Toronto ComiCon 2016

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Life on AMC’s The Walking Dead can be short, but Tovah Feldshuh made it longer than some. The 62-year-old actress is known primarily for her long career in the theater, but she won a whole new audience when she appeared halfway through the fifth season as Deanna Monroe, the head of the Alexandria Community, and though her tenure in the zombie apocalypse is over, she nonetheless must deal now with the consequences of appearing on a show like The Walking Dead: interacting directly with fans at events like Toronto ComiCon. For Feldshuh, who comes from the relatively staid world of the theater, it’s a whole new experience. (more…)

Toronto ComiCon 2016: Cosplay, The Best of the Rest

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To wrap our cosplay tour of Toronto ComiCon, the image gallery below reflects a wide variety of styles, types and modifications to a great many beloved characters from TV, movies, comics, video games and anime. The level of imagination and sophistication when you see cosplayers at these shows continues to impress, and even at times when you don’t have so much of the latter, it’s more than made up for it in the former. From cardboard masks, to spandex suits, and from modified store-bought costumes to suits made entirely from scratch, all the cosplayers wandering the Metro Toronto ConventionCentre were ready-to-wear in the awesomest fashion to be seen until September at Fan Expo Canada! (more…)

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“You’ve probably had questions you’ve wanted to ask for 20 years,” Linda Ballantyne said to a room full of Sailor Moon fans last weekend at Toronto ComiCon. Yes, it has been that long since the Japanese manga turned anime series about a group of female warriors, their talking cats and their friend in the penguin suit came to North American shores, and from the look of the crowd, most of the room remembered watching it first run at lunch hour on YTV. So when Ballantyne said that many in the room had questions brewing for over two decades, they did. (more…)

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Next year will mark 20 years since the release of Starship Troopers, Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi opus about human soldiers waging a war against giant space bugs. That’s the simplistic synopsis of the film, but it’s the subtle thematic work in the film that has allowed it to resonate still almost two decades later, particularly the vision of the future Earth with fascist overtones and the near canonization of military force. With that F-word being thrown around a lot with the present Presidential campaign, Casper Van Dien was asked at Toronto ComiCon his thoughts about the new prescience to Starship Troopers in this election year. (more…)

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Most people remember Secret Wars for giving the world the black Spider-Man costume, but its influence is far more pronounced than that. Sure, the black Spidey was kind of a big deal, but did you know that it was one of the first, if not the first, company-wide crossovers done by the major comic book publishers. Regardless of whether not it was the first, Secret Wars has a long-standing impact on the comic book business, and since three of its primary architects – writer Jim Shooter, artist Mike Zeck, and inker John Beatty – were at Toronto ComiCon this past weekend, the venue was used to mark three decades since the release of Secret Wars. (more…)

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It’s Toronto, it’s ComiCon, so naturally, we were going to talk about Captain Canuck! Members of the team that successfully relaunched Captain Canuck a few years ago in a multimedia charm offensive gathered for a panel that offered updates on all things Canuck. From the Captain’s comic book adventures, to the recently launched second season of his webseries, to new Crimestoppers PSAs, to even whispers of a feature film, executive producer Fadi Hakim, head writer Kalman Andrasofszky, Captain Canuck creator Richard Comely, and Captain Canuck’s voice Kris Holden-Ried had a lot to discuss. (more…)

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Star Wars cosplay at cons is so ubiquitous it could, and should, be it’s own category. So we created one. Toronto ComiCon this past weekend was no exception for the inclusion of that parade of Star Wars costume love for both regular fans and the ever growing and swelling ranks of the local chapter of the 501st Legion, a staple of any Toronto area con. Of course this was the first Toronto con after the release of The Force Awakens, and the usual march of Stormtroopers, Jedi and Sith Lords was joined by many Kylo Rens, Reys, and even a few BB-8s. (Yes, you can cosplay BB-8. See below.) (more…)

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With roles in The Flash, and the recent X-Files miniseries, not to mention The Tomorrow People, and a recurring part in Alcatraz, Robbie Amell has positioned himself well as a young actor interested in making himself a linchpin of nerd culture. Of course, it’s a family trade. His cousin Stephen Amell is TV’s Green Arrow on Arrow, and will be appearing as Casey Jones in this summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel. Still, this Amell had much to talk about, a lot of Flash memories, a new project with his cousin launching Tuesday, and, of course, being Mulder Jr. (so to speak) on The X-Files. (more…)

When Rob Liefeld took the stage at his Toronto ComiCon Q&A, he took the stage solo saying that he would, “eat that moderator alive.” Out of the mouths of most people, that would have sounded hyperbolic, but in Liefeld’s case, 60 minutes later, the crowd knew it to be true because it was a solid hour of Rob Liefeld talking about Rob Liefeld and not one question was asked or answered. Perhaps he really didn’t need to answer any questions. For Liefeld, who’s currently basking in the success of the movie Deadpool, this official first trip to Toronto felt like a victory lap. (more…)

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When Toronto ComiCon booked Karen Allen to appear many months ago (or whenever), could they have known that just a couple of days before hand that they would announce that Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford would be teaming up again for Indiana Jones 5? Probably not, but it’s nice when things work out. When Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull concluded, Indy had married Allen’s character Marion Ravenwood, so one might think the odds are good that Marion will return for Part 5. It’s still a little early in the process to know, but to get any awkwardness out of the way at a press availability Saturday morning, we thought we’d ask anyway.  (more…)