Montreal (Quebec), July 10, 2022 — Montreal Comiccon made a heroic comeback July 8-10, 2022. Over 62,000 fans of fantasy fiction and pop culture invaded Palais des congrès and brought back with roaring force an event that had been knocked down by pandemic setbacks in 2020 and 2021. After a jam-packed weekend, the 12th edition of Montreal Comiccon emerged once again as one of the largest gatherings of comic book, manga, anime, video game, cinema, horror, and collectible devotees in North America.
The event dazzled visitors with more than 100 activities, including celebrity autograph sessions and photo ops, live panels with famous guests, wildly entertaining workshops, cinematic concerts by the OVMF, intense board game tournaments, and much more. Hundreds of cosplay amateurs roamed the aisles, while cosplay champions thrilled crowds at the epic Masquerade contest, presented by Fabricville. Comic book and fantasy art aficionados watched their favourite creators at work in the Artists’ Alley and mingled at autograph sessions with international and local comic book legends, including Montreal political cartoonist Aislin, Yanick Paquette (Batman Inc., Swamp Thing), Scott Lobdell (X-Men, Superman) and several others. The fantastic Family Zone was bustling with NERF battles, archery lessons hosted by Sports de combats, and all sorts of fun for underage and “over-age” kids.
The 12th edition welcomed an unprecedented number of spectacular costuming fan groups, whose passionate members craft and wear elaborate costumes to entertain crowds and raise vital funds for Children’s Hospitals, Make-a-Wish Foundation and other life-saving endeavours. Visitors rubbed shoulders with La Forteresse Impériale, Quebec’s 501st Legion garrison, a celebrated member of the world’s premier Imperial Star Wars costuming fan club; The Doctor Who Society of Canada and their TARDIS and Daleks; the Klingon Assault Group (KAG), an international Star Trek fan organization with a sweet spot for Klingons; and the 405th Infantry Division, a global Halo prop and costume replica group making its Comiccon debut.
Montreal Comiccon attracted a multitude of beloved celebrities from the worlds of fantasy, sci-fi and comics, including guests of honour, Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Star Trek Generations) and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall, NewsRadio, Will & Grace; Matthew Lewis and Bonnie Wright(Harry Potter film series); British vampire and supervillain, James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville); Clive Standen (Vikings, Taken, Doctor Who), Colton Haynes (Arrow, Teen wolf), Grace Van Dien & Mason Dye (Stranger Things), Katherine McNamara (Arrow, Shadowhunters), Lindsey Morgan (The 100, Walker), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Discovery), WWE Superstar Kevin Owens (WWE), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, Peacemaker), Jim Beaver (Supernatural, Deadwood); Bruce Boxleitner (Tron, Babylon 5) and Alice Krige (Star Trek). Also present were voice actors Roger Clark (Red Dead Redemption) Charles Martinet (voice of Super Mario), Jason Cavalier (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy), and Elias Toufexis (Deus Ex: Human Revolution, The Expanse, Blood of Zeus). From the local scene, Martin Villeneuve (director of Red Ketchup), as well as actors Catherine Brunet, Eric K. Boulianne, Lucien Ratio and director Edouard Tremblay, director of the upcoming film Farador were present. Other comic book stars in attendance included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ co-creator, Kevin Eastman;legendary writer Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man 2099, Supergirl), author of nearly 50 Star Trek novels and several hit comics; and Toronto’s own Jim Zub (Avengers, Thunderbolts, Conan the Barbarian, Rick & Morty vs. D&D), and many more!
Montreal Comiccon was made possible thanks to the participation of Loto-Québec—host the Indie Gaming Zone, Télétoon la nuit, Fabricville, Journal de Montréal, D&D MTL, Pure Arts, Wrebbit, Sports de Combats and a galaxy of heroic partners. Like The Terminator, it will be back in 2023, July 14 to 16at Palais des congrès.