Windsor ComiCon offers plenty for fans of 'geek culture'
Published Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:46AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, August 14, 2017 10:09AM EDT
People who love comic books, superheroes, fantasy, science fiction and the ‘geek culture’ are set to pack Caesars Windsor this weekend.
Windsor ComiCon 2017 started on Friday and continues Saturday and Sunday.
The festival celebrated Windsor’s rich culture and heritage in the comic community on Friday with an Artists Café.
Guests learned about different types of elements of comics, from inception to paneling and graphic design.
Organizers are hoping more than 5,000 fans will walk through the doors this weekend.
Jeremy Renaud says they have introduced new programming to help attract more people.
“I think every year we have to do things like this,” says Renaud. “To get people interested to come to ComiCon as this is an all-ages event.”
There are a number of celebrities in attendance, including actor Angus MacInnes, who portrayed Gold Leader in the first “Stars Wars” movie.
The 69-year-old MacInnes is originally from Windsor. He tells CTV Windsor enjoyed a bit of a high school reunion with old friends on Saturday morning.
Actor Billy Dee Williams, who played Lando Calrissian in “The Empire Strikes Back” is also at ComiCon, along with actors Garrett Wang and Denise Crosby from the “Star Trek” franchise.
Former pro wrestler and WWE Hall-of-Famer Jake “the Snake” Roberts will also greet fans.
There will be more than 40 vendors and exhibitors at the festival, offering different merchandise and collectibles, from t-shirts and toys to posters, games and figurines.
Windsor ComiCon 2017 is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Tickets are available on the door.
For more information and a detailed schedule, go online.