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New Date, New Venue: Big Changes Coming to Forest City ComiCon 2019

London, Ontario, Canada

Big changes are coming to Forest City ComiCon in 2019 including a new summer date and a change in venue that will see the show return to its roots at Centennial Hall in Downtown London. The sixth-annual celebration of nerd and geek culture will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. The show is an all-ages comic con event featuring artists, exhibitors, cosplay, vendors, panels presentations, board games, video game tournaments, and more.

“We are going to break out of the convention model of rising costs and the increasing ticket prices that the convention world is stuck in: we’re getting back to our roots,” explained organizing committee member John Houghton. “Fans can expect an amazing show, with affordable ticket prices, great programming, top-notch cosplay, and lots of exhibitors.”

The show is also moving into the summer from its previous date in September to take advantage of the great weather and an open space in the regional convention schedule. Heading into its sixth year, the first record-shattering Forest City ComiCon was held at Centennial Hall back in 2014.

“In many ways, the 2014 show was the most fun we ever had running the event. In the four years since, our group has learned a lot about how to operate a show, what works and what does not,” added Houghton. “We know can put on an excellent event at the venue and are excited to be back at Centennial Hall to put on a fun, affordable show.”

Tickets for the event as well as guest news and event schedule are coming soon. Exhibitor registration is open now at www.forestcitycomicon.ca.

Boxing Day Sales from ComiCon Partners

Our Comic Shop partners at L.A. Mood & Heroes have both posted up info for boxing day sales!   Here’s the details:

L.A. Mood Comics & Games

Boxing Week Sales!
Dec 26 at 10 AM until Dec 31 at 4 PM

10/20/30% off when you buy 1x/2x/3 or more regular priced board games, card games, and role-playing games
(not including Magic, Yugioh, and other collectable card games)

50% off vinyl records
50% off all back issues
50% off all graphic novels
25% off all toys, statues and supplies

Heroes Comics

Boxing Week Bonanza

Wednesday, Dec 26 until Monday, December 31

20% off all Toys & Statues
30% off all card singles
25-30% off graphic novels
40-50% off all back issues

And much more!

 

 

Black Friday Sales from ComiCon Partners!

A number of ComiCon partners are having special sales for Black Friday!  Check out some of the deals below:

(Note: offers are subject to change.  Check official postings and websites for details).

Ctrl-V London (Virtual Reality)

Get a voucher for 60% off your next session of VR when you use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY2018 from Friday November 23rd until November 25th.  Details at the Ctrl V website.

L.A. Mood Comics & Games

  • 10% off almost everything (Exceptions are Magic and other collectible card game boosters or singles)
  • Plus roll Zombie Dice for a chance for even bigger discounts 15, 20 or 25% off! Discount can be applied to items already on the bargain shelf: Marvel Codenames, Pyramid Poker, Cost Ruana, Red Scare, Hope, and Spike, to name a few!
  • $2 back issues for only $1 each!
  • Regular priced back issues 50% off!
  • Selected Dragon Shields $11 each.
  • Details on L.A. Mood’s Black Friday sales page.

Heroes Comics

Friday November 23 – Sunday November 25

  • Thousands of $1.00 graphic novels.
  • Buy 2 get 1 free pops
  • Buy 2 get 1 free Star Wars Black figures.
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Super Hero figures (Marvel Legends, Marvel Select, DC Direct, Mattel, Mego, and more)
  • Details at Heroes Comics Facebook page.

 

Convention Day Tips & Details 2018

CONVENTION DAY HAS ARRIVED!!  Some tips for helping you make the most of your day:

QUICK LINKS:

🎟️ Express Entry Tickets

🕑 ComiCon Schedule

Event Map

Kids & Families Guide

🎮 Interactive & Gaming

🖊️ Special Guests (Plus: Autograph & Photo Info)

Cosplay Contest

Witches & Wizards Fall Fling Dance Details

Finding Your Way, Planning Your Day: PICK UP A PROGRAM or USE THE DIGITAL VERSION!  Come up with a plan in advance of which panels & presentations you want to catch to save time (and avoid disappointment!) at the show.

