Comic Con in Cobourg this Saturday
Organizers are hoping that the colourful costumes and eager enthusiasm of these folks at a recent Kingston Comic Con event will be repeated at the Cobourg Community Centre Saturday, as this community gets its first Comic Con. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The love of toys and comics these days spans the age gamut from 2 to 92.
Comic Con events have celebrated this passion since the 1970s and, on Saturday, Cobourg will get one of its own from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cobourg Community Centre.
Organizer David Wyldstar said in an interview this week that he is hoping to see the Cobourg Comic Con become an annual event.
Though he is based in Oshawa, Wyldstar said he is in Cobourg regularly on business and loves the community. He has even set up the event as a benefit for the Northumberland Food 4 All food bank.
Basically, he said, non-perishable food donations are the currency for much of the event. You bring a bunch of cans and hand one over for admission or (for example ) for the chance to get your photo taken with the two Dr. Who Daleks who will be there. You can even use them to purchase tickets for the half-hour raffling off of more than 100 items — books, comic books, toys, T-shirts.
Wyldstar is pleased to say he has local sponsorship and volunteers for the event, and he expects there will be something for people of all ages to enjoy.
And all ages is the range he says special guest star Andrew Jackson appeals to. Kids might know him as the voice of Buford the Sheep in Numb Chucks, but older fans of All My Children might remember his two years as Dr. Stephen Hamill.
The list of his acting and voice-acting credits in movies and television includes Universal Soldier, Due South, Pippi Longstocking, Beyblade, Earth — Final Conflict, Stargate, Charmed, Warehouse 13 and Breakout Kings.
“I am very happy to have him as a friend, and very pleased he has agreed to come out and help with this fundraiser,” Wyldstar said.
While he will be charging money for his photos and autographs, as is customary at such events, Jackson will be donating most of the proceeds to the food bank.
Comic-book enthusiasts will also be pleased to have the chance to meet artist Dan Day, who worked for Marvel and DC in the '70s and '80s as well as doing his own self-publishing.
“He has drawn everything from Spiderman to Batman to every character in between — Conan the Barbarian, Star War, some Star Trek,” Wyldstar said.
“He will bring a huge selection of his original art for sale, original one-of-a-kind art pieces you could frame and put in a museum.”
Day will also be happy to provide autographs to anyone who can bring in a piece of his work that he or she would like to get signed.
A wonderful variety of vendors will be on hand, both local ones and dealers from as far away as Toronto with items that might otherwise only be available on-line. — it might be a great opportunity to get started on your Christmas shopping, Wyldstar suggested.
Comic Con events would be far less colourful without the costumed visitors, so everyone is encouraged to go all out. Volunteers will even reward the outstanding examples as they travel around incognito to bestow recognition.
“There's no official contest this year — we are hoping in future years to do that,” he said.
“For this year, come in a costume and my people will be randomly walking around incognito. They'll pop up and say, 'I love your costume. Can I take your picture? Here's a prize,' and they'll hand out a T-shirt or comic book.
“We're very excited. It's going to be a lot of fun.”