(Winnipeg, October 29, 2023) This past weekend, Winnipeg Comiccon welcomed over 30,000 attendees to the RBC Convention Centre to bask in a world of superheroes, horror, video games, anime, science fiction, and fantasy. Fans of all ages gathered to find unique collectibles, meet incredible celebrities, and enjoy an out-of-this-world experience with fellow pop-culture fans.
2023 Programming Highlights
Fans were lined up all weekend to meet their favourite pop culture icons including Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead), Carl Weathers (The Mandalorian, Rocky, Predator), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Peacemaker, The Night Agent), Ray Park (Star Wars, X-Men), Emily Swallow (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett), The Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever, Power Rangers Lost Galaxy), Ted Raimi (The Evil Dead movies, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Quarry), the T-1000 himself Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, X-Files, The Walking Dead), Amber Midthunder (Prey, Legion, Roswell, New Mexico), The Trailer Park Boys, Giancarlo Esposito (The Mandalorian, Breaking Bad), and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (The Mandalorian, Kim’s Convenience, Avatar: The Last Airbender) along with voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen (Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
Artist Alley was packed with comic book creators such as Dan Parent (Archie Comics) for the first time at Winnipeg Comiccon, as well as Glenn Fabry (Preacher, Vamps, Hellblazer), Rags Morales (Identity Crisis, Batman Confidential), Jay Odjick (Kagagi: The Raven, Blackflies, Bear for Breakfast), Tom Fowler (Rick & Morty, Venom), Concept Artist John Gallagher, GMB Chomichuck (Dragon Nanny, Automatic Age), Hailey Brown (From Ashes to Books, Turok, Watch Face), Scott Henderson (Marvel Voices: Pride, The Reckoner Rises, A Blanket of Butterflies), Hugh Rookwood (Howdy, I’m John Ware, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Marvin S. Mariano (Transformers, GI Joe, Barbie, Star Wars), Aaron Reycolds (Effin’ Birds), and Chasing Artwork (Cassie and Tonk).
As always, Saturday’s Masquerade was packed with some of the best cosplay of the year. Attendees unleashed their inner superheroes, movie/TV characters, and video game favourites at the magnificent amateur costume competition with participants showcasing their jaw-dropping costumes.
Visitors also enjoyed various activities with Underworld LARP Winnipeg, Winnipeg Ghostbusters (and their gigantic 25-foot Stay-Puft marshmallow man) collecting donations for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba, and Costuming Clubs of Manitoba (501st Legion’s Renegade Squad, Dark Empire, Mando Mercs, Rebel Legion, Droid Builders and Mandalorian Protectors), in support of Make-a-Wish Manitoba. Other activities included Cosplay Meet-ups, Tabletop Gaming (Game-itoba), NoReset Speedrun, Manitoba eSports, a performance from Incantatem, over 100,000 sq. ft. of shopping, dozens of panels, and still MUCH more!
Thanks to all our partners, and a special mention to Transcanada Brewing Company for creating the unique ‘Whistler’ beer, specifically for Winnipeg Comiccon, artwork by local artist GMB Chomichuk.
Winnipeg Comiccon is thrilled to announce their return to RBC Convention Centre next year with dates set for October 25 – 27, 2024