Comiccon Wraps Up Another Successful Edition

Orchestra à Vent de Musique de Films, Doctor Who concert. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

Comiccon came and went like a hurricane of bright colours, flashing lights and excitement, with about 58,000 visitors coming through its doors over 3 days to partake in the festival’s wide range of events.

Cosplayers showed so much creativity with their costume designs, proudly showing them off and posing for pictures. You can’t even begin to appreciate the magic of cosplay until you see a little girl stop a woman in a Wonder Woman costume to pose with her and get her autograph. The excitement in her eyes as she reached into her bag for a notepad and a pen was magnificent.

The organisation this year seemed even more efficient than in past years, especially the autograph lines who were efficiently operated by the team of enthusiastic volunteers. The only black cloud seems to have been for Saturday’s ticketed Doctor Who Q&A session, with many attendees complaining about the length of the event (and hour for a paid event), and the inefficient moderation of the questions from the crowd.

For me, the event closed on a high note with Sunday’s concert of Doctor Who music from the Orchestre à Vent de Musique de Film. I hold the opinion that Murray Gold’s work on the new series is some of the finest music ever produced for television, and it was fantastic to hear it played in concert. Any doubt I might have had about a string-less orchestra quickly evaporated, swept away by the clever arrangements, and the enthusiasm the musicians brought to the material.

The board game room was a great initiative that I hope will become a permanent fixture of Comiccon, as well as the Retro Gaming and Indie Gaming Zones, acting as a healthy contrast to the more high profile areas dedicated to Sony and Nintendo.

And, while personal opinion will play a role in one’s appreciation, I felt that the quality and prestige of the media guests lineup was one of the con’s best. And there’s nothing like taking your ten year old son to meet the voice of Mario!

It’s hard to describe what Comiccon is, because it can be many things to many people. Above all, it is a celebration of talent, creativity and the power of imagination. Whatever your interests, you’ll find a way to have a great time. Kudos on another great year!

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Beauty and the Beast Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Harley Quinn Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Indiana Jones Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Power Rangers Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Starfleet crew Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Queen Amidala Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Conan Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Nintendo Switch Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Cosplay. These guys had a totally different costume on Friday! Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Boba Fett Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Squirrel Girl Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Wonder Woman Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Rey Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

The Grinch Cosplay. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Nintendo had VR in 1995! Retro Gaming Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Super Famicon in the Retro Gaming Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Atari Jaguar in the Retro Gaming Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Vectrex in the Retro Gaming Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Vectrex Controller, Retro Gaming Zone. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Orchestra à Vent de Musique de Films, Doctor Who concert. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.

 

Ash/Ash mashup. That’s geekiness level 2. Photo by Jean-Frederic Vachon.



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About Jean-Frederic Vachon

Jean-Frederic Vachon is a pop culture aficionado who mainly writes about music, here on Montreal Rampage and at his site Diary of a Music Addict. But given the right subject, he also likes to cover comics, video games and hockey. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts