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While Montreal may be known for its music and film festivals, it’s also the place to be if you’re a comic book junkie. Hosting a slew of conventions and pop culture expos, the year is jam-packed with events for everyone to enjoy. So whether you’re a die hard fan, or a casual reader, be sure to mark your calendars and check out these upcoming 2015 comic conventions.
Stad Uniprix , Dates To Be Announced
This year’s newest addition to the comic convention circuit is Kultura, which is produced by Just for Laughs and Crabapple Events, and will be held at the Uniprix Stadium. Although the event frames itself as an “interactive pop culture expo” (because that’s specific), you can be sure to find comics, video games, and a variety of other nerdisms you’d expect to see at a comic convention. Although Kultura’s set to come out this spring, no official date has been announced, although their exhibitor information packets are stamped with the tentative dates of May 1st to the 3rd.
Courtyard Marriott Montreal Airport, May 3rd
While not technically a comic convention, ToyCon is everything you expect to find at one; including middle aged men arguing over dolls action figures while wearing Captain America t-shirts. The convention is actually quite fun for a one day event, which takes place on May 3rd, and is the perfect place to look for a rare Lego set or Transformer. In addition to toys they also sell, you guessed it, comic books. Admission is only $5 for adults, and free for children.
3. Festival BD De Montreal
Parc Lafontaine, May 29th - 31st
If you’re tired of comic conventions that celebrate anything but comics, then be sure to check out the Festival BD (bandes dessinées) de Montreal. The event, which takes place from May 29th until the 31st, features a ton of incredible artists from Quebec as well as around the world. There are tons of activities that guests can participate in and, best of all, this festival is free to attend. It’s a great way to spend a weekend, discover art, and maybe even find your next favourite comic book.
4. Montreal Comiccon
Palais Des Congres, July 3rd - 5th
Montreal’s annual comiccon is coming to town, and it promises to be nothing but spectacular. While normally held in September, this year it’s taking place from July 3rd to the 5th, and the convention combines comics, gaming, cosplay, literature, and horror (as the convention also hosts the Montreal Horrorfest) all under one roof. With panels, workshops, photo-ops, and celebrity meet and greets, this convention is not to be missed. And, if that wasn’t enough to convince you, they’ve named John Barrowman as their guest of honour.
Palais Des Congres De Gatineau, July 18th - 19th
Alright, we admit it, this convention doesn’t technically take place in Montreal, given that it’s situated in Gatineau, but it’s definitely worth the trip for those living in the city. So it kinda counts, right? A strictly anime-oriented convention, G-Anime hosts two events each year with their next one taking place July 18th and 19th. The convention also hosts a bunch of events including a masquerade for cosplay fans, panels and workshops, and even a singing competition. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other anime fans, and let your not-so-inner nerd loose.
Palais Des Congres, August 7th - 9th
Possibly the biggest anime convention in all of Quebec, Otakuthon is Mecca for Montreal anime lovers. Panels, workshops, celebrities, thousands of comics and merchandise you can’t find in local stores, not to mention more cosplayers than BlizzCon, Otakuthon has it all. And if you’re not a fan of anime, don’t worry: Otakuthon still has American comics and non-anime activities that make checking it out still worth your while.
Location And Date To Be Announced
One of North America’s largest small-press book fairs, Expozine is the place to be if you’re looking to discover new artists and writers. The convention hosts roughy 300 exhibitors, with about 15,000 visitors each year. It’s the perfect place to pick up an indie comic, book, or zine, or be discovered for you own original works. It’s also an incredible opportunity to meet new talent, to network, and to have fun. And they say you can’t mix business and pleasure…