, Michel Falardeau, Mike Rooth, Whilce Portacio, Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau, Andy Bélanger, Ariane-Li Simard-Côté, Arthur Suydam, Dan Parent, Dave Ross, Denis Rodier, Eric Talbot, Ethan Van Sciver (postponed), Frédéric Antoine, Frédéric Millaire-Zouvi, François Lapierre, Front Froid, Gabriel Lessard, Gabriel Morrissette, Gautier Langevin, Geof Isherwood, Gilbert Lachance, Heroes of the North, , Jacques, Samson, James Raiz, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Jean-Dominic Leduc, Jim Su, Julie Rocheleau, Karibu, Kelly Tindall (postponed), Kevin Maguire, Les Apatrides, Maël Davan-Soulas, Marco Rudy, Michel Lacombe, Michel Viau, Mike Zeck, Nick Bradshaw, Olivier Carpentier, Philippe Martin, Renee Witterstaetter, Richard Suicide, Samuel Cantin, Scott Kolins, Sophie Bédard, Stéphanie Leduc, Tarek, Thierry Labrosse, Ty Templeton, Vincent Pompetti, Yan Mongrain, Yanick Paquette, Yohann Morin, Zviane, Francis Manapul, Neal Adams, Becky Cloonan, Ben Templesmith, Benoît Rousseau, Cathon,


Media Guests

Guests of Honour: Billie Piper, John Barrowman, Karen Gillan, and Ron Perlman.

Featured Guests: Gwendoline Christie, Jason Momoa, Caitlin Blackwood, David Ramsey, Doug Bradley, Eve Myles, Garrett Wang, George Mihalka, Giancarlo Esposito, Graham McTavish, Hayley Atwell, J. August Richards, Jeffrey Combs, Jewel Staite, Joe Flanigan, Josh McDermitt, Kane Hodder, Kevin Smith, Mark Meer, Mark Pellegrino, Michael Rooker, Mitch Pileggi, Raphael Sbarge, Road Warrior Animal, Ron Simmons, Scott Wilson, Sean Gunn, Steve Blum, Steve Cardenas, Veronica Taylor, Hubert Gagnon, Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque, Johanne Léveillé, Cast from LARPs: The Series, 2 Cold Scorpio, Béatrice Picard, Charles Martinet

Cosplay Guests

Ivy Doomkitty, Monika Lee, Montreal's Wolverine,Riddle, Simon Fontaine

Change of month. eSports events and competition added.
July 8-10, 2016 Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec 56,000[10] Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Bob Layton, Cary Nord,Darryl "DMC" McDaniels,David Lloyd, Francis Manapul, Greg Land, Jeik Dion, Leo Fafard, Marcus To, Michael Golden, Mike Grell, Neal Adams, Tom Grummett, Andy Bélanger, Bryan Perro, Dan Parent, Dave Ross, Djibril Morissette, Eric Talbot, Fernando Ruiz, Gabriel Morrissette, Gautier Langevin, Gisèle Lagacé, Greg Hyland, Jamie Tyndall, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Jimmy Suzan, Joë Tbo, Marco Rudy, Marguerite Sauvage, Mel Gosselin, Mike Rooth, Nick Bradshaw, Olivier Carpentier, Rémi Maynègre, Renee Witterstaetter, Richard Comely, Richard Pace, Robert Bailey, Rossi Gifford, Stéphanie Leduc, Thierry Labrosse, Ty Templeton, Yanick Paquette

Media Guests

Guests of Honor: John Barrowman, Kate Mulgrew, Tom Felton, and William Shatner.

Featured Guests: Alfonso Ribeiro, Amy Matysio, Arryn Zech, Billy Dee Williams, Bob Morley, Brent Spiner, Brett Dalton, Cary Elwes,Chris Sarandon, Elias Toufexis, Eliza Dushku, Eric Bischoff, Ernie Hudson (postponed), Liam McIntyre, Linda Ballantyne, Manu Bennett, Michael Ironside, Morena Baccarin (postponed), Nichelle Nichols, Peter Cullen, Ric Flair, RoadKill Superstar, Robin Lord Taylor, Ryan Hurst, Scott Hall (postponed), Summer Glau, Toby Proctor, Vic Mignogna, Noelle Hannibal, Emersen Ziffle, Lowell Dean

Cosplay Guests

Jessica Nigri, Yaya Han, Kamui Cosplay, Kristen Hughey, Wolverine and the Montreal X-Men, Youppi!

...
July 7-9, 2017 Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec 58,000 Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

Jay Baruchel, Mark Bagley, Kevin Eastman, Adrian Harper, Aislin, Andy Bélanger, Anthony Ruttgaizer, Lee Moder, Dan Parent, Danica Brine, Dave Cooper, Dave Ross, Djibril Morisette, Eric Talbot, Fernando Ruiz, Gisele Lagace, Glenn Fabry, Greg Hyland, Howard Chaykin, Jamie Tyndall, Jeik Dion, Jimmy Suzan, Julien Paré-Sorel, Ken Lashley (cancelled), Marco Rudy, Marguerite Sauvage, Michel Falardeau, Michelle Delecki, Nick Bradshaw, Neal Adams, Gautier Langevin, Olivier Carpentier, Richard Pace, Rossi Gifford, [RB White]], Salgood Sam, [Steve Lieber]], Tom Fowler, Ty Templeton, Vincent Marcone, Yanick Paquette, Richard Comely, Leonard Kirk (cancelled), Jason Loo, Kalman Andrasofsky, Danny Zabal, Keith Morris, Andrew Wheeler, Tony White

Media Guests David Tennant, Nathan Fillion, Sir Patrick Stewart, John Cusack, Jon Bernthal, Alex Kingston, Freema Agyeman, Elizabeth Henstridge, Enver Gjokaj, John Rhys-Davies, Steven Ogg (cancelled),James Marsters (cancelled), Jason Isaacs, Tia Carrere, Jeremy Bulloch, Kevin Sorbo, Ruth Connell, Sarah Wayne Callies, Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Charles Martinet, Brian Froud, Shawn Baichoo, Jonathan Dubsky, Ruffin Prentiss, Christopher Jacot, Tasya Teles (cancelled), John Tench, Adrienne Barbeau, Tony Todd, Okilly Dokilly

Cosplay Guests

Ireland Reid, Leon Chiro, LeeAnna Vamp

Family Zone added. eSports events cancelled. Orchestral concerts added to programming.
July 6-8, 2018 Palais des congrès de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec TBD Comic Book & Bandes Dessinées Guests

TBA

Media Guests

TBA

Cosplay Guests

TBA

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See also[edit]

View of the main hall during the 2011 edition

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Official sites

Media articles