From “The Lord of the Rings”: Fans to Meet Billy Boyd in September at Forest City Comicon

July 18, 2017

Billy Boyd, best known for his portrayal of “Pippin” in Peter Jackson’s award-winning “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, is the latest guest announced as appearing at the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play.  The fourth installment of the wildly popular downtown event event is set to run at the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23.  Advanced discount and early tickets for early admission to the event are available now at www.forestcitycomicon.ca or at selected stores in London.

Billy Boyd“Combined with all of our attractions, exhibitors, and special events we have become known for, the Forest City Comicon in downtown London is a must-see event this year,” explained committee member John Houghton.  “With the addition of Billy Boyd to the guest lineup, excitement is certainly building towards September.”

“The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy, adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary fantasy work, was released from 2001-2003 with Boyd appearing in all three films as “Pippin”.  His character proved to be one of the most popular and memorable in the franchise, providing comic relief and heart to the productions.  Combined, the movies received seventeen academy awards and wide critical acclaim.  All three films were nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards with the final installment, “The Return of the King”, taking top prize in 2003 to become the first fantasy film to ever win the award.

About Billy Boyd:

Billy Boyd PhotoBorn in Glasgow, Scotland in 1968, Boyd was inspired by “Star Wars” to try acting. Boyd’s parents were extremely supportive, driving over two hours to get him to the performances, but sadly they passed away when he was twelve. A school counselor later discouraged his choice of acting and told him to “keep it secret”.

When he was seventeen he left school and went to work in a book-binding workshop. Ironically, during the years he worked at the book-binders, editions of “The Lord of the Rings” were printed and bound there.  Eventually, Boyd enrolled in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, meanwhile studying everything from Shakespeare to puppet-making. During this time Boyd had a few small roles in TV series such as “Down Amongst The Boys” and “Taggart”.

After graduating he performed in many plays like “The Slab Boys”, “The Diary of Adrian Mole” at The St. Andrews theatre which were his first paying roles.  He later received a call from his agent about the Lord of the Rings movies and if he would like to audition for them. He went along not expecting much but within a few months Peter Jackson came out to Scotland to meet him and to audition him personally. While rehearsing for a show he received a call from his agent who said that the part of Pippin had been offered to him, radically altering the course of his career.

About the Forest City Comicon:

Convention FloorThe Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play is the largest event of its kind in London, Ontario: a celebration of nerd and geek culture like no other.  The comic con event features stage presentations, costumes, artists, exhibitors, panels, board games, video game tournaments, and more.  The 2017 event will run Saturday, September 23 at the London Convention Centre.  Advanced tickets, which offer discounted and early admission to the event, are available now at www.forestcitycomicon.ca or at selected stores in London.

Wink Yahoo (Scott Yaphe) set for “UhOh! Live”

“PUNISHER! CONTROL” That’s right, the legend, Wink Yahoo (Scott Yaphe) from YTV’s 90s game show “UhOh!” is coming to Forest City Comicon! – – Get your tickets now “UhOh!: Live”, a convention version of the original show, is included with your admission!

After graduating from Ryerson University, Yaphe joined the cast of YTV’s sketch comedy show ‘It’s Alive!’, which lasted three seasons. When the show ended, his beloved character Wink Yahoo was granted his own series entitled ‘Uh-Oh!’. The wacky, slime-filled game show aired from 1997-2003 on YTV following the network’s “The Zone” programming block.

In addition to his work on YTV, voice and commercial work keep Scott busy. He spent 7 years as the voice of Rogers Sportsnet and 4 years as the Promo Voice of SUN TV. He has appeared in dozens of memorable commercials. Scott has most recently voiced the role of “Lucky” in the 3D animated feature film, “The Nut Job” and is currently shooting Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of his vampire horror novel, “The Strain”, playing the role of Sledge. He has also had supporting roles on TMN Canada’s ‘Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures’ and Global/ABC’s ‘Rookie Blue’ and had recurring roles on both Disney XD’s ‘Aaron Stone’ and Warner Television’s ‘Unnatural History’. Yaphe has also shared the big screen with Jennifer Love Hewitt in the Jackie Chan film, The Tuxedo, and with two-time Oscar winner Hillary Swank in the Amelia Earhart biopic, Amelia. He can also be seen in the film, STAG, starring Donald Faison (Scrubs), Eva Amurri (Californication) and Jon Dore (The Jon Dore Show) on TMN in Januray 2014.

