Montreal (Quebec), Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – The initial lineup for Montreal Comiccon, which returns to the Palais des congrès from July 5 to 7, was announced during a press conference held today at the Casino de Montréal. The 11thedition aims to be the biggest yet, with an expected attendance of more than 60,000 pop culture fans, showing their love of science fiction, fantasy, anime, horror, video games and, of course, comic books. This year will feature guests and activities honouring pop culture from Star Wars, Once Upon a Time, Star Trek, Smallville, Firefly, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Umbrella Academy and so much more!
Celebrities and Comic Book Guests
Montreal Comiccon is proud to announce a strong starting line-up focused on fans’ favourite franchises. Tom Welling and Michael Rosenbaum are best known for playing Clark Kent (Superman) and Lex Luthor on the long-running television series Smallville. Montreal Comiccon will host a Smallville reunion special event, with additional guests (information on dates/times and tickets will be made available in the coming weeks). Georges St-Pierre is a retired professional mixed martial artist who is widely regarded as one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, having won welterweight and middleweight titles in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). His career has expanded into film, with roles in films such as Cartels (2017) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). Lana Parrilla has starred in several TV series, but is best known for her award-winning performances on Once Upon a Time.Star Trekfans are in for a treat with the incomparable William Shatner (Star Trek: The Original Series), as well as newcomers Anson Mount and Ethan Peck, who play Captain Pike and Spock respectively on Star Trek: Discovery. The Harry Potterfilm series is one of the biggest franchises of all time, and we are thrilled to welcome James and Oliver Phelps, best known for playing the twins Fred and George Weasley. Eliza Taylor, best known for her starring role of Clarke Griffin on the CW series The 100. Alan Tudyk, best known for his roles as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in the space western television series Fireflyand movie Serenity (2005), and most recently, the sarcastic reprogrammed imperial security droid, K-2SO, in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.He currently plays Mr. Nobody on the DC television series Doom Patrol. Cameron Brodeur is a teenaged actor who portrays Young Luther on the 2019 Netflix smash-hit series The Umbrella Academy. He can currently be seen on the French-language TFO series Amélie et Compagnie. Ray Park is an actor, author and martial artist that has played several iconic characters, including Toad in X-Men(2000), Snake-Eyes in both G.I. Joe films, Erron Black in the Mortal Kombatfilms, and Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace(1999) and Solo: A Star Wars Story(2018).
Millennials will remember running home after school to catch the 1990s sensation Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. They will be excited to meet several cast members from the early years, including David Fielding (Zordon), Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell / Yellow Rangers), Walter Jones (Zack Taylor / Black Ranger), and Austin St-John (Jason Lee Scott / Red Ranger).
As ever, comic books remain dear to our hearts. Writer and artist Kevin Eastman (co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), writer and editor Jim Shooter (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, Valiant Comics) and artist Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Turok: Dinosaur Hunter) will be part of this exciting edition. The poster artwork for the Montreal Comiccon’s 11th edition was created by Dale Eaglesham, best known for his work on the DC series Justice Society of America and the Marvel series Fantastic Four and Alpha Flight. Joining them will be the biggest comic book artist alley in the province with more than 100 local and international creators.
2019 Program Highlights
Montreal Comiccon will have more than 200 activities over the course of three days, including panels, workshops, concerts, masquerade, improv, board games, screenings, autograph sessions, photo ops and so much more. The wide variety includes the worlds of anime, with several fun-filled themed contests; comic books, with creators showing others how it’s done; and the return of a dedicated Family Zone with activities for kids ages 12 and under, including Nerf battles and character face painting.
A significant portion of the activities and displays are dedicated to video games. Montreal Comiccon is thrilled to partner with DreamHack, where the game world comes to life with a free-play area and space dedicated to challenges. Loto-Québec once again presents the Indie Game Zone, where some 40 talented Québec studios will reveal their new creations to new audiences. Also returning will be the Retro Gaming Area, where fans of all ages can enjoy games and consoles from the four previous decades, in addition to some classic arcade stations like Ms. Pac Man!
Montreal Comiccon also brings music to the forefront, with several special events including a daily fun-filled Karaoke party featuring music from Disney classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Frozen,The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan, Moanaand more! The Film Music Wind Orchestra (OVMF – L’Orchestre à vents de musiques de films), composed of 50 talented musicians under the direction of Jocelyn Leblanc, returns with new film and video game soundtrack favourites, including Marvel Cinematic Universe (Friday, July 5), The Legend of Zelda (Saturday, July 6), and James Bond (Sunday, July 7). House of M Productions will recreate Joss Whedon’s (The Avengers) award-winning 2008 musical comedy Web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. As for after-hours events, BurlesGeek Montreal, the only geek themed burlesque troupe in Montreal, will return to present a special edition (18+) featuring your favourite movie, comics and video games characters come to life on stage.
Montreal Comiccon is happy to continue a partnership with Microbrasserie Dieu du ciel! for a special IPA brew called Baron von Mhaziac that will not only be made available during Comiccon this July, but bottled and available throughout Quebec as of June.
Information and tickets
Montreal Comiccon runs from Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 7, 2019, and takes place entirely at the Palais des congrès. Tickets are now available, including single day and three-day tickets as well as special Deluxe and VIP packages, plus student-priced Friday tickets. Families will be thrilled to know that kids ages five and under can enter the convention free of charge on all three days, while kids ages 6 to 12 get free admission on Friday and Sunday! Please visit www.montrealcomiccon.comfor details and updates, as more guests and activities will be added to the roster in the months leading up to the event.
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Source: Montreal Comiccon
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