We are back from the Calgary Comicon and Fan Expo. The event was really well organized from an exhibitor standpoint, one of the best event we ever attended. The venue was packed, with people turned away on Saturday. The lines outside were incredibly long, with people lining up since 5:30 in the morning! Insane! We had a blast at the con and we are definitely considering returning next year. You can see our photos in the gallery.
Comic Bin did a little piece about the show during the Comicon. There were several other interviews but we do not have the links at the moment. There was also an article about the show in TV Week Magazine (Vancouver) which came out during the show.
The same weekend, there was also Le Salon du Livre de Québec, where we were guests of L’Imaginaire. Writers-actors Yann and Michel Brouillette, along with Marie-Claude Bourbonnais (Hornet) and artist Olivier Raymond hit the Convention Center floor for a panel, a signature session and a live drawing session with Olivier Raymond.
And now, we are getting ready for the next leg of the trip, the Calgary FAN EXPO! Hope to see some of you there!
Heroes of the North will be attending the Wizard World Toronto Convention on April 14 and 15 2012 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
8 Ball (Anderson Bradshaw) is going to be in attendance. There will also be tons of new merchandise: new T-shirts, prints, figurines and so on!
Plus we will be introducing our new booth setup - the banner above being one of the new elements. We look forward to see our Toronto fans at the event!
April and May will be busy months for you favourite superheroes as we will be criss-crossing Canada for various appearances! Keep track of our moves by visiting the Events section of the site!
Say hello, stock up on cool HOTN gear for Christmas - they make perfect gifts!, and take your picture with one of our attending heroes of villains!
We definitely hope to see you there!
A special thanks goes to Oscar, Alex and Elizabeth and all the Comicon staff who worked hard with limited means to put the show together and seriously impressed us with a pretty tight organization overall. The only downside for us was the aggressive attitude of the Place Bonaventure staff - they seemed to be trying very hard to make sure no one felt welcome! Unfortunately, the event was victim of its popularity with people being turned away early in the show. We feel sorry for all of the people who could not come and say hi!
The whole HOTN team had a blast and we hope to see you all again soon!
In attendance for the two days of merriment will be: the facetious 8 Ball and the striking Hornet in her even more striking Season 2 outfit, and the brilliant mind of Alpha Q!
Also, in more sporadic appearances, we will find the nefarious Medusa Commander alongside the first ever appearance of The Canadian to any convention ever!
So be there or be square!
We had a rough start as the booth assigned to us had no furniture hours before the show was to start. It took over three hours to get our two tables and a handful of chairs so we could set up before the doors opened… We had less than 45 minutes to do so when all was said and done.
But that was not to be the end of the ordeal. Around 4 PM, a group of voice actors showed up, saying they were assigned the same booth as us., which was in fact, true. So somehow over 15 people were expected to share a 10 x 10 booth. THere was a lot of confusion for several hours until the show ended and we could manage to clear things out. Needless to say, it was a very unpleasant experience for all involved.
So overnight we had to change our location to one that was less optimal but still better than what was originally proposed by the organizers, i.e. a small table under the stairs in the hall.
The other days went much better, with Hornet and 8 Ball leaving quite a strong impression on several thousands of fans. Thousands of pictures taken later, we ran out of 8 Ball keychains, calendars and Hornet reproductions. The brand new Crimson comic, still hot off the press, was also a definite success as we almost sold out of it as well.
We also got to hang out with Dan Parent, who is currently penciling our Team-up issue, finally met in person with Ty Templeton and his wife Keiren, both of whom have done work for Heroes of the North.
The hours were very long, and at times it felt more like a marathon than a convention, but the enthusiasm of the fans, old and new, kept us going through it all. Photos will be posted in a few days in the gallery but in the meantime, you can read this article from the Toronto Sun…
Besides photo op at the boot, we will have the entire assortment of merchandise currently available in our store, including Hornet figurines you can get signed by the lady herself if you so desire.
That being said, the Hornet comic book will hit the inter webs early next week, just in time for the Fan Expo. Here’s a sneak peek.
The Heroes of the North Team