TORONTO COMICON ANNOUNCES FUN FAMILY PROGRAMMING @Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building – March 18-20, 2022.
After two years, Toronto Comicon, presented by FAN EXPO Canada, was back with everything fans love including celebrity guests, comic creators, collectibles merchants, cosplay, and more! The annual pop culture convention celebrates comics, sci-fi, fantasy, and animation for three days of non-stop programming for fans of all ages including the always popular Family Zone.
Fans of the iconic ‘90s anime Sailor Moon were in for a powerful treat this year with a whole day dedicated to the magical series including a cast reunion panel, music celebration, fan meetups, trivia, plushie workshop and more, all celebrating the 30th anniversary.
The ultimate fan celebration blast off at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s South Building from March 18-20, 2022. Toronto Comicon’s Family Zone kept the mini-me’s and superkids in your life entertained for March Break with fantastic fun including craft, plushie making, sustainable gardening, and slime making workshops; Harry Potter-themed content including Sorting Hat ceremonies and photo ops; fort building; sing-a-longs; and the Toronto Comicon Little Village where they can play to their hearts content.
New this year, Toronto Comicon introduced podcast programming with a selection that includes the improvised true crime podcast Killed to Death, comedy interview series You Made Me Queer!, actual-play D&D podcast Dwarven Moss, improvised scary story SPOOKED!, a podcast offering modern analysis of vintage celebrity gossip The Reheat, horror-fiction Parkdale Haunt, and sci-fi thriller Cascadia.
Special celebrity, comic, cosplay and voice actor guests at this year’s show include newly added members of the original Degrassi Junior High cast Amanda Stepto, Stacie Mistysyn, and Pat Mastroianni; in addition to previously announced guests including the incredible Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk); Star Wars legends Tim Rose, who brought Admiral Ackbar to life, BB-8 and porg puppeteer Brian Herring; the original Red Ranger Austin St. John (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers); Hollywood icon John Cusack (Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity); beloved Canadian actress Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, The Handmaid’s Tale); former TARDIS time-traveller Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Victoria); and many other iconic guests. For a complete list of guests, info and tickets, visit comicontoronto.com.
Programming Highlights for Toronto Comicon include:
SAILOR MOON SUNDAY!
Sailor Moon turned 30 and Toronto Comicon was hosting a whole day of Sailor Moon-themed programming to celebrate! Fans met the voices of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mars and Tuxedo Mask at Toronto Comicon and joined the cast reunion panel on Sailor Moon Sunday with Linda Ballantyne, Katie Griffin, and Toby Proctor. Fans took part in the Sailor Moon Amazing Race, as fans were challenged to complete seven Sailor Moon themed tasks in the race to win a signed poster and official photo op with the cast of Sailor Moon. The celebration event also included a fan meetup, trivia, a celebration of Sailor Moon music, a plushie workshop, and button making.
Beyond autograph signings and photo ops, celebrity guests took part in Q&A presentations where fans can learn more about their storied lives and careers. Scheduled panelists included: Jenna Coleman on Friday, March 18, John Cusack on Saturday, March 19, Laura Vandervoort on Saturday, March 19, Stars of Degrassi Junior High Amanda Stepto, Stacie Mistysyn, Pat Mastroianni on Saturday, March 19, Tim Rose on Sunday, March 20
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Even the youngest superheroes had something to do, from epic fort building and princess sing-a-longs, Sorting Hat ceremonies, Harry Potter photo ops; plushie making and crafting workshops; sustainability gardening, slime making and relaxing in the Toronto Comicon Little Village, where you can play in the village houses, hunt for bugs, go fishing and so much more!
Cosplay took centre stage with panels, showcases, competitions and more. Fans joined professional cosplayers Jillea and Married Makers for craftsmanship and industry insight panels; hit the Cosplay Red Carpet to get their free photo taken by Droo Photography; test their skills to see if they could beat the Squid Game Dalgona Challenge; and show off their design craft at the Toronto Comicon Costume Contest on Saturday, March 19 where Best Hero, Best Villain and Best Duo/Group winners will be crowned. Younger cosplayers can get in on the fun with the Kids Cosplay Contest on Saturday afternoon.
The comic stage had three packed days of drawing and colouring demos, sneak previews, industry insights and more. Superstar comic creators Dave Johnson, Jim Shooter, and Tony Harris, amongst many others, were on hand to share expert tips and tricks, and fans took a seat and picked a side for the ultimate Sketch Duels showdown. Artist Alley was a requisite experience area for anyone interested in meeting the rising stars and talent who work the front lines of the industry. Indie meets pro in the special area where attendees found all their favorite pencillers, inkers and writers. This show staple offered everything from comics and graphic novels, to limited edition prints and original artwork, as well as crafters and makers.
Toronto Comicon teamed up with The Sonar Network and Frequency Podcast Network to bring attendees some ear food, including Killed to Death, You Made Me Queer!, Dwarven Moss, SPOOKED!, The Reheat, Parkdale Haunt, and the independent podcast Cascadia.
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
Over 400 exhibitors were on the convention floor, specializing in all things comics, anime, gaming, science fiction and horror. Whether it was original artwork, graphic novels, comic books from any era, memorabilia, videos, games, toys or t-shirts – there were endless vendors visit: fanexpohq.com/comicontoronto/schedule
Toronto Comicon presented by FAN EXPO CanadaTM is a pop culture convention for fans of comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming. The annual three-day convention is jam-packed with family-friendly activities and celebrities. This year’s show took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from March 18-20, 2022. www.comicontoronto.com
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