On the weekend of August 26th-28th, The Metro Toronto Convention Centre played host to the Canadian National Expo which comprised Comics, Sci-Fi, Anime, Horror and Gaming all under one roof with such guests as Elijah Wood, James Marsters, Margot Kidder, Erica Durance, Neal Adams, Jhonen Vasquez, Frank Quitely, Carlos Pacheco, Mark Bagley, Clive Barker, J. Michael Stracynski, Steve McNiven, Kevin Sorbo, Crispin Glover and tons more.
The event was extremely well attended, but being one of the later Cons in the year saw a large number of people being, simply, “conned out.” The mix of sensory overload and late night partying left many of us feeling beat before the day even begun.
The programming consisted of several screenings, intimate & interactive sessions with various actors and for the comics fans; Q&A Sessions, Cool School Classes and Sketch Duels.
As it pertains to news, very little was confirmed, however, it seems that as of Saturday a slew of poor reporting and bad rumours had already broke online ‘causing a number of frantic calls to an innocent C.B. Cebulski in Toronto. Here’s what you can consider actually confirmed:
“Marvel Mangaverse” will return in 2006, the trades did quite well.
Official announcements to be confirmed in future issues of Wizard [Including the issue Released This Last Week] and at Wizard World Boston include the new creative team of “The Ultimates,” the next writer on “Ultimate X-Men” before Bryan Singer begins his run and the first piece of “Moon Knight” art to be released by David Finch.
The “Moon Knight” series will not dwell heavily on his Egyptian ties, though there is a statue that talks to him.
Mark Bagley is hilarious.
Very few artists enjoy drawing Iron Man.
Skottie Young has similar difficulty with Nova’s helmet.
C.B. Cebulski and David Finch will be doing a story in an upcoming issue of “Spider-Man Unlimited.”
The Hulk will play a pivotal role in the Marvel Universe after the ripples of the “House Of M” storyline conclude.
The author of the forthcoming “Ultimate Hulk vs. Wolverine” will be announced within the next couple of weeks in the mainstream media, most likely USA Today.
Steve McNiven will draw Bryan Singer’s run on “Ultimate X-Men”.
Following Warren Ellis’ Ultimate Trilogy, Bendis will be writing “Ultimate Invasion.”
“Silver Surfer” will be returning in a series fully painted by Esad Ribic.
From DC, not as many forthcoming details;
Mogul will be appearing in forthcoming issues of “Green Lantern.”
Dale Eaglesham does have a new project lined up following “Villains United,” but even he doesn’t know what it is yet.
There will be plenty of new projects over the next year from such publishers as Speakeasy and Arcana Studios. Look for official announcements once details have been finalized. Also be sure you pay attention for further information on the just recently announced “Apocalipstix,” a “kind a post-nuclear Josie and the Pussycats” story from Oni Press by Ray Fawkes & Cameron Stewart.
We were there, hosting panels and taking pictures, not a lot of pictures mind you, but check out the following for a little taste of the 2005 Canadian National Expo:
|Crowd Shot, Friday||Crowd Shot, Saturday|
|Crowd Shot, Saturday||Crowd Shot, Saturday|
|Line-Up On Saturday||The Line-Up on Saturday extended several blocks, all the way from the front doors of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to nearly reaching Spadina Ave.|
|Jason Azzopardi & Jonathan Encarnacion||Large Gaming Display|
|Neal Adams||Josh Adams|
|Chris Stone & The Speakeasy Booth||Maple Pictures Had a comfy Set-Up|
|Margot Kidder||One of The Many Clothing Retailers|
|Sadistic Vanity||This was just clever. Lots of people with signage instead of actual costumes. Now if only I knew what the girls with the ‘Yuri’ signs meant.|
|Ray ‘Dead Sexy’ Fawkes||An Actress pimping some sort of B-Movie.|
|Alana Machnicki & Tyrone McCarthy||Giant wall of shirts.|
|Mr & Mrs. Jonathan Kociuba||The REAL Eric Kim|
|Lion Rampant Imports gave Gaming lessons to anyone wanting to learn how to play.||Playing with HeroClix.|
|More Games.||Games with Pirates.|
|Kagan McLeod.||Kenny Baker.|
|Kevin Sorbo||Spikey Haired Knights.|
|Elvira.||Mistress Of The Dark.|
|Dale Eaglesham.||Carlos Pacheco.|
|DC’s Big Guns Panel Audience.||The Big Guns Themselves; Frank Quitely, Dale Eaglesham, Carlos Pacheco, Ian Churchill and (standing) Eddie Berganza.|
|Dale, Ian & Eddie.||Frank & Carlos Pacheco.|
|Tim Russ.||Marina Sirtis & Fan.|
|Ramon Perez.||Svetlana Chmakova.|
|The Crowd Awaits.||Who Could They Be Waiting For?|
|Is That…? It Is! It’s James Marsters in a Special Q&A Session.||The First question was about writing songs about ex-girlfriends.|
|Marvel Ultimates Panel with C.B. Cebulski, Mark Bagley, David Finch, Greg Land & Steve McNiven.||Clive Barker does LIVE Painting!|
|Clive Painting.||A Work In Progress.|
|Star Wars Guys.||Hey Chewie!|
|Large Sin City figures.||Bob Tyrell Inks the patronage.|
|What do you mean ‘Health Board’?||Bloody Mary.|
|Tamara Gorski.||More Star Wars.|
|Hand Made Sheets & Pillows.||Lylloff 22|
|Salgood Sam.||Evan Munday|
|Benjamin Rivers.||Ben’s Friend with wicked piece of art.|
|Ty Templeton.||Karl Kerschl.|
|Autograph Area.||Autograph Area.|
|Dave Ross.||Francis Manapul.|
|Big Ass Pikachu.||Kids playing video games all over.|
|Rue Morgue Booth.||Rue Morgue Booth.|
|Mark Vienneau.||Rev. Matthew Ellis.|
|Autograph Area.||Ed Mathews.|
|Christopher Butcher.||Scott Robins.|
|Andy Lee.||Graham Roumieu & Chip Zdarsky.|
|Party Crowd.||Party Eats.|
|More People!||Wooo! Party!.|
|Suley Fattah.||Kevin Boyd.|
|Jeff Lemire [In Blue].||Steve Manale.|
|Ramon Perez.||Rob Coughler.|
|Andy, Ray & Alana.||Those crazy kids sure love that Manga.|
|Sexy People.||Portrait of an LCD Screen.|
|Chris & Chip. Two Flavours that taste great together.||Hot Lap Action.|
|The Kids are alright.||Jim Zubkavich aka ‘THE ZUB’.|
|Atilla Adorjany.||Sarrah Young & The Wild Red Eyes.|
|Crowd Shot.||Sweet Crowd Shot.|
|Fun Crowd Shot.||Kean Soo Rawks!|
|Fun Shot.||Hoo-Ray for Fun!|
|Peter Dixon [In White].||Cameron Stewart.|
|Vatikan Party Poster.||Eric Johanson.|
|Party At The Vatikan. In The Background, Karen sits on The CandyMan [Tony Todd’s] Lap.||At The Vatikan. Notice the wall of Jägermeister, each bottle represents a soul.|
|The Bar.||The Peeps.|
|The Floor.||The Stage.|
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