Montreal Comiccon: July 7 to July 9, 2017

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    Montreal Comiccon 2017 Guide

    Montreal Christmas shopping bazaars and sales include Mini Comiccon.
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    Montreal Comiccon: From Manga to Sci-Fi

    When Montreal Comiccon first debuted in 2006, around the same time New York premiered its own version of what's been a San Diego tradition since 1970, the event was strictly about comic books. And it was small. Fast-forward four years and the two-day conference first held every September expanded beyond print to include television and film covering genres as varied as fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and even hints of pro wrestling.

    By 2012, the event extended its usual two-day run to three days, if only to accommodate its growing list of featured guests. By 2013, attendance peaked at 42,000, roughly 10,000 above its previous year. And by 2015, the event's usual September dates had to be shifted to July if only to accommodate even bigger crowds since organizers claimed that the venue, Palais des congrès, could grant more space in the summer.

    In 2017, Montreal Comiccon runs July 7 to July 9, 2017. Admission runs from $5 for a one-day child's pass to $219 for a 3-day VIP pass. Special panel presentations may cost extra.

    Montreal Comiccon 2017 Celebrity Guests

    The 2017 edition of Montreal Comiccon runs July 7 to July 9, 2017 at the Palais des congrès, expected to attract 60,000 fans. 

    In addition to Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: Next Generation) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sens8), celebrity guests in 2017 include cast members from Doctor WhoHarry PotterStar WarsThe OAThe Shannara ChroniclesStar Trek, and more.

    Montreal Comiccon A Look Back

    Montreal Comiccon features celebrity guest rosters with a who's who of genre film and TV, which included appearances by the likes of:

    • Gillian Anderson
    • Patrick Stewart
    • William Shatner
    • Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange)
    • George Takei
    • David Tennant (Doctor Who)
    • Edward James Olmos
    • Marina Sirtis
    • John Cusack
    • George A. Romero
    • Felicia Day
    • Wil Wheaton 
    • Karl Urban
    • Christopher Lloyd
    • Stephen Amell
    • Stan Lee (creator of Spider-ManX-MenThe Incredible HulkThor and The Fantastic Four)
    • Adam West (the original Batman)
    • Kevin Smith
    • Margot Kidder
    • Jonathan Frakes
    • Jason Momoa
    • Bret the "Hitman" Hart

    Montreal Comiccon: Buy Tickets Online

    Buying tickets ahead of time is strongly recommended as the three-day event is known to sell out. For example, in 2011, organizers ran out of tickets and had to start turning people away as of 2:30 p.m. on Day 1, barely three hours into the event.

    Montreal Comiccon: Tips for Beating Lineups

    Montreal Comiccon lineups, from catching a guest panel to buying an autograph to getting into Comiccon at all, are practically inevitable. Apart from arming yourself with zen-like patience, one way to at least avoid the massive lineup at the door is to get there as early as you can, preferably in the morning. As for panels, get there at least 30 minutes in advance for a decent seat.

    Montreal Comiccon's Main Attractions

    Apart from guest autograph sessions, photo ops and meet-and-greets (which will set you back a pretty penny: autograph fees range anywhere from $20 to $120 or more, photo ops range from $30 to $120 or more), Montreal Comiccon also features:

    • guest panels, conferences and Q&A sessions with the audience
    • film screenings
    • cosplay / costume contest
    • an "artists alley"
    • t-shirt trading area
    • trading card games area
    • card tournaments
    • live auction
    • comic books and memorabilia for sale

    Visit the Montreal Comiccon website for more information on the next edition. 

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    Adam West's Hand

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    ••• Adam West's hand at Montreal Comiccon. Media were forbidden from photographing the original Batman, but I convinced West to let me shoot his hand. Complementing his client's hand, West's agent added a picture of him as Family Guy's Mayor West for effect. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    The Incredible Hulk's Legs

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    ••• The Incredible Hulk's legs, as seen at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Marie-Claude Bourbonnais as Hornet

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    ••• Marie-Claude Bourbonnais, a Quebec glamour model, posing as Hornet, a character on the web series "Heroes of the North." Bourbonnais previously incarnated Mortal Kombat's Frost. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Jason Voorhees With Friend

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    ••• Jason Voorhees, the Friday the 13th horror franchise superstar posing with friend at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Steampunk

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    ••• A steampunk spotted at Montreal Comiccon sporting a "compact electromagnetic linguistic launcher," Victorian-era tech-speak for "portable steam-powered telegraph," in other words, a retro-futuristic cell phone. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Silent Hill Nurse

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    ••• A Silent Hill nurse, one of the video game and movie franchise's recurring "monsters" spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Spider-Man

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    ••• Spider-Man as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Sailor Moon

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    ••• Sailor Moon as a brunette, as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Two-Face

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    ••• Two-Face, the Batman villain, as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Green Lantern, Lady Style

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    ••• Green Lantern, the superhero recently incarnated by Ryan Reynolds, as a woman, as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Smurfette

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    ••• Smurfette as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Sephiroth, the One-Winged Angel

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    ••• Sephiroth, the one-winged angel from Final Fantasy VII, as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    The Invisible Man

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    ••• The Invisible Man, as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. November 7, 2011 update: as per astute reader Douglas Doughty, this is more likely to be DC Comics' The Question, judging by the visible ears and lack of eye wear. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Garfield

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    ••• Garfield as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid
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    Zentai Fever

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    ••• Zentai suits as spotted at Montreal Comiccon on September 17, 2011. Photo © Evelyn Reid