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Star Wars

Fantasy is Reality at Ottawa’s First-Ever Comiccon

By Scott Kennel

Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk

Superheroes and space travellers are real. Time machines exist and fiction is coming to life. You can see it happen, because on May 12 and 13, impossible creatures from the fringes of reality are gathering together to celebrate the fantastical at Ottawa Comiccon.

William Shatner is the guest of honour at this year's Comiccon

For the first time ever, Ottawa is hosting this epic comic book/science fiction/video game/geek heaven convention. Anyone who spent their childhood living in imaginary worlds (or who still lives there) will be amazed to see their favourite characters living, breathing, walking, and talking. Fans dressed as popular superheroes, TV characters, aliens, and monsters will fill the CE Centre, and a costume contest and masquerade will give them a chance to show off their suits. A Magic: The Gathering card tournament offers a chance to battle it out in a competition that will undoubtedly feature the most serious gamers in the city, and comic book artists will be available to do on-the-spot sketches of favourite characters. On top of that, any kind of geek paraphernalia, from comic books and video games to clothing and art, will be available to purchase from more than 100 booths set up by exhibitors from Ottawa and beyond.


Hot Date: Carrie Fisher’s Juicy Tell-All

Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (photo by Joan Marcus)

JULY 12 TO AUGUST 21 All-around talented film star, best-selling novelist and acclaimed screenwriter Carrie Fisher brings her award-winning show, Wishful Drinking to Toronto. Best known for her role—and hairdo—as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher tells the story of her life as a Hollywood celebrity with a wry, witty tone sure to make you laugh. Royal Alexandra Theatre, Tuesday to Saturday 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., $35 to $99; call 416-872-1212 or click here to buy.