Ottawa Comiccon wraps up (2015 edition)


In its fourth year of existence, Ottawa Comiccon threw arguably its biggest event yet. From May 8th to 10th, around 40,000 people poured through the EY centre doors to take part in Ottawa’s annual geek fest. Weaving their way through oodles of geek merchandising and artwork, fans had the chance to meet legendary Star Trek actors Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis, Dr. Who’s Billie Piper, The Lord Of the Rings’ Billy Boyd, and A Clockwork Orange’s Malcolm Mcdowell who even hosted a special screening of said movie.

Wil Wheaton also debuted a special beer, “HefeWheaton”, in partnership with Ottawa’s very own Clocktower brew pub. If there’s anything better than Comiccon, it’s a Comiccon that serves beer.

Ottawa continues to take the cosplay world by storm, as was evidenced by the masquerade which had over 50 entries and included some very unique creations. (Watch for a masquerade gallery later this week!)

Ottawa Comiccon also successfully solved many of their parking and traffic issues as getting to and from the EY centre was way easier compared to previous years. (In 2014, I spent over an hour and a half covering a stretch that would normally take me 10 minutes.) Having addressed parking and traffic, one of the largest gripes many people have with this convention is that it takes place on Mother’s Day (no doubt affecting Sunday’s attendance figures). OCC fixed that as well as the organizers announced that the 2016 edition will take place on May 13th to May 15th. This will be welcome news for most fans, as long as it does not conflict with Toronto’s Anime North, one of Canada’s largest anime conventions.

Now if only they could find a way to not schedule Pop Expo during mid terms and exam season…

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