(WINDSOR, ON) – This year’s running of the popular Windsor ComiCon proved to be an overwhelming success. Jeremy Renaud, the event’s marketing, sponsorship, and public relations co-coordinator said attendance was up by a significant margin.
According to Renaud, the writing was on the wall once organizers saw a large increase in online sales, well ahead of previous years. It was confirmed by the long line-ups at the conference’s registration tables. With more traffic through the collection of memorabilia vendors in Caesars Colosseum it was no surprise some quickly sold out of in demand items.
This was the case for Windsor’s CG Realm. Its supply of Dungeons and Dragons items was gone the first day. The non-stop popularity of the game, first sold in the 1970s, has been recurring updates. Since its release, the game has gained some 20 million aficionados, making it the gaming industry’s perennially most popular role playing game.
As is usual, many of the guests came dressed in their favourite costumes. Alex and Maria were no exception as they were formally attired as the stars of Tim Burton’s 2005 animated feature film Corpse Bride. Maria, playing the role of the deceased bride, was showing a lovely shade of blue skin.
Both were guarded when asked if there might be a wedding in their future, saying right now they remain a boyfriend and girlfriend who share a love of Tim Burton movies.
The show featured a variety of comic book and related stars, including the nasty Mary from the Walking Dead. When the intrepid cast members of the popular cable series arrived at Terminus, a supposed sanctuary, it was Mary who was working a grill and serving up burgers.
It turned out Terminus was a cannibalistic enclave. Actor Denise Crosby said her role caused real life folk to be a little frightened of her, “Particularly if I ask them to a barbeque.”
Currently, the program is one of North America’s most popular television series and will enter its eighth season in October, but without Mary. Her character was killed off in season five. Asked how long she expects the show to go on, she confided it probably won’t last much longer.
Her reasoning is that the cast members may tire of the continuing plot and the producers may want to exit while the show is still highly popular. Crosby also revealed that many of the actors, aside from the stars, don’t often make a lot of money. Some work for scale, a sort of Hollywood minimum wage, in order to get a part in the popular show.
Amongst the booths in the Colosseum, was one dedicated to Mason, the local youngster who, despite being stricken with childhood cancer, fought like the superstars he admired, but sadly lost his battle. His parents set up the Fight Like Mason Foundation to raise money to fund cancer research and to supply hospitalized children with customized intravenous poles.
This is the Foundation’s second year at ComiCon and, so far, it has raised over $85,000. This June, Mason’s brother Miller was born. He was in the booth, if only for moral support for his deceased brother.