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Toronto ComiCon 2017

It’s probably not a stretch to say that the big draw of comic conventions is the celebrity guest list, but sometimes something is appointment viewing even if you’ve never heard of it before. Deep Six was like that, a webseries presentation that was so fresh it had just finished principal photography a few weeks earlier. I turned to the guy next to me in the Constantine costume and said, “I hadn’t even heard of this till yesterday,” as con staff tried to fill the last few seats in the room. “I hadn’t heard of it till today,” Constantine said one-upping me. So what were we about to see?  (more…)

 

Normally, being greeted by people shouting “Hail HYDRA!” is a cause for concern, but when it’s done to welcome Brett Dalton, the turncoat Agent Grant Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.… Well, it’s still not ideal, but it is understandable. Dalton was part of the show from the beginning, but his character was killed off in season three, and then he played the alien Inhuman possessing the body of Ward in the second half of that season before being killed off again. But things are looking up for Dalton because Ward is back. In alternative universe form! (more…)

In the world of Gotham, they are the prototypical dynamic duo. David Mazouz and Sean Pertwee were the first celebrity guest panel on Saturday at Toronto ComiCon, and the pair got to be significantly more light-hearted then they’re allowed to be on their TV show. Mazouz gave a hearty “Hello. Toronto,” far from being the broody pre-Batman Bruce Wayne, as he and Pertwee dug in and answered questions about the show and offered a couple of hints about what’s to come as season three draws to a close.  (more…)

Despite all the crap dumped on The Phantom Menace, people seem to universally agree that Ray Park as Darth Maul was one of the best parts of the film. It’s probably why he was given a hero’s welcome at Toronto ComiCon Friday night as he was ushered in to “The Imperial March” with an entourage from the charity cosplayers of the 501st Legion (and one little girl in a Wonder Woman costume).  (more…)

In the previous post, you got a taste of what the cosplay at Toronto ComiCon looked like, but to the more professional and artistic standards of those that live and breath cosplay, the results from the weekend were even more amazing. For cosplayers looking to have their work appreciated on the basis of their skill, their imagination, and their sewing and sculpting ability, Toronto ComiCon was giving out daily awards, and for the judges, the sheer number of contestants made their life harder as they struggled to get the results in on time for the six o’clock awards show. (more…)

PHOTO GALLERY: Cosplay from Toronto ComiCon 2017!

What a weekend for cosplay! It seems that Toronto nerds spent their winter months upping their game, creating wonderfully detailed costumes, and adding some news spins to old favourites. Yes, there were the usual suspects like Deadpool, Batman, Harley Quinn and every Star Wars character from the most popular to the most obscure. But how about a zombie Ewok? Or Winnie the Pooh Wookie? There were also unusual pairings. Kick-Ass and Kylo Ren, ALF and a Vulcan science officer with purple hair, and the Macho Man Randy Savage and a Hulk Hulk Hogan. Somewhere along the way at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, you might have even encountered a genuine Captain Canuck and the Average Joes dodgeball team. Let’s take a look at some of the cosplay from Toronto ComiCon. (more…)

Robert Picardo may be best known for playing the Emergency Medical Holographic Program, AKA: The Doctor, on Star Trek: Voyager, but these days its a love of real science here on Earth that is his passion. Wearing a shirt that said “science is universal”, the actor spoke passionately about his own background in science, and his present gig as an ambassador for a much beleaguered field.  (more…)

If it’s March in Toronto, then it’s time for Toronto ComiCon, and one of the fixtures of the annual event in the last couple of years has been the folks at Chapterhouse Comics. After rejuvenating Captain Canuck a few years, they’ve begun reclaiming other bits of lost Canadian comic book history with, you guessed it, an expanded comic book universe. The man at the center of that is Kalman Andrasofszky, the writer and artist that pens the new monthly adventures of Captain Canuck and redesigned him for the 21st century. Nerd Bastards caught up with Andrasofszky from his Toronto studio to talk about the latest developments with Canuck, the effect of Canada’s 150th birthday on the series, and all sorts of Canadian inside jokes. (more…)

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