Niagara Falls – the waterfalls, the Casino, the great attractions. Those are the things that run through my mind when hearing those two words. After this weekend though, the first thought that will come mind is Comic Con!
June 7-9 the ScotiaBank Convention Center in Niagara Falls, Canada hosted the 9th anniversary of the Niagara Falls Comic Con. What an event! This was the first year I attended this Con. I know, where have I been, right? It’s such an assessable City for anyone in the Greater Toronto area as well as Upstate New York. Pair that with a city that’s full excitement and endless attractions within walking distance, and it’s easy to see why so many people make this a mandatory stop on their Comic Con roster.
As soon as I walked through the doors I knew this Con was going to be different. I mean, shit, it was bright! Hints of natural light coming in, I couldn’t believe it. @sofakingcoolectible even had to wear his sunglasses. I’m used to going to Cons where you feel like you just entered Grandma’s basement! This was a refreshing change.
The other thing I noticed right away was the layout, there was ample room in the majority of aisles and I never really felt cramped when searching through those long boxes.
The Comic Guest area was a little difficult to navigate at times. Perez had a great system where you needed to get a card that outlined your time slot to meet. This drastically reduced wait times and congestion in the aisles. I had a time slot of 2:30-3:00, showed up right at 2:30 and waited for 5 mins. Starlin was also in attendance and had the typical, wait in line until you can see him. He was also a big draw to the show and I felt bad for the other artists around him as the line really blocked people from interacting with the other artists down that aisle.
The one corner of the convention centre housed a number of great displays and attractions where one could interact, pose and take photos with various pop culture displays.
Situated along the back wall were the celebrity guests. I’m not one to get overly excited for celebrities, but, it was fun to walk around and see some faces that brought back so many memories of great shows and cult-classic movies.
Artist Alley was packed with great art from all genres, jewelry to paintings and prints to sketch art and mask creations. Definitely something there for everyones taste.
All-in-all it was a great event! I had a blast hanging with club members and chatting it up with others in the comic community. If I had to rate this Comic Con I’d give it a 5 out of 5 fiend skulls!
Niagara Comic Con has just announced their dates for next year, so, get ready fiends! June 5-7 2020 will mark their 10 year anniversary! I’ll be there, will you? Don’t forget to bring the whole family and make sure to check out Clifton Hill if you’re down for the weekend! 😉 – Chris
Comic Book Fiend Club Member – Canada Chapter.
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