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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.

Eastside 404s Improv Comedy Appearing in September!

Included FREE with admission this September at the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play: the Eastside 404s show off their unique “geekprov” brand of improv comedy!  A touring group of improv performers based out of Toronto, the Eastside 404s entertain audiences all around Canada and the United States. Incorporating their wit, charm, pop culture knowledge, and a great deal of audience participation, The 404s make sure every show is memorable, interactive, and hilarious.  Formed in 2003, The 404s have earned a reputation as one of the nerdiest, geekiest, and long-lived fandom entertainment groups around.

Get your advanced discount tickets now to catch 404s at the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play, coming to the best convention venue in the region: the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23.

YouTube Vocal Impressionist: Brian Hull!

With nearly 70 Million total views on YouTube, vocal impressionist Brian Hull is the latest guest announced for London Ontario’s Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play coming to the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23.

Hull shot to viral video fame in 2014 with his rendition of Frozen’s “Let It Go” featuring the spot-on impersonations of twenty-one Disney characters. The video garnered 500,000 views in its first two days and continued to grow, surpassing 27 million views today. Hull has continued to showcase his vocal talents, which include stunningly accurate impersonations of hundreds of characters. His most recent viral hits, seen by millions, include “Disney Pixar sings Hello” and “Disney Pixar sings Moana“.

Fans can catch Brian Hull on the show floor at the event and at his all-ages stage presentation, included free of charge as part of admission, while seating lasts.

Tickets for the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play are available now online at discount advanced pricing through www.forestcitycomicon.ca or through selected stores in London. Kids age 12 and under enter free with adult supervision.

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.

2017 Cover Art Contest!

Are you an artist? Do you want your art to be viewed by thousands of people? Win great prizes? Would you love your art on the cover of the Forest City Comicon Event Guide?

The Forest City Comicon is once again hosting a contest for local and regional artists to put their art on the front page!  Among other bonuses, the winning artist will receive a complimentary table at the event.  Finalists also receive great prizes too!

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First Panel Announcement: “Invisibility Cloaks and How to Build Them”

For fans of the Harry Potter books and film series, the first panel announcement of the year, “Invisibility Cloaks and How to Build Them”, is sure to ramp up anticipation towards the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play. The event comes to the London Ontario Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23.

“Careful study of the books and films has finally put us in a position where we’re ready to present the Invisibility Cloak Seminar,” explained committee member John Houghton. “This has never been offered at a convention before and is sure to be one of the most exciting presentations ever witnessed.”

The announcement comes after months of experimentation on how to build a functional Invisibility Cloak, as seen in the Harry Potter books and films, while still following the laws of physics.

“Once we figured out the trick, we couldn’t believe how easy it was to make one,” added Houghton. “After that, our biggest problem was just remembering what coat hook we had put it on.”

The panel can be easily found on convention day, hosted in the London Convention Centre’s newly renovated Room of Requirement.  Advanced discount tickets for the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play are available now online.

The Forest City Comicon staff has extensive experience working with invisible objects. Last year the convention hosted Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet during the London International Air Show following a successful flyover last year on this date: April 1.

GUEST NEWS: Boba Fett Stunt Double Dickey Beer!

Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi stuntman Dickey Beer is the latest guest to be announced for the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play coming to the London Convention Centre September 23.

The actor / stuntman is best known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi where he was the stunt double for Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker as well as portraying Barada, Sergeant Junkin, a Stormtrooper, a Gamorrean Guard, and a Biker Scout.  His huge list of stunt credits also include; Superman III, Krull, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Dune, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, Terminator 3, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and several James Bond films.

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Kenny, Spenny, Gray, & Lee: Unusual Quartet of Canadians coming to Forest City Comicon September

The award-winning Canadian comedic duo of Kenny Hotz & Spencer Rice (Kenny vs Spenny) with artist Tony Gray and Canadian Entertainment Hall of Fame hypnosis entertainer Tony Lee are the latest string of guests to be announced for the Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play. The event will take place at the London Convention Centre on September 23, 2017.

This unusual ‘Quartet of Canadians’ is appearing as part of a cross-country tour to promote their upcoming projects having joined forces to produce two independent comic book publications including ‘Lou & Blue’, written by Kenny Hotz and illustrated by Tony Gray and ‘Hypno-Twist’, where Spencer Rice and Tony Lee join their creative minds to produce a book that harkens back to the early irreverence fond in underground comics of the 60’s and 70’s.

Fans will also be able to catch the Hypno-Twist live show based on the comic book series featuring Tony Lee and Spencer “Spenny”.  The show uses Tony Lee’s stunning hypnotist abilities in a show revolving around iconic super heroes.  Pulling audience members on stage, Tony will outfit them in cosplay and turn into their favourite super heroes, but with hilarious twists. Spenny will appear in character from the Hypno-Twist comic, who is the most suggestible man Tony has ever worked with.   The show is G-Rated for all-ages and included with admission.

The artist behind the comic books, Tony Gray, is a Canadian-born comic book writer and illustrator. He has worked on comic books, syndicated comic strips and character designs for companies which include, DC Comics, GlassMonkey Studios, Hasbro and Chrysler. Gray has illustrated works featuring characters as widely diverse as Batman, Spider-man, Red Sonja, and Princess Lollipop.

Hotz, Rice, Gray, and Lee join the roster with previously announced guests: Jeff Lemire (Secret Path) and Amber Nash (Archer). Tickets for the event are available now at advanced pricing at www.forestcitycomicon.ca or in stores in London at Heroes Comics, L.A. Mood Comics & Games, Uber Cool Stuff, and Neo Tokyo.

 

GUEST NEWS: Archer’s Pam Poovey (Amber Nash)

Amber Nash, actor and improviser who is most known for her role as Pam Poovey on the hit animated series Archer on the FX Network, is the latest guest to be announced for London Ontario’s Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play coming to the London Convention Centre September 23, 2017. Her role as the boozing, gossiping and promiscuous head of Human Resources for ISIS (International Secret Intelligence Service) on the series is a stand-out and fan favorite where she works regularly with such recognized, and acclaimed, co-stars such as Judy Greer, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Jessica Walters and H. Jon Benjamin.

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Jeremy Bushell Returns as Convention Host

Jeremy Bushell is set to return at official Con Host of the fourth-annual Forest City Comicon featuring Project Play coming to the London Convention Centre on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Jeremy has been part of each iteration of the Forest City Comicon since its inception.  He first became part of the event through his panel presentation “Batfan v Superfan”, becoming host of the event’s signature celebrity Q&As and Cosplay Contest the following year.  Welcome back, Jeremy!

About Jeremy Bushell:

Jeremy Bushell is a proud life-long nerd. When he’s not working his various writing projects (minecrafting) he can usually be found working out material on stage in front of audiences all across the province. Jeremy started hosting and MC’ing at school events at the age of 14. He somehow found time away from dusting his Batman memorabilia to hone his skills performing and directing drama productions, writing and performing in sketch comedy shows, not writing but organizing and performing in improv comedy and public speaking contests all before graduating high school.

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Final 100 Early Bird Tickets Released to London Stores!

As promised, a limited run of 100 of the $20 Super Early Bird Tickets have been released to local stores: each store has just 25 of these tickets so if you are looking to pick one up in person don’t wait long!

The final Super Early Bird Tickets are available at:

Uber Cool Stuff

Heroes

L.A. Mood Comics & Games

Neo Tokyo

Once these Super Early Bird tickets are gone stores will begin selling the regular Advanced Tickets at $25 which are also available now online.  Tickets will be $30 at the door so even if you missed the Super Early Bird you can still save at the Advanced Price!