Getting into the Show FAST At the London Convention Centre main doors: if you are facing the doors, the line into the left side is the express line for pre-purchased tickets (STILL AVAILABLE), the line on the right side is the line for new purchases. Fans with pre-purchased tickets should have their ticket ready for scanning as early as 9:00 am – – our team will be coming out into the lines to pre-check these tickets for speedy entry as soon as 10:00 am hits. New ticket sales won’t start until after the express line has entered the building after 10:30 am, so while day-of tickets can be bought at the door, if you want the fastest entry an advanced ticket is the way to go!

New Show Hours for 2018 This years show starts at 10:00 am and the exhibitor floor is open until 8:00 pm!  There is also events taking place into the evening including the all-new Witches & Wizards Fall Fling!

Cosplay! Cosplay! Cosplay! If bringing props into the convention centre please make sure they abide by our props policy: have any weapon-like props tagged at the registration desk on arrival.  Remember, when traveling with an imitation prop weapon, please store it properly for your safety and the safety of others.

Group photo times in the Clubs Atrium (top of escalators) for selected cosplay themes are Furries at 11:30 am, Marvel at 11:45 pm, DC at 12:00 pm, Star Wars at 12:15 pm, Disney at 12:30 pm.  Watch for the photographer from Fanshawe College!

Cosplayer’s don’t forget about the COSPLAY LOUNGE with mirrors and repair kits. This is also the area for registration for the Cosplay Contests. Best of all: ALL COSPLAY CONTESTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE TO ENTER.

Getting the Best Seats: Throughout the day that panels & presentation seating is first-come-first-served, our team will be doing their best throughout the day to maximize seating – – for busy panels, out of courtesy to your fellow fans, please do not leave buffer seats.

Panel Etiquette: if lining up for a panel or presentation please use the marked lines and avoid blocking the hallway if possible. We also ask you to exit the panel room as soon as possible once the panel ends to make way for the next panel. Out of fairness to all guests, panel rooms will be cleared out before the next panel begins (except for during the evening programming block). Panels, presentations, and events continue well into the evening both days even after the exhibitor floor closes. Check your schedule for details!

Photo Etiquette: Please remember, Cosplay is Not Consent: please do not touch other guests or take their photos without permission. Most cosplayers LOVE having their photo taken but want to put their best foot forward for you! Help them do this by asking permission before posing for a photo and respecting their space.

FOOD & DRINK: Concession stands are available inside the convention centre along with Mega Cone Creamery’s truck out front. There are also a large number of great nearby restaurants in Downtown London. Re-entry to the convention is permitted (providing the show has not reached capacity) so feel free to explore the area for lunch! Please note, for the safety and comfort of all guests the Convention Centre has asked that fans do not bring outside food and drink into the convention (though water bottles for hydration are okay).

Don’t miss the evening programming!  The Witches & Wizards Fall Fling Dance and MORE are taking place starting at 8:00 pm and running into the evening.  Get your Fall Fling upgrade ticket now!

ENJOY YOUR DAY! Our team and volunteers are here to help you have a great morning and afternoon. Have patience: if anything is not as it should be throughout the day, mention it to the nearest volunteer and we will do everything we can to correct it as soon as possible. Make sure to check out ALL areas of the show: the exhibitor floor, the Interactive Zone presented by Digital Extremes, the Board Game Area by Lion Rampant… and don’t forget the outdoor Demo Fields out back!

LINEUP CHANGE: Paulsen Postponed, Matt Hill Announced

Rob Paulsen, who was originally set to appear at this weekend’s Forest City ComiCon, is disappointed to announce that, due to unforeseen professional commitments, he will be unable to attend the event.  The organizers of the Forest City ComiCon have moved quickly to fill the voice-over actor’s spot and are pleased to announce the appearance of Matt Hill, best known for his roles in the live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Ed, Edd n Eddie, Gundam Seed, Transformers, Dino Trux, Care Bears, My Little Pony, and more.

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