Transformers Special Presentation at Imagine Cinemas

Another great movie showing coming up! Join us on Friday at Imagine Cinemas London‘s FX THEATRE in Downtown London for a special presentation of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT!

Pre-show panel starting at 6:15 pm with Con-Host Jeremy Bushell along with Ian Tyson giving a spoiler-free “PRIME”er (get it?) on the movie in their signature style!

Remember: parking during the movie is FREE with validation at the theatre!

Pre-show Panel: 6:15 pm (Don’t miss it!!)
Movie Begins: 6:45 pm

Reserve your seat now! https://omniwebticketing4.com/imaginecinemas/citi-plaza/?schdate=2017-06-23&perfix=49565

DOOR PRIZE: 4-pack prizing from Laser Quest London

Willow Dawson: Guest News!

Ontario-based Author / Illustrator Willow Dawson is set to appear at Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play this coming September 23 at the London Convention Centre.

Willow Dawson’s picture book THE WOLF-BIRDS received a School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW and was a finalist for four awards including, The Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award (2017) and The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award (2016). Her graphic novels include, AVIS DOLPHIN with Frieda Wishinsky (Groundwood Books), HYENA IN PETTICOATS (Penguin Books), LILA AND ECCO’S DIY COMICS CLUB (Kids Can Press) and NO GIRLS ALLOWED with Susan Hughes (Kids Can Press). She is currently illustrating WHITE AS MILK, RED AS BLOOD, the first fully illustrated English edition of Franz Xaver von Schonwerth fairy tales, translated by Shelley Tanaka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018).

More guests continue to be announced for the event on the Forest City Comicon’s website.

Wonder Woman Special Presentation at Imagine Cinemas

Join us on Friday at Imagine Cinemas London‘s LUXURY RECLINER theatre in Downtown London for a special presentation of WONDER WOMAN!

Pre-show panel starting at 6:30 pm with Con-Host (…and DC super-fan) Jeremy Bushell along with Ian Tyson (the OG Superfan) taking you though the ins and outs of the DC universe as only they can!

Pre-show Panel: 6:30 pm (Don’t miss it!!)
Movie Begins: 6:55 pm

DOOR PRIZES: Wonder Woman merchandise including posters, bags, collectable pins, and MORE! Plus: 4-pack prizing from Laser Quest London!

Tickets NOW AVAILABLE – – pre-order to avoid disappointment: https://omniwebticketing4.com/imaginecinemas/citi-plaza/?schdate=2017-06-16&perfix=49362

Free Comic Book Day Schedule 2017

London’s local comic shops will once again give away more than 20,000 comic books absolutely free!

L.A. Mood Comics & Games and Heroes Comics will be participating again downtown, as well as The Comic Book Collector, Neo Tokyo, and Worlds Away in Old East Village.

Free Comic Book Day began in 2002, and is a worldwide celebration of comics and pop culture always falling on the first Saturday in May. Across North America, more than 6 million free comic books will be given away.
For more information, checkout: www.freecomicbookday.com

DUNDAS STREET: ***PROGRAMMING MOVED INDOORS TO Citi Plaza***
With special programming featuring the London Public Library’s costume contest, and some awesome comic themed surprises.

COSTUME CONTEST
-2:30pm in Citi Plaza
-Register by 2pm
The London Public Library’s annual costume contest is back again ***MOVED INDOORS TO Citi Plaza***! Fans and comic book lovers of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters on Free Comic Book Day and show off their best costumes. Prizes are awarded to different age groups from preschooler to adult.
Participants must be registered by 2pm with signed entry form at the Library’s table. Participants can pre-register at the Central Library. The contest begins at 2:30pm Saturday.

