Report on: Oshawa Comic-Con

Oshawa is a large distance to travel for most of the GTA, but like anywhere, they have a dedicated base of comic fans who deserve a convention in their own back yard. Thanks to POP Culture Canada, on July 13th 2013, Oshawa joined the list of municipalities which can claim to have a comic convention. Then on only weeks later on September 7th they did it again and TdotComics was there to document it. The Oshawa Comic-Con was totally shway.

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Marketed at FanExpo, the convention itself was small, filling a single gymnasium behind a church and above a dance studio. Less than a hundred exhibitors – but there was a varied mix of toy vendors, crafters, and people marketing their material like the webcomic Chin-Up and home-grown comic The Red Squirrel. Between the tables were enough conversational people who are much friendlier than Oshawa’s reputation would have you believe.

The aspect in which the Oshawa Comic-con excelled was the number of cosplayers. Primarily Marvel Comic book characters, with no duplicates. The all-ages crowd of costumed avengers filled the stage and posed for photographs behind the vigilante gaze of a statue of Transformer Bumblebee. The stage was also used for a few promotional wrestling demonstrations.

   

Is it worth the distance from Toronto, including a bus ride from the GO station? Your mileage may vary, and as is the nature of conventions, the more people who decide to make the trip means the more worthwhile the trip will be. POP Culture Canada’s next event is “SHWA-Pocalyse,” on October 5th, which should have some added edge from being an early Halloween event. And knowing that travelling out to Oshawa isn’t as scary as I thought, I’ll definitely be there for Ochibacon.

-Michael Ryan. September 12th, 2013.

And here I thought the only notable thing about the city was the time Colbert referred to their mayor as “Oshawa Bin Laden.”

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