(Quebec - September 18th, 2017) On October 14th and 15th, the Quebec City Comiccon, America’s northernmost gathering of fantasy fiction fans, returns to the province’s capital for its wildly entertaining 4th edition. During one epic weekend, lovers of bandes dessinées, comic books, superhero films, horror, video games, manga, cosplay, and toys will converge at the Centre des Congrès de Québec, far away from Hollywood, to celebrate their passion for pop culture and the pleasures of imagination.
The 2017 Quebec City Comiccon will arrive with a calendar packed with activities for adults and kids alike. The Vintage Game Zone will kick wide open the doors of nostalgia with its awesome display of classic video games, available for all to enjoy. New gamers will marvel at the origins of their favorite pastime, while seasoned experts will take a joyous trip down memory lane. Medieval warriors in full costume are expected to invade the exhibition floor with daring displays of swordsmanship and ancient battle skills; flamboyant wrestlers will thrill the crowds with their death-defying stunts; and kids are expected to escape to the Family Zone and immerse themselves in a world of games and fun.
Attendees will have the privilege to rub shoulders, get autographs, and take pictures with captivating guests, starting with event headliner, Billy Boyd, the charismatic Scottish actor known worldwide for his role as Peregrin “Pippin” Took in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Since his Middle Earth breakthrough, Boyd has continued to entertain adventure, fantasy, and horror devotees with turns in the creepy Chucky film franchise; Peter Weir’s blockbuster, Master and Commander: The far side of the world; and numerous TV shows and mini-series, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Moby Dick.
Joining Billy Boyd will be legendary graphic novel artist and illustrator, Arthur “the zombie king” Suydam, considered by many of his peers as the unparalleled master of the form. Suydam, famous for his work in The Walking Dead, Marvel Zombies, Deadpool, and Army of Darkness, is the recipient of numerous international awards and is credited, along with Richard Corben, for introducing fully painted art to American comics in the 70s and 80s. Canadian artists will be represented by Gautier Langevin and Olivier Caroentier, the creative brains behind the popular web comic, Far Out; Caroline Breault (alias Cab), the imaginative author of the B.D. Hiver Nucléaire and Hiver Nucléaire 2, recipient of the 2017 Aurora Award and nominated as Best Canadian Author at the Bédélys Québec and Joe Shuster awards; and Dargaud and Glénat artist, Michel Falardeau, creator of L’Esprit du Camp and Le Domaine Grisloire, an exploration of paranormal phenomena in Quebec City.
On Saturday afternoon, professional and amateur cosplayers will partake in the Masquerade, the Comiccon’s grandiose contest party, where heroes-at-heart shall don spectacular costumes and bring to life their favorite fantasy characters. Of course, at the Comiccon costumes are never reserved for a single event: grown-ups and children are always encouraged to attend the two days clad in their finest costumes. Enigmatic cosplay celebrities, Suki Cosplay and Leon Chiro, will be present to showcase their intricate outfits and offer tips.
Video game and movie fans will be treated to concerts by The Film Music Wind Orchestra (OVMF, for its initials in French). Following their popular shows in 2015 and 2016, the ensemble of 50 talented musicians, under the direction of master conductor and arranger Jocelyn Leblanc, will delight audiences in 2017 with unforgettable renditions.
Guests seeking wisdom will participate in an array of panels and workshops hosted by specialists from all corners of geekdom, who will share their unique brands of expertise, from creating costumes to getting started in the comic book industry, and video game demos.