COMIC SHOP CROSSOVER
The annual Comic Shop Crossover will return. Passports available in stores!

TING COMIC AND GRAPHIC ARTS FESTIVAL
April 25 – May 13, 2017
Named after Merle “Ting” Tingley, London Free Press’ editorial cartoonist from 1948-1986, Ting Comic & Graphic Arts Festival showcases past, present and future comic and graphic artists from London and the greater Southwestern Ontario area. Tingfest centres around a gallery show at The ARTS Project, featuring a pop-up comic shop, workshops, artist talks, a children’s creation station, and more. Drop in during Free Comic Book Day to experience their Superhero Photo Booth!

LIVE MUSIC
Captain Finn and the Salty Sea Dogs will be performing on Dundas Street from approx 10am-2pm!

We are also partnering up with London Arts Council to bring you a London Arts Live pop-up with actor Dan Ebbs, visual artists Nic Degroot and Sheri Cowan, and musicians Trusty Fox on Dundas Street!

Photos from last year’s Free Comic Book Day can ve viewed here:

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GUEST NEWS: Super Art Fight Returns!

The incredible must-see Super Art Fight is set to make its Canadian return when it comes back to Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play at the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Advanced Discount Tickets Available Now).  Super Art Fight made its Canadian debut at last year’s show, receiving rave reviews as a highlight of the event.  The event is included FREE with admission while seating is available.
“Super Art Fight proved to be a major fan favourite at last year’s show,” said committee member John Houghton.  “Fans were asking for us to bring them back and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver!”
Founded in 2008, Super Art Fight presents a live event unlike any other: a hilarious hybrid of live drawing, pro-wrestling style dramatics and characters, and improv comedy. They’ve been featured in the pages of Wired and the Washington Post, and entertained crowds all over the United States.  Fans can cheer their favorites on to victory but prepare themselves for the unpredictable topic generator known as THE WHEEL OF DEATH. There is nothing else like Super Art Fight on Earth! For more details, check them out online at SuperArtFight.com.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Opening Night Special Presentation

Catch the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in Imagine Cinemas NEW SPECIAL FX THEATER with Forest City Comicon!

Pre-show events at 6:30 pm including…
– A Guardians of the Galaxy Cosplay Contest (winner gets 2 free movie passes, 2 large drinks, 2 pop corns!)
– Pre-show panel recapping the road so far and filling you in on the next big moves in the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring Con-Host Jeremy Bushell and Actor & Improv Comic Brad Bushell.
Movie starts at 7:00 pm

DOOR PRIZE:

Everyone viewing the movie will be entered towards a door prize from Laser Quest London (A Free Game Party pack for up to 10 people! Winner will be chosen randomly by seat number.)

PLUS: Forest City Comicon will be giving away free Guardians of the Galaxy comics from Marvel!

GET TICKETS NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT! https://omniwebticketing4.com/imaginecinemas/citi-plaza/?schdate=2017-05-05&perfix=47868

Guest News: VFX Artist Jennifer Maillet

Jennifer Maillet (View Demo Reel) is the latest guest announced as attending London’s Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play at the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23 (Advanced Discount Tickets Available Now).  Maillet has worked in the film industry for 7 years and has been a VFX Artist on shows like The Walking Dead, Vikings, Orphan Black, Penny Dreadful, Fear the Walking Dead, and Legion to name a few. She’s also worked on feature film such as, Harry Potter, Suicide Squad, Elysium, and Into the woods.   In 2013, her team won the Canadian Screen Award for Outstanding Achievement Award In Visual Effects for their work on Vikings.

About Forest City Comicon

The largest event of its kind in London is a celebration of nerd and geek culture like no other: The Forest City Comicon is a London, Ontario based comic con that is set to return for its fourth season in 2017 in partnership with Project Play featuring costumes, vendors, panels, board games, video game tournaments and more. The event is a celebration of nerd culture and the popular culture that surrounds it. The 2017 event will run Saturday, September 23 at London’s best venue: the fabulous London Convention Centre.